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Welcome!-So here we are, fresh from the Fall Market. It
was our first time exhibiting in Houston and we really had a great time.
You can click here to see a brief synopsis of our trip and see a
picture of my new and improved booth! Then come on back because I've got a
lot of cool stuff for you this month, including a special sneak preview of
my next design! So let's get started!
Also, especially for the convenience of our friends at Pattern
Review & AOL, all of the hotlinks are listed in order at the bottom of
letter, and as always, if you prefer, you can go to
www.studiokatdesigns.com/nov08.htm to see the online version of the
Feline Quote for November 2008-
"If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of
you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer."
Alfred North Whitehead
New on my Website!-
Peg Rice of Westport Island, ME, sent in this saucy
little video of a cat and his canine friend. Click here
Rebecca Welter of Lake Zurich, IL, made an
elegant Apropos Pack to go with her MOB dress & liked it so
good, she made another for her daughter, the bride AND her
entire wedding party. I liked the pictures so much that they are now
headlining the Bridal page on my website. Just click here and see!
Linda Ferguson of Snohomish, WA wrote to tell me that she has
problems keeping her cat off of her kitchen counter, as I do. You can read
more, and see a picture of Winston, Linda's problem child, by clicking
And finally, my buddy Ann Horton spied a cute video about a
naughty little tuxedo cat on late night TV, & Of course she knew who to
share it with! You can watch it by clicking here.
"Handbag of the Month"
I love seeing the beautiful handbags you all are creating, and I'll bet
you do too! It seems everyone is enjoying the new Handbag of the Month
contest, so jump right in & check out these pics, & then cast a vote for
your favorite. The owner of the handbag receiving the most votes at the
of the month wins a $10.00 SKD gift certificate.
October's contest was a real battle , but Donna Zukowski of
Scottsdale, AZ was our lucky winner. Click here
to see her winning Harmony Handbag, which has also won a
permanent place of honor on our website!
now...Here's this month's entries:
Beginning with this PortaPockets Insert, made by Mandy Hall of the
who was living on the "wild side" this month. Mandy said that finding cool
fabric in Britain is not easy, but I think she did a fine job!
Tina Mally of Livonia, MI submitted this appliqued
Bag constructed of denim. This was Tina's first adventure with
applique, but somehow, I doubt it will be her last!
This Gadabout & CashKeeper makes for a dynamic
duo, and was sent in by Judith Bishop of Howell, Mi. Judith says she loves
making all types of bags, but the Gadabout is her favorite, because
it seems like no matter what, she can always fit something extra into it!
You're not going to believe it, but these are the FIRST bags that
Shirley Medhurst, of the UK has made. She sewed up a Harmony
Handbag/PortaPockets duo, and did with STYLE. And look, the
back, is as pretty as the front!
Judy Dove of Wickham Bishops, UK, is thrilled with her flashy
Gadabout, and she should be! She used faux suede & decorated the
flap & pouch with machine embroidery & "hot-fix" crystals. She says she
carry everything she needs (including her umbrella) in her new Gadabout,
yet still look fabulous!
Rebecca Welter of Lake Zurich, IL, made this elegantly
stunning Apropos pack. She says she even altered the interior
few credit card holders to make the bag perfect for "clubbing".
Cindy Tazelaar of Oakbrook Terrace, IL, made this beautifully
embroidered & mitered Tandem Tote. She says she get compliments
on it everywhere she goes!
Only one vote per day, per email address
Come back next month to see who the winner is... or
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Website Spotlight- Quilters TV.Com
Are you interested in learning a new technique, but hate all the fuss of
signing up for a class, finding a sitter, and then driving into town when
you have so much else to do? Here's a great place to take a class without
having to even get out of your pajamas! Quilters TV.Com has all sorts of FREE video classes you
can watch, so there's surely one that interests you! There's seasonal
offerings, like this cute little Pumpkin Pot Holder or this Mortimer the Moose Wall Hanging. You can also click
here to see a new free pattern every week!
New at StudioKat
I've made a good start on my next pattern and you can see a sneak
preview of it by clicking
here. It's a hobo style bag with a beautiful
ruffled top, and it's large enough to accomodate either the large or
the small PortaPockets Insert. Of course I've lost a bit of
momentum going to Houston, but I should regain my traction soon enough for
a late December release for my most loyal customers (my newsletter
of COURSE!), and an early January 09 general release. More information and
a Pattern name should be forthcoming in the December Newsletter, so stay
A Cool Place to
We all have those people on our list who are impossible to shop for, and
HERE is the perfect place to shop! At
BimBamBanana, you'll find things you didn't even know existed! Looking
for a gift that's alternative, funny or crazy? Then how about a USB Desk Vacuum Cleaner, the perfect gift for the
co-worker who eats, drinks, smokes and works at a desk? Do you have a
one that's hard to get up in the morning? Nobody can sleep through the
Puzzle Alarm Clock. It fires 4 puzzle pieces in the air
and you must get them and put them together in the alarm clock in order to
turn the alarm off. Hmmm... maybe get this for someone other than your
spouse? You can find all sorts of "Happy Things for Happy People at
A Great Book to Curl up and Read with your
CAT!-Cats in the Belfry
This fun little book was recommended to me by a friend. It was written in
the 50's by British writer, Doreen Tovey and it's basically a series of
humourous & true stories about a Siamese cat "with catitude"... I mean
attitude! I had a little trouble getting started, as I got a bit bogged
down with some of the local British slang which Doreen uses in her
I was happy I hung in there though, because some of the stories are very
funny, and a few of them reminded me of a couple of handsome (non-siamese)
guys that I live with! This book has been around for a while and I got my
copy used on Amazon.
Quotation of the
Month-"I'm like a good cheese. I'm just getting moldy
enough to be interesting". Paul
Newman ...and interesting he was, up until the day he died on
September 26th, 2008.
Your cat might own you
if... you insist that the people who call to talk to you
on the phone, say a few words to your cat as well...
Surf HERE for Neat INFO!-How
to Winterize your Home
Before you know it, those winter winds will be blowing. Is your home
ready? What needs to be done to prepare? This
site provides a review of important tasks including furnace and
fireplace inspections, adding insulation, and cleaning gutters. Get to
now and you can look forward to a more comfortable home with reduced
New Word of the
Someone whose stupidity has, or
SHOULD HAVE caused them to become extinct!
Love Handbags?- A
Marilyn, the creator of the RattBag, has been sewing since she was a
child, and creating beautiful & unique handbags featuring the unique
fabrics of Scotland since 2002. I particularly like the
Harriet Bag, from a fabulous curtain, or this beautiful
mohair bag, quite aptly called the Heather. Do you have a favorite item of clothing that
just can´t part with because you love the fabric, even though you know you
will never wear it again? You can send it to Marilyn and she can bring it
back to life in the shape of a bag. Just click here.
Did You Know?-that at
liftoff, a US Space Shuttle weighs ~4.5 million pounds?
A cool Internet Activity- Foods for Fall
This website is devoted to seasonal cooking and right now the spotlight is
on Fall. You'll find recipes featuring ingredients that are currently in
season, such as cranberries, pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and
yams. Tired of the same ol' ho-hum breakfast? Try some Yummy Pumpkin Pancakes. Is it just you and the hubby for
Thanksgiving this year?
Stuffed Turkey for Two sounds perfect! And why not
off your delicious dinner with some luscious Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars? You'll find everything you need
to enjoy the fruits of the season AND the holidays at this convenient
Lines- Two antennas met on a roof, fell in
love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was
Surf HERE for FUN!- Fun & Games for Kids &
Long dark rainy days & small children present special challenges for even
the most creative parent. Bookmark this site for just such a day! FunBrain.Com is loaded
fun & educational games and activites for bored kids AND spent Mom's and
Dad's! Like this fun Fishing Game, or this interesting Painting Game. You can also download cool
printables, and blog with other parents!
Question of the Month-Why
is it that when someone tells you that theres billions of stars in the
universe, you believe them. But if they tell you theres wet paint
somewhere you have to touch it?
Monthly Trivia-Today is
November 4th, 2008, "Election 2008"! Yippee! How will I function tomorrow,
without my daily dose of negative TV ads & telephone calls from
auto-dialers? Somehow I think I'll find a way! But here's the deal... not
only will we soon have a new President, we'll also have a new First Lady,
and speaking of First Ladies... Did you know that Laura
is a party animal today? At first, you might think that Laura is
celebrating because she can finally move back home to Texas and get her
life back, but on closer inspection, you'll notice that Laura is actually
eating a big slice of birthday cake. That's because today is her 62nd
birthday! She shares her special day with none other than rapper Sean
Combs, (otherwise known as Puff Daddy), comedianne/actress Kathy
Griffin, and the former anchor of the CBS Evening News, Walter
Cronkite, who used to sign off everynight with the words, "That's the
way it is". And if today is also your birthday, here's a great big
StudioKat Designs "Happy Birthday to YOU!" And if today is not your
birthday, I urge you to celebrate the day AND your right to vote by
yourself to the polls to vote for the candidate of your choice!
Well, that's it for now, so until next month,
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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HotLinks- (in order
StudioKat Designs November 08 Newsletter
The Fall Quilt Market 08:
NEW on my Website:
MOB & Bride:
the wedding party:
Bridal Boutique Page:
Winston, the Counter
A naughty tuxedo cat:
Handbag of the Month Gallery:
Handbag Gallery: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/winfreestuff.htm
Harmony Handbag: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/pollXX.jpg
Bellagio Bag: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/poll34.jpg
Gadabout & Cashkeeper exterior:
the back side:
Apropos Pack: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/poll39b.jpg
Cindy's embroidered &
mitered Tandem Tote
Cast YOUR Vote:
Join the StudioKatDesigns Chat Group:
Mortimer the Moose
Coming Soon at SKD:
Puzzle Alarm Clock:
Cats in the Belfry:
Winterize Your Home:
A Genuine RattBag.co.UK:
Send Your Own Fabric:
Foods For Fall:
Stuffed Turkey for
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