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21st Century Fun

I’ve got a few announcements today, both of which take advantage of some fun technology.

First up, two FREE Android apps!

I’ve mentioned the Polka Dot Cottage app here before, but I thought I would bring it up again, because I have since made it available on the Android Market.  That makes it much easier for you to download, and get updates.  In fact, if you downloaded the original version directly from me a few months ago, it might be a good idea to uninstall it and then get a shiny new copy via Android.  Everything will work better that way, I promise.

Now, brand new as of last night, is the Polka Dot Creations app!  This one is for the polymer clay junkies out there who wait for new books & videos with bated breath.  This app alerts you of new items available for preorder, new items in stock, monthly bestseller lists, and Polypubs posts.  Each notification includes a link back to the website, so you can make a purchase, if you like.

As of this morning, there are mobile ads showing on this app.  I’m working on getting them turned off, so if you do find them annoying, don’t worry.  They’ll be gone soon.

You can download Polka Dot Creations in the Android Market, too.

(BTW, I built both of these apps with the aid of feed.nu, if any of you are looking to app-ify your own blogs.)

Next up? Kindle patterns, and new pricing on PDF patterns!

My fellow nerd of a husband has become somewhat of an expert in the field of creating eBooks, and so when I started to offer PDF patterns and tutorials here in the download shop, he suggested turning them into true eBooks and publishing them for the Amazon Kindle.  He kindly and generously formatted the first one for me, and it is now ready to share!

The Spring Wrap Skirt pattern is available at Amazon and is still available in the Download Shop as well, if you prefer PDF.

Even better, I have temporarily reduced the price on both versions significantly from $5 to $1.49.  Yep, you heard me.

Did you know you don’t need an actual Kindle to read Kindle books?  Amazon has free software available that allows you to read Kindle books on your PC, tablet, phone, iPad, or whatever floats your boat.

There will be more Kindle patterns available from me soon — once I figure out how to do the formatting myself, and don’t have to rely on Neil to do it for me!

I don’t know about you, but I find all of this rather exciting – the combining of old-fashioned skills and ideas, with young technologies that make them more accessible than ever.  It’s very cool, in my book.

Any questions about any of this, please post them here.  I know not everyone is as comfortable with technology as I am, and perhaps I overlooked explaining something fully enough.  Don’t be shy about asking me to clarify!

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4 thoughts on “21st Century Fun

  1. […] figured out something about you.  Your eyes kind of glaze over when I start talking about apps and kindles and downloads and stuff like that, don’t […]

  2. Hi Lisa,
    I have a new 79$ Kindle to read library books and it won’t let me use the wireless on my puter unless I put in a password. Help! What pword? It’s not my password cause I haven’t put one in yet. Any ideas? thanks, judy

    1. Is it asking for your amazon password or the password to your wireless network? I don’t actually have a kindle myself, so I am not entirely sure how the setup works, but my guess is that it’s trying to connect to your wireless network. Some networks have the password written right on the router (I use Verizon FiOS, and that’s how mine is set up). However, If you chose your own wireless password when you set up the network, you’re on your own, unless you wrote it down somewhere. Hope this helps a little!

  3. I actually learned of the cottage via the android app. I searched the market for crochet crafts and found it. I have to say I am enjoying it! Thank you and I am very intrigued by the idea of kindle patterns!!

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