Haven Conference Recap {Part Two}

I know, I know… If you follow a lot of blogs you’re probably sick of seeing Haven Conference posts everywhere. BUT if you sit through this, later on today I’ll have a GIVEAWAY!

So, on Monday I posted the First Part of my Haven Conference experience. Today I just wanna show you some fabulous pics from my little trip. I’ll be telling you some of the tips & tricks I learned in the coming weeks, including a Beginning Paint lesson on Tuesday!

But first… Here’s some photos!

Yeah, that’s me & Sherry from Young House Love (sorry for the crappy photo from my iPhone). Sherry along with her hubby John were our keynote speakers and absolutely fabulous to meet in person!

Me, Chris from Just a Girl and Beth from Home Stories A2Z. These ladies taught the Décor 101 class. Huge fans of both girls so I was pretty stoked to snap a photo with them!

Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality and Marian from Miss Mustard Seed gave the Hobby to Business session. I’ll definitely be sharing some tips from this talk soon for anyone wanting to start their own small business in the near future!

Me, Allison from House of Hepworths and Chelsea from Two Twenty One.

My girl Kerry from House TalkN. There are no words for how rad this chick is.

Me & Chelsea again from Two Twenty One. Is it weird that I was really excited to meet the Drill from Home Depot? Ok, good. Didn’t think so…

Dusty from All Things G&D, Amanda from Serenity Now and Roeshel from The DIY Showoff.

Me, Chelsea and Beth from Unskinny Boppy. Some peeps said Beth looked like my long lost sister. I wish! Then she’d have to come help me decorate my house whenever I wanted. Umm… have you seen her house tour? Inspiring!

The fabulous Francine from SkyBluPink Creations. Isn’t she adorable?

Ange from The Blooming Hydrangea and Andrea from Our Blue Pink Door.

And yeah, ya know… just Chelsea and me chillin’ with Kate from Centsational Girl. No big whoop. Are you kidding me?! I got the meet the first blogger I ever followed! Dream come true. And see her arm around me? Yeah, we’re totally BFFs now (oh dear goodness, I hope she never reads this).

OK, here’s some tentative schedule for sharing some tips & tricks I learned while at this conference:

  • Thrifting – Wednesday, June 27th
  • Latex vs. Oil Paints – Tuesday, July 3rd
  • Home Décor Styling Tips – Thursday, July 11th
  • How to Properly Stain – Tuesday, July 17th
  • Helpful Tips in Starting a Small Business – Thursday, July 26th

 I can’t wait to share some useful tips with you guys!

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!!