Warning: This post is picture heavy, but I hope you take the time to check out all that’s here!
As you are probably aware, it has been busy around here. G’s uncle that we have been taking care of for the last 10 years got very sick the first of June, and then passed away this past Sunday night. He was 94 years old. We had a funeral yesterday, and amongst the sadness all I could see was love. Back on July 6th I read this post over at The Lettered Cottage on What Love Looks Like, and it impacted me more than I realized. Ever since I read Layla’s posts about this it has been on my mind to look for love in my everyday life. I have to share this picture with you, because this is what 62 years of love looked like this week. This is what broke my heart, and made the tears flood from my eyes. They didn’t have any children, so it was just the two of them for 62 years. I encourage you to click on the link above and read her post on “What Love Looks Like” because it will totally change what you see each day.
On a brighter note of Love, I’d like to share some Haven Love I experienced last weekend. The new friends I made and the fun times I had helped to get me through this week. This was my first ever bloggers conference, I wanted to go to one, so I bit the bullet and bought a ticket for it back in March. I was excited about going even though I wouldn’t know anyone. However, I was just a little nervous as it quickly approached. I had booked my room at the hotel the day I bought my conference ticket, so now I was rooming by myself and not knowing anyone else going. Can you say loner? Then the week before the conference someone posted that they had just got a ticket and needed a place to stay. So I thought why not. So in one week I went from rooming by myself to having two roomies! I’m so glad it worked out that way, because I met two great ladies. They are beautiful, fun, and amazing women.In this picture is Karen from Somewhat Quirky Design, me, and Christine from Let’s Get Crafty.
At the conference I met LOTS of bloggers. Many I already follow, but many I have added to my blog following list! Here is a pic with one of my FAVORITE bloggers! KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms. I first met KariAnne at Chapel Market, and she actually remembered me. This chic is the bees knees! She is so real, down to earth, and is a complete hoot to be around. I would love to be her neighbor.Here are the ladies I became close friends with, and who have lifted my spirits since I returned home. This is an amazing group of talented women. Please click over and check out their blogs. They helped me so much, and are such an inspiration. I consider them my mentors as well because I am WAY behind the blogger curve compared to them. Meet my Haven friends! Here’s a pic of us all from the last night at the Ryobi / Home Depot Dance party! Talk about a party!From the back it’s Lisa from Concord Cottage, me, Suesan from Frou-Frugal, DeDe from Designed Decor, Karen from Somewhat Quirky Design, Susan from Oh My Creative, and down front is Christine from Let’s Get Crafty, and Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things. I miss them already! These are the ladies I spent my weekend with. We spent time just getting to know each other over dinner or just sitting and chatting it up. I wish we at least all lived in the same state, so we could meet up and have some girlie time.
Ok, so it wasn’t all friends and being blogger star struck. I actually did do some classes, and I actually did learn some things! Friday we started out with an opening session from this guy….Yep, that is Chip Wade from HGTV’s Elbow Room! This guy spoke near and dear to my heart. He is an engineer, I’m an engineer, so I totally digged his talk. I’ve seen a few episodes of Elbow Room, but when I got home I started my DVR so I don’t ever miss an episode. You should watch it! Talk about out-of-the-box thinking!
The rest of the day I spent taking classes on the business of blogging. I realized how much I do not know! It even had me a little frustrated and wondering what the heck I’m doing. But then I realized that I enjoy blogging in this little piece of cyberspace, and that I want to keep it up. So all those frustrations became a list of challenges for me to figure out. Who knows, I may become a techy person after all of this. Since I got a little frustrated Friday, I decided to do some fun classes on Saturday. I have to admit these were some of my fav’s!
I started the morning off with a class on tools from Kreg and Ryobi. We got to use all sorts of power tools, and learned some little useful tips as well.
Then I went to a class that was given by Southern Living Plants on Outdoor Spaces. I needed a class like this because I have a black thumb. This class was my favorite and I came out of there with some pot planting ideas I’m going to try. I think I got this! This little southern lady, Carmen Johnston totally boosted my self-confidence and rocked my plant world. That’s her in the center in the blue shirt and apron. She is the absolute most adorable southern lady I’ve ever met! I wish she was my neighbor so that I would have a gorgeous yard! Plus I would love to just sit and chat with her over some sweet tea in the garden.Let me just show you some of the amazing plants she whipped up in literally minutes! The first is a herb garden in two pots that I will be trying very soon.
The last class I took was on painting techniques from Stacy at Not Just a Housewife, and from Brooke at All Things Thrifty. These two ladies knew anything and everything about any type of paint you wanted to use! From lacquer and oil based, to latex and chalk paint. Here is Brooke telling us what is required to paint with lacquer. She’s all about the safety, and looking awesome in her respirator!
There was also many booths that you could visit with and build relations with. As you may know this is one of my favorite companies, Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. This place became my favorite back when we went to Chapel Market, and we met the owner Garlan who is an absolute gem! He has so many great antique finds. If only I was closer to Alabama. Click on the link above and check out their amazing stuff! By the way, I want this flag!Here is some fun at the Moen booth! So glad I visited them because I found out they carry an apron front sink I’ve been seeing magazines that I want! Hopefully this picture will win me a Kitchen Makeover! Crossing my fingers!!!!!
This was a little project challenge with Home Depot and Proctor & Gamble on the cleaning part of projects.This was such a fun weekend with LOTS of learning, lots of fun, and lots of new friends! I’m so glad I got the opportunity to be a part of this amazing weekend of pure awesomeness! Thank you Haven!