My One and ONLY girl…

I love this girl shown in the above pic painting with me nearly 14 years ago.  (Did you know that I used to paint children’s furniture in the years before Matilda Jane?  Yep, it was sold under the name of ‘la.ti.da’….and some of those customers are still MJC customers….in fact, one of those customers is now an MJC Trunk Keeper!).  Anyway, that little girl has always been MY Sara Brown. Today she turned 16, and I knew that I totally dropped the ball…I forgot. I totally got wrapped up in the day’s events and forgot. But Sara: I love you. You are the most amazing 16 year old. The girl with the gentlest heart, sensitive soul and cutest giggle. I wish nothing more for you than you to remain true to yourself, forever proud of who you are and where you came from. I hope that you will not let others dampen your spirit and only help to spread some sunshine in their life. You are my sunshine. I adore you.

Miss Sara Brown has been to many art fairs with me, she is as much Matilda Jane as I am. She’s braved humid 90 degrees days unloading trailers and setting up tents. Heck, she may have even packed one of your orders. She’s a true Laker Hockey fan and a hotel critic. Hotel critic? Ya, well, say about 12 years ago I was doing an art fair and Sara was with me. We went to check into the hotel, and she says “I’m not staying in this dumpy junk hotel!” Oh, that girl I have taught her well.  David and  I still use that phrase “dumpy junk” when we stay at a not-so-nice hotel.


Michelle Huesgen - February 3, 2010 - 7:57 am

Happy Birthday Sara!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Diane - February 3, 2010 - 6:59 am

Happy Birthday Sara Brown!!

WhitleyKate's mom - February 3, 2010 - 6:56 am

Happy Sweet 16!

And to you Denise…WOW! I got home from my son’s appt. at Riley yesterday, and lo and behold, the UPS man stopped in front of my house just as I got out of the van. I was SUPER excited to see that it was a MJ package! Thank you for the super fast shipping of our new VALENTINE ruffles and knot dress! Whitley Kate gets super excited as well when she sees that it’s a MJ package coming her way! 🙂

Isabella's Mom - February 3, 2010 - 6:11 am

Happy Birthday Sweet Sara Brown!! Hope your day was great!!
We love you!!!
Take care.

Lisa M - February 3, 2010 - 5:42 am

Happy Sweet 16 Sara!!

*Twinkle*Toes* - February 3, 2010 - 2:26 am

Beautiful….Original….. Happy Birthday Sara Brown.

shannon - February 2, 2010 - 10:33 pm

happy sweet 16 sara! gosh denise, she’s really beautiful! thanks for sharing!

Skye, River, and Siennas mom - February 2, 2010 - 10:05 pm

Happy Birthday Sara! Thanks for sharing Denise, too sweet :O)

CANT wait to see Hammond Bay post online tomorrow! EVERYONE is so excited about this line…the colors, the fabrics, the knits, the variety…just brilliant…just brilliant!

Holly's Mama - February 2, 2010 - 9:19 pm

How sweet!!!!! Everyone needs a special little girl to love. My nieces were my “girls” because I only had a son. I always told them they were my special girls. Now I have my very own daughter so I have three girls! I never thought I would ever have a daughter. My son and daughter are 14 years apart. I know YOUR Sara Brown will always be special in your heart. I wonder though if one day you will have a daughter too? 🙂 Also, I never thought I would ever love any child as much as I loved my son – BOY WAS I WRONG! Children are the sweetest things in the world. I love watching them grow!

Taira - February 2, 2010 - 8:47 pm

Happy Birthday Sara!!! Ah, to be 16 again :). Can’t wait for the “road block” to be moved so I can get a look at Hammond Bay!!!