We enjoyed our first, First Friday cultural meal gathering in March. Our dear friend Letty prepared a Puerto Rican Fiesta of Rice with Gandules, Fricase dePollo and Tostones! We sampled a variety of tropical juices and mavi, a sweet tea specific to Puerto Rico. The dishes were deliciously full of garlic and cilantro!

I had always heard that if you didn’t care for a typical cultural dish, it wasn’t prepared correctly…I can honestly say that any plantain I had ever eaten in the past was NOT properly prepared, because I loved these Tostones!

We had been preparing for Spring Obsession and Lakeland’s Farmer’s Market the second Saturday of March by creating notecards from watercolors and colored paper. The proceeds going toward our project of purchasing sewing machines to begin sewing classes beginning in April! We have a few local boutiques preparing positions for our trained seamstresses!

Handmade notecards designed with watercolors, recycled cards and paper.

Samples of our string art and wooden signs.

Our created piecesĀ are now set up and available in our Gathering Space at 310 Plum Street.

You don’t need to wait for the market days to pick up a card, a lovely piece of jewelry or any variety of crafty items.

Our shop is honor based. Prices are posted and a basket “drop box” sits on the ironing board. The doors are generally secured, so call before coming to shop and ring the bell!

Phone:863-869-1623 / 863-513-5001.

Our jewelry…earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Aprons and a variety of sewing projects.

String art, crocheted and handsewn items. Children school desks that can be personally designed and painted by our ladies.

Donation basket sets on the ironing board. Donations gladly accepted!

Final touches on our ceiling renovation in our Gathering Space.

After a very busy weekend with our ladies, neighbors and a wonderful group of workers from Oasis Church, our gathering space and studio was ready to set up for our Mass Market Grand Opening Bonanza!

Josh “Bump” Galletta gifted us with a lovely mural in our entryway.

The wonderful ceiling was completed, the picture rail was established for hanging art, moulding painted, shelves built, walls built, delicious food created and new friendships developed.Thank you to everyone involved!

Extra Special thank you to Gary Duncan for coming back and building our shelving in the studio and the braces for our portable walls in our Gathering Space.

We are established in our studio!

We are so grateful for our fabulous facilitator Joyce. She is unwavering generous with her time, her talents and love for us all at RePurpose Art Studio.