Knit Love :: Frankenstein's Monster

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I just stumbled upon this great knitting project on Ravelry. Since my celebration of Halloween starts in early September and lasts through the Day of the Dead, now would be the perfect time to cast on for a cute project like this. Frankenstein's Monster:

Admittedly, the pictures from the original pattern page don't make the project look super duper appealing, but you can see how sometimes the end product of a knitting project can sometimes be even better than the original version.

I am particularly a fan of Ravelry user kittyvonditty's pink Frankenstein's Monster:

So cute! Especially with the little heart button.

You can head over to Ravelry to queue up this great pattern.

Making a Mac "Screen Lock" Shortcut

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One of the biggest hurdles my users have is a way to quickly lock their Mac screen when they step away from their desk. We have to maintain PCI compliance, so locking our screen to keep data secure is an absolute must. Windows users have the handy Windows+L shortcut to lock their screen, but Macs don't. Hot corners are handy, but when you have multiple external displays, sometimes the corner is really far off to the side and not always easy to hit.

A solution I've come up with (and other folks probably have as well) is to use Automator to create an Action, save the Action to Services, then assign it a shortcut in System Preferences. Here's how that works.

1. Open up Automator on your Mac. In the Library, find the Action called "Start Screensaver." Drag it over to the right-hand side of the app into the workflow area.

Music Monday :: Nada Surf, Treading Water

Monday, September 15, 2014

The first day of autumn isn't technically until September 23rd this year, but as soon as school starts up and the calendar switches over to September, I'm ready to get into fall. I've already posted about Halloween, and it won't stop there. The true sign of fall for me is when I get in the mood for fall albums; Nada Surf's Let Go, Fiona Apple's Tidal, any Casket Lottery…

I've had "Treading Water" on the mind quite a bit recently, which is why it's this week's Music Monday selection. Check it out with the Spotify player below and get into fall, even if it's a bit too early.

Thoughts on a Rainy Saturday

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This may be the only day in the next few weeks where it's cool enough out for a cowl, but that won't stop me from relishing it as long as possible!

I can't wait until I can break out my cowls every day again!

Fave Friday

Friday, September 12, 2014

I love this list of fashionable, lovely ladies on Instagram. Girl with Curves is one of my inspirations. Love her.

These rainbow nesting bowls make my heart happy.

I stumbled upon this cupcake recipe a few days ago and tried them last night. So tasty! Funfetti-style cupcakes and cakes are my absolute favorite kind. I need to work on my frosting skills, though.

I'm obsessed with this dress right now. I can't get it out of my head!

Ride Here, Right Now Dress in Blue

This plus a jean jacket or mustard yellow cardi? Perfect fall outfit for Austin.

I'm finally getting my knitting/crochet mojo back since the weather is cooling off here in Texas. That combined with my love of wearing hats with ears means I am definitely investigating making this hat.

I'm not sure how I feel about how super-chunky it is. I wonder if I could make this work in worsted weight…

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