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in the studio :: artist gloria

Welcome to In The Studio! Last Friday I revealed a big project that I’ve been working on…The Village Store. I was so encouraged by the comments. Thanks for sharing in my excitement, friends! Without our amazing artists, The Village Store wouldn’t exist. I’m super excited to take the next several weeks to introduce my friends and show you their studios!



Today I want to introduce you to Gloria. I first met Gloria 4 or 5 years ago when she started cleaning house for one of our staff families. House cleaning for an African woman is so very common. Little did we know that there was some creativity bubbling under the surface. My sister-in-law recognized Gloria’s interest and began to teach her how to sew.


In just a few years, her talent has grown so much! She makes purses, baby shoes, baby bibs, coin purses, and baby clothes! Her dream is to one day become a fashion designer and open her own boutique. When I told her recently that I believe that could happen, she laughed. Dreaming is not something that happens often here. Pursuing a career in a creative field is even less likely.

baby shoes


I’m so excited that The Village Store is not just an outlet to sell Gloria’s items, but it’s also there to encourage her dream. It’s so life giving to earn a living doing what you love. I love encouraging creativity! I also love that it provides a good income for Gloria and her 4 children. Isn’t her stuff lovely?

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

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    Sewing Mom
    May 10, 2013 at 11:09 am

    How nice to meet Gloria and yes, she does sew lovely things! She's beautiful too! Thanks for sharing about this with us, I love seeing and hearing about these things.

    PS, I have a question about the button, it doesn't bring me to the current 'in the studio' page, it takes me to the button page…just wondering if that's how it's supposed to work?

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    May 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Gloria's eye for color is amazing! You are doing wonderful works, Jen. blessings ~ tanna

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    Jenni C's
    May 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Love Gloria work especially the bib and the shoes too cute!

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    MarveLes Art Studios
    May 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    thank you! her sewing is BEAUTIFULLLL!!! i love it! and i think it's super that she is growing her sewing skills, too. it's a win-win!!

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    May 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Gloria does beautiful work! I wish her success in her business and hope that she continues to see her dreams come true!

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    Sarah Leonard
    May 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I shared some new gadgetry and some facecinating works 🙂

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    May 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    How wonderful for Gloria! We know the joy she feels creating with her hands – even better that she is earning an income. So glad you are hosting In the Studio, Jen. Hope to come 'round more often…

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    May 11, 2013 at 3:18 am

    What a happy looking woman! I love stories like Gloria's. Isn't it just like God to make her dreams come true. Thanks for sharing her story Jen. What a wonderful work you are involved in.
    p.s. Container garden has been my way of creating living sculpture…and a lot of people just need a few tips…

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    May 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Wow! She really is so talented! I'm glad you're in her life to encourage her to dream!

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    May 12, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Love that smile as she sews!

    p.s. Happy Mother's Day!

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    May 12, 2013 at 1:17 am

    What beautiful things she makes!

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    May 12, 2013 at 2:59 am

    oh my goodness… her creations are so beautiful!! she could do amazing with her own boutique! i love how you are such a dream encourager, jen! xo

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