Hands of Haven & Atlanta Habitat for Humanity



Hands of Haven

A few weeks ago when I attended the Haven Conference, a huge announcement was made that Haven had partnered with Habitat for Humanity and on July 26, 2014 a very special event would take place. “Do good on a grand scale!” Love that! Hands of Haven Day was an event where Haven Mavens (bloggers who have attended the Haven Conference) volunteered with their local Habitat or visited their local Habitat Restore.

I had the honor of joining a few of my fellow Haven Mavens on a work day for an Atlanta Habitat for Humanity home. It was my first time volunteering for a Habitat build and I was not sure what to expect but I was excited to see what was ahead for me.  I showed up wearing my Hands of Haven T-shirt, registered my name and signed waiver forms. After that we had a group meeting where our Habitat lead Tommy went over safety procedures and then divided us into groups based on where we thought we would work best.  I started out with the inside cleanup detail work and when that was done, I moved onto the exterior painting.

It was a super hot day out but there were no complaints from any of the volunteers. There were plenty of water breaks to cool down, a nice lunch break provided by Habitat Sponsors like Haven, and a Happy Can on site so all was good. I did not take a lot of photos as my hands were busy with painting but I wanted to share some of the shots I did get so you can get a good idea of what the scene looks like on a Habitat build.

 Habitat House Kim

Kim Lofton, the homeowner was so happy to see us all and she gave us a warm welcome and thanked us all for our volunteer work.

Habitat House Registration

Above you see Rhoda with Southern Hospitality and a founding member of the Haven Conference signing in for the event.

Habitat House Haven Maven

Habitat House Crew

Tommy our guide for the build discussed ladder safety. Don’t step above the second step from the top of a stepladder! I may have heard this piece of advice twice while working that day.

Habitat House Haven Maven Team

A few of our Hands of Haven Team! Vicki with 2 Bees in a Pod, Kristin with Stockdale Design and Rhoda with Southern Hospitality.

Hands of haven painting

Hands of haven guide

Tommy with Habitat for Humanity was so wonderful to work with! He was helpful and quick to let us know we were doing a good job!

Habitat House Work Truck

The work truck had all the tools required for the various jobs we had. You can see below some of the items on hand.

Habitat Tools

Habitat Tape

Hands of haven sponsors

The about us section on the Atlanta Habitat website reads “Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partners with working families, sponsors and community to build affordable, green, quality homes and to provide support services that promote successful home purchase and ownership.” The sign above lists all the sponsors involved with the Lofton Family home. I spy Hands of Haven!

Habitat Atlanta House July 2014

The Lofton family home at the end of our volunteer day.

Habitat House Family

This past Saturday finishing touches were done and the Lofton Family Dedication was held. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Atlanta Habitat and my fellow Atlanta Bloggers {Hooray Haven Mavens!} on this home  for the Loftons.  I hope you consider volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity build. It is a memorable, rewarding experience!

“Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.  For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own.  Your brothers are here too.” ~Albert Schweitzer

It’s all good ~ Donna






Haven 2014 Recap!

This past weekend I attended the Haven Conference.  Haven is a DIY conference where bloggers come together to meet and attend sessions geared around growing your blog, photography, building relationships with brands, building furniture, painting, and so much more! You can read my recaps from 2012 here, and 2013 here. This is an event I truly look forward to!


One of the best parts of Haven is meeting fellow bloggers from all over the country who enjoy crafting and DIY as much as you do!  This year I was thrilled to meet Gina  The Shabby Creek Cottage , and Kelli Life at 818. I follow their blogs and they are such lovely talented ladies! I met KariAnne  Thistlewood Farms  at last year’s conference and I was happy to see her  for a hug and photo this year. Blurry or not, I am glad to have it! Oh, that guy down on the bottom? That’s HGTV Star Mike Holmes from Holmes on Homes!

Haven 2014

Haven sponsors really do spoil us with appetizers, cocktails and live entertainment! The cocktail and dance parties give us the perfect opportunity to meet and mingle.Haven 2014

I am part of the Atlanta Blogger DIY group and it’s always a crazy good time hanging out with my Atlanta girls, Melanie The Painted Chandelier, Kelley Miss Information and Kim A Quirky Creative

Haven 2014Haven gives you the opportunity to meet brands and sponsors. There were a whole lot of them representing this year!


The sponsor booth activities were so much fun! There are lot’s of opportunities to win great prizes and they offer a whole lot of swag to take home.


Haven 2014

I love attending the Haven Conference as it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who all share in the DIY spirit. There will be another Haven in 2015! I plan on attending, and I do hope to see you there! One quick tip for ya! I did bring my Canon DSLR camera with me but as you can see, most of my photos are from my phone! You will get caught up chatting, laughing, and making connections. Enjoying the moments is more important than getting the perfect shot.


Thank you to the Haven Team , the amazing sponsors and speakers for making this event so memorable!

Cheers ya’ll!

~ Donna