Blog Cabin

Oct 8

Go Behind the Scenes: Winner Drawing

Today, I am so proud to present a special video that highlights the process of gathering entries, both mail-in and online, and randomly drawing the name of the giveaway winner. Thanks goes out to senior editor Liz Gray and visual designer Jason Kisner for creating this online presentation. Enjoy … and please return to this blog on Friday, October 11, 2013, at 9 a.m. ET to read the winner announcement.

  • Posted at 11:08 am on October 10, 2013
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  1. I wasn't called on the day the winner was selected so I'm not the winner. BUT my HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013 BLOG CABIN WINNER!!!! Hope you have many wonderful years here!

    Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm
  2. I'm not sure what to infer from this video. Could be a mail in entry this year. Could have been the real phone call but can't believe they can get eligibility requirements completed that fast. Remember, Laurie told us that giving a house away isn't as easy as it seems.

    jazzygirl9 on October 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm
    • DIY must call the person they draw first in order to get permission to check their eligibility. It can't be done secretly as that's illegal for some things like SSN and tax status plus conflict of interest clauses and residency status. DIY must get the names of all kin and their place of work. Can't do that without permission in the short time frame. No super sleuths can do it either. That was, for sure, the winner being contacted. By Friday, all being well with the winners eligibility, their name will be announced. Good luck to them, whoever they are. I hope, sincerely, they get good, independent, professional advice on how to handle this ASAP and are able to enjoy this wonderful gift. :D <3

      Sally on October 8, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    • Makes perfectly good sense Sally!

      lucyourdog on October 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    • I said it this morning, there was a lady on the other forum, that sounded like a winner to me. We've all say thanks one way or another, but she sounded different.

      havanera on October 9, 2013 at 12:21 am
    • hum which forum…

      twoTERRIERs on October 9, 2013 at 10:50 am
    • wow…this is good to know….makes perfect sense….and I am so excited to find out one of our dear bloggers won.

      twoTERRIERs on October 9, 2013 at 12:49 am
    • Good points Sally. It makes perfect sense and is in line with what's happened in previous years.

      AnniesOwn on October 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm
    • Sorry to burst your bubble, but the envelope next to the pink Pick Pick Me. has a date stamp of September 9th, 2013, and the video on top, says: Blog Cabin 2013 video tour.

      havanera on October 9, 2013 at 12:35 am
    • i just think that pink envelope is perfect as an example…shalom…

      twoTERRIERs on October 9, 2013 at 12:50 am
    • May peace be with you as well.

      havanera on October 9, 2013 at 10:47 am
    • i just hope they are planning on super surprising us, by calling the winner and notifying them live online especially if they are a blogger………we all love this home and would love to see especially if a blogger won… however, the blogger may wish to stay anonymous…

      twoTERRIERs on October 9, 2013 at 1:01 am
  3. Assuming the winner has been notified, join me for a virtual gathering on the dock for a congratulatory toast to the winner of the 2013 Blog Cabin! Any time you get there is fine but you've got to be gone by sunrise. No exceptions!

    Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    • Well, I don't know about you but I could use a glass of wine!

      Eden1875 on October 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    • I am with you . Maybe 2

      StormyWV on October 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    • Bring a bottle or two, Stormy. You may want to share a sip or too.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm
    • I will bring a bottle of each in my stash of wine. So everyone can have their favorite.

      StormyWV on October 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm
    • Works for me! See you there after I get off.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    • Wine, liquor, kool-aid, beer, moon shine, water….however you choose to toast is fine with me, Eden.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm
    • count me in. I will need a large glass. I did not realize how much I was hoping for this one. But I will gladly celebrate the winner.

      StormyWV on October 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    • No problem Stormy. Don't tell anyone, but I have a stash of everything, just to make sure we have enough to cover all toasts.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    • We may not all be gone by morning with all of that. The winner may come home to a dock full of bloggers. Lol

      StormyWV on October 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    • Not a problem. Since this is a virtual event, the winner may want to join us, just not tell us she's the winner.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm
    • Girl it is like your reading my mind

      StormyWV on October 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm
    • I am. Sending unlimited pitchers of the following: Bahama Mama, Sex on the Beach, Daiquiri, Jungle Juice, Margarita, Mai Tai, Pina Colada, Apple Martini, Long Island Ice Tea, Mojito, kegs of beer, along with unlimited bottles of water and fruit juice. Want to make sure everyone has a great final night at the Blog Cabin. Warning: Not responsible for anyone who abuses these virtual drinks and falls into the water.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm
    • Lessie the Piña Coladas is really good especially with that pineapple slice. Thanks I will share and not drink the whole pitcher. I brought some shrimp and crab dip with me for everyone and a box of Kleenex for the goodbye tears. This is bittersweet as there will never be another BC like this.
      PS it's a shame it can't be a time share for all the Bloggers to spend some time here. Peace be with you all. ????

      Straybird on October 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm
    • So glad you're enjoying the Pina Coladas, Straybird. Love your shrimp and crab dip! No need for a box of Kleenex. For those who need to cry, let the tears freely flow. It's part of the healing process.

      Bittersweet? Never, DIY homes improve every year. This location is a winner, but I'm sure there are other locations we'll fall in love with. As for bloggers spending time at the cabin, not possible because some, like me, would never leave.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    • Thanks and cheers to you, Lessie, you plan some great parties!!!<3:D

      Sheri McNamara on October 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm
    • Thanks Sheri! So glad you made it!

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm
    • I've been enjoying the Mai Tais a little too much. I see three of everything, so that means there are two extra Blog Cabins! I'll take the one in the middle! ;-)

      TwoCorgis on October 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm
    • I'll take the third one, Two! Just gotta find it. LOL!

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm
    • Stormy, can you please be an official virtual hostess? Want to make sure everyone feels welcome.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    • It would be my honor to be the Hostess. Thank you so much for asking.

      StormyWV on October 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm
    • You'll be an excellent hostess. Hopefully Eugenia will be able to join you. Who else would you like to work with?

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 8:57 pm
    • count me in….i am bringing a lovely merlot with crystal goblets…

      twoTERRIERs on October 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm
    • Love it Two! Looking forward to the wonderful time we'll have tonight.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm
    • here i come……

      twoTERRIERs on October 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm
    • Good. You're an official greeter! Make sure everyone is having a great time, please. For those who need to shed tears, no problem. They can cry as they stroll the beach, but they can't use the outdoor shower. Visiting the Blog Cabin is definitely off limits. Otherwise, here's hoping everyone has a great time!

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm
    • funny, just thinking, maybe diy is really going to surprise us this time:):)

      twoTERRIERs on October 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm
    • How? Any ideas?

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm
    • well wouldn't it be great if the winner really didn't know until Friday, and they fooled us all?

      twoTERRIERs on October 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm
    • Wow, that's what I call a surprise TT. Can't wait to see if it's true.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm
    • God works in mysterious way. In the meantime Lessie, I'll take a mojito; stay away with that moon shine, I have enough with the colombian firewater.

      havanera on October 9, 2013 at 12:12 am
    • Sorry, but I gotta sneak over and wash my feet at the water pump. OMG! Sometimes I crack myself up.xDxD LOL

      Sheri McNamara on October 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm
    • You're good, Sheri. Let me know how it works.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm
    • oh! I'm glad you found it, I've been looking all over the house.

      havanera on October 9, 2013 at 12:13 am
    • Since I live in south Florida and don't own, much fly a Leer Jet I will cheer from here. Cheers to the winner and to over millions of others. Thank you Mary and Laurie for all your hard work!<3xD

      Sheri McNamara on October 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm
    • You would think I had already started partying with that slightly askew remark. Like I didn't know what you meant. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Phew! That was work……XXXOOO

      Sheri McNamara on October 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm
    • You're just like the rest of us, Sheri. We're all cheering virtually from the comfort of our homes.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm
    • You got it, Lessie. It hurts on the inside from disappointment, but I know there will be more. Boy o Boy DIY has set some major standards for the future. I can't wait and see'cause they have to out-shine 2013 Blog Cabin! WOW…

      Sheri McNamara on October 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm
    • OH. MY. GOODNESS! I can't seem to get a virtual word in edgewise, you gals are drinkin' up an' talkin' so fast! I have a couple cases of chilled dry champagne to toast the winner and then virtually toast US!!! We Bloggies did the work, choosing and thinking and suggesting and hoping and voting and entering this Sweepstakes! We gave it the good ol' American TRY! LOVE this last night virtual vigil –may we grieve and rejoice, for tomorrow, an NEW Blog Cabin Era Begins. Soothing tears and Wonderful Friends make for Future Fun and Dreams to Share! Blog Cabin 2014~~GOOD LUCK ALL BLOGGIES!!! LOVEYA! B)xD^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on October 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm
    • We're ready for your champagne toast now Kitty. I'm ready to move forward and enjoy the next experience. So are you! Have a great night and exceptionally great day tomorrow!

      Lessie on October 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm
    • sounds like a fun party; count me in. I'll bring some homemade lemonade (lemons from my own tree). You can drink it straight up, with lot of ice, or add a little whiskey to it(yummy). Whatever tickles your fancy. See y'all there! ;)

      Holidaygal on October 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    • Everyone loves your lemonade Holidaygal. You must give us the recipe. :)

      Lessie on October 10, 2013 at 7:51 pm
    • Ready to Celebrate have on my water wings, just in case I fall into the water!! Drinking some yummy Lemonade using Meyers Lemons or the family secret recipe of lemonade whiskey!!
      Ready y'all for lemonade receipe….
      4 or 5 Meyer Lemons = 1 cup of juice
      &frac34; cup sugar
      5 cups water
      Use a vegetable peeler or paring knife to trim several 1/2 inch wide strips of zest from each Meyer lemon. Set the zest aside and halve the lemons. Ps Roll each lemon over your cutting board, pressing down as you do. This will help them to release their juice.
      Juice the Meyer lemons placing juice into a glass pitcher, scoop out any stray seeds with a slotted spoon.
      Bring 5 cups of water and 3/4 cup of sugar to a boil; Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat to cool..
      Pour the water and sugar mixture when cool into the pitcher that has the lemon juice.
      Put the lemon zest into the pitcher
      Refrigerate until cold. serve with ice.
      Now the whiskey lemonade that is a family secret…become a family member and I will share ;-)

      Holidaygal on October 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm
    • I'm trying this recipe. As for the family secret, don't you remember me from the last family reunion? I was the one under the big tree out back talking to Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary. :)

      Lessie on October 10, 2013 at 10:59 pm
  4. Congratulations to the Blog Cabin winner!

    JudyInMich on October 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm
  5. Congratulations to the 2013 Blog Cabin winner!

    Chips&Salsa53 on October 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm
  6. Was that the winner on the phone or an example tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Guest on October 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm
    • Your guess is as good as ours. We don't know. To be on the safe side, assume the best.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    • My guess would be yes. Just because the same video was posted on Diy facebook page also. But I have been wrong before.

      StormyWV on October 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm
    • wait until the 11th, all will be revealed then :D

      AndreaMP on October 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm
  7. I'm so happy for the winner…such a gift! Can I just pitch a (little) fit? I really, REALLY liked this cabin and could envision many good times there… as have a million other people!!! :)

    MarleneD on October 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm
    • It's ok to pitch a fit Marlene, as long as you do it in the privacy of your home. When you're ready to move forward, greet the winner as you would want to be greeted if you were the winner. Your feelings are real and so are hers. Both should be acknowledged.

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm
    • how about 19 million people pitching a little hissy fit?:) yes, we all see this as our home…..and cant wait to find out who won….i see they are getting substantial rain in the area now….

      twoTERRIERs on October 8, 2013 at 9:04 pm
    • Haven't heard hissy fit in a while, Two. Go for it!!!!

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm
    • It was meant "tongue-in-cheek" As a veteran kindergarten teacher, I've seen many an excellent fit pitching! :) (Still "tongue-in-cheek") Gotta love those little ones!

      MarleneD on October 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm
    • LOL!

      Lessie on October 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm
  8. Congratulations to the winner!!! Maybe one day I will get that phone call… wouldn't it be nice to see someone who LOOKS like they could use a nice home win???? That's the way these things usually go however!! I will still anticipate MY phone call one day!!!!

    Dangitgirl on October 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Janis Conard on October 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm
  10. Congrats winner! This IS one of MANY beautiful homes!!!!!! We can only imagine…….and wishing you a wonderful ride. Question: will you brought to the home by car/yacht? The dock makes it possible…. OK DIY, do your magic again on this one. :)

    Trish on October 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm

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