Today is a big day. The Field Trip Part 2 is officially released. Finally, all of the little Sam Pants and Bella Tunics are going to find homes! So exciting. Plus–no big deal or nothin’ but–today I have officially worked here 2 years! It’s amazing to see the changes in MJC from then to now. I mean we only had 55 trunk keepers when I started! Now I’m not saying that’s a small number, but we’ve doubled that in 2 years!!!! (I say “we” like I’ve helped us do that or something haha…Thank you Lynette Heisler!). PLUS we’ve moved to our own building, the 435 we’ve all come to know and love. And with the building came changes for everyone. Becky moved from packing to the office where she takes care of all of your return/exchange needs. We’ve hired and rehired packers left and right! Kayla is our Office Manager, she truly was made for the job. Seriously, if you need to keep someone inline, do not hesitate to call her. Our lovely new gal Alicia in the Office would be happy to direct your call : ) And I’ve been lucky to move around quite a bit– from packing to shipping to cutting to designing, I am beyond lucky you guys. THANK YOU MATILDA JANE (Denise and David)! And thank YOU for helping us keep our jobs! You guys are amazing. Happy shopping : ) And here are just some pictures for pictures sake!

Kiara, Keekee, keeks, whatever her name is…Love this girl. And…

Sam, Sammy, Samurai…Love this cat. The Demarchis’s are lucky to have her.

And not to BRAG or anything, but I took both photos!! HA, now who’s the photographer!??!

Oh and just WAIT until you see Spring 2011. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that or not, but I can’t help myself!!!!!!!


Lil - September 6, 2010 - 9:59 pm

Wow.. Sam 2 years already?
Doesn’t seem possible and I can so re-call the day I heard about your application and what you said… “i cracked up”
Been with you all a long time..
I hope to be around longer…
Cute kitty btw!

Day to the Oh - September 3, 2010 - 11:08 am

Happy Anniversary cute little Sammy Pants!!! That’s what I want to call you from now on… my little Sammy Pants. Like I have a right to that, but of course we all feel like you guys are our BFF’s over there! And when you post it’s like we’re all sitting around in our jammies chillin’and giggling together-you’re so fun! and talented. I definitely want to see you keep rocking the designing, girl!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxoo

Holly's Mama - September 2, 2010 - 10:22 pm

Dear MJC – thank you so much for being such a wonderful, generous company. My friend that I nominated for the School clothes giveaway said her daughter received the clothes. My friend was so cute and was telling me she thought MJ sent the box of clothes by mistake. When I told her that I nominated her daughter for something she said that she wanted to cry when her daughter got that box of clothes and thought it was too good to be true. Anyway, my friend’s daughter is going to be the cutest kid in her Kindergarten class. Thanks so much for making a little girl and her mom’s day special!!!

Nikki Spence - September 2, 2010 - 6:48 pm

Thanks, Denise, for letting me know. Have the girls who won gotten their stuff by now? I nominated my sweet little niece and was just wondering. Don’t know if you could help but I am missing my Genny’s green dot knee sock in my order and was so wanting for my little one to wear them tomorrow. I have never had anything missing from my order before, but I realize yall are really busy right now and mistakes do happen. But if you could help me get them as soon as possible I would greatly appreciate it. My daughter is dying to wear them with her new Summertime tank dress so any help would be greatly appreciated in getting some more shipped. We love Matilda Jane!!!

Natalie - September 2, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Sam, you’re darling!

Farah - September 2, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Great shots SAM!!

Christina - September 2, 2010 - 8:28 am

love, love, love mj – i’m a newbie from your neighbour to the north – canada

Robin Amstutz - September 2, 2010 - 5:32 am

Great picture of Kiara. I am sure that she will love it! When I see pictures of you two having such fun at work it makes me jealous. Congratulations on two years at Matilda Jane. I am sure that you will have many more with your talent. Enjoy your day with Kiara!! She loves Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sam - September 1, 2010 - 10:31 pm

From one Sam to another……….Your pants represent our name well…….I had to get them for my ANNA, my daughters name, who I had to buy the Anna for……….

I think sometimes the names are FANTASTIC!

Robin Chase - September 1, 2010 - 10:24 pm

HAHAHAH! I love this Sam, you seem like a really cool gal! AND @ lockr (Ramona)… NO, that does not mean you are weird! I cracked up when I saw this because I just got done telling my sister that when I saw the FT 2 line in person yesterday, I wanted to throw it all all down and roll around in it! I LOVE IT ALL! My must have was the samantha pants! WAY to GO SAM!

Kristi - September 1, 2010 - 8:15 pm

CANNOT wait for my trunk show tomorrow!!! So, so very excited. LOVE it ALL! ๐Ÿ™‚

Denise - September 1, 2010 - 7:15 pm

Hey Nikki-
We did not post the name of the gals who won the BTS gifts. We had quite a few entries who did not want us to mention names, so I felt it best not to put it out there! Thanks.

MacKenzie Meyer - September 1, 2010 - 7:05 pm

love the post sam! ๐Ÿ™‚ its great hearing from you!
I cant believe the Francine Dress is already sold out! Crazy!

Jamie Hicks - September 1, 2010 - 6:57 pm

Happy Anni Sam!
I love when you blog, you can always feel your bouncy energy in your posts, just makes me want to give you a huggle and tell you that you rock!

Nikki Spence - September 1, 2010 - 6:10 pm

I was wondering if a list of the winners of the BTS contest have been posted yet? I see some people have commented on people they know who have received packages. Does anyone know how to find the list of winners?

gran - September 1, 2010 - 5:45 pm

Sam, you did a great job with pics. And, here you are getting us excited about spring when we haven’t even seen the new platinum up close and the holiday to come. Congratulations on your 2 years!!!!

Melissa - September 1, 2010 - 4:51 pm

I love the kitty! Such pretty eyes, and as my daughter just said “That’s the cutest kitty!” And now I’m dying to get a peek at Spring…can’t wait! And happy 2 years. ๐Ÿ™‚

tree*head - September 1, 2010 - 3:56 pm

Sam-your blog posts always make me smile!

Monika - September 1, 2010 - 3:41 pm

Sam, you are simply adorable!!! It’s almost like I can hear you chattering, even though I never even heard your voice, lol. Fabulous pic of Sam the cat!! And congrats on your two year MJC anniversary =).

lockr (Ramona) - September 1, 2010 - 3:29 pm

Sam those are cute pictures! I want to roll around on those bolts of fabric….does that mean I’m weird?

Farrar Lindner - September 1, 2010 - 3:10 pm

Nice picture taking skills, NINJA GIRL!

kaitlyn - September 1, 2010 - 2:46 pm

Awesome…Happy anniversary, Sam!

Brandie - September 1, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Great job Sam!

Beautifulclothing - September 1, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Very Cute! I can not wait to see Spring 2011!

MyLilyPie - September 1, 2010 - 1:59 pm

Awesome kitty picture!!!! Cutest face ever!

Mr. Grumpy

What can I say? I bribed him with cookies, I bribed him with wii, I even told him he could wear his green Adidas shorts that I cannot stand!!ย  The poor little guy just did not feel like getting his picture taken today! But hey, at least we got a few shots of the Mighty Acorn Track Jacket.ย  Now Joe, on the other hand cannot get enough of this number. He has even slept in it. Problem is, he now wears a 10 and the L (6-8) just fits him but I dare not wash it! Ya, I am sure all you r TK”S remember how proud he was at conference modeling it.

Sorry for the lame post but fear not Sam will save the day tomorrow with something cute to say. I am sure of that!

shannon - September 13, 2010 - 10:24 am

*****Please don’t post this*****

Denise, I am so thankful you posted this.It made me feel so connected to you. I can tell that you don’t dwell on Joe’s diagnosis, but focus more on making his life as normal as the next kid’s. We do the same in our house with my daughter. I know our kids have needs and we care for them, but we don’t let it define them. I have never met you, but I want to tell you “You rock”. He shines and it is because of you and your husband. He could not look happier in his pics, to me this speaks more of you than the most esquisite dress ever could. Go Joe!!
Sincerely, Shannon Burke

Valerie Koop - September 8, 2010 - 8:59 pm

Oh my. Seeing those sweet eyes. And your house in the background.
Is it possible to be homesick for a place I only visited once?

I am.

Jessica - September 3, 2010 - 1:54 pm

Oh my he is so handsome! I think I need to hook him up with my daughter in about 16 years ๐Ÿ˜‰

Isabella's mami - September 1, 2010 - 1:10 pm

Oh my, I so love that little boy! He is beautiful!!!
And thank you for the reminder, we need to add that to our order.
Take care.

gran - September 1, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Grumpy or not he is adorable beyond words!

It's me, Betsy! - September 1, 2010 - 11:51 am

Holy cats, he is SOOOO cute. Good gracious, he is a mini me of your husband!!!

Hmmmm, perhaps my little guy could take a stab at modeling that jacket…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think I’m gonna need one! Need to get myself to a MJC party stat! It’s so cute. Well done!

Alison S - September 1, 2010 - 5:30 am

He is sooo cute!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great little model ๐Ÿ™‚

Bekki - September 1, 2010 - 12:11 am

Haha I remember him and his brand new kicks too. I am pretty sure he was walking on air, he was so proud.

Emily - August 31, 2010 - 11:50 pm

He is adorable! I wish I still had a little guy I could dress, I would be all over this jacket.

Erin Nay - August 31, 2010 - 10:45 pm

So very handsome! I also love the jacket!

Darlene, Mom to Four Princesses! - August 31, 2010 - 10:25 pm

He is so handsome! He does kinda look like George Clooney ๐Ÿ™‚

Michelle - August 31, 2010 - 8:52 pm

Like my list wasn’t long enough. Thanks Matilda Jane for making my husband hate me more:) The jacket looks adorable.. And how can all of us crazy moms not get just one thing for our sweet boys that get so jipped when the UPS man comes. Guess I better put this on the wishlist too.

Diane - August 31, 2010 - 6:53 pm

Oh my goodness, Mr. Grumpy looks just like a miniature George Clooney! So dashing for a little guy! ๐Ÿ™‚

berni - August 31, 2010 - 6:01 pm

Wow! He’s getting SO big. I need to get on taking more pictures while my girls are little because time is SURE flying by! I don’t see it until I look at pictures and see how much they’ve grown!

Farah - August 31, 2010 - 4:41 pm

he is so handsome, I just want to eat him up:)

Abby's mom - August 31, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Look at those brown eyes and lashes. Lucky you..don’t need a Mighty Acorn model search when you’ve got those two.

Natalie - August 31, 2010 - 4:33 pm

He is SO dang handsome! Not a lame post, and my boys will be excited that they can get something from MJ besides the flower tie. I make em wear it, and they think it’s a girl tie because I have the Ginger Snap that matches. ๐Ÿ™‚ Btw…I can’t get enough of FT!!

Janella - August 31, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Love his big brown eyes, he’s a lil cutie!!

Lil - August 31, 2010 - 4:23 pm

Note to Denise…
Make larger jackets for boys.. Chance wants one BAD!

tree*head - August 31, 2010 - 4:15 pm

OOO…my list just got longer -gotta get that jacket! Mr Grumpy is just as cute as ever!!

Monika - August 31, 2010 - 4:09 pm

Oh, he’s so cute!! Grumpy or not!!

A little bit of London

Nothing is better than getting to look at new pieces. While all you guys get to see Collection Two, Sam and I got to fall in love with some amazing adult pieces for Spring. Then we start uploading all these new pics to the site and we fall in love with Field Trip all over again. Now there is one piece in Collection Two that Sam designed by herself. It was quite simple. We were all in Florida for the Hammond Bay shoot last January, and found out we had a ton of yardage left of the blue floral (I call it spider flower, for no real reason, but don’t tell your little girls that!) So I looked at Sam and said “What can you do with all this fabric?” It was fun to watch her in action as she was beyond nervous. It is one thing to make items for Platinum but to make items for production is quite different.ย  I’m sure she felt it, as I do, but there is a sense of risk.ย  Afterall, it has to be pretty dang cute or we’re gonna end up with a ton of back stock.ย  Well, I think Sam has no worries on that cuz the SAMANTHA pants are fantastic.

And lastly, as we all know David always has a say in what he thinks will be a great seller and what will not. Yes, we do have a few bets around here.ย  We’re very serious about business but always have a bit of time for some nonsense. And David is usually full of it. It always goes like this, “Yes, yes, no, yes,ย  maybe..no way..yes, yes, and what the heck no one will buy that.” We all roll our eyes at him and laugh it off cuz this little number below is a sure hit. It is called the London Lap dress and his “What the heck no one will buy that” comment is so far wrong.ย  You know boys, well husbands for that matter! Always wrong LOL!!!

Dawn - September 2, 2010 - 8:35 am

Sam, the Samantha pants are the cutest…Top of my list!

Holly's Mama - August 31, 2010 - 4:04 pm

By the way, did I tell you how much I love the blue shiver tee? It goes with so many things, even from previous lines!!! Today Holly is wearing it with the Hotline original bluebird dress.

Janella - August 31, 2010 - 3:30 pm

WOW!! Sam, you hit a homerun with your Samantha pants! They are absolutely darling and one of my favorites from the new line. You have a very bright future ahead of you. Please all of you out there that know someone who won the Back to School contest share your stories…I’d LOVE to hear them!

My Little Carolina Girl - August 31, 2010 - 3:19 pm

I just wanted to tell you all at MJC that I was screaming in the halls of my school today. My kindergaren class was walking in the hall when we passed another kindergarten class. In my friends line was a beautiful little girl wearing Matilda Jane. I had to give the precious little thing a shout out and tell her how much I love her dress and Matilda Jane. It made my day. See looked at me like I was CRAZY!!!! but she loved the attention.

Thanks for the all the wonderful clothes.

Victoria - August 31, 2010 - 2:04 pm

Just wanted to say how wonderful it was of you to do the back to school contest! My nominee didn’t win, but a friend of mine- who has been struggling financially since her husband passed away a few years back- entered her daughter and she won!! She and her daughter were both thrilled beyond words. Thanks again for your kindness and generosity. P.S. Can’t wait till tomorrow, I’ll be buying a ton of new Field Trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

Allie - August 31, 2010 - 12:15 pm

where are the tights?!?!?

MJC fan - August 31, 2010 - 11:30 am

Is there one more release to come for field trip? Does anyone know when that will be? thanks

micah - August 31, 2010 - 10:42 am

bet u all have loads of ideas… thinking pajamas and umbrellas would be fun???

Holly's Mama - August 31, 2010 - 8:25 am

I love the London dress!!! My hubby is from England so it is a must have for us.

Robin Amstutz - August 31, 2010 - 7:38 am

Great job ladies!! When I saw the Samantha pants in the catalog I thought those are adorable. Sam, you are so talented and I look forward to seeing what you and Denise have in store for the spring. I have always tried to not wish days away as they go to quickly already but since Matilda Jane has come into my life through Kiara I wish that spring and fall would come quickly so that I can order new adult items!!! I can not tell you how much I love your clothing!! Have a GREAT day!

Renee - August 31, 2010 - 6:06 am

that dress is absolutely adorable! a must-have item.

Debra Stallings - August 31, 2010 - 5:21 am

Oh Sam I forgot to say I LOVE THE SAMANTHA PANTS also. THANKS FOR THE GREAT IDEA. I am such a MJ ADDICT. My husband has given up on me cutting back. He says “if it makes you happy”. Great hubby huh!!

Debra Stallings - August 31, 2010 - 5:18 am

David Doll you absolutely missed the mark on the LONDON. It is my favorite piece. Denise please make leggings and or ruffles with this material. PLEASE. IT IS SO CUTE!!!

K Squared Mommy - August 31, 2010 - 3:18 am

Love, love, love the London Dress!! It’s our number one pick! I drive a Jeep, so Kellee has to have it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love anything with cars on it–the Auto Love Ruffles are also a favorite in our house. ๐Ÿ™‚

Skye Johansen - August 30, 2010 - 11:29 pm

I AM BUYING 10 OF EVERYTHING WITH CARS ON IT!!! Well 2, but I want to buy 10! I love love love LOVVVVVVVVE IT!!!

kaitlyn - August 30, 2010 - 9:10 pm

Great job, Sam!

Natalie - August 30, 2010 - 8:41 pm

Way to go on the Samantha ruffles Sam!! Just enough different to get everyone to fall in love.

mimi - August 30, 2010 - 8:22 pm

Denise, it’s all “So beautiful”, but oh, the Samantha pants are my favorite!! Sam are very talented:) I see that art fair/Platinum love, always my favorite!

*Twinkle*Toes* - August 30, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Both on my wish list!!! Keep the good stuff coming girls! =)

Lynne - August 30, 2010 - 7:47 pm

The London Lap Dress is at the top of our list. My daughter loves cars…. and her daddy saw it and said “she has to have that since she visited London this summer for the first time”. Next summer we are going to China, so if your line could have a chinese theme, I’m sure I’d get dad’s go ahead to buy the whole line. Hah!

jill s - August 30, 2010 - 7:19 pm

i think that bottom dress might be THE CUTEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. i LOVE it.

Laura Ann - August 30, 2010 - 6:41 pm

Sam did an amazing job on those pants, one of my favorite things. I actually want it ALL and then some, however I don’t want a divorce so I will be choosing and narrowing down my selection. I can not wait to see it all in person.

Debbie & her MJ Girl - August 30, 2010 - 6:39 pm

The London dress and Samantha pants are on my list and look fabulous as always…can’t wait!!!! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Alison S - August 30, 2010 - 6:05 pm

oh SAM how I love the SAMANTHA pants! I can’t wait to see my little girlie in them!!! Keep rockin the designs girls! You AMAZE me!!!

shannon - August 30, 2010 - 5:38 pm

I love the London. It is perfect for the little girls who isn’t really into “typical” girl things, which is a perfect personality fit for my oldest daughter.

lockr (Ramona) - August 30, 2010 - 5:34 pm

The London Dress is ADORABLE! I’m so excited for this line and my list is HUGE!

J.Diddy - August 30, 2010 - 5:32 pm

i love the london..its actually my fav dress!! (times two!!!)) so neee-neeer-nee-ner-neeee-ner david!

AndreaP - August 30, 2010 - 5:31 pm

I love the samanthas!!! I wish you would have made them in 12m and 18m.

mom2curls - August 30, 2010 - 5:29 pm

Love the Sam pants!! They are a must have for sure!! LOVE the London! Just a beautiful collection!

Jamie Hicks - August 30, 2010 - 5:24 pm

He’s wrong. The LONDON has been my #1 MUST have and the only thing I can get this time around (glares again at dirt where money tree should have sprouted). I shouldn’t, but I CAN NOT resist this dress!!

Monika - August 30, 2010 - 5:12 pm

Oh, he’s so wrong! That London Lap will sell out, you’ll see. =D

Leslie Bunt - August 30, 2010 - 4:41 pm

I love the London because it is so fun and different AND it comes in 12 month!! Yay!!! It looks REALLY soft, too! Besides all of that…it is PRECIOUS!!!:) LOVE.IT….definitely one of my must-haves! Wish the Samantha pants came in 12 month, but I may order a 2 for later..because I NEED them!! Ha! Love it ALL…y’all are so creative…

Rachel Joy - August 30, 2010 - 4:25 pm

oh the London is one of my favorites!! So excited to see the rest of the collection added! Great work!!!

Christine - August 30, 2010 - 3:43 pm

LOVE the London Lap dress…. I saw that and instantly fell in love and since my dad is from England. YEP! It is on my list ๐Ÿ™‚

Kendall Lilly's Mama - August 30, 2010 - 3:41 pm

Love the London and I haven’t even seen it in person yet:) My lil one keeps asking when the car dress is coming to her house!

Amber - August 30, 2010 - 3:36 pm

Tell Sam those pants are beyond fabulous – they are gorgeous…and we need to get a Trunk Keeper in Hawaii ๐Ÿ™‚ or just come have a traveling show here!