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Welcome!- After releasing the Harmony
Handbag in August, I took advantage of a little time off for some
diversionary activity (I painted my office area.) Of course there's
like a big messy project to bring out the true natures of the individuals
you live with. There's always an
CRITIC, constantly checking your work & assessing your progress. Even
when you make him promise to
stay quietly out of my way, it's difficult to shake the feeling of constantly
being watched! Is it just me, or do you also find that these folks
think any improvement you make is all about
THEM? Or how about the individual that hates all change, grumbling &
pouting until he can have his
favorite spot back, fixed just the way he likes it, thank you! At any
rate, I'm done and I LOVE it, (even though Jeter thinks it wasn't worth
inconvenience), so let's get started! The Handbag Contest is back, I've
released a new FREE pattern, and I have some cool websites for you to
visit, just in time for this year's shopping season!
Also, especially for the convenience of our friends at Pattern
Review & AOL, all of the hotlinks are listed in order at the bottom of
letter, and as always, if you prefer, you can go to
www.studiokatdesigns.com/oct08.htm to see the online version of the
Feline Quote for October-
"Cat: A pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and
patronizes human beings."
New on my Website!-
Former Handbag of the Month winner, Susan Flamey of Eureka Springs, AR has
been busy as a beaver making PortaPockets Inserts. Seems all of her
friends will be getting beautiful gifts this year! Check 'em out and
"Handbag of the Month"
in the HandBag of the Month Contest
I love seeing the beautiful handbags you all are creating, and I'll bet
you do too! It seems everyone is enjoying the new Handbag of the Month
contest, so jump right in & check out these pics, all received in the
of September. Then click on the link below to cast a vote for your
favorite. The owner of the handbag receiving the most votes at the end of
the October wins a $10.00 SKD gift certificate. Susan Flamey of Eureka
Springs, AR was our lucky winner in the August Handbag Contest. Click here
to see her winning Vervalise, which has also won a
permanent place of honor on our website!
now...Here's this month's entries:
Beginning with Jillian Holston of Hebron, ND who made two excellent
Harmony Handbags. This rosey Harmony, has a beautiful
"butterflied" interior. Jillian says she accomplished the unique handpieced
stars on her 2nd Harmony using her favorite new tool, the
Inklingo along with star shapes that for the moment are available as a
free download at this
Lyn Bove of Seneca Falls, NY submitted pictures of two bags as
well. Just follow the links to see her incredible
Bellagio bag, & don't forget to check out her terrific Tandem
Not to be outdone, Donna Zukowski of Scottsdale, AZ whipped up a
"regionally correct" Southwest Harmony. It's a perfect fall bag!
And don't be thinking that gals are the only ones interested in
great looking accessories! Michael Cook sent in these pics of his
Aeropac. He did all of his own embellishing, in SILK no less!
Just look at the great-looking back,
that showcases his card-woven work so it can function as a nametag as well
as a travel document holder! You can check out more details about
AeroPac by clicking here. Great work Michael!
Heather Holley of Charleston, SC has also been having fun with our
FREE Aeropac pattern, creating a fun
& whimsical version. if you look closely at the back, you'll notice
that Heather actually added a zipper to one of the pockets for more security!
Only one vote per day, per email address
Come back next month to see who the winner is... or
Join the StudioKat Designs Chat Group at
Yahoo! The International Quilt Market is this month and I am
excited to be exhibiting for the 1st time. I'll be posting daily entries
straight from the floor of the Quilt Market, complete with exciting
pictures. If you're a store owner going to the Quilt Market, please stop
our booth (#903), we'd love to meet you. But smile pretty, you may just
find your picture posted from the floor of the Market! Our new chat group
has over 110 members now & I am finding that I really am having a lot of
fun with this group of gals! Come ON! Join in on the fun TODAY by clicking
Click to join the
StudioKatDesigns Chat Group!
Website Spotlight- Is It Just
Download the Instruction Sheets.
This entirely self-descriptive website allows you to find out if you're
unable to access other websites because of a malfunction in your system or
theirs. Type in
any URL and get instant feedback as to whether or not the site is
actually "down". If so, there's nothing to do but wait it out. If not, it
might be time to call your favorite computer geek! (I know who mine is,
don't ask, I'm not sharing him!)
Get your FREE pattern!- The
Are you looking for a quick and easy gift item that your recipient
will just flip over? Are you tired of giving your kid's teacher the
obligatory Christmas ornament? If you answered YES to either question, (or
any of 100 others!) then click here,
because the Rug Bag may be just what you're looking for! This free
bag pattern is cheap, easy, fast, and totally cool! And besides, who can't
use an interesting tote bag to carry stuff in? Sound good? Just download
the instruction sheets and the pattern templates (use the links below) and
you're ready... to go shopping of course! You'll need to find an
appropriate throw rug to work with. (The best ones for the money that I've
found, are at Target!)
Download the Pattern Templates.
A Cool Place to
It's that time of year again. It's time to start hunting for that special
gift for the person on your list who has everything! Help is on the way at
a coffee addict on your list? Buy 'em a USB-powered
Coffee Warmer. You could order a Cable
Roller to help your favorite computer geek look more organized, & what
woman wouldn't appreciate a
Choculater, a calculator that looks and SMELLS like a chocolate
bar? And don't forget to check out MY personal favorite, the Tuxedo Cat
Quotation of the
"Whether you think that you can or you can't,
you're usually right. Henry Ford
Your cat might own you
if... you wake up in the middle of the night with an
itchy back and you can't decide whether to move the peaceful cat who's
sleeping on your arm, or wake your husband to scratch your back for you!?!
Courtesy of Blair Sechrest of Cary, NC who says that lucky for her,
the cat moved before she had to make that critical (to her marraige)
Surf HERE for Neat INFO!- Survey What They
If you want to make sure your kids are playing appropriate video games,
get to know this invaluable online resource.
What They Play.Com
is loaded with information about thousands of video games, including
reviews from experts and comments from other readers. You can find out
which games are most popular and which ones are new, PLUS, you can sign
up for the newsletter, or blog with other concerned parents. You can also search
for suitable games based on brand, genre, age, and rating, or even post
your own comments!
New Word of the Month-
When a cat or kitten knocks over or pulls down the
Cats in the News- Cat House on the Kings
Here's a cool story and
video sent in by alert reader, Ann Horton of Wilson, NY. It's about Lynea
Lattanzio, who currently feeds, houses and cares for more than 700 cats.
Over the past 16 years, shes cared for more than 16,000! Check out her
story by clicking here.
Love Handbags?- The Painted
The handbags I've found for you today are absolutely beyond compare
because ALL of them are uniquely one-of-a-kind creations made from an original abstract painting! They're easily the most
distinctive bag exteriors I've ever seen! You can see details about how
Bill Brown creates his art fabrics by clicking here. (Would someone mind telling my husband that I
Sewing Tip of the Month-
For accurate cutting of fabric, always rest the lower
blade of the scissors on the work surface. Raising the blade off of the
work surface will result in jagged cut edges
Did You Know that a
domestic cat can sprint at ~31 mph?
A cool Internet Activity- Sightsee from
If you haven't tried Google Earth yet, you're missing a very cool online
resource. Google Earth lets you "fly" anywhere on the globe and gain a
bird's eye view of satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings.
in an address, zip code, city, or state and Google Earth instantly takes
you there. You can even swoop from outer space to street level and leap
from one building to another. The new Sky feature lets you view images of
distant galaxies and nebulae from the Hubble Space Telescope. Click here to take a
quick tour of the features, then download
the free Google Earth 4.3 software to use them, and start enjoying
around-the-world tour without spending a cent.
Lines-If you can smile when things go wrong, you have
someone in mind to blame.
"Catsite" of the
Month- House Cat Lounge.Com
This website is chock loaded
with informative articles written by cat experts worldwide.
Surf HERE for FUN!- Sport-ese
The Olympics are over & Fall sports are in full swing. Are you on top of
your game when it comes to knowledge of sports cliches and jargon? If not,
you'll want to visit this site, which lists those phrases you tend to hear
again and again in a variety of sports situations,like- when a teams
winning, or a coach is fired, or during
half-time, etc. You can even listen to some great stadium
anthems, or take the site's quiz to
determine your sports cliche savvy.
Question of the
"Did you know that babies are nauseated by the smell of a clean shirt?
Today is October 4th, also known as World Animal
so chosen because it's the feast day of St.
Francis of Assisi , a nature-lover & patron saint of animals & the
environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday
closest to 4 October with a Blessing for the Animals.
It was also on this day in 1962 that a total of 53 people showed up at New
York's Carnegie Hall to listen to then fledgling artist, Bob Dylan.
And in LA, Janis Joplin was found alone in her room, dead of an
overdose combined with alchohol.
And on a lighter note, if you smell birthday cake, it could be that
actress Susan Sarandon, or author Jackie
Collins, are in the midst of celebrating their special day. And if
today is also YOUR birthday, here's a great big Happy Birthday to
YOU from StudioKat Designs, and if today is not your birthday, you can
celebrate today anyway by listening to a little 60's protest music (it's
back in vogue now!) or by spending a little quality time with a favorite
animal buddy or two, or how about considering a donation to an animal
charity or pledging to sponsor a shelter or rescue animal? You won't be
Well, that's it for now, so until next month,
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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HotLinks- (in order
StudioKat Designs September 08 Newsletter
its all about HIM:
enjoying his favorite
NEW on my Website: Susan's three PortaPockets
Handbag of the Month Gallery:
Handbag Gallery: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/winfreestuff.htm
Vervalise from August contest:
handpieced stars on
Bellagio Bag: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/poll28.jpg
Tandem Tote: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/poll29.jpg
Harmony Handbag: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/poll30.jpg
the Monogram on the
Cast YOUR Vote:
The International Quilt Market:
Join the StudioKatDesigns Chat Group:
A New FREE Pattern:
Red RugBag sample:
Beige RugBag sample:
Download the Pattern
Tuxedo Cat Handbag:
What They Play.Com:
Sign Up for
Blog with other
Cat House on the Kings:
The Painted Purse.Com:
my Favorite Bag:
Sightsee From Home: http://earth.google.com
Download the FREE
House Cat Lounge:
Sports Cliches :
When a Team's
When a Coach is
Take a Quiz:
World Animal Day:
St. Francis of Assisi:
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