Monday, February 8, 2010

What a week!

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Last week was one of those when I wondered if I could fit one more thing in – it started with my speaking engagements at the Indy Home Show…three days, two times a day. Whew! It was a new experience and I’m so glad I did it. I was so thrilled to meet so many of my readers there – I was honored you came out!

I had Thursday to pack both myself and the Bub for our weekends away, and by “I had Thursday” that meant I waited until 11:30 p.m.  on Thursday night to even start packing.

I started to get nervous about getting to Blissdom in Nashville earlier in the week – the weather was supposed to get downright nasty here by Friday morning. Watching the weather report Thursday night was NOT a good idea because it just sent me into a tizzy.

But we woke up Friday to no ice, decent temps, no snow. Huh. Then, just because someone up there thought it would be funny, the snow freakin’ blizzard started quite literally the minute I headed out to the airport.

My flight was delayed once, twice, three times, then four. The fourth time I called hubby and may or may not have cried. Just a little. Maybe.

I took off on my first flight at the exact time my connecting flight was heading to Nashville.  :) I got rebooked on a later flight, and after fastwalkingjoggingrunningsprinting to the gate, I was FINALLY on my way there!!!

I was so excited to meet the fellow “home” bloggers who were going to be at Blissdom and I have to tell you – it was like we had known each other for years. So completely comfortable, so easy. It was truly a joy and a blast to meet these lovely women (and one man named Kevin!)

Layla, me and AnNicole

(I swiped this one from Layla cause it’s way better than mine – they have some skills!)

We missed Harry Connick Jr.’s performance by minutes, because we had been gabbing so much.  :) But we found Beckie, Julia and Rhoda right away:

023AnNicole and I got in line to get a pic with Harry at the very last second and were the last one’s in!!! I still can’t find out how to find the picture, but when I get it, I’ll show you fo sho!!

Then we spent hours 30 minutes trying to find the Incourage party. (Have I mentioned the Opryland Hotel is MASSIVE?? And stunning.) We made some photo op stops along the way, then the Kimba, Kate and AnNicole couldn’t help but fluff some drapes:

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OK, they were just trying to figure out how to open the window, but you know us decorating girls. No window is safe!!

That first night I had the pleasure of just sitting down and talking with Kate, Rhoda, Kevin and Layla and AnNicole for HOURS. I learned SO much from them all, and had so much fun, especially seeing Rhoda (and Kevin!) laugh so hard they cried!  ;)

The next day I met more fantastic women – pictured here are AnNicole, Beckie, Julia and JJ:

029 Traci is just absolutely lovely. I mean, just a doll. And you know what? I knew she would be!:030 I finally met the Nester (I think you know which one she is!):


My friend Beckie and I have known each other for a while now, but I always love a chance to catch up with her:


We have a FUN event planned for next month that we hope to tell you about in the next week or so!

I met so many more wonderful people but don’t have pictures yet. It was an honor to share that time with them.

The last night, Kate, AnNicole and I decided we HAD to go experience the city of Nashville. We took off for the Wildhorse Saloon and chowed down on fried pickles:


OH dear LORD they were good.

Speaking of fried, have I mentioned that every. single. woman. I met was gorgeous and skinny? Like, I’m not even kidding. Gorgeous and skinny, skinny and gorgeous. What the ?! My booty has grown with blogging!! ;)

To work off the fried pickles, we learned how to line dance:


Can I tell you how fun Kate is? F.U.N.

And we couldn’t resist these:


Our big group of home bloggers got a picture together, and I’ll be on the lookout for that to share with you soon. We were just a teensy bit annoying when we passed 15 cameras to every person taking a picture.  ;)

My roomie was AnNicole from Our Suburban Cottage and although we have known each other for years, we had never met. She was lovely, beautiful, such a blast to hang with and she didn’t snore. YES!

Layla and Kevin created a mad lib video with some of us that is pretty dang funny – check it out here.

I am so beyond thrilled with the friendships that were created, and the knowledge I took away with me. I know have 20 new forever friends, and that is a blessing.

Now, it’s time to keep decorating! The help with the stairs hit another road bump, but I think there may be some progress today. I will show you the progress this week, no matter what!


  1. Oh my goodness gracious girlfriend, what fun we had ! We were all biting our nails waiting for you to arrive and so glad the storm didn't keep you from the event. You are the most fabulous inspirational savvy gal and I am honored to have met you. Big hugs to you always my dear.

  2. Oh how awesome are these pictures!
    You all look like you had so much fun. I wish I could have joined you all. Sigh...maybe next time.

    ~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

    PS What??? You are skinny and gorgeous!

  3. Looks like a blast! Wish I could have gone!

  4. Sarah,
    What a great post! It is so much fun re-living the weekend through each post I read. It just went by too quickly. If we are there together next year, I hope I get some more time to just "chat" with you. You make me smile!
    You are beautiful inside and out!

  5. Looks like so- much- fun!! I'm starting my piggy bank now for next year!! In case you're curious about the snow you almost got stuck in...

  6. Looks like so much fun!


    Maybe next year!!!

  7. What?! You are skinny and gorgeous too my dear. And super intelligent, genuine, hilarious, etc. etc. I had with you.

    Oh...and the photo of us messing with the drapes cracked me up. If one of us had whipped out our glue gun you might have had to intervene :).

    That was seriously THE. BEST. TIME. EVER!!!! I only wish I couldn've joined you all on Saturday night. :-( Your pics were so fun! :-)


  9. So many of my favorite home decorating bloggers in one place... *le sigh* I would have liked to have just gone & hung out to see if any of your crafty mojo would have rubbed off on me. Great pictures! Glad to hear you had a good time.

  10. I'm so glad you made it to BlissDom, Sarah! The party wouldn't have been the same without you, I'm sure. I'm a little jealous, I'll admit, but it was good for me to be home for my husband's birthday. Priorities, Richella. Priorities.

    Speaking of priorities, the Super Bowl was definitely one of ours this weekend. We had a party for about 50 people. And would you believe some of them were SAINTS fans? Sheesh. It was not a pretty night. The food was good, so we had fun, but the game was heartbreaking. Did you make it home in time to watch?

    Well. Onward and upward. I look forward to seeing your stair progress. I actually made some progress in one of my stairwell walls today--stop by if you get a chance!

    Take care!

    P.S. You are awfully darn photogenic. What are you talking about the other women being skinny and gorgeous? Just what are you??

  11. So glad you made it--better late than never! Wish I had more time to talk to you, though--the time flew by so fast. These are some great photos. Mine were pretty lousy, so I'll have to steal some of yours. Ha.

    Loved your recap! :-)

  12. I'm excited about this post because I'm new to blogging and now I can check out all those other homey blogs that you just linked to!

  13. Looks like you all had a great time, even with the delays. Can't wait to see what is going on with stair renovation.

  14. OMG I would die if i were in there, so many of my awesome heroines all in one room!

  15. LOL, Nester and I tied up the drapes in the cocktail party so we could get a better view of Harry. We have no fear of redecorating the hotel for our convenience. It is all about us.

    Such a pleasure to meet you (you are ADORABLE!) and all of the other home bloggers (yes, um, totally beautiful and skinny home bloggers, I'm a lot bigger since becoming a blogger, eh hem).

    We could use our OWN CONFERENCE. Just sayin' it wasn't nearly long enough for us to chat!


  16. Mkay, I've seen pics of you on all 57663 Blissdom recaps and you are just as skinny and gorgeous as the rest!!! :)

    Glad you had a good time. I'm saving for next year. I'd love to meet you someday. :) The story of the saloon made my mind up!

  17. Looks likes you all had a lot of fun!
    sandy toe

  18. Well, even tho I didn't get to really meet you or chat w/you, it's fun having your pix on my blog! Blissdom was great and it looks like you had a wonderful time! Next time! xo

  19. Looks like a wonderful time! And you all look gorgeous!

  20. So fun to see all the Blissdom pics and even more fun to see you live and talking on Layla's video!

  21. So glad to see that you had a wonderful time at Blissdom!! =)

    I left you some sunshine on my blog.... =)


  22. So guys look like you had a blast. I blog stalk all of you. Layla's video cracked me up. Love your blog. ~Heather R.

  23. Man, it sounds like so much fun. I wish I could have been there, mostly to see if everyone would be as I've pictued them from their blogs!

  24. Oh my...aren't the fried pickles delicious?! Love them! Glad you enjoyed Nashville. And don't worry about getting lost at the hotel, I live in Nashville, and have been there more times than I can count and STILL get lost everytime. Even when I got married there...still got lost! :)

  25. Hey, sarah! Wasn't it a blast?! So glad you made it in with all the weather scare. Had so much fun hanging out with you all & you're so much fun. So real & down to earth, just like I knew you would be. The best part was the friendships we all made, the connections. Nothing better!

  26. Hi Sarah! Those pics are great! It's so cool to see you all together having so much fun!
    You look so great! Looking forward to your next projects!

  27. You guys all look wonderful! I read on one blog that there was some bull riding, that wasn't you was it Sarah? Was it :)

  28. You fit right in with the skinny gorgeous girls!

    How fun to look through all these Blissdom pictures and see my necklaces popping up everywhere. Love that!

    Wish I could've gone! Maybe next year...


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