7yrs, 15 Memories, 1 regret

February 03, 2007

First post…..

Often I am asked, ” What are you doing?”

Nine out of ten times the answer is “working”.

When I had my store “Daffodil Hill” I loved writing my quarterly newsletter filled with my latest explorations.  It was fun to give everyone a peak inside my overflowing mind. As of today, take a seat.  We are all in for a wonderful ride.  Join me for endless hours at the ironing board to loading the trailer for the next art fair, from behind the sewing machine to the sea of ribbon spools. Did I forget to mention the trials and tribulations of launching a new company.  Ahhh..the joy of it all!

A word to the wise:

I am new to this blogging bit. I will try to be exciting and change my  9 out of 10 answer to something besides work.


Last night Gabe and I were googling Matilda Jane. Yes, I google Matilda Jane. It’s fun for me to see such an array photos I wouldn’t see if I didn’t. It brought me to my old blog. I laughed when I saw it was exactly 7 yrs ago! Happy Seven Year Blog Anniversary.


And let’s take a quick glance at my life 7 years ago.

1. Gabe had just turned 1 and was into EVERYTHING

2. I had just got the “red table”. I just noticed the Patagonia catalog on it. Still love Patagonia today.

3. I was doing Art Fair and my garage was my warehouse.

4. Chris. Oh, Chris. Loved that girl and still. She now runs the warehouse at MJC. I moved a few blocks down so I don’t get to see her as much…but gosh I love her.

5. Laker Hockey. The boys and I went to almost every game for 4 years. It was such a great time. Still huge fans.

6. My make shift office, though I admit this was totally staged for a photo shoot.

7. Only thing that has changed in that photo is the baby food!

8. Lulu. Only thing different is she is now 12. You’ll still see her in photoshoots and we are still neighbors.

9. YUP….see #1.

10. How were they that little. Gabe and Joe have outgrown the sled and are now skiing/snowboarding.

11. I had just met Betsy King. She photographed our family that year and has many since. Reminds me I still owe her money!

12. This was the girl who helped me start trying to do Trunk Shows. My fave art fair customer. We both got so busy trying to make MJC work that are lives became completely separate and we lost our friendship. My one regret.

13. I had so many of these “unpredictable” onsies that Gabe wore them just about everyday. Someone had to.

14. Sweet Joe. He still loves Matilda Jane as much as he always has. Seriously, he has a big opinion in the clothing world.

15. Carlee. Her mom, Renae, runs the warehouse Chris. She’s no longer my neighbor but man, love that girl. Without her or Chris I’m not really sure we would be celebrating the 7yr anniversary. 7 years ago we were all neighbors. Babysitting, sewing buttons, ironing, loading trucks and being great friends was our life.

Crazy right.

Seven years ago. I am so happy I decided to start blogging. Some days better than others. Looking back has been so much fun.


P.S. I gotta finish looking at pics on Facebook then I’ll post by tomorrow the winners.

Court - February 8, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Love your designs! Love how you channel innocence into your pieces.

lillie - February 7, 2014 - 4:44 pm

This bring back so many memories and honestly a few tears. Thanks for sharing a piece of the good ole days!

Lynn Brady - February 6, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Thank you for sharing!! Love, love all of the picks!!

Nikki - February 5, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Happy Blogaversary!!

Joann E - February 5, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Yay congrats on the seventh anniversary of blog writing. I always love reading it and have been reading your blog for 5+ years! Can’t wait to read your blog for years to come!! xoxo

jamie hicks - February 5, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Wow 7 years! I can watch my kids grow up via past blog photos…although it has been a while. Miss you love!

Annie W - February 5, 2014 - 12:09 am

Congrats on the blog-a-versary!

Melanie Martin - February 4, 2014 - 9:09 pm

So what made you choose a red table? I bet 7 yrs flew by! Congratulations on making your dreams a reality!

Nicole - February 4, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Happy Seventh year anniversary! congrats to all!! Love the pictures!

Brittney B - February 4, 2014 - 4:52 pm

It has been so good to read your posts recently 🙂 Like a breath of fresh air again, so glad to have you back

Mary Schweitzer - February 4, 2014 - 4:15 pm

What fun way to look back on your journey…hmmm sounds like a good name for a collection “The Journey” 😉 You’re one regret makes me sad though. I hope that one day you are able to reconnect.

Loretta C. - February 4, 2014 - 10:16 am

Congratulations of your 7 years of success!!!! And, hope that you get a 7 year itch to bring us some new awesomeness (bedding!!!) to your faithful following of MJC fans!

Kelly Serda - February 4, 2014 - 9:46 am

That is really sweet, it makes me want to take more pictures of my kiddos. Time passes by so quickly especially the older you get.

Eva A. - February 4, 2014 - 12:49 am

I’m so glad you are posting blog entires frequently. I love seeing the mj world thru your eyes.

Amber Hill - February 3, 2014 - 11:46 pm

What a wonderful trip down memory lane. So glad we have such h beautiful clothes (Thanks to you) to make memories in.

Betsy King - February 3, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Oh I love this post! Your blog is exactly as old as Miles is!!!! Happy birthday to you both! I’m still so thankful to be let into the MJ world back then when I was just starting out too!

PS No worries on the payment. The quicker it comes, the quicker I spend it!! ;-D I know you guys are good for it!

portia - February 3, 2014 - 9:59 pm

I (unfortunately) didn’t know about MJ 7 years ago 🙁 However, reading this makes me now feel apart of it. Thank you!

Amy S - February 3, 2014 - 8:27 pm

#12 is sad- unfortunately I lost contact with my best friend over our lives becoming separate too. Happens too much unfortunately!

Angie - February 3, 2014 - 5:54 pm

I had so much fun reading this!! I scrolled back up with each number to look at the corresponding picture (I’m on my phone) and regarding #12, it’s never too late to make that phone call, reach out to your friend!! 🙂

Janella McGarry - February 3, 2014 - 5:49 pm

I’m not sure if it’s the time of year or what but I have been doing such remenicing lately as well!! Thanks for sharing I always love seeing your photos especially your boys when they were small

Julie - February 3, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your life and talent with us! You are a creative inspiration!!

Candice H - February 3, 2014 - 4:47 pm

I just think your cool! Very inspiring person that is giving! I love love love your clothes but the orphanage and how much you give is what makes me love your company the most!

Brandy - February 3, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Cute. Thanks for sharing. Its so nice to have you back <3

Patricia - February 3, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Congrats!!! So inspiring. Love to read your blogs.

Emily Harrison - February 3, 2014 - 4:04 pm

I loved this. It has been so fun learning more and more about your company. I have also enjoyed looking at everyone’s pictures on Facebook! Such a wonderful company. 🙂

Jessica - February 3, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Memories are so fun! You all have cone so far

Alyssa p - February 3, 2014 - 3:55 pm

12. Might be worth falling back into touch, especially with how far you have come, a great friendship, no matter how far flung, is always worth saving!

Gran - February 3, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Thank you Denise for the trip down MJC Memory Lane through these photos and posts. I have always LOVED that picture of Gabe with the buttons on his foot and yes, I know that Joe does have an eye for fashion after seeing the bags he designed. Is that your Sara Brown in the Lakers pic? I am so glad you started blogging too. And you know what I’ll bet your friend in 12 would enjoy re-connecting too. Happy 7 years!!!!
Oh, Chris’s phone does put a date on that picture.

Fancy Nancy - February 3, 2014 - 3:52 pm

It is hard to believe it has been 7 years! Happy Blog Anniversary, look forward to reading many more from you!!

KaMarlowete - February 3, 2014 - 3:49 pm

This was an encouraging blog post. We’re always right in the middle of our lives, aren’t we. And then we look a little back and we see how we were both totally in control and completely lost in moments past, an somehow, that’s inspiring.

Becky - February 3, 2014 - 3:44 pm

What a legacy Matilda Jane has grown in to in such short years. I wish you much success over the next 7 years and beyond. And, I am sure your friend in picture 12 remembers you as sweetly as you do her. I have some very dear friends that time, years and family (particularly babies) took us apart too, but the best thing about these relationships is that we can always pick it right back up from when we last spoke, whether it is 1 month or 1 year. I hope you find that you can do that with your girlfriend again. I love you and your company.

Jenn - February 3, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Seriously?? How good is it to having you blogging so much recently??? LOVE

Tracy D - February 3, 2014 - 3:29 pm

When are you going to give us Art Fair Details??? We are all dying to know! And I know you are loving stringing us along…
🙂 Don’t keep us waiting too long the suspense is agonizing.

Monika M. - February 3, 2014 - 3:28 pm

What a funny coincidence, my girls are home sick today and are currently giggling like crazy watching videos from 2007!!!

Erica S - February 3, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Congratulations and thank you for sharing all of the amazing things you do on your blog. I had the same one regret about a lost friendship, but I was lucky enough to rekindle it after YEARS! Hope the same is possible for you! Love your blog post, as usual!!

Maryann E. - February 3, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Inspires me to blog! So many wonderful memories and people affect our lives and influence our futures. Congrats on 7 wonderful years and can’t wait to see what the 7 hold 🙂

Heidi - February 3, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Been a fan for 4 years. Found you when my daughter was born, loved MJC ever since!

Julie - February 3, 2014 - 3:17 pm

I wish I knew about MJC before 1 year ago! But I’m a fan for as long as my little darling lets me dress her in it!

Cheri - February 3, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Thanks for sharing some of the history! I’m a newbie–just had my first show yesterday–but MJ has captivated me!

Jennifer McCarty - February 3, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Lucky number 7! My daughter has been wearing Matilda Jane for 7 years. I was in love the minute I laid eyes on your designs. Each day I dress her, I pray she never says she doesn’t want to wear it, so until then the cuteness continues. Thank you for helping me dress my little girl like a little girl.

Rochelle Jerla - February 3, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Love all the memories..

Brooke - February 3, 2014 - 3:09 pm

I love looking back at my blog! Though not as epic as the building of MJ it melts my heart looking back and seeing how my babies have grown!!

Mary Goldberg - February 3, 2014 - 3:09 pm

It is great to take a trip down memory lane- keep up the great work.

Lindsey - February 3, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Call #12!!! Or send her some flowers, let her know you still think about her!

Rebecca Lewandowski - February 3, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Oh my, #9 and #10 brought a HUGE smile to my face on this snowy, cold Pennsylvania day! Makes me miss my babies who are at home with the sitter while I work…….Gabe and Joe were and still are so cute-their smiles light up a picture!!!!! 🙂 Happy 7 years Denise….and here is to many many many more 🙂

Tiffany - February 3, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Oh my… I started following you shortly after our Lily came home from China. Happy 7 year Blog….anniversary!

Jordan - February 3, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Congrats, Denise! Celebrate the milestones!

Missy Jungling - February 3, 2014 - 3:03 pm

loved reading this. Today is my little man’s 5th birthday and I also have spent the day reflecting on 5 years that seemed to disappear yet be so vivid all at the same time. Life is a crazy ride. I am thankful to have found Matilda Jane and thankful for all you do!

Jennifer Shultz - February 3, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Thanks for including us your trip down memory lane, I love hearing how you started and where you came from, it is SO inspiring!!!

Amber - February 3, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Wow.. it’s so crazy to think that it’s only been 7 years. You have come so far and accomplished so much..I’m really glad you blog too by the way 🙂

Erica j - February 3, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Love this! Makes me want to start blogging to capture all moments in time

bella claire - February 3, 2014 - 3:01 pm

I adored this blog post! Huge smile from this momma!

Stacie Petta - February 3, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Happy 7th year blog anniversary! How much fun to reminisce! Love #9 with the buttons stuck to the foot! #12 – you can always reconnect! Nothing is lost and some regrets can be fixed!

Abby - February 3, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Love looking back with you! I didn’t find y’all until I had a daughter, but I am so glad I did. 🙂

Lish - February 3, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Congratulations on your 7 Year Blog-aversary! As a recent addict to MJC, I love learning more and more about the history of your wonderful company through the blog. Every thing I read and see makes me love it even more. Congrats again!

Michelle Gresham - February 3, 2014 - 2:05 pm

What fun looking at these old photos! It’s cool to see what how/what MJC used to be like since I am still pretty much a newbie. How awesome to have a dream and see it come to fruition! =)Congratulations on 7 years, Denise and company! =)

P.S. Sorry about the loss of your friend. =( Things happen though.

Errin Andrus - February 3, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Love this post!

lindsey bessing -smithers - February 3, 2014 - 1:10 pm

coming from a true MJC addict, I NEED art fair deets ASAP. I need a AF fix and have a hotel and plane ticket bought already. Just need a ticket. Love you Denise and everything about who you were are and will be 7 years from now. Congrats on beating it. Your my hero and a hero to many! <3 your number one fan!