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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. The entire outdoor spaces were soooo well done — I particularly love the outdoor kitchen, it's amenities, and the way it is nestled among trees and a casual, cottage landscape design — and the heirloom bird bath! And the fire pit! How quaint and comfortable and inviting! Great job!

    KarenNEOH on August 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm
  2. The outdoor kitchen is my favorite. My family loves togrill and eat outsideand this supplies the perfect setup and view.

    Tim on August 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm
  3. I have fallen in love with every area of this home and would just love to go out and sit on the dock and thank The Lord for all the hard work that was put in. Until recently I didn't realize how much work went into the stump coffee table and what a tribute to the home it is..once it was under and now it's an "up" focal point. ????

    Straybird on August 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm
  4. For me, it's the little things that come together to create an entire look. I love the colored glass candle lanterns that hang from the pecan tree and sway in the breeze casting a warm glow.

    Downonthefarm on August 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm
  5. Looks like some of the 'lost' blog family are back. Good to see you again. ^_^ Stay around for more fun in 2014. ;) xD

    Clive on August 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm
  6. Mines still the dock.

    540sam on August 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    • Bless your <3 You are consistent!

      COOLSMILEY on August 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    • And correct IMHO. :) meaning I agree

      MichaelG60 on August 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm
    • Mine is still sitting on the edge of the dock drinking in my coffee and the mornin sun????

      Straybird on August 24, 2013 at 11:09 am
    • Never doubted it. :)

      Clive on August 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  7. Favorite landscape feature? Hmmmm. Mine isn't really a landscape feature but a feature that allows the winner/owner to enjoy the landscape even on the cold, gray, January days. It's the wire deck railings, both top & lower deck for my choice. :D

    A close second are all the native and local plants that were used in the landscaping, together with preserving as many as possible of the original pecan and other trees. These plantings will continue to give pleasure for decades while changing every year with the seasons. An almost 'everlasting' gift to the house.

    Clive on August 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    • Hi Clive, loved the Muscadine and grape vines, they played a big part in the Robinson's landscape too. I'm so glad they continued the grapes in the new landscape, but think the birds will over power the pergola once the grape vines have been established and start to produce..The birds will do 'a number' on who ever sits under the pergola LOL, unless they hang bells around the top to run off the birds..That's what my neighbor did..The bells seemed to keep them away for the most part…Hope you and your family have recovered from your trip to the NC mountains!!!^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on August 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    • Jennie, old CD's or DVD's hung around the vines will help run off birds, but not bees. I think I would transplant those grape vines fast. And plant some other creep crawly plant.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm
    • Maybe let the grapes vines be and take those chairs and add them around the fire pit. How many heavenly spaces does this place need?

      pattie317 on August 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm
    • Clive did you see theSeiryu Maple tree outside of the Master Bedroom porch? That should be beautiful this fall

      Straybird on August 24, 2013 at 1:03 am
  8. The pergola is a secret garden in the making. Once the grapevines grew, I would probably replace the Adirondack chairs with a beautiful macramé or wooden swing. Great place for reading stories with the grandkids or just relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous view!

    anita fodor on August 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm
  9. Hello, All! My favorite outdoor space would be the pergola by the grapes…while I am allergic to bees, it would be a nice, quiet spot for reading, or just looking out over the water. A place to enjoy the summer breezes, to sit an reflect on life.

    TishaStanley on August 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm
    • Make sure you have your "Epi-Pen" handy and enjoy your retreat.

      Eugenia27 on August 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm
    • I will have it ready!!! This way I won't miss out on anything…LOL!! :)

      TishaStanley on August 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    • Hi Tisha, good to hear from you!
      I'm not allergic to bees but wasps do me in, ditto on the Epi-Pen here. They also work on copperhead venom.

      Wind Chime Girl on August 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm
    • Hello, WCG!! It has been a while…There has been so much happening that I wasn't able to sit and blog with all of my friends! A while back ( during our camera days) I'd had 2 friends that I'd asked for prayers for–one beaten by his son and the other, a dwi that caused death and personal injuries — the update on that is that my friend Anthony, is out of the hospital, going to physical therapy, remembers everything, but won't be able to go back to work. My friend Megan, has been sentenced to 1-3 years in prison, she got off lightly because she cannot actually be placed in the drivers seat, the other people in her truck won't testify against her.
      Most recently, my 15 year old niece was in a head-on collision. Caused by another 15 year old driving the other vehicle. 2 people died in that accident, 6 people were injured. Of the injuries, my niece was the only one in Pediatric ICU. She has a broken left wrist, a broken (in 2 places) collar bone on the right side, 4 broken ribs, massive internal bruising. She has had one emergency surgery to repair the multiple holes in her large and small intestines, and a second surgery to fix her collar bone. She is now home, and when school starts she will be using a wheel chair and a handicapped bus. It was touch and go with her for a few days, but she's a fighter and I'm so thankful that she is still with us!!
      On the positive side, I have been working on getting my business up and running. It's a slow process but I'm getting there.

      Have a wonderful day!!! :)

      TishaStanley on August 24, 2013 at 7:14 am
    • Hi Tisha, I've been away a few days.
      So – Kinda good news and then . . .
      You've been thru so much with your family & friends. So much drama.
      I have to say, if the witness/evidence couldn't place Megan behind the wheel, I don't know how she could have been convicted of what I'm guessing is vehicular assault or manslaughter (I'm sorry, I don't remember which applies). That's one of those issues kind of like – uh – pregnant or not. She was either driving or she wasn't. If she was driving and caused that horrible incident, maybe she'll get the help she needs. And, again, if so, maybe she'll realize she needs that help. Time will tell. At any rate, she'll have to deal with this part of her past for a while.
      OMG, your niece, what an ordeal. I hope texting/drinking wasn't involved. Our neighbor was killed by a texting teen. She's fine, our neighbor is dead & his wife is a widow. All retirement dreams skewed.
      On the plus side, as you said, I hope your new business goes well and I wish you and your family the best.

      Wind Chime Girl on August 28, 2013 at 12:54 am
    • Hi, WCG! It is kinda good news…and I really don't like drama, it just seems to find me…LOL
      Megan was looking at vehicular manslaughter, I'm not sure what charges she has now. I agree with you on the "was she or wasn't she" but truth is, she was driving, her friends won't put her behind the wheel. The catch is that her seat wouldn't move forward, therefore, making it difficult to place her behind the wheel. She always sat right up onto the edge so she could reach. Why she never had it fixed, I don't know. I believe –through hearsay — that she is getting help. Unfortunately, this is something that she will always live with.
      My niece, well, drinking was involved. Both people in the car that hit the mini-van my niece was in, were intoxicated. I'm so sorry to hear about your neighbor!! I've tried to instill into my children that texting/drinking and driving is dangerous and that someone could die…so far my kids have either called me from where they are, or stayed there, as for texting, they haven't done that but will answer their phone…:( which I've also said they shouldn't do, important or not.
      I hope that your day goes well, I have some things to do today, then I'm going to see the 2014 house…Have a great day!!

      TishaStanley on August 28, 2013 at 7:20 am
  10. I just finished watching Blog Cabin Bath Crashers and am wondering about the thought behind cloth on the bathroom wall. It is a moisture collector and wonder if there is an expected life span built into the design. Does anyone know?

    Patricia on August 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    • Good question. I took extra care watching how they installed it so if I had to take it down I'd know how. I figured I'd enjoy it while it lasted and change it out if little green or black gardens began growing on it.

      Eugenia27 on August 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm
    • Burlap is woven from either a plant (jute), sisal, or other vegetables fibers and therefore is actually moisture "resistant" unlike other fabrics like cotton, etc. It is breathable and resists condensation. It is also durable enough to withstand rough handling. Burlap is often used for temporary protection as wet covering to prevent rapid moisture loss in setting of cement and concrete by the construction industry. That's why burlap bags of sand are often used as temporary embankments against floodwaters or field fortifications. Not to worry.

      pattie317 on August 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm
    • Patti317, good info, thanks.

      Wind Chime Girl on August 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm
    • And thanks to Wikipedia!

      pattie317 on August 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm



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