What happens when you gather 23 Hometalk-loving, hat-wearing, thrift-shopping, tea-drinking, Downton Abbey obsessed bloggers together?
Lots of fun, laughter and friendships.
We had a blast at the inaugural Hometalk N.C. Bloggers Meetup, held in Greensboro, N.C. on May 11.
We did some serious shopping. We stuck our pinkies in the air, drank tea and feasted at the lovely Deer Cottage. We imagined what would happen if Edith from Downton Abbey started a blog. (Be sure to check out the video for a good laugh!) We proved that blogging friends are real friends.
But if you like seashells and gold, brass, silver and metallic tones, then I have the perfect DIY project match for you: two super-easy techniques for gilding and gold leafing seashells. (You can use shells you find at the beach or the craft store!)
Call all N.C. Hometalkers! Join your favorite local bloggers for a fun day of thrifting and antiquing at the Hometalk N.C. Bloggers Meetup on Saturday, May 11.
If you're a blogger (or a fan of blogs), you're invited to join us for a day filled with thrifting and antiquing, wonderful food and great mingling. We'll begin with breakfast in the downtown Old Greensborough historic district at The Farmer's Wife, a fabulous antique store full of inspiration and unique finds.
Then, you'll have a few hours to browse the many great vintage and antique stores in downtown Greensboro, before we head to our next stop, where you'll find lots of high-low shopping options. Later, we'll hit an antique mall and experience southern hospitality at its finest at the home decor store, Total Bliss.
We'll end our day with at the lovely Deer Cottage, a picturesque English cottage that has been featured in Southern Living magazine, for a Downton Abbey inspired tea private tea party.
Visit hosts Suzy of Worthing Court (www.worthingcourt.blogspot.com) or Amy of Atta Girl Says (www.attagirlsays.com) for details and to register.
if you don't live in North Carolina, don't despair. There may be a Hometalk Meetup in your area. Just search for the hashtag #HometalkMeetup here on Hometalk to find out about other blogger and reader events planned.
When it comes to matters of the heart, it's not what you spend, but how you show it.
This heartfelt Valentine's Day gift set me back just $5 at the Dollar Store. I used plastic clothes line, metal wedding favor buckets, some ribbon and pretty wrapping paper to create a garland that is also a love note to my sweetheart. #ValentinesDay
You can find out exactly how I made it on my blog, AttaGirlSays.com
French grain sacks are hot in home decor right now. But I've not been able to put my hands on any authentic grain sacks for a price I liked. So, I used chalk paint (Annie Sloan Graphite
and Maison Blanche Paint Co. Hurricane) to create my own version on a pair of Queen Anne-style end tables. You can see the full transformation and tips on how to achieve this look at my blog, AttaGirlSays.com #Love2Repurpose