Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tennessee

 This poem was inspired by the place I will always consider to be my home: Tennessee. I hope you enjoy it!
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A place of solitude, a place to rest.
A place filled with beauty that I consider to be the best.

The sun isn't harsh in summer and the winter is just right.
A new world is discovered when you look up and see the stars at night.

A tent with s'mores and a campfire just outside is my idea of fun.
So many great experiences are to be had, it's only just begun!

The mountains are so high, you will feel incredibly small.
You'll fall in love with the environment, but that's not all!

I was blessed with the opportunity to grow up in such a place.
When I think back to my childhood there, a smile crosses my face.

So many people rush through their lives and forget what money cannot buy.
Life wasn't meant to be wasted, because we never know when we might die.

It may seem simple, outdated and rustic to some who do not understand.
But, no matter what you think, there is true magic and beauty in that land.

My family stayed there for a reason, and it's not because they are shy.
To understand, you must go there and your let your imagination fly!

Until I left, I never knew I could miss something so intensely.
The hunger I feel for that lovely place overwhelms me immensely.

One day, I hope to return and visit for a much longer time.
Staying away from your family for too long should be considered a crime!

I also think of this place, whether it's night or day.
I want to go back soon and I really want to stay.

I like adventure and I enjoy seeing new places.
However, home is home and I'll always miss the familiar faces.

Nothing will ever compare to this place, no matter where I go.
I miss the changing leaves in the fall and I miss the snow!

Tennessee, I'll never forget your beauty and I'll never forget your love.
Living and growing in that state was a true gift from above!

Copyright Casandra Camp 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Coke Ovens Park and Museum

In the early 1980's, my father, Carson Camp, decided that he would take the liberty to uncover a long-lost treasure in the forest that had been smothered by tons of garbage, dumped illegally. Everyone thought he was crazy for attempting to clean up such a mess, but my father was not shaken by the rumors, doubts and comments.

He uncovered the ruins of 268 beehive coke ovens, revealing a rich history that had been forgotten by the small town of Dunlap, Tennessee. But, he didn't stop with this project of preservation once he removed the garbage around the area. He took several steps further and gained support from the community and anyone who wanted to donate to the cause. Ultimately, enough time, care and donations were given and the grounds that once consisted of vegetation and trash became the "Coke Ovens Park and Museum".

The park and museum exist to educate on and preserve the history of coal mining. The park and museum is maintained by my family as well as volunteers. We are a non-profit organization and survive with donations and efforts from those who genuinely want to help.

Currently, I am not able to fully participate in activities at the Coke Ovens due to my living situation in the state of Texas. I hope that one day I can return to Tennessee and help to improve the park and museum so that we acquire the interest of a younger generation. I never want the park to become a dump again. The park and museum are evidence of hard work and passion and I never want to see that fade away.

Since I am living 866 miles (13 hours and five minutes) away from the park, my only option is to help promote it through social media. That's why I have created and/or updated a Pinterest board, a Facebook page and an Instagram account. Please visit all three and show your support! We would love to have you visit us in person as well! There is no fee to enter the park or museum. Donations only.

Below are a few photos that show the astounding beauty of the park and museum. 
I am truly honored to be a part of this organization and I look forward to taking up responsibility for the establishment in my future.
















Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Timely Affair

I have recently accepted a management position at my place of work and have been so, so very busy lately. But, luckily for me and my Etsy shop, I had a couple days off this past week and was able to create new jewelry pieces.

I'm still in love with steampunk style, even after four years. The beauty of the copper, bronze, antique gold and brass all blending together in harmony makes my heart happy. Rustic/vintage stuff never really gets "old" to me!

Featured below is a new earring set that I created with the help of ICE resin, glitter and tiny watch parts. I call it the "Timely Affair" earring set and it is now available in my Etsy shop!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195762600/timely-affair-resin-steampunk-earring?ref=shop_home_active_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195762600/timely-affair-resin-steampunk-earring?ref=shop_home_active_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195762600/timely-affair-resin-steampunk-earring?ref=shop_home_active_1

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HMNS - Texas Adventures

My life has changed so quickly in the past few months. In January, I moved to Houston, Texas with my future husband. Being completely oblivious as to what the city has to offer, I've been trying to explore a bit here and there. Atticus (my fiancé) grew up in the Houston area, but the city is growing day by day and it's fun for the both of us to get out and see what interesting things are available.

Recently, we took a trip to the "Houston Museum of Natural Science" and saw several extraordinary exhibits. I love museums and took as many photos as I possibly could! I loved being allowed to snap a few pictures. Most museums are very strict about photography. 

I encourage anyone who hasn't been to this museum to visit asap! It is incredible. Click here for a link to the HMNS website.

Enjoy the photos!

















Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Engaged!


This morning at 12:00 exactly, the man of my dreams asked me to marry him. He proposed on the roof of my parents house in their gazebo. The whole thing was recorded on video and lots of photos were taken afterward! My future husband, Anil (or Atticus), purchased my ring from Etsy and it is a stunning piece made with white gold. The design resembles that of a vine with the diamond being a blooming flower. I am the happiest woman in the world and I am extremely blessed! I can't wait to begin wedding planning!!!