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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. Nice post. So you roomed with Karah? She’s a blog crush of mine! Is she as fun as she seems?

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

  3. 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.

  4. Debbie~ It was so fun meeting you in person! Looking forward to the next time I get to see you……

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. Looks like a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing!

  8. It was a great conference! So nice to meet you!

  9. It was so great to meet you!! So I’ll see you next year? 😉 Great photos!

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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. 🙂

  13. 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?!

  14. 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!!

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Looks like a blast. I so wish I could have been there. Thanks for taking us along.

  19. great post debbie! I loved looking at your pictures and recognizing so many faces! So happy we got to hang out in Atlanta!

  20. 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 😉

  21. Hey Debbie, you were such a great roomie!! What a great post, you are so gosh darn cute!!

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


  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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! ;}

  29. It appears from the pictures that you had tons of fun! Looking forward to hearing more stories and helpful hints from Haven.

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

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


  36. 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!

  37. fun fun!!! And those business cards…looks like alot of great ideas there!

  38. Looks like you had an awesome time! Lucky girl!

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