Blog Cabin

Nov 2

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. Awwwww, Congratulations Carol
    Lucky you! Enjoyed the Q/A section, it's great that you have friends in the area( A+) xD^_^

    MaryPA on November 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm
  2. Carol!!! FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations! What a beautiful space in which to live! Gosh, too bad you are not ____________ fill in the many many many blanks people will be whining about, which happens EVERY time someone wins that doesn't meet the criteria in their sad little heads. Criteria being Not Them. Know that many here are just so very thrilled for you and are moving on to the next chance (so if they win, they too can enjoy the barbs and snide comments about their _______ fill in the blanks that don't meet the criteria blah blah blah.).

    TforTexas on November 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    • not sure what you mean TforTexas, obviously Carol fit all the criteria for winning, she won didn't she?…

      there are many of us on the blog who would have met the criteria to win, but our name wasn't one of the "finalists" that were pulled…but they did pull Carol's and obviously she met what they were looking for, so I don't get your drift…

      maria_w_in_nj on November 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm
    • Hi maria, I think TforTexas is directing his sarcasm at the complainers on here. Playing the race card, or the process, or anyone that questions. Sarcasm for sarcasm TforTexas, did you ever consider that there are some people who had high status and lost there job and are now trying to recover, lost job due to injury, lost a significant other and their status has changed etc…..I could go on and on. A winner selected ought to be the winner. Yes I'd love to see the underdog win and cry and be happy! It's the process in question not the winner.

      Cornhusker on November 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    • I have a close friend who went into deep debt as a single mom to earn a master's degree, and has taught at a public university for 20 years. She is an 'adjunct lecturer' rather than a full professor. She earns less than my son who is a supermarket produce worker….so as you say, Cornhusker, we on the blog cannot know any individual's circumstances.( Some university staff do earn a wonderful wage, but not all do.) Anyone who may have had a good job could find themselves in a dire state now or in future… and that is a private matter.
      I understand what you said about the selection process. There are always bloggers who are unhappy that most winners can't handle taxes or expenses and have to sell the prize; on the flip side, if someone wins and has an appearance of doing well financially, then some bloggers howl.

      LLColeman on November 4, 2011 at 4:32 am
    • Gosh. Thanks Cornhusker! I WAS directing my sarcasm at the complainers. We would all have loved winning, that's a given. And yep-a-doodle, it would be great if a winner was one or all of your status items mentioned below, and OF COURSE I considered them, in fact I AM one of the items below. Yes! Can you believe it?!? I can match stories with any of you but here's the deal. Let's leave poor Carol and all future winners out of the whining. Can you imagine winning, rushing to the blog to let everyone know how thrilled you are, only to be met with all the bile? Please.
      Don't be all mad at me. I know we are ALL disappointed but I say ONWARD to the NEXT CONTEST! May we all win!

      TforTexas on November 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    • TforTexas you made a good comeback point. But you have to understand that Cornhusker comment is NOT directed at Carol but the process, Cornhusker even mentioned that in her comment, IF you read them all. I really think Cornhusker has a good point and was very brave to say it. Please stop riding on your high horse (sarcasm) and killing her/him for thier comment. I mean even Texans believe in freedom of speech right? LOL. Seriously, Carol won this house and it not really going to be brought down by what people say, I wouldn't but again Cornhusker is only saying what MANY poster want to say but they somehow feel if they say it that it may count against them later. So bravo Cornhusker.

      CountryGirlCC on November 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    • I understand T's sarcasm, I dislike haters… but I'm confused! I don't understand the process that was used sufficiently to understand what Cornhusker said. If anyone else feels brave, could you enlighten me as to what's going on here? "It's the process in question" doesn't make sense to someone like me who doesn't know the process. – Thanks.

      Adriana on November 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    • Adriana, I believe that the "process " of entering and selection of the contest winner was posted on the DIY Network's "Sweepstakes Link." By law, I understand that sweeps and contests must publish their specific methods of selection and the timeline within which they will draw the winner and when the "world" will be notified. After reading all the conflicting and convoluted "rules quotes" that some bloggers posted, I went back to the sweeps rules and re-read them for myself. In NO WAY did I interpret that DIY selects several finalists and checks them out before selecting the winner. There WAS sufficient leeway for DIY to make its announcement online (as it stated), in early November–which was on time–though we bloggers were anxious for news, since we weren't hearing a peep from DIY or Mary. Looking at the myriads of prizes which Scripps networks have given AND which are still posted, I checked and saw winners of SOMETHING in small towns like Florence, Alabama; Tustin, California, and countless others, so the argument of DIY choosing people from just cities is a wash!

      Frankly, as a family person and a woman, I would want to be sure that no convicted sex offender, a Bernie Maddoff, rapist, armed robber, etc. were going to move in next door to me, should the DIY BC winner become my neighbor. Some vetting is simply a protective thing! DIY and Scripps in NO manner evidences prejudices, either in giving out prizes , crashing yards, remodeling kitchens, house hunting or otherwise!!! There is evidence to the contrary. Also, Scripps has readily demonstrated that it IS an equal opportunity employer via its many shows featuring ethnic hosts. Geeeze! Tha only COLOR discussions we Americans should have nowadays is the trim on our houses, our walls, furniture, and clothing!!! Bunches and bunches of poor sportsmanship (this IS a game, folks!) and sarcastic, poorly informed losers springing out of the wood work these last couple of days, referring us to "research" the rules and the list of past winners. Please, somebody prove me wrong? Why must we live our lives assuming the worst–before affirming what's GOOD already? All of us would have LOVED to win–but only one could–and Carol Livingston is IT. Pray tell?!

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    • You are righ. You tell it like it is.

      g johnson on November 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    • Thank you, g johnson! :)

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    • Ooooooh. You sure showed me. I DID read all the comments and I was NOT calling out Cornhusker, ONLY the haters. Sorry i was misunderstood. I just love you all to death and wish only happiness and little warm puppies for everyone.

      TforTexas on November 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm
    • I don't know what it is about this 2011 BC, but this is the first one, that bloggers have boo hood about not winning. Correcet me if I am wrong, but all the other BC everyone was very nice about the winner. I know that this is a very different group then was blogging on the 1st three that were new builds and really cabins, so maybe that is the reason IMO …I am very happy for the winner.

      vicki_in_Utah on November 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    • I am seeing that as well…. I think that if you post a snotty remark you are a sore loser and may even ruin your chances for ever winning in the future. I am not making excuses but this BC was special, I think more special than any other BC. I still think it has to be the ocean/bay that it sits so proudly beside. I have not been commenting much because of all the bad comments and its sad to think of the comment above about Carol finding out and rushing to the blog to share and only being met with horrible comments from sore losers. I for one and so happy for Carol and her family :) I knew my family wouldnt win but it still didnt stop me from entering, enjoying the experience and keeping my hope and faith alive while I patiently awaiting for the winners name to be chosen. This IS a game and some people just do not know how to graciously lose… ………..

      Kristin on November 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    • As for DBCoop, LLColeman, Cami, StellaF, ruffyBC, mariainNJ and some of my other blogger friends(you know who you are)…. I still have the BC 2011 painting that I wanted to give to the winner but then decided to keep it… well, I would love to give it to one of you. But please know that I stare at it every day while I sit on the couch wayching DIY and HGTV… sometimes it makes me sad but it also makes me want to save more and work harder so that my family and I can one day own our own home :) If you would like it, comment below and I will send it to you as an early Christmas present :) Good luck to everyone on future contests

      Kristin on November 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm
  3. Congratulations Carol. An amazing B-day gift. Enjoy:)

    Cami on November 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm
  4. Congratulations Carol !! Great B-DAY gift. Many blessings and memories !!

    lucyourdog on November 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm
  5. Congratulations carol! Wish you and your family many happy, healthy years at the wonderful Blog Cabin 2011. What a dream it is to win this gorgeous home!

    sandy on November 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm
  6. Congratulations! I especially love the view on the back porch. I'm sure you will spend many happy hours out there.:)

    christiepdc on November 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm
  7. Congratulations! I love this house and hope you enjoy owning it, even if you decide to sell quickly.

    Fiona_R on November 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm
  8. Its people like you making accusations like that on why issues of race is still a problem. Just because you didn't win don't mean the people that do didn't deserve it. I noticed you wanted to be rude and say ugly thing, but you didn't want to show yourself. Guess you were ashamed of what you were going to write before you wrote it. I don't blame you, I would be ashamed too. If you have nothing nice to say, then don't say anything at all.

    Cat71 on November 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm
  9. I wish every sweepstake is for People who doesn't have house. So far, almost every winner had their own home.

    Heather on November 2, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    • you know heather i think they do that dilberatly to knock others who dont have a home out. these swee[pstakes are almost always fixed. they give it to the rich. never fails. i bet they would not live in a place i live in, dang roof failing in, leaks badly, it hurts. it really hurts when i enter and try so hard. oh well go to and make you a wish. thats what i did. i wished for a good used home nothing fancy heck i will take a 1980 mobile if it is in good shape! i am whitedove38583 there. post you a wish it might get granted!

      susan on November 5, 2011 at 12:19 am
    • I find it funny how you americans are so blind to the truth. I can`t enter these sweeps but I like HGTV shows. This contest isn`t legitimate. Keep dreaming if that satisfies you but it appears if you`re not the status qou then you don`t stand a chance. It`s a business and run as such.

      Then you people give thumbs down to those that express free speech about how they truly feel. I find some people here like school children. Thumbs down for true expression. Pathetic!

      Canucks on November 5, 2011 at 11:57 am
    • I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free!
      And I won't forget the men who died and gave that right to me!
      I would stand up next to you, and defend her still today!

      Annabelle on November 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    • I'm with you. I voted practically every day and dreamed about it.I voted on practically everything they put in it.And didn't win any consolation prize .It should be more exciting for everyone. And like Heather, I would like to see them give a home that truly does need a home w/ the taxes paid and a car, that doesn't have a home or will never have a home. I don't know this woman personally, but I do know people. Just like the last ones that won, and one time it was a doctor, she probably already has a 5 bedroom house and you can tell by her face, clothes, and hair, that she doesn't want for anything. Don't get me wrong, you picked her, good for her, she won, but it's the principle of the thing. She can take vacations and she probably doesn't want for anything. Like the old saying goes, you have to have money, to get money..

      K.E. on November 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm
    • I own my own home. I've worked 70 hours a week and have given plasma just to make my mortgage payments. Does this mean that I don't deserve to win a contest? This woman went to school and probably had to work her way through just to graduate so that she could educate ignorant people like you. At least it's not somebody living off the government. That would really be a shame. So, I'm glad that a hard working American won the cabin.

      mortgage owner on November 10, 2011 at 11:44 am
    • Emphasis on this. " You have to have money to get money" NOT everyone gets the opportunity to go to a fancy college Or ANY college for that matter, re-invest your mental thoughts on perhaps something…um I dunno? more along the lines of reality duche bag You really think foster children have that opportunity? homeless? You act like everyone had a choice in these types of situations… Who payed for your college? Daddy? Who wrote your tuition checks? Mommy? If anything your the ignorant one here buddy.

      Foster baby on November 24, 2011 at 3:53 am
    • Many people who grew up disadvantaged worked their way through college. Having a good work ethic, and positive attitude can go far in making one successful in life.
      Insulting people when you do not have all the facts is not the sign of a positive attitude.
      I can sympathize with you, and the rough childhood you appear to have suffered through.
      In order to get ahead in life, one has to leave the past behind, and lose the chip on the old shoulder, and go forward. Good luck to you, I hope you can make lemonade out of those lemons life has handed you.

      AnneEliseSouth on November 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    • I agree, it seems the only one's that win in these type of sweeps are already well-off, or have home's and property, Sad, it looks like you have to be in a certain financial group to win

      bch on November 26, 2011 at 9:59 am
    • from the bible…"the righteous will have more than they need. their cup shall overflow. but, to those who have not, what little they do have shall be taken away from them."

      darrin erickson on June 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm
  10. Here's a conspiracy theory for you. How come there have been two senior university academics and a university student who have won Scripps home sweepstakes in the last year? I guess Scripps (or the company who does the drawing) is deliberately selecting people from universities.

    Makes as much sense as the other nonsense being written about the way the draw is conducted.

    Why can't people just congratulate the winner and move on?

    As for your 'color' statement, maybe you should do a little homework, only need to go back 1 year, before making that sort of comment.

    Rolly on November 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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