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Meet the Winner

We are proud to announce the winner of Blog Cabin 2011. Please read our exclusive Q&A to learn more about Carol Livingston and her plans for the future.

I’d like to thank everyone who particpated in our People’s Choice voting and entered for a chance to win this gorgeous Chesapeake Bay home. Keep checking this blog for more details on our 2012 home.

  • Posted at 11:10 am on November 11, 2011
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  1. 12:45 p.m. Eastern, and over half the day gone, Mary. Hoping you are refocusing your attention, now, to us lost and hungry little birdies (according to LLColeman, I think it is). I already feel like the Dickens–er, "please ma'am can I have some more?" Doesn't matter which character name is plugged in where I typed "I", Mary. By now, we are LEGION…" We REALLY <3 and miss you!

    "OOooooooooooooooooo…it's………been such a long, long ti..i..i-i-ime! ..And I …can't…….get you o..o..fff of ..my…mind" (old 70s R & B) you probably weren't even born then! But I bet some of us Posters know this song! B) Please don't make us sing "Monday! Monday! Can't trust that day!" –again ?! :*<3 Kitty

    DwnSoDwnEaster on December 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm
  2. Hi Blog Cabin Friends! With all the continuous talk on this year and other years of Blog Cabin, I came across an interesting paper which I think says it all. google: 1 Robert Gehl "Building a Blog Cabin in a Financial Crisis" -MIT (its food for thought) :-)

    Heading South on December 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm
    • lol.

      LLColeman on December 6, 2011 at 4:28 am
    • BnB and I read that paper a few years back. Interesting!! It helped someone get their PhD.

      Clive on December 6, 2011 at 11:24 am
  3. Almost 4 p.m. Eastern, and well over half the day gone, Mary. Hoping you are refocusing your attention, now, to us lost and hungry little birdies (according to LLColeman, I think it is). I already feel like the Oliver Twist (I dare not name the Author for I think when I last wrote his name, It got me zapped by Admin?)–er, "please ma'am can I have some more?" Doesn't matter which character name is plugged in where I typed "I", Mary. By now, I / we are LEGION…" We REALLY <3 and miss you!

    Here's a singing telegram to YOU! Sing along, if you're an old timer and remember it: "Oooooo…It's…been such a looong…long ti…ii..iii..iime…and I can't….get….you….off of my mind…." Mary you're too young to remember this though this beautiful R & B song holds true for our feelings about you (well, at least THAT line! :) )

    And then there's "Monday! Monday! Can't trust that Day!" Mary it's Monday and it's December Month of Goodwill to all…! xD

    DwnSoDwnEaster on December 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm
    • OK. More entertainment. We need something. Anyone else have song lines that "express our feelings" Need to get it all out? Well, maybe therapy's just the cat's meowwwwwooooo!

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 7, 2011 at 11:32 am
  4. Cabin Cams would be great so we could see the demo, like we did on BC 2010…Please…or is it too late.

    vicki_in_Utah on December 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    • Vicki I have a feeling the Knickerbocker group has already transformed the blog cabin Maine in a significant way. I'm most curious to know if that rear chimney was taken down, if any segment of the roof was "popped" to allow for a greater ceiling height on the second floor, or if anything was built in place of the "L" shaped addition that was removed due to being dilapidated. Absolutley we also need to know if cabin cam inside + out will be back by popular demand!

      Mel on December 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm
    • o.0 Are Posters still popular with DIY, I'm starting to wonder? We sure have tried graciously, with humor and not too much no-no-ing… Cabin cams could help speak for Mary and Knickerbocker. Hellooooo! :p
      If this is "Blog Cabin" then can we er, B_L_O_G??? PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE? ^_^

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm
  5. Are we really living an episode of LOST! Either they went to an island and disappeared or we have???o.0
    I really cannot understand this lack of communication? Not healthy for a blogo.0
    I feel very abandoned :( WILLLLLLSONNNNN! do you have the floor plans?

    ruffybc on December 6, 2011 at 10:16 am
    • ruffy–verily we are sorely abandoned orphans in a storm……aren't you glad we still have the emoticons ? I hope this blog does not get overhauled like the HGTV blogs were. :$

      LLColeman on December 7, 2011 at 1:38 am
    • :Syes, LL:S:(<3

      ruffybc on December 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    • I agree! As the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words…"

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm
  6. Now that Mary has gotten the HGTV Dream Home tour posted and the new blogs set up for all of the HGTV homes, how about some floor plans for the DIY Blog Cabin Occupiers!!! I'm starting to feel like the "poor country cousin" and I know that Watson took offense when someone said that about this blog. Anytime now, please.

    SweetLiz on December 6, 2011 at 11:39 am
  7. Some of us are preparing for holidays….lots of cookies to bake and decorating of our homes.

    Trish on December 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    • Haven't even started….:|

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 7, 2011 at 11:25 am
    • You can't tell from the outdoors; however, indoors…another story. Then, we'll take down the tree before our company arrives. We need the room vs. the tree. I typically like to keep the tree up through mid January. It's just not convenient THIS year. We had to take the leaf out of the table to make space for the tree. We have our decorated boxes under the tree. NO gifts in them…just lovely packages. lol Hub's pkg is too big to put under the tree without tripping on it. And I've not gone to the home improvement store to purchase it….yet.

      Trish on December 7, 2011 at 11:53 am
    • You have me roaring here, Trish! Maybe getting and decorating a small, Norfolk pine tree would cover both bases? I've had to do that before. Then you have a lovely potted plant the rest of the year. make it a gift to yourself? <3

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm
  8. Good Morning Everyone, it's a beautiful day here on the east coast of Florida , it will get up to low 80's today, but I will spend my day inside, decorating for the Holidays. My house is turned upside down, I'm taking the Fall decorations down and the Christmas deco is going up………." I don't know if I'm coming or going". I'm up to my neck in boxes and containers……..HELP!!!!
    I say every year, I'm not going to put up as much as the year before, but before you know it, I've done it again, I do love decorating and I always trying to make everything Cheery and Festive for my Family….
    I keep checking back everyday wishing for good news—that we have a new thread, a Blog from Mary, Camera Cams installed, best of all "The Floor Plans" but sadly, Nothing, as I have said before, I think
    Mary is going to wait till January, to give us anything new. I was hoping she would surprise us and prove
    me wrong. We would love that……….
    .I just wish she would let one of her Assistants give us an update, if she's not available. It would only take 5min. for an update…I know she must think about us, You Know, the Bloggers who are dedicated to the BC, who are on THIS THREAD and waiting like a bunch of "cute" little puppies, wanting to be fed. PLEASE FEED US……. Isn't that a sad, but "cute" picture, but it's true, lets face it, we are really, really … HOOKED
    ON THE BLOG CABIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!………

    Jennie/Florida on December 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    • OOPS, didn't proof read… that is ..I'm always trying to make everything cheerful

      Jennie/Florida on December 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    • We could phone up DIY's office and whine like puppies………no words, just to unnerve them.

      LLColeman on December 7, 2011 at 1:57 am
    • And have your phone number on record to be kicked out when you try to enter for the next prize? Not me….How 'bout paw prints on postcards with no return addresses? BTW….if those appear….I did not send one….just submitted the idea. OK , halo in need of a little shine and readjusted. lol

      Trish on December 7, 2011 at 11:56 am
    • LOL! LOL!;)

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm
  9. Clive & Ruffy your comments made me remember a certain episode of Indoors Out. Ha Ha, yes I'm cheerleading for D&D again! I'm not so big on gazebos but say pergola or pavilion and I'm listening. This episode had the best pavilion EVER , tricked out with double islands, a fireplace and an outdoor TV. Bring me a cot and mosquito net and I'd never leave. Take a look at what they built and prepare your eyes for eye-ectasy! This space is so beautiful http://www.diynetwork.com/videos/pool-and-pavilio

    Mel on December 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm
    • Sign me up! When I win the lottery, Dean & Derek are hired!

      LLColeman on December 7, 2011 at 1:55 am
    • LOL! :) LLColeman they really are masters at what they do.
      I'd hire them in a NY minute if I had the $$$$

      Mel on December 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm
    • Take away some of the "bells and whistles" (TV And expensive cook station) make it just a bit deeper (front to fireplace) and park it on my patio. With MN winters, the extra depth means a bit less shoveling to enjoy the outdoor fire all winter. No TV, means actually visiting with one another (but some background music would be okay) and I cook on the deck, so the extra space for another chair would be helpful. Make it a real wood burner and remove the fireplace doors so we can enjoy the aroma and the heat; yep, I'd be all set.

      DGustaf on December 7, 2011 at 9:29 am
    • Don you made me wonder if we should ask for a heated stone patio, and pavilion floor. It is quite luxurious to think of the patio/pavilion area still warm enough to use in winter, also it should nix the problem of snow removal from these outside areas. Of course I remembered the Indoors Out show where they installed radiant heating under an outside stone floor. :) They filmed this in DC and during the shoot it started snowing. I've seen this used in patios installed in the Colorado area as well. So far we have probably came up with suggestions TRIPLING the outdoor budget allowed for D&D, but DIY has had us staring at the outside of BC Maine for so long it's really all I'm motivated to talk about! If you want to see how the radiant heat outdoor stone patio looked here is snipet of the show http://www.diynetwork.com/videos/heated-outdoor-s

      Mel on December 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    • Never thought about a heated floor for an outdoor space, but then again, I never needed one. I've sat around outside fire pits in below zero temps and had to kick off my boots due to the quality of the coals. A heated floor could have it's advantages, but I'm not completely sold yet; it may take a bit of time to absorb it.

      The idea of an outdoor fireplace with some shelter for those enjoying a fire in late season conditions just seems so right, and I hope it happens at BC 2012.

      DGustaf on December 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm
    • Not sure I'm sold on those floors either.. But an outdoor pavilion with fireplace, at least 2 large cooking pots–1 for lobster/ shellfish and one for corn on the cob; and a grill for steaks with rotisserie and smoker capability for large groups, good counter space for food prep; and, an ice-maker; good storage deep large stainless steel sink; also, large, enclosure for seasonal storage of fishing/clamming equipment; kayaks, other boats, such as canoe and dinghy. Additionally, storage for several life vests. I would personally remove a TV in the pavilion and give to charity. It would just be a luxury unneeded and intrusive, in terms of relationships, communication, and intellectual stimulation–all of which are typical to many,many Mainers. B)

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm
    • "Now that's the way, unh huh–unh huh! The way I like it! Unh huh! Unh huh!" Darn-ing! can't recall the pop/rock group but Don, that's how I like it : SIMPLE Cook station is BBQ grill/smoker, and place for deep fried fish and boiling huge pot of lobster. and additional cooking eye for corn on the cob traditionaly served in Maine w/. lobster or shellfish.

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    • Corn on the cob with any boiled sea food, YUM. Or, with grilled steak or burgers or just about any meal cooked on the deck.

      DGustaf on December 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm
    • Can we say YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?xD

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm
    • Mel
      thanks for the awesome video-yes, I would love that and I agree more space to sit in front of the fire. TV optional I like the sounds of silence and crickets,frogs, sea birds,etc. and of course, the crackling fire<3
      Besides how can I listen for the moose if the TV is on?o.0 D&D sign me up for your work!

      ruffybc on December 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm
    • Whenever I'm in Maine, I truly go back to basics–it's a family tradition. Well, I don't quite go back as far as my colonizing ancestors, for they roughed it so far more–I'm not THAT good a person! But Hubby and I don't watch TV when there. If I lived there full time , I suppose I'd take it up to a degree. We have our computers, to keep up with news ad weather. I like genealogy so sometimes, I do look-ups related to nearby towns in Maine–that's good on rainy days–and we READ a lot!!! Personally, I would not care for a TV in a waterfront pavillion, I'd rather hear Nature. How're ya' goin' to hear a moose buck "sharpening" his rack of antlers on a tree, if your listening and watching a TV? The TV will just run one's luxury tax up… Keep in mind also, that Mainers are, by nature less ostentatious, more practical and conservative folks. Quite fun and witty too, they are. If you are from "away" you might have to work a bit harder to get in the groove if you are perceived as uppity too….and that's even if you really aren't! Just something to consider among a million others. :)

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    • Agreed;)

      ruffybc on December 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    • And how do you visit with family or friends while enjoying that fire if a TV is playing? A fire is a social event as long as it isn't the house that's burning. Hearing what is going on in nature around you is a pure bonus.

      DGustaf on December 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm
    • Hi Don! Please Note , my Blog Buddy, that I don't watch TV in Maine. Hubby and I do loads of reading, listening to nature, stargazing, listening to waves breaking on the Atlantic , and some background music from rare time to time. We don't even watch much TV at our home in VA! TV mainly serves us for news, weather and HGTV, DIY and History–that is, if we watch at all. My posts above request that there be no outdoor pavilion TV! I don't even want TVs hanging all over the walls in my BC 2012–should I win it. IF I did, I would probably remove the extras and donate to charities. I have even suggested hammocks which can be hung and removed when the pavilion is in use for entertaining. With sheer mosquito netting "curtains" one could camp out there and hear the crickets and frogs and night owls–and maybe a deer or moose buck sharpening his rack on a tree (I say this for Ruffy :) ) or hear the tide water lapping at the shore—Don, THAT's the way I like it. B) ^_^ p.s. I gave you a thumbs up, because I know your comment matches who I am and came from your heart! ;)

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 8, 2011 at 11:17 pm
    • Your welcome Ruffy. My hubby would sooo want that outdoor TV. The sounds of nature would never relax him like watching TV. (DIY network) :) We don't have an outdoor TV but my husband mounted a TV in our sunroom that can be watched & heard from our covered deck. There's a swing attached to our deck and even when he gets in it he watches TV!!

      On a different note. It's hard for me to talk about or dream about the interior possibilities of BC when the blog hasn't been invited inside, or been kept up to date with the interior changes. This is a sincere comment, and not a ploy!!

      Mel on December 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm
    • AgreedxD

      ruffybc on December 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    • It surely is hard–I agree too. Camac wrote a comment in the other October 28 blog, answering my old post about interesting places to visit in Lincoln County,ME. Camac said that they are still doing demo in the BC!!! =/

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm
    • Video fantastic!!! xD

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm
  10. Okay, I am officially taking Umbrage at the neglect of the BC blog, when the Dream Home HGTV site has had 2 posts the past few days….booooo. I guess it is time to stage a Flash Mob at DIY headquarters to get our requests heard.
    Well, if you bloggers have the energy, we could stage a series of Flash Mob dances, and I will start one off with a super energetic dance. The lyrics stress to stay on the tightrope–keep balanced, not too high or low…if someone tries to take all your dreams, you can't allow it ! Everyone, get those tap s-h-o-e-s on, it's black tie & tails, and we are All wearing (or squeezing into ) tuxedos:
    http://youtu.be/B_lqvwGLUXI ;)

    LLColeman on December 7, 2011 at 1:54 am
    • (I can just see an office with bloggers dancing away, slowing down the workaday routine, lol.)

      LLColeman on December 7, 2011 at 2:00 am
    • :) Now that's what I call entertainment! LLColeman that's exactly how I dance! How did you know? I can sing too, just imagine these cool lyrics sang with a country twang…. Keeeeeppppp on a tighttttroooppe baaaabbbbbyyyyyyy—- I may talk and sing slower than some, but thankfully I still have hustle in my bustle so count me in as a Flash Mob participant, anything to get Mary to make an appearance!

      Mel on December 7, 2011 at 6:07 am
    • LOL, Miss Janelle had me exhausted when I saw her sliding across the floor–she looks like a young Lena Horne (and has her spunk & elegance)–but she dances like James Brown. So glad to hear that we've captured your dance moves ! :*

      LLColeman on December 8, 2011 at 2:15 am
    • That's entertainment and dance! more song and dance please, gotta keep US alive till Mary finds her way back to us—PALEEEZZZZEEEEE!!!

      IMPORTANT BC UPDATE : Please be advised that Camac posted to me today on our earlier October BC Blog that they are still doing DEMO at the cabin!!! Hey, that's NEWS, Folks!!! DEMOLITION TEAM ON DUTY AT BC 2012! :p

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

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