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Scenes from the South

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Brace yourself, this is one of those meeeeellion images posts cause I just gotta share.

Okay.  We haven’t taken a real hop-on-an-airplane family vacation in five years, so ever since we started planning the Haven Conference last year and ever since my brother and his family also moved to Savannah a year ago it made perfect sense to book a flight to Georgia with the whole family and spend the week. 

The trip was personally meaningful to me because my older brother who serves in the military is headed to the Middle East for six months in September so this was a real opportunity to spend time with him and his family before he departs for his tour of duty (so proud of him and our troops!).  Having spent the week, I shall have Georgia on my mind and in my heart forever and ever amen.   

We arrived at my brother and sister-in-law’s house in Savannah, and I haven’t seen them in over a year so it was instant hug/melt/hi y’all have a drink relaxation from the moment we walked in the door.  My sister-in-law who I adore is one of those gals who decorates her home with what she loves and doesn’t give a hoot about what’s in the latest shelter magazines and still her home has so much comfort and style because it’s all about the needs of her family and the things she loves.

sis house

I love that kind of decorating philosophy – it makes one feel instantly welcome. 

Our first night was spent on her screened porch which I totally failed to photograph, but imagine pretty white siding and stylish comfortable seating and plants in containers galore with a ceiling fan blowing you as you sip sweet tea and your cares melt away, and quite frankly it’s a little piece of heaven on earth. 

She made us fried green tomatoes and baked garlic cheese grits on our arrival, wow, such southern hospitality!

fried green tomatoes and grits

 

At daylight we headed to Fort Pulaski to give the kids an education! 

fort pulaski cannons

 

We adults also wanted to get a dose of Civil War history so we toured the Fort and learned a few things from this guide like how “invincible” Fort Pulaski fell in under two days due to a more advanced weaponry. 

tour of fort pulaski

 

We arrived in time to see the cannons fired – I made a little slide show for all of you who love history – I find Civil War history so fascinating and this was a definite highlight (which required covering your ears for the “boom”.) 

cannon fire

 

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HAVEN Conference: Ticket Giveaway

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Greetings all, can you believe 2011 is almost over?  Well 2012 brings great things, like the HAVEN Conference scheduled for June 21-22 in Atlanta.  HAVEN is a gathering of notable DIY and home bloggers from across the country, and is sponsored by big brands like Home Depot, Rust-Oleum, and Minwax to name a few.

haven button

I’ll be there with the rest of the Haven team and we have put together two days of fantastic workshops for you ~ it will all take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. 

There are some fabulous speakers and presenters you won’t want to miss, including our keynote John & Sherry from Young House Love, so for those of you who want to go, but haven’t bought your ticket yet, this is the giveaway for you! 

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment naming the one thing you’re looking forward to at Haven.  Is it to become a better blogger or more skilled DIYer?  To learn something new in the hands-on workshops?  Or simply to mix and mingle with your favorite bloggers? 

One winner only, chosen by Random.org.  Does not include travel or hotel expenses, only the ticket to the conference (a $199 value).  Giveaway ends Friday December 23rd at 8 p.m. PST.  

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to the winner #48 Barbara at 21 Rosemary Lane

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