Wednesday, December 21, 2011

17 IHeart a Humble Blogger Meet and Greet Recap

The first ever IHeart a Humble Meet and Greet has already come and gone!

I personally think that it was a pretty perfect evening.  I was so excited to get to meet some of my local readers in person!  I really wish I could do it more often!  Such lovely gals!  Thank you endlessly to those who stopped by!

We met at a local Goodwill to scour for some thrift store goodies.  I think I spent more time being chatty than actually digging, which was totally cool with me since I was in such good company!

I didn't snap too many pictures, but we thought it would be funny to grab the most interesting "what NOT to buy" thing we could find in the store and have a complete stranger take our photo.

I was actually excited about my find, it was a wall plaque exactly like one I had in my room as a child.  Mom, this is for you:

Seriously though, such a fun group of gals! I am already counting the days until the next meet and greet can occur!  Next time, it won't be over a holiday and you will got much more notice so more of you will be able to make it out!

Some lovely ladies scored big time!  I am so excited to see what they come up with in the "Trash to Treasure" challenge that I posed.

Wait, what?  A challenge?  That's right.  I put these ladies to work!  Everyone who came out to visit was given a task.  We all found one thing in the store to make-over, and then we will share all of our before and afters within a post right here on the blog!  Time for us to get creative and crafty with our Goodwill finds!  {To those participating, all project details and photos will be due by Saturday, January 21st}.

And even if you couldn't stop by in person on Tuesday night, no worries, you can still join in the fun!  Monday, January 23rd, I will be hosting a Trash to Treasure link party, in which I will share our projects and encourage you to do the same!  So pop into your local thrift store{s} and find something good that you can make better, and be ready to share it with us!  It can be anything for organizing, for the home or even to wear.  The point is to be creative and crafty and have a good time!  I can't wait to see what you all come up with, I have a feeling there are going to be some pretty fabulous makeovers!

Here is what I have to work with for this challenge:

A wooden tray that was originally $2.99 but I got it for 50% off because it was seasonal decor.  So I paid $1.61 after tax.  I am so excited to get started on it!

Anyone working on a thrift store makeover as we speak?  What has been your most prized thrifty find to date and why?  And to you sweet gals that I was able to meet on Tuesday, feel free to pop over an email so we can stay in touch, and to let me know what you thought of the meet and greet along with any ideas/suggestions you have for the next time around! 


  1. What a fun night! I'm excited about the challenge, mostly to see how Amanda works her magic on her project! It was great chatting with you and I look forward to doing it again.


  2. It was so great to meet you! You were exactly how I thought you would be..Fun, cute, bubbly and down to earth. I am up for the challange and can't wait to get started!

  3. I love your blog - it is so inspirational. What a great idea to grab "what not to buy" for your photo! It looked like a fun evening.

    I linked an inspirational tidbit from my own blog, which I am just getting started - a short post for "Brilliant Women."

  4. Aw, how fun! Sounds like a great time. And I had a plaque like that with my name on it too - haha!

  5. Looks like you ladies had some fun! The challenge sounds exciting : )

  6. ahhhh I wish I could have been there!!!! =) And that's your goodwill? omg its actually CUTE! ours is itty bitty and has the exact same items everytime I visit it BUUUT i'll still be on the lookout for something fun for your party!

    Hope you and the fam have a Merry Christamas!!!

    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

  7. Looks like everyone had a blast! Looking forward to seeing how the challenge projects turn out.

  8. Too funny!! I had that plaque, too, from my Gramma. Don't remember what my verse was, in fact I'd totally forgotten about that gift. I wonder where mine ended up? Goodwill is a good bet!

  9. How incredibly fun!! I'm so excited to see what all of the projects look like. And I have to admit, that I probably WOULD buy that giant pear in your photo of "What Not to Buy". I'd spray paint it white and stick it on a shelf. But then again, I have a weakness for pears. :)

  10. I wish I lived near by to join! I haven't found many bloggers in my neck of the woods. :o/

  11. Oh my gosh! I had the exact same plaque in my room when I was little too! It was like stepping back in time...wish I was local to you I would have come out. :) haha Glad you girls had fun!

  12. How fun! Can't the challenge - I have made over many thrift store finds and I love seeing before and after pictures of what other people have created!

    Sarah from The House That Ag Built

  13. It was very fun to meet you (*and* everyone else as well}!!

    I've already purchased supplies to fix up my find from the night! :)



  14. My favorite find/make-over from a Goodwill were some wooden 80's bar stools. I spray-painted the chair white and re-covered the chair pad with a clearance pillow case from Pottery Barn. They look absolutely stunning in my kitchen!

  15. Oh my goodness! My mom just gave me that SAME plaque, but with "Kristen" on it! It was in my room growing up. Yep, it's in the trash. Didn't think Goodwill would take it! ha!

  16. Hi Jen! I just ran across your blog again (randomly) from your pinterest post on the cute earring holder. I realized you were the same girl from the meet and greet :) I didn't know about our challenge from goodwill! -oops! Anyway, just thought I'd say hi, I'm now "officially" following you. Have a great night!

  17. @Chrissy! Glad you found me! It's not to late to participate {we may have decided on the challenge after you left}. If you didn't find anything that night, you can still make over any thrift store find and submit it to me by Saturday, January 21st to



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