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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. My favorite outside area would be the kitchen I can see may son cooking on the grill and every relaxing around the fire pit and table.

    samavetta on August 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm
  2. Mother Nature's landscaping is pretty awesome on its own at this site, but the additions made by the yard crash crew put it over the top. I love the plantings of the variety of local flowers, shrubs, trees, and palms, acented by the pathways make the actual landscaping my favorite feature of the outdoor space.

    Windsmurf on August 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm
  3. My favorite landscaped feature is the entire outdoor kitchen area. I must say that the pavers in between the two trees and all the little shrubs on both sides of the fire pit look beautiful! I also love the old log lying on its side for extra seating for guests to hang out while waiting for the food to cook on the wonderful grill. It all works and looks great!B) Way to go Matt and Grundy!

    amberPA on August 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm
  4. I have just the spot for this art piece of the Cabin. Upper floor living area.

    Marcia Holcomb on August 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm
  5. I especially like the pier or dock. If I were to win the blog cabin, I would have trouble staying off the pier. I can just imagine walking out there every morning to watch the birds and to try and catch fish. I would have to go again in the late afternoon, and probably have trouble getting much done around the house.

    Betty Helms on August 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm
  6. I love the front yard because of the huge expanse of green and the outdoor kitchen

    Eric Trautmann on August 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm
  7. Mary, Laura
    Please sling the bling
    tell me quick before I faint
    Is me the winner
    or is me AIN"T?
    I have heard of moving on
    and that is swell
    guess, on the bedding
    I won't dwell!

    COOLSMILEY on August 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    • coolsmiley,,,,you are something else! He-hee!^_^

      amberPA on August 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm
    • You really are talented!^_^

      amberPA on August 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • ;0)

      COOLSMILEY on August 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    • Quite talented indeed!!!!!:D:*

      nanwes on August 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm
    • It would please me to no end to see you win the bedding … then I would be a "coolsmiley" too

      pattie317 on August 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm
    • Your pic portrays you as a coolsmiley already, perhaps you would then be the Coolestsmiley

      COOLSMILEY on August 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm
    • :*

      pattie317 on August 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm
    • Laurie_March on August 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm
    • TY Ms. March, now it sounds like your a calendar pin up, lol

      COOLSMILEY on August 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm
    • :) :)

      TWOTERRIERS on August 26, 2013 at 9:18 am
    • Each new rhyme
      Is just sublime ???? ????

      Tricia on August 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    • ^_^ Is that a pit next to ur smiley face, lol?

      COOLSMILEY on August 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    • Supposed to be a lime. Maybe it's an olive! Now, that's the pits! lol

      Tricia on August 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm
    • Still in the back of our minds—wondering what the "hold-up" is in regards to spilling the beans to all of us bloggers.

      joyfulj9 on August 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm
    • They should hire me Diligent I would be = )

      COOLSMILEY on August 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm
  8. Oh yeah…..I almost forgot to ask. Did anyone see the BC Show this past Mon. eve.? Mega Dens crew were crashing and they were working on the upstairs landing and area! WAAAaaaay Cool! Loved it!<3

    amberPA on August 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    • I did watch it. I had a thought afterward that I had not even thought of before hand; if you filled the tub with ice in the bar they created, how difficult would it be to empty the melted ice? I tried picturing myself trying to lift that tub out of the top of the chest and all I could picture is myself struggling with it and sloshing water all over the floor. Then I tried to figure out a syphon system, but still I could picture water every where.

      Eugenia27 on August 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    • I had the same thought! Maybe you could drill a hole in the bottom the size of one of those rubber sink stoppers, then position a bucket underneath?

      pattie317 on August 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm
    • Great idea! My worry was that it would be more water than I could handle, with a bucket below you would be able to drain half of it at a time, it would make it so much easier. Now all we would have to do is figure out a way that no one could accidentally move the plug when they were rummaging through to find their favorite drink.Sent from my iPhone

      Eugenia27 on August 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    • I think you can find some plugs that will fit "into" and "through" the cutout with a "lip" surrounding it. Plus if it leaked a little bit, you could always just keep the bucket underneath all the time.

      pattie317 on August 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm
    • You're right, I too was thinking about leaving the bucket underneath. The only thing is you will need a very big bucket to contain the same amount of water that the tub holds.Sent from my iPhone

      Eugenia27 on August 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    • Hi Eugenia, I think I would get a big water pail with a handle and use a big ladle and scoop the water out of the tub LOL a few trips to the bathroom to dump it…It couldn't hold that much water…Better than trying to take the tub out and trying to carry it..or trying to drain it and end up having it spill out..I sure Wouldn't want to spill water on that beautiful Bamboo Flooring! .^_^B)<3 Just a thought ;) o.0^_^

      Jennie/Florida on August 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm
    • I had also thought about putting a plastic liner in the tub and having I stay in thereSent from my iPhone

      Eugenia27 on August 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm
    • I was thinking this might be more useful in the outdoor living space or on the porch.

      newbee on August 24, 2013 at 8:45 am
  9. If I can only pick ONE, then it would be the fire pit. I can picture being out there at dusk, sitting by the fire watching the colors of the sun set play through the trees. The sound and smell of the fire adding to the sound and scent of the water. Also from that place you can look back at beautiful cabin.

    Eugenia27 on August 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    • Love the visual!

      pattie317 on August 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    • Thanks. I didn't want to leave my imagination and go to work when I was writing that.Sent from my iPhone

      Eugenia27 on August 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm
    • YUP< That's a view you wouldn't mind looking back at!

      COOLSMILEY on August 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm
  10. I have to say that I fell in love with this town 40 years ago and just a few weeks ago was tipped off about this blog by the friend back in college who "dragged" me here to a wedding in which she was serving as a bridesmaid! It wasn't just the crystal shoreline or peaceful ambience that drew me in … it was the people and the community. Dare I say wonderfully "quirky" people. I was instantly made to feel like part of the family and was begged NOT to leave too soon (which I didn't). Whether it was due to my own "quirkiness" or not, I fit right in and felt like I was home. (I guess growing up on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland may explain a little bit.) As a lifelong artist, quilter, upcycler, fisherwoman, and conservationist, it's just not the Robinson cabin or any of its parts … its the community and the heritage and the church and the fishing, and the families ……. For so many of us, it will be exactly like "coming home."

    pattie317 on August 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm



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