Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Announcing "So You Think You Can Create" Contest and Giveway!

  The Holidays are coming......fast!! 
ROBYN STORY DESIGNS is already getting dressed for the holidays!!  Just take a peak at some of the beautiful things that have just arrived!

 Our trees each have their own personalities and are a work of art!


Wreaths and garlands are filled with the most luscious trims, ribbons, ornaments and found objects.

Little Fairies seem to be spying on us from every nook and cranny!

And of course there's good ol' Santa!  He's made his appearance and is watching over my little elves as we orchestrate a gorgeous holiday for our customers and friends.

Even Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has it's own special edition Christmas Tree...  click HERE to check out all the great colors and products available!


Okay, so I think this is one of my personal  favorite Christmas creations.  Chalk Paint isn't just for furniture, look how decorative a few used brushes and pots of paint can be!! How fun!! Stick in some gift certificates from your favorite stockist and we're good to go!

In the spirit of the season,we're going to launch our first in a series of contests called...

Robyn Story Designs & Boutique 

"So You Think You Can Create?"

Series 1 Category: Holiday Creations

Using my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Christmas Tree as your muse - your inspiration - think outside the box and produce an
INSPIRED Holiday Decoration or accent!

...An ornament
...A holiday tablescape
...A gift idea
...Any decoration...
Let your imagination soar!

Here's the catch:  You must incorporate a found item(s) that you have repurposed... like our wonderful used brushes and old pots of paint!

"Goodness Gracious! The possibilities are unlimited!!  What a great contest!"

So here are the rules:  Use any product you like or any materials you like, but of course, we always like to see how you might put Annie Sloan Paint into your projects!  Be SUPER creative!!

"Seriously?  You're making me think about the holidays already?"
Then, send us a photo of your fabulous creation complete with a description of how you made it and what products you used.

Winner of this contest will receive a $250.00 American Express Gift Card to use as you see fit!

"Wow! $250.00?? Mommie needs a SPA day!"
 The details will be announced in the next couple of days, so please help us share the news about this new and exciting adventure from Robyn Story Designs and Boutique.  We would love, love, love if you would share this post with a friend, link it in your Facebook or Tweet about it, or blog about us!  

This series, "So You Think You Can Create?" is going to be tons of fun and you're gonna want to be a part of it! 
In the spirit of the holiday and the spirit of giving, for each entry received I am going to personally make a donation to a foundation that is NEAR and DEAR to the heart of my family.

My brother, who is a Chicago area policeman, was injured on duty and while being treated for his injury, almost lost his life and eyesight to a devastating disease called Steven Johnson's Syndrome.  His condition was caused by a severe reaction to antibiotics.
It was through the love and support of friends and family and the expertise of his doctors that he survived.  My heart goes out to Dr. Steven Maskin, here in Tampa, Florida, who through his incredible knowledge and research allowed my brother a second chance at life and our family to continue to be blessed by his presence.  

Dr. Maskin's passion in caring for his patients and his all his hard work is incredible. I want to continue to help support his efforts to help others with this devastating disease as well as the other diseases he researches.  

All my contributions will go to the Ocular Research and Education Foundation. This is my PERSONAL way of thanking him for his expertise, support and diligence!! 

Soooo.... get your creative juices flowing, share this blog and check back in a day or two for final entry details!

"I may look like a princess now, but wait 'till I put on my Craft Clothes!"


  1. Hello, first off so sorry about your brother, but He sent angels to guide the doctor in helping to heal him....best wishes to him!

    Your Christmas decor is lucious!!! What a fun photoshoot this shall be! We need to set a definite date!!
    Hugs and blessings,

  2. A number of months ago, my oldest daughter had an allergic reaction of some sort and was told it might be Steven Johnson'd Syndrome. It wasn't. Thank the Lord with all my heart! It was scary for awhile.

  3. Robyn,

    First off, let me just say that YOUR STORE LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE SLICE OF HEAVEN!! I wish I lived in FL so I could shop there!!

    I am sooo excited about this giveaway!!! What a fun & "creative" idea!! I've got my thinking cap on & my creative juices flowing & hope to come up with something SPECTACULAR for the occasion.

    I'm looking forward to learning more details in the coming days.


  4. Robyn, you are so clever! I think you should let me come paint that French Provincial dresser I see is still unpainted...seriously!

  5. Wow Robyn, this looks like it is going to be an amazing giveaway.


  6. Oh my heck. Guess I gotta start thinking about Christmas...;) What an amazing giveaway!!!!

  7. This post definitely put me in a festive mood. That paint tree is awesome. What a heartwarming story about your brother, and a great cause.

  8. Sorry about your brother but it sounds like he's in the right hands and has the best care!

    Fun contest idea and I have something in mind already.


  9. Oh my oh my...you are too amazing. Love to you and yours of course. Now I have to think, think, think. Hmmmmmmmm.

  10. So sorry about your Brother. So glad to hear he had wonderful care. I will be on the look out for details of this contest. I have NO clue what to do or where to begin...hmmm...! that is not like me, I must get some rest and start thinking!

  11. Robyn my thoughts and prayers are with you!

    A great giveaway and creative idea for your shop!

    Come and join my new fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce!

    Art by Karena

  12. Medicine is amazing!! This is going to be so much fun!! Now I will have to make a visit to visit you, to get the Paint!! See you soon!

    Huggs, Nancy

  13. I just whipped out a post for you. Hitting the sack now, and getting my wheels turning!

  14. happy to hear that your brother is coming along. live not far from chitown. place can be crazy huh. anyway, my creative juices will not match up to what im sure is going to be spectacular. would love to see all the entries. yea, i know not poss. can wish tho... continued prayers for your brother, and good luck picking winner for this one. if you need help, let me know hehe.

  15. So glad your brother has recuperated. What a scare!!! Thank goodness for this doctor and his gift.

    The store looks luscious! I'll be stopping in when we get back...
    (ps: I blogged about my last visit...check it out)

  16. Bonjur Robyn,
    Sending prayers for your brother, and so happy he is feeling better.
    Your giveaway is marvelous and your store even more so! Would love to come visit for myself. The Annie tree is great!
    Bonne chance to everyone!

  17. Robyn, I am so happy to hear that your Brother was helped in the nick of time by a wonderful Dr. They do exist, but oh, so hard to find. Best of luck to him, and kuddos to you for your donation/contest idea.

  18. Robyn,
    Your store always looks gorgeous but it is looking extra lovely with the beginnings of Christmas starting to show! I love the black and white checked ribbons with the garland! That is soo beautiful! I am so sorry that happened to your brother, but so thankful that he was saved and got his life back. Miracles do happen!!! :) Can't wait to think up my object d'art for the contest! I like to think of my used Annie Sloan Chalk paint pots as trophies, but I could maybe think up something Christmasy for them!

  19. First off, I am glad your brother is doing better. Second, lurve your contest idea...it is wonderful and yes the holidays are coming up. I will be putting some thought into this. Diane

  20. Robyn, Your brother is so fortunate to have such a wonderful and caring sister/family. The support he must feel must be overwhelming. So glad to hear that he is doing well. And "I thought I could create" that is until I saw your darling chalk paint can tree! Absolutely darling! So excited to see the creations and I would love to join in..Thank you for the opportunity. Bobbie

  21. God is good isn't he??? What a blessing to have Dr. Maskin there.
    This challenge is right up my alley! I am brainstorming as I type!!

    Hope you and your staff are well.
    Love the shop all decked out - would love to see it in person!

  22. I came over from Bebbie Doos and can't wait to do something for this AMAZING contest!!!! Can't wait for details. XO, Pinky

  23. Hey Robyn & Crew~
    The shop looks wonderful. If it was just a little bit closer, I would come by to see it all.
    So sorry about your brother, but it was great to hear about the fabulous doctor and your donations.

    I posted a link back to your chalk paint store in my post because I was pleased with the quick delivery and the price.


  24. This sounds like so much fun. I don't feel I could be competitive with all the real talent out there. I will promote for you though. Have a great week. Hugs, Ginger

  25. Hey Robyn- thanks for following me, you are one of three :) also, could you possibly make your button a little bit larger? I couldn't find your email so this is why I am commenting. I added it to my blog but it is small. Just thought you should know. I love your blog and review your posts often! I want to enter your giveaway, I will review the pre-requesities and post as directed. Thank you!!! <3

  26. Also, my heart goes out to your brother. My boyfriend is a correctional officer and I respect all lines of law enforcement. Best of luck to him and his family.

  27. I came over from Savannah Granny's. My mind is racing thinking about what I want to do for this contest!

  28. So glad to hear that your brother has recovered. What a devastating condition and so unexpected on top of his injury.
    I'll have to strap my thinking cap on for this challenge. Sounds like fun.

  29. Oh, good...another contest!!! My creative juices are flowing...I am up for this one! Gosh, I can't believe we have to start thinking about Christmas already...your large tree is beautiful, but your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint tree is just the cutest!! I am loving the new colors I picked up from one of your mini stockists, and of course, had to buy another can of Old White. I have so many projects to paint...and can't wait to share some with you. I'm taking your new button and glad you didn't give us a deadline yet...I have time to think about what to create. I hope Robyn Story Designs takes American Express Gift cards...can you say "more paint, please"?

  30. I am so grateful that your brother is doing will. Brothers are special. I didn't have a brother but my two daughters have a big brother. I think he is very special. What an ordeal your family must have endured. I have never heard of that disorder/disease but I am so glad he got excellent care. I think most doctors are part of God's angel force on earth.
    Just letting you know I did a post on your "So You Think You Can Create" contest. I just noticed Artsy VaVa came over from my blog.
    Hugs, Ginger

  31. This sounds like so much fun. I'm going to do a quick post about it.

    So sorry about your brother but thankful he's recovered! Praise God for his wonderful doctor and how great of you to be donating to the ocular foundation.

  32. I'm a new follower! Just placed an order for some paint and can't wait!!!: ) : )

  33. What a wonderful story of the power of family and love and of course a good doctor to get your brother back on his feet. He is lucky to have you.

    I am so excited to see your holiday decor! I love all of your decorations. I wish I could see them I person.

    Cannot wait to see all of the beautilf things people come up with,

  34. this is so incredibly awesome! great now I won't sleep a wink thinking about ways to create something...anything!
    oh well, I'm starting to get used to those dark circles under my eyes...at least they'll be there for a good reason :)
    wonderful idea to stir the creative cogs in my sleepy summer brain.


  35. I'm not exactly sure how I found your blog, but I'm glad I'm here! The photos of your shop are just stunning!! Who knew a Christmas tree decorated with paint cans and brushes could be cute?!!

    So far, your contest sounds like it's going to be right up my alley! I have already started on making Christmas items for my upcoming craft shows and they almost always consist of repurposed items!

  36. I love the paintbrush tree and your Xmas Fairies...sounds fun I will have to hunt for that paint in Mass.

  37. Our lives here is so precious so glad your brother recovered so the family can enjoy him longer here on earth.

    I would love to join in the creative ideas but have alreday joined in two other swaps so must decline.

    You do have a beautiful shop and yes get that dresser painted some friend offered to help you paint it LOL

    I will be watching to see what everyone comes up with. I love the paint tree


  38. I couldn't wait for the final entry details and I just was so inspired!! Check out my blog for my project. wwww.cynthiakeenan.wordpress.com. My pumpkins won't qualify for this contest, but I was so happy to find a use for the chalk paint on my pumpkins!