Better late than never!

Oh you guys, I hopped on a plane to Africa and didn’t think twice about the blog!

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Here’s the winner of the FREE Dreamers Journal download…. KaMarlowte!

Please send an email to Shannon@shannonsewell.com. Hopefully she can help you out:)

And I’m sure you’re all thinking JUST BLOG ABOUT AFRICA SAM. But…I’m not ready.

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I have so many stories, thoughts, and feelings about my trip…it’s so overwhelming.

And I want to get the words just right.

LOVE,

SAM

Ps. I cannot stop listening to the Frozen Soundtrack these days. Holy smokes, do you all love it as much as I do?

     
Loretta C - April 28, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Oh my goodness! This picture just made my heart leap outside of my chest! The pure emotion and love in this photo is just priceless! Please go live the dream with those kids and send ANY updates you can so we can all live vicariously through you!!!! SIMPLY AMAZING…xoxoxo

Abby - April 28, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Frozen is pretty much the soundtrack of our lives right now. Pretty hilarious as sung off key by a 4 year old!!!

Laura Davidson - April 28, 2014 - 3:09 pm

That is the most precious photo of you and the children; it brought me to tears!

Lisa - April 28, 2014 - 6:41 pm

This is a beautiful picture for so many reasons!

Adriana Stoltz - April 28, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Oh my, this picture… too beautiful!

Nicole - April 28, 2014 - 11:21 pm

love this photo!

Amber - April 28, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Um yes! Love the frozen soundtrack :) . And congrats KaMarlowte! Yay

Mignon Jones - April 29, 2014 - 1:57 am

So beautiful in every way!!!

Nicole Smith - April 29, 2014 - 4:19 am

This Picture is what it is all about. Can’t wait to hear about the trip.

beth - April 29, 2014 - 9:31 am

this picture is absolutely breathtaking!!!

Marilyn Polacci - April 30, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Love your designs. Please put me on your list

Stacie Petta - May 2, 2014 - 7:11 pm

I love that picture of you and the kids Sam!! :)

P.S. And yes, Frozen is preformed nightly in our house…costumes, drama, video recording, and all!

Kristina - May 2, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Just look at them faces!! All of them so beautiful !

Mama Hope - May 2, 2014 - 8:14 pm

“But … I’m not ready.” That is a blog post right there. Don’t you wish you could take pictures inside your head? And then inside your heart? It would be a documentary!!!

All the Dreamers

The world is full of them.

Dreamers, thinkers, doers, feelers, seers, givers.

And there’s an online magazine that captures a lovely handful of them.

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I was lucky enough to be asked by the amazingly talented Shannon Sewell to answer a few questions for them yesterday! The short&sweet interview is below…

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Now, the fun part. They are offering up one free download of the Dreamers Journal for me to giveaway!! Leave a comment telling me what makes you dream, what you dream of, or what dreams you have for your little ones/yourself. I’ll choose one of you to receive a free download of their Spring 2014 issue! It’s filled with wondrous photography, clean layouts, and pretty ideas, not to mention you’ll see some adorable MJC items photographed throughout!

Hope you enjoy it and feel as inspired after reading it as I did!

LOVE,

SAM

     
Ali S - April 10, 2014 - 2:45 pm

I dream my kids with live a long prosperous, happy, healthy life filled with love.

Karmen Lindner - April 10, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Hmmm…. to be a Dreamer, take it and create a sweet life, for my Loves.

Kristen - April 10, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Well, I literally dream of tornados and my teeth falling out because I am so stressed every day.
But I day dream about a beautiful craft room with more fabric than I know what to do with. I dream of retiring one day and traveling. For my children, I dream that they all grow up to be successful women who can take care of themselves without help. I dream for a grandson because I never had a son of my own.
I dream the world will feel safer for them.

Alyssa P - April 10, 2014 - 3:36 pm

I am not familiar with this online journal, so I am going to do some homework!

Dreams are essential, without them how would we advance in any industry? The dreamers keep us moving forward! My dream is for my daughter to be happy and that she be inspired by her own dreams.

Luvmi - April 10, 2014 - 3:43 pm

I dream about my twins being Olympic metalist.

Nicole Martens - April 10, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Dream Big and never give up on your ideas! Ideas can turn into your reality someday If you keep working hard towards your dreams.

Jana AKA Ashley's Lovelies - April 10, 2014 - 3:46 pm

My dream is for my children to grow up knowing they are loved, knowing how to help others, especially those who are less fortunate than us, and being able to follow their dreams by being able to do what they are passionate about, being who they are meant to be.

Marla H. - April 10, 2014 - 4:08 pm

I dream with hope…the hope of heaven. Not that I will die, but that someday I will be reunited with the ones I love that are there already. I dream about that day…knowing that my husband and girls will be there too….altogether someday! I dream of those days! Rainbows, angels with big wings…and most importantly God and Jesus. Just being able to finally see… That’s my dream!
Heaven is Real!

Jamie - April 10, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Thanks for the chance! We ♥ our MJ ;)

Jennifer - April 10, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Turning 40 tomorrow, dreaming it’s not too late to “do what I love” for a living! Also of health and happiness for those I love, of course!! ;) . Love the whimsy of Matilda Jane!

Katie - April 10, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Watching my children’s wonder and amazement at the small things in life- the joy they get from pretty paper a new box of crayons, watching a seed sprout or a puppy chase its tail- that stuff reminds me to imagine and dream and create- so its my children- my little day dreamers that remind me to unplug from my self created media mayhem and get down on their level laugh and giggle and breathe, imagine and dream and like our last weekend trip to the coast they inspire me to pile a bunch of driftwood on top of our mini van and build a teepee in our living room when we got home just because its fun :)

Jane Hurtig - April 10, 2014 - 5:02 pm

I dream of a world where:
-coffee is as important as water
-carbs aren’t evil
-I get paid to exercise
-toilets clean themselves
-Kansas isn’t landlocked
-airline tickets are free downloads
-cats can talk
-I can totally hang out with fictional characters from my favorite novels

Georgina Thompson - April 10, 2014 - 5:31 pm

I dream for my children to dream amazing, incredible dreams. Having previously worked at Disney World as an entertainer, I constantly say the Walt Disney quote in my head, “Remember, this all started with a mouse”!

Amber - April 10, 2014 - 5:55 pm

I am a dreamer..My dreams are inspired by the things I see. Beautiful pictures of places make me want to go and travel and have big Adventures with the people I love. Amazing Colors I see and Images others have been able to capture on film always inspire my dreams. And of course people..there are so many creative and Amazing people…I <3 to be around them.

Monika M. - April 10, 2014 - 6:10 pm

I love everything about you in a non-creepy way ;) ! My girls still want to adopt you, lol!!

Angie - April 10, 2014 - 6:53 pm

I’m dreaming of summer and the look on my little girls faces when daddy comes home from deployment!! <3

Stephanie - April 10, 2014 - 7:25 pm

I dream of those laughing moments and dancing eyes. They pop up everywhere in life. I love and live for these moments. I dream of my ideas and creativity hitting mainstream……but for now those laughing moments and dancing eyes are right where I’m at:)

Lisa Fowler - April 10, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Meadows make me dream, especially ones full of sun-kissed grass and wildflowers. I dream about everything and my dreams are so sensory. Last night I actually dreamed I ran into someone and she had a baby girl wearing one of the new MJ baby pieces I love, and I was so envious in my dream! For my daughter, my dreams for her are that she lives a happy and creative life, and that she’s never shy about sharing her creativity with others.

Red Sweetie - April 10, 2014 - 9:17 pm

I used to find myself dreaming of dancing in a red gown to beautiful baroque music with a handsome man. But, I could never see his face. Five years ago this July, that dream came true when I wore a red gown & married the moat perfect man for me. All I dream for myself, my kids, our family is a life filled with love, laughter and music.

tracy lynn - April 10, 2014 - 10:00 pm

I love to dream of sunny days at the park with my daughter.

Amber young - April 10, 2014 - 10:15 pm

I dream that my girls always feel beautiful. Live long happy lives, filled with infinite smiles and people who love them the way they’re parents love them. Without end.

Suzanna Jorel - April 10, 2014 - 10:17 pm

My one dream for my kids is that they never hold back. I always had the dreams and the tools to accomplish what I set out for, but always held back and cared too much about others thought. Even in my twenties I’m struggling to let go and accept who I truly am. We’re living in a society where we’re so fortunate to have the tools to reach our wildest dreams. If only I can teach them to accept and trust their dreams. End rant, ha!

Kristie Kruse - April 10, 2014 - 10:36 pm

I dream that I’ll be old and gray, rocking on my porch with my girls, grandkids, and great grandkids…just watching them all enjoy this crazy thing that is life <3

Ashley S - April 10, 2014 - 10:49 pm

I guess my dreams are like my wishes. When I think of my wishes, I think of this song… It really couldn’t be said any better. This is was a I dream/wish for my one and only Addy Matilda..

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin’ till you find the window,
If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God’s grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,Yeah, this, is my wish.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,Yeah, this, is my wish.

This is my wish
I hope you know somebody loves you
May all your dreams stay big

Joyce Cable - April 10, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Spring! makes me dream!! of all the beautiful creations and wonderul flowers that will soon be in bloom. I dream about the warm sun and how God has given me the most beautiful family and friends I could ever have wanted!!

Mama Hope - April 10, 2014 - 11:10 pm

My dream is that I live long enough to dance at each of my eleven grandchildren’s weddings!! If that dream comes true, I’ll probably have the privilege of becoming a Great-Grammie – GeeGee to those great-grands!!!!

ellie - April 11, 2014 - 12:04 am

dreaming about helping orphans find families!!

KaMarlowte - April 11, 2014 - 12:19 am

I’m a graduate student working on my master’s in speech-language pathology. Every time I meet a child who wants to speak fluently (without stuttering), I have a new dream. Every time I meet a momma whose child has autism and her eyes have lost hope, I have a new dream. Every time I see an elderly man struggling to swallow his favourite cookie, I have a new dream. For my clients, I dream an easier life where they’re listened to, understood, heard, loved, respected, recognized. For my two children, I dream of stability. A life without both momma and papa in school A backyard that is ours and we can plant whatever vegetables we want without asking. I dream of time spent together, long summer nights and cold winter mornings. If my Pinterest account has said anything about me the last 4 years, it’s that I dream big, but my heart is close to home.

Julia c - April 11, 2014 - 6:35 am

I dream a dream of happiness for my children. For them to have beautiful and marvelous moments throughout their lives. To truly feel love and to receive it unconditionally . For them to surpass their own goals and to savor all the moments along the way!. To be thinkers and healers and to shine the light of grace upon everyone they see! I dream of them living a long life and to never forget where they came from. It may not come without bumps in the road but in my dream of dreams…there will never be any!

julia anderson - April 11, 2014 - 7:15 am

I dream of returning to China with my daughter one day to work in one of the orphanages. I want her to know we never stop caring for the ones left behind.

Conni M - April 11, 2014 - 8:43 am

My dream for my three girls is for them to be happy — happy in who they choose as friends, happy in who they choose to marry, happy in the profession they seek and happy with what path they choose and what those choices hold for them … to wake up every morning glad to be alive and excited for what the day will bring. This is the most I can hope, dream and give them.

Laura Davidson - April 11, 2014 - 8:52 am

I dream for my two precious children that they will make the world a better place, that they will treat others with kindness and respect, and that they will follow God’s path for their lives, leaving a legacy of love behind them.

Melissa T - April 11, 2014 - 9:19 am

26 months ago we bagan our 4th adoption process. Our daughter is a beautiful little girl from Haiti. Today I dream of the day we get to hold her in our arms forever. The day she comes home to a family who loves her and longs to have her near. I dream of the day my baby girl comes home.

Amy S - April 11, 2014 - 10:23 am

What makes me dream is my daughter. She makes me dream of the best person I can be for her and to make her future as bright as possible and to make all her dreams come true. :)

Alison S. - April 11, 2014 - 11:59 am

I dream about having one more baby because mine is getting so big! Now if I can just convince the hubby. :)

Joann E - April 11, 2014 - 12:00 pm

~~I dream that my kids have a safe world to live in and have great healthy and happy lives~~

Jennifer Shultz - April 11, 2014 - 1:07 pm

WOW, this was great, I LOVED learning a bit more about you :) I also love that they call it, coffee with…how catchy and who doesn’t love some chit/chat with their cup of Joe :)

Amy - April 11, 2014 - 3:19 pm

My four children coming to a saving knowledge of Christ and ministering to others, as well as always being close to us and each other.

Melissa Haddon - April 11, 2014 - 3:42 pm

I dream of hiking the entire Appalachian trail. I dream my children will always love to learn, live a healthy and happy life, and find someone that makes them happy and treats them well. I dream that I will be remembered as a wonderful mom, friend, and wife.

Jennifer - April 11, 2014 - 5:39 pm

I dream of loving others…i dream that others would feel the love that can only come from our Heavenly Father…I dream others would find the greatest joy possible through knowing Christ

Abby - April 11, 2014 - 9:31 pm

I dream of my children growing into adults who love and imagine and dream in right colors. I dream of beautiful days and warm nights, of the ocean and sticky hugs!

Sally Hughes - April 14, 2014 - 3:59 am

I dream of making a difference in a big way by helping and inspiring others through my own experience, strength, and hope.

Kristi C. - April 14, 2014 - 4:20 am

I dream of growing old with my husband and watching our kids turning into whatever version of amazing success that is in Gods plan for them :-)

Leslie Perry - April 14, 2014 - 2:09 pm

LOVE these clothes! Can’t wait to see them on my kiddos! :)

Michelle Lamothe - April 14, 2014 - 8:07 pm

I dream that my kids have the strength to overcome any challenge place in front of them!

Erica S - April 16, 2014 - 12:36 am

What makes me dream? I dream of adopting a child in need one day. I dream of being a photographer and traveling all over the world photographing children that might be forgotten and in need. I dream that my children will grow up to be compassionate. The “slogan” at my son’s school is “Dreamers, thinkers, doers.” I giggled as I read your blog. I just did a huge yearbook spread about that very thing in hopes of making the kids think about what those words actually mean. I have always had the dream of going to Africa to help children in need. I think it’s this dream that feeds my Matilda Jane addiction. You all are the doers that I dream of becoming! I am so excited to see this sketchbook, so thanks for sharing! And when you mentioned color in your interview, it made me think of my little girl. She’s only 3, but she loves to draw. Every time she draws a dress, she asks for “Matilda Jane red”. She’s convinced you have your own shade of red! ;-)

Where Does Time Go

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Talk about growing up. I just realized how to use the “face” thing in iPhoto and so I’ve been taking a walk down memory lane. Again. How did this happen? Crazy but so fun. To top it off I was looking at my old blog to find a date for a photo and seven years ago today I wrote:

Still I found myself pondering over the age old question ” What is it you really want? How do you measure success?”  I don’t know. Success frightens me. I seem to pull back anytime something really starts to work.  Yup, when I mastered those chicken littles at Kentucky Fried, I had to quit. I was afraid of getting promoted to drive thru. Story of my life.   Well, Matilda Jane Trunk Shows are really taken off. I am overwhelmed by the response.  It scare me to death.  But this time I am sticking it out.  I am not going to let fear take over. So wish me luck in this new endeavor. When I read stories about how people make it big, all I can think of is “They must’ve been really scared.”

You see that pic in the left hand bottom corner? That was our first “online call-in” art fair. I’m smiling huge right now cuz that was probably the craziest day we ever had. Never in my life had I picked up a phone and not heard a ring tone. There was always someone on the other end. You guys called from all over the place.  Yes, it was chaotic but it was a blast.

I know you are all bummed about Art Fair being cancelled for this year. I am still bummed. Unexplainable. Sam, the Platinum Team and I have been working hard. We’re doing are best to get you an online art fair (aka a HUGE massive Platinum upload) and some other fun side events to go along. We’ll keep you posted.

5Next week Joe and I are going to see this lovely lady! I can hardly wait to experience Kitale and the kids with Joe. There are 2 other boys going. The reaction will be beyond spectacular I am certain. And If you haven’t ordered this dress yet, now is the time!! Matilda Jane is donating $30 form every dress sold to The Mighty Acorn Foundation. And those kids so need every bit they can get.

 

 

 

     
Becky - April 8, 2014 - 9:03 am

Wish I had been around during the days of the phone calling Art Fair. :-) I am so proud of your success over the last 7 years. May you have many many more years of success.

Joy Stallard - April 8, 2014 - 9:21 am

ohhh man every word of your 7 year old blog entry really sank deep with me Denise!!!! seriously you inspire me so much. xoxo Joy

Tammy Barnett - April 8, 2014 - 10:34 am

So excited about online Art Fair. If it happens is there a way to raise the cart limit? $250 won’t get us far with a huge plat upload ;) Maybe something closer to the limit we would have if we actually shopped at AF. 15 items? 20?

GB - April 8, 2014 - 10:48 am

Yay! I can’t wait for more details about AF on line! I will miss being with “my girls” tho. :( I guess we will take our girls weekend to Las Vegas ;)

Brandi - April 8, 2014 - 11:29 am

Denise I just know one day I will make it to kitale to give our girl Agnes a big hug but until then have save travels and please tell her savannah and I love her lots!!

Love brandi

Nikki - April 8, 2014 - 11:43 am

Sooo excited about the massive plat load!!! And love our trunk show no knot!! It’s gorgy! =)

Michelle Gresham - April 8, 2014 - 11:46 am

Yay! An online art fair! So awesome! Thank you so much for making this happen for us! :D Enjoy your trip and be safe!

Z - April 8, 2014 - 11:58 am

Online AF sounds divine! And next week is the trip?? Yall are gonna have a wonderful time I’m sure, especially Megan Fogel! So excited for everyone going! Good luck and God bless y’all for your hard work and dedication to a beautiful cause. Cheers!

Amy S - April 8, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Time sure does fly by- I find myself going down memory lane far too often.

Online art fair EEK!

Have fun in Africa!!!!!!

Marcy Schneider Hoffman - April 8, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Sorry to hear there won’t be Art Fair this year, but that is life and these things happen! Safe travels to you and the boys on you trip to Africa!

marnie ward - April 8, 2014 - 1:40 pm

I really like the wwindsicl outfit.

Abby - April 8, 2014 - 2:45 pm

I never get to go to AF due to work/life/kids, so online AF is a dream come true!!!!

Joslyn Nielson - April 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Oh wow, have a amazing trip!!

Juliie - April 8, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Holy cowamolly!! An online Art Fair?!? This is the most exciting news I’ve heard from Matilda Jane in the three years I’ve been obsessed!! I don’t have words to convey how excited I am for this :)

Stacey - April 9, 2014 - 12:07 am

Have a great trip! What you do is fantastic!!!!

Wanted to make a suggestion to maybe add the MAC logo to the actual item photo on the site, maybe even add the photo above to your site banner…I only mention it as I didn’t initially realize that $30 goes directly to this (and I’m frequently on the various MJ pages/sites), WOW THATS A REALLY WONDERFUL THING! This dress moved to the top of my wish list once my TK informed me :) .

Have fun and safe travels.

Jennifer Satterwhite - April 9, 2014 - 8:20 am

Come to Georgia for Art fair I have 14 acres you are more than welcome to use. I a few party/ wedding planner friends that would be more than glad to put up some white tents and pottys.

Joy Pine - April 9, 2014 - 9:16 am

Joe is going to LOVE Kenya! Would love to see his face as he experiences it all for the first time!
Love on all of those kiddos for me! I am homesick for Kenya.
Love,
Joy

Erica S - April 9, 2014 - 10:06 am

The only way I can imagine making a trip to Kitale more fulfilling is to see if through the eyes of your own child. What an exciting experience for both of you! I would love to hear about Kitale through his eyes!

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