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!

Saying Goodbye…

Is never easy.

When Denise asked me, well MADE me, get an assistant 3 years ago I never dreamed of meeting and working with someone like Lauren. She’s smart. She’s driven. She’s articulate. She’s crazy cute. And she’s passionate. There’s so much to her. So much I didn’t realize I needed when Denise proposed the idea of me getting help.

I remember when she texted me about the job. I wrote a blog to you guys and in passing I mentioned that I was looking (NOT VERY HARD!!!) for help. An assistant. Honestly, an assistant is something I never DREAMED I’d have/need. Sorry, sometimes I revel in how many strange/cool/exciting things have happened to me while on this roller coaster journey with MJC…

ANYWAY. She texted me. My phone lit up and I saw the name and I handed it to my best friend, Megan. “Read it!” is all I said. I already knew what it was going to be about (Lauren and I never texted!) and the butterflies were arriving in my stummy right on time. I knew she saw on the blog I was looking for an assistant, and I knew she was raising her hand for the job. And I knew she’d be perfect. See, Miss Lauren interned twice before being hired as my full time go-to-gal. I was scared out of my mind. How could my assistant be someone so intelligent, so thoughtful, so poised?! How could my assistant be someone that I thought–no KNEW–was so much better than me? Welp, that’s why she’s been my right hand man for the past 2 1/2 years. Because Matilda Jane deserves the best and that’s Lauren.

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Our first trip to China together. 

The first month, I pushed her aside. I sent her to Platinum telling her I had nothing for her to do today, telling her I was too busy to explain what I was working on, etc. Ha there was only so long she AND DENISE would let me get away with that. The next thing I knew we were on our very first trip to China alone together. (Read our blog post here!) She had barely been at MJC for 2 months and she was already leaving the country! It’s not everyday you find a company that is not only willing, but eager to put so much faith in us. Two young girls. Denise and David trusted us. What a huge gift. And something, I’m sure I can speak for both Lauren and I, will never, ever forget. Or lose.

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And our last day together.

Today is Lauren’s last day at Matilda Jane. While I was crushed when I first learned the news, I am nothing but excited for her future. Anywhere. Because really, when you’re someone like Lauren, you can do anything.

The world is literally your oyster, Lauren. 

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I’m definitely not the only one that’s gonna miss her!

Have a great weekend, friends! And keep on enjoying our 3rd Release Ribbon Dance! It’s filled with all my very favorite Spring pieces after all!!

LOVE,

SAM

 

     
Abby - April 4, 2014 - 2:46 pm

You will be missed! Best wishes!!!

Amber Vaughn - April 4, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Seriously? You girls are beyond ADorAble

Kristen - April 4, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Good luck on your next adventure Lauren!!

Aubry Rambaud - April 4, 2014 - 5:59 pm

All the best to you Lauren! We should never let change scare us away from new experiences! God Bless you and everyone at Matilda Jane!

Lindsey - April 4, 2014 - 6:00 pm

What a heartfelt goodbye. Best wishes lauren!

Amy S - April 4, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Aw!!! Such a sweet blog! Good luck wherever you go, Lauren!!!!!!!

Shelby - April 5, 2014 - 2:54 am

such a beautiful goodbye. good luck lauren. prayers for your next adventures in life!

Gran - April 6, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Lauren, you will be missed. I thank you again. Wishing you many new adventures and joy as you travel.

SoMom - April 6, 2014 - 10:50 pm

What a sweet, heartfelt goodbye! You both changed so much in those few years…absolutely adorable! Best of luck, Lauren!

Kristin - April 8, 2014 - 1:13 am

Good luck, Lauren!!

Becky - April 8, 2014 - 9:08 am

Good luck on your next adventure!!

Bridgette L - April 8, 2014 - 1:28 pm

So sad to see you go Lauren. Thank you for all your help with the pictures you provided to me for the LookBooks! Good Luck and take care!

Erica S - April 9, 2014 - 10:13 am

I cannot imagine anyone wanting to leave Matilda Jane. One thing I know for sure is that it must be for an AMAZING, OUTSTANDING, OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD opportunity!

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” -Richard Bach

The year that was…

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Hi girls.  I know you’ve all been waiting.  You’ve all been wondering.  And you’ve all been such an amazing part of past Art Fairs. But we knew it was going to be hard to keep Art Fair growing and keep Art Fair true to its roots.   

I remember the first time we opened up 435 to you.  Crazy.  I had never been so nervous.  So nervous that I might disappoint you. So nervous that maybe no one would come.  And so nervous that you’d realize I’m really not all that cool. Ha, it’s my girls at MJC that pull it all off and let me look like the star.  What would I do without them? What would we do without you?

We moved MJC to 4031 last year and David decided to sell 435.  I was much against it but knew we couldn’t afford for it to just sit empty.  That place we called 435 has a huge place in the MJC story.  A huge place in my story. I wanted that building for so long.  Could never afford it.  Dwelled on it. After 2 years was finally able to rent the first floor.  Rented the second floor.  Rented the 3rd floor.  Bought it. Had our first art fair.  Had our second.  Had our third.  Sold it.

Now what? Sam, Kayla, Allison and I all were a little shocked last week after several months of searching for a new location for Art Fair.  Shocked that there are few choices out there to hold such a huge event. And a little shocked at how many brides wanted to get married in June and fill up all the great locations.  Come on, an Art Fair should trump a wedding right?

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So we pondered over it. Chatted with Matt, Lynette and Jeff over what to do.  How not to disappoint you.  We came up with lots of ideas.  But when it came down to it at the end if the day I, myself, just could not alter the “Art Fair”.  I couldn’t turn it into something it was not meant to be. I couldn’t be ok with only allowing 100 people to come because we couldn’t find a place big enough.

You have no idea the thought that was poured into this decision.  And I admit a few tears as well.  I didn’t know what to do.  Art Fairs have always been my love, my living, the start of MJC.  It really is a huge part of me.  I couldn’t imagine doing something other than just a crazy old Art Fair. Rain or shine.  Frigid temps or 90 degree humidity that made you sweat tears.  It’s what it is.  It’s standing all day, working harder than you ever thought you could but loving every little human interaction that you make.  It’s a little chaos and a whole lotta love.

I could go on and on but I guess I can’t beat around the bush any longer. At the end of the day there’s no way to change it and I need to own my decision.  We won’t be doing Art Fair this year.  It will continue next year ABSOLUTELY. But this year we just can’t pull it off.  Kayla and Allison have tried and tried to find a space large enough with the right amenities but it’s just not showing itself or someone is getting married that weekend.  Aghhhh June.

I’m so sorry.  And I wish I had a beautiful way to tell you but I don’t.  All I got is the truth and it is that we just can’t find a location that’s available and that we like.  I know. It sounds so simple.  But if it were that simple, we wouldn’t have spent the last 3-4 months searching, discussing, problem-solving and just hoping it would come together.

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Aghhh. The story must go on. And in 2015 it will. I guess this will just have to be the year that Art Fair slept silently.

-Denise​
     
Abby - April 1, 2014 - 10:15 am

It makes sense. Take a year, regroup, and out on the best AF ever… In 2015!!!

Rachel hess - April 1, 2014 - 10:15 am

Disappointed does not even begin to cover how I feel…. I am heartbroken.

Michelle Gresham - April 1, 2014 - 10:17 am

No worries, Denise! You have got a lot on your plate right now; no one should have to go through what you have gone through, especially all within a year time frame. =( It looks like I will just have to meet you and your amazing crew at AF 2015 instead of this year! =) Don’t beat yourself over this decision! Now back to stalking Plat I go… =D

Brittney B - April 1, 2014 - 10:20 am

I’m so sad, but I can also understand. Looking forward to 2015!!!

Lisa Wiersma - April 1, 2014 - 10:20 am

Thank you for sharing yourself and staying true to your love for Matilda Jane.

Erin Mar - April 1, 2014 - 10:23 am

I wish you had chosen to formally announce this on a day that isn’t April Fools Day, because now there is still a thread of hope that people will cling to.

Andrea M - April 1, 2014 - 10:24 am

Greatness is worth waiting for :)

Amy S - April 1, 2014 - 10:25 am

I agree with Michelle- bring on 2015!!

Sarah L-B - April 1, 2014 - 10:25 am

You have all been through A LOT this year!!! I was actually hoping you would allow yourselves the break. You need and deserve it. Take the time to enjoy and draw strength from and give strength to each other.

Shanna S. - April 1, 2014 - 10:28 am

My birthday weekend won’t be the same, but I look forward to next year!!

Tammy Barnett - April 1, 2014 - 10:31 am

I know it’s probably not but it is April 1. Many of us are hoping in the back of our minds that this is an April Fool’s joke? I just can’t bring myself to call and cancel the hotel. Or even try to call and deal with the airline to see if I can do anything about the plane ticket I purchased. No chance this is an April Fool’s joke?

JoEllen - April 1, 2014 - 10:35 am

This was to be my first Art Fair, and while we are all disappointed, I know it will make attending next year that much more exciting. Looking forward to my first one next year!

Aimee Bowlin - April 1, 2014 - 10:43 am

There is a reason and a season for everything. I could only dream of going to an art fair and seeing it for myself, but I know 2015 will be fantabulous. 2015 will be the best one yet. Hugs.

Kristin - April 1, 2014 - 10:47 am

Thank you for this post. I had no idea how much these gorgeous clothes, this awesome company, my amazing MJ friends meant to me, until the tears starting streaming down my face as I read this post. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful vision, even if I have to wait another year to attend :)

Melissa S - April 1, 2014 - 10:48 am

Well…I think an ONLINE Art Fair is in order….

Stacey C - April 1, 2014 - 10:51 am

If there is one thing Matilda Jane DOESN’T do, it’s disappoint! You are fabulous! And the one thing your company does over and over again is make us smile… Your hearts are so full, your passion so true… This had to be such a hard blog to post…. Thank you.

Julie C - April 1, 2014 - 10:51 am

Denise, it’s no secret that you and the gals at MJC have been through quite the year. :( I am sorry to hear that Art Fair won’t happen this year but I hope that you and the girls take this time to take it easy and come back in full force in 2015.

Lindsey - April 1, 2014 - 10:54 am

Sounds like this was a beyond difficult decision. Anxiously waiting for 2015…

christy - April 1, 2014 - 10:55 am

I know you are all disappointed :( That means more Plat though right?! ;) :)

Stefani - April 1, 2014 - 11:04 am

So sad… But completely understand! Gives us something to look forward to next year! You all do an amazing job! Thanks ;)

Kendra - April 1, 2014 - 11:13 am

Totally understand but was planning to attend my first AF this year with a friend. Hopefully, there will be something awesome online instead?????

Jennifer Vess - April 1, 2014 - 11:14 am

While the news is sad since I was really hoping to go this year, I say, “Way to go!” Such a wonderful way to stay true to yourself. That’s so hard to do sometimes, and I have nothing but respect for you. I appreciate your wanting this up to as many people as possible and not settling for less than what you consider perfection. AWESOME release today by the way. Can’t wait for this order to arrive!

Kathleen - April 1, 2014 - 11:14 am

Why post this today??? If this is all true, I totally understand, everybody would. But did theses news have to come on April 1st? Months of waiting to hear anything and yesterday or tomorrow was/is not a good day to let us all know.

Jen F - April 1, 2014 - 11:14 am

I’m sad but maybe 2014 was supposed to be about healing and we can celebrate next year.

Susan B - April 1, 2014 - 11:16 am

I’m sure you made the best decision you could…even if yours and our hearts are let down. However….There are so many of us who can only dream of having the fun of actually being there…and hope that some sweet momma would loosen her grip on her precious cargo and share (sell) something to those of us on the sidelines. At the end of they day, isn’t it all about the beautiful clothes you all create? What about a virtual art fair? Maybe you can do it like the plat passes…sell passes for incremental time slots where only so many have passes for that time slot…when that time is up, you reload goodies and the next group of passes has access..and so on…over a 2-3 day period. Limit people’s cart value to something similar to art fair…use the plat pass ticket price as a fundraiser for Mighty Acorns. Everyone wins and so many others would have a chance to participate. Call it something else if you need to..whatever…just get us those pretties!!!

Nicole - April 1, 2014 - 11:17 am

“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”
Fulton J. Sheen

We will all wait to see te beautiful pictures of next yeta art fair.

Luvmi Webber. The only one!) - April 1, 2014 - 11:19 am

I can’t wait that long;(. Lol. Thanks for trying. With everything that happen this year…. Waiting till next year only makes since any how. You have done such a great job keeping up with everything. Tytyty. Patiently waiting 440 ish days. Teehee

Danielle - April 1, 2014 - 11:23 am

I am so, so very sad. This may be the last year my daughter can fit the clothes, and the first year I was able to attend. Any chance of an online art fair? Or seeing MJC pop up at the local art fairs? Plymouth, MI anyone? :)

Amanda Bacon - April 1, 2014 - 11:24 am

I am saddened, but ultimately you have to do what is best for you and your family! The last 2 were amazing and it will be next year as well! If you are given an entire year to plan, I know it will be fabulous! Denise, take some time for yourself for once, instead of trying to “do” for everyone else! Hugs and best wishes to everyone! We can all take our excitement for this year and turn it into excitement for 2015!!!

Samantha G - April 1, 2014 - 11:38 am

I was looking forward to my first fair but I am now looking forward to next years art fair. I have seen past year clothing and the beauty is amazing and worth the wait. Thank you for wanting to please all those who love your designs and I can not wait to see what else you design.

Amber Renner - April 1, 2014 - 11:38 am

Xo, this will make one amazing and unforgettable Art Fair for 2015! You guys have had one heck of a year!!

Lisa Kelly - April 1, 2014 - 11:41 am

“Best is yet to be , AF will be ”
AF will happen again ! We love every bit of Mjc year round AF is just icing in the cake :)
Bless ya !

Amy Hanley - April 1, 2014 - 11:43 am

Phew! I am barely recovered from last year!!! I left Fort Wayne with a severe case of “Shopper’s Arm” (from holding tons of dresses on hangers for hours) which has healed nicely and now I have another year to build up those muscles! Thank you!

Christy L - April 1, 2014 - 11:50 am

Gives me more time to plan ;)

Laurie - April 1, 2014 - 11:51 am

I am sure that this was a very difficult decision and appreciate all that your company does…planning events takes A LOT of energy and time and I agree with the above posts that you have had so much turmoil and you and your staff deserve to just have a minute to breathe!! Love you and your clothes and can’t wait till 2015!!

susie - April 1, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Denise….I know Art Fair is your heart, and I understand your decision, and how hard this year has been on all of you. It has to “feel right”, for you, and I trust that:)Your excitement and zeal for AF is what makes us all love it so much!!Happy to have the lst 3 years of great memories and looking forward to 2015!

Heidi - April 1, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Wow, I’m so, so sad and disappointed. I’ve never been to a MJC Art Fair and I was planning for this year to be my first. I’m so deflated at this decision so I can only imagine how Denise and the MJC team feel. I guess I’ll have to look forward to 2015!

Stephanie Ervin - April 1, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Good for you! I admire you even more. It’s hard being a business owner & trying to meet expectations. You have a healthy & wise mind to do what’s right for the company. We want what’s best for our favorite company and an owner that knows what’s best! Long live Matilda Jane!

Brittany Moore - April 1, 2014 - 12:49 pm

While super disappointing for everyone, we know you made the best decision possible for everyone involved. Don’t you worry your pretty little head one bit, we all still love you and MJC. Just gives us time to save up more to spend next year :)

Denell - April 1, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Possibly by then it will be in the cards for us to come. It has always been so entertaining to watch from afar, and dream about going.

Kathy Hoy - April 1, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Many things changed this year, it’s good to take a step back and heal spiritually, emotionally & physically. Come back renewed. Namaste

natalie - April 1, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Let’s hear it for an online art fair!

The heart of it all is to bring unique clothing together with the unique girls that make them come alive!

online lets you reach even further than you could before!

Amanda B - April 1, 2014 - 2:17 pm

It’s been quite the year for the MJ family; maybe some well deserved time for a rest!

Portia - April 1, 2014 - 2:50 pm

I have never had the privilege of attending an art fair….but was defiantly looking forward to trying this year. As a business owner I understand the difficult dissions that need to be made. The plus side to all of this??????? More time to save more money!!!!!!! I hope to see you next year!

Melissa Scamuffa - April 1, 2014 - 2:50 pm

You all deserve a break, you have had a rough year. I know I will miss it, but you all have to do what is best for all of you. I wish you all continual healing and a great rest of this year! I still remember the art fairs where there were no lines and we got there maybe 15 mins or so before opening time. It has always been one of the best things I do during the summer and will miss you all as well as the festivities.

Jennifer Dashner - April 1, 2014 - 2:55 pm

I’m so honored that you think enough of your business (and customers) to not want to ‘settle’ for something. This would have been my 1st Art Fair, but I am anxiously waiting for 2015! Thank you for all you do, and have done to make MJC and amazing place!

amy - April 1, 2014 - 2:58 pm

you’ve made a wise decision…blessings!!

Rachel Linton - April 1, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Darn those pesky brides using up all the good spaces! I vote for online Art Fair!

Sarah Linker - April 1, 2014 - 3:56 pm

You deserve a summer off… Rest, recharge and enjoy some great times with family and friends. We know that y’all will make next art fair worth the wait!!

Kathy stockdale - April 1, 2014 - 6:43 pm

I totally understand, this is not a simple Tiny party that can be thrown anywhere and to compromise any section of it…well, that just wouldn’t be MJC. I was hoping to get to come (would be my first art fair) but like the MJ family…its been a tough one for my family. I respect the idea and the time to regroup and do it full blown MJC style.
Your resilience and strong spine to get out of bed everyday throughout your battle with cancer and even though it might not be the day you expected, it is still YOUR DAY. Honestly you have given me a lot of strength to handle my own life. The power to wake up and put one foot in front of the other even on days when im not sure i can…as your extended family of MJC soldiers who want our little girls to be little girls, and want them to have self confidence and smiles through out the day, we fully support your decision. Our baby girl ( isnt a “baby”anymore she will be 6 in july) we were able to adopt right before her 2nd birthday, she was a foster child that came with a heart-breaking background (that still pierces my heart and tugs at my soul daily) she still has a few ramifications from her treatment in infancy, as silly as it sounds, I feel people are more forgiving for her behaviors when she is in MJC I know as a parent that sounds TERRIBLE but I’m talking about strangers that make assumptions based on her outbursts/behaviors (wish I could send you a pict of her closet). I also have a son that has Aspergers and panic disorder and my oldest son is a loving, caring angel to his two siblings that need special attention. You sharing your fight this year wAs a really amazing, touching thing. the loss of Chelsa recently wAs heartbreaking, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Thank you for everything. So much respect for you and your company. We love you so much!!! Thanks for letting us know!!!

Katherine Merritt - April 1, 2014 - 8:08 pm

I was looking forward to my first art fair this year. But, I understand wanting to preserve the integrity of the experience. I will plan on next year…and stalk Platinum in the meantime. ;)

Shelby - April 1, 2014 - 8:13 pm

I just love the picture of all the pretty dresses. What a dream to have all those pretties in one place :)

Alicia Burns - April 1, 2014 - 8:19 pm

For one who can only dream of attending art fair.. not sure how i feel.. yes i love to see all these pretties for sure!! But its just as heartbreaking when you cant have any of them!! Sorry im feeling gloomy today!! We still loooovvee you Denise!!

Robin Moore - April 1, 2014 - 8:59 pm

Denise, I am so sad to hear there will be no Art Fair. I understand, but it’s disheartening. As I read the blog I can hear in your words what the 435 building meant to you. And with the year you’ve had I can truly understand how no venue felt “right”. Denise, we all love MJC. For us, it’s never been “just kids clothes”. If you put up a tent in your back yard…….we will come. If you did a Traveling Art Fair Bus……we would come. Do you know why??
Today I went to a ladies house I had never met. A complete stranger. She’s a new TK in my area. Within 30 seconds of being in her home I felt the “connection”. Now my husband laughed uncontrollably when I told him this. I’m reserved with strangers. But she hugged me when I walked in!! I realized she wasn’t a stranger, She was another MJ mom. Yes we get to buy beautiful clothes at Art Fair. But it’s those “connections” we get to make with other MJC mommas that has us sad for no Art Fair this year. I can’t even imagine what you’ve had to deal with this year. I didn’t tell you this to instill guilt. I just wanted you to know, we love this company you’ve built. We love getting to enjoy the beauty of your dream. We love the “connections” we make. So even when things aren’t perfect, we will always show up. See you Art Fair 2015!!!

Courtney Puhl - April 1, 2014 - 9:16 pm

We’ll miss you this June! I’m sure this decision has been weighing on your mind for far too long..know that it’s ok, we’ll miss you, but it’ll make it that much more special next year :)

Enjoy your summer! We’ll be here next year!

Christina - April 1, 2014 - 9:49 pm

You know, there is such a fine line with this company. It is one thing to be a crazy MJC mama – I fully embrace a certain level of nuttiness over these clothes (holy moly, release 3!!!!!) but the thought of you catching any flack for this announcement is seriously disheartening. Even without venue issues, you all deserve (need?) a year off. I, too, have great passion for my work and put in lots of hours. However, it’s becoming all too clear to me that my work is fruitless if I do not get to enjoy my loved ones. With no art fair prep, I hope all MJC employees, who are so hard-working, can take a few weeks just to lay low (ha – as if that’s actually an option!) and focus on what really matters. No special online events, etc….just a spring/summer of family and memories for ALL of us – dressed in Platinum and Wonderful Parade, of course! Seriously, anyone who demands anything else is not thinking straight. You are so generous to us; the least people can do is avoid attacking you about art fair!

colorado - April 1, 2014 - 9:59 pm

This makes me think of an orchid-so beautiful, so precious. They bloom their hearts out but then they need a rest. You cut them back and eventually they come back and surprise you all over again with their beauty and majesty. You are like the orchid. Take a break and renew your energy and you will be back and even more beautiful than before.

Susan B. - April 1, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Plymouth, MI has my vote.

Nikki - April 1, 2014 - 10:12 pm

So sad. This was going to be the first one I was able to attend. =( Will be excited for next year!

Patricia - April 2, 2014 - 8:12 am

Like the rug rats say ” a baby got to do what a baby got to do”. Just means next yr will even be that much more amazing and hopefully it will be my first. ( keeping fingers crossed) y’all are amazing. Keep up the great work. God bless!!!!

Aubrey L. - April 2, 2014 - 6:06 pm

This post brought tears to my eyes, so beautifully written!! I have never been to AF but have always wanted to go, but alas will never get to go BUT I LOVE hearing about it, seeing the pictures, everything. The excitement spills over to all of us! There will always be another year & everyone will be ready & waiting to book their rooms, travel etc, no worries!! I think everyone understands the importance of it to all of you! <3

Amber - April 3, 2014 - 1:37 pm

I can’t wait until next year!! It’s going to be Amazing :)

Melanie Martin - April 3, 2014 - 7:37 pm

Houston has large venues. Come to Texas where we will make room for you with southern charm.

Loree Wheeler - April 4, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Denise,

You have absolutely made the right decision. Even if you could have found the perfect location it’s just too much for one year. You and your family have been through so much. This will give you some extra time with your boys and extra time to enjoy life without feeling the pressure of creating the most perfect Art Fair ever. You are strong, brave, and driven. Most of us would have fallen to pieces by now. I think your decision tells moms that it is ok to not be everything to everyone all the time. We constantly feel like we are too much yet not enough. Always doing, doing, doing but at the end of the day feeling like it is never enough. We need to stop that thinking and be proud of what have accomplished and look forward to the future without fear. We love you, support you, and care more about you than the art fair. Don’t get me wrong, Art fair is beautiful and amazing but it’s not everything. Hugs your way :)

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