Monday, October 07, 2013

Altered Book Box

I hope that it isn't a sin to have as much fun, enjoyment and even relaxation as I had creating this!  It just came together so easily! I sure hope you will like it!

The pattern paper I used is the Nirvana collection by Marion Smith Designs.  The paper maché book box is from JoAnn's, the sticky back canvas is from Hobby Lobby, and the wood frame on the front of the book is from Michael's.  The metal trinkets are from Prima and were part of Marion Smith's Vintage Trinkets released a few years ago!  I've done some serious hoarding on those and fortunately still have one set of each left even after the ones used in this project! If you want to see all the papers in both the Nirvana and the Mad Tea Party collections, please watch my video:

I have a couple of sets of each collection left in my zibbet store and if you mention my blog post when you purchase, I'll be sure to add a small gift!

Here are a few more pictures of the inside and the outside of my altered book!

I hope you enjoyed! Please feel free to comment and question.  You can also watch my YT video:

Thank you so much for stoping by! Have a very happy week!


Sunday, October 06, 2013

It Finally Happened

It finally happened! On a Friday in September, I became a citizen of the United States of America.  I'm glad to say that the USCIS did a great job of making it a very special event!

Check-in was called for 9:30 in the Annex of St Pius X Elementary school.  Actually no one knew, even at the school what building was the anex which led to a bit of confusion, but we all eventually found our way to the school gym which is, in all fairness in a separate building, in back of the shool itself!. It took a bit over 1 hour to get all 49 of us checked in and seated in our reserved section. We were supposed to be 50, but one person had to re-schedule.

One of the things I found really charming is that they invited grades 7 and 8 to come in and watch and even participate in the ceremony.  The middle school choir sang and four members of the 8th grade handed out US flags to the new citizens!

We were addressed by Federal Judge Amul Thapar, and both the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundgren-Grimes and our US Representative, Thomas Massie were also present and addressed the audience.

For those who are wondering, I am still recognized by Canada as a citizen of Canada. So this is just my third nationality, since I was also entitled to Belgian citizenship since my parents were still citizens of Belgium when my mother gave birth to me in Canada.

Another fun fact, I am both the first Canadian and the first American in my family! 

Next up on the blog...another project!  Thanks for stopping in!