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in the studio :: the village store

Welcome to In The Studio, friends! As my first official hosting, I decided to reveal a big project I’ve been working on. It’s been super fun, super life giving, and just what I needed in the midst of all the numbers rolling around in my head from accounting. Let me just give a little history before I dive in.

village store unfinished

For any newbies, we work in S. Africa bringing HOPE and HOME to orphans and vulnerable children. In the midst of running feeding programs and building physical homes, we saw a huge need to reach out to the older kids graduating high school. You see, once a child turns 18 or graduates high school, any government programs available to them suddenly stop. It’s as if those kids are orphaned all over again. We purchased University Village to have a campus to train and disciple young people so that they could find HOPE.

the village store

Teaching skills to earn a living started happening, but we needed an outlet to sell all the beautiful items that were being produced. Thus, my project…The Village Store. I believe somewhere around the beginning of February, I really started getting it going. The structure was there, but that was it. Inspiration came from Pinterest, my husband, and my brain, and I just went for it. To say that I’m happy with the results would be an understatement. My goal was to make an inviting place but try to re-purpose as much as we could. I think we succeeded! Tin from an old roof is now the ceiling, an old ladder became a bookshelf, wooden lads from the woods adorns the front of the counter.

village store2

Even more awesome than the way it looks, I’m super proud to have a store to sell these amazing handmade items. I love encouraging creativity and seeing LIFE coming from creating. I’m hoping in the coming weeks, I can introduce you to our amazing artists but until then, here’s THE VILLAGE STORE!

village store3

Please come to S. Africa so you can check it out! 🙂

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    Sewing Mom
    May 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    That is so awesome! I'm wondering where you are located in SA? My husband lived there for many years of his life. His parents were missionaries. They are now serving in Malawi, but occasionally head to SA.

    Love the new shop and even more the work you're involved in. These things are very close to my heart and are definitely something I'd love to be involved in. Praying the Lord abundantly blesses the ministry and shop!

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    May 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

    What an amazing work you are doing! You are extraordinary! The store is fabulous! It is a pleasure to connect with you Jen. May God's favor rest on you in your important ministry.

    p.s. I'd be delighted if you'd pop over and help me celebrate my first blogiversary. There's even a giveaway by our special friend and 'founder' of In the Studio – Jennifer. 😉

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    May 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    That looks terrific, Jen! I hope you're absolutely mobbed with customers! 🙂 🙂

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    Jenni C's
    May 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Jen, thanks for continuing, and hosting in the Studio. I am as a South African grateful for what you are doing in Nelspruit area, skills development is so crucial in our country…and your Village shop looks amazing….looking forward to meeting the artists..

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    Cindy
    May 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    This looks awesome Jen! So glad you are continuing the link up and it will definitely help me stay in touch with all you guys are doing…in fact, I thought you were still in Texas! Ooops!

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    Sarah Leonard
    May 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    What a lovely project! Your store looks gorgeous and I can't wait to meet the artists 🙂

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    May 4, 2013 at 12:05 am

    oh wow… what an amazing project, jen! it looks fantastic! i love all the 're-purpose' touches. so neat! can not wait to meet all the wonderful artists you have! 🙂

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    MaryAnne
    May 4, 2013 at 1:19 am

    What a great idea! Wish I could drop by to shop!

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    Laura
    May 4, 2013 at 4:00 am

    This is SO cool!!! I love the wood curtain rods and counter! So so pretty!

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    Karen @ Pieces of Contentment
    May 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Jen what you have achieved is marvellous! It looks so professional yet authentic. The young people must be thrilled with the Village Store and all the opportunities you are assisting them with.

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    Anonymous
    May 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Hope Uganda is next ,Price?

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    {amy}
    May 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful and amazing project!

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    Anonymous
    May 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I couldn't make it this week, but looking forward to joining back in the "in the studio" fun!

    I love the store, and especially love the counter with the sticks!! Awesome!
    ~Frances

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    Ashley
    May 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    This is so great! Man, how I would love to go back to SA 🙂 I really love some of the items I saw in the other post with Gloria in it!

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