Ok, so it's safe to say that I an enamored with Tim Holtz! Yep, I would probably worship at his art studio door! Ok, maybe not worship, but you get the idea! There are so many wonderfully talented mixed media artists out there that I glean from, but I really do love Tim's style! One day, even though I am not an artist per say (except for in my mind) and don't have any sort of amazing art business or teach classes, I will find myself at one of those fantastic CHA event's oogling all his craftiness at his booth as he happily hands over one of those amazing projects that he does for retailers to see his new goodies and says, "here this is just for you!" SNAP OUT OF IT, you say!! I guess you are probably right!! Until then I will just have to settle for those awesome CHA vids on YouTube and Hobby Lobby!!! LOL!!
Speaking of Hobby Lobby, every couple of months or so, one of my awesome girlfriends and I do a "girls day" together. You know one of those days where you go out, WITHOUT the kiddos, and just be completely goofy girls!! We just spend all day together and even rebel as parents and don't come home until midnight!!!! I know right? What on earth!! Just cause we can!!! LOL!! But usually our soul purpose is to do a HUGE Hobby Lobby Haul!! It's a sickness really because we live completely out of touch with the rest of the world in the small town we live in and there is virtually NOWHERE to shop for art supplies, but Hobby Lobby within an hour to two hours drive. It is what it is, hence you gotta love the internet even with their completely absurd shipping prices! Whew....all that said, this trip, I hit pay dirt!!! Hobby Lobby was having a HUGE clearance sale.
I usually head straight to the back of the store, to the back wall, which is the clearance wall. I normally find some pretty cool deals, BUT THIS TIME, it was AWESOME! I hardly ever see Tim Holtz products on sale, but this particular day, there was so many goodies that I think I got one of everything!! LOL Virtually everything you see on this table I got on clearance! Most of it was Tim Holtz, but there was also some fabulous Heidi Swapp sprays, Claudine Hellmuth paints and some Crafters Workshop stencils! I was like a kid in a candy store!!! I was awing and oohing so much that a nearby lady came back to the clearance section based on the fact that she heard my cries of giddiness and had to come see!! Too bad she came after me...(smurky, grinning snear). Needless to say, I have been happily and merrily playing ever since!!
We all deserve a little surprise now and then. It's so much fun and really makes you feel like you have found the infamous pot of gold!!! But what it really reminded me of was the fact that because God blesses us abundantly, we should be a blessing to others! God's provision covers all facets of our lives. His Word tells us that He knows the desires of our hearts and wants to bless us with those things if we would just delight in Him (Psalm 37:4). Do you mean even art products? Why sure, why not. I believe that God can bless even a small desire like that when we continuously honor Him and give Him the glory for those blessings. It's what we do with those blessings that bring back the glory to Him. My art journal pages reflect my love for my Lord and Savior, but I also do many projects with those art products that I give to others that I hope sow a seed and draw those into a deeper relationship with Him.
So, the next time you feel like you have found your prize in the Cracker Jack Box, remember to give ALL the glory and ALL the praise for His goodness to you, back to Him because He loves YOU that much!