Haven Conference


First off, we’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to leave us a comment on our blog this past weekend. As with every post we publish that receives comments, we feel so humbled that you would take the time to stop by and leave a message for us to find. Kev and I are sensitive creatures, and your messages have a way of touching to the very core of our beings. The encouragement and comfort we feel from them means more to us than you’ll ever know, and we’d like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for embedding your energy and spirit into the pages of this e-journal of ours. The story wouldn’t be the same without you!

And speaking of blog readers & writers getting together for a good time…

Who wants to win a ticket to the Haven Conference?!

Haven is happening in Atlanta, (June 21-22, 2012) and I had the esteemed pleasure of designing their little paint roller logo for them last year. At the time, I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to attend the conference, but it looks like not only are we going to be able to go, Kev and his photography-biz partner, Josh, will also be hosting two sessions on Beginner Photography while we’re there, too! Fun!

Here’s the low-down on what the Haven Conference is all about…

Haven Conference is a place to celebrate your DIY spirit. You’ll find hands-on sessions led by fellow DIY bloggers who will share their knowledge on subjects such as painting furniture, shooting photography, and using power tools. For those looking to learn more about the business side of blogging, there will be sessions on topics that include social media, and how to monetize your blog. Most importantly, Haven Conference will be a place of encouragement. There will be time set aside to mingle with one another and share DIY stories. The DIY/home blogging community is a special place, and we encourage you to form connections with those in it so you can walk away feeling refreshed and inspired!

Up for grabs is one ($199) FREE ticket to Haven. (Ticket winner will be responsible for travel fees to and from Atlanta) The conference will start at 8:00am (ET) on Thursday, June 21 and end at 11:00pm (ET) on Friday, June 22, 2012. It’ll be held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Perimeter hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, and the hotel is offering folks attending the conference a discounted rate of $89/night.

If you’d like to throw your name in the virtual hat for a chance to win the ticket, leave one comment on this blog post and we’ll randomly select a winner on Wednesday  (February 22, 2012) at 8:00am (Central Time).

Good luck, and hope to see you at Haven!

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  1. Susan says

    I am interested in blogging and I think this would be a good place to get the info necessary to make a go of it.

  2. Jennifer says

    I would love to the conference. My husband and I are DIYers and love your blog!

  3. Tiffany says

    I have recently relocated from my beach haven back to the city. I have a smaller space, limited budget and I need to find ways to make it just as cozy and homey as my last place. This conference would do it for me! Pick me!! :)

  4. Erika Holmes says

    I would love love love to go! I am trying to learn more about this whole world of blogging!!!! And I def need tips about photography!

  5. Sondra says

    I would love to attend Haven! Thank you for the chance to win a ticket! And congrats to Kevin and Josh for launching their site soon and teaching classes at the conference.

  6. Patti T says

    Oh…hope it’s me…I have a reservation for a room but haven’t registered for the conference yet because it’s so far away.

  7. Jackie says

    I would absolutely love to go to the Haen conference, but if you choose me, I think Iwouldhave to give my ticket to Natalie Larkens. She was one of the first commenters to ask for her name to be selected. She mentioned that she was new to where she’s living and doesn’t know anyone and also her husband was overseas. As a new bride to a Marine, I, too, went from place to place not knowing anyone. I think that if back then (it was a loooong time ago) there was such a thing as connecting with people through the internet and blogging, it would have been so much better. Thank God for technology! (most of the time). Still, I think she sounds lonely and would love to go to the conference.
    Thank you Kevin and Layla for inspiring me!

  8. says

    I’d love to go to Haven! Plus I only live about an hour from Atlanta, so it’s kind of in my backyard this time around!

    P.S. I usually read your posts in Google Reader, so I just noticed the social media links on the bottom of your post. Precious!

  9. says

    I’ve been considering going to Haven, but I don’t think it’s financially possible for me right now. I’d LOVE the chance to win a ticket, though! Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. says

    I would be beyond thrilled to get a ticket. I have so much to learn and it would be such a great experience and opportunity to meet like minded folks. Thanks for the chance.

  11. says

    I would love, love, LOVE to attend this conference. I am a complete whack-job at DIY, putting it above less important things – like laundry and cooking! And do you know what I’d like to learn about blogging? How to stop writing the blog posts in my head and start writing them on the flipping computer! So, um, pick me random generator!

  12. jess says

    I would love to win the ticket. I am hoping to attend the conference
    and it would help with the finances since I am out here in Colorado.
    Yee Hah!! I am considering blogging and need photography lessons.

  13. Tina Byford says

    I would be super excited if I got to go the Havn Conference! It has such an awesome lineup of speakers !! I hope I win!!

  14. Mary Helen says

    I would love to have the chance to go. It’s always fun to get new ideas from others and share your own!

  15. Ami says

    Oh how awesome would it be to go to haven!! I’m from Atlanta!!! So I already have a place to stay!! Haaaa! Just saying!!

  16. says

    I would love to win a ticket to Haven! I have been reading so many of the featured bloggers blogs and you have all inspired me to create my own blog. There is so much I want to learn and I really would love the opportunity to meet the bloggers I already consider friends!

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  18. Leigh Anderson says

    I LOVE your blog! So inspiring. I am going to make the trip with my Mom to Haven from Nebraska this summer. So exciting! A free ticket would make it even better… if that is possible. Thank you for your ideas and creativity! Leigh

  19. says

    I would LOVE to go to Haven and attend Kevin’s photography sessions! I’ve been checking his site-in-progress to see when its ready to go. Y’all were the first blog I ever followed, and your posts have brought joy and inspiration and a healthy dose of laughter for a few years now. I’m so thankful I accidentally found you back then.
    Thanks and love!

  20. Aly says

    Sounds like a neat event! I had never heard of it before. I always love getting new ideas and learning new things, esp. when it comes to DIY. Talk to my husband…if it weren’t for money and time holding me back, I would have torn down walls and redone our home months ago! I would love a chance to go!

  21. Jenny Willey says

    Thank you for doing this! I “haven”‘ ‘t had the opportunity to attend anything like this, thank you for doing what you do! :) Love you guys and your blog, keep up the good work! :)

  22. DEB FINN says

    If I got lucky and won a ticket I would give it to my sister who lives
    in Georgia and is a very talented imaginative lady who could
    be crowned the Queen of DIY in our family.

  23. Cassie says

    I would love to go to Haven! What a great opportunity to learn from people that are just as passionate about DIY!