StudioKat News                    April 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • Well, all I can say is... today is an exciting day for us, because it's the official release day of our new pattern, the Guardian! So, since this a very special issue, we've packed it FULL of fun stuff in addition to plenty of info about our new pattern! Fun stuff like- 
  • a FREE E-Reader Cover Pictorial
  • 2 SKD patterns w/a DEEP discount
  • links to the websites of 2 kid's pattern designers
  • a brand new newsletter sponsor with a fun offer
  • and much MUCH MORE!          
So whatcha say? Shall we proceed?
If you have comments or suggestions about our Newsletter, please feel free to do so at info@studiokatdesigns.com
 
 
 
 
 
 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Kay Hersh of Highland Heights, OH, the winner of our March Handbag of the Month contest! She wins a $25.00 SKD gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website. Click here to see her Harmony Handbag made all the more beautiful in Amy Butler fabrics!
 
And even though March's contest was fun, our April contest has some truly beautiful entries, so without further adieu, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite.

(Click each individual picture for a larger view)

This first entry is also the very 1st Guardian to be entered into our monthly contest. It was created in typical spectacular fashion by Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA. Diane also carried over her wonderful piecing onto the back as well and here's a surprise, she laminated the credit card area in front! I think the polka-dot zippers are the perfect finish!
 
 
This entry was submitted by Peg Rice of Westport Island, ME, our longest standing pattern tester. Peg said she's had this fabric for sometime now, but it seemed to be just right for the Guardian. I agree, don't you?
 
 
T. Maenad Widdershins of Normandy Park, WA embroidered a window to adorn the front pouch of her Quattro. (Here's a little closeup of her trapunto piece.) She was so pleased with how it came out that it made her a little sad since this piece was actually made to be sold at auction. I'm thinking it fetched a good price, no?
 
And can you guess who made this color-gradient Baggalista with polka-dotted zippers? If you guessed Diane Rhodes, you are RIGHT! Diane says this is her favorite of all our designs, so much so that she created a matching e-reader cover for it. And here's the best part,  
 I thought the e-reader cover she made was SO nifty, that asked Diane if she might be willing to write up a little tutorial for it to share with all of you, and amazingly, she said YES! We'll provide links to it later on in the body of this letter!  Thanks Diane!  :)
 
Carol Erskine of Southland, NZ says that her new Quattro is just the right size for all the things she needs to carry. She especially loves the bi-colored straps and the zippered main compartment and because she got the fabric on a fun shopping outing with her friends, this bag will always be special to her!  I understand, don't you?
 
This vision in paisley was created by Cathy Dawson of Baltimore, MD. Cathy says that she purchased the fabric on a whim with no particular project in mind, which is rare for her, but when she saw the Carolina CarryAll made up at Jinny Beyer's studio in Virginia, she knew what it was destined to become!  It looks like a FUN bag to carry, doesn't it!
 
And last but not least, Kim Monserrat of Cherrybrook, Australia told me that when she 1st opened her Uptown Saddlebag pattern, she feared she may have bitten off more than she could chew, but she was so tickled with the result,  
that she just couldn't wait to share it and now she wants to make herself a 2nd one! Here's a peek at the back and inside the zippered flap pocket!
 
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: info@studiokatdesigns.com.
 
 
 
The 1st Annual Purse Insert
of the Year Contest!
You asked for it and it's coming SOON! In June we will have our very 1st Purse Insert of the Year contest. So use the contact info above to enter YOUR Purse insert TODAY!
 
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, they're all listed below for your convenience.
 
 
 
A NEW free Pictorial Download-
Have any interest in a pattern for a cover for your eReader or iPad?
Because if so, here's a fantastic pictorial download for you created by one of our testers, Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA!
 
 
When Diane sent me a picture of her bag entry a few days ago, I noticed that she included a picture of her matching eReader cover. So I asked her if she'd like to share the pattern with our readers and amazingly... she said YES! So without further adieu, the links are provided for you below (Remember, you'll need to download the instructions and BOTH templates to complete the project.)
 
New at StudioKat Designs- The Guardian
 
Today I am pleased to tell you, is the official release day of our brand new handbag pattern, the Guardian. So many of you have been following the progress of this pattern in the Purse Pattern Chronicles series on our Blog (all prefixed with the letters PPC7), but for those of you that haven't been, here's a quick tour! The Guardian features include:
* a zippered front pocket with EIGHT credit or loyalty card slots
* a roomy snapped back pocket
* PLUS- the1st EVER "concealed carry" area in a purse pattern!
The "concealed carry" feature can of course be used for any
number of alternate uses, such as a place to safely store your
passport, camera, extra cash, pepper spray, prescription meds,
and personal hygience products, to name just a few.
And even though this release has been a bit "controversial", the pattern has been very well received so far. For more info, plenty more pictures and to purchase your copy, (which comes with a complimentary utility holster pattern), click here.
 
ANNOUNCING! The Closeout of TWO StudioKat Designs patterns
 
Every now and then you have to say goodby to a good friend or two and for us, that time is now. You may or may not know that we've been working VERY hard on a brand new dynamic website. (You can see a sneek peek HERE.) And.... after doing a lot of careful thinking and pondering, we've decided that not ALL of our webpages will be making the move to the new site with us!
Along these lines, we've made the decision to scale back some of our patterns and webpages in order to be able to focus more keenly on our more modern designs. So... we're having a GREAT BIG CLOSEOUT sale on the Kizmet Klutch and the Cordicella. That's right, for a limited time you can now purchase these two patterns for $5.00 each, after which they will disappear from our website... FOREVER.
(Don't worry, even though you will  no longer find these patterns on our website, you'll still be able to find them on the following internet sites:
 
 
Bobbin Around the Web- Olive Ann Designs
 
OliveAnn Designs specializes in fun and playful patterns for children. I first ran across this cool pattern line at Quilt Market and I love the whimsical feel this mother and daughter team infuse into their work. Their pattern line ranges from gorgeous dresses & tops, to flirty skirts, to sling buddies and duvet covers!
 
'HOT'Links-of-the-Month'- 
      check out these terrific offers from our sponsors
Oliver+S- Put these cuties in your handbag
Immedia Print- We print patterns and MUCH MORE!
FaveQuilts.Com- Down load your FREE eBook- Baby Quilt patterns for boys and girls!
PursePatterns.Com- Click HERE to check out this month's pattern bargains!
Material Girl Quilts- Check out these fab Australian fabrics! Terrific for bag fronts!
All DunnDesigns.Com- Download SPECIAL! $2.00 off the "Square One" Bag pattern.
JenniferJangles.Com- Join Jennifer's email list and get a FREE pdf pattern!
 
Website Spotlite-  Create Kids Couture
Here's another site with extremely cute patterns for children and young folks. Shannon and Tiffany are the creative force behiind Create Kids Couture and they have over 40 patterns in their line now with offerings for girls, tweens, and even for boys!
While you're visiting, be sure to check out the FaceBook page for Creat Kids Couture (which is very active) as well as their Blog, where you'll also find a few tutorials!
 
 
SmileGram-  Holy Humor
During these serious & troubled times, all people should remember these four great religious truths:
1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's Chosen People.
2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.
4. Baptists do not recognize each other at the liquor store.
 
Cat pic of the Month-
 
 
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Video of the Month- An Orphaned Hummingbird
Orphaned hummingbird - What you are about to see is a video of a Mom Hummingbird “Phoebe” – this is a webcam that is streamed to the internet all the time….and the owners took a recording they made and posted it to YouTube.
Well, this year, Phoebe had a non-viable egg, and one that hatched. Apparently, someone in the same vicinity as the Phoebe nest pruned a bush not realizing that it had an active Hummingbird nest with a baby in it…..the land owners where Phoebe’s nest is were called to see if they could help with the now orphaned “Pip”…..they did, and what you are about to see is them putting the baby into the nest, and then Phoebe coming back and immediately feeding the addition “Pip”. Click here to watch.
 
Cat Video of the Month- Freaked out by Mario Bros.
This cat is totally freaked out by the sounds coming from the Mario Bros video game. 
Click here to watch.
 
Blog of the Month- V and Co.
V and Co. is short for Vanessa Christenson, the creative force behind this neat little Blog. Vanessa is a stay-at-home Mom to 4 who loves to quilt, sew and decorate.
Her site is chock-loaded with cute little tutorials for doing everything from clothing items, like this adorable ombre-dyed onesie, to elegant wedding accessory items like this incredible wedding ring pillow, to fashioning a cuff from a leather belt, and MUCH MORE!  Enjoy!
 
 
Look What I Found OnLine- Meowhoo.Com
 
 
Meowhoo.Com is your beeline for everything feline. It really is a comprehensive resource for anything cat-related, but my favorite thing is the Kitty Games. Oh and while your there, they have a fantastic newsletter called KittyBytes!
 
Crafty Tutorial of the Month- A Piped Bench Cushion
It's that time of year where we all start thinking about spending more time out of doors! So wouldn't be fun to spruce up our outdoor living areas a bit first?
Here's a great tutorial that shows you how to avoid the high cost of buying ready-made cushions by recovering your own! Click here to check it out!
 
 
 
Techie Tutorial of the Month- Adjusting Your Thread Tension
 
Understanding and adjusting your sewing machine's thread tension... It's one of the most confounding and frustrating things about sewing! But FINALLY, here's a terrific tutorial that explains it better than ever. I loved it so much that I pinned it to my Pinterest board so I'd never lose it! Click here to check it out!
 
New Word of the Month-  Unfare
 (ŭn-fâr) (n.) The dollar one owes the cab driver before they've even moved a foot.
 
NYTimes- February 11, 2013
WATCHING cat videos is so popular that it has become shorthand for being unproductive, whether or not someone being distracted by the Internet is actually watching a cat riding a robotic vacuum or playing the piano .
Now a cat product that was introduced in 2012, Litter Genie, is being featured in a series of promotional videos on YouTube. Click here to read the entire article.
 
 
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
 
 
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Forget what's trendy. Here's the best reason to stick with the basics.
You probably don't associate your purse with major health problems—unless you're talking about those shoulder pains you get from loading it up with everything but the kitchen sink. But a new report from environmental health scientists in California may give you pause the next time you gravitate to that trendy bag. Recent test results showed that lead in MANY purses, handbags, and wallets exceeded 300 parts per million (ppm), a limit California set for purses in 2010. Click here to read more!
 
 
Monthly Trivia-
Today is Monday, the 8th day of April, and I doubt anyone is more relieved that April is here, than I am, and that's NOT because the weather is warmer (which is really is NOT), but because baseball season is finally HERE, and basketball season is finally OVER... well, at least that will be true after tonight! (Either way its a relief for the debacle that the Wake Forest basketball program has become to be over... until next year.) But I digress...
Back to baseball- It just so happens that I remember exactly where I was on this day in 1974 (the lounge area of Stroup Dormitory), because that was the day that Hammerin' Hank Aaron hit his 715th homerun, breaking Babe Ruth's record without benefit of steroids I might add! And today is also the birthday of two Hall of Fame players! Pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter was born on this day in 1946 and Catcher Gary Carter in 1954. Too bad they were never on the same team, right?
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 by watching the merciful end (at least for WFU fans) of the 2013 college basketball season tonight.
 
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
 
 
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