"Kat Bytes"      April'14
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From 3/2/14--
Recycled Ties- "No Necks Needed"
From 2/10/14--
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From 3/24/14--
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Hello and Welcome-
For some reason Easter always reminds of me of baby animals so we've made that our theme for this month's edition of Kat Bytes, which pictures, videos and stories starring baby animals of all types!
So whatcha say? Shall we proceed?
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Kathy Neinas. She is the winner of our March contest which was actually our 2nd annual "Purse Insert of the YEAR" contest. Kathy wins a $25.00 SKD gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website. Click here to see her warm and sunny Porta-Pockets Purse Insert !
So...this month we're back to our normal format of handbags and I'm really excited to see that it features SEVEN of our designs, so without further adieu, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite. 

(To see BIGGER pictures: Click on each individual image)
First up, here's a Guardian from Donna Harris. She used upholstery fabric for this bag and embroidered her initials into the pocket area. Donna added that the Guardian is an extremely popular bag in her 'neck of the woods'. :) Here's a peek at the back.
And isn't this a fun Cosmo Convertible? Kimberly Olson of Palmer, AK said that once her sister saw it, she wanted one just like it, and I can certainly see why! Kimberly stitched a ribbon embellishment down the middle of her webbing for a unique look! Click HERE for a closer look!
Avalon Boullt of Phoenix, AZ made this Quattro for her Mom. She says she was inspired by the colors in her Mom's living room... rust, and gold. This Quattro is one of MANY that she has made for various family members.  Here's a shot of the zippered main storage area.
This yummy Uptown Saddlebag was created by Teija Chaar of Sydney, Australia. The back's just as pretty as the front, and here's a peek at the main storage compartment!
Teija Chaar also submitted this Uptown Saddlebag for your consideration. I think she chose SUCH a unique fabrication choice! And do check out the FUN beaded bag handle that she added, SO perfect for this fabric! And another peek inside!
And lest you think Teija can only do Uptown Saddlebags, here's her rendition of our Harmony Handbag! And of course, here's the obligatory backside glance. Teija says this will be her work bag.  
And here we have a bodacious Boho Baguette created and submitted by Lyn Wortley of Rotherham in the United Kingdom. She said it was actually the first of three Boho's that she made because she enjoyed the process so much. The exterior is a light-weight denim, so my it's my bet that this beauty will be around for a long time! :)
And last but certainly not least this month is this delightful DittyRoo by Sandy of Tucson, AZ. I love the complimentary fabrics she chose. It makes me think that this would be a superfun bag to carry for Spring, no?
OK, ready to vote now?
 Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.
Calling ALL entries! 
Everyone gets a prize and YOU might be our next "Handbag of the Month" WINNER!
We're now accepting entries for our next contest, so get "snappin"! Then attach your jpg or gif image to an email and send it to: info@studiokatdesigns.com
New at StudioKat Designs-
Our NEW Neutral Zippers are HERE!
It's been a little while since we've added a new zippertape color to our line and based on the multitudes of comments we've received via FaceBook and other social outlets, a new neutral is what most of you are looking for, so...  it gives me GREAT pleasure to introduce our new zipper which is now available in FIVE sizes! Just click HERE to get yours in the size you need!
  • 7" with closed bottom= $2.50
  • 10" with closed bottom= $2.75
  • 12" separating zip= $4.25
  • 16" separating zip= 4.75
  • 22" purse zip (closed on both ends)= $5.75
Bobbin Around the Web- Inventive Denim Pattern Co.
  Heather Banks says that as she has released her designs and met people at shows she was inspired by the number of people who were storing old jeans for the perfect project. Enter Inventive Denim! You can make the patterns you see here at Inventive Denim 
from either your denim jeans or bright and fun denim off the bolt. I like the Denim Pocket Pot Holders and the Rag Quilt patterns, but you can shop all of Heather's products by clicking HERE. And dont forget to like her on FaceBook while you're here!
Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress
We're in the midst of the NINTH edition of one of our most popular series, the Purse Pattern Chronicles. All posts in this series are all preceded with a PPC9 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.
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Two to View-
It just wouldn't be Easter without a cute little duckie video, right? And this one is purrrfect!
Click HERE to watch it!
This is easily one of the most adorable dog videos I've ever seen! This little Siberian Husky really know how to have fun in leaves. (Be sure to leave your sound on because you'll enjoy the cute little fun noises he's making too!  Click HERE to watch!
Swaddling has been practiced for hundreds of years all over the world, and with good reason... because swaddling is a fabulous way to calm a newborn baby. This swaddle blanket helps take the mystery out of folding a traditional square blanket, which, without experience, often comes undone. And here's the best part, these instructions are free! Made up in a fun print, it would be a terrific gift for a new parent, no?
Click HERE to get started!
Quote of the Month- 
Look What I Found OnLine- How well do you know your cat?
Cats do have a number of curious habits, don't they?  — from licking your hair to hiding in boxes — but do you know why?
Put your knowledge to the test with this fun quiz.
Click HERE to start.
New Word of the Month- Cell-Hell
(sĕl-hĕl) (n.) The place where a cell phone turns one's calls off due to bad reception. Such places include tunnels, overpasses, and the McDonald's® drive-thru.
Cats in the News- An Unexpected Surprise
A little dog, found lost and hurt in South Carolina was found to be caring for some precious cargo.... a tiny, nursing kitten.
When Anderson County employee, Michelle Smith climbed down a steep embankment to rescue a yelping dog she saw a black & white Shih-Tzu mix curled up in a tangle of bushes & briars.
(Click HERE to read more)
Techie Tutorial of the Month- "404 Page Not Found"
Question: Sometimes when I try to visit a website, I get a message that says something like, "404 Page Not Found." What does this mean and what should I do next?
Answer: This error message means the page corresponding to the URL you entered cannot be found on the site's server. It's possible the page no longer exists or that there is an error in the URL you entered. To rule out the second possibility, check the URL carefully to ensure you didn't mistype. If it seems accurate, try these steps:
1. Try removing one level of the URL at a time. For example, if you typed in "http://www.abc.com/x/y/z," remove "/z." If you still see nothing, or an error message, remove "/y," and so on. If you finally get to the home page (e.g. "http://www.abc.com"), try browsing or doing a search for the information you're looking for.
2. Test the URL at the site downforeveryoneorjustme.com. This site will tell you if just you are unable to access the page or if it's a problem with the site itself.  
    Cat Picture of the Month-
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    New York (January 10, 2014)— The United States figure skating championships had not yet opened Thursday when a skater had a wardrobe malfunction at ice dance practice. Not to worry.
    “Her mother’s flying in with a zipper,” said Jan O’Neill, a volunteer seamstress who has made and repaired skating costumes for 25 years.
    Across the hall in the warm-up area at TD Garden, Paul Loder sat in a trailer with the tools of a skate technician: screwdrivers, pliers, drills, awls, glue, a blade sharpener and a sewing machine designed for saddle leather.
    (Click HERE to read more)
    As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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    Monthly Trivia-
    Today is Wednesday, April 9th, the 99th day of 2014 (there are 266 days remaining in this year).
    And if you're going to be anywhere in the vicinity of Lucerne, Switzerland this week (pictured above), then you're in for a treat because there's still 4 days left in the Lucerne Festival at Easter, an annual event featuring old, new, sacred & secular music of the season. And you know what? This sounds fun but literally ANY excuse to visit Lucerne is a good excuse because it's an extraordiinarily beautiful place. 
    Today is also a special day for Michael Learned (legendary Mom on the TV series, The Waltons) who is celebrating her 75th birthday, as is multi-talented American handbag and clothing designer, Marc Jacobs. And if today also happens to be YOUR birthday today, then here's a great big "Happy Birthday to YOU" from all of us at StudioKat Designs, and if today is not your birthday, you can celebrate the day anyway by watching this program preview for the Lucerne Festival at Easter or maybe by just curling up in your favorite comfy chair and watching an old Waltons episode. Goodnight John-boy!
    Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
    Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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