Say Hello To Carly S: Crafter, Friends-Watcher, and Future Etsy Shop Owner!

It’s the first Monday of the month. Hello, April! So that means it is time for the another installment pen&thimble playdate! We’ll meet here to “chat with” a fellow mom and connect over our similarities. Because we are #UnitedInMotherhood. Let’s say hello to Carly!

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Name: Carly S

Region: Midwest

Kids: 1 year, Theodore and 2.5 year old, Penelope

What do you do? 

I spend way too much time cooking food and then way too much time cleaning it off the floor, daydream about opening my own Etsy shop, obsessively create lists, fill online shopping carts with things I’ll never buy, rewatch episodes of Friends and quote the whole thing, hide in the pantry eating chocolate, research whatever topic I have developed an unhealthy fascination with.

What is your hope for your children? 

I hope they are happy and healthy and have unswerving faith in the Lord. I hope they see the good in people. I hope they are brave, strong, and independent.

What is your biggest fear for your children?

I am afraid of letting them down. I am afraid that they will let the world invade their sense of self and lose their individuality.

What is your favorite activity to do with your kids/family? 

Anything. Cheesy – yes. But honestly I love any activity that is all of us together.

What is your biggest challenge being a mom? What makes your life easier? 

My husband is currently deployed and I am doing a whole lot of this alone right now. I know it’s a temporary thing for me but man do I have a lot of respect for single parents. I also think smart phones and the internet really make being a mom tricky. They do provide many amazing things but there is so much room for judgement. Things that make life easier: Norwex cleaning products, my Black and Decker dustbuster aka my BFF, lavender essential oil, COFFEE, my two hours a week to myself thanks to an amazing babysitter, and all the magnetic note pads that cover my fridge!

Self-care: What do you do to relax/decompress? Why does it help you? 

I am focusing on self-care this year. This is an area I really struggle with. I am trying to make time to do something just for me every day. There will always be more chores, more laundry, more things to clean. But I am happier and a better mom when I have the chance to be a better me first.  I do love 8pm when the house is quiet and calm and I can choose what to do with my evening – something creative, something to pamper myself, a really early bedtime 🙂

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What, if anything, do you wish people knew about you? 

Friendships are hard for me. I grew up as a Navy brat and now as an Army wife we never stay put long which makes it difficult to keep up with friends. I have to really try to stay in touch with people and make an effort to contact people regularly. My mom and husband are pretty much the only people I speak with daily and I’m kind of ok with that.

How did you become a pen&thimble customer?

Ummm I’m pretty sure I fell into an Instagram hole and clicked my way to the lovely pen&thimble page 🙂

What is your favorite pen&thimble product & why? 

I started off with a teething toy kit and it kicked my booty into crafty gear! I owe Gillian a lot of gratitude for helping me regain my crafty side after having my youngest. Being creative is a big part of my identity and setting aside time every day to do so makes me feel like a whole person and not just a giant tissue for my kids to wipe their hands and face on 😉

Follow my silly little family if you’d like 🙂 Click here to hang with Carly on Instagram!

PS. I sold out of the teething toy kits, but I’m working on putting more patterns together. In the meantime, check out my kids coloring crafts HERE!

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