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Warehouse 13 recruitment kit

Happy Friday guys!! Continuing on my many birthday projects, today I will show you the project I made for my best friend.

As many of you know, I am a bit of a geek.

What?! *gasp* you don’t say!

Well yes and being a geek, I also have my collection of geek friends to share my many dorky and nerdy obsessions.

One of these obsessions is Warehouse 13.
I LOVE this show!

Heather and I love this show so much, that we have decided we what to start our own Artifact collection agency.

So to do this, I thought is only appropriate to supply Heather with her supplies to take on the task of Warehouse agent  

I pondered long and hard with how to approach this task and finally narrowed it down to a recruitment kit from Mrs. Frederic herself

I searched long and hard to see if anyone else had created a recruitment letter for said Warehouse, but alas, I found none.

So I looked at Sci-Fi related letters to get some inspiration and came up with this (feel free to use it,) letter (it had her last name on it though.)


Once the letter was complete and printed, I signed it in ink with Mrs. Frederic’s signature (don’t tell Mrs. Frederic) and enclosed it in a warehouse purple handmade envelope and created a faux wax seal out of polymer clay and used a wax seal stamp to give it the finishing touch.

Note: I was out of sealing wax or I would have done it the old fashion way

I also created a laminated badge for her to prove she was with the Warehouse (even though they always say they are secret service, hmmm…)


Ok, so I’ve got an idea and a letter with a badge, now what?!

I had to think, what all does a warehouse agent need? Well, my favorite agent is Claudia and she has some pretty cool toys, so I focused on that idea and came up with….


Yep, that is right, Goo.

I got some of the alien slime in purple from the Dollar Tree; it resembled the purple traditional neutralizer that all the warehouse agents lug around. Then, I created a fun label and viola, Warehouse issued Goo!



But, I decided to take it a step further, because I think Claudia has created some awesome toys and I also made the aerosol neutralizer (I used a can of purple silly string for this, which I also purchased at the Dollar Tree.)



So we have goo in two kinds but as you know goo is not used on its own, nope, we now need neutralizer bags and purple (have to be purple) rubber gloves (we assume they are imbued with the goo, hence the color) to handle these pesky artifacts.

These things, I went to eBay for, I bought some little static bags to resemble the metallic bags on the show and some purple household kitchen gloves since I could not find them anywhere in town. I know weird, huh? Among these items, I also purchased goggles rather than making them, thought that might be a bit hard, only glasses I’ve made a the red and blue paper 3d ones for the Doctor Who birthday and those were hard enough.

Now we have a recruitment letter and some items to neutralizer our dangerous antiques, next we need some more accessories and how about something to hold all of these great gifts.

I decided to get a paper mache briefcase from hobby lobby and sprayed it silver then lined the inside with foam, so it would resemble a gun case and stashed all the goodies in there. I also purchased some awesome stickers from red bubble to adorn the briefcase and then continued to fill the box with goodies.


Next on the list was a weapon, what kind of secret agent doesn’t have a weapon, right?

And since this is Warehouse 13, they use Tesla guns, which are fun and steam punk and resemble Marvin the Martian’s ray gun. I again went to my go to, the Dollar Tree, and found a neat looking blue water gun to make into my steam punk tesla gun. I used model paint and painted parts, black, silver and bronze; wrapped wire around the nozzle of the gun, and then I adhered some gears to give it more flair.


Hmmm, lets see, what else does the box need?

I know!

An artifact and the most important accessory for any Warehouse agent…

A Farnsworth!

Heather loves elephants and the show just so happened to have an artifact which is a jade elephant that trumpets and shoots electricity, so I scoured the internet to find a jade elephant. No luck. Then I was going to make one of out clay and I stumbled upon the perfect elephant, a keychain on neatoshop.com, in which he trumpeted and his eyes lit up blue (perfect for lightning.) All he needed was paint, no biggie, I painted him and he was great! I made him a paper craft crate (found on deviantart.com). I also made a description card for the artifact.
I really think he looks just like the one from the show only much smaller!




Now onto the big project, the Farnsworth, the Warehouse’s version of video chat  

For the inside, I started with my cricut and that gold scrapbook paper I used on the Winnie the pooh bookmark and I used the same “etching” technique by flipping the blade upside down and engraving the shapes onto the paper, then cutting out the rounded rectangular shape of the Farnsworth.
This is the template I created in cricut to do the etching and cutting.


Once the shape was cut out, I distressed it with a little brown paint and embellished it with dials (also bought at Hobby lobby,) knobs (one made of clay and one an old paint tube top,) and round stickers to replicate the look. The final piece was the lens, which I purchased on eBay and a round mirror inside the lens to give the video look (I also added a little brown painted to give it the same grungy look the rest of the piece has.)


For the outside of the Farnsworth, I bought a paper mache book at Hobby Lobby for the case. I then painted it with black, brown and a bit of bronze to give it that old oxidized look.
Once dry, I added a Styrofoam block to the inside and glued the inner panel piece into the book, then secured it with straight pins to finish it.

Tada! Farnsworth with moving dials!


I also made one more small thing, just a fun piece of steam punk jewelry to give my new recruit for her birthday.


Now our box is complete.
We have a recruitment letter, badge, bags and gloves, goo and aerosol goo, goggles (safety first), a tesla gun, a dangerous artifact to practice our snagging and bagging, some awesome jewelry and a Farnsworth.
I put it all in the box and it was ready to meet our new agent on her birthday  



That is all for this project, I know it was a lot for one blog, but I would love to know what you think.
Also feel free to use any of the labels or the letter; just give me credit if you are reblogging.
If you have any questions or comments. I would love to see them
Have a happy weekend

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As promised, here is that silly old bear!

Hi guys, as promised here is the Winnie the Pooh post.

My dear friend Windy, is a HUGE Winnie the Pooh fan, so I wanted to do something different this year and try my hand at a big polymer clay Winnie for Windy.    


He is about 4inches tall and has a Hunny pot filled with honey (actually it is gold glitter and clear nail polish, think it worked perfect.)


He is also wearing some of the honey himself, silly old bear. Once, he was sculpted and baked, I painted his eyes, nose and eyebrows and affixed him to a mirrored base to give him a more upscale statue look.  


  What do you guys think? I know I was pretty proud of him.  

Now Windy is also not a gift bag keeper, she recycles them, so to make a bag Windy would like I took a brown craft bag and dripped yellow acrylic paint down the sides to mimic honey and attached a little pompom bee I made (thanks to hubby’s suggestion) to the handle    


The little bee turned out super cute, I may have to try different animals now     He is three yellow pompoms glued together, two black pipe cleaners (one for the stripes and one for the wings) and two black straight pins for the eyes which also made his body more stable. And just for some more whimsy, I added some glitter nail polish to the wings.  


  I also made a really need two sided bookmark with the help of my cricut. I printed a cute picture of Winnie and Christopher Robin,  


then on the other side I used gold scrapbook paper and my cricut (blade upside down) and “etched” this inspirational Christoper Robin quote, “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Then cut the bookmark out. After I glued the two pieces together, I made a tassel out of cross stitch floss and it was all ready to be bagged and presented to the birthday girl.


I apologize for the picture of the quote, the back was so shiny it was hard to catch the beauty in a photo but I tried.   I think everything turned out great and Windy loved them, which was the goal.   I would love to know what you think, please send me any comments or questions. I know I didn’t quite do a tutorial on these, but if you need help or want to know how to make anything I posted, just let me know and I will be happy to help. Hope you enjoyed this post. More coming soon.


I’m back and I bring news!!!

Hi guys, first of all, I want to say I am sorry, I have been a bad, bad blogger and for that (spoken as the Doctor) I am so sorry.

I do have an excuse, this month has been chaos, 4 birthdays including my own, stress and the oh so hot Texas weather. But excuse or not, I did not mean to make anyone feel abandoned, well if anyone really even noticed there were no blogs to read that is.

That being said, I do have a ton of exciting places, projects, recipes, and news to share.

The first thing is news, and here it is!


It is 30 days and counting to Paris!!!

I can’t wait, hubby and I are in dire need of a vacation and I think leaving the country all together will be a great thing to rejuvenate us and bring us back to zen.


See check out the countdown chain, looking pretty tiny, huh?!
So cool!

For those just joining me, this chain started at 180 days and we are finally down to 30, seems like forever.

So guys, I promise to make an effort to get all these exciting things I have been meaning to share with onto the page, here is what you can look forward too.

Coming soon :
·        Polymer Clay Winnie The Pooh, pom pom bumblebee gift bag
·        Warehouse 13 birthday box
·        My birthday adventure
·        First Halloween project of the season & MORE!!!
·        New low carb recipes


OMG! Riddick is 11!


Today our little boy turned 11 and we have been trying to make sure he is super happy and healthy so I decided to make him something special for his birthday…

              Pumpkin Dog Treats!


I mean who in our house doesn’t like      pumpkin?!

No one, even the pup loves it and it is good for him too.

Pumpkin is great for tummy troubles, skin and fur and even weight loss (high in fiber) if your furry friend needs that.

Recipe for pumpkin treats
·        1/3 tbs chia seeds+ 1 tbs water- let chia soak in water to become gel (used this to sub out egg since I was making a very small batch and chia is good for dogs too*)

·        pinch of salt

·        1tbs dry milk

·        1/4 cup pumpkin puree

·        1 cup whole wheat flour

·        Additional (if needed) water to make a workable dough

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients except the water.  Dough will be crumbly.  Add just enough water so the dough becomes elastic and pliable.

Turn out on a floured surface and knead a few times.  Roll dough out to about 1/2-1inch thickness.  Using a cookie cutter (I used a cat head since I didn’t have a bone), the rim small glass or even a pastry cutter, cut into desired shapes.

Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Turn off the oven and let the biscuits sit in the oven until oven cools.


I let them sit until cooled and then placed them in a jar with a bow for Riddick’s birthday celebration this morning.


He seemed to really love them.


             Happy Birthday, Riddick!!!

 *Chia seeds have some incredible effects on health, us and animals. Chia seeds contain large quantities of protein, five times the calcium of milk, boron (a mineral that helps with calcium absorption for bones), Omega 3 and 6, plus they can help regulate blood sugar levels and aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Not only can they do all that but they can also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and reduce risk of heart disease.

Also, there are no known allergies to chia seeds, and seeds can easily be stored for long periods of time without becoming rancid, making them a better choice even over the amazing flax seed. These seeds have no discernible smell and barely any flavor, so you can add them to your dog’s meals without altering the taste that they enjoy.