StudioKat News                  August 2011
 In This Issue-
Pattern Preview- the Baggalista
FREE gift- the Wrist-a-Kat wristlet
Moda Bake Shop
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Hello and Welcome-
July was one hot & miserably humid month here in NC,and unfortunately August isn't starting out any better, but get this- in just a few short days, the hubster & I will be winging out way up to the Canadian Rockies. Ahhhh- I can almost feel the cool breeze now... That means I have a LOT to do to get ready, so we better get started! BUT FIRST- click here, because I'd like to start your day off with a SMILE & this little video will do that for SURE!!
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's contest! The winner was Donna Petruso of Monroe, MI. She wins a $20.00 SKD gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website. Click here to see her winning entry, a beautifully embroidered Gadabout.
The August Handbag of the Month contest promises to be just as exciting, so without further ado...Check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite.

(Click each individual picture for a larger view)

So let's kick it off this month with a beautifully functional Encore Purse Insert sent in by Debra Ingersoll of Springboro, OH. Debra said she hasn't sewn anything in quite some time, but she did a great job, didn't she? Here's another view for your consideration.
This is Janet Tucker's Quattro and she said that she had been saving this fabric for a LONG time in search of the perfect project for it. Her favorite part of the bag is the zippered pocket which she loves all the more because of the black/white zipper she got from us! Great job, Janet! I bet you're the talk of East Hampton, MA carrying this bag!
This patchwork Boho Baguette was fabricated by Becky Lipchik of Ozark, MO. She says she made these log cabin quilt squares quite some time ago & decided they would make a cute bag. She used a contrasting fabric for the back and embroidered her initial on it. I LOVE the polka-dotted interior as well!
Robin Michaeletz of Columbia, MO created this floral Harmony Handbag because she needed a summer bag. She added an extra phone pocket in see-thru fabric so she can see if she gets messaged & the embroidery is from Hatched in Africa AND All Sorts Embroidery.  
And this graphic DittyRoo is REALLY eyecatching, isn't it? It was fabricated by Lee Franklin of Oldsmar, FL & she says that she's keeping it for herself! I especially like her bold combination of fabrics. Click HERE to see how very different it looks on the back! great work, Lee!
And don't you find this Quattro intriguing? It was submitted by Geraldine DeBoer of Anchorage, AK, and I would have loved to know much  more about this fabulous bag. Here's a closeup of what looks like a detachable hummingbird (pin?) on the Strap. 
Rita Keiser of Florence, OR made this DittyRoo up for her beloved sister who is a self-described travel addict. Rita attempted to include various places that her sister had visited in different areas of the bag. The map on the base of the bag is the area in which they live... so she can find her way back home.  :)
Rita had enough of her fabric leftover that she made sis a matchiing Encore Purse Insert. (Is she a great sis, or what?) Here's a peek at the back side.
And last but absolutely not least, we have this stunning Gadabout, which was created by Mary Ann Merryman of Canton, OH. Mary Ann used embroidery designs from Embroidery Library to great advantage in this bag. Here's how the back of this Gadabout looks and here's a closeup of the Flap. And here's the deal, as much as I love the exterior, I absolutely ADORE the bold yellow interior! Check it out!
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Coming SOON at SKD- The Baggalista
Summer will soon be coming to a close which means we better be getting a new design ready for the Fall Market and... we ARE! I designed the Baggalista to be the perfect travel bag to take with me on my upcoming train trip across Canada in a week or so & if you'd like to track our progress on this pattern from initial inspiration to final product, then check out the post on our Blog which are labeled with the prefix: PPC4.
We've named this pattern, the Baggalista, because it will release the inner "fashionista" in YOU, & we're aiming for a September release. As usual, we'll be including a discount coupon code in an upcoming newsletter, so stay tuned to take advantage of that.
Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress
Enjoy an insider's scoop on what's happening behind the scenes at StudioKat Designs, by signing up for our blog, "A Work In Progress". If you missed any of the posts from July, don't worry, theyre all listed below. 
Bobbin Around the Web- Shoeology
Welcome to Shoeology! Here you will find Women's Shoe patterns, and I've got say, it honestly crossed my mind that I could make my own shoes. Each paper pattern is supplied with an e-book tutorial which is full pictures, explanations, and tips on how to make awesome shoes! I particularly love these loafers and also these sandals.
Sponsor 'Picks-of-the-Month'- 
All DunnDesigns.Com- "Double Delight" Reversible Vest
PursePatterns.Com- "Circle Bag" pattern- a cool choice for an evening bag
Vicki Welsh Hand-Dyed Fabrics- "Passion Flower" hand dyed fabric- perfect for the Wrist-a-Kat!
Trish Stuart.Com-"Whacked Out Cat"- I ADORE this new Quarterly Club design!
Material Girls Online- "Wise Tree Border"- George Mendoza fabric, perfect for our new bag!
Backside Fabrics.Com- Gorgeous Batik Backing fabric for Quilts
Cat Picture of the Month-
                                  There's something about this picture that CRACKS me up!
                                                                            (Click image to see a larger view)
Feline Quote for August-
"Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this by all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish."
James Gorman
A FREE gift from SK Designs- the Wrist-a-Kat - a wristlet purse
You probably don't know this, but in just a few short weeks, we'll be celebrating our 7th and BEST year in business as an independent pattern designer, due in large part to the fact that we have without doubt, the best and most loyal customers in the world.
This Wrist-a-Kat pattern has long been included as a bonus with our AbracaNiche pattern and for years, folks have been encouraging us to make it available as a stand-alone pattern, but until now, we really haven't felt compelled to do so. 
But today, we're making this little pattern available to everyone on our Newsletter Mailing list (which numbers over 17,500), our Facebook followers (numbering almost 1000) and our Blog subscribers (which total over 2500). We are NOT uploading this pattern to the Free Pattern page of our website just yet, and until such time as we do, access to this pattern will be limited to only those who read this Blog or subscribe to our Newsletter.
So.... if you're ready to get started, down load these FOUR pages!
Video of the Month- Two Dogs Dining
My folks sent me this video and even though its a bit bizzare, it's one of those videos i can't quit LOOKING at. Just click here to view it!
Cat Video of the Month- Kitten vs. the SCARY Thing
And if anyone knows whose kitten this is, please let them know that i want to babysit for him! He's fantastic! Enjoy the video by clicking here.
And, as a special bonus this month, I've included an additional video, simply because it's just too good to hold until next month! Just click here to observe what has to be the MOST ANNOYING BIRD ON EARTH and the ultra-patient cat he is tormenting. (I would have slapped him silly!)
Blog of the Month- Moda Bake Shop
Hey, it's Moda. Do we honestly have to say more? Well, we probably should say that there are TONS of free patterns (recipes) on this site, for accessories, for childrens items and MUCH, MUCH more! And, of course this site caters to how to use Moda's fabulous pre-cuts, from fat quarter towers to yummy jelly rolls and layer cakes
Quote of the Month- 

A lot of good could be accomplished in this world if nobody cared who got the credit.
Author Unknown
Look What I Found OnLine- Cookstr.Com
This site is similar to other cooking sites, but with a twist: You get to meet the chef's behind the recipes. So if you like the style of a certain chef, you can review his/her collection for similar dishes. The site includes Irish chefs, pastry chefs, sauce experts and MORE! You can search for a recipe to try or check out the bios of the featured chefs, like Gordon Ramsey for example. And don't forget to sign up for the The Cookstr 10, an enewsletter that delivers 10 delicious recipes to your inbox EVERY week!
New Word of the Month- Dementocracy 

(dĭ-mĕn'tŏk'rə-sē) (n.) A society in which the most demented members rise to the top.

As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
(Click image to see a larger view of what the PERFECT dog looks like!)   :)
Tidy Cats is asking housecat owners to showcase their pet-related cat inventions and/or cat décor – such as customized kitty condos, innovative feeding systems, self-cleaning litter boxes, cool play stations or a cozy sleeping nooks. Designs big and small aimed at the enhancement of the lives and living environments of cats, are welcomed in the competition.
To enter the contest, cat owners must create an original video no more than two minutes in length showcasing their pet (haha) project and explaining how and why they created it and how it enhances their life with their cat(s).   To get more info, just click HERE.
Sewing Headlines- "Go Green" Sewing Shop
Katherine Schmitz saw a need for a shop like this, in order to save space in the landfills. At the Go Green Sewing Place, people can bring in old clothes, sheets, and any kind of fabric. Schmitz helps find a new use for them by teaching you how to sew them into something new.
Schmitz says many people under the age of 45 don't know how to sew. She hopes to change that by having birthday parties at the shop and offering summer camps for kids.
Cat Site of the Month- Proud Crazy Cat Lady
I love the wonderful logo for this blog and there's some great videos I have not seen elsewhere. If you love cats, tham Proud Crazy Cat Lady is definitely worth spending a bit of time checking it out!
Monthly Trivia-
Today is August 7th, the 220th day of 2011, and there are 146 days remaining. It was also on this day in 1959, that the US satellite Explorer VI transmitted the 1st picture of earth from space. Imagine that... for the very time, we had a likeness of our planet based on more than projections & conjectures, and here it is. It sure doesn't look like much when compared to today's satellite image, now does it, but it was no doubt exciting at the time.
And speaking of exciting, I'm sure there'll be some of that in store today, for singer/songwriter BJ Thomas who is celebrating his 69th birthday today, along with actors David Duchovny (of The X Files), and Charlize Theron (of The Cider House Rules). 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 the day anyway by running around outside and getting a few raindrops on your head! Well...I'm at least HOPING for a few raindrops today to cool things off. If that doesn't happen, I guess I'll just have to be satisfied with listening to this recording!
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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