Introducing... Hi, my name is Patty Woodside and the name of my shop is Patidecaz. My shop name is a mixture of my name, my birthday is in December, and I live in Arizona. I'm married to an adoring and loving husband, we've been together for just over 25 years. We raised a blended family together (1 daughter, 3 sons), we have eight grandkids (4 girls, 4 boys). We enjoy boating on the lakes, camping, and hiking. We love to travel.
I joined Etsy in June of last year to sell my pink bracelets I made to help a friend raise money for the Komen 3-Day Walk. It was held in Phoenix, Arizona in November. I have had breast cancer twice in two years, and then had breast reconstruction with tissue expanders (for seven months). My last surgery was in September, 2010. In the past, I have participated in several cancer walks - but last year, I just helped with fundraising. I had read about Etsy Project Embrace on the Storque blog. I knew then that EPE was the team I needed to be involved with.
I'll tell you a secret - My entire Etsy shop is kept inside a brown leather ottoman in my livingroom. I sell many different things in my shop. I have pink bracelets, small quilted items, jewelry that I made, vintage jewelry, linens and other vintage items, craft supplies, pincushions, little girl's dresses, and a Pay it Forward section. Lately, I've been working on several things made from Pendleton wool. I try to make something everyday (often, several things). It's a great motivation for creativity, and I am never bored. There's a quote by Picasso that says: "Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working" I sew, make quilts, make jewelry, knit socks, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, make cards, scrapbooks, and I am writing a book with my granddaughters.
I would have to say that my favorite creations are the quilts that I make. My family is very important to me - they are the recipiants of most of my quilts. I am also a member of Project Linus - a national organization that provides all kinds of blankets to children in need. The blankets are distributed to hospitals, police and fire stations, and disaster aid services. It's important to me to do something that matters.
My favorite possession would have to be my sewing machine - and my craft room. I am happiest when I can assemble some supplies and put them together to make something wonderful. It's very rewarding to me.
Besides collecting craft supplies, I am a collector of Postcards, Huckleberry Hound, and Sock Monkey.
What are my goals as to where I'd like to be with my artistic talents in 10 years?
I enjoy challenges and always love to try something new. I strive to do things that will make a difference in someone else's life.
As our technology keeps evolving, Who knows? Maybe one day I'll be cyber-crafting with aliens from another universe! Wouldn't that be wild?!
In the meantime, I'll just keep on living life to the fullest and staying cancer-free!