Reaching

About 2 minutes ago, I told Lynette that it feels like we are still in Fairfield Manor. Do you guys remember when we moved in? I felt so cool.  I remember when the time came and I had to make the big decision “how the heck am I gonna pay someone a salary”.  That was tough scary stuff.  Things aren’t much different  today.  I wonder sometimes how it looks from the outside in. This whole Matilda Jane thing is beyond my wildest dreams. I could go on and on about that…but I think you’ve heard that blog a time or 2 before. I do keep thinking to myself, we have been at this for several years now and our team keeps growing but gosh, I feel like my job is just getting bigger.  It is a tough place to be when you are rushing your kids through homework so you can update the website, or answer emails.  It sounds bad, but it is true. The last few months have been tougher than any before. And just when I don’t think I can juggle one thing more, another ball gets thrown in my court. Not really sure where I am going with this..maybe just that I am exhausted!!!!

I told myself “just stop for a few minutes and look around and all that’s been done.” It literally sweeps me off my feet.  I was looking through photos of past lines and the models have grown up before my very own eyes. Your children have. That is when I get a huge smile. It is when I realize, oh my gosh, there’s a slew of Matilda Jane girls just waiting to move mountains. There’s a slew of moms out there who have become friends. There are relationships made because of Matilda Jane and all that combined we are making a difference.  With that thought, how can I ever complain? You gotta share your favorite memory with us!! I’m sure if I pick a few good ones, Kiara can hook you up with one of our super cute bags for your little girl!!

Check out Megan’s video of her darling Londyn growing up in MJC. Check out Megan’s Blog

And check out our LookBook to see Madison.

 

….okay I just spent a good 30 minutes looking for the perfect pic…I give up.

So how about a pic of Joe…you can never go wrong with Joe!!

Tomorrow I am heading down to my favorite place in Florida.  Lots of us from  MJC in Fort Wayne are heading out all over the country to go to the Team Meetings as we get ready to launch Good Hart. I’m excited go but just a little stressed cuz I am so dang tired and I’m probably not gonna look all that cute nor be all that much fun. But I guess if I can just have 30 minutes out hang out on the couch Sam, Jami and Jennifer I’ll be good. And of course, meeting all the new Trunk Keepers is always a sure way to put a smile on your face.

And that is about it! It’s nearing 11:30 and I have not even thought about finishing emails, nor fabric file or packing. And I know you all have Art Fair on your mind.  Kayla, Becky, Sam, Jennifer and I all had a meeting about it today. Lots of phone calls to make as we confirm everything and next week we’ll get ready to sell tickets. It’ll be much easier this time around, we are selling them online!!

Okay kids..Nite!

 

     
Brittney Bell - January 14, 2013 - 11:36 pm

You are amazing. Simple as that. Don’t ever forget it! And I can’t wait to buy tickets online! Thank you!!!!

Jessica - January 14, 2013 - 11:41 pm

You really must never sleep! I’m excited to hear you’re coming to Florida – as a native, I’m curious to hear where you’ll be visiting down here. It would be wonderful to run into you :)

Beth - January 14, 2013 - 11:43 pm

I love the look book of Madison growing up! Made me think about my Audrey and how big she is now, she just had her 10th birthday and is pretty much sized out of MJC (she’s a tall girl) and the road we have traveled and the memories I have of her growing up in your clothing.

Denise - January 14, 2013 - 11:45 pm

Jessica- We are staying in WAtersound. I like the quietness!!
The meeting is in Rosemary Beach!

Brenda R - January 14, 2013 - 11:48 pm

Such a sweet video! Thank you for all you and your team do!

Keri - January 14, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Ahh…I was just catching up on the FB page and the blog and your post popped up! Heading to Salt Lake City at the end of the week for our meeting with the amazing Ashlee J. I am in awe about how much MJ has grown just since I’ve been a TK…proud to be a part of it and happy to be along for the ride. I wish that there were more hours in the day and a huge “pause” button on this crazy life.;) Here’s hoping you can get a little shut-eye on the plane! You get to hang out with my favorite TK, the beautiful Jessica W….have a great time and thank you for working so hard and continuing to inspire people through your designs and passion for what you do. XO

Beth R - January 15, 2013 - 12:00 am

I have met some super sweet and trusting Momma’s thru MJ. But most of all I have the BEST trunk keeper (Mimi Little #174)
What beautiful spirit she has!

Rebecca Howard - January 15, 2013 - 12:10 am

I am fairly new to MJ, as I just learned about the company and the amazingly unpredictable clothing last September. MJ has not only provided me the opportunity to buy lots of adorable clothing for my daughter, Morgan. But, I have had the opportunity to develop new friendships with other MJ mamas. We come from all walks of life, and face various challenges, but we come together to support each other. All this to say, the memories for me are just beginning. I am looking forward to meeting you and my online MJ friends at my very first Art Fair this summer! I’m sure I will have lots of memories to share!

Nikki - January 15, 2013 - 12:15 am

My little girl is 2 1/2 and LOVES MJ clothes. Every morning when I get her dressed she says “this my ’tilda jane dress mommy?”…Makes me smile so big =)

Abby - January 15, 2013 - 12:36 am

The past 9 months have meant more to me then just buying adorable clothes for my sweet 2 year old little girl. Its been about forming relationships with women all over the u.s and getting to know them. My husbands line of work has us on the road all the time. We havent been home in 20 months. We live in our camper (which means our matilda jane collection is limited by space (so sad)) and i really dont mind it as my little girl and i get to see a lot of different places. With moving around a lot i dont get the chance to form “real” relationships with any other moms and thats tough, but through facebook and matilda jane i have been able to form relationships with a few very sweet, very funny and caring moms. We talk about everything not just clothes, i think i was more excited to tell them about our potty training adventures then the few real life friends i have. I wish i could have my “mj mom friends” as real life friends! So thank you MJC for bringing a little light into my usually boring days as i chat with moms that because of you i have met! It means more to me then you know! Wish you all the best!

Love, the matilda jane loving gypsy :)

robyn - January 15, 2013 - 12:36 am

i am CRAZY about the lookbook right now, denise! seriously almost brings tears to my eyes. my girls have grown right alongside madision…sigh. hard to believe. remember the ginger peasant? now that’s a memory! have fun in florida. we will MISS YOU in nashville but will have such a blast with chelsa and alicia! xoxo. robyn

Brie M - January 15, 2013 - 12:51 am

Loved this blog! Made me cry looking at the video and lookbook..These girls are such wonderful models! I’m so honored to be a TK and to have my daughter grow up in Matilda Jane!! THANK YOU!

Joy Williams - January 15, 2013 - 12:52 am

We have so many memories in Matilda Jane Clothing that its hard to pick one. The one ill share may sound a bit strange as favorite, but here it goes. Mia, my middle daughter was hospitalized with issues relating to her seizures. Since she was out of school we had arranged for her to send a video explaining what she was going through with her classmates. She was hooked up to wires and had her “cap” on to monitor brain waves, etc. I start to take the video and she tells me, Mommy, I don’t look pretty. You can’t see my hair and I look like a boy. I tel her that she’s beautiful and l pull out the brown little MJC dress that would fit through wires, etc. Her face lit up and we got it on her. She looked in the mirror and says Mommy, I’m pretty now! I was holding back tears.
I’m still wishing and hoping to become a trunk keeper! I want to help others have happy memories even during a tough situation! I hope y’all have a blast and that you get some rest. :)

Jenn - January 15, 2013 - 1:16 am

My favorite thing about Matilda Jane is the passion that its instills in those of us who love it. Thanks for the magic! Enjoy that FL sunshine.

goodideamomma - January 15, 2013 - 1:39 am

One of my most favorite memories of Matilda Jane was meeting my Moms in Style in real life for the first time. This was Art Fair 2009. We came in from all over the country and when we met, it was like we’ve known each other forever! We stayed up late chatting, laughing, like old friends. To this day, these are still some of my most favorite people and I look forward to seeing them every year, but I wish it was more often.

Rainbow P - January 15, 2013 - 1:57 am

In terms of MJ my favorite memory would have to be my first Art Fair last summer! I was completely new to the brand but was in town so decided to go with my 2 year old daughter in tow. BIG mistake :) I had a pile of dresses on one arm all while trying to keep her in line and behaved. At one point she hid from me in the racks and I panicked thinking I lost her.At any rate it was fun and memorable! Now I’m planning my 2nd AF…this time I know better than to bring my little munchkin :)

Teri Roberts - January 15, 2013 - 6:23 am

You are ah-maxing and so is the MJ collection! I have several pieces for my girls and I love dressing them in it! ;) I am in Athens Ga and I’d love more info on how to become a Jane trunk keeper! I’ve emailed a few times but haven’t heard back from anyone! Keep up the good work! It’s Beautiful!!!!!

Allison S. - January 15, 2013 - 6:33 am

Wow! my favorite MJ moment!
Early on in my MJ days, you (Denise) saw me post an ISO on Facebook for an older AF tank dress and you messaged me saying you were sending it to me. It just blew me away and still does that you took the time to do that. It just confirmed for me HOW special MJ really was! Thank you for your compassion, giving heart, and the love you spread!

Alyssa P. - January 15, 2013 - 7:31 am

Favorite memory…my first trunk show, watching my daughter talking with Alison S, picking out her first Matilda Jane all by herself!

Lisa R - January 15, 2013 - 7:39 am

Felt like a little walk down memory lane. I’ve been around for about 4 1/2 years now and have watched your company really flourish and feel like I was a tiny part of it too as you would blog all the exciting details. I watched my baby go from her first ruffles and lap dress( from Hotline ) to a closet filled with only MJ! I played blog games, and followed you at craft shows in Michigan , enjoyed reading stories about your little guys and watched you do amazing things for people beyond creating adorable clothes. I have many fond memories but the best would probably have to be when my husband and father in law put my Mother’s Day wish into reality by helping me enter the art fair contest a few years back! They worked so hard creating an original song about Matilda Jane ( Beautiful) and putting together a little video with my daughter. It turned out perfect in my eyes and we were the runner up! The whole thing was so exciting and the prize was so fun, traveling with my best friend to art fair (she didn’t even have a girl), chatting with you and your staff who were so accommodating and shopping till I just couldn’t shop anymore! My family still watches that video ( and I see how much my daughter has grown) and holds on to the memory of the song/ video and fun times we had putting that together! Thanks for the memories MJ- you are so beautiful in Matilda Jane!

Melissa - January 15, 2013 - 7:46 am

Still have not made it to our place in Seagrove yet in. 2013. I can’t wait. Especially since it has rained nearly everyday here in Birmingham, AL. ;)

kylie lee - January 15, 2013 - 7:49 am

i cant wait to finally meet my team in person this weekend! Words cant describe how truly excited i am to be apart of the mjc company!

Lisa - January 15, 2013 - 7:54 am

Megan is a gifted photographer, and I love seeing her sweet Londyn on the blog! I was just looking at photos from the first 435 trip and I am amazed at how much my girls have grown *sniffle*. I can’t believe it has almost been 5 years! Enjoy the beach, the weather has been perfect.

Heather Blewett - January 15, 2013 - 8:12 am

I don’t have a favorite memory with you guys, but my favorite memory of MJ is when my daughter(after having 2 boys) wore her first knot dress…I had bought about 6 months before she could actually wear it (it was a 18month). So there it hung in the back of her closet, waiting for her to grow into it, I would take it out and look it over and then finally it fit!! And we have never looked back we are hooked on the tiny lovely details of every piece that we buy, and her 2nd birthday is just a couple weeks away=)

Amy & Willa - January 15, 2013 - 8:18 am

I discovered Matilda Jane in the fall of 2009 when Willa was about 6 months old. I was smitten from the start. Truly love at first sight! I waited a year to make my first purchase when I thought Willa was big enough to wear something so pretty. I was confused by the trunk keeper system so I tried to purchase from the Platinum site (even more confusing, but I was intrigued by the element of surprise). After many weeks, I finally caught an upload and was able to purchase the Tired Knot dress – that was the name. Such a simple name for a dress that was the most beautiful dress I’d ever seen. Anyway, when the dress arrived I put it on Willa right away. Looking down at the dress, she took her little hands and smoothed the skirt. Then she began to twirl! I was surprised that my little 18 month old knew to do that. I looked to her daddy and asked, “How does she know she is supposed to do that?” He answered, “It must be the power of the dress.” He was right, Matilda Jane is powerful. It gives even the smallest of girls the confidence to be strong and beautiful and free to twirl. That is my most favorite memory with Matilda Jane and I have carried it with me ever since. xoxo, Amy

Wendy - January 15, 2013 - 8:47 am

Oh, you definitely cannot go wrong with Joe, he was such a cute little guy, and now a cute big(ger) guy! My favorite memory is from the old blog days, there was one night when we were all just commenting and everyone was getting a “gangsta” name – it was just so funny and silly and I made some great friends that night. :)

Nancy M - January 15, 2013 - 8:49 am

As I was reading your blog, the part about meeting new friends struck me the most…we MJ buying mommas are all connected by the love of your clothes and having our little girls dress like little girls and being unique at the same time. I love the clothes and although one of my daughters has outgrown MJC, the friendships I have made have only grown deeper. My husband asked me the other night what would happen when our girls outgrew and MJC…what would we talk about? I laughed, we don’t talk about MJC that much anymore, we’re friends who share much more then clothes now.

Christine B - January 15, 2013 - 9:04 am

I have been buying since 2007 and I have so many great memories associated with MJ. But last year was the first time I was able to bring my husband and daughter with me to art fair. The excitement my daughter felt experiencing the pre-party. She was so excited to have her pirate hat, seeing the treasure and of course seeing the pirate! She still talks about everything in detail about the party, and plays with her pirate hat and her coin bag. So many memories but being able to bring that kind of “Disney” experience to her means everything.

Jamie Hicks - January 15, 2013 - 9:09 am

I’ve loved seeing all of the friends I’ve made thanks to MJ’s family grow up and new little ones join in the family. I still remember meeting Sam at Art Fair #1, I had to tell her how beautiful she was, beaming from inside and out. And then to see her fall for my lil’ Ady and the kindness you have all shown my family over the years. I am heartbroken that we won’t make it to year 5 of Art Fair, that is when everything MJ is to me shines, the friends I’ve made, the coming together over similar interests and just enjoying one anothers company. Me generally making someone’s jaw drop by just doing -something- Jamie. I will miss seeing Kayla and Sam and Rhonda and Jami and you Denise (etc etc etc) and all my friends and Cerys will surely miss toting your sister around! Rambling….but MJ will -always- mean friendships to me, and people I would never have met otherwise. LOVE the diversity of amazing mamas I’ve come across! Loves you! Oh and seeing Madison grow up via you and Edens Bouquet has been amazing, she is too cute and no so gorg!

Erin - January 15, 2013 - 9:32 am

My favorite memory of MJ? I have two. The first is when you chose my Spread the Love candidate as one of your winners. I cried when she called to ask me if I knew anything about a big box of Matilda Jane that showed up at her house. The other is my special group of mamas that I have met through MJ on facebook. It is the only company I have heard of that I think has facilitated so many friendships. I love your generosity.
Erin W.

Stacie Petta - January 15, 2013 - 9:47 am

My favorite memories with MJ…my first trunk show when my daughter “twirled” in a dress, how beautiful MJ clothes look when I use them in my photo shoots, and my 2 visits to the art fair and winning the grand prize last summer!!! Matilda Jane is fun, creative, inspiring and BEauTifUL!

Stacey Mullins - January 15, 2013 - 9:55 am

My favorite memory was Art Fair 2011. It was my 1st “girls weekend” with my 1 year old Gracie. Riding to the trolly to your backyard pre party & the fun moms I met, a perfect mj memory!

J. Hutch - January 15, 2013 - 9:57 am

My friends and I have always used trunk shows as a way for the girls to get together. Sometimes it’s hard to justify a girl’s night out when there’s so much to do at home with chores and family but if we are multi tasking and getting shopping done at the same time then more people are able to commit. Trunk shows have been such a great way to stay connected with friends!

Shari - January 15, 2013 - 10:47 am

As a consultant /project manager for the last 12 years – one thing I know for sure is that you have to delegate 80% of each project in order to keep growing.

Steady as she goes and give more work to others – you need more of you so train your replacements (in theory – you can’t be replaced!)

Good Luck!

Jill L. - January 15, 2013 - 10:51 am

You are amazing! I think all of us moms feel like we are juggling a million things at once a lot of the time, and you probably more than most because you have so much on your plate. I was so happy to see Madison in the photos this year. I’ve thought it would be so cool to see past models and how they have grown up! She has been making me want to buy clothes since she was little and is still having that effect. :) I can’t wait for this line! To me the best memory about MJC is how cute my girls feel when wearing it and the fact that my husband, who never had really noticed the girls clothes before, suddenly started choosing their Matilda Jane any chance he had when getting them dressed. Then we’d go out and people would stop and asked me if I’d sewed their cute clothes and he’d just roll his eyes and whisper, “People always go crazy about our girls when they wear Matilda Jane.” in a proud sort of way. ;) I’m so happy that my girls have been wearing MJC for almost all of their lives now and still have no idea what Justice is!! I hope to keep it that way for a while longer. ;)

Leslie LaBarge - January 15, 2013 - 11:07 am

My favorite MJ memory to date just happened yesterday:) My youngest dd just turned 6 and to say she has been a tom boy all of her life is an understatement. Even as a baby she never wanted to play with a doll, her idea of dress up is getting out her super hero costumes and instead of barbies she’s all about video games. All of her close friends that she adores are boys. She plays football and can’t wait to be old enough to join the pee wee football team. She’s rough and tough and loves anything “little boy”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I fully embrace and love her tom boy ways(I always wanted a son and that never happened), but I secretly wished she’d find just a little sliver of girl in there after all. I started buying MJ for her last year and it took her a while to warm up to girl clothes. She realized she loved the comfort, and the compliments! The only thing I couldn’t get her to adore were all of those gorgeous platinum dresses. I kept ordering, she kept refusing to wear them. Last week when I caught a few pretties I showed her the photos and she told me she was excited for them to arrive. I thought she was half joking. They arrived yesterday and she tried them all on, and begged to wear them to school asap. She twirled and twirled and said how pretty she looked. That moment stole this mamas heart. Her dad is still in shock after hearing those words but I’ll take any little moment like that-where she feels confident in her own skin…regardless if she is in super hero costume or in a pretty dress.

Becky W - January 15, 2013 - 11:27 am

My favorite MJ memory was discovering the day after our second daughter was carried out of the orphanage in Ukraine that the Roboto dress her big sister picked out for her and insisted we packed actually fit her! It was adorable, still one of our favorites for both girls.

We’ve been buying MJ (mostly the lap dresses and ruffles) since our first daughter came home from Ukraine in 2010. :)

Rainbow P - January 15, 2013 - 12:10 pm

For some reason my memory post from last nite didn’t show up….

Anyways my best MJ memory was last year at my first Art Fair. I was brand new to the brand and maybe owned one piece (the Bowie). I was in town so made my way to AF with my 2 year old daughter in tow BIG mistake! I had an arm full of pretties and the other arm trying to hold onto my feisty toddler who thought it was funny to hide in the racks! At one point I panicked thinking I had lost her and one of the sweet teenage boy helpers found her hiding behind some dresses. At any rate it was stressful but I’m glad my daughter was with me and it made for a great first memory on our journey through MJ and its unpredictable nature :) looking forward to AF this year where I will be more prepared and NO todldlers!

carolyn19 - January 15, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Home with a sick kid….i guess all my memories are mostly of times when my daughter wore her mj outfits…i used to be that mom that saved them for special occasions but not anymore…now i just limit them to once a week and anything on the weekends! She loves the look the feel and all the fun. I guess I just know that they make her happy and that gives me comfort and lasting memories. She’s having a hard time in school so if wearing a fun skirt eases her anxiety just a little then that is what i treasure.

Colleen - January 15, 2013 - 7:34 pm

My favorite MJC memory was the beyond awesome chance to meet all of the ladies from such a loving and honest company, when my daughter was chosen to be a part of the House of Clouds shoot. The experience only deepened in my heart when my older daughter was also used in the shoot. It built her confidence leaps and bounds and allowed me to step back and just gasp at how beautiful my little ladies are. Great times and a great group of ladies…LOVE!

Mel - January 15, 2013 - 11:00 pm

My favorite memory of Matilda Jane is from the first trunk show I ever went to (years ago). Just seeing all the beautiful clothes all hanging together gave me chills. But the smile on my daughters face each time she tried on a piece was priceless. She was so thrilled that I was able to buy her something. It was fun watching all the other children go crazy over each and every item. There is just something about MJ…the clothes, the trunk keepers, and everything behind it all.

Erica S - January 16, 2013 - 4:04 am

My little girl is only two years old, but she is definitely a Matilda Jane girl already. We went to my son’s school the other day, and the lady at the front desk said “What’s your baby doll’s name? Let me guess, Matilda?” Every girl at this school knows Matilda Jane, and I think mostly due to my two year old. She is PERTICULAR about what she wears. Of course, I put her cute clothes where she can reach them first, but she puts the pieces together. Most of the time it’s all Matilda Jane, but every now and then she’ll mix in another piece and it’s just genius. I see an artist in the making and I think your clothes inspire her (at 2 and a half)!! I ramble, and since this isn’t my blog post, I should get to my answer. I make memories with my daughter every day because of Matilda Jane. She puts on a dress – and they are now collectively called her “duck dresses” and I will take her to the park nearby to feed the ducks. I take pictures, and she and my son play and feed the ducks. Every time she puts on the dresses, I know we’re doing something special. We’re all just driven to. My favorite memory about Matilda Jane, though, has to do with four little girls who lost thier mother, a police officer, just before Christmas. The same day the Newtown shootings occurred, these four little girls also lost their mom. I felt helpless about the children in Newtown, but at the last minute I nominated these four little girls for Spread the Love. I knew it was probably too late as Christmas was only a few days away, but late in the day on Christmas Eve, the most glorious package from Matilda Jane arrived to brighten their Christmas. I will neve forget how Matilda Jane allowed me to share in Spreading the Love with them this Christmas. What an honor it was and I cannot think of anything I would rather do! There is nothing more special than seeing four little girls who I know were receiving not just gifts, but something inside. I know when they put on those clothes that something inside them will change – just like that something that changes when my little girl puts on her clothes. I will find a way to help them, and I will take them to feed the ducks any time they want to go. Hopefully one day I can photograph them and share it with you. Thank you MJ for making four, make that 5, little girls as happy as could be. We have been wanting to send something special to you, but we have had limited (to no) plumbing since the weekend before Christmas (there’s a problem with the city connection and apparently a problem getting the city to fix the problem), and I wanted to wait until my daughter, son and I could make something special ourselves. Just know that every day we are thankful for Matilda Jane. Some may think it’s silly to feel this way about a clothing brand, but you have created so much more and I cannot thank you enough!

Amber V - January 16, 2013 - 8:01 am

I still remember the first little Matilda Jane Dress I discovered 2 years ago. It was in the mist of what seemed like a million dresses at a consignment sale. The minute I saw it and felt it I knew this was something special. I had never seen a dress like this. I still dont know the name of this sweet little dress with green apples on the bodice and a beautiful antiqued looking floral apron. But I do now know that its called a knot dress and it has opened my eyes to the amazing world and family i have come to know as Matilda Jane. Thank you.

Mitra - January 16, 2013 - 8:09 am

Denise : Tami is my fave memory :) I have you to thank for one of the bestest friends a girl could ask for! As for Memory… 1st 435… I thought we were crazy for being there at 4:30am – HA! how things have changed – Being 1st in line. Being absoulte crazy goofballs waiting for others to show up.. Then the large diet coke from mcdonalds that made it all worth while :)

Have a wonderful time!

rebecca lewandowski - January 16, 2013 - 9:10 am

My best MJ memory has to be my very first trunk show I went to. It was for the first release of House of Clouds and my daugther was only 4 months old. I felt shy, and a little dumb for shopping for a 4 month old, but I remember the TK who is now retired making me feel welcome and so at home. And her words that day made me feel like this line was something I was going to love for many years to come for Emma. She told me that she was delighted when new Moms bring their little tiny new babies and are introduced to MJ, because she gets to see them grow up in MJ, from the very beginning. And that is how I feel, now that Emma is 2 and a half and has been wearing MJ since she was a tiny little one! :)

Janelle Howe - January 16, 2013 - 10:12 am

I have plenty of MJ memories even though I only started this crazy journey a few years ago. My first art fair (2011) was so exciting but I left sad because I wanted to meet you (Denise) so badly and I couldn’t hunt you down. Then this past year at art fair I literally bumped into you while you were rearranging the shelves. I was so star struck that I had no idea what I even said except something about having sweaty boobs! Afterwards, I told my sister in law I wish I would have said more or shuck your hand and she said “She gave you a hug, Janelle!” I was so excited I didn’t even realize it or remember! Even though I am sure I embarrassed myself and I don’t quite remember every part of it, that is probably my favorite MJ memory!

Mindy - January 16, 2013 - 10:22 am

I was reunited with a great childhood friend, Serenity, through MJ. We have had so much fun reconnecting through MJ that I actually came up and had a girls weekend during art fair last year and stayed with her family in Ft. Wayne. We had a blast and got some cute things, too! It’s fun to share this experience with someone who knew you when you were young :)

Brandi - January 16, 2013 - 11:40 am

How can you pick just one MJ moment.. Well if I had to pick one it would be yesterday..
I met 2 mom’s on the MJ fb boards and we all came together with our babes and had lunch and a play date at my house.. 2 of us live in Charlotte, NC & one lives in Virginia but has family here.. I would have never met these wonderful women and their beautiful children had it not been for MJC.. So Thank You.. Our paths will be forever crossed because of the love of MJC

Amanda - January 16, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Over the years there have been many memories made in our Matilda Jane – from the first day of preschool in the Hotline Alice peasant and Goldie ruffles to her last day of Kindergarten in the Shabby top and Soda Pop shorties; from lazy days at the beach to busy holiday get-togethers with family.

My very favorite, though, was the day she met and held her new baby cousin for the first time…a baby that my sister had waited on for far too long. She was wearing the gray tank from Hotline and a molly skirt from the art fair (before the days of platinum!)

I remember my sister asking where we got the outfit, and I knew that it wouldn’t be long before my niece would be a MJ girl as well.

Rochelle T. - January 16, 2013 - 1:08 pm

One of my favorite memories…back before Hotline launched when you had blog contests every day and tons of us spent forever “chatting” in the blog comments! And David posted a contest (several, if I remember right), something about the winner being the 500th comment or something crazy so people were chatting forever trying to get there! I learned so much about MJ history in the blogs and comments that year!

Susan - January 17, 2013 - 11:25 am

Well, I am fairly new to the Matilda Jane clothing and the sites…Probabaly about 6-8 months so I am still a baby. I can remember first learning on Facebook that you can B/S/T…I thought WOW, shopping at my fingertips and THEN someone says have you seen the Matilda Jane “such in such” and I was like Matilda, WHO…Platinum, WHAT? LOL…Since then it has been an addiction for me! Sadly I have to say that I am in a situation in my life where financially I can’t go out and get every upload or every piece that I would love to have but I have met some great mamas along the way and some that have really helped me out..two things in particualar stick out to me…One was on Christmas Eve when we were all getting ready to go to a Christmas Party and I checked the mail to get this box full of stuff from MJ..well needless to say with tears coming down my face and my mascara running before our party I found that the kindness of MJ had sent my daughter something special and it reached us just in time for Christmas…I felt like they were true angels, that was the first ever pieces that I had owned that had come to me with the tags on it! The kindness still touches my heart! With that I know you said one but I had to bring this up…my silly self also wanted a FIRST flutter for my daughter so I put an ISO up on the facebook boards and asked for one for a cheaper price and a mama got to me and made a comment and told me to take a peek in her own personal Plat. albums so I could give her an idea of what I loved and she would help me look…well anyways…I told her the one I really loved..(The Petunia) and she sold it to me for that ridiculous crazy low price that I was looking for one for :)…So I guess the moral of the stories and my memories so far are all the kindness that has really touched my heart more than anyone will ever realize! Here is to many more years of cute MJ!

Abby S - January 17, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Matilda Jane has allowed me to make some great friends. I am a bit of an introvert and went to my first party this past June after having my 4th child just 2 weeks before. It was a great break to get out of the house and am I ever glad I went. I got to meet the Jane for the party Darby who has since become a great friend. I also got introduced to this great philanthropic company that has clothes that are cute for my 5 year old little girl ( she has 3 brothers) and that are flattering to this mamas body too. I had just had a baby so my self confidence was low and I bought the Xanadu for myself! Great for a postpartum mama!! Thank you for these great clothes and the community of mamas I have been introduced to! Never would I have thought that such a supportive group would have its origins in clothing!!

Vanessa Bullock - January 17, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Well I have a few faves, but this one is about giving. Last art fair Bridgette was given some dresses at Art Fair and PIF’d them. We won a Birdie Knot. EVERY SINGLE TIME my daughter wears it she says (when we’re picking for the day) “Mama, I wanna wear my birdie dress that Ms. Bridgette and ‘Tilda Jane gave to me. They’re good at giving, aren’t they mama?” Now that sentence may come whole or in pieces, but it comes. And its an opportunity to say once again to her, how important giving to others is, how it is blessed to give as it is to receive.

Jennifer Jarrett - January 18, 2013 - 6:26 am

Denise you may be exhausted but you can rest assured that wonderful friendships are being made because of your work. Personally, I get so much happiness dolling up my girls. I love that everywhere we go the girls get compliments or I will see people saying look at those cute girls or I love her outfit. It is a wonderful knowing that it is encouraging positive self-esteem in our girls. I have two girls in middle school and a two year old daughter. Our youngest daughter was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy Of Fallot and DiGeorge Syndrome. The doctors plan was for her to have open heart surgery when she was closer to twelve months old. When she was two weeks old we were at her weekly cardiology appointment and she got a good report. So I loaded her back in her stroller and was walking out of the office. Her doctor passed me in the hallway and noticed that her lips had a faint blue tint around them. He pulled us in a room and sure enough her oxygen level was in the high 70’s and within a minute her oxygen level dropped to the 50’s. Thank God we were already at the Children’s hospital and they called rapid response and got her in ICU. She had her first open heart surgery that day. She coded two times after that and had to have two more open heart surgeries. She has a pacemaker now and a leaky valve that will need to be replaced when she shows signs of distress. She is doing great now other than a few delays caused from the DiGeorge Syndrome. This experience has brought our family and friends so close. The reason I told this story is that I know that God has a plan for us and he knew that Ansley needed to be at the hospital that day when her oxygen dropped. I also believe that God has a plan for the people in brings into our life. I met a nice lady online who lives in New York and was ordering through her show. I assumed her trunkkeeper lived close to her. So you can imagine how surprised I was the first time I spoke with Brea Freeman and discovered she lives in Tennessee. I met her the next day at a show. She is a wonderful person who has a heart of gold. Matilda Jane has brought so much happiness into my life.

Megan - January 18, 2013 - 9:55 am

It has been truly amazing to watch Matilda Jane grow! Not only as a clothing company but to see friendships bloom around the world. I recently got to meet two of my MJ friends and it was amazing! Its so inspiring to watch you help others and change lives for the better.
XoOXoOXoOX
Megan

LQQKme2 - January 18, 2013 - 1:54 pm

My all-time favorite moment with Matilda Jane was when I recieved an email from “Denise”, I knew you were the owner behind Matilda Jane & was intrigued by my new found love, but I didn’t even realize the magnitude at the time of what Matilda Jane was. To get an email directly from the owner of a company is rare (it really is) and just to get a personal response was amazing to me. I think I have even saved your email…lol! I have come to realize that along with the ABSOLUTE CUTEST clothing, has come amazing friendships, a community of women to share everyday life, inspiration, the desire to do good things…..and so much more.

Nicole Poest - January 18, 2013 - 2:00 pm

I have a couple. ONe is going to Art Fair in 2011 with one of my BFFs, my Mom and SIL. It was great to get away for a weekend AND meet some other MJ mama’s we have come to know!
The other the first times I posted a pic of my DD in her new HOC outfit on the MJC facebook page. Denise commented on it and, “she’s so cool! I want to be her!” That made my day and it CERTAINLY made my DD – Macy’s day too! She was grinning from ear to ear for a long time!!

jillrb - January 18, 2013 - 2:23 pm

My favorite memory is also one I was able to capture on film :)
My 2.5 year old was wearing her new easter platinum dress — the one purple plaid one with bunnies on the chest — and decided that it was much too hot of a day to stay out of the pool. So in she went kicking and splashing up a storm, dress and all!
The sheer joy and smile on her face is something I will remember forever and one I will also associate with MJC

Sundee Kuechle - January 18, 2013 - 2:27 pm

My favorite memories are of meeting our dear TK Tracy and watching her girls grow! It’s amazing all the people who have come into my life just because of finding Matilda Jane Clothing four years ago.

Tiff B - January 18, 2013 - 2:28 pm

My fave MJ memory I think would be when I first discovered it, and unbeknownst to me I caught some of the hottest Hammond Bay items just cause I loved them, and not because they were “hot” I bought them for my daughter’s first birthday photo shoot, and they are still my favorite pictures, and favorite items of clothing!

AJ - January 18, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Honestly, I cannot pick just one! I posted online a few weeks ago, about how the clothes have become SUCH a part of our memories! My dd wore her Hammond Bay to American Girl Place in LA for her 6th birthday, MJ on the first day of school, MJ at my little sister’s promotion, MJ at Christmas, MJ when she sent a letter up to Heaven for her twin sister, the list goes on! She says she wants to save some of her favorite pieces for her own little girl. We first learned about MJ in 2007, from a mom in gymnastics class, and it’s been a part of our lives ever since!

Susie Boomhower - January 18, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Hmm…I am fairly new to MJ. We discovered it about 6 months ago, and have been in love ever since. I love everything about this company, everything from the clothes down to the caring, sharing, and love that you give. It has been a fun ride so far meeting new mamas to chat with online. The community is amazing!! I love the fact that I have found a clothing line that keeps my little girls, well, little girls. It’s very unique in my part of town, so my girls are a little differently dressed than most. This also teaches them a life lesson that it’s OK to be different. Different is good!! Thank you for everything..this has been such a fun journey, and I can’t wait for more!! :)

Desiree Lowery - January 18, 2013 - 2:29 pm

I have been part of the MJ World since this past summer! My favorite part is not the clothes. It is the relationships I have made. I have met my two best friends throught the boards on facebook. These two women are my sisters because best friends is just not the correct word. They are there for me whenever I need them, as I am there for them. In the past year they have been with me through my worst, and are both now right by my side as I build my life as well as my kids up again! I can not express how grateful I am for Matilda Jane and all I have gotten from it.

Meredith Klobucnik - January 18, 2013 - 2:33 pm

My favorite memory was my girl wearing a AF tiered froggy dress after her dance recital. She had just turned 4 and is 8 now, I have so many wonderful memories of my girls wearing MJ.

Jen - January 18, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Hi! My favorite MJ memory has to be the first piece of platinum I bought for my youngest. My neighbor, was visiting when it arrived, and I was new to Matilda Jane. I opened up the box, and got the biggest smile on my face. The dress was perfect! My neighbor wanted to now what all the fuss was about so she came over to look. Now she is quite the talker, but all of a sudden she became quiet with this look of amazement on her face, and she said was oohhh… that is beautiful, who made it!?! I proudly responded “Matilda Jane and I love it!” I was hooked, and I have not looked back since. :)

Erin M - January 18, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Most of my favorite moments in life involve my sweet 3 yr old. She’s her own, unique, sweet, lovable, independent young lady. I wouldn’t have her any other way.
What I love about MJ is how amazing and unique my daughter looks in your clothes. I can remember most every single moment when someone stops me and says, wow, I love that dress/outfit, etc. They ask if its handmade. And I say, no just designed and made with lots of love. :)
I enjoy it when my daughter can make someone smile, and your clothes bring out the best in her, people notice her and those are memories that I can’t ever forget.

Kim Miller - January 18, 2013 - 2:38 pm

I think my memory is in one huge lump of pride I feel by Alice wearing such cute, fun girly clothes. I love to watch her walk and those ruffles on her pants just make her look like she’s floating on air. Her dresses brighten her smile, and mine! I adore the compliments she gets all the time about how well she’s dressed and always smile and say, it’s Matilda Jane! Your clothing will always be apart of her childhood we will remember. Turkey thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your clothing makes us happy!

colleen - January 18, 2013 - 2:38 pm

i remember when i bought my 1st MJ , and my girlfriends from a pregnancy birth board were all in a private message all giddy asking what we bought, and pics , and it was fun and exciting, and now i am completely addicted. I do not have the endless funds to buy what i “really” want……so i wait, everso patiently, for your big sales……i can’t afford the plat uploads, but i’m so glad that once in a while you do do a plat site sale, also….
all that to say….the ladies from my birth board and I still get all giddy when we see an MJ sale, and we are always frantically private messaging …..never public ;) we want 1st dibs!!!!!! LOL!!!!!! thank you for making such beautiful lines of clothes…i may have even bought a couple shirt for myself…now i can match my girls when we go out for an afternoon all dolled up!!!!!!!

Bridgette Lott - January 18, 2013 - 2:39 pm

<3 My ALL time favorite memory of MJ happened a year ago tomorrow. Denise sent me a private message to the LookBooks and invited me to come to Art Fair on her. I replied, "Has my computer been hacked?" Thank you for that. <3

Kim miller - January 18, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Ok, I’m mortified! I just saw where my autocorrect made me wrote Turkey!! I swear I’m not calling you a turkey!!! (So embarrassed!) truly, thank you… Sheesh…

Elizabeth - January 18, 2013 - 2:42 pm

One memory that stuck out right away was when I was supposed to go to a Gypsy Blue trunk show, a hour from home. I had to cancel last minute because I just had a baby and she was not having it. My BFF’s saw my disappointment and offered to go for me since their kids were in school all day. They kept texting me how cool it was and how excited they were about the clothes and helped me pick out outfits. I ended up getting the GB Molly and Chrissy dress & striped leggings. They came home and told me they each ended up spending around $300 and I think maybe wanted to smack me a little for introducing them to the world of Matilda Jane…but they didn’t ;-)

Addy Van Anne - January 18, 2013 - 2:44 pm

It has been so exciting for me to watch Matilda Jane grow, I couldn’t imagine making it happen. Although in a small way I feel like I have helped it grow! My grandmother just passed away on Christmas day in a car accident, so all of her memories are so fresh in my mind lately. When my daughter was about 18 months old, I took her and my son out to my grandparents house to pick pumpkins. My grandparents neighbor had grown an entire field full and we all headed out to the farm to pick out a couple pumpkins. My daughter was wearing a “cafeteria” knot dress, blushing ruffle leggings and the blushing button tee. It was one of her first Matilda Jane outfits she had. We now have it in a keepsake box. My grandmother couldn’t get over how cute she looked. She loved her outfit so much! My daughter could barely lift a tiny little pumpkin, but she did it and we took her picture of her in that beautiful outfit holding that little pumpkin. My grandmother loved the picture and always kept it up at her house. Although right now it is hard to even talk about my grandmother with out shedding a tear, I smile thinking of that happy day and that picture she loved so much of my Brenna. It is hard to imagine my little girl is almost 4! So many memories!

Jennifer Sage - January 18, 2013 - 2:48 pm

One of my fave Mj memories is of going to my first trunk show at my TK’s house. I was so nervous I made my step mom go with me. While I was loving all the girls stuff she pulled a bunch of the mama stuff and made me try it on. While I shopped for my little girl she was shopping for me! I guess we never quit wanting to spoil our daughters! I’ve been hooked ever since and now there are 2 closets in my house full of Mj.

Rachelle - January 18, 2013 - 2:49 pm

This was the first thought that popped into my head….so, I have to go with it. However, it is definitely not the most touching or inspiring MJ memory, but pretty powerful nonetheless.
Set the scene: late summer afternoon, walking with my 3yr old daughter in the Target parking lot.
As we awkwardly make our way to the cart return to get a cart, I lift my head up to see another little girl in our beloved Matilda Jane clothes! Her mom also saw Ellie dressed her hers….
That’s all it took! Instant bond!! After a 20m conversation, I leave my new friend, from the world of MJC, and go back to my business of being a mom. Ahhhh…..it’s so wonderful to meet fellow MJ Mama’s and be able to speak openly about my addiction. Because to them, I am normal! WE are normal! MJC you have created a whole new world for moms to connect. Thank you!! :-)

Autumn Goldin - January 18, 2013 - 2:53 pm

We just discovered MJC last summer and we’re already addicts. We love making memories of our own in our Matilda Jane. My daughter is turning 2 and now we’re expecting our second MJ lover due in April and planning our first trip to art fair…can’t wait to meet some of these other MJ mommies in real life and the fun adventures ahead!

Missy Jungling - January 18, 2013 - 2:54 pm

I am fairly new to MJC. I first heard about it in late June, 2012 when my daughter was 8 months old. It took me a few weeks to get hooked on the website, facebook pages and blog and about that time was when the Amber Roussel tragedy happened. I obviously had never heard of Amber until then but I immediately was swept away by the outpouring of support and grief for the loss of her life. The auction and donations for her husband and children was incredible and I knew that this was a company with real character and a following of really caring and generous people.
Honestly, it was the Amber Roussel tragedy that got me so interested and constantly reading blogs, posts and checking sites. So I never met Amber but will forever remember her. And, when I think about how I fell into MJC-Amber will always be a part of that thought too. I will be a loyal customer forever and I love everything about MJC and all that it stands for and supports. I can’t wait to make countless memories with MJC! Starting with my first trip to art fair this year!!!!

Amanda Lewis - January 18, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Matilda Jane has brought so many dear friends together- it’s the friendships I cherish more than anything! I chat with my Matilda Jane moms every single day for over a year now and share life stories, funny experiences, and we shop together having fun putting outfits together for our daughters and for ourselves!
I’d have to say my favorite memory though is meeting up with a group of MJ moms at the local children’s museum, all donning our Matilda Jane (the girls and the moms both!) and spending time together wearing our favorite clothes, having our kids play together and just enjoying life.

Kristy - January 18, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Me and my Daughter went to our 1st Trunkshow for the spring release last year. We purchased the shabbby top and soda pop shorties. Was the best expierence ever! We had sooo much fun playing in the clothes! And will treasure that outfit forever! <3

Amy H. - January 18, 2013 - 3:05 pm

I love how Matilda Jane is something that I share with my four year old daughter – I feel like sometimes we are the only two who “get” it! I love how she looks and she loves how she feels when she wears Matilda Jane. Even her Daddy wonders sometimes about the two of us and what we’re up too! Favourite memory? I came home to find multiple parcels (like ALOT of parcels) from Plat and fellow MJ Mommas on the door step. Sadie took one look at the pile and said “as long as there’s a skirt in there I won’t tell Daddy!”

Angie Ray - January 18, 2013 - 3:05 pm

My favorite MJC memory is taking my daughter Holland to her first Art Fair last year. Although the shopping was fun, the excitement and happiness she had at the pre party really made the trip for us. She still talks about it 7 months later and was so excited when I told her we were going back this year :)

wendy j - January 18, 2013 - 3:15 pm

I LOVE that when I open my daughter’s closet it floods my mind with memories! Every year for three years in a row she wore the same MJ owl knot dress on her first day of school. We had it in two sizes LOL. On my fridge are pictures of her at the local fair riding the same pony for four years in a row and always in MJ. Beautiful MJ memories all in a row.

Amanda - January 18, 2013 - 3:21 pm

My favorite memories are not so much memories just moments with my daughter. She loves her MJ and loves getting new dresses in the mail. She sits at the computer looking through all the pretties with me and squells with excitement when she sees one she really likes. These moments will pass and become memories in the future. But I just love soaking them in right now.

brandi c - January 18, 2013 - 3:46 pm

When I fell in love w/ MJ I really loved how all these mommas had made friends w/ one another over a clothing line….but its so much more! Last year i had tickets to art fair and at the last minute couldnt go, i posted my tickets up on mjc fb page and I overnighted them to a fellow mj lover and her bff….she in turn sent me a 435 bag she got and a dress for my dd! It is her favorite dress now and I love that I was able to make a new friend that I have never even met! I love what yall do, Thanks!!

Amber - January 18, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Hi ladies! I came into the MJ world through Waldorf dolls :) I kept seeing all of this M2M MJ and could not figure it out for the life of me!! Eventually I got the hook up and we are in love. I have an almost 3 yo and a 12 mo old and I love MJ because the pieces are so diverse and I can mix and match between them. My oldest is loving the plat dresses and when she sees me looking for a new upload she starts yelling “get me that one mommy!!” Friendships through the boards are so great too <3

Julie - January 18, 2013 - 5:20 pm

I am newer to MJ but I love the culture. From the beginning all of the mamas have been so sweet and open. I love what MJ stands for. More than once I have been moved to tears and giggles out loud while reading the blog posts. I love reading about the Trunk Keepers in the introduction posts. Each time I read one, I just want to have each of those ladies as my friend! I just imagine sitting around enjoying a glass of wine and laughing until we cry! And speaking if TKs, I have the most amazing TK, Camile Deppe. I just love her. She is so sweet and honest. We can chuckle together over the craziness that is MJ. I can count her as a true and real friend. So that is my love and memories of the MJ journey.

gidget - January 18, 2013 - 7:47 pm

So many moments with all my kids…but the one that sticks out the most was when we went to Kolkata India to pick up our daughter on her first birthday. I remember walking into that orphanage as she sat there all dressed up in her little dress…looking around. FROM THAT MOMENT OUR LIVES AND HERS WHERE CHANGED 4 EVER. I remember picking her up and our eyes met instantly…I said honey it is me Mama. She did her little smile… and daddy soaked it all in while taping. I am so thankful for memories with all my family…simply thankful for it all.

Steph - January 18, 2013 - 8:03 pm

I actually have two favorite memories: the first was the very first piece (HB romper) of MJ that I put on my daughter and realized that it was love at first sight. My second favorite memory was the first time I read the Spread the Love thank you and so forth on FB. It made me realize that a kind act can provide hope and happiness to parent or child’s Christmas, school year, or even year….

Kristy - January 18, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Hmmm. Well my fav memories of Matilda Jane…. Well I just love everything. Quite possibly because my middle name is Jane and so is my daughters middle name. I guess we are both meant to be Janes!!! My daughter is 2 almost 3 at the end of the month. She is sooo funny. She calls her coralline and Chrissy dress her coffee cup dress because if the tea cups. She relates the cups to coffee since her momma and dad both love coffee!!! : ). Her birds of a feather dress she wore for the holidays is her monster dress. She thinks the peacocks feathers look like monsters eyeballs and she loves monsters Inc!!! Her chasing daisy dress is called her flower dress with the sparkle buttons!! She loves it and even wore it twice at Disney last week while me and her dad were there running a 1/2 marathon !! : )

courtney brown - January 18, 2013 - 8:11 pm

My fave memories so far are the looks on my friends faces when I’ve given them or their kids their first piece of mj! They all look blown away at the cuteness and originality of it, and I can see the makings of yet another mj addict ;)

Candid Keepers #420

Introducing:

Regan Buckaloo of Kerrville, TX

Most Valued Form of Character:

Nobility

Q:  Please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where are you now?

A:  Hi! I am Regan Hardin Buckaloo – a daughter, a wife, a mother, a friend… I was born in Italy and moved to Texas when I was 4 to be reared in Kerrville – the “Heart of the Hill Country” – my father’s boyhood home. My family and I moved back to Kerrville in 2007. (As I am writing I realize that my daughter was also 4 when she moved to Kerrville, like me! Hmmm)

Q:  How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?

A:  I met my husband, Cleatis Roy Buckaloo a.k.a. “Clete” (what a name, right?!?!), in Kerrville about a year after I graduated from college. I was working for the District Attorney, and on my first day in walked a handsome stranger in boots, cowboy hat and business suit. It was love at first sight! We married 2 years later and last May we celebrated 15 years of marriage.

Q:  Tell us about that beautiful Emma Claire.

A:  Emma Claire is 9 years old and she is good at it! I love her more than I can bear and am overwhelmed by how fantastic she is – everyday! She is absolutely exactly one-half me and one-half her father, except for the blue eyes… we are still trying to figure that one out! EC is quite the renaissance girl, 2nd degree purple belt in Karate, singer, guitar player, dancer, swimmer, horseman, soccer, loves to draw… she keeps me busy! I’ll quote Ian Falconer the author of the Olivia book, “You know, you (Olivia & Emma Claire) really wear me out. But I love you anyway.”

Q:  What did you do in your previous life? Pre-­‐Matilda Jane?

A:  I “retired” shortly after my daughter was born. My professional career was in Public Relations and Marketing. Most of my work was in the health care field. It was so hard and so rewarding!!!

Q:  What is your favorite part of working for Matilda Jane?

A:  I am a shopper. Oh yes, and a buyer too! I have a passion to style outfits, homes, etc. Matilda Jane certainly fulfills that interest. I love to find the perfect something for someone. It gives me great joy to bring beauty into someone’s day.

Q:  If you could wear one item every day, what would that be?

A:  Diamonds

Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A:  @ 45 and happy & healthy!

Q:  What are your favorite blogs or websites you visit EVERY day?

A:  I just don’t. I could lie, right?!?! Even facebook overwhelms me! I do check the MJ blog a couple times a week – does that count??? I’d rather read a good novel. I’d really rather just be with people!

Q:  Besides your children, what has your greatest accomplishment been thus far?

A:  I’ve never been arrested.
I don’t know if I have had “my greatest accomplishment” yet. I’m relatively pleased with what I have taken on in my life. I am fortunate that I have had many opportunities others haven’t. I am proud of what I have achieved, my education, work, etc. and proud that I have learned from my many, many mistakes. I am excited to continue my journey through life and celebrate all the little & big victories – I’ll keep you posted…

Q:  Share with us just ONE very important thing you do to try to leave this world a better place.

A:  No pressure. I hope that I always treat individuals with care. I want each person I meet or know to feel liked, special and that they matter not only to me but the world.

Q:   What is your favorite holiday and why?

A:  I would have to choose Thanksgiving as my favorite holiday. It seems to be the one holiday that family and friends WANT to get together and make the effort to do so. The holiday also evokes much more care, reflection and “giving” from people more than any other time, which is soooooo nice. Not to mention, I could eat my weight in cornbread dressing!!!

Q:  How have you learned to balance life with the many, many hats you wear?

A:  If my house is clean and organized I can take on anything without hesitation or delay. Of course, it doesn’t stay that way for long!  I don’t know… as women and mothers we just do and get it done somehow. Right?

Q:  What is the most valuable lesson you hope to instill in your children?

A:  That mother is always right. Honestly, I want Emma Claire to know that her Lord and Savior, her faith and the Bible are what will carry, instruct, and help her throughout life. She will not have true joy and peace without it.

Q:  Salty or sweet?

A:  Anything with nuts! Especially hazelnuts or pistachios or almonds or walnuts or pecans… you get the idea.

Q:  What do you love most about having kids?

A:  I love it that I just have one! Ha ha! Last weekend I babysat one of my BFF’s 1 yr old twins for 24 hrs and I can’t remember ever being that tired! Seriously, I LOVE the “love” that I have for my daughter. And I LOVE how much she loves me. I LOVE how she believes that I am the best at everything!

Q:  If you could have lunch with any celebrity, who would you choose and why?

A:  Bond, James Bond. I am absolutely infatuated with this character and have been since about the age of 11. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sean Connery!!! And, that Daniel Craig ain’t bad either! I always say that my husband is a “handsome man like Sean Connery” and that’s the reason why I married him. My mother says she married my dad because he reminded her of Gregory Peck. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Q:  If you could have Sam design any item for Matilda Jane, what would it be and why?

A:  Maybe something bridal? I think that MJ “flower girl” dresses would “fly off the shelves”.

Q:  Lastly, in the spirit of Heart~Soul~Pride, what in your opinion is the most important form of character?

A:  Noble. Being exalted morally and mentally, possessing outstanding qualities.

I want more nobility in our world, more integrity, more truth, more compassion, more care, more giving, more helpfulness, more work, more SMILES, more HEART and more SOUL.  
I want CHARACTER TO COUNT!!

 

     
Heather - January 14, 2013 - 6:27 pm

That is beautiful Regan!!! Pics are great too!!!

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I enjoyed reading your story! I also love that your daughter is wearing one of my favorite pieces – the Huckleberry Sweater! : )

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Platinum Update…..

Hi! I thought I would give you a quick little update on our week in the Platinum dept. By quick, I mean short and sweet. We are running on a skeleton crew today. As I am writing this; it is literally only Kiara and myself left. Let’s face it…since she is the boss and has already blogged this week, it’s kind of has to be my turn to blog…lol

I’m sure you all know that we had an upload this week. Emily and Melissa pulled their little hearts out and got it all done. I think between Emily, Cara, and Chris’ girls it should be about all packed up, if not today, then it definitely will be finished Monday. I know that Cara spent all day shipping orders out.

Besides packing and shipping I think Cara got all caught up on Return/Exchanges…..she had a nice sized pile because of our inventory shut down.

Vivien worked on organizing the pieces that we already have done for Art Fair….Although, no official plans have been made for Art Fair 2013, us Platinum girls are constantly working on Art Fair pieces as well as regular Platinum ones.

Kiara sewed buttons like a crazy lady. I am sure that you are all loving her sneak peek pics with her walking boot.  She says its going to be the new way she takes pics…always with a shot of her foot….lol.

I have been busy cutting all week. We have some cuteness coming your way. I’ve cut circle skirts, tiered ellies, puffer dresses, and puffer tops all this week. One of the Puffer tops is my fav! Well of course they are all cute, but one in particular just seems like summertime to me. Maybe I will sneak you a pic as soon as it comes back from the seamstress.

 

It’s been a weird quite Friday here. Vivien is out with a sick baby…:( and the lovely Melissa is in Vegas visiting her Grandma. The GOOD NEWS is Emily went to the hospital last night with contractions…so we might just have a Platinum Baby Alys sometime this weekend.

Have a great weekend…we have a ton of cute goodies coming up  so stay tuned to Platinum!

Love

Carrie and the Platinum Girls

 

     
Brittney - January 11, 2013 - 4:50 pm

I love reading updates like this, thank you! Have a great weekend :)

Abby - January 11, 2013 - 9:28 pm

Where are Kiara’s foot sneaks???

Nancy - January 11, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Praying for some purple, green and gold!

Jackie - January 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm

I have a favor… I need a few dresses/tops for my daughter for the upcoming seasons…. Mardi Gras, LSU athletic events, etc. If you would come up with something in purples and golds — I would forever be grateful. We also need something in green/whites for St. patty’s day. I thought I’d put a bug in your ears! Thank you gals!

Brandi Parker - January 12, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Can’t wait to see what you come up with Carrie..Hope you girls have a great weekend!

Alison - January 12, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Nope can’t say that I knew Platinum was uploaded this week. It goes faster than I can blink. Or was that the flash on my computer I saw that came and went in less than 1 sec flat? :)
Hope to “catch” some sometime. Have a wonderful weekend ladies.

Heather - January 14, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Love these updates :) Please make more flutters in 18 months pleaseee! :)

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