StudioKat News                     April 2012
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NEW- the PortaPocketsPLUS
FREE Flowerpin Tutorial
Dog Under My Desk.Com



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Hello and Welcome-
Today we are officially releasing our newest pattern, the PortaPocketsPLUS Purse Insert, and we're So excited about it!
And, just for fun we're also trying something new with this month's issue! At every available opportunity, we'll be providing you with links to various new & mostly FREE  patterns we've found around the web.
BUT- before we get started, I've got an ULTRA cute video of my grandson to share with you! Just click HERE to see it, then we'll get started!

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Feline Quote for February-
"A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him."  William Lyon Phelps
 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's contest! The winner was Maria Boyle of Farmington, NY. 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 April 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)

First, there's this lovely springtime Quattro which was created by Theresa Leonard of Phoenix, AZ. She combined two coordinating batiks with this gorgeous Laurel Burch print to make a very striking bag! I like the corner flower embellishment and the decorative stitching & buttons on the pockets. I'm sure she'll be noticed wherever she goes carrying this beauty!
And here's a wonderful PortaPockets purse insert which was expertly crafted by Amy Phipps. And look how pretty the front looks!
This classy Harmony Handbag was made by Carol Harshbarger of Duncansville, PA as part of a new ensemble she fashioned for herself. I totally love the way she added the flower embellishment to her Harmony in order to tie the whole look together.
Great job Carol!
Jan Swartz of Centralia, MO made this yummy Baggalista and the equally beautiful entry below, as gifts for her daughters last September. She said the girls have repeatedly been stopped and asked where they got their bags! No wonder! Here's another view and a peek inside.
Jan added that the 'Soft & Stable' she used to make up these Baggalista's has really made a big difference in how the bags hold up, saying they are just as nice  as the day she gifted them! I really like the clever zipper pull Jan fashioned from a simple bead & cording, and here's a view of the back!
And finally, this leatherette lovely was created by Lori Gates of West Henrietta, NY. Lori chose to use faux leather for this Quattro and said it worked out beautifully. I especially like the tortoise-shell O-rings she chose to attache the straps with. It's a great look!
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:
It's finally HERE!
Today is the official release day for our brand new pattern, the PortaPocketsPLUS purse insert, and we couldn't be more excited about it!
The P3 (as we like to call it) is the next generation of purse insert featuring zip on & off insert modules in three sizes!
It also has some brand new components we feel certain you're going to love, like removable Credit Card Caddys (in two sizes), and a partition feature that beautifully sections off your module. And if you're one of my "Zipper-Phobic" customers don't worry, because we have included instructions for a Velcro alternative to the zippers!
So, when you get ready to order, here's a couple options for you. 
Click HERE to go the P3 webpage and:
  • Use this discount coupon code P3DISCOUNT to get $2.00 off the retail price of your P3 pattern*... OR...
  • Buy a P3 Kit (either with the zippers or the velcro) & get the pattern AND the  required notions for your project at a discounted rate. All you'll need to supply is the fabrics and of course the creativity!  
  • Coupon expires 4/15/12 and normal shipping fees apply
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. 
Bobbin Around the Web- ByAnnie's FREE Flowerpin tutorial
Looking for a fun & functional project that calls for using your Soft & Stable scraps? Well here it is and it couldn't be cuter or more appropriate since everywhere I look right now I see these types of embellishements, on jackets, on bags, even SHOES!
Just click HERE to get your downloadable iinstructions and templates all brought to you by our friends at ByAnnie.Com
      check out these terrific offers from our sponsors
Trish Stuart.Com- sign up for Trish's Fiber Art Retreat, August 12-15
AllDunnDesigns.Com- Tote n'Jeans pattern- get the download for $3.00-expires 4/18/12
PursePatterns.Com- 165 FREE Bag Patterns
                                      use KAT0512 for a special price!
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Website Spotlite- Dog Under My Desk
Dog Under My Desk may not sound like a neat place to find great pdf patterns and FREE tutorials, but don't let the name fool ya! Oh there is quite a bit of dog-related items (which may interest you anyway), but there are also some "cute as a button" projects that have nothing to do with dogs! Like the adorable little Circle Zip Earbud Pouch at right, or this Easy iPhone Case, as well as some tips for enlarging or reducing pdf patterns
If your looking for some light fiction, then this is NOT the book for you.
UnBroken is the inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. It's the story of Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you glued to the pages, eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time. You’ll cheer for the man who somehow maintained his selfhood and humanity despite the monumental degradations he suffered, and you’ll want to share this book with everyone you know. I loved it, and just so you know, even though the link provided is to an Amazon page, I do NOT receive kickbacks of any type from Amazon.
A man tells his doctor,"Doc, help me. I'm addicted to Twitter!"
The doctor reples, "Sorry, I don't follow you..."
Video of the Month- Hugs from Sweet Lion Cubs
Click image at left to watch the video.
Blog of the Month-
How About Orange features craft project how-tos, decorating ideas, printable downloads, useful design resources, and lots of inspiration for people who like to create things, like this cute little macaron coin purse!  When Jessica Jones had to choose a blog name, she looked around her office for inspiration & noticed her office had lots of orange stuff in it. Her logo was even orange. "How about orange?" she thought. Yeah. How about orange. It's a blog name and a suggestion all rolled into one. Check it out!
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Cat Video of the Month- Gravity Cats
Click here to learn about Gravity Cats.
Look What I Found OnLine- See Yourself in Vintage STYLE!
 How would YOU look in the hairstyles and clothing from past decades? You can find out at YearbookYourself.Com, which lets you take your own photo and place it in vintage yearbooks shots from the 50's, 60's, 70's and beyond.
Case in point... Check out the way yours truly looks in a 1964 bob (at left)! (I think I'll stick to my own look, thank you!) Now you picture yourself with Farrah hair, a groovy headband or Buddy Holly glasses and share them with your friends on FaceBook or in a newsletter if you dare! 
OK- you can quit laughing now!  :)
New Word of the Month- New Musical Terms & Definitions
A Patella- accompanied by knee-slapping
Approximento- A musical entrance that is somewhere in the vicinity of the correct pitch
Dill Piccolini- An exceedingly small wind instrument that plays only sour notes
Frugalhorn- A sensible and inexpensive brass instrument
Fiddler Crabs- Grumpy string players
Ground Hog- Someone who takes control of the repeated bass line & won't let anyone else play it
Schmalzando- A sudden burst of music from the Guy Lombardo band
Tempo Tantrum- What an elementary school band is having when it's not following the conductor
Trouble Clef- Any clef one can't read: ie; bass clef for clarinets, alto clef for pianists
Vesuvioso- An indication to build up to a fiery conclusion
Freebie Site of the Month- 165 FREE Bag patterns!
So in keeping with the theme of this newsletter, click HERE for what has to be the most comprehensive list of free handbag patterns on the internet. Check it out!
And what's even better, there's even some nifty wallet patterns including these;
Artist Charles Ottolini never thought he would flip through InStyle magazine looking at silk scarves, handbags and other women's accessories. Nor did he ever dream he would became a fashion designer almost 40 years after beginning art school.
"I was with my friend at the airport. At a newspaper stand, I found myself thumbing through fashion magazines," said Ottolini, who has spent his career designing stained-glass windows. "I bought my first InStyle magazine a few months ago." He joked, "I traded in all my man cards."  (Click HERE to read more)
Monthly Trivia-
Today is April 7th, the 98th day of this year and there are 268 days left in 2012.
April 7th is also a "hop head's" favorite day! What's a hop head you might ask? Is it a professional pogo stick stunt artist? Or a nickname for the Easter bunny? Well, it's none of those things. Hops go in beer, and hop heads like 'em bitter. So you might want to gather with some of your "hop head" friends to celebrate the fact that today is "National Beer Day".
And if you prefer celebrations that have cake and ice cream on the menu instead, there will likely be a good deal of it to go around at the home of Francis Ford Coppola (director of The Godfather movies), who will be celebrating his 73rd birthday today. He shares his special day with Russell Crowe (best known for his role in The Gladiator), and martial artist/actor Jackie Chan (Rush Hour).
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 raising a pint with some of your "hop head" buddies, or by watching The Godfather ("leave the gun, but take the canoli") one more time or maybe by just starting one of the MANY projects that have been featured in this issue!
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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