StudioKat News            December 2011
 In This Issue-
StudioKat Designs Holiday Sale 
PoorHouse Quilt Design
FiberBytes- a NEW e-magazine
Running with Scissors Studio

Follow Us on
Customer Comment
of the Month
"Your newsletter is one of my favorite pieces of email each month! I just love the cat videos, and of course all the other lovely goodies you find for us! Please keep 'em coming!"
Cheers, Joan Flynn

Hello and Welcome-
So here we are in the middle of the busy Christmas season. I sure hope you've got more checked off YOUR "to do" list than I do! I plan on making a serious dent in that list today, but first, I want to show you some fun stuff I've found this month!
(And if you're interested in the new trick my grandson learned last week, click here!)

So whatcha say? Shall we proceed?
If you have comments or suggestions about our Newsletter, please feel free to do so at
  If you're having trouble reading this email- Click HERE for  web version
Feline Quote for February-
"Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect."  James Mason
SKD Sample SPREE- annual handbag sample sale
Periodically, I have to freshen up my storage closet, to make room for new designs and new samples. These bags have never been carried but have been on the show circuit.
They would make EXCELLENT Christmas gifts

Click HERE to start shopping!
 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Thanks to the over 13,000 (can you believe it?) who voted in last month's contest! The lucky winner was Carol Haas of Dexter, 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 stunning Quattro / PortaPockets duo. Congratulation, Carol!
The December 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)

Pat Leask of Ontario, Canada is back with yet another fantastic handbag creation, this being our newest pattern, the Baggalista! She had intended to 'fabricate' a beautiful exterior, but when she saw this outstanding fabric, she decided to just co-ordinate a few other prints with it! I LOVE the striped fabric she used for
the bias tape and our striped zippers really highlight these phone pockets dont they? And here's a peek at the interior.
This Baggalista was constructed with 8 different Japanese Indigo fabrics, which were all in the stash of Veronica Johnson of Tasmania, Australia. You can see a few more of the fabrics she used by looking at the back and the front pocket.
Sylvia Gerber of New Holland, PA said that her first love is quilting, so all of the fabric for this DittyRoo is from her stash. She pieced together the front pouch pocket & machine quilted the gold fabric for the main body of the bag. And just look how fabulous the interior looks!
Connie Walton of El Dorado, KS said she that making this DittyRoo was both fun & challenging. She loves storing the two items she searches for most in the outside front pouch, her phone & her keys!
It took Sylvia a while to find all the colors for the pieced exterior, but that she found everything she needed at Hen Feathers Quilt Shop in Wichita, Kansas.
"Color is my favorite plaything", says Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA, and this Baggalista with matching 'luggage' is proof of that! I am totally in awe of this bag with matching PortaPockets, Cash Keeper & RolyNesters. Here's a closeup of the back, the front and the zippered top, ALL fabulous!  (LOVE the zippers!)  
Ohio's Tina Norton created this romantic Boho Baguette (with a matching Portapockets Insert) as a gift, but just could not part with it once she was finished. (who could blame her?) Check out how fabulous the interior looks!
(And Tina says she's busy making another set for her giftee.)
And this PURRfect Quattro has a wonderful story! Karen Adams of Harrison, AR made it for a very special friend who just lost her 18-year old cat. She got the "Sew Catty" fabric online. And she also included a sewn in picture label of her giftee & their beloved friend Jackie. I think it's a very lovely tribute!  
And last but certainly not least we have this wonderful Quattro by Janet Archer of Grafton, NH, who said she found our pattern online but couldn't shop at her normal fabric shop due to flooding from Hurricane Irene. She found these luscious fabrics at Hen House Fabrics in Vermont. GREAT job Janet!  
OK, ready to vote now?
Just click on the link below to cast your vote.
 Only one vote per MONTH, per email address is allowed.
Think you've got what it takes to win?
To enter our"Handbag of the Month" contest,
just attach your jpg or gif image to an email and send it to:
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're new to our blog, or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, theyre all listed below. 
New at StudioKat Designs- A Special Thank YOU!
We have the BEST customers in the world and we really appreciate each and every one of you. 2011 has been a good year for us even though the economic environment has not been too friendly to lots of businesses so...
We invite you to take advantage of
Just use the following discount code at checkout-  
to receive 10% off of EVERYTHIING you buy  
(that's right, even zippers & notions
AND the sample handbags mentioned above!)   
But just like 2011, this offer expires at midnght on 12/31/11.
Sponsor 'Picks-of-the-Month'- 
Vicki Welsh Hand-Dyed Fabrics- NEW Gradient fabric- Coleus- Coleus - It's AWESOME!
Material Girls Online store-Echo 33410 in Purple/Pink by Lotta Jansdotter-Perfect for DittyRoo
Trish Stuart Designs- Look inside Trish's new book, "Weekend Wonders"
All DunnDesigns.Com- Craft Pattern Downloads- TERRIFIC little Christmas gifts!
PursePatterns.Com- Check out these the "Featured Products" for December!
Website Spotlite- PoorHouse Quilt Design
Kristine Poor was one of our neighbors at Quilt market this Fall and i really enjoyed getting to know her and her Mom. PoorHouse Quilt Design is an independent pattern company dedicated to designing quilted projects that are satisfying for the beginning quilter as well as the expert. Their pattern instructions include rotary cutting, machine piecing, fusible appliqué and machine quilting.
I really liked these Leaf Bowls which debuted at Market, as well as this Table Runner and these Baby Necessities!
Video of the Month- Every Squirrel's Dream!
Click image to start the video.
A new E-magazine- FiberBytes
Coming to a Computer near you SOON!
FiberBytes is a brand new e-magazine that will be making it's debut in January of 2012. Each monthly issue will work on computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods and Android-powered devices and will cover, topics like quilting, fiber arts, embroidery, crochet, knitting and much more. There will be product reviews, patterns, block of the month quilts, fun stories, and plenty of guest contributors and here's the best part... There will be an article about OUR products in the first issue! We're really excited about it!
If you'd like to get in on the fun right from the get go, the publishers of FiberBytes are offering an Early Bird Discount for those who sign up prior to December 30, 2011. Just click here to get the details. 
Cat Video of the Month- A Patient Cat
Click image to start the video.
Blog of the Month- Running With Scissors Studio
This Blog is written by a group of semi-anonymous quilters and fiber artists and posts wonderful interviews with fabulous quilters and fiber artists from around the world, including LOTS of pictures of their work and how they do it!
If you're looking for some great inspiration, check out the Projects Gallery or the unique products section featuring very unusual finds, like this whimsical pin cushion, which I adore! And if you like what you see, consider "liking" RWSS on their FaceBook page.  :)
Quote of the Month- 
"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."
Charles Swindoll
Look What I Found OnLine- Nerd Wallet
Nerd Wallet makes the tedious jjob of finding the best credit card easy by instantly showing you credit cards that fit the criteria you need. You can search for a card that doesn't charge foreign transaction fees, or gives great cash back deals or LOTS of airline miles and much, MUCH MORE!
New Word of the Month- Calorosity   (kăl'ə-rŏs'ĭ-tē)
  1. a. (n.) A desire while dieting and eating out to see the dessert menu and still possessing the willpower to not order dessert.
(This article appeared in the Denver Post on 10/19/2011.)
Zeus the Maine Coon cat typically spits and hisses when he sees squirrels, dogs or other cats on the other side of the sliding glass door at Gail Loveman's house in the foothills north of Boulder.
But the 11-year-old house cat was unfazed by a young mountain lion peering in at him Thursday evening, calmly staring back at the big cat.
(click HERE to continue reading and to view a video)
and for MORE dramatic pictures, click HERE.
Cat Picture of the Month-
Click image to see an enlargement
How women carry their purses could mean all the difference in whether or not they become a victim of crime. To read more and to see a cool video, click HERE.
Cat Site of the Month- Kitty Geek
This is an ingenious blog that features "unique, outrageous products for cats and their humans." Keep in mind that Kitty Geek does not sell the featured products but scours the market for you, offering honest and objective reviews for everything that's new. Here's a few of favorites from this site-
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
Click image to see an enlargement
Monthly Trivia-
Today is Dec 7th, the 342nd day of 2011 and there are only 24 days remaining in this year!
And of course the most "infamous" thing to have occurred on this day in history was the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. when nearly 200 Japanese aircraft attacked, killing nearly 3000 and bringing about our immediate entrance into World War II. Some of you have first-hand memories of that event, but for those of us that do not, click here for some actual images and video footage from that awful day in our country's history.
And on a much more pleasant note, today is the birthday of several noteable individuals, all of whom were considered to be "artists" in their chosen field! Marie Tussaud (dba Madame Tussaud) was born on this day 250 years ago in Strasbourg, France. Did you know that some of the wax figures she created herself are STILL on display in the London Wax Museum? (My husband and I saw them for ourselves when we were there 9 years ago and there are incredible!)
Former athletes, Larry Bird and Johnny Bench (who were both true artists on their respective playing fields) are also ordering up birthday cake today along with Harry Chapin, one of my favorite songwriters/ storytellers. (Click here to here a clip of my favorite Harry Chapin song.)
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, how about commemorating this day making it a point to thank a veteran you know or run into for the sacrifices they've made in service to our nation?
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
Why Not Pass along the FUN?

It's never been easier to get your friends in on the FUN! If you enjoy this newsletter and want to forward a copy to a friend, you need only click on this link and enter their email address!  
(Note 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.
StudioKat Designs,