This Week @ Norton’s Cove

I am in the studio today until 6, and I’ll be back after supper too, as I’ve got lots to work on!
If you’re in the area, drop in for a visit!

We’re getting ready for Christmas! Four holiday dinner parties have been booked at the Café, and we’ve added a new event on December 4th to sip hot drinks and watch the fireworks over the cove which the Town of New-Wes-Valley will be organizing. The fireworks are set to start at 7pm, and we’ll be open 6-8! Check out our google calendar, which is always up-to-date with everything happening at Norton’s Cove Studio & Café!
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This Week @ Norton’s Cove

We’re back from the Far East! We’re pleased with our sales at the 48th Annual CCNL Christmas Craft Fair, and almost everything is put back in place in the shop, and we’re ready to get on with it.

Tomorrow we’ll be hitting the road again to do a Marine Survey in the Clarenville area to avoid some dirty weather forecasted for Thursday. I’m planning to print some Christmas cards while the snow is falling! I am sold out of Christmas Capelin, and I have a new 2022 card image in mind too. With Christmas just 40 days away, it’s time to get to work!

Duke has lots of mini disc fender wreath ornaments ($12 each) made, and I painted up some miniature lobster buoys (set of any 3 for $12) which are displayed in the press room. Great if you’ve got a bit of a nautical theme going this year!

Norton’s Cove Café is planning its Annual Tibb’s Eve event: tickets will be available on December 1st!

Save the Date:
Norton’s Cove Studio’s
Annual Christmas Party & Sale
happens on Friday, December 2nd, starting at 7pm!

All sorts of treats to start the festive season:
prizes, music, food & drink, and 25% off everything in the shop!

And subscribers to my eNewsletter get a special discount code
in their inbox to use for one day only, December 1st!

Work in Progress

After seemingly ages waiting for paper to arrive to print this edition, it is printed and the ink is dry! So, this morning I added watercolour to the 1st relief print in the edition of 25. Summer in Greenspond. What could be sweeter?
The name of the edition is The View from Shallop Cove, and is inspired by photographs I took on the day of a family member’s marriage in Greenspond back in July when the wild iris’ were in full bloom. There is an experimental proof of this image hanging at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s right now too as part of their 50th Anniversary Exhibition.
Paintings in progress too: more smudge herring… who’d have guessed?

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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