Get To Know the Moms of Spoonflower

MAY 12, 2017

 

Happy Mother's Day from Spoonflower

It’s no coincidence the word mom spells wow when flipped upside down. From carpooling to crust cutting and lending an ear to lending a hand, moms ( and mother-like figures) wow us in so many different ways. Some moms show their unconditional love through creativity, while others go a more tangible route : endless amounts of hugs, kisses, and embarrassment! Luckily for the Spoonflower team, we have an office and factory full of talented, hard-working moms who show their love for not only their family at home, but their family in the office! Keep reading to learn more about five of these mama bears.

Marin H.
Print Operator

Marin and her son Ian enjoy quality time together

What advice did your mom give you growing up that you have incorporated in your parenting?
Make sure to show your child that you love them every day.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Watching my son grow into such a cool, capable, kind person. Also, getting to share MST3K with him since he’s finally old enough to get the jokes.

If there is one responsibility you wish you could pass off to someone else, what would it be? 
Driving–In just 3 short years my son will be able to help!

In three words, describe what it means to be a mom at Spoonflower.
Busy but fun!

Marin and her family enjoy a vacation at Disney!

Kerry K.
VP of Research and Development

Amongst the hustle of managing the Spoonflower R&D department, Kerry makes sure to enjoy time with her family!

What advice did your mom give you growing up that you have incorporated in your parenting?
Always have a change of clothes…just in case!

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Laughing with and at my kids…they crack me up!

If there is one responsibility you wish you could pass off to someone else, what would it be?
Don’t have to think about that one! Car pool! I’m not cut out for that kind of stress…give me a fabric emergency instead!

Describe what it means to be a mom at Spoonflower in three words.
Busy, Colorful, Repeating!  


Crystal F.
Customer Service Advocate

It’s all about fun and family for Crystal and the three men in her life

What advice did your mom give you growing up that you have incorporated in your parenting?
My mom was always a fierce protector. No matter what happened, I have always been assured that my mom had my back. She also had strong boundaries, you never have to guess where you stand with my mother. I definitely have the same mama bear tendencies and strong boundaries with my boys.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
That is a difficult question. Every age of development brings its own joy and trials. I think that my favorite thing is watching my kids as they grow into their own people. I really like the humans they are becoming, they are clever and hilarious.

If there is one responsibility you wish you could pass off to someone else, what would it be?
We do a pretty good job with the division of labor in the Free home. Everyone pitches in on all the household chores. The only things that are specifically my domain are the act of paying bills and washing the dogs. I don’t mind either too much.

Describe what it means to be a mom at Spoonflower in three words.
Creative custom gifts.

Hiking and Halloween – two of Crystal’s favorite things to do with her boys!

Marlo W.
VP of Human Resources

Marlo and her #1 crew

What advice did your mom give you growing up that you have incorporated in your parenting?
My mom always told to me that it was important to keep my options open. Although this doesn’t sound like groundbreaking advice, it was always a challenge for me to follow. I tend to want decisions made so I can move on. My mom would say that the ability to make the decision myself was more important than acting in a way that caused the decision to be made for me. Interestingly, I’ve been trying to impart this same concept to my 13-year daughter who is in the process of making a decision about where to go to high school. I find myself channeling my mom and showing Sophie how fortunate she is to have options to choose from!

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Mother’s Day. Makes me feel like I am doing something right!

If there is one responsibility you wish you could pass off to someone else, what would it be?
Taking my kids to the doctor for their annual vaccinations.

Describe what it means to be a mom at Spoonflower in three words.
I’m so lucky – My job feelslikeamomsometimes – Working mom heaven

While toddlers many years ago, Marlo is now offering guidance to her daughter when it comes to choosing what high school to attend.
There’s always time for a little fun and dabbin’

Eva Y.
Print Operator

The many faces of Eva and Maisie!

What advice did your mom give you growing up that you have incorporated in your parenting? 
Eat dinner as a family. I love having our meals at the table together every night. It’s a great time to connect and talk over shared food. It doesn’t have to be fancy either!

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Discovering everything in the world all over again. For a 2 year old, the birds, flowers, cats, and airplanes are really exciting and new. She is just so fun- and I love the snuggles too 🙂

If there is one responsibility you wish you could pass off to someone else, what would it be?
Diaper laundry… We cloth diaper and after 2 years, I’m getting a little tired of the laundry.

Describe what it means to be a mom at Spoonflower in three words.
Colorful, Fun, Project!

Eva and her family are all smiles while out for dinner

Beckie M.
Floor Operations

The perks of being a Mom : Sunday Snuggle Time!

What advice did your mom give you growing up that you have incorporated in your parenting.
My mum taught me that it’s important to meet each child where they are, to recognize capacity and personality. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to parenting. The end goal of raising children to be capable adults can be reached by different paths. The expectation that my children act with kindness and respect looks different with each, regarding direction and consequences. My daughter is quiet and sensitive, with ambition to be a scientist. My son is rambunctious and strong-willed, with plans to become a construction worker or firefighter. I am one of four children, as is my husband, and early in our marriage we thought we would have four children as well. Then we actually had kids. I have my hands full with two!

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Finding wonder and curiosity again through the eyes of my children, as they discover the world around them. Mundane things like construction sites are met with excitement. Half eaten acorns in the backyard must be the work of fairies. A magnifying glass and hat can transform you into a world-class spy. If you put your arms behind you and make jet noises for ‘take-off’, you can run as fast as The Flash. Ice cream cones are a big deal, as is getting to put your own bread in the toaster. Backyard hideouts are sacrosanct and time machines are still possible. Being a mom reminds me slow down and find the joy in simple things.

If there is one responsibility you wish you could pass off to someone else, what would it be?
Dealing with wiggly teeth! In truth, I have already passed this off to my husband. I am happy to fulfill the duties of tooth fairy, named Glitter Silvermoon in our house, but the sight of a wiggly, dangly tooth makes me weak in the knees.

Describe what it means to be a mom at Spoonflower in three words.
Balance. Inspiration. Fun.

You know you’re a Spoonflower mom when you make matching outfits for you and the kids! Watercolor Floral by laurapol

Need a last minute gift idea to wow mom this Mother’s Day? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite DIY gifts to help you out!

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