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Welcome!- I must admit, I've never been a big fan of April Fool's Day. Maybe
it has something to do with the fact that my trusting (gullible) nature makes me easy prey for the pranksters. I
even debated publishing the newsletter this month on the 2nd instead of the 1st in protest, but I think we have
plenty to talk about without even mentioning that "foolish" rite of Spring again, so let's get to it!
always, if you prefer,
you can go to http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/april06.htm to see
the online version of the newsletter..
Feline Quote for -
"Women & cats will do as they please, men & dogs should just relax & get
used to the idea." Robert A. Hunlein
If you're like me, you have a drawer full
of t-shirts you got at special places, at special times. They clog up your dresser drawers, they're too wrinkled
to wear when you want them, yet you just can't part with them. Well here's your chance to turn sentimentality
into wearable art, gain some much-needed storage space, AND be a walking conversation piece at the same time!
Maybe it's time to consider turning your tees into a recycled T-shirt skirt! This is such a great idea, and it makes a wonderful, personal gift for
that "hard-to-buy-for" person in your life!
New at StudioKat Designs-
I've been working hard on a new design this month. I'm calling it the Tandem Tote because it has 2 distinct
zippered compartments. The side pouch is perfect for your cell phone, makeup and a small wallet. The top-loading
pocket is good for your checkbook, and glasses. It looks small, but you can fit an extraordinary amount of stuff
in it. I've been carrying it everyday for weeks now, and loving it! I hope you do too. Click here to see some pictures of the first few
samples I've made.... or that I'm willing to show you! (grin) I'll announce the release date in the May
Newsletter, but right now I am aiming for May 1.
You've been asking for it, and FINALLY I have finished the 2nd "Kat Trick". Click here for page 1, and here to see page 2 of the next
embellishment technique in my series. It's in pdf format, and as before, you'll need Adobe Reader to download
it. You can get Adobe reader for FREE by clicking on the little link displayed on the main "Kat Trick" page. I know some of you
really don't like downloading stuff on the internet, so if you send me a "SASE" to the following address, I'll
send you a copy by way of snail mail.
137 S. Hemingway Ct.
A Cool Place to
Shop!-Sewbaby.Com Cat Antics Video
Looking for some great patterns and supplies for baby and maternity clothes? Then you need to shop a bit
at Sewbaby.Com. Ann Brodsky, the owner of this neat internet
store, carries a wide variety of patterns you just won't find anywhere else! I especially like the snow bags. She also carries a very cool pattern
for a shopping cart cover. Did you know they
say shopping carts are single nastiest place you can put your baby? Well think about it... the whole time you're
shopping, she's eating various parts of the cart! GROSS!! This unique cover keeps that from happening! Heck,
even if your kids are grown, we all need a gift or two for baby showers occasionally! Ann also carries patterns
for other one-of-a-kind items and gifts, like handbags, (including MINE!), and other household items. I want to
try the casserole carrier pattern.
Henrietta is a good friend of mine, and a
fellow North Carolinian, who runs a pretty interesting internet shop dedicated to one of my favorite topics,
HANDBAGS! She carries the full Amy Butler line, as well as several of mine. :) I noticed the other day that
now she is carrying Monica
Poole bag patterns, and if you haven't seen these yet, you need to check them out! Monica's vintage style
designs have a unique flair that you just may like!
Did You Know?-Picture yourself on a Wheaties
For generations, Wheaties has recognized hundreds of outstanding
amateur and professional athletes for their achievements, by placing pictures of them on Wheaties boxes. Dozens
of interesting pictures of these commemorative packages can be found at this site. Did you know that Lou Gehrig
was the first athlete to appear on a Wheaties box? Do you know that you can get your OWN picture on the front of a Wheaties box? What
a fun gift for that special athlete in your family!! Check out this site to find out how!!
Lines-Set it Free
"If you love something, set it
If it comes back, it was, and always will be, yours.
If it never comes back, it was never yours to
But if it sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, takes your money, uses
your telephone, and never behaves as if you actually set it free in the first place,
you either married it,
or gave birth to it!"
"Catsite" of the
Kudos to Linda Ferguson, of Monroe, Washington who wrote this month to alert me of a GREAT
cat product that I might want to try. Seems she also has a cat, (Winston), with highly developed predatory
instincts, and Linda has found a way to keep him entertained and happy when he's home alone! Linda bought him
the Cat Sitter Video, and he is enthralled with it. She says he loves it so much, that if she
leaves the house without turning it on, she finds him just staring at a blank screen! Click here for a picture of Winston enjoying his
I may just try this idea, but right now Jeter has a new hobby occupying his attention. One day,
a few weeks ago, Bubba spilled some sunflower seeds just outside the door while filling up the bird feeders, and
voila, the bushy-tailed neighborhood cleanup crew swooped in to take care of the problem. There they were, just
outside the glass, seemingly within paws-grasp, doing all the things squirrels like doing. We had such a good
time watching Jeter watching his new buddies, that I've been feeding them every morning since. I think they know
he's there, and that he can't get them, because i swear they tease him! It's like a LIVE video, and it only
takes more sunflower seeds to "rewind" it! Want to see some pictures? Click here for some cute shots of Jeter and Co.
A Fun Place to Surf-
Pictures of Men Wearing Socks
If seeing pictures of men wearing socks with their sandals offends you, then do
NOT enter this site. it contains over 300 pictures of men (some women too) who are wearing socks with their
sandals, and proud of it I might add! Dark socks, white socks, watermelon socks, argyle socks-- you name it! Do
you have a dad, brother or friend who wears socks with his sandals? Then why not take his picture and submit it
to this site! At least go check it out for some fun
Check out the new fun stuff on Jeter's Page, courtesy of alert reader, Ann
Horton of Wilson, NY! At the right top side of the page, you'll meet Jeter's new "little sister", Maukie! Turn your speakers up, and move your
mouse around to get the full "effect!" I think you'll LOVE her!
Ann also sent me two NEW cat videos that I
think you'll enjoy! You can either see them on
Jeter's Page, or click on the links provided here.
Cat Herders Video
Kudos to Ann for providing this entertainment for us this month! Got something cool you'd like to
share with everyone? Send it to me in an email. Who couldn't use another reason to smile today?!?
If you need a fun thing to do this weekend, why not attend the
'Schmeckfest", (that's right, I said Schmeckfest!) in Freeman, SD? Sausage, sauerkraut, kuchen and pluma moos
are just a few of the dishes that will be served all weekend, (April 1-3) at this German "festival of tasting",
where visitors can also watch cooking & craft demos.
Don't like german cuisine? I'm betting that you don't
know that April is "National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month", dedicated to one of America's favorite foods, the
gooey, oozy, melty grilled cheese sandwich! With more than 200 varieties of domestic cheese available, the
grilled cheese sandwich options are endless!
Ever been rejected? Who hasn't! Well, think about this... April
1st is "Sorry Charlie Day", to honor Charlie the Tuna, the Ultimate Reject, who has been rejected for 42 years &
still keeps his spunk. According to Cathy Runyan-Svacina, it's a day to recognize anyone who has been rejected &
lived through it. You can join the "Sorry Charlie Club" by faxing in your best rejection story to (816)587-8687.
If your birthday is today, CONGRATULATIONS!, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU! You share your big day with Ali
MacGraw, (actress, Love Story, The Getaway and current QUEEN of the infomercial), who was born in 1939 in
Pound Ridge, NY. Entertainer, Debbie Reynolds is also celebrating a birthday today. Born in 1932 in El Paso, TX,
Debbie is best known for The Singing Nun", one of my favorite old movies! And if today is also YOUR
birthday, that's great! I'm sending you best wishes from Studiokat Designs, for a whole day of doing and eating
all of your favorite things, with all of your favorite people! And if today is not your birthday, you can still
celebrate April 1st, by fixin a big ol' gooey grilled cheese sandwich, (hold the mayo on mine!), with a side of
kraut and sharing it with a friend!
Now doesn't that sound better than pulling some silly prank on your
poor, unsuspecting neighbor?
Well, that's it for now, so until next month,
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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newsletter in your publication, please ask me first.
HotLinks- (in order
StudioKat Designs April06 Newsletter ONLINE: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/april06.htm
Recycled T-shirt Skirts:
The Tandem Tote by StudioKat Designs: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/tandem.htm
Embellishment Ideas by StudioKat Designs:
"Kat Trick #2" (page 1):
"Kat Trick #2" (page 2):
Snow Bag Pattern: http://www.sewbaby.com/patterns2.html
Shopping Cart Cover Pattern: http://www.sewbaby.com/patterns2.html
Casserole Carrier Cover Pattern: http://www.sewbaby.com/patterns15.html
Henrietta's Handbags: http://www.HenriettasHandbags.Com
Monica Poole patterns:
Get YOUR pic on a Wheaties
Over The Rainbow.Com
The Cat Sitter Video:
Jeter with his new "buddies":
Pictures of Men Wearing Socks w/ Sandals: http://www.sandalandsoxer.co.uk
"Kitty Central"- (Jeter's Page): http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/Jeter.htm
The Cat Antics Video:
The Cat Herders Video:
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