HAVEN WAS HEAVEN !!! {2012 HAVEN CONFERENCE}

I attended the HAVEN CONFERENCE in Atlanta, Georgia this past week…It was HEAVEN….

When I say HEAVEN….I mean that I was up in the clouds….

On Cloud 9, and really more like Cloud 10….

…..Meeting all the wonderful bloggers.

I met the many bloggers I have come to know…

…..and met many new bloggers that I am excited to get to know!

This first Haven Conference was organized by this group of talented people: Bravo ladies!!

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As you can see, I grabbed this pic from Rhoda: From left to right….

…Kate, that truly Centsational Girl, Sarah that incredible Thrifty Decor Chick…

…Beth from the great “Home Stories A to Z”, Rhoda from the fabulous “Southern Hospitality”

…Tracy from the wonderful “Beneath My Heart”, Chris from the terrific “Just a Girl”

…and last but certainly not least, Marian from the magnificent “Miss Mustard Seed”

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And here is me, with the beautiful Rhoda…

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My first “event” a gathering of blog friends at Cheesecake Factory..

Left to right, Kim from Savvy Southern Style, ME, Barb from The Everyday Home, Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict,

….Lisa from Budget Design Girl, Heather from At the Picket Fence,

….Perched above is KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm, then Vanessa from The Picket Fence,

….Gretchen from Bird’s Nest Cottage, and cute Kelly from The Essence of Home.

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The “Cheesecake Group”…pardon the not so great quality photos…taken with my iPhone..

And then there is Kari (Thistlewood Farm)….I cannot tell you how emotional it was to finally meet this wonderful person of whom I have come to know…

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Her Joy and enthusiasm is contagious!

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I had such a wonderful time spending time with the beautiful ladies….

Lisa from Budget Design Girl has a beautiful story of how she overcame cancer and also the story of the adoption of her son.

Sitting next to Lisa is Barbara from The Treasured Home…(top picture and lower right)

And here are pics of the dinner at Pappasitos Friday evening…

Armed with only an iPhone that night..so the pics are not very good…

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Oh lucky me, sandwiched between Susan from Between Naps on the Porch and Kim from Savvy Southern Style

…I was in Haven Heaven!

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And look who is roaming the halls?….

The two Kim’s ..Kim from Savvy Southern Style and Kim from Kimberly Hites (La Belle Epoque Home)

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They could be sisters!!

And these ladies with Flat Kelly of Eclectically Vintage

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Lisa (Budget Design Girl, Heather (At the Picket Fence), Kari (Thistlewood Farm), Kim (Kimberlyhites.blogspot.com)

…another blurry iPhone pic!

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Oh and front and center is the lovely, Karah from The Space Between…my DIY idol….

….she is the power tool Queen…!! Love her!

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Leo (Cottage at the Crossroads), Laura from the fabulous Finding Home, ME,…

….and the better half of Cottage at the Crossroads, the lovely Jane.

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….and Heidi from Decor and More and Kirby from Kirb Appeal having a great time!

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Heidi again with the lovelies, Laura from Top This Top That, and Lisa from Budget Design Girl

OK…now there were the workshops!!!…

First up with the Opening of the Conference starring the beautiful couple from Young House Love…
They were wonderful speakers and truly genuinely down to earth…loved hearing their stories.

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Oh, and then there was the fabulous Rashon, Mr. Goodwill Hunting….love his segments on the Nate Berkus show.
He truly had some great thrifting tips for us all.

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Then there was the the dynamic duo of The Lettered Cottage…Layla and Kevin Palmer.

….Presenting a magnificent photography workshop with their friend and partner Josh.

After the session, I was convinced that I must order their on-line photography classes, Shoot Fly Shoot.

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I had a picture taken with the beautiful Layla…and I was so blown away by her making sure that we had a good
picture…so Josh to the rescue to reset my camera to the correct ISO…I was so impressed by her patience and
kindness….

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She is beautiful on the inside and out….authenticity to the core!

So, now we wind down to the end of a beautiful two days of the bliss….

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The session was a wonderful wrap up of the conference and door prizes…and I won a Ryobi Drill..

…..How great is that!..in addition to all the wonderful goodies that were in our Swag Bag!….

So, very early Saturday morning I headed to Virginia to meet up with my hubby…

…..He was playing in a Softball Tournament….

…..It was a nice drive though…as I stopped in The Pottery Barn Outlet 🙂

…..picked up a friend whose hubby was playing too…

…..then arrived at my destination to be with:

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My hubby!…to end up the week on a great note!!…

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Would you believe this is the scenery that surrounds the softball field?!!!

I had so much fun at Haven and I look forward to attending next year…I miss everyone already!!