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A Day of Knitting

A Day of Knitting

 

Hello all! Kimmy here to bring you a montage on my knitting process. I’ve been knitting for several years now…(does the math) 8 years to be exact. And I’ve developed some skills in that time frame. The best thing about that is that I continue to learn new knitting skills.

It’s one of my favorite hobbies and I’m so happy that I took that first step in learning how to knit. Crochet is a completely different thing. I’m slowly learning how, but I haven’t picked it up as quickly has I have with knitting. The best thing about crochet is that you can make the cutest creatures. Knitting is a bit different in that sense. I’ve been seeing a bunch of crochet items that are just too cute and I’ve been wanting to learn how to make them myself.

My biggest inspiration being Taylor from, Nothing But a Pigeon. I met her a couple years ago at a craft market and she was beyond nice. Her crochet taxidermy is amazing, I purchased a jellyfish from her and I’ve been inspired ever since. She makes a bunch of other animals too I, however, am still stuck on the jellyfish. It’s changed over the years.  Above are the first two I ever knitted. The orange one was so perfect!!! I knitted it for a friend and I haven’t been able to get it to that level in a long tie. I want my knitting to be consistent. -.- Anywho, I’ve knitted a few since that first one as gifts for friends. It’s random, but I find them to be cute.

The one I’m knitting in the video happens to be a new version. The tentacles have curled ends and two toned colors on a few of the tentacles, just something I’m testing out.

Thanks for watching and reading.

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kimKIM VERA - (view all posts by Kim)
Kim works as a museum Copywriter and helps out with events from time to time. When she isn’t working or blogging, she is probably off taking a nap. Feel free to email her at kim@mind-speaks.com

Game of Thrones Toppers

Game of Thrones Toppers

Having a Game of Thrones theme party? The finale is upon us and I created these easy to print/cut cupcake toppers to use for any event! Print on any card stock letter paper and you can use toothpicks to attach to a cupcake/pastry.

Cupcake Toppers Full Print Sheet

I only created a few family banners, please note I have not and will not make a topper for House Bolton for obvious reasons! For some reason at our party people kept asking where Bolton banner was…yuck!!!

If you do use these I only ask that you don’t claim them, sell them or repost them as your own. These are free for personal use only, please don’t direct link.

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GoT Cupcake Toppers (232 downloads)

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mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com

Lets go fly a kite

Lets go fly a kite

We celebrated the Kite Festival in Houston last spring! My husband decided since we are obsessed with the Capcom game: Monster Hunter on the Nintendo 3DS, we should make Monster Hunter Kites! This awesome idea came the day before the festival. We were able to run to Home Depot and buy some dowels but everything else used to build the kite was already in our own kitchen! We invited a couple of friends over to create with us.

Our friends (Don and Thomas) and I made the traditional “diamond” kite following directions from here. Whereas my husband wanted something a bit larger for his Palico creation – which you can see the diagram here.

Materials:

  1. Large industrial clear trash bags
  2. Dowels
  3. String – we used some lightweight string from Home Depot
  4. Sharpies for drawing on our kites!
  5. Clear packaging tape

Here are the some pictures that showcase how we made the kites and how they flew!

The day was bright and lovely and can you believe it – our kites actually flew! This was actually my first time flying a kite!! It was so fun to make our own kites and see if they would actually get in the air.

The kite festival is coming up again this Sunday – April 3rd! If you can go, you really must! It is a fun event in Houston. Remember to bring sunblock and drink lots of water!

This post was written by:

mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com