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Issue #121 ------August 2015
So... a big thing has happened here since we last "spoke"... well actually, I guess its actually a little thing with BIG impact! Can't guess?
We adopted a kitten!
And we're crazy about him! We named him Pippin (after the slightly naughty character in "Lord of the Rings", one of my favorite stories! So while you're reading this newsletter, I'll go play with this cute little guy!
And don't forget- if you prefer you can just click here to read the web version of this newsletter!
 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Fran Botts of Norfolk, VA!
Her Hip Bag Hybrid was the very 1st of that design to win our monthly contest! Patti wins a $25.00 SKD virtual gift certificate and a permanent place of honor in our Handbag Gallery. Click here to see her beautiful entry!

So...are you ready to see this month's entries?
We've got NINE more fantastic entries to share with you, so without further delay, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite.

(For BIGGER images: Click on each individual pic)

This incredible SideKick was created by Julie Willis of Kingsport, TN. She said she had a LOT of fun making it! Click HERE to see the dropdown checkbook section and HERE to see the built-in wallet.
Donna Lucas-Mudd of Santa Cruz, CA calls this her "Tribal" DittyRoo. She used fabric from the "Folklorica" fabric line of Julie Paschkis! I like the embellishment Donna added above the front pockets. It enhances the "tribalness", doesn't it!
And here's an awesome Guardian created by Veronica Johnson. She hails from Tasmania, Australia and she's a contest veteran.
Patti Foley says she loves the Quattro design. And even though the Quattro has LOTS of exterior pockets, Patti added even more to the interior! She kept this bag for herself, no surprise there!
And Marty Campbell of Emmett, ID created this Wrapsody for her daughter. She added a nice key fob to keep track of her keys and here's a peek at the incredibly organized interior :)
And evidently I'm not the only one who favors a purple and green color scheme. This beautiful Quattro was created by Beth Stanfield of Durham, NC who said a friend of hers bought this wonderful batik for her during an annual field trip!
And Mary Collett says she LOVES her new HipBag Hybrid, and if I didn't already know that Mary was from Florida, that would be where I would guess she was from based on this color scheme! Looks GREAT, Mary!
This wavy Wrapsody was submitted by Karin de Jong of Australia, who says she like bright colors and groovy, retro designs and this fabric certainly fits the bill! And here's a peek at the INSIDE!
Linda Slusar of Winfield, Il entered this summery Quattro. She affectionately calls this bag "Hydrangeas" which is quite appropriate, no?!
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Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress
We're in the midst of the ELEVENTH cycle of one of our most popular blog series, Purse Pattern Chronicles. All posts in this series are all preceded with a PPC11 notation. And if you're new here, and you want to catch up or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, they're all listed below.
Bobbin Around the Web- Freddie and Company
  So... who is Freddie? It turns out that Freddie is really Ingrid and she's the designer behind a really adorable line of sewing patterns for stuffed children's toys! My favorites are Lee Lee the Lion and Gabby the Gobbler. So... if there's a small child in your life, check out these fun toys! And while your here you might want to look at Freddie's FaceBook and Pinterest pages!
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TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
This is one of the funniest compliation videos I have EVER seen, comprised totally of scaredy cats! Click HERE to watch! You'll love it, I promise!
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Denver the Guilty Dog is back and you guessed it, he's been up to no good again. Trouble is, he's so darned cute about it! Click " style="font-size:10pt;text-decoration:underline;font-family:comic sans ms;font-weight:bold;color:#7c4900;">HERE to see what he did this time!
Quote of the Month- 
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Isn't this a cool look? Not really tie-dying... but still just as unique and every time you try it, there's sure to be an element of surprise as to how it will turn out, right?
For more info about trying this technique, click HERE.
According to this article (found in Elite Daily) people who make their beds in the morning are happier AND more productive all day long. Do you think this is true? 
Techie Tutorial of the Month- YOU decide what you see 1st on FaceBook!
It seems like faceBook changes the rules EVERY day, doesn't it?
Well now you can CHOOSE whose posts you most want to see for YOURSELF! Click HERE to find out how, OR you can click HERE to watch a tutorial video!
New Word of the Month- Textpectation
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                         Click HERE to meet Sonya and her extra-prickly kittens!
Cat Picture of the Month-
This is not my cat, but I swear that one of mine actually did this! He was a scary guy (whenever he was at the Vet that is)!  Click the image to see a larger view!
Quilts are hot — and not just for keeping toasty at night. The humble linen has evolved into an art form that's as likely to be displayed on a wall as on a bed. "It's pretty broad, from the extreme fine arts world to the grassroots," says Ricky Tims, one of the world's top fiber artists. The art form celebrates Quilt Week, one of its biggest annual events, April 23-26 in Paducah, Ky. Tims shares favorite places to see this "soft art" with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY, so click HERE and see how many of these "hallowed" places YOU'VE visited!
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Monthly Trivia-
Today is Tuesday, the 11th day of August 2015, and did you know that there are only 141 days remaining in the year! WOW! 2015 is flying by, isn't it?  And did you know that it was also on this day in 1950 that someone was born who literally changed ALL of our lives in a permament way! That's because Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computers was born on this day in 1950.
He shares his special day with Viola Davis who is celebrating one of those "significant" birthdays today (her 50th)! And if today is also YOUR birthday, then here's a great big "Happy Birthday to YOU" from all of us here at StudioKat Designs, and if today is NOT your birthday, you might consider celebrating this day by enjoying one of Viola's films on your computer, an option we couldnt even dream was possible before Steve introduced us to personal computers! My favorite is The Help and here's the trailer! :)
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
It's a GREAT day to be sewing!
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International Fall Quilt Market - October 24-26, 2014,  Houston, TX
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