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Welcome!- I know that Spring is here in NC, because
I can feel that annoying itch beginning in my eyes, but is that stopping me
from leaving the porch door open, letting the March breezes sweep the
winter staleness from the house? No indeed. I've simply got to get me a
laptop computer with a wireless connection, so that I can do my work out on
that porch and REALLY enjoy Spring. Oh well, enough daydreaming! I've got a
new pattern to introduce, an exciting interactive contest to announce, and
Also, especially for the convenience of our friends at Pattern
Review & AOL, all of the hotlinks are listed in order at the bottom of this
letter, and as always, if you prefer, you can go to
www.studiokatdesigns.com/apr08.htm to see the online version of the
Feline Quote for April-
"The real measure of a day's heat is the
length of a sleeping cat." Charles J. Brady
New on my
Peg Rice of Westport
Island, ME, sent in a terrific new Cat Video this month. There are 1 or 2
repeat clips on it, but there's enough hysterical new footage, that it's
well worth the look. Click
here to watch!
Show & Share
Every month so many of you send me pictures of the beautiful handbags
you're creating. I just love seeing them and I'll bet you do too! So, let's
try something new & fun this month! Check out these pics, all received in
March, & then cast a vote for your favorite. And just to make it
interesting, the creator of the handbag receiving the most votes at the end
of the month will win a $10.00 SKD gift certificate. (Results to be
announced in next month's newsletter.) And keep those pictures coming,
because if we all enjoy this process, then we may make this a regular
Judi Graf of Tyler Texas submitted this gorgeous
Trifecta, made up in leather-look fabric. She says the size is PERFECT
for her and all of her stuff. Of course she can't take all the credit, she
had a lot of help from her sewing assistant,
Ann Heselton of Saskatchewan, Canada finished this cute
PortaPockets. She said it was fun to sew and that the instructions were
easy to follow!
Adri Mayo of Cape Elizabeth, ME, whipped up this fun Cirque
Sac with the help of her assistant RC, who as you can see, greatly
admires her work!
Kristin Rohan of McKinney, TX, created this beautiful
Kizmet Klutch to carry at her son's wedding. She used black satin with
organza yoyo's to embellish it. Gosh I hope she didn't upstage the
My loyal pattern testers have been hard at work testing my new ReUse-a-Bag
pattern, and here are their results. Peg's
bags are absolutely adorable in pink & blue froggies, and Joyce worked
very cool ReUse-a-Bag, in shades of purple!
And last but not least, here's Judi Graf again with a end of the month
entry, a stunning Mezza Luna, with an Oriental twist, that she
made for her daughter-in-law. (Man, what i wouldn't give for a
mother-in-law like THAT!) Judi commented that the pictures on my website
just didn't do justice to the Mezza Luna pattern, and that she found it to
be a fun bag to make, with a lot of versatility.
OK, ready to vote now? Just click on the link below
to cast your vote.
(Only one vote per day, per email
New at StudioKat
I'm on the verge of releasing my newest design,
The ReUse-a-Bag. Since reusable shopping bags save energy, trees &
precious natural resources, why not permit them to make a personal
statement in addition to the political statement. You can make these bags
3 sizes from this pattern, & they allfold up in such a cute & compact way, that you can easily
store them in your purse or the glove box of your car. But look out,
they're so beautiful & lightweight, you'll want to carry them on your arm
to advertise your new eco-friendly lifestyle.
Requiring only minimal supplies,
ReUse-a-Bags are quick & easy projects that are fun to make for
beginning & experienced sewers alike. And here's a cool idea, what better
way to encourage your friends & family to change their shopping habits,
than to give ReUse-a-Bags as gifts!
I will officially announce the release of the ReUse-a-Bag pattern in the May newsletter, but I
anticipate putting the pattern for sale on my website as soon as it arrives
in late April if you want to check back around then.
The ReUse-a-Bag retails for $9.00, but from now until May
31st, we are offering a $1.00 off coupon to our loyal newsletter readers.
You can redeem your coupon by simply typing REUSE in the coupon code
box at checkout when you shop online, or by simply writing the word
REUSE onto your check when you order by snail mail, or mention this
offer when ordering by phone.
A Cool Place to
Shop!- Lisas Jewels
Looking for one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry? I think you'll enjoy
shopping at Lisa's Jewels, an independant artist from Glasgow, Scotland.
selection is amazing, and I especially loved the cool
Your cat might own you
if...you have more than four opened but rejected
cans of cat food in your refridgerator.
Surf HERE for Neat INFO!- I
There's all kinds of things on the market today to help you organize
appointments on a calendar, but there's a lot of activities in your daily
life that just doesn't fit neatly into your calendar's time slots. Not good
at remembering to print out your flight confirmation code? Send a message
to Sandy, and she'll remind you in a daily digest, in a text message or as
an event on your calendar. Using email, you can set up and receive
reminders for appointments, birthdays, illusive anniversaries, contacts,
lists and other random information. And, true to her humanlike presence on
the site, Sandy speaks and understands plain English - just like a real
personal assistant! (Only with Sandy, you won't get any backtalk, and she
doesn't take sick days!) Click here for more information!
New Word of the Month-Carbon-Based Error
An error caused by a human,
not a computer.
Love Handbags?- Henrietta's Handbags
Handbags is a great place to look for a handmade handbag, whether
you're in the market to buy, or just looking for an inspiration! Henrietta
is a good friend of mine, and a fellow North Carolinian and she's been very
helpful to me along the way. I especially like her selection of denim
handbags, my personal favorite being this little cutie. Denim not your thing? Then check out
this fun purple bag. Still not your cup of tea, then click
here to check out her complete line!
Sewing Tip of the Month- Pressing Fray Check until it is dry will keep it
soft and pliable.
Did You Know?- that over 50% of the people in the world have
never made or received a phone call?
A cool Internet Activity- 5
Try this: Write directions for tying your shoes, or making a peanut butter
and jelly sandwich. It's not as easy as it seems: some things are best
demonstrated, not written. That's what makes the 5min "videopedia"
invaluable. It's a site featuring short videos that provide solutions or
instructions for common and practical issues, like how to thread a sewing machine, or
how to teach your dog to sit, or my personal favorite, the hysterical
how to give your cat a massage! None of the videos is
longer than 5 minutes, and they're all user-generated, making 5 min.com a kind of
instructional video version of Wikipedia!
Lines- The sole purpose of a childs middle
name is so he can tell when he is REALLY in trouble!
Surf HERE for FUN!-
Being well-read might not be your biggest priority, but it comes in handy
during dinner conversations. Luckily, there's Daily Lit. The site offers
classic and contemporary titles, all provided in quick-reading
installments that can be sent to you either via email or RSS. Since most of
the classics are in the public domain, they're free; newer titles are
available for purchase. So, the next time the conversation turns to the
genius of Herman Melville, you can join in! And besides that, it
sure beats lugging around REAL books!
Question of the
Month- How is it that we put a man on the moon before
we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
As it turns out, April 3rd is a popular birthday to have amongst
celebrities. Comedian Eddie Murphy and entertainer Wayne Newton will both
be eating birthday cake today, as will Tony Orlando (but not Dawn). Also
born on this day were Marlon Brando in Omaha, Doris Day in Cincinnati, and
Alec Baldwin in Massapequa, NY. And lest you think Hollywood has a corner
on April 3rd, skiing phenom Picabo Street will probably be taking some time
out of her training schedule to commemorate this day, and Jane Goodall,
that famous anthropologist is probably planning a little celebration with
her chimps! And if today is also YOUR birthday, you're in good company
indeed! Here's a great big StudioKat Designs 'Happy Birthday to YOU!' And
if today is not your birthday, I'd suggest getting in on the celebration.
Heck, there's bound to be someone YOU know who is having a birthday today,
and that means CAKE!
Well, that's it for now, so until next month,
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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of fact, it would actually tickle me to death if you sent it to
everyone you know! BUT- Please don't send just paragraphs of it here
and there, because the authorship info is what usually gets left off
in the process.
Better still, why not let your friends know that
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to other webmasters:)Authorship credit is the only payment I receive
for this endeavor, so if you want to use an excerpt from this
newsletter in your publication, please ask me first.
HotLinks- (in order
StudioKat Designs April 08 Newsletter
New on My Website:A NEW Cat Video
A Bad Cat Day:
Show & Share Gallery:
Adri's Cirque Sac:
Judi's Mezza Luna:
Cast YOUR Vote:
New at StudioKat Designs:
My Newest Design:
Folds up in a Compact
A Cool Slideshow:
I Want Sandy.Com:
Denim Jeans Purse:
Fun Purple Bag: http://www.henriettashandbags.com/plumbago_tote_bag.html
5 Min.Com: http://www.5min.com
Thread a Sewing
Teach a Dog to Sit:
Give a Cat a Massage:
Daily Lit.Com: http://www.dailylit.com
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