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Welcome!-Wow! May was a wild & wonderful month! We had a
great time in Portland, soaking up the ambience of the great Northwest, and
the best part was, we exhibited our designs for the first time at the
International Spring Quilt Market! We so enjoyed meeting folks that
we've only talked to by phone or email over the past few years, (like Henrietta Timmons, of Henrietta's
Handbags). We also met many store owners, suppliers, distributors &
fellow designers, whom we can now count as our friends. You can also click
for some fun information & pictures from our trip. (This is a pretty
big file, & it takes a little while to download (especially if you're on a
dial-up connection), so why not click the link & let your PC do the work,
while you relax & read the rest of the newsletter?) Come on, we have a lot
of ground to cover! It should be ready for you to read by the time we're
Also, especially for the convenience of our friends at Pattern Review &
AOL, all of the hotlinks are listed in order at the bottom of this letter,
and as always, if you prefer, you can go to
www.studiokatdesigns.com/jun08.htm to see the online version of the
Feline Quote for June -
"Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and
vice versa, and often simultaneously." Dr. Louis J. Camuti
New on my
Ann Horton of Wilson, NY sent me a very sweet video of a
tolerant cat with it's new puppy "friend". (This puppy looks precisely
like my sweet Jake did when he was a pup. Maybe that's why I like it so
Up for another humourous cat story? Elaine Satterthwaite of Fort
Wayne, Indiana sent in an adorable picture of her cat,
Charmin. You can read all about it by clicking here.
ATTENTION PLEASE!! There's a new
Nesting Queen in the House, and her name is Tracey of Gibsonia, PA.
Tracey made a complete set of FOUR
Roly-Nesters, besting the previous mark of 3, set by yours truly. I gladly
relinquish my crown to Tracey, the new Queen of the Nesters.
you have what it takes to knock Tracey off her throne? Find out how on our
free pattern page, & by this time next month, YOU can be sitting on
that throne! (Plus, you'll have some nifty gifts to put aside as well!)
"Handbag of the Month"
I love seeing the beautiful handbags you all are creating, and I'll bet
you do too! So, let's try something new & fun this month! Check out these
pics, all received in May, & then cast a vote for your favorite. And just
to make it interesting, the owner of the handbag receiving the most votes
at the end of the month will win a $10.00 SKD gift certificate. (Just like
Leslie Pinkston of Pasadena, CA. She's the lucky winner of last month's
Handbag Contest. Click here
to see her winning Gadabout, which has also won a
permanent place on our website!)
Remember Judi Graf of Tyler, Texas? (She won the April Handbag of
the Month Contest.) Well I received an email yesterday with a picture of
what has to be one of the most beautiful handbags I've ever seen attached
to it! (And I've seen PLENTY). Having just won the April contest, Judi
isn't eligible to win again until April of 2009, but just click here
to check it out. Additionally, this scrumptious bag is now headlining the
of Fame page of my website.
now...Here's this month's entries:
Beginning with Arlene Stream, of Loveland, CO, who submitted this cool &
bluesy PortaPocket Insert.
I know you'll enjoy this artistic
Vervalise crafted by Barbara Miller of Scottsdale, AZ.
She said she did a collage quilt piece (of fabric & ribbons) to insert on
the front flap, then covered it with black Tulle. (I think it gives it a
vintage look, don't you? She then quilted the entire piece before cutting
it out with the fusible fleece. Great job, Barbara!
Susanne Bruns of Cissna Park, IL, couldn't wait to show me this impressive
Gadabout at Spring Market in Portland. She made quite a splash
at my booth!
Here's Arlene again (what a busy gal!) with a
show-stopping Gadabout! This is a bag that would go with just
about everything, don't you think? You outdid yourself this time, Arlene!
Who said you can't use SKD free patterns to compete in this
contest? Patti Brommelsiek got real creative with her CashKeeper! She combined some unique material with
some bold colors for her entry. And here's a good idea, Patti says she gave
them as graduation gifts with a little cash in the billfold section.
(Tracey said that both her male & female recipients LOVED their gifts!)
OK, ready to vote now? Just click on the link
below to cast your vote. Only one vote per day, per email address is
I met Virginia Cole, of Galloping Pony Studio at the Spring Quilt Market. (That's
her in the blue jeans.) She was my next door neighbor and just like me, it
was her first market. Virginia does beautiful work combining miniature
quilts with vintage music sheets, antique buttons and forgotten photos to
create one of a kind pieces. I've never seen anything quite like it.
You can either purchase a finished piece of artwork from Virginia, or use a project
Kit to create a work of art that "connects your heart & mind".
Quotation of the
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the
government and report the facts." Will Rogers
A Cool Place to
Shop!- Custom Photo Quilt Squares
Everyone has favorite pictures of cherished relatives, pets & vacations,
but wouldn't it be neat to be able to preserve & display them in some other
way than a picture frame? What if you could get the picture printed on a
fabric square? What fun it would be to use those pictures to make quilt
tops, purse fronts & other heirloom creations that you and your family
could enjoy. Well, now you can do just that by visiting Traveling
Designs.Com. Just click
here to get more information & to get started!
Your cat might own you
if...you have pictures of your cat in your wallet, or on
your cellphone. (Pollsters claim that 40 percent of cat owners carry their
pet's picture in their wallet, by the way.)
Surf HERE for Neat INFO!- Get Grilling
Say the name Weber, and you'll be thinking about grilling. But
before you fire up that grill for the warm weather season ahead, go
straight to the source for lots of expert advice & new recipe ideas for appetizers,
meat, vegetables, & even desserts! (Ooh! Let's try the Bananas Calypso!) To keep the inspiration coming for
weekend parties, sign up to receive the Recipe of
the Week each Friday!
New Word of the Month-
Allergivate-The inevitable action of a cat or dog to constantly
gravitate toward guests who are allergic to them.
Did You Know?- A
pregnant goldfish is called a twit?
A cool Internet Activity- Well Said
Not sure how to pronounce a particular word, & don't want to sound
stupid? (Happens to me all the time... the not sure of how to pronounce
part, that is!) Anyway, all you have to do is submit the word in question
to this handy site & you'll hear it spoken instantly. It's an online
English pronouncing dictionary, and in certain situations, it could prove
invaluable. Go ahead, try it with the name of my latest purse, The Trifecta. Just click here to do so!
"Catsite" of the
I Can Has Cheezburger.Com
I have no idea where they got the title for this website, & I promise
I am NOT making this up. This is a really fun cat site, filled with terrific cat pictures
with very funny captions, like this
one. Judi Graf of Tyler, TX turned me on to this site & I just love it.
If you want to, you can even upload your own picture and add the captions.
Go ahead, check it out. But be warned... it's addictive!
Lines- Birds of a feather flock together and crap on your car!
Surf HERE for FUN!-
Jones is BACK!
The fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise comes to the
big screen this month nearly two decades after the last one. (We're going
to see it tonight, and I can't wait!) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of
the Crystal Skull boasts all the action that fans have come to expect,
from car chases to Indiana Jones wielding his trademark bullwhip. The film
stars Harrison Ford and is led by famous filmmakers George Lucas as
executive producer and writer, & Steven Spielberg as director. Get a sneak
peek here and enjoy
classic clips from previous installments.
Question of the Month-
Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby", when
babies wake up like every 2 hours?
If you are in the Portland Oregon area, then my recommendation is that
you visit the Portland
Rose Festival, the largest & longest running rose show in our country.
There will be all sorts of fun events taking place thru May 29th, but on
June 5-6 the Lloyd Center Ice Rink, (which coincidentally was just across
the street from our hotel), will be transformed into a delightful rose
garden w/over 2000 blooms. If any of you go, I would love to see some
pictures, it ought to be fabulous!
Since today is June 3rd, there's probably a little celebrating going
on at the home of Curtis Mayfield, the R&B songwriter best know for
composing the soundtrack for the 70's classic Superfly. He shares
his special day with legendary bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, (a
personal favorite of mine). 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 anyway by taking a little time out
for yourself today. And while you're at it, why not smell a rose or two?
Well, that's it for now, so until next month,
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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HotLinks- (in order
StudioKat Designs June 08 Newsletter ONLINE:
StudioKat Designs Portland Travelogue:
New on my Website:
The Tolerant Cat
The New Nesting
Read Charmin's story:
Odyssey Backpack: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/poll15.jpg
Hall of Fame: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/HallofFame.htm
Handbag of the Month Gallery:
Handbag Gallery: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/winfreestuff.htm
Gadabout from last month:
Cast YOUR Vote:
Galloping Pony Studio:
Photo Quilt Squares:
Recipe of the Week:
Catsite of the Month:
Cute Cat Picture:
Portland Rose Festival:
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