StudioKat News             November 2011
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Favorite Things
Olive Ann Designs
Crafting with Cat Hair!
Zero Waste Design 
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Hello and Welcome-
So here we are, just in from the International Fall Quilt Market, which was a fabulous success for us! It was great to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones too! We'll be telling you and showing you all about our trip real soon, but in the meantime, click here to see what my grandson's new favorite activity is, and then we'll get this party started!

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Feline Quote for February-
"The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world."
Lynn M. Osband
 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's contest! The winner was Karen Armour of San Diego, CA. 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 coordinated Quattro.
The November 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.

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Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA was a brave girl, fashioning her pieced Presto Purse with Soft & Stable instead of fusible fleece. I liked her results so much that I used much of it in a blog post. Here's a peek at the zippered back pocket & the front ID area looks.
This adorable Quattro was the brainchild of Sharon Cuddemi of Weare, NH. She accomplished the spectacular front with punch needle embroidery. Here's a closeup of the handwork!
And Katherine Gelpi has received all sorts of compliments on her embroidered Carolina CarryAll. She used one "Asian" designs by Anita Goodesign for the embellishment, and here's a peek at the equally beautiful purse back! The lining is also an asian- inspired design, China Vase by Michael Miller.
Gloria C of Portland, ME chose fabric from her stash to "test out" her Trifecta pattern. She LOVES the fact that all she has to do is unzip the center 'core' of this bag to have access to all her important credentials, yet they are totally safe and secure when the bag is closed!
Gloria says she plans on making another Trifecta real soon!
This classy denim Lollapalooza was crafted beautifully by Margo Clabo of Cleveland, TN.
She says that she adores carrying her new bag and enjoyed the whole process of making it as well!
And speaking of head turning...
this stunning Gadabout belongs to Pat Leask of Ontario, Canada. The embroidery designs are part of the 'Kashmir Elephant Design Pack' by Embroidery Library. She used a good quality black cotton and combined it with a light mauve interior to make it easier to find stuff inside.
And for the very first Baggalista to be entered in our monthly contest, we have this beauty by Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA.
Isn't it fantastic? and check out how incredible this fabric looks wrapped around our black & white striped zippers!
This Quattro/ PortaPockets duo is nothing short of eye-popping! Carol Haas of Dexter, MI has carried this bag all summer and didn't want to take pictures until she was ready to trade it for a Fall bag.
She said her dynamic duo carried virtually everything she needed it to, but she did add an additional tab with which to secure her keys!
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:
Bobbin Around the Web- Favorite Things
Leslie Gladman's pattern line is innovative and brimming with new ideas for those who love to sew.
Some of my 'favorites' include her popular slippers, this wonderful sleep sack for babies, (which my grandson HIGHLY recommends), and her new "Hope Skirt". 
Sponsor 'Picks-of-the-Month'- 
SewFun.Com- NEW pattern- Special Occasion Gift Tote!
Material Girls Online store- Check out this spectacular new batik!
TrishStuart.Com- New ePatterns are now available
AllDunn Designs.Com- Down the "Old Jeans Purse" pattern
PursePatterns.Com- Check out the "Christmas Jingles Bag" pattern
Vicki Welsh Hand-Dyed Fabrics- A Hand-dyed Fabric Kit for "The Baggalista" by SKD
Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress   Check out our NEW look!
Many of you have suggested to us that we make it easier for you to search amongst our older Blog posts for your favorites, and we've redesigned our Blog to make it much easier for you to do just that! And 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. 
Website Spotlite- Olive Ann Designs
Olive Ann Designs is a mother-daughter team that was established in 2009. They produce unique patterns for children's clothing and other related projects. I think their designs are just FABULOUS! They have some of the cutest dress patterns on the market as well as skirts  and other fun stuff like baby slings, nursing shawls and duvet covers, just to name a few. And for you shop owners, Olive Ann is happy to do wholesale orders!   :)
A woman rubs a lamp and out pops a genie. "You're a kind lady, so I'll grant you one wish," the genie tells her.
"See this cat? I'd rather have a strong, handsome man," she says.
The genie agrees and--POOF!--the cat turns into a Brad Pitt clone. The woman leaps into his lap.
"Do you have anything to say before we make love?" she asks.
"Yes," he says. "I bet you wish you didn't have me neutered last week!"
Yes! You DID read the title right! This blew my mind when I ran across it on Amazon the other day, so I just had to share it. I have NOT tried this, nor do I endorse it, but would LOVE to know if any of you do and what you think! This is what the promo says on Amazon.
Crafting with Cat Hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training. You can make most of these projects in under an hour—with a little help, of course, from your feline friends!
Isn't this WILD?
Video of the Month-
Click HERE for what very well may be
Cat Video of the Month-
And speaking of cute- who could ever resist THIS kitten!
Click HERE to watch!
Blog of the Month- The Sometimes Crafter
If you like your blogs to have projects that are modern, simple and sweet, then you need to check out The Sometimes Crafter. Christina excels at in-progress posts so that we can enjoy watching her way of making crafts and art. You also might enjoy checking out her patterns, which are all for sale as pdf downloads!
Quote of the Month- 
"I'm convinced that about half of what deparates the successful entrepreneurs from the un-successful ones, is pure perserverance."  Steve Jobs, from a 1995 interview with the Smithsonian Institute
Look What I Found OnLine- Timed Games
 Do you know the names of all 50 states? How many corporate logos can y ou recognize in six minutes? Can you type the numbers 1-100 in under a minute? Visit this site to test yourself with these and many other fun games. Topics include geography, history, sports, TV and much more!
New Word of the Month- Beautabulous (byü-tăb'yü'ləs)
a word used to describe something that is both fabulous AND beautiful.
"The starry sky tonight is beautabulous!"
September 23, 2011- Fizz Girl measures a measly six inches from shoulders to ground, compared to the average cat's ten inches, and the Guinness World Records has now pronounced Fizz as officially the shortest of the entire feline family...
(click to read more)  Or click HERE to see a short video.
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Headlines in Sewing- Zero Waste Design
Did you know that approximately 15 percent of fabric is wasted in the manufacture of a typical garment? Think about it: When a pattern is cut out, the leftover scraps are usually considered useless because they’re too small to sew into anything else. But eco-fashion designers such as Mark Liu and Timo Rassanen are changing all that with their ingenious “zero-waste” fabric patterns that fit the smaller components of his clothes among the larger ones like a puzzle so that every single scrap is utlized. WOW! Now that is TRULY “cutting” edge!
Cat Site of the Month- The iPurr Cat Bed
As most of you know, Steve Jobs of Apple passed away recently, and alert reader, Becky Dickson, ran across this VERY cool blog post which was kinda written in his honor and I think you'll enjoy it!
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Monthly Trivia-
On this day in 1991, basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson stuns the world by announcing his sudden retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers, after testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. At the time, many Americans viewed AIDS as a gay white man's disease. Johnson, who is African American and heterosexual, was one of the first sports stars to go public about his HIV-positive status.
And here's the deal... Even though Magic Johnson has had MANY birthdays since making that announcement, he is NOT celebrating his birthday today, but guess who is?
Folk singer Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul & Mary) would have been 74 today. (You might not believe this, but Mary used to be one of my neighbors in Connecticut when I was a kid.) She shared her special day with two other famous singers, Johnny Rivers and Joni Mitchell, who wrote one of my all-time favorites, Both Sides Now.
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, but if taking in a basketball game was on your mind, it's going to have to be a collegiate game, because those pro basketball players, even the announcers like Magic Johnson, are all on a 'Lock Out'!
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
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