On a Haven Conference High


Little did I know a few months ago when my friend Jemma asked if I'd go to the 
Haven Conference in Atlanta that I'd have the time of my life! 

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It was somewhat intimidating to board a plane and fly to Atlanta where 350-400 home and DIY bloggers gather each year. We did it though and it was amazing!

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The Haven Conference is a gathering for bloggers to learn, network and be inspired.
We attended social networking classes, painting classes, branding classes, classes on 
tablescaping and two different photography classes.
We learned that we love parts of this business and don't love other parts.

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We spent time with Matthew Mead in a tablescaping class and the beauty was overwhelming!
We made new friends.
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And somebody might have developed a crush on Matthew.
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I think we kept a few people smiling with the videos we shared on Instagram.

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We learned about concrete, paint, locks, Kreg jigs and all kinds of things for DIY projects.
We brought home tons of swag.  Thank you so much to the sponsors for that!!

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We got dressed up and danced the night away at the Saturday Soiree.
We had fun and would love to go again next year!!  Bloggers, if you've ever considered Haven but were scared....come with us next year. You can sit with us. :)

Haven 2017 here we come. 


I'm still gathering up pictures and will share on Facebook. 

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62 comments

  1. Good Morning Sweet Haven friend!
    Oh my didn't we have the best time ever! Are you still floating around on cloud nine too! Smiles:)
    Hmmm... Yes a tiny crush on Matthew Mead, his gentle spirit, humor and oh the magic and his talent for creating!
    I love those flowers from him☺️
    ~Jemma

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  2. Hi Stacey! I loved reading all about your take on Haven, and it definitely was fabulous! I would love it if you would come over to join our Totally terrific Tuesday link party today and every week! I was great meeting you at Haven, your happiness was infectious!

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  3. How exciting so glad you had a great time!
    I'm putting it on my list for 2017 - beginning a little budget envelope this week. Look forward to hearing more and thanks for sharing your weekend.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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  4. Hi Stacey! You're just so cute and it does sound like you had a marvelous time! How special for you to get to go and with Jemma! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. Stacey
    I'm so glad you got to go! I know you and Jemma had a ball! Thanks for sharing all your fun pics with us. I'm scooting over to Facebook to see more!

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  6. I knew you guys would have a blast!! Experiences are what you make them and you two always look like you're having a super time together. I loved following along and seeing your giant smiles and adorable videos and pics. Looking forward to more... :)

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  7. Looks like a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  8. I am so glad you and Jemma had a wonderful time. So sorry to miss out on meeting up with you two. Maybe next year!!

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  9. Look how cute you both look and WHAT FUN! I know it was amazing! Hugs!

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  10. I love seeing your smiling faces! It sure looks like you had fun, and that swag bag takes the cake. Now I can't wait to see all the great posts that are going to come from this :)

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  11. So glad it you enjoyed it! Looks like so much fun.

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  12. What a special time for you two! I'm sure meeting and attending a class with MM was inspiring and delightful. Sounds like a lot of fun and a good way to meet blogging friends……….

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  13. Sounds like it was so fun...I loved seeing pics of you and Jemma, two of my favorite bloggers! If it is ever closer to the Midwest I'll give it a shot!

    Jane

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  14. You two are so funny! I'm glad you both had such a wonderful time. Conferences aren't for me, but I'll learn from what you learned if you wish to share!
    Brenda

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  15. It looks like you and Jemma had a blast! It's always fun to attend things like that with someone that you've bonded with. I am sure you two giggled your way all the way through! Glad you got to have the experience!

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  16. How fun for you !! Went to a conference called Blog Sugar a few years ago,fun to spend the time with fellow bloggers. Look forward to more photos!

    Hugs

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  17. Yes, I'm still on a "Haven high"! It was a great conference and so good to spend time with you both. And to others reading this: They mean it when they say "sit with us". I was alone at Haven Friday morning and Stacey and Jemma didn't hesitate to say "Hang out with us".

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  18. Hi Stacey, you girls are too cute. Looks like a fabulous time! Can't wait to see more. Love your photos. xo

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  19. I would love to hear more about it. I never thought of going because I don't know the "big girls" who always talk about it. I'm not saying you're not a "big girl", but it would be fun to be there with you.

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  20. Glad to hear that you had so much fun! I have been to the last three Haven conferences but I missed this year due to a conflict with the date! I am so sorry that I missed the opportunity to meet you two in person! Maybe next year!

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  21. Hi Stacey!
    What a fabulous experience for you both! Haven sounds like a dream come true for bloggers as talented as you and Jemma. I'm sure you learned a lot and had a good time.
    I know Atlanta is a fun town--my husband's last work convention, before he retired, was held in Atlanta and I went along and had a wonderful time there seeing the sights.

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  22. Stacey,
    Can't wait to hear all about your Haven experiences! Also, congratulations for winning the Merri Mac "Where am I" contest.

    Judith

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  23. Glad to see you ladies together. I see you had a wonderful time. I wish I could have joined you.

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  24. Stacey, I so want to go next year and yes, I want to sit with you! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  25. Stacey... looks like you and Jemma to Haven by storm. So glad you had such a great time. Welcome back and congrats on winning the prize over at Hyacinths for the Soul.

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  26. So glad you had a great time! I have heard that conference is one of the best!

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  27. Hi Stacey, meeting snd spending time with you and Jemma was a highlight of my Haven experience. I don't think I've laughed quite so much in one weekend. Oh and of course there was the dancing! I sure hope we hangout again next year! xoxo
    Sandra
    www.lowcountryfelicitylife.com

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  28. Hi Stacey, meeting snd spending time with you and Jemma was a highlight of my Haven experience. I don't think I've laughed quite so much in one weekend. Oh and of course there was the dancing! I sure hope we hangout again next year! xoxo
    Sandra
    www.lowcountryfelicitylife.com

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  29. wow what a day making pics loved the most in which you hold the flower with a lovely smile awesome dear

    it is great to know that bloggers meet each other best one

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  30. This looks like more fun than anything, Stacey! I hadn't heard of this but boy, does it ever sound worth your energy and time -- you've returned filled with inspiration and I can't wait to hear and see more on your blog!

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  31. How fun for you and Jemma to share this experience together! It must've been great for you to be planning on attending again next year.

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  32. Stacey,
    Wow, it looks like you two had a fantastic time! I've followed Haven for years, but was always too intimidated to even think about going. I can't wait to see your pictures. There is nothing better than some quality girl friend time.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Tammy

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  33. Stacey,
    Looks like such a great time. So happy you took that leap and went to Haven. I am glad you posted this I have not met Jemma and I am heading over to her blog now. Looks like a fun blogger to get to know.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  34. Stacey, I LOVE your recap and the fact that you had so much fun with Jemma! Matthew Mead - yay - didn't know he was part of the itinerary. The swag bags look terrific.
    Rita

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  35. I loved your videos and feel like we are friends. Maybe I will come and sit with you all next year. 😊 You two look like a blast to be with! Sheila

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  36. Looks like a great time, Stacey...y'alls videos were so cute. I hope you'll be posting the dance pictures! ;) xo, T.

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  37. I loved following your Haven adventures on IG! Y'all are just too cute for words! Glad you enjoyed it! xoxo

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  38. To two of the best bloggers/friends ever ever ever!

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  39. Hi Stacy, your conference sounds like an absolute blast!! that's a lot of bloggers to put together, what fun....and l'm sure there was loads of creative and inspirational things to see and do. Loved your photos too you look positively radiant:-)

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  40. I am so envious! I would be in blogger heaven!

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  41. So sad that I missed my first Haven ever...but will be there next year!....Looks like you all had way too much fun!!!

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  42. You are tempting me! Maybe next year--I would love to meet some of my blogging friends! Sounds like fun! Linda

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  43. Glad y'all had such a great time. I've always wanted to go and it would be tempting since I feel as if I know you and a few others now.
    I enjoyed this post. Going back now to check out the video. Love seeing pics of you.

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  44. What a cute post! miss seeing you and Joyce.
    Maria

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  45. Oh I am so happy you went and had girlfriend time. That is so important. What a great time it looks like you had too. ❤️

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  46. YOU are so precious and I am so happy you and Jemma had a ball! What a wonderful experience!

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  47. I'm inspired to try this conference next year! It's so intimidating starting a blog and conferences like these sound like an awesome opportunity to learn!

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  48. You girls are so cute! Did anyone tell you look like sisters a bit? So glad you had fun! I so wish I could have been there!! Thank you for featuring my calligraphy tutorial!!

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  49. I am so jealous! I LOVE Matthew!!! You lucky duck! I would love to go next year *if* I once and for all truly have an empty nest. Ha!

    I enjoyed reading about your trip!

    xo,
    RJ

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  50. So glad y'all had fun! I love all smiles & photos!

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  51. Stacey, how did we ALL not end up with our photo together? Next year we'll get one of all of us. When I look at all the photos everyone took, I keep asking myself, why didn't I take a photo of that? My mind was too much in overdrive is what I'm thinking. Matthew Mead was awesome! I was in his other class.

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  52. Looks like so much fun, Stacey! Thanks for sharing your fun photos!

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  53. Fun, fun. I need to look into it...maybe I can save up and go. It would be fabulous.

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  54. Fingers crossed! I'm in. I would love to go.

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  55. Stacey, wasn't Haven a blast! Dancing the night away! So glad that you and Joce were there. We need more Texas girls.

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  56. I want to go next year! I went to the SheKnows conference in LA the same weekend! Is it always in Atlanta?

    Looks like so much fun Stacey!!

    laura

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  57. It was great getting to meet you! Can't wait for Haven 2017!

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  58. Jumped over from today's post. You certainly make Haven sound like fun.

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