pen&thimble playdate: A New Meet-The-Moms Spotlight

Heyyyyyyy guyyyyys!! I’m so excited to be introducing pen&thimble playdate!! On the first Monday of every month, I will be sharing a mom bio with you! Will it be yours? Maybe! This will be a place where we can meet you and other friends of pen&thimble and share our parenting hope/fears, self-care ideas, and more! We may have different backgrounds, but we can relate to each other in so many ways–starting with being moms!

Let’s support each other. Celebrate each other. Laugh with each other. Moms coming together. That is what this is all about. I promised the first  round of moms that I would go first to get this party started! So here it goes! But the fun mom intros start next month!


Name: Gillian F

Region: Northeast, USA

Kids: 2 girls, ages 4.5 and 2.

What I Do: WAHM – children’s accessories maker

If you’ve followed me on Instagram or Facebook at all, you probably know me as the painfully punny maker of baby bibs, kids’ lunch accessories, and kids’ crowns. But my kids just call me “mama” or repeat snack requests to get my attention. When I’m not making things (bibs, placemats, snacks all day, dinner no one eats), I’m usually cleaning up a mess, trying to reclaim my rhythm at family dance parties, or drinking La Croix water. Yes, I am that mom. I just love those bubbles!

My biggest hope for my girls is to know their worth beyond looks and academic success. I want them to know the worth of creativity and kindness even if there isn’t much social currency in these things.

My biggest challenge is balancing my handmade business and caring for my family. And one of my related struggles is being okay with the fact that I don’t think screen time is as evil as everyone says. Am I allowed to admit that? I like screen time. There I’ve said it.

My self-care takes the form of sewing/stitching, but it is very separate from my business. When I need to decompress, I turn to quilting or embroidery. It is super relaxing because it is just for me! I’ve been feeling spread thin lately and being able to stitch through my worries or piece together a quilt block from scraps of fabric gives me a sense of control and coming-together I so desperately need right now. Also, downing a row of peeps helps too!


What do you do for self-care? Do you want to join our meet-and-greet? I want to hear from you! Join my email list here to be part of the next Q&A group!! Can’t wait to hear from you!

3 thoughts on “pen&thimble playdate: A New Meet-The-Moms Spotlight

  1. Yes, I agree that we need to teach our kids to see themselves as more than just their looks. And so this seems like the wrong place to say that I LOOOOVE Phee in that green crown! That is the best picture!


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