Moving Parts

Did you guys know we have almost grown out of this new building? You know the one, we moved here back in June 2012 right before art fair. We have taken down walls, we’ve moved offices, we’ve even rented 2 storage units outside of our building. The poor Platinum girls have to drive across the street every time they need to restock these days! But at least we all get to work in the same building. Not sure how long we will get to say that! And actually I’ve been working at home on Fall 2014 lately…


(My dining room table ha!)

We have so many new members of the MJC team that I feel we should start highlighting these new key players! And heck, let’s talk about some of the oldies too (maybe I’ll do this next week?). After all, it takes us all to make this big wheel turn.

With that said…I’d like to introduce our new girl Maddie Tompkins to the round table..


Maddie, comes from a technical background at cinda B with design skills to spare. She’s been hired to assist our Yama (Sarah Pippenger) in the technical design/development side of the seasonal lines. You guys don’t even know how excited I am to have her here. Not only is she a nice positive, spunky chick, but she will be giving Yam the relief she needs from having ALL technical design on her plate. Because we all know that poor girl gets no help from me there 🙁 I’m so not good with numbers and details!! Except sparkly buttons and fun trims. I’m great at those details!

girls at work

Last but not least. I’ve been without my other half for far too long these days… Denise came home from Texas on Thursday of last week and started her first chemo treatment in Fort Wayne on Monday (yesterday). I’m not sure how it went, but I do know she left exhausted. And drained. And fried. My poor boss, I have been dreading this phase of her new journey to start. She’s had the most positive spirit for 3 months, but now I think it’s beginning to get to her. Please please have her in your thoughts extra this week. I’m so happy she’s home, but I want her happy too. We all do.


Maybe next week I’ll write a love letter to her? You can never say you love someone too much right?




yoga_lat_te - September 18, 2013 - 1:06 pm

“I’m so happy she’s home, but I want her happy too. We all do.” Exactly … thank you for the update, Sam <3 …!

Wendy - September 18, 2013 - 8:58 am

Welcome to Maddie, she does look spunky! And praying for Denise to have the strength she needs. Tired is not the same as weak, Drained is not the same as unhappy. We know she is a strong and happy person even while she is struggling and fighting and worn out. I am always thinking about her and praying, wishing and hoping all good things.

Carli K - September 18, 2013 - 8:35 am

Thank goodness Denise has you. You look like you have it under control and she can focus on getting well.

Missy J. - September 18, 2013 - 8:32 am

I look so forward to a post from Sam!!! Love all of this. And, so glad to hear an update on Denise-it was getting too quiet. Many thoughts and prayers for her daily!

Mama Hope - September 17, 2013 - 5:36 pm

A love letter for sure. One you write yourself and put in an envelope and address and stamp and put in the mail! A real love letter. And include a special picture you colored! Perfect!

Carrie - September 17, 2013 - 5:17 pm

My love letter to Yama:
Yama… thank you for doing your magic and fixing the rise on all of the pants. Yup. Finally no more size guessing and the tops match the bottoms. YOU ROCK!

Dorien Nielson - September 17, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Sending love and good wishes her way.

chemo is hard and draining and exhausting even for the MOST upbeat among us. We’ve been doing this for 6 1/2 months now and the best person i know (my husband) has hard hard chemo days too.

Chin up Denise! People are cheering for you….We always find
that gives us strength and courage to press forward!

Maria Bellot - September 17, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Thank you for updating us on Denise. I am so glad to hear she is home. She remains in my prayers during this most difficult journey.