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!!


  1. Wow, everything looks amazing. Love Antoinette and the mural!

  2. Looks like so much fun! I absolutely adore Antoinette, she is so whimsical and a great conversation piece!

  3. I think 'busy' is an big ole understatement!!!
    Have y'all stopped to catch your breath yet?

    How I wish I could have come to the Open House. The photos of the store are beautiful and OMG your booth in Orlando was crazy gorgeous!


  4. Wow, you sure have been busy. Glad to hear your open house was such a success. Your booth at the Faux Expo is gorgeous.

  5. WOW! Lots of stuff going on... but that's a good thing right??

    Quick question about the Annie Sloan paint... do you HAVE to use the wax when painting?? or can you use the paint all by itself?

  6. Loved taking your class! So much fun!