Haven Conference 2014

This is my third year of attending the annual Haven Conference.

Each year has always been so amazing.

I was having so much fun that it seems like I did not take many pictures!

Too busy enjoying visiting fellow friends/bloggers and attending the fabulous classes.

Off to Haven

I’m off!!….However, my first stop will be at Kim’s, where I was a guest for the evening.

Savvy Southern Style Sunroom

And a visit from the lovely Yvonne, from StoneGable.

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The “Ballard Designs Living Room” . . .

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The “Ballard Designs Bedroom” . . .

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Rhoda (Southern Hospitality and the creator of Haven) and Susan (Between Naps on the Porch). . .

~ ~ at the “welcoming area”.

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Chip Wade of HGTV Elbow Room was the Keynote Speaker.

Note to self: Even though your camera is so heavy to lug around . . .

~ ~ next time just bring it….the point and shoot just doesn’t get it !!

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Nothing like getting a shower from the Waterpik people!

~ ~ and a free Shower Sprayer too!

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And what could be better than to be able to seal a deck with the cute “seal” to be your assistant!!!

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And the great Mike Holmes from the HGTV show, Holmes on Homes . . .

~ ~ couldn’t convince him to make a house call ! !

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And what could be better than a spectacular candy station from Scout and Nimble!!

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Some of the many vendors . . .

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One of my favorite sessions was with Carmen of Southern Living/Southern Living Plant Collection.

After the session, we all got to take home a plant! 🙂

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And Kim took a pic of Derrick of D. Lawless Hardware and I . .

~ ~ Derrick is one of my sponsors and was so happy to have gotten to meet him!!

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Lacefield Fabrics was another new vendor this year…they had fabulous fabrics!

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And then there was the Ballard Design Challenge . . .

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The lobby was decorated with balloons and “bubbles” by the sponsor “Tide” . . .

And the best thing of all is to be able to meet people for the first time and see old friends too!!

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Me, Amanda (Dixie Delights), and Kim (Savvy Southern Style)

~ ~ met Amanda for the first time and she is just what her blog name is, a true “Delight”

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And seeing old friends . . .

Yvonne (StoneGable), Kim (Savvy Southern Style), Heather (At the Picket Fence), Kari (Thistlewood Farm) .

~ ~ and me.

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Heather and her beautiful daughter.

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Front Row: Kim (Savvy Southern), Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns), Laura (Top This Top That) . .

~ ~ and Rachel and her adorable daughter (Maison de Pax)

Top Row: Lauren (Endearing Home), Yvonne (StoneGable) and me!

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Kelly (My Soulful Home) and Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns)

It was so great to have met them this year!

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Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns) and Lauren (Endearing Home)

~ ~ under those gorgeous chandeliers!

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And here I am . . . on my way home from Haven with my Southern Living Plant in the back seat!!

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I am happy to be home and enjoying my wonderful goodies from the Haven SWAG Bag!

Until next year . . . I have lots of sweet memories to get me through!

Have a wonderful day!!

Haven Conference 2013, Part 2…Classes, Friendships and Fun

Previously I presented the start to the fun of Haven at the Meet and Greet…

So today, I will present some pictures to you of our great times at Haven.

When I arrived, the TV was on with this message:


There was a great view from my room of beautiful Atlanta and Stone Mountain in the background.



The beautiful and talented Ana White was our Keynote Speaker….

…..she was a delight and such a wealth of information. Did you notice her cute “baby bump”??


Let’s stroll among the great vendors…Here’s Kirby of Kirb Appeal visiting the Royal Design Studio booth.

I am going to just post pics without any watermarks as I will be happy to share them with you!

Ryobi at Haven


Mary Poppins has nothing on Leo…

I actually snagged this one from Pam of DIY Design Fanatic

Too much fun with “power tools”….


3M has some great new decorative tape, including “washi tape”…and coming out with more patterns!


There was even a complimentary “coffee bar” set up….great cappuccinos !!


Annie Sloan…:)


Frog Tape 🙂


We all received great fabric from On-Line Fabric Store in our SWAG bags


Thompson’s Water Seal…there were so many wonderful vendors there!

Now on to the wonderful attendees!!!


The beautiful Karen of The Graphics Fairy


Jane and Leo 🙂 (Cottage at the Crossroads)


Hey there’s Jessica (Mom 4 Real), Lisa (Budget Design Girl), and Heidi (Decor and More)…



The three of us are going to France!!!…shopping the wonderful Paris Fleas!



Vanessa (At the Picket Fence), Yvonne (StoneGable), Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)
Kim (Savvy Southern) and Me…


Jane (Cottage at the Crossroads) and me…


Jane and Leo (Cottage at the Crossroads)…they are the cutest couple!!!…Love them!


Laura (Top This Top That), Yvonne (StoneGable), Kim (La Belle Epoque)…

…..so happy to be able to call them “friends”….


At the Ryobi party!…and what a party!


Becca (Adventures in Decorating) and Vanessa (At the Picket Fence)…they are so much fun!!


Kim (Savvy Southern), Yvonne (StoneGable), and Becca (Adventures in Decorating)…girls just wanna have fun!!!


Had a great time at Marian’s (Miss Mustard Seed) and Shaunna’s (Perfectly Imperfect) advanced painting class…


Doesn’t Marian look fabulous?



Lisa (Budget Design Girl aka Nothing But Blue Skies)..Kim (La Belle Epoque)…listening intently…

……to Yvonne’s (StoneGable) words of wisdom!..


Here are my “masterpieces”..LOL!


Kim and Lisa…not sure how much Kim learned as you know she is one of the Queens of Paint…

and speaking of paint…guess who won the big Annie Sloan Chalk Paint giveaway….


…..Kim!…go figure!!

And speaking of Kims…


Her team won the Ballard Bookcase Challenge…


The winner!!

And now I am home…trying to play catch up…recuperating from all of the great fun I had at Haven..


And putting my SWAG bag loot to good use!…


However, most of all coming home to my family….

…..my hubby meeting me in the driveway when I pulled in….

…..and this cutie….running toward me saying, “Grandma, you were gone way too long..I missed you!”