The Happy Kate: Sassy Craftster - Mason Meanderings

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A simple mason jar offers an endless world of D.I.Y. opportunities and whether you’re a crafting vixen or a glue gun novice, this project is guaranteed to please the masses. The end product can serve as a stunning addition to any table setting or as an aesthetic update around your home.

 I had the opportunity to do a natural light session with the most recent National Miss NC winner, Lindsey Shapiro. She goes to national competition in late July in South Beach and is up for the “Most Photogenic” category. 
And my oh my, is this girl photogenic! I asked her as we were shooting if she had ever considered modeling, and she stated quite shyly that she had not. In fact, the entry in to the pageant was a little bit last minute. Not only does this beauty have the looks, she is a Junior at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC double majoring in some pretty brainy stuff…. one of which is Cellular and Molecular Biology, and is a self proclaimed tom boy. Well, she’s got my vote! (Not that I get one, but you know what I mean.)

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Hi-res photos: Gulf oil spill - latimes.com Very telling photos… so sad. I only wish us normal people could do something about it.

Hi-res photos: Gulf oil spill - latimes.com Very telling photos… so sad. I only wish us normal people could do something about it.

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Plus size women can be portrayed beautifully.I WILL say that there IS a difference between curvy and fat… but I HATE that beauty is so often portrayed as a skeleton with skin and lipstick. I do admit that is some of the work I want to do with models, I seek out the thinner model, mostly because when I look to develop my portfolio, its so that I can get jobs as a photographer and many of the critics out there look down on this type of model (some of the comments on this photo state that its a disgusting photo and fat, unhealthy women should not do this type of work… WHAT?!)
Quite honestly, women are supposed to have curves, they are not supposed to be unhealthy, but that can describe both fat and ultra skinny. There is nothing healthy about skin and bones. Take Marilyn Monroe, she was a size 14 (which today is more like a size 10 or 12) and full of curves and drove men crazy. 
Yay for CURVES!

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Plus size women can be portrayed beautifully.I WILL say that there IS a difference between curvy and fat… but I HATE that beauty is so often portrayed as a skeleton with skin and lipstick. I do admit that is some of the work I want to do with models, I seek out the thinner model, mostly because when I look to develop my portfolio, its so that I can get jobs as a photographer and many of the critics out there look down on this type of model (some of the comments on this photo state that its a disgusting photo and fat, unhealthy women should not do this type of work… WHAT?!)

Quite honestly, women are supposed to have curves, they are not supposed to be unhealthy, but that can describe both fat and ultra skinny. There is nothing healthy about skin and bones. Take Marilyn Monroe, she was a size 14 (which today is more like a size 10 or 12) and full of curves and drove men crazy. 

Yay for CURVES!

Kirron (via tara:michelle)
A friend of mine from High School, Kirron Ward, is working on his Music  Career and needed some shots done for promos. He contacted me recently,  asking when I was available. We met up in Hendersonville and managed  some great shots. Keep your ears open for this guy.

Kirron (via tara:michelle)

A friend of mine from High School, Kirron Ward, is working on his Music Career and needed some shots done for promos. He contacted me recently, asking when I was available. We met up in Hendersonville and managed some great shots.

Keep your ears open for this guy.

Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville, NC (via derek olson)

I worked with Derek years ago at Best Buy in Asheville. Hes become quite a talented and successful photographer. This is one of his recent works that definitely caught my eye. So, I thought I would share.

Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville, NC (via derek olson)

I worked with Derek years ago at Best Buy in Asheville. Hes become quite a talented and successful photographer. This is one of his recent works that definitely caught my eye. So, I thought I would share.

Politics and extreme thought processes

There are a lot of republicans in my family, and I constantly see zings to the Obama administration. Normally, I just ignore the comments and move on… I am not an extreme Democrat. There are things about the democratic party that I support, and there are things about the republican party that I support. I never feel than any party is 100% perfect, nor do I feel that any party is 100% wrong.

However, tonight, my Aunt posted some comment about Obama and I responded that there were a lot of us that were worried about the administration and policies when Bush was in office. I admit that Obama is not perfect, however, I feel much more comfortable with him in office than I did with Bush. One of her contacts responded, stating that I must be ok with socialism then.

Here is my response:

If you want to call progress “socialism,” then yes, Socialism is ok with me. I feel that the ability for everyone to have access to health care/education/progress is a step in the right direction. Canada can pull it off… Many countries in Europe are able to provide their people with free college education. When Bush entered office the first year, I was able to get funding for school even with mine and my SINGLE mothers income (still under Clintons’ policies)… the next year, Bush had changed things and suddenly, even though my mother had earned less money, we suddenly made too much for me to get any kind of grants. I couldn’t afford to go to school. So I waited… and waited… and continued to apply for funding and was continually told that even though I only made 20K a year, I made too much money to get any funding.

Obama enters office… suddenly, I get full funding.

If that is considered socialism, then yes, BRING IT ON. Education is key to our future… Health is key to our future.


There were many times that I considered leaving this country if it meant that I could get an education and health care. With us being such a “progressive” country, then why are we SO unable to provide for our citizens? Why can other countries pull it together so much better than ours?

I love being a part of the United States, but there is a lot that we can do to care for each other and help ourselves and others move forward in a positive direction.  By no means am I saying that I hate my country. I joined the USAF and signed my life away to my country. I just know we can be more productive than we have been in the past, and I see some progress happening.