Our Repurpose Ladies have been preparing for Lakeland’s Downtown Market this week.
They have been building jewelry displays, from common, repurposed household items, for the handcrafted necklaces and earrings several of our ladies have created specifically for the Downtown Market.
Seeing this is “THE LAST WEEKEND BEFORE VALENTINES DAY” we have been concentrating on creating unique Valentines Day cards to gift to your friends and loved ones! The women really enjoyed this project and put a lot of heart into this precious cards! Look for us at the Lakeland Downtown Market this Saturday, February 11.
We are looking forward to changes to the studio over the next couple weeks. As I write, our plumber is piping water upstairs to the studio for a utility sink! The excitement of having accessible water for projects and being able to wash our equipment and floors without hauling buckets of water up the flight of stairs is beyond words! Thank you Paul!
Next week begins our wall demolition to open up the studio from three smaller spaces into one large working space. Removing the walls will accommodate the growing number of women who are joining us for the workshops, and will allow several projects to be in progress at the same time without the group being separated. We are planning on creating specific stations for sewing, painting and crafting in an open, fellowship friendly atmosphere. We will be meeting downstairs until the studio is completed. I will be posting progression photos, so please join with us in our anticipation of this new space! There will be opportunities for volunteers to help paint and build centers for a fresh creative atmosphere. Thanks in advance for your thoughts, prayers and willingness to help!
It’s been a wonderful whirlwind of celebration over these past two weeks at the Studio. Three of our ladies graduated from the Life Renewal Program at Talbot House. Moving on with increased courage and confidence, with new life skills and new friends!
From the Alumni of Talbot House… “I would like to remind all of you, that as you move forward, you can and will survive whatever comes your way…Because all of you are wiser and stronger from your prior setbacks in life. You have been tested many times, and yet, here you are!” Congratulations Ladies!
We enjoyed a wonderful time of food and fellowship this week. One of our precious women is leaving us and heading north to be near family in Connecticut. She takes with her the hearts of many of the women at Talbot House and all of us here at Repurpose Studio. She will be missed for her strength and wisdom and for the miracles she performs with a little yarn and a crochet hook!! Thank you for all the love you are leaving behind and look forward to creating with you over Skype!
Hello, my name is Connie Lutter and I am the newly positioned Director of Repurpose Art Studio located at 310 Plum Street in Downtown Lakeland. My husband Mark and I have very recently moved back to Lakeland after three years in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m feeling deliberately placed in this space, at this time, to fulfill a passion of opening up meaningful, honest dialog between women to nurture trust and courage. I have a lifelong love of fabric and paint that make this position, not only purposeful, but rewarding!
Repurpose provides a variety of workshops designed to encourage marginalized women from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds; to find and develop skills of sewing, handcrafts, jewelry making and cooking, to equip them for the marketplace. Which in turn will raise the quality of life for them and their families.
Repurpose not only provides opportunities for new skills, it also creates a loving space to build relationships, trust and courage and a safe-haven for healing.