Man, did I have a blast at the Haven Conference for “home bloggers” and DIYers in Atlanta last week. Now–lucky you!–I’m going to share some of the photos from my trip (we took this one at the Ryobi Tools booth, pretending to know what to do with them).
Rhoda of Southern Hospitality organized the whole shebang with this fabulous team of bloggers that she introduced onstage the first morning:
The keynote speakers were John and Sherry of Young House Love and they kicked the whole thing off. They’re just as entertaining in real life as they are on their blog (which is one of my favorites). I just wish I had gotten a better photo of them than this one I snapped with my iPhone:
Nester tweeted out this photo from our session and you can see how small and cozy our group was that first day:
We even had to move our conference table out of the way to make more room for people sitting on the floor at our feet. Some of them tweeted out photos during our talk, like this one (from @PBJstories):
And this (from@rindercella):
But I have to say that the most entertaining was “I Love Thrifting” led by Rashon Carraway, known as “Mr. Goodwill Hunting.” I was actually walking past his conference room when I heard all the laughter coming from inside, so I had to peek my head in. Then I ended up standing in the back for the whole thing. Couldn’t pull myself away!
I had to get a photo with Rhoda and Kate (Centsational Girl), two of my long-time blogging buddies:
I went out to dinner every night with a different group of wonderful women. Some I knew, and some were new friends:
This one was Tweeted out by @ThistlewoodFarm:
I tried to collect business cards from everyone I talked to so I could look up their blogs when I got home and stay in touch. It could take me a few days to get to them all! Here are a few of them I had on my desk at the hotel–some people get really creative with theirs!
I was sad to leave Atlanta and all my new friends behind, especially since I didn’t have a chance to see much more of the city than this limited view from my hotel window: