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A picture of Heather with the Comfort Pillow I made her…she really liked it. 


So this past Sunday I met Heather Wardell at a local Starbucks. As I consider her my favorite author I jumped at this opportunity when she suggested it. How often does one get the opportunity to meet their favorite author and talk to them for nearly 3 hours? I would think not often. 

A little about Heather: 

“Heather is a natural 1200 wpm speed reader and the author of fourteen self-published novels including the free ebook “Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo” which has had over 375,000 downloads.

She came to writing after careers as a software developer and elementary school computer teacher and has no plans to leave it.

In her spare time, she reads, runs, swims, crochets, takes care of her aquarium and her cat Trinity, and plays drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.” This information is taken from her website:

One of the reasons I love her is that she really talks with her readers. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter or email and she will respond to you. No one does this for her it is really her that your communicating with. 

For many years i avoided Women’s fiction as I thought it was all harlequin romance type stuff. Girl was I wrong there. See this author changed my thinking there is always depth and humor in her books. She covers a wide range of topics: Amnesia, Winning the Lottery, Marriage, Car Accident, Restaurants, Hockey, Art, Running, A Cruise, Pop Stardom, Teaching, Kuwait, Assault, Reality TV. Pretty much something for everyone. 

I am a member of her Street Team. Which basically means I am always trying to recruit new readers. So of course I would be esctatic of just one of my readers/followers checked her out. 

So we met and talked for hours. So much fun. We talked about books, movies, weight loss, tattoos, things we would like to do/ or have done in this lifetime. There was an incident (choking) that kept us laughing. No one was in danger of needing medical attention so it was all good. I walked away with some autographs. 


I took this book with me as she mentioned me in the acknowledgments. I hoped for an autograph and I was not be disappointed


It is truly okay that I like when she cries as this is something she does right before the book goes to the editor.


She also gave me this tote bag which she wrote a note to me on!  How exciting for me!

Days later I am still in awe of this experience.  Only think that would have added to this experience is if I had been happy with how I looked in the picture of the 2 of us…oh well. I really do photograph well I will get something on here soon to prove it. lol.



I was on Fiskars website the other night and came across instructions for making a comfort pillow. It seemed simple enough so I figured why not. Boy was I wrong…every thing was great until I went to sew it after filling with flax seed. The dang fabric would not move. So I ended up finishing this one with a couple of rows of stitches and a pair of pinking shears.


I made a second one. As you can see this one I finished a bit differently.

I made these as I was looking for a gift for someone and thought this would be perfect her being a runner.  I feel that the second one is not full enough ( I ran out of flax seed) So I will keep it for myself. It seems to appears to be the perfect size to use for alleviating both menstrual cramps and the neck pain I get plagued with!

I took the 2 placemats from Saturday and turned it into a tote bag. It is big enough to hold my thermos, water bottle and lunch for work! I am so excited!!! I really very UNhappy with the placemats and can not believe how creative I was. I did not follow a pattern but just went for it. I did what felt right. I guess the time has come for me to finally about I am CREATIVE!

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