Blog Cabin

Jul 12

On the Eve of the Virtual Home Tour

Happy Friday, folks!

We launch the virtual home tour on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Excited? I think you will be stunned by the images and exclusive video we’ve captured.

In the meantime, I thought you’d enjoy a special treat: a second cinemagraph from visual designer Jason Kisner. Yes, the home has an outdoor shower — your vote! — and it’s clad in the home’s original shingles! How cool is that?

Also, I have some exciting news to share. We will be doing giveaways in this blog throughout the run of the tour and sweeps. The Blog Cabin 2013 Gimme Gimme Giveaway starts next Friday, July 19. First product up for grabs? Coasters handcrafted by project manager Dylan Eastman from the home’s original corner posts! Check the Made+Remade blog for the exclusive how-to (just in case you don’t win them). A rendering of the side yard (giveaway August 23), signed by Yard Crashers host Matt Blashaw, and a cornhole set (giveaway September 9), designed by Blog Cabin show host Chris Grundy, will also be given away.

Keep checking this blog for more details, rules and guidelines. Cheers!

  • Posted at 6:27 pm on July 7, 2013
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  1. Beautiful picture, evokes the feeling of a warm soft breeze off the water and the quiet rustle of the trees overhead. Can't wait to rinse the sand and salty water off after an early morning kayak cruise on Core Sound.:*

    Windsmurf on July 15, 2013 at 11:05 am
  2. O.K. I give up! What is a corn hole set? I was hoping someone else would ask the question, and I'll admit I'm a little embarrassed to ask, but I haven't a clue. Is it a game of some kind?
    As the saying goes, "curiosity killed the cat", and curiosity is definitely got this cat in a quandary.

    AnneEliseSouth on July 15, 2013 at 11:16 am
    • AKA Beanbag toss game. Two boards with holes set on a slope and some bean bags. Toss them to see if you can get them through the holes in the boards. First one to an agreed number wins. :) Can get intense on family beach vacations. ;) :D

      AnniesOwn on July 15, 2013 at 11:42 am
    • Like bean bag toss from years ago, It's typically scored like horseshoes, instead of a steak and horseshoes it's played with a beanbag type sack thrown at a hole in plywood.

      540sam on July 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm
  3. On this hot and humid day, the site of the outdoor shower with the gentle breeze sure looks inviting. Love the bench and the fact that they used the shingles from the old house. Hope everyone is having a good summer.

    Hazelnut Deb on July 15, 2013 at 11:26 am
    • I wonder if they saved anymore of the shingles? That was a great idea.

      vicki_in_Utah on July 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm
  4. I kept thinking tomorrow was the day for the sweepstakes to begin, now it looks like it's the 19th, is that correct??? I just can't wait, I'd enter today if I could :-)

    nanwes on July 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    • The cabin virtual tours start tomorrow, 15th. The Gimme Gimme Giveaway is Friday, 19th. And the cabin giveaway starts July 29thm I believe. Click on the Coming Attractions tab at the top of this page and it will give you the date if I am mistaken,,

      Millie on July 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    • 16th not the 15th and July 19th, I believe. Can't type some days.

      Millie on July 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    • Thanks Millie! I have trouble typing most days :-)

      nanwes on July 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm
    • Millie thanks that is the info I have too. It comes on DYI in our area at 9:30 PM Monday, June 15th and the GGG is this Friday. At least you are right for the west coast anyway.

      Lettucefields on July 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm
    • Millie our DYI program on Sat & Sun said it was coming on Monday at 9:30 PM

      Lettucefields on July 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      jimmy on July 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm
    • The big sweepstakes, the one to win the beautiful beach blog cabin, of course!!! :-)

      nanwes on July 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    • The sweepstakes to win the house begins on July 29th.

      The Blog Cabin 2013 'Gimme Gimme Giveaway' starts next Friday, July 19th . See Mary's blog that heads this page for details. :) This isn't the sweepstakes to win the house. ;)

      AnniesOwn on July 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm
  5. Has anyone found how to make the coasters from made and remade blog. The link is at the top of this blog but I can't find it.

    fanforever on July 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    • Hi fanforever, I looked too but didn't see the coaster's instructions!!!

      Jennie/Florida on July 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    • The coaster blog isn't quite up yet, keep watching!

      EricBlair on July 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm
    • Thank you Eric, I just thought I was looking in the wrong place..o.0^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on July 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm
  6. tomorrow is the big day!!! BLOG CABIN 2013= AWESOME IN MANY WAYS!!!

    jimmy on July 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm
  7. Yes thanks Eric!

    fanforever on July 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm
  8. CANNOT WAIT until you guys see all our videos!!! Until tomorrow, my friends.

    ps for AnneEliseSouth – here's a DIY cornhole set we made for the cooking channel last Summer!


    Laurie_March on July 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    • Thank you. I always thought it was call corn hole, because the hole was the size of a cob of corn. But I guess it doesn't matter.

      vicki_in_Utah on July 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm
    • Vicki –

      you may be right~~!

      Laurie_March on July 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm
    • I can't wait until we see all of your videos either!!!! :-)

      nanwes on July 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    • Hi Laurie, We cannot wait either, of course You know We won't get any sleep tonight^_^:):p B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on July 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm
    • You're right about that, Jennie! :D <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm
    • Awwwwwwwwwwww… I took a nap today, woke up and logged in…HUGE bummer! I thought today was tomorrow! :S=/o.0:'(;)Couldn't you just sneeeeeeek 1 or 2 videos out early?????? Pretty Please????<3<3<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    • Laurie, I hope your site can stand all of us on it at once, we might crash it! Thank you for understanding our curiosity and interest. We are devoted & completely hooked on BC, old and new (me).
      Will you be one of the group going to surprise the winner?
      PS, I hope you didn't take offense when I called you a vixen, that was my husband talking then!

      Wind Chime Girl on July 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    • Are you KIDDING? Y'all made my week. Vixen is never, ever a bad thing…

      I don't get to go surprise the winner, but some other fun things afoot that I'll share with you presently for next year's BC!

      Laurie_March on July 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm
    • Hah, that's too funny. By the way, my husband's favorite critters out of all our wildlife around us are the foxes. But I'm not sure that was what he was referring to when he said you were a vixen. Hmmm, I may need to delve further into that!
      Can't wait for more news – and –
      Thanks again for keeping us in mind, it really does mean a lot to all of us.

      Wind Chime Girl on July 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm
    • Helloooooooooooo Laurie!!! <3 "Presently" means "NOW?" …Just waiting…! :D <3 Right here!
      Agreeable to talk NEXT YEAR, don't ya' know? Anything to hold us over till tomorrow's reveal videos!!! hee hee hee! <3 ^_^;)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    • Settle down, Miss Kitty, patience . . .
      (I wish I could say this anonymously!)

      Wind Chime Girl on July 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm
    • Helloooooooooooo Wind Chime Girl! <3 Well, doesn't "Presently" mean "NOW?" …Just trying to tug at Laurie's heart strings…waiting…! :D <3 Right here! LOL! :D <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm
    • Ha. Miss Kitty.

      You know I cannot tell you a thing!! Not even a regional hint!

      But it's going to be a doozy!!!

      Laurie_March on July 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm
    • Wonder where Doozy is??? Can anything beat Atlantic, NC??? <3<3<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm
    • Aah, Kitty Kat, presently can mean "in a little while", "later", "soon", or "anon".
      Remember, Laurie is a vixen (or fox as my husband has now admitted to), I took it to mean "tease". And Laurie is good at teasing.
      Miss Kitty, your excitement is showing. And it's speaking for all of us!

      Wind Chime Girl on July 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm
    • Booo…Hooooooooo….waiting is not my finest attribute! It's one of my warts, alas! I guess I'll just have to go chat with my Downton Abby Actor Friends. Getting a mite more hints–only a mite, don't you know–there, but January's a long ways away! Now that's quite a different cabin, don't you agree?;):D^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm
    • Oh, my gosh, "wonder where Doozy is???" It might be near "Smithereens", so be careful what you wish for.
      Miss Kitty, take a cup of hot tea, NO caffeine, and call me in the morning.
      Ach, I cannot wait either!!!
      Yes, I believe January will bring a WAY different cabin. Where it's always cool, and there is rain but no hurricanes or tornadoes, and no burned up anything, and you get snow sometimes, and hot flashes can go away, and, and, and . . . Laurie, are you still there? I know I'm right!

      Wind Chime Girl on July 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm
    • WCG I reveal nothing!

      Although they should invent a cabin where the world's hot flashes disappear, no?? I have some Aunties that would be happy to hear that… (snort!)

      xo. xD

      Laurie_March on July 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm
    • Vixen!

      Wind Chime Girl on July 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm
    • LOL. Girl, I think he just follow you, wherever you go. That is sick, somebody needs some love around here. lol

      havanera on July 16, 2013 at 12:36 am
    • I'll try again:
      Darn, girl, I read this and I snorted, too. I love a good snort!
      Eliminate all the world's hot flashes and all will be good.

      Wind Chime Girl on July 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    • Gee WCG, I think you're describing the Beautiful Blue ridge mountains of North Carolina or the B/R mountains of Virginia…I picture a Real Log Cabin with a view of the mountains, on a lake with a beautiful water fall…My ideal place for the next BC…That wouldn't be bad at all ^_^B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on July 16, 2013 at 12:20 am
    • Jennie, I love the idea of a log cabin, but my fire fears would never allow it. But the location of the BR mountains – aaahhh! Very nice I think.

      Wind Chime Girl on July 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm
    • Sheeeeesh! Laurie! They won't believe me! I saw your awesome posted Videos! So glad you narrated them! But dadgonit–nobody believes they are posted. After midnight, the clock even knows it is tomorrow! DUH! :So.0^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 16, 2013 at 1:54 am
    • Love the videos Laurie thank you so much.

      vicki_in_Utah on July 16, 2013 at 8:14 am
    • Thanks L, I had No idea what corn hole ing was!!

      coolsmiley on July 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm
  9. Throw me a towel. I'm goin' in!

    CarlaB on July 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm
  10. You all are special bloggers & I hope one of you wins the BC

    Lettucefields on July 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm
    • Hi, LF, we all are already winners here. If you have been voting and maybe blogging, and I think you have been, you are a winner, too. This has been such a special journey for me and I'm so glad I found BC & everyone here. We are all winners, no matter who actually wins the "prize". Sweet.

      Wind Chime Girl on July 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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