The cover of Patti Cox-Charles' book Confessions from a Crazed Crafter provides a wonderful sneak peak into her crafting world. Patti refers to herself as a "crazed crafter," and I must admit her commitment and dedication clearly show in her work, her blog and in her writing. However, I choose not to call her a crazed crafter but a fearless one, for her life has truly been an adventure. While snow covers her yard and nearby streets, PIGS and UFOs inhabit her home. It may be very cold outside her Wisconsin home, but inside all is cozy and comfy, including the cats.
Her words flow with a sincere warmth and delightful sense of humor. Not only is Patti a talented crafter and writer, she is also well versed in songwriting. And you will have to read her book to understand just what I mean.
In addition to helpful tips and colorful photographs, she describes her love of needle work, card making, knitting and many others. Yet, she admits pine needle basketry remains her greatest passion.
So much of Patti's personality seeps through the pages of her book. Her decision to honor and recognize some of the very special people in her life clearly reflect her generosity and thoughtfulness. She acknowledges her sister as well as other notable crafters, but most importantly she recognizes the valuable contributions of her mother, who has always served as a driving force in her life. Her respect and admiration for her mother echoes throughout the book. Many of us may have felt this gratitude and appreciation, but few of us have put it into words, decorated it with pictures and had the glossy pages bound.
I find it admirable and refreshing that Patti chose to generously include the works of other crafters in her book. In fact, her gesture reminds me of a painting outside the main building at my campus. Every time I see it I am reminded that on our way up we should always bring others along.