Headed to Haven 2015!

Well, I can’t believe a year has passed and here I am again, getting ready to attend Haven 2015! This will be my 4th year attending the conference, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful experience.

I live in Atlanta, Georgia where the 3 day DIY & professional blogging conference will be held on July 16th-18th.  Over the years I have met and become friends with so many amazing bloggers from all over the country who are passionate about DIY projects, and creating lovely spaces for their homes. I have learned so much about blogging, photography, and home improvement by attending Haven, and this year provides many more opportunities to learn new skills.

I am looking forward to connecting with sponsor representatives and learning about new products for my home. They always have such goodies to share with us and it’s great to be able to try their products first-hand.

If you would like to see more of what Haven is all about, you can click on the years to see my photos of all the fun!




Haven 2014

See ya soon Haven 2015!

It’s all good!



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