Journey to Haven


Haven or BustIt’s been a hectic couple of weeks. My trip to the Haven Conference in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia was nothing short of amazing. I am still overwhelmed by the experience.

I met so many wonderful people, and learned so much!

The highlight of my trip was traveling with my sweet friend Karen from Dragon Flies and Lilly Pads. We went to the SNAP conference earlier this year, and decided to travel together again to Haven. This time we drove, which allowed us more time for seeing the sights!

Butler's antiques


One of our favorite stops was Butler’s Antiques in Hopkinsville, KY. Hopkinsville is a beautiful little town, so quaint and picturesque.

outside Butler's antiques


One of our blogger friends, Kathy from Petticoat Junction recommended this place. WOW! It was a junkers dream!

Good thing we brought a van!



Raymond was so helpful, he’s been in the antique business for more than 20 years. If you stop by be sure and tell him I sent you!

Buckhorn Hyatt Regency


When we arrived at our hotel in Atlanta, we were amazed at it’s beauty.

view from the 17th floor

Sunsets views from our window were epic. Almost made me want to live there. Almost.

garden party


The first night there was a cocktail reception on the garden terrace. The Haven Team never fails to impress with their sense of style and color.



We enjoyed refreshments for hours, met new friends and old.

garden party food


I love getting ideas for party food. This display of nuts, raw veggies, assorted cheeses and crackers was right up my alley.

HGTV girls


We spent the next several days meeting new people, bloggers and sponsors. Here are the HGTV girls. Sarah (left) and Lucy (Lucy) from the HGTV series Beach Flip. Karen and I roomed with Lynn (middle right) from Fern Avenue and Evey (middle left) from Evey’s Creations, who were recently on the HGTV show Flea Market Flip. It was so fun to meet these ladies. They are all as sweet as sunshine and super talented.

We are HGTV addicts at our house. Did I mention that?

hotel seating


The hotel was beyond beautiful, I would love to have this look in my house.

DIY hall of fame


There were so many wonderful sponsors, each one had a booth for us to visit and connect with. I was partial to the Home Depot booth, I love this DIY sign made with yard sticks. The sponsors do an amazing job of making us bloggers feel welcome, and never fail to inspire.

There are so many more pictures I could post, if you follow me on Instagram  you can see more insights to our amazing experience.

sanding with Ryobi Tools


One of my favorite parts of the conference was the building classes. A group of bloggers built 8 of these beautiful dining tables. Karen and I were in the group that helped sand and refinish them. Karen rocks the tool world by sanding in a dress.

You go girl!


Karen under the table

The legs of our table were finished with this beautiful blue stain. The top received a special treatment from Beth from Sawdust and Embryos.

Isn’t it beautiful?



Looking forward to another great Haven experience next year!

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