I am not going to write a long post about my time at the Haven Conference this past week. I know many of my readers are not bloggers…so they don’t really “care” much to hear about it all (and for those who are bloggers who may have wanted to go but couldn’t…could get annoying seeing all these post in blogland about how fabulous is was. But I wanted to list a few things about the conference just so you know what it was all about…


1. Driving alone to Atlanta gave me plenty of time to sing at the top of my lungs. (hey, I just met you…and this is crazy…so here’s my number….call me maybe…I could go on..shall I? Ok, I will spare you my entire playlist.) It was very fun actually.

2. Bloggers are incredibility funny, sweet and oh so creative. I enjoyed meeting them in person and talking “shop”. Most matched up perfectly with their blogs…others not as much. But all around…a fabulous group of woman.

3. I got to build with Ana White…and better yet when she called me up to help she said “and you are Cleverly Inspired”…say what Ana…huh, seriously girl you don’t read my little blog…to which she responded…huh yes, where do you think I get my inspiration. (I know she probably was foolin me…but I don’t care…I love her. ) She is sweet, kind, generous..and a true craftswoman of woodworking.



1. Haven 2013 is a whole year away. Boo…

2. Sherry and Katie cannot come over and have coffee and let the kids play in the backyard while we mull over fabrics for our next project. I adored meeting Katie Bower and her bff Sherry. Geniune, classy, hilarious and kind are all ways I would describe them.

3. Haven is over…and now it is back to laughing with each other only online. I hope to meet my Kentucky girls soon to rehash all the Haven goodness.

Ana & Cleverly Inspired (800x533)

(thanks to Kim at Sand and Sisal for shooting this pic…it really did happen, ha! Kim…you rock!)

Special shout out to Jessie and Chelsea (my roomies)…how lucky that we got to hang out and laugh?!? Also to my home girl Traci….where is our picture girlfriend??? You are one of the sweetest people I know. The ladies from East Coast Creative –Monica and Jess…so great dining with you and chatting..also Beckie…you are a gem!

I met so many great people that I now consider friends. Can’t wait to meet up again! Thanks to the Haven team for all your hard work!!!

If you want to learn more about Haven and see some post about it…head over to Southern Hospitality today!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Great recap! It was so fun to finally meet you in person!!! :-D

  2. Unfortunately, we didn’t meet you at the conference, but I enjoyed reading your recap of it My husband and I attended because we blog together. We had a ball and are looking forward to next year’s event. Hope to meet you then.

  3. Great pros and cons! :) I have no idea why we didn’t meet – other than there were so many blog friends, so little time and a huge crowd! There’s always next year and until then, I’m glad we can keep in touch through blogging!

  4. This post is so fun! I love your ‘moment’ with Ana. I had similar moments, mind blowing when someone I love is like ‘oh, I know your blog’. Say what?!?! Glad we had a chance to meet. I’ve started the count down until next year already. :)

  5. I think this is my first time visiting your blog, but it’s beautiful! I love the layout!! Loved reading your recap!

    p.s. LOVE that song!!

  6. Fun recap, Tracie. :) I am so glad I got to meet you, even if I was distracted with the sickie kid at home. :( You were so much fun, and I hope we get to know each other better at Haven 2013!

  7. You are darling! I am with you, it feels weird giving a recap to so many non-bloggers and to those who didn’t go. I liked your approach :)

  8. Aw, you’re so sweet! It was so much fun meeting you! I had a blast! Haven 2013 can’t come soon enough!


  9. We are so sad we didn’t go to Haven! We’re new bloggers & didn’t know there were fun events like this to go to – great recap. xxoo, Liz

  10. I so wish we could have met! I love your recap! Until next year… :)

  11. What a great recap, Tracie! Thanks for the shout out. :) Haven was definitely a blast!

  12. Cindy * Daisies & Crazies

    Hold on a cotton pickin’ minute! I’m in one of your photos! With Beckie at Ana White’s session. I am super famous now, like Charlize Theron. (or not like that)

  13. Have you heard anything about a Haven 2013?? I reallllly want to go! I went to BlogHer 2012 this year, and it was not DIY-based at all. In fact, I only met one other DIY/craft blogger, out of, like, 4000 bloggers! Crazy! Anything you’ve heard yet?

    Thrift Diving

    1. HI there! I haven’t heard yet…but you can follow on twitter and Facebook for annoucements. Haven Conference on facebook, and on twitter @Haven2012 ….:)

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