In on the Gander

We had an appointment in Gander today for a recall concerning faulty headlights on our vehicle. So after dropping off the truck, we had a couple of hours to kill.

I had heard that some interesting improvements had been made at the Gander airport, where I haven’t been for quite some years, and Duke was willing, so we went for a visit.

This is the new giftshop, Gander Goods, at the airport. What a beautiful shop!
The Gander Goods store has a ton of fine craft and wonderful things made right here in Newfoundland, including my cards and minis! I absolutely love the design of the store- very bright and appealing, with lovely friendly staff too!
This is the International lounge at the airport, which had always been closed to the general public. It is now open, with a welcoming entryway, museum displays of relics from the history of the airport, an era appropriate playlist, and a bar. I am thoroughly impressed! Hats off to whoever is behind the refurbishment of YQX.

In the Studio

This week in the studio, you’ll find my assistant, Madison, ready to help you 11am-6pm.

Madison and I are trying to get a little printing done,
but it’s going pretty slowly with me being so off kilter.

I’m still recovering from a COVID-19 infection, and really not feeling up to doing much work in the studio or at home. 5 minutes of trivial tasks wear me out, and I am going to the studio to do bits of work when a burst of energy hits me, but those bursts aren’t lasting long. Health guidelines tell me I shouldn’t be contagious now, two weeks after my first symptoms, but I do not feel recovered at all.

I’m so sorry for letting my guard against COVID down. This couldn’t have hit me at a worse time of year, and I’m trying my best to not feel sorry for myself as I’m missing out on so much that I was looking forward to. While my studio side of the business is open year-round, this is the time of year when I have the most foot-traffic, and any degree of success really depends on the next couple of weeks: the busiest of the year; I can’t help but worry about how this illness is going to affect my bottom line. Ah, the joys of entrepreneurship!

I will try not to worry too much, to try to aid in my recovery, and thank my staff for being able to carry on without much input from me right now.

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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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!

This Weekend at Norton’s Cove

Can you feel summer coming? The grass turned green this past week, my crocuses are blooming, and the sun is strong even when it’s still cold outside. And of course the icebergs are here there and everywhere. This time of year, it’s fun to have a look first thing in the morning to see if any icebergs have drifted away or broken apart, or if new bergs have appeared. They are beautiful, no matter how many we see.

I’ve been doing some shop-keeping, updating displays both in the studio and the Café’s Gift Shop, and I’ll be printing late this afternoon and tomorrow. We’d love to see you here!

Mother’s Day photo-litho I made a billion years ago while a student at NSCAD University: my mom with a red rose overlaid. The tradition here was always to wear a red rose on Mother’s Day, or a white rose if your mom had already passed on.

This weekend, we’re wishing all moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day! A special shout-out to my mom, Ollie Davis, to my mother-in-law, Louise Kelloway, and to my Aunt Gwyn, who has always been like a 2nd mother to me. I love you!

Here’s the schedule for Norton’s Cove Studio this week:

Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 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

We have just a couple of openings left for Mother’s Day Brunch tomorrow. Contact me via e-mail or text or at the studio to reserve your table. While we welcome walk-ins, we often can’t accommodate them. Please do make a reservation to avoid disappointment!

Mother’s Day Brunch at Norton’s Cove Café 10am-3pm

Have a great weekend!

This Weekend at Norton’s Cove

I’m back to my regular hours here at the Studio this weekend! I’ve finished my 8 week contract with The Town of New-Wes-Valley to help set-up The REACH, and I’m pleased to be back in the studio getting cards, mini-prints, and bookmarks printed, packaged, and sent off to all the fabulous shops that carry my products!

While I have agreed to continue to do a little work at The REACH until the arts centre is ready to open, it will be a different schedule which allows me to get back to work at Norton’s Cove.

Sunday
Closed
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

The Café is taking reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch which is just a couple of weeks away! Contact me via e-mail or text or at the studio on Saturdays to reserve your table.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Norton’s Cove Café 10am-3pm

Have a great weekend!