Just a Party with My Peeps {#19}

Howdy y’all!
I’m back & ready to rock after an exciting couple of days in Atlanta for the Haven Conference! Since we didn’t have a link party last week, I thought I would feature some fabulous ladies from the week prior. Here we go…

First up is a cute little project even your kiddos can help out with! Setting for Four show you how to create Tea Towels using your children’s artwork. LOVE this idea and it’s super simple!

Next up is this fabulous frame gallery wall from Megan Brooke Handmade. I’m OBSESSED with this look! Love the colors and the ornate mirror thrown into the mix.

Throwing a 4th of July party? How about making these yummy Red, White & Blue Popsicle Cups from The Partiologist. Looks super easy to make and will definitely be a hit!

Need another tasty treat? Try these easy cheesy Fish Tacos with cilantro lime creme from Cheap Crafty Mama. This is one of my favorite summer dishes, and I just love the spin that Kate puts on them. Delish!

And finally we have an adorable little shirt dress from Bear Rabbit Bear (and an adorable little model, too!). Yep, this is actually made from a men’s dress shirt. Man, I really need to start those sewing lessons! This is just too cute for words.

OK, if you don’t know HOW to link up to the party, check out my blog post from back in July with full instructions.

    • Feel free to link up any furniture, crafts, recipes, makeovers and home décor.
    • Please enter a short project description in the “name” section of this link form. Also make sure you link to your specific post and not your entire blog.
    • DO NOT link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties! You will be deleted.
    • And if you didn’t make it, don’t link it (please)! Party ends Saturday night at 11pm CST. LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!

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Haven Conference Recap {Part One}

I’m pretty sure most of you know that I was at the Haven Conference last week. Yep, it was life changing! One of the absolute best experiences I’ve had thus far as a blogger… ok, probably THE BEST experience I’ve had! I’m sure this will be one of many posts (let me apologize in advance for that one but I promise I’ll share a bunch of cool stuff!).

First off I want to say a HUGE thank you to the official Haven Mavens: Kate from Centsational Girl, Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick, Beth from Home Stories A2Z, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Traci from Beneath My Heart, Chris from Just A Girl and Marian from Miss Mustard Seed. Yeah… incredible group of ladies!

We opened up Thursday morning with a keynote speech from Sherry & John of Young House Love. This couple is so down to earth and filled with wonderful DIY & bloggy knowledge! LOVE them even more now… if that’s even possible.

The first session of the conference that I attended was Beginning Paint and Stain with Chris from Just a Girl and Kate from Centsational Girl.

Even though I’m an avid painter, I thought the refresher course was filled with oodles of goodies! And Bruce from the Minwax team was incredibly informational on the use of stains and poly.

Next up was Advanced Painting Techniques with Miss Mustard Seed!

She has a new line of Milk Paint coming out soon and she gave us some cool tips and tricks! I even got to try out some of the techniques myself. Very cool stuff!

My last class of Day One was All About Advertising hosted by Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, Julia from Hooked on Houses, and Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick. Oh my, I cannot stress how much I learned in this class! I’m a marketing girl, but this session knocked my socks off.

On Friday morning, my first session was listening to the incredible (and extremely humorous) Mr. Goodwill Hunting at Thrifting 101. At first this session wasn’t even on my radar, but I took and chance and attended. So glad I did! My favorite line when thrift shopping…

“Don’t look for anything at any time, but look for everything at all times.”

Next up was Décor 101 with Chris from Just a Girl and Beth from Home Stories A2Z. I learned about mixing textures, shopping in your home for new décor, and how to create vignettes. Now I have so many new projects rolling around in my head!

My last session of the Haven Conference was Hobby to Business with Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality and Marian from Miss Mustard Seed. Here I learned about starting an LLC (which I accomplished yesterday!!), taxes, disclaimers and all that yucky business stuff!

Well, that’s it for now! Later on this week I’ll share some more personal photos and some great Tips & Tricks I learned at each of the sessions!

And again, I want to thank the wonderful organizers and sponsors at the Haven Conference, including Home Depot, 3M, Minwax, Rustoleum, PureBond, Shaw Flooring, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Ryobi, Moen, Oreck, Frog Tape, Royal Design Studio, Mirror Mate, Fish Window Cleaning and Cutter. You were truly amazing!!