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Gimme Gimme Giveaway: West Yard Rendering

Blog Cabin 2013 West Yard Rendering Giveaway

We are proud to announce the third in our series of Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we have been giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2013 after episode filming wrapped.

The third item up for grabs? We will give away a framed rendering of Blog Cabin’s west yard, signed by Yard Crashers show host Matt Blashaw. See here for tune-in details regarding the Yard Crashers episode of Blog Cabin 2013.

To enter for a chance to win the rendering, take the virtual home tour, and then tell us, via a comment posted below, what your favorite Blog Cabin 2013 landscape feature is and why.
Blog Cabin 2013 West Yard Rendering Giveaway - Matt Blashaw Autograph

You have from August 23, 2013, at 9 a.m. ET until Friday, August 30, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this signed rendering. On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, we will randomly select the winner of this rendering giveaway and post the winner in the blog on or around September 4, 2013.

See Official Rules.

Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins on September 9, 2013. We will be giving away a custom-designed cornhole game set, signed by Blog Cabin 2013 show host Chris Grundy.

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  1. I just finished remodeling my family room and this framed rendering signed by Matt Blashaw would look great on the wall. Yard Crashers is my favorite show and I never miss it. I also am in love with Matt!

    Patrinka on August 23, 2013 at 8:23 am
  2. The Pergola is my favorite landscape feature.
    It offers a beautiful and functional outside space.

    Lester B on August 23, 2013 at 8:26 am
    • I must say the Pergola with all the trimmings is SO UPBEAT! I can imagine cooking and barbequing in that space and relaxing with family and friends there – of course all are invited if I win. What a wonderful idea; you thought of everytghing! Margare M.

      Margare Mason on August 27, 2013 at 5:55 pm
  3. Good Morning Mary, thank you for giving us another opportunity to win another great gift from the Cottage that was left behind…I for one just love everything about this beautiful Cottage and the outdoors has so many nice places to spend time with family and friends.. But i guess I will have to say the 'Outdoor kitchen' is my favorite because it is a nice gathering place for the whole family and the 360 Breathtaking views are so fantastic from the kitchen Morning, Noon and Night..Just love that area..Plus the great Pecan trees for pecan pies!! Yumm!
    Just one question still goes through my mind and that is what happened to the old Pump Everyone was so thrilled to see when we took our first tour of the lovely Cottage…It's missing???…Where of where did our little pump go??? :) B)<3 Thank you again Mary for all that you do, We appreciate you ^_^:):p:DB)<3<3

    Jennie/Florida on August 23, 2013 at 8:37 am
    • type-o…Where 'oh' where did our little pump go and Will we be seeing it at all???o.0^_^<3

      Jennie/Florida on August 23, 2013 at 8:47 am
    • Thanks for asking about the water pump Jennie. I have look high and low at the outside pictures for the pump and can not see it.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 23, 2013 at 8:47 am
    • Also…Would love to have 'anything' that is signed by Matt Blashaw…He is a true artist in his field…..What a great treasure to hang on the wall..too bad he didn't have a small photo at the bottom with his great Smile!! ^_^

      Jennie/Florida on August 23, 2013 at 9:09 am
    • I think the little pump is hiding in the only area that we haven't seen inside of Jennie. The outdoor shower.

      540sam on August 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    • I hope so Sam, I have strained my eyes going over every inch of these outdoor photos looking for that pump..You would think the subject of the pump would have come up by now especially since Mr. Eastman and Laurie did a segment on how to upgrade it without taking away the antique look but still functional..
      I think it would have been cute if they had designed a little sitting area after you step off the dock onto the grass and have the pump there for washing feet, so the feet would be clean before stepping on the stepping stones and white pebble walkway to the different areas of the yard…Pretty soon the nice white pebbles will turn brown…of course…Maybe flagstone would have been better than the pebbles, what do you think??? They are pretty when first put in for show but how long will they look like that when a lot of traffic goes through and how long will the pebbles stay in place??? Just a thought!:)^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on August 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    • Jennie/Florida, How are you? According to HGTVRemodels….the pump is supposed to be in or near the outdoor shower. I just watched it all again and did not see it, however, I think I did see it somewhere before on all these pictures….might have been from the upstairs looking down….not sure…I will keep checking. ^_^

      amberPA on August 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    • Thanks Amber, It has got to be somewhere, but wonder why they would put it in the Shower when there is already water in there..Why wouldn't they put it closer to the dock so everyone could wash their feet off before walking onto the white stepping stones or pebbles..I would put a little setting area with a bench at the end of the dock as you step on the grass and have the pump there for washing feet, Especially for the little ones who get so sandy…I just mentioned this to Sam above…That would save the Owner a lot of cleanup in case the shower is being used and kids need to wash their feet…I'm sure new owner will think of something..If nothing else they can put a big ole wash tub there to step in after stepping off the dock…Just thinking again LOL :) ^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on August 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm
    • I like your washtub idea! That is not only usable at the dock area, but cute and historical looking. I've not found where I saw the pump yet, but they did say it was for washing off feet, meaning it will pump water…perhaps it is near the shower area and not in it.^_^

      amberPA on August 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm
    • I believe I remember reading it is to the side of the shower towards the front of the home(the side of the home where the gas tank is) maybe wash off feet walking to shower to clean them off before getting in shower , maybe) Love everything about our blog cabin finding new stuff everyday;)

      bogartandbacall on August 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm
    • Jennie, I took a few minutes again today to look for the pump. If it's there, it must be around the outdoor shower, on the west side of the water-front porch – that's where the pet door is. I still can't find it either. The way Laurie evaded that ? can only leads me to 2 possible conclusions:
      1 – they couldn't make it work and hated to tell us the bad news and/or they don't want to bring it up again – or
      2 – they are teasing us with its location.
      I tend to believe #2 because I think Laurie or Dylan or someone would have given us the bad news about the little water pump by now. Laurie's careful evasion of your question makes me think they are teasing us with it.
      That's all I've got . . .

      Wind Chime Girl on August 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm
    • Yes, I thought it was a little odd that they totally ignored my question about the "Cute little Rusty Water Pump".What's Up With That??? We are getting down to the nitty gritty now and there isn't much time left so I'm ready for the little 'secrets' to be revealed before the Winner's name is drawn…Like, where is the 'Cute little Rusty Water Pump' located on the property?? LOL
      Not much time left to play anymore games because this wonderful Journey is almost over. It has been a great ride and so much fun!!!:)<3 So you and many great bloggers, I consider to be my Blogging family…
      Everything has turned out perfect and One Lucky Winner will be overwhelmed to know they have won this Great Cottage as it sits on this beautiful little piece of Heaven in Atlantic, NC<3<3B)
      Good Night! WCG…^_^

      Jennie/Florida on August 24, 2013 at 1:06 am
    • Oh, Jennie, I hope you win.
      Good night.

      Wind Chime Girl on August 24, 2013 at 1:24 am
    • It is definitely a beautiful little piece of Heaven. So peaceful!

      Nancy Damron on August 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    • love your response of not much time left to the end of good night. How right your are. When it first started seemed like it would never pass but like life blink of an eye and it is ended. I have enjoyed this blog cabin so much and everyone in it Y ou all are beautiful.

      bogartandbacall on August 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm
    • Jennie ..Love the wash tub idea down by the dock. Great for dogs sandy feet also ????

      Straybird on August 24, 2013 at 12:54 am
    • love for dogs feet. The sand would feel uncomfortable to them

      bogartandbacall on August 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm
    • I thought I remember someone saying it was in the outdoor shower?

      pattie317 on August 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm
    • I think I found it … If you cliick on "TOUR" and go to "WEST ENTRY" and then "ZOOM IN" you will see something that looks like an old water pump within the landscaping (in the mulch) just outside the outdoor shower!

      pattie317 on August 24, 2013 at 9:16 am
    • No, that's a plant. There are close-ups of that area in many of the photos and no hand pump is visible. :'(

      Sally on August 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm
    • Maybe not … it does kind of look like a tree stump. However, I do remember one of the cast members saying it was going in or around the outdoor shower to be used for washing off feet (when an entire shower isn't necessary).

      pattie317 on August 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm
    • There's a video of the hand pump before refurbishing and they say where it will be (beside the outdoor shower) and what it's intended for (feet washing and dog bowl filling :) ). However, we've searched high & low, on videos, tours and photos of the finished west side and no one can see it. Laurie was careful to avoid answering direct questions about it, while answering all the others from the same blogger. My suspicion is that something happened to it – old cast iron is very brittle and can break easily under some circumstances. Maybe it was damaged and couldn't be used as they wished or, maybe, the original owners asked for it back as they had first refusal on items found at the house. I suspect we'll never know for sure unless DIY tells us where it is or what happened. ^_^

      Sally on August 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    • I think you've figured it out!

      pattie317 on August 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm
    • Guess what? The video on the water pump is no longer available. I think Sally figured it out. Either something happened to it or the family reclaimed it. Wahhhh

      pattie317 on August 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm
    • As of 8/25 the water pump video is still up and running.

      540sam on August 25, 2013 at 3:44 am
    • Hi Sam, I went back and looked at the videos a few minutes ago and saw the pump video was still there..So that means there is still hope and the Pump could still turn up in a surprise photo before this Cottage is given away.
      Someone blogged a little while back and said they drove to the Cottage and got out to look down the driveway and they saw trucks and vans and some workers there..That might be a good sign that We may still get Our little Pump installed somewhere around the Shower area….
      I think it would be better if they put it down by the Dock for washing feet and have a little bench there to sit and wash off before going up to the Cottage..especially for the little ones who roll in the sand LOL… Sam how hard would it be to run a water line down to the dock without destroying the landscape?? Maybe that has been done already, we haven't been allowed to see all the activity going on since they took away our Camera Cam some time ago.. Laurie and Mr. Eastman likes to have little surprises along the way…This Cottage wouldn't be complete without that lovely old pump, it was part of the Robinson's Cottage from the start…That was one of the first things I saw that I was excited about and the beautiful big Green Hydrangeas around the screened porch that the Grandmother planted and were her favorite flowers…Mr. Eastman tried to save them but they died before they could be sad they didn't make it…
      Sooo Let's think positive that the pump will show up before this Journey is over and the Cottage has a new Owner…:):p^_^B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on August 25, 2013 at 9:30 am
    • I'm sure it's there Jennie, just where we can't see it.

      540sam on August 25, 2013 at 10:01 am
    • Thanks Sam for your input !!! o.0:)B)

      Jennie/Florida on August 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm
  4. The outdoor kitchen with its fire pit is the greatest! Campfires are a favorite of mine and an evening around the fire with friends is the perfect close to a wonderful day.

    grammagail on August 23, 2013 at 8:38 am
  5. I love the Pergola with the five variety of grapes that were planted there from the original grape arbor. It will be so enjoyable to sit there and watch the Core Sound while reading a good book! This picture will be a great reminder of how the pergola looked in the beginning since the grapes, over time, will fully cover it and enhance the beauty of what Matt and his crew made, making it even more lovely.

    Michelle on August 23, 2013 at 8:39 am
  6. This is a hard one, as the outside is my favorite. But I think it is the outdoor shower. That would be such a fun and useful thing to have.

    vicki_in_Utah on August 23, 2013 at 8:42 am
  7. My favorite feature is the waterside porch…it's so old South with the acacia rockers, the
    wax myrtle, and of course the magnificent view looking towards the dock and Sound. The cedar style-shake shingles add beauty and
    are reminiscent of the history of the original home. It is totally enchanting and magical!

    Ethel on August 23, 2013 at 8:49 am
  8. This signed design of the west yard is amazing, such a beautiful spot to relax with the family. Good memories.

    Tonya on August 23, 2013 at 9:17 am
  9. I love everything about this Coastal Carolina Blog Cottage…You all did another amazing job of capturing the coastal theme indoor and outdoors as well. The colors are soothing, but my favorite part is the reclaimed wood used throughout the house!!! Love, Love , Love it!! Great Job DIY for re-purposing!!! Truly magical!

    Trish on August 23, 2013 at 9:21 am
  10. The outdoor kitchen area is one terrific feature of the house and yard.

    shooshanre on August 23, 2013 at 9:37 am



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