Hi, I’m Heather. Born and raised in Auburndale, graduate of Florida Southern College and USF Lakeland, resident of Lakeland since 1999. By day, I’m a mild-mannered Licensed Mental Health Counselor at a local not-for-profit agency. By night and on Saturdays, I’m a stitchery maniac. In December, 2012, I fulfilled one of my life dreams by starting my own business, Swan City Stitchery, and I’m now a weekly vendor at the Lakeland Downtown Farmer’s Curb Market. This has allowed me to bring together several things very important to me — sewing, connecting to my community, and contributing to my local economy and sustainability.
I learned to sew when I was in about the 3rd grade on a beautiful Singer sewing machine that my grandmother received as a wedding present in 1951 (Mind you, I was in the 3rd grade in 1988). I have been blessed to learn sewing from many crafty women in my life — my grandmothers, my aunts, and my mom. I never learned to use patterns, so everything I create is my own design. Since I spend my days as a counselor, sewing is my own therapy, and my beloved customers are my therapists. I love sharing what I love with you all!
My Granny, besides being crafty, is also one of the wisest women I’ve ever met, and I’m blessed to have her ongoing wisdom in my life. She taught me to look at all of life as a learning experience, and I’m definitely grateful to have The Market as yet another “teacher.” Through this blog, I hope to share not only my sewing creations, but also the lessons I learn from the experience of being a small business owner, a market vendor, and a member of this wonderful Lakeland community. 🙂