July 21, 2015

Shopping Atlanta And The Haven Conference

I'm back and I had so much fun shopping Atlanta and attending the Haven Conference!


I flew up from Orlando on Tuesday with Sherry from No Minimalist Here (The perfect travel companion).   Since the Haven Conference did not start until Thursday afternoon we got our shopping on. 

First stop was the Ballard outlet


Then on to the downtown historic district of a little town called Roswell...Not the alien town, that's Roswell New Mexico!  Loaded with gift and antique stores.

....Time for lunch at a wonderful French restaurant called Roswell Provisions



The best quiche I've ever had 


Then Thursday morning we shopped a cool vintage decorator store called Kudzu & Company





Then on To the Haven Conference on Thursday afternoon

We checked in at the Grand Hyatt and then met all of the bloggers at a meet and greet in the gardens


Complete with drinks and appetizers...The conference included just about all of our meals...Breakfasts, snacks, lunches and evening get togethers with heavy appetizers.  Ryobi even sponsored a full coffee bar for the entirety of the conference.....YUM

The days were jam packed with sessions of your choosing 

Modern Masters painting class

Here's a list of the sessions I attended

How to make Facebook work for you
Learn from Modern Masters
Ad revenue
Power and Profit of branding your blog
An inbox of opportunity-Newsletters
Making money with affiliates
Google analytics

There was also sessions on photography, videos, woodworking, treasure hunting, instagraming, and Many more.


Before and after the sessions I visited all of the amazing vendors booths showing the latest in everything ranging from floor coverings, to new paints, counter tops, tools and furniture.

Along the way I picked up all of the samples and gifts that each sponsor and vendor generously gave away at their booths or in the swag bags.  This is just a sampling and more gifts and samples are coming in the mail! 


I came home with one HUGE suitcase filled with gifts and all sorts of goodies I can't wait to try


Saturday there was an inspirational closing session where even more gifts were given away in a drawing.....I didn't win


The conference ended Saturday night with bloggers kicking up their heals at the dance party.


This was a fun and informative conference.  It was run like a well oiled machine and the attention to detail was phenomenal!  I learned so much and enjoyed meeting and mingling with like mined people and connecting with companies that support and understand the value of bloggers.   

I know you would enjoy attending.   This is an annual conference for seasoned and newbie bloggers alike.

Since there are no secrets at The Polka Dot Closet here is the price breakdown (just the Haven portion, not the pre-trip) in case you want to save your pennies for next years Haven Conference.

$300 Conference fee
$250 Airfare...Save if you drive
$498 Hotel room....Save by sharing a room
$25 food not included in conference........
......The whole experience...PRICELESS!

Happy Creating
Carol

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July 9, 2015

A Bag For The Haven Conference

If you need me next week I will be at.......




 ......The Haven Conference in Atlanta


My blogging friend Sherry asked if I would be interested in joining her at the Haven Conference.   I met Sherry through blogging and when she moved to Florida I met her in person.  My son always refers to my blogging friends as my "Imaginary" friends....Well, Sherry and I are real friends now!

   Many of you know Sherry through her popular decorating blog No Minimalist Here . 


Sherry lived in Atlanta so she knows the area well.  We will be flying to Atlanta a few days before the conference to shop antique and outlet stores.......How fun will that be!


Then we will spend 3 days at the Haven Conference meeting other bloggers and going to sessions on blogging, diy, photography, and decorating....Along with Eating, drinking, and being Merry!    


 Now, a girl needs a special bag for a special event so, I made a Haven Bag


I pulled out some trim and doilies


And using TAP paper 


I printed out the graphics on my ink jet printer


My bag is ready to go


I'll be back soon to tell you all about our and adventures and share the great tips I pick up at the conference.

Happy Creating
Carol

June 24, 2015

Inside The Polka Dot Flea


Inside the Polka Dot Flea

On the last post I showed you the behind the scenes set up of the Polka Dot Flea....





Now, lets go inside the Polka Dot Flea 


Before the crowd rushes in.....





























This is my booth...I had a sweet blogging friend Amy help me mind my booth.  I'm actually contemplating not having a booth next year.  The last two years I've been stretched to thin planning and running the whole Polka Dot Flea and doing all that is involved in having a booth.  This is a really tough decision, since the whole reason I started the Polka Dot Flea was to have a place I could sell my Polka Dot Closet wares at an indoor air conditioned venue......Funny how things workout!  I had no idea how much fun it would be organizing and promoting a show and a girl can only do so much....Ah, the twists and turns life takes!    




I loved the use of old doilies Blue Betty used around the edge of her tent



Photos courtesy of 
Me (Mine are the crummy ones)

We had the Best of the Best Vendors who went over the top building great displays and booths.  They were all so friendly and outgoing.....Making the Polka Dot Flea a festive party like weekend.


I can't wait to show you MORE PHOTOS.....Stay tuned!

Happy Creating
Carol