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Haven 2014 Recap

Oh my gosh!   Haven 2014 was so much fun.  It’s so great to see old friends and meet new bloggers.  Visiting the vendors/sponsors is so rewarding too.

On Wednesday, I headed to Nashville for a quick stopover to visit with Jamie and Andy.  Jamie and I went to have a manicure and pedicure.  It was great hanging out with her.



Thursday morning I headed to Atlanta over the mountains and through the woods.  heheheh


crown plaza 2When I checked into the hotel, the desk clerk said she was going to upgrade me to a King something yada yada yada, but I didn’t understand what she said.  When I walked into my room, I felt so appreciative to have been upgraded.


crown plazaThe room was huge, and I even had a foyer.



haven-swagLook at all the look I got from swag and sponsors.


haven-2014-crown-plazaThis is the lower level where lunch was served.

home-depot-hall-of-fameBefore the conference you could share a project to be included in the DIY Hall of Fame.


I submitted my fireplace.   At the end of the conference, I snagged the photo off the display board.  Smile  Home Depot made small flip books of all the projects.


2014-07-10 19.53.11My friend Catherine from Freddy & Petunia with the lounge singer.   He approached her while he was singing and posed for this picture.  Isn’t she adorable?!


Mike-Holmes-My-Repurposed-LifeI got to meet Mike Holmes.  He’s such a nice guy.

ryobi-kreg 2The first class/session I went to was with Ryobi and Kreg.  (two of my absolute favorite brands) It was a hands-on class.  That’s one of my favorite things about Haven Conference—lots of variety in the sessions, a good balance between DIY and Blog sessions.  So much to learn!

silly-sponsor-tweetsThere are lots of fun ways to try to win stuff, these are the ones I did.


These are some pics I took of slides in a G+ session.   I forget to update G+ on a regular basis.




Lisa, Me, Catherine (Freddy & Petunia)

Me, Catherine—Me Anna (Directions Not Included)

Me Susan (Living Rich on Less)    Me, Katie, Jon (SewWoodsy)

diy-signs-for-veteransThe last session I took was making signs for Veterans with The Home Depot

ryobi-nation-beach-partyRyobi Nation sure knows how to throw a party!

yummy-ryobiSome of the yummy goodies Ryobi supplied for the party.

I came home to a busy couple of days.  I received 10 Etsy orders over the span of 4 days.  A few were small, but most were very large.  We’re having a cool spell with some really nice temps, I am enjoying it and taking advantage of it to get some projects done.


To see more Haven 2014 Recaps, go here.

I can’t wait till next year, hope to see you there.



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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. Looks like you had an amazing time, Gail- it was awesome to meet you in ‘real’ life!!

  2. Glad you had a good time. I’d like the free stuff but I’m too shy to go to anything like that. P.S. Mike Holmes is Canadian, eh!

  3. Donna Grainger says:

    So glad you had a good time; but oh my gosh Mike Holmes? Love him!!

  4. Looks like you have an amazing time. That is awesome.

  5. I’m so sad I missed you this year Gail! Next year.. I’m going to hunt you down specifically!!

  6. Cute video! Great recap, Gail. It all looks so fun! Maybe I’ll get there one year!

  7. I loved seeing you again!!!

  8. Looks like you had a great time. Someday I am going to make it to a conference! Maybe next year will be the year. :)

  9. Gail– that all looked like so much fun.
    If I ever get a chance…I hope to go to a blog conference. I almost went last year- but it just didn’t happen. It would be so much fun to meet others face to face. One day…I’m hoping to meet you! Patricia

  10. Gail, I don’t know how I missed that fireplace transformation you did. Love it! I have a friend with a similar fireplace situation. I’m sending her your way. It was so great catching up with you. If you’re ever in Pa., you’ve got a place to stay. :)

  11. The straw hat, the glasses, nothing says tourist in Atlanta better! Did you come home with any big items from Ryobi?

  12. Omgosh you got some good photos!
    And now I see some of the things I missed while I was busy at other sessions…darn….too much, too hectic, too exhausting a pace! Can’t wait for next year!

  13. it was such a great time and went by way to quickly!!!! and yes, ryobi does know how to party!

  14. So glad it was fun! I’ll try to get back next year.

  15. It was great seeing you and hanging out with you over the weekend!

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