Howdy-ho, folks, and greetings from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel (read: coolest, most gigantically huge hotel EVER) in Nashville, Tennessee!

Mandy and I are at the Blissdom blogging conference, chilling in our hotel room and attempting to recover from a day of traveling and eating too much.

But I have not wiped a bottom or a nose or a teary cheek since 10 AM, so you better believe that, with airplane butt and a too-full belly being my chief “worries,” I’m feeling pretty darn good.

Here Mandy and I are before boarding the plane:

mandy and me

(Don’t be fooled by the scarves and leafless tree in the background. The high was 85. *Melt*).

Here’s a quick shot of the scene last night at the opening night meet-and-greet:


(and this was just one little section)

LOTS of women/bloggers, LOTS of yummy food (cheesecake “shooters”…dang, those were good), and LOTS of business cards handed out (too bad that got pushed so far down the list this week that I didn’t get mine made. Five days…5 ways—they’ll totally remember that, right? Riiiiiight).


So, onto what you’re really here for:

Features from last week’s Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL and, of course, the party itself.

I’m keeping it short this week since it’s already late, and I plan to get as much kid-uninterrupted sleep this weekend as possible, so here are my top 3 faves from last week:

I’m not a particularly naturally organized person, but I am drawn to tidy spaces, especially practical ones—like this awesome pantry over at Domestic Imperfection. (That stenciled wall holds a special place in my heart since it’s the same pattern I used on the French doors in our living room). Ashley even shares the sources for her containers. Woot!

And as much as I love the organized look, I’m also VERY into pretty for sheer prettiness’s sake. Maybe a little something like this gorgeous Roses and Ruffles Pillow (with tute) from Woven Home.

Le sigh. (That’s as French Country as I get).

Oh, and speaking of roses (sort of), Hating Martha used melted spoons to make a fantastically whacky sculptural flower to jazz up a vase a la Anthropologie.

That’s it for this week’s features, but I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with this time around!

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And now it’s your turn again!

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If you’ve blogged about it, I want to see it!


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  1. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I’m glad you did; otherwise I might have missed out on your great blog! I’m now following you back. Have fun at the conference! Looks like a blast!

  2. Have a fun trip! My husband and I stayed at the Gaylord near Dallas a few months ago and it was amazing!!! Best. hotel. ever.

  3. Blissdom! How I’d love to be able to go … I only live 30 minutes away, and yes, the weather in the Nashville area has been so awesome! I only hope this doesn’t mean we don’t get a cold front crashing the party soon. The saying around here is, “don’t like the weather? Stick around ten minutes. It’ll change.” 🙂

  4. Take lots of pictures so we can live through them:-) I really wanted to go this year but it didn’t work out. A good friend and I have already decided we are for sure going next year!!!! It looks like so much fun! Thank you for hosting the fun party!!!

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