My 1st Swap Meet!

One of the first blogs that I started stalking following was Nesting Place. The Nester is amazing--full of beautiful, practical ideas for making a house into a home and her motto "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" must have been coined with control freaks like me in mind. So when a while back she tossed out the idea of a home decor swap meet at her house for any of us living in or around NC, I could not comment fast enough that I wanted in!

About 25 women, some bloggers, some not, met at her house last Saturday for the meet. We each brought 2-3 home decor items that we had lying around our house collecting dust. I won't give you all of the details of how it worked, because The Nester has it pretty well outlined in her latest post, but I'll tell you this--fun was indeed had by all! I got to meet Kimba and Jen, both of whom I follow in blogland. I also made new friends like, Kristi, Richella, and The Nester's sister, Emily.
(Photo: Me and The Nester)
And you know how sometimes you meet someone that you have admired from afar and they just don't measure up? Definitely NOT the case here--if anything I admire The Nester and will enjoy her blog that much more having met her. Her blog is so well put together and the pictures of her home that she shares so beautiful, that I was afraid I would be intimidated, but she greeted everyone at the door with a hug and called you by name--you just instantly felt welcome.

And I have to share this and hope that The Nester doesn't mind--at one point fairly early on, we were all standing around chit chatting and she made a comment about how she doesn't do well around
people and then later, as you can imagine with 25 people in a house, it got a little warm and she looked at me and asked if she had man-sweat running down her back, and I just had to laugh, she's as real as you and me and maybe she's got it all figured out--it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.

And oh, yeah, I got some "new" stuff for the house, too! Not sure yet where it is all going or if it will stay like it is or be painted, mod
podged, whatever, but stay tuned...
(Photo: My "new" stuff)


Shannon said...

that soundslike so MUCH FUN! I've never heard of it??!!

retdairyqueen said...

Sounds like fun I have never heard of it either but love the idea Will go have a look at Nesters blog

Mandi said...

Un-believable!! I was just scrolling through Nester's post and said, "Man, that looks like Stacie". I am SO JEALOUS!! Glad you had a great time! You know this means I am gonna wrangle you into going to Blissdom this year, right?

The Nester said...

Girl, it was such fun meeting you and I'm so glad that I didn't have man sweat yet. I think I did have it about 5 minutes later.

And oh that hot fudge sauce! I cannot wait to crack it open tonight after we have our pizza!

Heart you!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

It was so fun, wasn't it? You are a sweetheart and so glad that we got to meet IRL. ;)

kristi_temple said...

It was so nice to meet you and to get to know you. You are a sweetheart. I love those bugle treats you brought. The next time I go shopping, I am buying bugles. I need to post my pictures from the swap . . . maybe later. I can smell the sink from here.