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Jul 25

Gimme Gimme Giveaway: Two Vintage-Inspired Art Pieces

We’re excited to announce the first in our series of the insanely popular Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we will be giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2014 after episode filming wrapped.

What’s the first item up for grabs? We’re giving away two unique art pieces, to include a framed telefone label and a vintage water ski print. See here for tune-in details regarding the Sledgehammer episode of Blog Cabin 2014.

To enter for a chance to win these one-of-a-kind art pieces, take the virtual home tour, examine each space and then tell us, via a comment posted below, which Blog Cabin 2014 reclaimed accessory or upcycled furnishing you like best.

You have from July 25, 2014, at 9 a.m. ET until Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win these one-of-a-kind items. We’ll announce the winner on the blog the following week.

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Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins August 1, 2014. We’ll be giving away a Kitchen Crashers design board, signed by Blog Cabin 2014 show host Chris Grundy and vintage-inspired metal kitchen shelf.

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  1. Terrific Contest!
    I really like the framed "telephone" label and vintage water ski print.

    (P.S. : I spelled the word telephone, as it appears, correctly – with an "F."
    However autocorrect would not let me send it.
    .Has anyone else had this experience, before, here?)

    Lester3 on July 25, 2014 at 9:20 am
    • Auto correct and I have a love/hate relationship.

      So far it hasn't prevented me from sending something. I might have to switch devices when a machine starts controlling me to that point.

      Eugenia27 on July 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm
    • You can turn off auto-correct easily. On an i-phone go to Settings, General, Keyboard then Autocorrect ON – OFF. Should take about 10 seconds. :)

      Clive on July 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm
  2. Love the telephone one. My aunts who lived in TX worked at the phone company for years. They had the old fashioned switch board and let me work nights with them Then I married my DH who also worked for the phone company for 40+ years and even though he is retired he teaches throughout the country. The students can't believe he started in 1967. He carries around with him a photo that was on a Time Magazine of the Norman Rockwell painting of the lineman. Even though he was let go early( due to budget cuts) before he wanted to retire-he still lives and breathes the phone company.

    Ann on July 25, 2014 at 9:26 am
    • I also wanted to add that it is too bad they getting rid of a lot of the land line phones. This is effecting a lot of the elderly who prefer not to use a cell phone. Also the land lines do not have the Electromagnetic radiation that the cell phones do. It is even hard to find a payphone nowadays.
      ok-off the soapbox. I like the art over the master bedroom headboard. To me it resembles a heart, even though I know it is Lake Hamilton. Was that what the creators of his piece saw in the shape of Lake Hamilton?
      Also -the new furniture that is there-can we know the companies that makes them?

      Ann on July 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm
    • Laurie told us that the chair in the family room came from Cost Plus.

      I'm with you on the land line phones. With every earthquake it becomes more and more true that people overload the cell towers but the land line phone calls get through. They keep trying to educate people not to phone immediately afterwards just to say, "Hey! We had an earthquake!" because phones need to work for people who need to call for help, but I don't think people pay attention to that PSA.

      Although I value the land line, I dropped AT&T because a problem developed with the house wiring. I thought it was hateful all those decades ago when AT&T suddenly announced they wouldn't automatically repair the phone service after the wiring entered the house, unless people were willing to pay protection money for "insurance." As if homeowners had done the inside wiring themselves and were responsible for the quality or would know how to fix it. What a racket. From investigating on YouTube, I did figure out how to run the line from the outside into my house via a long long long extension cord, but I tired of that solution. So I fired AT&T and now my land line phone is hooked into my computer, and I have no idea if it will work in the emergency situations where land line AT&T service worked. Just gonna wait and see. :)

      Lindingo on July 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm
    • I also wanted to add that it is too bad they getting rid of a lot of the land line phones. This is effecting a lot of the elderly who prefer not to use a cell phone. Also the land lines do not have the Electromagnetic radiation that the cell phones do. It is even hard to find a payphone nowadays.

      We now have Verizon FIOS which the computer , TV and phone are on. Unfortunately I found out that the phone has a battery back up-but if you have numerous power outages, the battery of course runs down and only lasted at most 24 hours. So 3-4 days without power-we lost the phone the 1st 24 hours. My dh has a cell phone luckily-but I don't. Sometimes new inventions are not so great.
      Thanks for the info on the chairs.

      Ann on July 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm
    • Good to know about the battery. Hopefully mine will work the same way, because my power never stays out over a day. Thanks.

      My Dad had trouble even with the Jitterbug cell phone. He could do it when all was calm, but not when he was under stress and really needed it when he was outside. Yes, land lines are SO much easier for the elderly. :)

      Lindingo on July 26, 2014 at 2:53 am
    • Totally agree with you Lindingo about the charge for indoor wiring. And it continues to go up all the time. I used to have AT&T for the long distance, after the old Bell Co. split. I did not use the Long Distance for about 6 mos. but still was charged . Decided that I did not want to continue to pay and cancelled a long time ago. My Son got me a cell phone and I can make all the calls I want. Been thinking about dropping my house phone. Anyway, nice to see the old things in the Blog Cabin
      and what were recycled. Counting down to the day to enter to win. My best to everyone as we continue to dream, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

      Nan on July 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm
    • Oh, good! Glad I'm not the only person still miffed about the indoor wiring expense. It seems like AT&T has always gone out of its way to irritate its customers. I think they want people to drop the land lines while they move into the computer era.

      Lindingo on July 27, 2014 at 3:48 am
    • Sad to think how many kids would not have any idea about a phone like that. :)

      nanwes on July 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm
  3. I love the phone. We never had an old phone quite like that when growing up on the farm. Instead, we had the wall mounted, wooden phone, with the hand ringer on the side. Dad also had one in the barn, so he could call for a vet, artificial breeder for the cows, fuel man, or anyone else. They were hooked up with a telephone line between the house and barn, about 350 feet. When modern phones were introduced, my folks sold the old wooden wall mount phones to an antique dealer.

    Builder on July 25, 2014 at 10:13 am
    • I forgot to mention….My favorite is the movable counter in the kitchen, along with the great lighting above it. What a homey feeling that room gives.:)

      Builder on July 25, 2014 at 10:31 am
    • That is my favorite, don't think they'll be giving one awa though.:-)

      nanwes on July 25, 2014 at 11:23 am
  4. Well, i have only made it halfway through the tour again today, but will finish tonight. However, I must take a moment to comment……This home has not only blog cabin history, but has smart home featues as well. And I cannot say enough about the beauty of the lighting and colors in the home.

    However so far my favorite reclaimed/upcycled item in the home is the burl table made from a tree stump hit by lightning….the table has historic elegance….i have to go look at that table again.

    twoTERRIERs on July 25, 2014 at 10:23 am
    • I said the same thing this morning, I think I can handle that 'smart' feature.:-)

      nanwes on July 25, 2014 at 11:24 am
    • me too and several others….i know this sounds weird, but i love the ac and generator…

      twoTERRIERs on July 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    • Saturday, adding to may favorite reclaimed list are the clever drawer handles created for the fishing tackle storage area…..These are not only "one of a kind", simply colorful, but extremely functional door handles…what a clever idea.

      twoTERRIERs on July 26, 2014 at 9:35 am
  5. I have enjoyed reading the bloggers comments throughout the process of finding the 1920's cottage to be moved to the beautiful site on Lake Hamilton and renovated into this year's Blog Cabin. It has brought back so many memories of living in Florida when my husband and I were first married. He was a young Air Force Officer assigned to Cape Canaveral and I was a girl from New Jersey questioning the merits of my decision to leave my family, my home state, and my college to follow the promise I had made to him. I always looked back with gratitude for that adventure we took and the life we started together. This year we shared our 48th anniversary, and now I wonder what would it be like to have the chance to return to a life together again in that tropical paradise. We left for his next AF assignment in 1970 and I have never been back.

    This morning after visiting the website and touring the rooms (which I seem to do on a daily basis), I would choose the dining room table and chairs as my favorite reclaimed and refurbished objects in the cabin. Our family has always been one to gather at the dining room table, it is the center of all family meals, projects, discussions, and visiting. It is definitely the center of our family's activities and the years of history refitted into that polished yet rustic and long lasting surface would be a treasure to sit at. Thank you. I am submitting this comment as an entrance into the Gimme Gimme Giveaway contest beginning today. Thank you.

    Nancy on July 25, 2014 at 10:24 am
  6. there are lots of reclaimed items that I love but my fav has to be
    the island in the kitchen amazing

    funny girl on July 25, 2014 at 10:31 am
  7. I also have several favorites. But the dining room table has to be the best. I love the chevron pattern that was created. Whats old is new again. I also love the china cabinet and chairs, but that's just a coat of paint, the table is a work or art. I hoe to win the cabin but as an alternative I would love to win the Gimme Gimme Giveaway.

    Joycein NJ on July 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm
  8. The picture with the water skiers remind me of the old commercials on T.V.

    gmartell54 on July 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm
  9. I like the kitchen island. Elegant, yet rustic.

    Jill PNW on July 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm
  10. My favorite spouse has been rewiring antique and vintage telephones for over 30 years. So of course the old "Telefone" lable is my favorite.

    Eugenia27 on July 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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