What a great tag line.. and it couldn't be more true. Haven is a conference that happens once a year, it's held in Atlanta (yay!), and it's for DIY and home decorating bloggers. It. Is. Awesome.
I had been blogging for almost a year when I first heard about Haven. I was really still trying to figure out what I even wanted to blog about - I just knew I really enjoyed it! When I saw there was a conference in my town I was thrilled! Well, then I realized it was during the same week that my day-job had their summer meeting and I would not be able to attend. womp woooomp.
I missed that first year but I was on the computer the first day that tickets went on sale for Haven 2013, and a few months later my dear friend, Mary Kay, decided to attend too! Woo Hoo! I didn't have to traverse uncharted territory alone! What a relief!
We went and had a blast - we met some awesome bloggers (the very first night!) who live in the Atlanta area. We could not believe how fortunate we were to meet this group of ladies - we all just happen to be standing next to each other in the line for the bar and started talking! From left to right above: Jill Perloff - Weathered Pieces, Kim Banta - A Quirky Creative, Melanie Robinson - The Painted Chandelier, Robin Gay - All Things Heart & Home, me, and Mary Kay Thompson - NowWhatNow.
Since that first Haven, we have joined local blogging groups and had some good times with these ladies! I would have never known them if it wasn't for Haven! We got more swag than the law allows - seriously, I felt like a bandit! I learned SO much from the sessions! (I finally took the time to figure out how to put some ads on my blog, and that was a big deal for me.) I really wish I had written a post about it last year so I would have something to compare it to this year... All I can tell you is that I knew I would be back in 2014!
This year Mary Kay and I bought tickets the first day they went on sale (Jan 1!). We couldn't wait to see our friends again, and meet new ones. Fast-forward to July 10! Yay! Now I will just bombard you with pictures - all from my cell phone or someone else's cell phone
Haven 2014 - Thursday evening!
I have lots more pictures, but I'm sure you get the idea! This conference is so worth it - we went to 3-4 sessions each day, met tons of other bloggers and DIYers, learned a new skill or two, had great food, and (most importantly) laughed our butts off! I only wish I had taken more pictures (with my camera) and talked to more people. But there's always next year, right?
Many thanks to the women who put this together every year - click here to see the Haven Mavens and click here to see all of the sponsors (i.e. free swag givers!) :)
Now, back to doing some projects at home - I hope to get started on my old dining room table make-over.. more to come...