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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 (188 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

Wall Decor

Wall Decor

We here at Mind-Speaks were given the opportunity to create a project for Cut Out Keep, using Red Heart’s Grande Metallic yarn. I decided to make some wall art, using my new favorite technique in knitting. Double knitting!!! This yarn is super fun, it has strands of metallic thread and it just makes the wall art pop. We were given 4 skeins in the colors, straw, mulberry, wisteria, and glacier. Such pretty pastel shades! Those are usually the type of colors I aim for when choosing yarn. Red  Heart yarn is my favorite to use, the texture is always great and it makes knitting easy and comfortable when sliding the yarn on and off the needles.

Supplies:

  • 2 skeins in different colors
  • size 15 long length knitting needles
  • wooden dowels length varies depending on chart (optional)

*Keep in mind, these are the materials that I used, feel free to change the needle size.

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I decided to use a heart shape for this project, but you can use any pattern.  Just remember that if you use a pattern that isn’t the same on both sides, your project will be backwards on one side. I used Craft Passion’s heart chart for this, it came out nicely, however I do wish that I used a longer dowel, but that was the only size I had at the time.  It’s a sturdy enough yarn to not require a wooden dowel in the first place, but I wanted to use one. I’ll add the link to the tutorial once it is live on the site. But for now, here’s  a finish picture of the project and some progress photos.

Thanks for stopping by and keep crafting

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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

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