My trip to Haven

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Yo. I went to the Haven Conference.


{that’s me on the ride down sans make-up and being super-cool. Ha!}

Like, two weeks ago.

Yes, I’m behind.  I admit it.  I’m not one of those bloggers that can pull it together and post the next day.

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t totally awesome meeting Sawdust Girl and Pretty Handy Girl!


Yeah.   They’z fun.


 These girls?  Meh.

They’re alright.


Jacque, Jessi, Melissa and Courtenay {with the little guy, there!}

TOTES J/K… Love you girls!


Jessi was an awesome roomie!


I went early and spent the first night folding and folding and folding…

But then the fun began, baby!


 {oh, yes… how I like to strike a pose, especially with a power tool.}

I’ll pose with you any day of the week, Ryobi Miter Saw.

{Santa baby… slip a Sliding Miter Saw under the tree. For. Me. Mwuah!}

Or this crazy awesome cordless power nailer!



It was just made for these two hands.  MADE, I say!

Sheesh… I’m all pink and flustered.

But that wasn’t all.  It was amazing to meet these girlies!


From left to right:

Susanne from The Blue Building Shannon from Aka Design, Me, Heather from Setting for Four, Jessi from Practically Functional and Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies.
{If you recognize the Lovely Lady, please give me a holla so I can link to her! }

And let me tell you…

Ryobi BLEW it out, baby!


We partied like it was 1999 and THEN some!


Shannon and me

Here’s me with Shannon, again.  Probably my favorite picture…  Cuz we’re so stankin’ cute.

But so are all these girlies!


Jessi @ Practically Functional, Laura Beth @ A Step In The Journey, Me, Melissa @ The Happier Homemaker, Jacque @ The DIY Village,Jocie @ OPC The Better Half, Courtenay @ Creek Line House, Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection, and Kelly @ View Along The Way


More building with these chickies.  Dang, they’re cute, too!


Got to hang with Jocie for a while and help out a little with the Longest Yard Sale for Habitat!

By this point… I was FLAT WORN OUT.

Like a Pancake.

A Gluten Free FLAT Pancake… 

On the way home, I had some Hardees. Nom. Nom. Nom.


And enjoyed my favorite stretch of road where the Sunflowers wave hello.


And goodbye.

I was glad to have had the opportunity to go…


but after 3 days away…  so glad to be home!

It was an overwhelming and incredible experience.  I literally forgot to take pictures with some of my very favorite bloggers. Shame, for shame!

Well, I guess there is next year, right?

Now.  What shall I build?


    1. Me, too, Melissa! It was so much fun, girl! You are a blast to hang with.

      We should totes not wait an entire year!!!

  1. Gwen….looks like you all had so much fun. Maybe even learned something. 🙂 I have been playing so much this summer – I haven’t been reading blogs as much. Hope you are doing great!

    1. I did, Holly! I’ve been pretty much playing all summer, too. Now it’s time to get to work!

      Hope you are doing well, my friend!

    1. I did, I did! I wish you had been there, for sho!

      I’m hoping I can go next year. I better get my fanny in gear and work it, baby!

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing these photos! I loved seeing everyone…especially you. I’m glad you had a fab time and I agree…it looks exhausting but way fun. Your business cards are awesome too!

    1. Oh, Ann! Thank you… It was fun, and overwhelming, and fun and exhausting!

      I can’t wait to meet you in person someday. It WILL happen!

    1. Me, too, girlie! You are as sweet in person as you are online!

      Thanks for letting me know about Sue! I had written her name down on a napkin and her blog, but the url is different… Oy Vey!

    1. You are so much fun, even with that little tag-a-long! Ha!

      It was so awesome to be able to hang out with you guys so much. SO AWESOME.

      Talking techie junk was amazeballs and so freakin’ helpful. Those conversations alone made the trip worth every. single. penny.

  3. It was AWESOME to hang with you there. Thank goodness we don’t have any pictures of our drunken craziness:)


    1. Haha! It was awesome hangin’ with you, girlie… but I can’t believe I didn’t get a snapshot with you. So fun!

    1. It was a blast! It’s so crazy meeting everyone and feeling like you know them already. What an age we live in!

      Can’t wait to meet you. Soon, I hope!

    1. Yo, meeting you wuz da bomb! I’m so glad it worked out and we had a chance to hang. You’re super-coolio, baby!

  4. Love that picture of you posing with the mitre saw! So glad we got to hang out so much. I can’t wait til next year when I can partake in all the part-ay-ing too!

    1. Hehehe… I love tools.

      I’m so glad we got to hang out a ton, too! You are so incredibly sweet… but I can’t wait to see you shake your goove-thang! I could see it in your eyes. 🙂

  5. Love to see these photos! At first I wondered ‘what the heck am I doing with my hands’ but then I remembered we were at that crazy Ryobi party and I was trying to ‘pump it up yo!!!’ haha!! Great post Gwen!

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