"Kat Bytes"      March'14
the monthly newsletter for StudioKat Designs

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Chris Franczek

Here's February's most popular posts on our FACEBOOK page!

From 2/12/14--
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From 2/22/14--
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From 2/28/14--
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So...are you ready to join the conversation?
So... I've got someone new to love!
I'm so excited to finally be able to announce that my new grand-daughter, Baby Z, was born on Sunday, 3/2/14 (there she is on   the right).
Another thing I'm glad about is that I had the foresight to write the majority of this newsletter prior to her birth, because my brain has been pretty much been MUSH ever since!
So go ahead and get started, and I'll get back to what's REALLY important!
If you have comments or suggestions about our Newsletter, please feel free to do so at info@studiokatdesigns.com
Can't see the pictures?
 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Veronica Johnson of Tasmania, Australia. She's the winner of our February contest and you can click here to see her winning entry, a creatively pieced Quattro! Veronica wins a $25.00 SKD gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website.
But...our contest this month is EXTRA special because it's time for our 2nd annual "Purse Insert of the YEAR' contest, so without further adieu, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite. 

(For a larger view: Click on each individual picture)
This "Pretty in Pink" Encore Purse Insert was created by Penny Oosterman of Vermont. Penny said she couldn't believe her Encore holds EVERYTHING in her purse. This is a
belated gift for one of Penny's best friends! Here's another view. Lucky girl!
This Encore Purse Insert was created by Mary Dinkel of Scottsdale, AZ. I love the embroidered logo on the front of her Encore. Just click here for a view of the back.
Venla V of rural Arizona created this Encore Purse Insert with leftover fabric from her Guardian handbag. She presented it as a gift to a friend who refers to her BIG purse
as Fibber McGee's closet. Here's another view
Melinda Nixon created this Porta-Pockets Purse Insert to go with her "coffee-inspired" Guardian and CashKeeper which you can see by clicking HERE. Now she has
a "totally stylish purse with a place for everything!"
This beautiful black & white Porta-Pockets Purse Insert was created by Ruth Sperry. She said that she used leftover fabrics from a favorite patchwork jacket in the construction!
Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA created this Porta-Pockets Purse Insert to go with her new Cosmo Convertible. This professional-looking exterior is the result of Diane's exceptional piecing
technique which is her specialty. When she added "Slicker" (a fabric laminate) to this piecing, she was delighted to see that it had a ceramic tile look! Here's the inside.
Jutta Duncan of Hopewell, VA made this Encore Purse Insert for a friend never could seem to find things in her purse. When she STILL managed to lose something in her purse
Jutta told her it was because she placed it OUTSIDE her Purse Insert.  :)
And last, but certainly not least is this bright and cheerful Porta-Pockets Purse Insert by Kathy Neinas. I love the fabrication combo she chose! Bright, warm and sunny!  :)
OK, ready to vote now?
 Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.
Calling ALL entries! 
Everyone gets a prize and YOU might be our next "Handbag of the Month" WINNER!
We're now accepting entries for our next contest, so get "snappin"! Then attach your jpg or gif image to an email and send it to: info@studiokatdesigns.com
Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress
We're in the midst of the NINTH edition of one of our most popular series, the Purse Pattern Chronicles. All posts in this series are all preceded with a PPC9 notation. And if you're new here, and you want to catch up or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, they're all listed below.
Newly Retired at SKD- the ReUsaBag
If you're a subscriber, then you know that last year we  retired SIX of our older patterns. And here we are again, ready to retire one of our old standbys, the ReUsaBag.
If you've never made these quick & easy reusuable 
shopping bags before, now might be the perfect time,  since now you can do so at the delicious discount price of only $5.00! Click HERE to be see more pictures & details, or HERE to see ALL of our retirees!
Bobbin Around the Web- In The Doghouse Designs
  I first saw Deb Johnson's booth at the Quilt Market in Houston last Fall and was instantly interested in the wide variety of quilts she was displaying. She actually had 2 different T-shirt quilts which I think are the coolest! There's also a nice selection of table runners to choose from and although you can order directly off her website, you can order direct from her. Oh, and while you're on her site, you might want to check out her Blog to stay informed of upcoming products!
'HOT'Links-of-the-Month'- check out these GREAT offers from our sponsors
PursePatterns.Com- Click HERE to check out this month's pattern bargains!
Immedia Print- We print patterns and MUCH MORE! Click here to see their various services
Material Girl Quilts- Click HERE to see a new shipment of African prints!
FaveQuilts.Com- Click HERE to download the Spring Fashions eBook
All DunnDesigns.Com- Use discount code KAT2 to get 10% off 3 Fat Quarters & a Duck!
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Website Spotlite- Wee Folk Art
Wee Folk Art is a mother/daughter team who share mutual love of crafting and the gentle art of homemaking. Craft along with them by creating some of the many free sewing and knitting patterns found on their blog. I especially love this little girls party purse pictured at right, and the Magic Carpet Afghan.  And while you're navigating thru this site, don't forget to check out the Wee Folks Art Blog and FaceBook page.
Two to View-
Turns out you can make something pretty cool when you pour molten aluminum into an anthill, who knew? Click here to see!
I guess postal carriers are used to dealing with territorial dogs, but this mailman has to contend with a GUARD CAT – and she’s not gonna let that mailman put anything in her house! Click here to get your laugh for the day!
Blog of the Month- Planet Smarty Pants
Natalie originally hails from the former Soviet Union, but now lives and works in Silicon Valley. Her blog, Planet Smarty Pants  fosters FUN activities to raise enthusiastic and independent learners, with an emphasis on science, math and engineering.
Among my favorite projects is this cool Leprechaun Trap which is timely with St Patricks Day just around the corner, and these Mardi Gras Party Masks, another timely project! And while your there, don't forget to check out Natalie's Blog, and FaceBook page.
Quote of the Month- 
"Behind every great business is an entrepreneur who's pretty sure she's screwing up." 
John Jantsch
Crafty Tutorial of the Month- A Fabric Gift Pouch
Here's a delightful little tutorial for making a cute-as-a-button gift pouch! It looks like its pretty easy AND a great way to use up small scraps of fabric! Click here to get started and thanks to a spoonfulofsugardesigns.com for a fun tutorial!
Techie Tutorial of the Month- Windows XP support ends soon
Are you still using Microsoft Windows XP as your operating system?
Did you know that support for Windows XP (and Office 2003) will end on April 8, 2014. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.
You can continue to use Windows XP, but it's not recommended since your computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Microsoft strongly recommends you get current with Windows and Office.
New Word of the Month- Ringilepsy
a. (n.) The seizure suffered in the process of finding and turning off a beeper, especially one that vibrates.
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Sewing in the Headlines- Brad Griffes- Olympic Designer
One of the most loved Olympic events is figure skating – the jumps, the spins, and the oh-so beautiful dresses. This year is especially exciting for Brad Griffies. Brad's a former international skater and now he's sought after as a skating dress designer, creating the beautiful dresses that were worn by four skaters that competed at the Olympics in Sochi. (click HERE to read more)
Monthly Trivia-
Today is Sunday, March 9th, the 68th day of 2014 and just in case you're interested, there are 297 days remaining in this year.
This was also a very significant day in history for LOTS of girls in this world, both big and little, because it was on this day in 1959 that Barbie was officially introduced to the world by Ruth Handler At that time, most children's toy dolls were baby dolls and realizing that there could be a gap in the market, Ruth suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to her husband, a co-founder of the Mattel toy company. He was unenthusiastic about the idea, as were Mattel's directors, but during a trip to Europe in 1956 with her kids, she came across a German toy doll called Bild Lilli which turned out to be the inspiration for the original Barbie.
So... if you share your birthday with Barbie, here's a great big "Happy Birthday to YOU", from StudioKat Designs, and if today is not your birthday, then I suggest you find the nearest little girl you can and spend the afternoon playing, because that's what I'll be doing!   :)

Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
Why Not Pass along the FUN?

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