Welcome to my blog! I am Nan, the human component of this blog. B.A.G.S. (a.k.a. AINE) is my pug. This blog will notate musings, muses and British inspired goodies with an American twist. I own The Portobello Road Shoppe located at theportobellord.etsy.com. My specialties are: sewing, stitching, paper crafting and felting. Oh, and the occasional nummy brownies.
We have been crazy busy. Our weekend started out on Friday at 5:30 am (yes AM!)and didn't end until I slept through the zzzz oscars. We snuck in nappies when we could but it seemed like we couldnt get enough!
I need to show you this cutie putie picture taken by Martha on her Iphone! The app she used is called hipstamatic - isn't it cool? We all had a very fun visit with Ms. Martha,Mugsy and Pixie! See Aine looks sad to leave she loved it so much. I have so many more pictures but I have been so busy that I have not had time to upload anything.
Btw -Did you all see this while watching the horrid oscars?
YES. The fighting agains't the madness and chanting to myself "you can wait to the second GEN!" starts!
And than I saw this...
In a separate report, Reuters notes that Stephenson also addressed Apple's iPad, claiming that he sees the device as being mainly a "Wi-Fi driven product". The report curiously explains that Stephenson does not expect the iPad to generate significant numbers of new "subscriptions" for AT&T, although customers are expected to use "prepaid" services.
While AT&T has agreed to provide wireless connections to the iPad tablet computer, Randall Stephenson said he does not expect the device to result in many new service subscriptions for AT&T as consumers will instead use Wi-Fi or prepaid services, where they do not subscribe to a service contract.
It is unclear what these terms are referring to, as Apple has only announced that AT&T will be providing month-to-month, contract-free data services for the iPad that could be considered both "prepaid" and "subscriptions".
So here is Nan thought process at the moment:
Why I need this:
could replace my current "composition" notepad. I use all the time at work. I would have all the notes in one tidy little place, however, people could submit that if this is work related -why I am not using my handy dandy work supplied laptop to take notes? *hits head*
could blog more - in bed, on the sofa, in starbucks - you know ANYWHERE.
could actually read all my my google readers, NYT(gasp!) magazines and not have to deal with storage issues.
What is still holding me back:
no flash! I want my hulu etc if this is going to work.
Steve Jobs confirmed that even if you did buy the 3g iPad and had it next to your iphone - you couldn't teather it as in - sharing your wi-fi connection with the iPhone. So basically that means you are paying for two seperate 3G bills! Seriously ridonculous. Sidenote. Seriously - Steve Jobs answers email?
*wavies* remember me? Yep it is Nan. I am soooo sorry that I have been lax with the blogging. I have been so busy mostly with THIS:
for my Mom's bday - I can't wait to see it printed! 35 pages of 72 fun pictures. I am really impressed with iPhoto printing products. The site is really easy to use and they look to have a quick turnaround. Will keep you up to date on this baby! If this works, this is totally a MUST HAVE.
Speaking of Must Haves, here are some fun Iphone Apps - my favorite one - a Reader app- I can not find the link nor the picture - but keep on the look out for it because it will compile all your feeds into one nice little app!
Besides the Reader like App - here are some other fun apps:
I have to follow the techno world for a living so seeing information on the iPad is a daily occurrence. I can't hide from it because it affects so many areas of my business. Anyways - I find it fascinating the amount of passion some folks have for all things APPLE and their products. It is a cult at times. Not that I am complaining! I have found myself quickly succumbing to the cult of Apple. I find myself going over to people houses that use a Mac and wanting to reprogram their mouse because it doesn't have a right and left click. It is a sickness, I tell you.
Well the reason why I feel the need to confess this is that I am trying ever so hard to resist the first gen iPad. Apple are masters of PR and confidentiality - which fascinates me as well. They know how to play their followers and we are happy to play along. lol. People are guessing - will there be Flash? How can it work without Flash? Will there be other surprises that has yet to be annouced? Last minute deals that are *got to haves* - kinda like how Youtube did it right before the iPhone?
The first Gen wifi iPad should be available in less than 30 days - so bets are being made on when will be the first date to pre-order iPads. I have found myself *attempting* to rationalize an iPad but I still come back to - Nan? you are being so lazyyy.
So when will I pull the trigger? The following has to happen:
more apps go to HTTP5 OR a miracle happens and Flash is installed on the iPad.
price - it has to go down for the wifi and the 3g by $200 -300. I am still refusing to pay $130 extra for a fricken 3g chip. Seriously now.
more of my crafty magazines need to get online. I am not the best book reader currently but if my crafty magazines get on there? oh boy. Will that not only clean up my space in my house I will be able to quickly index it. Just think of the organizing.
and I know there are even more excuses on why I should buy one but Dr. WHO is on... *SQUEE* xoxo Nan
Will you look at this cuteness? I am all about Alice in Wonderland for the Etsy Store as well as in my personal life. Since the images from the original book series are now copyright free, I am creating a valentines day tapestry hanging out of Claudine's Amazing Sticky Back Canvas! I love her product! I can't get enough of it -seriously! I am so excited about this that I just couldn't keep it a secret any longer! I hope to have it completed this weekend. *squee*
Super quick must have (belated) Monday - Food!
Best new gadget EVER.J.A. Henkels Mezzaluna mincer! Best chopped salads EVER. Best Vinaigrette EVER. Foodstuffs' Balsamic in Evanston, IL Best Bakery EVER - The Cake Box in Arlington Heights IL. These cookies are like Butta. the fudge icing is devine... and the butter ring is sinful. I need to get back on that SouthBeach diet dang it!
In closing - This is Aine's reaction to... Want to go WALKIES?!! Lol xo Nan
Hey there my peeps. Yes, I am been a really bad blogger. I have been busy with the following:
FELTING! Here is my little white rabbit! Isn't he cute? I am so excited because this is just one of many... Also just completed my very first felting "class" and I had so much fun, I forgot to take pictures of everyone's beautiful creations! We basically felted for 2 hours straight and not a bleeder amoungst the bunch! *is proud*.
Skype Crafting with Besties!
Closet organizing - Yea my clothes are *finally* color coordinated and tidy! *does happy dance*. Now I need to organize the rest of my house! lol.
Reading: Creation by Randal Keynes
work - need I say more?
But really let's get to the fun bit - MUST HAVE MONDAY!
1) iPad, iTablet, iWANTSSS. hmmm dunno if this is fake but does it look great!
Okay you should all know by now, I am an IT geek at heart. Thank GOD I do this for a living because I love the industry way to much. . Hence. I give you - blogging DOGGIES!
Aww - Martha Stewart's Dogs really know their technology. Which really makes me want to get a brudder or sister for Ms. Aine. the non-blogging doggie at the mo.... I mean really Aine. 1) nice BELLY 2) two teddies now? really? SPOILT puggy you are!
Lots of exciting new stuff is going on at the Drawing Room at Aineburgh Hall(aka my craft room :)).
2010 is going to be a fun filled year and I am quite looking forward to it! Lots of new suprises are planned so please stay tuned to this space!
Before I forget - the MUST HAVE MONDAY eletronic accessory I adore is this - Yes I am talking about a surge supressor. Almost had a slight heart attack when my supressor failed and I had to plug my beloved MAC into the wall. I had nightmares of the power surge kind let me tell ya. But this one is really nice because it is small and compact. Really well designed too.
Aine will now Model for you the fashions at the Target $1 Spot.
Okay me TIRED.
Enough of this noise.
I WANT THE NOMS
Okay now leave me alone.
Thank you Ms. Aine for modeling for us. But for reals, if you want any of these, you best get it fast because they only have xs and s left.
On the crafty front - I did my first crazy quilt for my SS at PV
and on the back - for those who want to hide their PUG LOVE
I am currently creating my xmas blankie for moi and it is not yet ready for showing.
On the play with Vegi's front -look at the interesting Vegi I found while making my Tri-veg dish for Turkey Day? So what do you think it looks like!? Michigan? orrr....
xo xo Nan
PS I Can eat FRUIT NOW! YEA! Happy Nan.
So sorry guys - I have so bad at blogging. I have been having some mighty long days at work for the past week so needless to say it is hard to blog under that as well as oh so wonderful sloath beach diet. Yes you read it right. I am following this to the letter but am no way losing as fast as I was told I would. However, it does seam to really work in the way of not craving my 1,000 calerie M&M blizzards. Seriously - I have so far been without going on about 2 weeks - a new world record! Lol. I mean I had a whole thing of dove treats on my desk that are still sealled in there bag! I know scarry ain't it?!?
I have like a beyond microscopic MHM - see this fun book below. Yes I DO. Love reading Grammer books. Sad I know.
On the crafty front, I have made three aprons for my coworkers who - can you believe it - never have had an apron ever?!? And they are in there late 40's! So I just had to make them one! They had to have one before turkey day! I had my first apron at 5 years old & I mDe it myself! Lol
Anyways I am off talk to you soon xxxoo