In the Studio

It’s a beautiful day in Norton’s Cove. I have a new helper at the studio, Madison Winter, who is a pleasure to spend time with- such positivity! As you can see, I have been playing with the panorama feature on my phone’s camera- it would be kinda cool if the walls were curved, but problematic for hanging flat artwork! We’d love to see you here in the cove!

The studio is open for summer hours:

Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

In the Studio

Dried flowers from a bouquet sent to me from friends in Alberta on the occasion of my 20th business anniversary are placed in my old shop shelves to remind me of the milestone. I’ve been dealing with a real inner struggle about whether my 20 years in business is something to celebrate or something to feel really dismal about. I love what I do, what I’ve created here (with the help of lots of other people), and what we offer. But it has not been a financial success by any measure, and it’s still a gut wrenching struggle from day to day, season to season. I know I’m lucky in many ways, but man, would it be nice to not be worried about money! But I’m a risk-taker, and instead of planning to sell my business and take the pressure off, I go back to work on my business plan. Looking for what I’ve done right and what I’ve done wrong and what I can do to overcome all the weaknesses. I have learned a lot in the past 20 years, and hope to put that to good use to make life better. There it is- that’s what the milestone is, learning.

The studio is open for summer hours:

Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

And now, off to put new stock in the shelves, tidy up my office (a messy office leads to all kinds of bad vibes!) and order up a bite to eat from my favourite restaurant… And after I close up the studio for the day, I’m off to The REACH (my other job) to hang a new exhibition that opens tomorrow! There is an opening reception for Tracy Blackwood’s AMASS at the Art Gallery at The REACH on Canada Day from 3 to 6pm. I hope to see some of my loyal readers there!

In the Studio

I’m STILL packaging up orders! By the end of this weekend, I should be done for a little bit. Then I have a couple of special projects to work on that have looming deadlines! And I have lots of Smudge Herring pieces to work on too.

This little fella has been hanging out in the birdseed at our press-room window, and doesn’t seem to mind that we are on the other side of the window. Some kind of sparrow, but it’s hard to say when he’s so young to still be showing a lot of down. Duke and I have been watching birds in the studio window for a few months now, and I’m terrible at trying to remember their names- but I love to see them. They add an extra little spark of wonderment to our daily life, and I think anything that does that is worth the time and effort involved!

The studio is open for summer hours:

Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

In the Studio

These rope pieces are available in store only- product varies so much that they aren’t suited to the online shop set-up! But if you want something you see in a picture, just give me a call and we can figure something out! Duke has quite a bit of stock built up over the winter months- and some rare beauties with ropes that are hard to come by on our shorelines.
I’m packaging up an order for Johnny Ruth, a favourite shop in downtown St. John’s. If you ever get the chance to visit, they have tons of great fashion pieces, but also a really wonderful giftware section that includes lots of top notch Newfoundland makers.
One of my favourite questions from customers is this: “did this used to be an old shop?” And of course, my answer is always that it is still an old shop- getting older every day! But there are new products in these 132 year old shelves. I’m sure that Kean’s General Store sold plenty of caps, greeting cards, and soap too!

The studio is open for summer hours:

Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

This Week at Norton’s Cove Café

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Norton’s Cove Café Opens!

Get your tickets in the ONLINE SHOP or at Norton’s Cove Studio in person or by phone 536-2533!


We have new products in our café gift shop, and a new face in our staff too! I’m pleased to welcome Marcus Waterman to Team Norton’s Cove! He’ll be working with Ted (The Kitchen Magician) for supper service Wednesday to Sundays this year.

Stuffed Pork, anyone?

Our new hours at Norton’s Cove Café, starting TOMORROW (16th June) are:

Sunday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

To make a reservation, please call 536-2633.
Our first reservation of the day is at 10am, and our last is at 8pm.
We don’t actually ‘close’ at 8pm- we just stop taking new customers then!

This Weekend at Norton’s Cove

I am STILL printing, signing, packaging, shipping Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-Prints, and Bookmarks all over the place.

It’s gonna be a busy weekend! I’m in the studio working away today and Saturday, and Sunday is dedicated to training at the Café, meeting up with new employees, and getting the Café back to her sparkling self, ready to reopen on Thursday. I can hardly believe that summer is about to start! And we’re going to start it off with a bang!


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This Week at Norton’s Cove

I’m still packaging up product to send out to shops, and I’ve got a few more prints to pull before my orders are all full. We’ve also been updating our own displays, moved the coffee machine out of the studio, and we’re getting things ready to open up the café on the 16th! Lots to do! I can’t wait to order my first cappuccino and a hand-pie for elevenses two weeks from now! But for now, back to packaging squid!


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Norton’s Cove Café Opens!


This Week at Norton’s Cove

We are printing and packaging Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-prints, and Bookmarks this week at the studio. Order due dates are passing us by and we’re printing into the night to get it all done! We’re working on about half of the spring orders now, and will start printing all over again once these are sent out. This year is different than most because orders were taken in April at the Craft & Gift Wholesale Show instead of in February as usual, so I normally have an extra two months to work on those orders.

Packaging all those pieces: folding cards, stamping their backs, stuffing them into bags, adding tassels to bookmarks, putting mats on mini-prints & etc., can be tedious work sometimes. I love having visitors while I’m doing that kind of work to keep me company. Please do stop in for a chat. We’re open 10-6 Wednesday to Saturday.

We’re making plans for the Café: opening dates and booking bands and that sort of thing. There’s just three weeks left until the Café is in full swing- I can hardly believe it’s almost summer already! And yes, we are taking reservations for the full season already!

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Some images taken from around this old shop today… have I mentioned lately just how much I love my studio?

Printing in green ink today and sipping Gros Morne Coffee Roasters’ Mexico-Chiapas Medium Roast with a gorgeous crema. Nice that it’s also fresh, local, fair trade, and organic.

Blue

I’m not blue. Well, my hands are. We’ve been printing blue cards and bookmarks today, on to mini-prints tomorrow. I’ve got plenty of orders to keep me printing for the next couple of weeks. It’s a great time to drop in for a visit, to see printmaking in action!

Blue inked printing plates and cards on a drying rack.

We’re sampling some coffee from Gros Morne Coffee Roasters in the espresso machine at the studio, and today’s cup of Tuckamore Blend I can quote was the “best cup of coffee I’ve ever tasted” according to JW. The roasting company describes it as “a sweet, full-bodied, creamy blend that produces a lovely crema, makes a great espresso.” And we agree! You’ll be able to find Gros Morne coffee beans at the Café’s giftshop this summer!