Friday, October 28, 2011

"So You Think You Can Create HOLIDAY CONTEST and Giveaway!!!!!!"

It's always something here at Robyn Story Designs!!
No one can accuse us of letting grass grow under our feet!!

We're preparing for
Fancy Flea
vintage home & garden market

We are so excited to be a part of the wonderful open air event in Lakeland, FL but there's
LOTS to prepare for.

We'll be there with all kinds of wonderful Ribbons, and Christmas Decorations as well as
and some pieces finished with ASCP from our store, as well as
MANY other fun and creative items.  PLEASE stop by and say HI.  We love meeting our bloggers!

We are so excited to be launching our "So You Think You Can Create (Series One) Holiday Contest and Giveaway".  (This is just the FIRST of many to follow.)
  So if you're excited about entering and share our enthusiasm over future Series, 
RULE ONE .....

Simply become a follower of our blog.  Once a follower, be sure to COMMENT on THIS post using the phrase
"So You Think You Can Create (Series One) Holiday Contest and Giveaway"
If you're already a follower, we appreciate and thank you, but you |STILL need to comment on THIS post using the phrase "So You Think You Can Create (Series One) Holiday Contest and Giveaway"

 It's TOO easy to participate.
What you need to do to win this FABULOUS contest:
  • It must be a HOLIDAY decor - Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, it's YOUR holiday  
  • Create your decor using any product or material that you like. Of course we always like to see how you can incorporate Annie Sloan Chalk Paint/waxes into your project.
  • Here's the catch: You must incorporate a found item(s) that you have our wonderful used brushes and old pots of  paint.  
  • You can click here and refer to our original post to further understand the inspiration behind this Series One of So You Think You Can Create.  
  • If you have a blog and want to share the love , take our button (top right-hand corner) and put it on your blog.  Make sure to let us know (via comment with the phrase "just for fun giveaway" on our blog) and as an extra thank you we'll enter your name for our 'just for fun' giveaway!  One lucky person will win a $50 American Express Gift Card to complete your Holiday shopping or a treat just or you!
Once you've become a follower and commented on this post it's time to START CREATING!!!  When you've finished your masterpiece simply:
Email us a picture, include in the email the procedure and products used.  Address:

VERY IMPORTANT:  The Subject Line on the Email MUST read, SERIES ONE ENTRY
any entry sent without this in the subject line will be invalid
Once we receive all the entries (must be emailed to us by midnight December 20) we will post all entries on our blog on December 21 and the voting will begin!!!

At that point all you'll need to do is check out our post filled with images of all the entries, review them all and comment on your favorite.  Those comments on the ENTRIES WILL NOT be published until the contest is over.  This is to ensure that it will be a surprise to the winner!! Way cool huh!?
The Entry that followed all the rules AND receives the MOST comments  wins  
 Spend it anyway you want anywhere you want and of course we'd LOVE it if you spent it at our beautiful little store!
announcement will be made on the blog at Midnight on Christmas Eve

Please don't forget....For each entry I am personally making a donation to the Ocular Research and Education Foundation.  This is my personal way of saying THANK YOU to an amazing doctor, Dr. Steven Maskin.
It was his expertise that I completely credit for saving my brothers' life and eyesight.  Please click here to read my original post about this event in our family's life.

So put your Holiday music on and get inspired.  Time is flying and the Holiday's will be here before you know it!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Where have we been?
We've been so incredibly busy there's hardly been time for Facebook or Blogging!!  And I've missed it!!
Our OPEN HOUSE was a HUGE success and such a wonderful way to start the HOLIDAY season!!
For those of you that attended and helped make it so successful
I know, and never take for granted, that I wouldn't still be in this business without YOU!
Let me fill you in on some of the wonderful things going on here at
Robyn Story Designs.

We have had several fun workshops in September and October.  Here are just a couple of pictures.
We always have a full house for our workshops.  During these workshops in September and October we had lots of laughs, great stories and several people that came from the East Coast of Florida to spend the day with us as well as an adorable woman from Paris, France.  Okay, she didn't fly from Paris to take our class but I have to tell you I tried to soak up as much of her Paris as I could!!  It is my dream destination...
Homemade roasted veggies are always on the lunch "menu", a customer favorite!
I love this...people come in and meet new friends and exchange numbers!!
Our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshops are too much fun!  Everyone leaves totally empowered after an afternoon of fun and instruction with the paint!  We have several more dates for workshops, be sure to check it out online!


After our few workshops we had to scurry and get ready for the  
FAUX EXPO in Orlando!
Now that was a BLAST!!!!
We were there representing our WONDERFUL Robyn Story Designs and Boutique as well as Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and our other product line that we'll be carrying in the near future,  
Amy Howard.
We did mini demo's throughout the day, chatted with the MOST AMAZINGLY TALENTED artists and soaked up some of that talent!

All of our menagerie before it was staged!

It's getting there, bare bones but shaping up!!
Our finished booth!!!  Complete with a vintage desk, found objects mounted on reclaimed wood with a back drop of vintage bread boards from a bread bakery in Ybor City!  A touch of glam with our Mac Sculpture candelabra's  and a few treasures from our boutique!
Our mini demo area, complete with an Annie Sloan Chalk Painted canvas as our 'rug'
One of our ASCP sample color displays
We had a 'full house' of demo's every 30 minutes and they all left LOVING the paint!!
Another picture of our completed booth!
One of the many things that I love about my store is that my customer's want and expect something different all the time.  I pride myself on never letting things get stale, always changing venues around and ALWAYS thinking outside the proverbial box!  Take a look at our latest creation, we affectionately call her Antoinette!
She is a wonderful seamstress mannequin that we covered with a vintage wedding dress with layers of tulle and a gorgeous boa.  We finished her with a vintage corset and she's actually electrified with a chandelier.  Is she not the MOST luxurious piece of work.  Vintage clothing, a crystal chandelier, a vintage mannequin and voila~ an amazing 'floor lamp' that any woman would love in her dressing room, bathroom or a perfect feminine touch for her office!!
Here she is posing in front of a mural that upon our entrance to the expo was just a large blank canvas.  As the two days progressed the artist painted this masterpiece before our very eyes!  Take a look at Joel Cook's portfolio.  Thanks Joel for allowing us to use your art as Antoinette's background!
My staff that helped pull off this amazing feat!! We were proud of our booth and our three days of fun!
I also need to thank four very important people for ALL of their help as well.  Three of our Florida Annie Sloan mini stockists met us in Orlando and were instrumental in helping us pull the whole thing together.  So thanks, Denna, Carmella (and her friend Caryl) and Lorna.  You girls ROCK!!!
Once we returned from the Expo we had to hit the ground running and get the store ready for our Holiday Open House.

We also transformed our workshop into our Untold Stories Warehouse Sale.  It was filled to the rafters with amazing deals on Christmas ribbons, ornaments, greens and a some home decor objects.

We had so much fun and everyone enjoyed it so much that we've extended it through this weekend.  My staff has been as busy as Santa's elves adding more to Untold Stories and revamping the showroom.  As always, I like to keep it fresh and new.  Many garlands and trees sold during our Holiday Open House that we need to fill those empty spaces!


I hope this explains where we've been lately!  As if the above isn't enough I'm heading to Market in North Carolina next week to purchase some WONDERFUL, NEW and EXCITING products to the store!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Robyn Story Designs and Boutique
Holiday Open House!!
Holiday Open House Specials!
  Thursday!  Friday!  Saturday!
 October 6th, 7th, & 8th 
(Thurs/Fri 10 -5  Sat 10/4)
20% off 
As Always Great Food... Great Finds...
...And New Inspirations For Your Mind
And For The Artful Soul!  


We've Made A Special Purchase of  
Exquisite Christmas Ribbon And Other
Holiday Decor And We Are Passing The
Savings On To Our Valued Customers! 

Daily Doorbusters!!

Unadvertised daily specials in all departments!
Spin the wheel for free gifts and special discounts!
Check out a very special trunk show with Stella and Dot 

It Will Be So Much Fun You Won't
Want To Leave! Ridiculous Pricing On
Designer Ribbon As Low As $1 Per Bolt!
*  Not good with any other offers, custom or special orders.  Does not include any discount off of Robyn's Untold Stories. Offer expires October 9, 2011.  Certain restrictions may apply.  See store for details.