Don’t get yourself all up in arms over birth control rights just due to the title of this post. I’m not here to talk about whether employers should have control over their employees’ reproductive rights (they shouldn’t) or if people should have the right to choose what they do with their own bodies (they should). I’m not here to spark a debate about what your religious beliefs are (your business, not mine) or what my religious beliefs are (my business, not yours). I’m here to talk about how to get craft supplies when you are in desperate need of crafting therapy.
Okay, that’s a bit of a joke, but still kind of true. (Truth makes it funny, though. Right? Right? *crickets chirping*)
Here’s the deal: When I’m not writing, or cleaning, or taking care of the kids, or studying, or catching a little bit of shuteye, I like to craft. Sometimes that involves scrapbooking, or cross-stitching, or sewing. Most recently, my favorite thing to play with is polymer clay.
As I stepped through Hobby Lobby’s doors last night, I remembered the snort of derision someone gave me in a recent conversation when I had mentioned I had been in that much-debated store. I know that the flames have died down a bit, but it is obviously still a relevant issue for people. But here’s why I still shop there: They are a local store. That’s it. There’s the magic for me, right there. I could get clay on Amazon or Etsy, but if I shop at Hobby Lobby I know I’m supporting other local people. Despite what their corporate office has had to say about healthcare, Hobby Lobby still provides me with the instant gratification of a hunk of clay in my hands and the knowledge that I’ve supported a local store. Sure, there are Hobby Lobby stores across America, so you can’t technically call it a local business, but there are local people that work there. That’s the part I care about.
I think we let the media get us so riled up about one little corner of the picture that we forget to see the rest of it.
So yes, I will continue to shop at Hobby Lobby. And I will enjoy it. And I will make cute crafty things when I get home.
You can find more of my craftiness at my Facebook page for Athena’s Dream Jewelry and Crafts.
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