I have tried to launch this site, blog, and online presence for Holy Scroller a couple of times, but have struggled with what I wanted it to be. There are so many options out there and places to market your artwork, and just as many opinions on what is the best route to go which leads to massive information overload. So to that end I tried a bunch of different things out, and decided to come back to where I started… this little wordpress blog that I had not done anything with but reserve the name.
2017 was a great year for Holy Scroller. I reconnected with the calling of creating artwork that will inspire others. I have cut many different crosses, word art, and Christmas ornaments. The personalized Christmas were an interesting experience. While I enjoyed making them, I got a little bored with the repetition. Then God had me look at it a different way. He reminded me that I need to remove myself from the equation: what I was creating was something that is going to be a special memory for someone for years to come. That I should get over myself and restore my passion for creating these. Then I delivered an order to a family that ordered multiple ornaments, and to see the smiles when the people saw these… oh my… there are not words to capture what that feels like.
In addition to the personalized ornaments, I also participated in my first craft show as a vendor. I was not sure what to expect, but I came away from the show fired up. My work got some great reviews and I was asked about building a prayer bench. I have never built one, but I know that with God’s direction I can do it.
While I did do some sales, I think that I must have given away at least 3 or 4 times what I sold. It is a contagious feeling for me to see the looks and reactions on people’s faces when I give them something. On Christmas Eve – I took all of my ornaments that didn’t sell at the craft show and went around with a box and gave the ornaments away to put on their Christmas Tree. It made my night.
As I write this, I keep having this song that we sing at church sometimes in my head…