Can I just say…
I attended the DIY/Blogger Haven Conference this past weekend and,
again, was blown away.
It was jam packed with
SUPER AWESOME BRANDS,
INCREDIBLY TALENTED DIY BLOGGERS,
and NOT ONE STRANGER.
Where do I begin?
Be warned… I am on a Haven High, but consider that to be a great thing.
Let me share with you why I feel this way.
Thursday night started with a Warm Welcome Reception hosted by
The night couldn’t have been better. The party was on a Garden Terrace.
Imagine a group full of beautiful peeps – Bloggers/DIY’ers
beautiful weather on a rooftop garden terrace,
and a party with not one stranger.
We all wanted to meet one another, learn about each others blogs,
and catch up with blogging friends.
You can see the crazy Instagram pic’s I took here.
My roomies (Gina and Sharla) and I could not stop talking and laughing that night.
2:30 am we had to get some shut-eye before the next days events began.
Early Friday morning
we heard from the talented Ana White.
She is adorable with her little baby bump, isn’t she?
Then it was off to our classes.
If you are a blogger and didn’t attend… there is loads of great blogging information.
If you are not a blogger but a DIY’er… there is loads of great DIY classes
that will blow you away.
Advanced Painting Class.
I painted these boards…
and turned them into this…
My roommate, Sharla, won a prize too.
I was so excited for her!
were so much fun.
Later that evening was a
Rust-Oleum painted these beautiful vases…
I can’t wait to try this paint.
The scoop is… it’s coming out in September. Eeek!
(I’m thinking Christmas Decor already!)
After the cocktail party, it was off to
A Night Out With Ryobi.
It was a beautiful night
Gina and I wanted to capture the night for you.
Ryobi really spoiled us with a wonderful party.
We danced and had fun
What a day!
The last day was here and I was wishing it wasn’t.
all things must come to an end.
I wanted to make the best of the last day,
so I did!
We visited all of the amazing sponsors and vendors.
Porch had us cracking up in their photo booth.
Ryobi let us try their super light Nail Gun.
I am convinced I need this!
The Ryobi gang was a blast to talk shop with.
We had so much in common – talking tools and, of course, about how proud we are to be moms with kids that play the drums!
Ballard Designs was also a sponsor.
If you look around my house, you will see how much I love Ballard Designs.
I am one of those crazy girls that holds onto every Ballard Designs catalog.
A little obsessive? Yes! But, I love their stuff.
I was able to learn so much about them,
and was especially interested in their photo shoots and behind the scenes
of creating the catalogs.
Gina had the opportunity to take on the
Ballard Designs Bookcase Challenge.
They did a great job!
My true joy was when I finally got to give
KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms
a big hug!
There are some people in life that become instant friends.
She is the most generous, sweet, kind, full of energy little “gem” I have ever met.
If you haven’t read her blog yet,
grab your favorite beverage, sit down, and be prepared to be there for awhile.
We came from near and far to share our love for DIY and Blogging.
I am so glad we did.
It truly amazes me what the blogging community can accomplish.
The closing ceremony had me holding back tears.
I mean, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.
GMC and Habitat for Humanity partnered with DIY Bloggers to
give back to a family in need.
It was very special.
The speaker from Habitat for Humanity spoke about this family
not having a kitchen table where they could eat a meal and how the children did not have beds, but slept with mattresses on the floor.
He also explained how GMC, Habitat for Humanity, and DIY Bloggers were making a home a reality for this family in need.
They will now be able to eat breakfast with their family at a table and sleep in a bed for the first time.
See how it came together and the reveal at #GMCHTA via social media.
It is a reminder…
when we all come together amazing things can happen.
I had a wonderful time meeting new friends and sharing time with those I have known for awhile in blogland.
It was also nice to get home and give my husband and kiddos a hug.
I am extremely blessed.
Thanks, Haven Team, for allowing us to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Thank YOU for continuing to join me on this journey!