Haven. Day one


It all started with these sweet girls.

Kristi not shown.

Their dream was to create a place where DIY'ers like myself, could meet, learn and grow.

And boy did they pull it off!

I purchased my ticket the first day they went on sale.

That's huge for me. ( a bit of a scared E cat)

Then a week before my trip I made business cards.

I cut, I glued, I stuffed bags... I cut, I glued, I stuffed bags....LOl

260 ladies attending... have mercy!

The Big day was finally here!

Rhoda (love her) opened the floor and the fun began.

We met Sherry and John from Young House Love.

Can you say adorable.

They had me laughing and inspired the bristles off my brush!

We then broke into sweet intimate sessions.

Why is it when I say intimate, I start to giggle?

 Anyway... LOL

Our groups were of nice size and we totally bonded, asked questions and DIY'ed!!

Can you have a crush on paint?  i do

I am now crushing on paint annnd Miss Mustard Seed.

This girl knows some stuff about paint.

So much in fact, she is starting her own line.

As soon as I can get my little hands on some, I will share all about it.

Anne Sloan chalk paint....Oh yeah!

From paint to pictures...

Layla and Kevin rocked it.

I no longer fear the "M" and I'm buying a new camera. ASAP

Haven made sure to allow plenty of time for breaks.

Oh my word!

These girls kept me in stitches.

All I can say is I will never ride the MARTA alone LOL

Carole and Kristy love these girls!

After break I headed to "Your Blog Design"

Kristi from Creative Kristi Designs was oh so informative.

She broke down some huge walls for me.

I only wish I could have put her in my pocket and brought her home.  ;)

She shared how the touch of one button could do so much.

Here is my blog up on the big screen.

Now what was that one button?

These four girls will forever hold a special place in my heart.

And this was just day one!

Want to read more recaps?

Hop over to Rhoda's I'm linking up!

xoxoxo Susie


  1. Haven looks like so much fun, learning and bonding . . .

    I loved seeing the photos and imagining the continuity and friendship which I know happens in ths kind of scenario. It brought back many memories of past events in my life.

    I can't wait to see more of your photos. I love your business card/packet and the energy you bring to your design and art.

  2. I love and miss you so much. I can honestly say that you are the sweetest person that I have EVER met! I was wanting to call you last night while telling the marta story, I even tried to tell it with your daughters accent!! XOXO great post!

  3. Great recap! I am so glad you made so many great connections with so many great women! I am so glad I got to meet you in real life. :)

  4. Great recap! I am so glad you made so many great connections with so many great women! I am so glad I got to meet you in real life. :)

  5. :( sorry i didn't get to go along for the ride! Sometimes life just doesn't go as we plan,

  6. What a great group of talented peeps!! Looks like it was a blast!!

  7. grrrr how did I miss you at Haven?!!!! You were one on my list to meet! and I even went to dinner one night with Carole & Kristy (loved them!!) Oh well.. next year for sure! m, kay?

  8. Such a fun recap!!! I'm bummed we didn't get to meet, your business cards are too cute!

  9. Sorry we didn't have a chance to meet but looks like you had an amazing time with great memories! Love your creativity - those business cards are adorable!

  10. I wanted to meet you too! I will be looking for you next year! Love your cards!

  11. Hi Susie, great to see your post and that you love our Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan as much as we do!

    The Annie Sloan Unfolded crew had a blast at Haven too!

    Debbie Hayes
    Marketing Director

    1. Ditto to all Debbie just said! We had a blast in the Annie Slaon Unfolded booth and really got a thrill out of giving so much paint and product away to so many sweet and friendly ladies and gents. Many thanks to all who popped in to spin the wheel and say Hello.
      Janet. xox
      The Empty Nest

  12. Wow, it looks like you had a TON of fun! My friend Gail, myrepurposedlife.net was there and gave me the low down, she said it was a great conference and very informative. You look adorable and so happy!

  13. Aww great recap! I'm bummed I didn't get to meet you! Let's do Haven 2013 in a month. :)

    Kelly at View Along the Way

  14. Your business cards rocked! It was a pleasure to meet you at Haven. I'm following your blog to see what awesome projects you have up your sleeve.

  15. Aww you are just so sweet! and I'm jealous I met you & didn't get one of those adorable business cards!!!! Thanks for the photos from my class-I was hoping someone got some but most of the time it looked like everyone was busy taking notes ;) I'm always right here if you need any help! See you next year!!
    @ Creative Kristi

  16. It was wonderful to meet you at Haven! I'm the girl from the first night party who told you how much you inspired me.

    And you still do :)

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  17. Susie
    First time today reading your blog-I've scrolled through MONTHS of loveliness. You're a true Southern gal, and love your style, and faith. I had the pleasure of meeting Marian last month, and she is so cool, so talented. Her milk paint colors are even prettier in person!

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