StudioKat News                October 2012
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Hello and Welcome-
Things are a whirlwind here  because we're leaving for the Fall Quilt Market in Houston TX in just 16 days. As a matter of fact, at this very moment we're loading our stuff into the truck so we can be ship it off this afternoon. (I hope it's waiting for us when we get there!) So just ignore us, grab a cup of coffee and settle down in a comfy place, because we have some great stuff to show you this month. But first, who said men can't be great shopping companions? Here's the latest video of my grandson that proves otherwise! 
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Feline Quote for February-
"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." 
Ernest Hemingway
 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's contest! The winner was Caroline Millsted of Norwich, England. She wins a $25.00 SKD gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website. Click here to see her winning entry, a beautifully embroidered Quattro.
The October 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)

Shannon Maciejewski of Almont, IL created this versatile SideKick and she says she really LOVES it because of all the pockets! She included some extra pictures with her entry too. Here's one of the check register area, the front pouch interior and the roomy main storage area!
When she found this gorgeous fabric at a local shop, Jackie Abel of Watertown, SD just knew it would be PERFECT for the Baggalista! This bag turned out to be a gift for a very lucky friend who gets tons of compliments on it! And its no wonder, because the back is just as pretty as the front!
Christine Mazzullo of Elgin, IL fashioned her Quattro from fabric that's been in her stash for a long time... maybe YEARS (I can relate!). She bought one of our kits because she loves our new striped zippers, and added some extra interior pockets  on her own! She did a great job and even the back is quite lovely!
And this Encore Purse Insert is totally personalized by Phyllis Muscolino of Newburg, MD with some great embroidery from Michele D'Amore's "Bold & Beautiful" collection! Here's different view of the interior, & a couple shots of the exterior, front and back. I love it!
Anki Arvmyren of Sweden said that this bold Baggalista is a gift to herself! She chose this pattern due its practicality and already had the Amy Butler fabric in her collection. (Click the links to check out the side view and the back.)  Anki said she would really enjoy carrying this bag on her summer holiday and on her first trip to the Houston Quilt Festival this Fall!  
Pamela Dikeman of Waterford, MI decided to try her hand at making her own handbag because she didn't want to drop $100+ on a Vera Bradley bag.
I think she made the right decision because you'll never see one of Vera's bags looking as fabulous or as original as this Lollapalooza, right?
Pamela is also the creator of this excellent Quattro! She noted that she particularly loved using our NEW  sew-in invisible magnetic snaps!
And Viki Banaszak of Wichita, KS said that she really doesn't sew all that much, but that her Carolina CarryAll came together real well, especially when she let go of her preconceived notions of how it should be done! I love that comment Viki, and it seems I've heard that before!
OK, ready to vote now?
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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- SuesSparklers.Com
Looking for a sparkling way to jazz up your next project? Then you might want to do a little shopping at Sues Sparklers.Com. It's a family owned and run business located in Escondido, CA with a vibrant web store!
If you like the bling, then check out the selection of rhinestones and crystals, but if that's too flashy for you, then you might prefer the metals,
or opt for the pearl collections. Sues even carries crystal zippers, decals,
and lanyards! And, to stay on top of anything new Sue might add to her line, you might want to sign up for her Blog posts! Happy Shopping!
New at StudioKat Designs- The Uptown Saddlebag
It's hard to believe it's already been a month since we released our 27th pattern, the Uptown Saddlebag! But just in case you missed it, here's some important things you need to know!
  • We have new POLKA-DOTTED zippers in the exact sizes you'll need for this bag! (we also have the ministriped zippers too!)
  • The Uptown Saddlebag makes use of those fabulous invisible sew-in magnets!
  • You can buy your Uptown Saddlebag pattern kitted with the notions you'll need to complete your project! Click here and check out the top right corner of webpage. 
  • Are you ready to make a 2nd Uptown Saddlebag? We now sell "Notions-ONLY" kits!
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Video of the Month-
Check out this adorable video of a dog guarding his owner's bike for him!
Click HERE to see this ultra-smart dog!
Cat Video of the Month- How to Film Your Cats
Folks are always asking me how I manage to get such great pictures of my cats and this video explains it ALL! Click HERE to get started!
Blog of the Month- SimpleSimonandCo.Com
Welcome to Simple Simon and Company. They are Elizabeth & Elizabeth, two girls who married brothers and ended up with the exact same names. Between them they have 5 vivacious and crazy kids and are loving their time at home with them. They also love to sew, craft, redo furniture, and collect all things vintage.
But here's what I like about their Blog... they have some very cute tutorials for embellishing children's clothing, and for making one-of-a kind items! I especially like this one for making a very authentic looking Pirate's Hat just in time for Halloween!
Quote of the Month- 
"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."
John Lennon
Look What I Found OnLine- Delicious Apple Recipes
 Fall is a great time to enjoy apples and you can make the most of them with the recipes here! How about Pumpkin Waffles w/Apples & Apple Cider Syrup for breakfast? Toasted Turkey, Brie & Apple Sandwiches for lunch? Or Spiced Apple Carrot Cake for dessert? View, print or save the recipes or use the social media links to share with friends.
New Word of the Month-  Parkma
  1. (n.) The uncanny luck of being able to find a good parking spot everywhere you go.
Cats in the News- Nesting Kittens
Having a catflap-sized hole and being far away from foxes sounds like a great place to raise a litter of kittens, right?
But you wouldn't have expected this black and white cat to move into an owl box 20ft up an old oak tree - and give birth to four cute kittens there.
The box was put up on private woodland near Rugby, Warwickshire, around four years ago to attract more wildlife to the area. It had previously been home to a family of Little Owls.
Click HERE to read the whole article and see some adorable pictures of the nesting "brood"!
Cat Picture of the Month-
Click HERE to enjoy a larger version!
Sewing Headlines- Cave Man Quilting
Awhile back, CBS NEWS did a piece on Ricky Tims and the International Quilt Market/Festival, so i thought it might be fun to go back in time and check it out since this years Market is just around the corner!
Click HERE to watch the video.
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
Click HERE to enjoy a larger version!
Monthly Trivia-
Today is Monday, October 8th, the 282nd day of 2012. (There are only 84 days remaining in this year, just in case you're wondering!)
But here's the deal- try as I might, I just didn't find any interesting things that have happened on this day in history, BUT- there were some VERY interesting people born on this day! Actor Matt Damon was born on this day in 1970 in Cambridge, MA. and two of my favorite guys from Saturday Night Live, legendary "fall-guy Chevy Chase (1943) and Darrell Hammond (1960) will also be celebrating with birthday cake today! (And who would have guessed that Chevy Chase's birth name was Cornelius Crane? No wonder he changed it!)
And if today also happens to be 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 too by watching a Matt Damon movie (I recommend "We Bought a Zoo") or by simply pulling a fall-down prank on one of your friends (remember to choose your landing zone VERY carefully!)
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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