Haven 2013 Recap!


I attended the DIY Blogging Conference Haven this past weekend and  it sure was everything I’d hope it would be! This is my second year attending this conference where DIY Bloggers come together to share their blogging knowledge and learn new tips and tricks from the blogging community. There were so many wonderful moments to share and I did carry my Canon Camera the first day, but I was so busy and my lovely swag bag became so full and heavy that I chose to leave the Canon at home the rest of the conference. All photos were taken with my iPhone.

Take a look at some of the bloggers that were in attendance! That’s just a handful of names that were listed on the blogger brag board.

I live in Atlanta so I communted to the event. I drove to the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead on Thursday night  to register and I attended the Warm Welcome Reception hosted by Homes.com and ForRent.com

I met two new friends that night. These lovely ladies Heidi and Robin were so fun to chat with! The Grand Hyatt Buckhead Terrace was full of laughter. The D.J was terrific! The food? It was delightful! They served fried Mac and Cheese pops. For real.

One of my goals in attending Haven, was to learn to work with power tools. Thanks to a few great conference sessions and Ryobi Power Tools, I was able to accomplish that goal. Yes, that’s me in protective gear, making miter cuts for crown molding!  Thanks to Sandra aka Sawdust Girl  and Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl  for their informative “Lets case this joint” session. I feel more confident in my ability to work with power tools and I’m excited to work on home projects.

You can see in the photo above, that some Haven sessions are really hands on. I love this as I learn best by “doing” and I did get a lot of  hands on opportunities at this conference.

Haven offers several different options of sessions for bloggers. I chose a session on Interior Design as I’d love to learn more in this area.

Three bloggers who I follow and admire, The Handmade Home, Makely School for Girls, and Vintage Revivals  delivered a fun, upbeat class. One thing I took from this class is to be fearless and do what makes me happy in design. I will be taking more risks with color in my home and I’m looking forward to starting this color journey in my craft room!

What else did I learn at Haven? I learned new painting techniques! Thanks to Miss Mustard Seed and Perfectly Imperfect  for their super hands on class on how to use Chalk Paint and Milk Paint products.

Thanks to the fabulous sponsors for the coffee bar, which came in handy mid afternoon. They helped perk me up for the afternoon session!

The sponsors also hosted fun cocktail parties. Seriously. Best. Time. Ever.

Attending Haven, was such a memorable time for me. I met so many wonderful inspiring women that are so kind.  Here I am with Chelsea, Christina, and Heidi. Take a look at their work. AMAZING stuff going on with those ladies!

Swapping stories. Laughter and smiles. That’s what you’ll find at Haven.

Dance Party! Yes! You will also see that at Haven!

Meeting lot’s of new friend who are kindred spirits, that’s the BEST part of Haven!

Coming home with this a bag full of goodies?! Yeah, that’s pretty awesome too!

Thanks to this awesome Haven Team and all the sponsors for such an amazing, empowering experience. See ya’ll next year!

If you’d like to read more about Haven, click here for my 2012 recap. I’m on Instagram are you? Find me there for more Haven photos I shared and keep updated on new projects I’ll be working on thanks to all the Haven inspiration. I’d love to follow along with your adventures to!

It’s all good.




Haven 2013? Yes, I’ll be there!

I am so excited to be attending the Haven Conference again this year! For those of you that have not heard of Haven, it is a DIY conference. Do it yourself bloggers come together to cheer each other on and learn new skills. There are so many wonderful sessions to attend  including painting classes,  photography workshops, how to build your blog, and working with wood. Yes, I hope to learn how to build furniture and yes, I am excited about that. The conference this year is being held at the Buckhead Grand Hyatt in Atlanta. It’s a perfect location for me as I live in Atlanta.

Royal Design Studio

Royal Design Studio is sponsoring again this year. Last year I enjoyed learning how to stencil and I’ll be visiting their booth again this year!



See you soon Ryboi. We had a good time together last year!

I met so many wonderful, talented bloggers last year and I know this year will be even bigger so I am most  looking forward to new friendships! There is a welcome cocktail party tonight and I am getting ready. If you’d like to read more about my Haven experiences from last year, click here for my Hello Haven 2012 post and here for my Haven 2012 recap!

Haven 2013 here I come!

It’s all good!

~ Donna