After Haven 2012

Haven 2012 kicked off with Young House Love!

See what I mean, he just kept on~reFresh can you come on up here~no, not right now,

I’m sitting in front of Miss Mustard Seed and someone might take my seat.  

I love John and Sherry, they are a dynamic duo!

I can’t wait for their book!

Speaking of books,

Miss Mustard Seed wrote one too!

Put me on the list, I want one!

Not only did she write a book this year, she also has a line of milk paint coming out soon!

In the Advanced Painting class we got to try milk paint, I want some!

Beckie from Infarrantly Creative

Beckie’s class All About Advertising was awesome.  I would tell you about it, but I was sworn to secrecy, it was way over my head.  I am going to have to repeat this class ;)

Beth is a pro, I mean who knew that I needed chocolate with her business card attached!

and then there was

Angie, she had a scratch off lottery ticket 

with her picture underneath, how creative! 

click here to see what I took ;)

Everyone’s business card was so unique.


Ana White was just this pretty too!

Speaking of pretty, sweet and just the best room mates in the world:

Karah from The Space Between in the middle,  and Kristen from Pearl Gateway on the right.  And sleepy, half smiling me on the left.

I didn’t give any candy or gum away with my business cards, but I did get my friend Creative Carmella to hammer out these cute necklaces for me and my roomies.  A little reminder of this awesome conference. 

Kevin, Layla  from The Lettered Cottage and

Josh from Shoot Fly Shoot

 (Kevin and Josh’s photo training classes)

I didn’t get pictures of everyone that I wanted to and I had way too many blurry ones, thankfully there will be several Haven posts!  I did much better this time than I did at Becoming :)

My post is missing so many of the talented people that were there!  Check them out:

Haven Speakers

 I can’t wait to see everyone else’s Haven posts.

Click on this photo to meet the ladies of Haven:

Thanks to everyone that put this together!  I didn’t want to leave :)

If you have any advice for me, about going to conferences, please share!  

I was a bit out of my league!

Sharing at Southern Hospitality!




  1. 1
    Gina says:

    Looks like you had an awesome time! Lucky girl!
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    Janel says:

    fun fun!!! And those business cards…looks like alot of great ideas there!
    Janel recently posted..Paint 101…It All Started With Paint

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    Looks like you had an amazing time – I can see why Young House Love was begging for your stage presence!!!

    Maybe next year!!

    And those necklaces – your roomies got some serious swag!
    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage recently posted..My Foyer’s Rocking, Please Come Knocking! – The Reveal

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    Looks like you had a blast! I am so going next year even if I have to hitchhike!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real recently posted..Giveaway Time!!!

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    Thanks for this post – I’m living vicariously through you – I wish that I could have gone – it sounds like an amazing opportunity.

    I *LOVE* all those gorgeous business cards!
    Susan @ Afford Your Passions recently posted..Second Annual Epic Stitching Get Together

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    debbie says:

    Oh Deb, you looked like you had such a wonderful and eventful time!~ I bet it was a great experience for you. I would have been way out of my league there too, however, we can all take and learn something from this whole blogging gig!~ I know at the end of the day, I just want to have fun and share…so that is what I keep on keeping out here. I say one day at a time. We never know what tomorrow brings.
    debbie recently posted..Traditional Southern Porch {Haint Blue}

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    Gwen says:

    How amazing! I bet they are going to have to find a bigger venue so everyone that couldn’t go {like moi} can get there! It looks like you had a blast!
    Gwen recently posted..The Bloggy Olympics event 3: Paint {that’s me}

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    Haven was a terrific experience. I met so many lovely, talented ladies like yourself! I left so inspired and will be working on lot’s of projects with that wonderful swag we received!
    Donna @ My Sweet Things recently posted..How to make an earring holder using a picture frame!

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    It was great to meet you at Haven! I just couldn’t keep up…lol! How can you say you were out of your league? You fit in perfectly and I thank you for being so friendly! CYA next year!

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    Diane says:

    It appears from the pictures that you had tons of fun! Looking forward to hearing more stories and helpful hints from Haven.
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    Debbie-it was so wonderful to meet you! You are such a sweet hilarious lady-just as wonderful in person as you are on your blog! And that one about YHL cracks me up. Hope you have a wonderful week! Let’s meet up sometime if you want to do rescued relics! MUAH! Hugs to you! ;}
    ashley @ the handmade home recently posted..haven 2012

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    I see my business card! So great to meet you this week. So much more fun following your blog now. Can’t wait until next year!
    Francine Forman recently posted..My ’25 Things’ List…

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    Debbie, I’m bummed that I missed meeting you in person at Haven. I guess that means we both need to go next year for sure! Glad you had such a good time. The conference really was quite awesome.
    Miss Charming recently posted..Haven Highlights (Not Yet…)

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    lesli says:

    you are funny! I wish I had met you. I am beginning to feel like, after I read all these recaps, that I missed the party…and believe it or not….I was actually there. I think I need to repeat the “how to talk to people you don’t know” class. I stink at it and now I just feel sad. Oh well, always next year. right? I love your blog!

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    Hey, Debbie, loved meeting another GA girl & I loved your Southern accent. So glad you had a good time, it was a whirlwind for sure. I was moving so fast & wish I had time to sit down and chat more with all of you. You’re so fun and maybe we can meet up here again one of these days.

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    Great recap! You did SO much better than I did at taking pics. I love the shot of John from YHL inviting you to come on stage. haha!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way recently posted..Haven Recap!

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    Debbie- I’m eating it up! I love all the Haven posts, and the business cards are pretty amazing.

    Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista recently posted..Paper Handprint Flowers

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    Kristina says:

    Hey Debbie, you were such a great roomie!! What a great post, you are so gosh darn cute!!
    Kristina recently posted..How to Attend Your First Blog Conference (Part 2) – Haven Wrap Up Post

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    Debbie, it was such a pleasure meeting you in person! You are so full of life and a good soul. LOVED everything about you!! THanks again for picking me up from the airport, too ;)

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    gail says:

    great post debbie! I loved looking at your pictures and recognizing so many faces! So happy we got to hang out in Atlanta!
    gail recently posted..Repurposed Glassware (totems & more)

  21. 21

    Man. So jealous. Maybe next year.

  22. 22
    Rosemary says:

    Looks like a blast. I so wish I could have been there. Thanks for taking us along.
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    HI Debbie- I am so happy that I got to meet you in person. Now when I read your posts I will think of your engaging personality and that wonderful southern accent. I am looking forward to next year! You are my G+ go to girl!!!!
    My best- Diane
    Diane@InMyOwnStyle recently posted..Book Giveaway: Happy Home By Jennifer Paganelli

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    Hi Debbie,

    You don’t need any advice. I think you wrote the book on how to work a room with your great personality. Jane and I want to visit your new store, when you get open in Savannah. Love your blog. I’ll be one of your regular visitors
    Leo at Cottage at the Crossroads recently posted..A Male Haven Maven

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    I am so bummed we couldn’t make it to Haven this year. I will have to rearrange my work schedule to make it work next time around. Overall looks like so much fun and we can’t wait to hear what you learned. Loved all the cards! Have a good week!
    Jordan@the2seasons recently posted..Another Ultimate Before and After

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    Amanda Eck says:

    I am so bummed I didnt get a chance to meet you! and you even had your awesome t-shirt with your name on it- how did I miss that?!!! oh well, next year for sure!!
    Amanda Eck recently posted..Haven Re-Cap

  27. 27

    Those necklaces are seriously, SO CUTE!! The conference was AWESOME & I so enjoyed meeting you!! Looking forward to next year!!

    p.s. how did we not get a picture together?!
    Tonya @ Love of Family & Home recently posted..Haven 2012 Recap…

  28. 28

    Debbie! This is such an awesome recap. Thanks for the shout out! I look so tired in that picture of us, hahaha. It really was such an amazing experience all of the way around. Too funny about the YHL pics. :)
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog recently posted..the Haven lists of 3 – part two

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    Roeshel says:

    Debbie! I am SO glad that we got to meet finally! You are so awesome! Wish we had more time together but thankfully, we’ve got blogging and Facebook until that time comes. ;) Great recap, love the pictures!
    Roeshel recently posted..My first blog conference experience ~ Haven 2012

  30. 30

    Wow, so jealous! Looks like you had a blast!

  31. 31

    It was so great to meet you!! So I’ll see you next year? ;) Great photos!
    Kristi @ Creative Kristi recently posted..Tell Me About It Tuesday | {Haven Conference Re-Cap}

  32. 32

    It was a great conference! So nice to meet you!
    Vivienne @ The V Spot recently posted..The Atlanta TSA stole my son’s yo-yo.

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    kristin says:

    Looks like a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing!
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    I don’t think you were at all out of your league! You worked the rooms like a pro. ;) Seriously, it was great to meet you..are have such a fun personality. :)
    Amanda @ Serenity Now recently posted..Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

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    Debbie! Awesome recap! It was such a pleasure meeting you and getting to know you at Haven! I don’t think I’ll ever forget how you told me that I need to get more excited when meeting “big bloggers”. Or how you shared your love for The Nester with me. You crack me up! And again, thank you so much for picking me up at the airport!
    Chelsea @ two twenty one recently posted..Haven Recap (Part One)

  36. 36

    Debbie~ It was so fun meeting you in person! Looking forward to the next time I get to see you……
    Daune | Cottage in the Oaks recently posted..Decorating with Seashells

  37. 37

    Debbie – this looks like it was so much fun. I am a newby to the blogging world (just started my blog in May) but I am loving every second of it. I hope there are more events like these – I would love to attend some day.
    Gabriella @ Our Life In Action recently posted..Welcome to my nightmare

  38. 38
    Kathryn Cain says:

    wowoooooo Yes would love to attend and a newbie…started in March…enjoying blogs on vintage and repurpose…lovin yours

  39. 39
    Johnnie says:

    So fun!!!
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  40. 40

    Nice post. So you roomed with Karah? She’s a blog crush of mine! Is she as fun as she seems?
    karen@somewhatquirky recently posted..Decorating for the 4th

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