“New” love

New desks. New cabinets. New girls. New facebook page. New bangs (ha!). New baby (Becky’s only got 2 more months!!!!). New….just about everything! I’m exaggerating a little, but it does feel like 435 has gotten a makeover. Maybe not a makeover but detailed???? Like when someone cleans the inside of your car real good and it looks all new again. I think that’s it. Denise even taught me how to dust properly yesterday. Apparently a dry paper towel just doesn’t cut it??? Who knew. I am the queen of nic-nacs and crap, but I don’t ever dust anything!!! Please do not imagine how messy my apartment is! Anyway, I’m loving it. Every bit of every change! I love the new desks, partially because I get to share them with the two head honchos. We don’t have the new cabinets yet, but I KNOW they are going to be real cute. There are a million reasons why I’m loving all the new girls. The facebook page is just another way to talk to you guys and I love that. I really am happy about my haircut, I usually regret these kind of moves! AND last but not least, Becky is about to pop out another person into this world! And that, THAT is nuts to me. Nuts and amazing. I’m real proud of her because when I first started at MJC, I can remember Becky and I talking about being pregnant like it was a disease! And here she is 7 months preggers and she’s been a trooper every step of the way! Easy for me to say since I’ve just gotten to stand back and watch. Regardless, we are all super excited to meet her baby boy. Let’s all cross our fingers he’s cute!!!!! Haha, Becky is going to kill me for that : )

Okay promise Denise will blog next time or I will come up with something real good to talk about. I haven’t done this in a while and I need to practice. Bear with me!!! BUT OH I got a kitten named Butters and you will meet him soon! He spent the day with us at 435 yesterday and the office girls melted in his buttery goodness (maybe I should have named him popcorn???), so just you wait.


tree*head - August 30, 2010 - 2:39 pm

Dear Denise and crew-I know 2 little girls and a teary eyed mama who were so ecstatic to receive their MJC BTS pkgs – thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your generosity. This family has had many clouds overhead and today they had a bit of sunshine! Love you guys!!!

MJC fan - August 30, 2010 - 8:19 am

Does anyone know when new pics will be up – I have heard today and Wednesday…. thanks

Julie D. - August 30, 2010 - 8:14 am

Just want to tell u I luv your bangs sam! You are just too cute babe!

Robin Amstutz - August 30, 2010 - 5:03 am

Sam you write your blog as adorable as you talk. If you want practice on the dusting you can come to my house and I can give you hands on practice since your friend Kiara does not know how a duster works either. LOL!! I hope everyone at Matilda Jane has a great day!!

Renee - August 29, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Love your posting, very lighthearted and fun. Keep it coming!

Lil - August 29, 2010 - 6:02 pm

Great post Sam. I love your new do as well!
Great post and Awesome pictures!
Enjoy your new butter.. I bet he will love pop-corn.. πŸ™‚

Mdc - August 29, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Nominated my niece for back to school contest and she won! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! She received 4 (!) Outfits! She loves it all.

laura - August 29, 2010 - 11:22 am

gorgeous pics monika!

Day to the Oh - August 28, 2010 - 8:34 am

So fun to have you blogging on here, Sam! LOOOOOVE seeing Monika’s sweet and sassy Grace! Beautiful images. That’s the first thing my Kylee did when she put on the Jesse… twirl-twirl-twirl!!! πŸ˜‰ (I’m curious about the cat thing too, Melissa! hee-hee I’m so allergic)

Holly's Mama - August 27, 2010 - 10:37 pm

Be careful Sam – I had bangs when I meet my hubby! You might be next getting married like Becky and then preggers!!! πŸ˜‰ Love the bangs on you!

Darlene, Mom to Four Princesses! - August 27, 2010 - 10:15 pm

Sam… you are absolutely gorgeous! Seriously. One question…If the person we nominated for the back to school surprise packages won… would they already have their things? Can you tell us who got them? Thanks so much, Blog anytime πŸ™‚

Natalie - August 27, 2010 - 9:53 pm

Don’t worry Becky, your baby boy will be cute!

tree*head - August 27, 2010 - 9:11 pm

So many new changes…the bangs are one of the best – stunning on you!
And how about Monika’s beautiful daughter – awesome pics!

Elijah - August 27, 2010 - 2:22 pm

That was fun to read! lol

Dawn - August 27, 2010 - 1:46 pm

Sam, I love the bangs too. I only wish I could pull those off. And…Mr. Butters is adorable! Thanks MJ you’re all great:)

gran - August 27, 2010 - 1:43 pm

Sam, just remember that creative people have a hard time getting things organized (or cleaned up,etc.). Enjoyed reading your blog so much!

WhitleyKate's mom - August 27, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Love the bangs, Sam! Not everyone can rock them; and especially me with natural curls…just doesn’t work! πŸ™‚ Love the pics of the new kitty. He’s so cute!

Melissa - August 27, 2010 - 1:33 pm

Love all the great blogs!!!

What about people who are allergic to cats, will the clothes be kinda separate? I am so not trying to start something just kinda curious!


Elisabeth - August 27, 2010 - 1:17 pm

I am so loving the bangs! We just got 2 new kittens too πŸ™‚

kaitlyn - August 27, 2010 - 1:07 pm

Sam, love the bangs! Mr Butterz isn’t half bad either πŸ™‚

Elsa's_Mom - August 27, 2010 - 1:03 pm

We’ve all seen pix of Butters! So cute! Hope he doesn’t knock over your nic-nacs! And your bangs look awsome!

J.Diddy - August 27, 2010 - 1:02 pm

you rock.
Becky….i swear i thought Mason was …well, very old man-ish at first. seriously. i didnt say anything to my hubby because i felt bad. he later confessed he thought the same on Mason’s looks. Long story short, u see how cute he is now! πŸ˜€ So i guess they outgrow it fast!

Jamie Hicks - August 27, 2010 - 12:59 pm

Samm I LOVE your bangs, so cute!!!!!!

Congrats on all the new excitement πŸ™‚

Isabella's mom - August 27, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Love you, Sam, your bangs, your kitten, your style and your spirit!!

Hi Ladies! Β Just wanted everyone to know that we have some scheduled maintenance that needs to occur on our server tomorrow, Thursday Aug 26th from about noon EST to 3pm EST. Β So, don’t be alarmed if you see an “under construction” sign on any of our sites. Β We’ll only be offline for a bit.Β  We’re just getting our hardware ready for the Field Trip Collection 2.Β  Pics of the second collection will be up sometime on 9/1/10.


A Few Updates

1. It seems everyone is anxiously awaiting Platinum and I am sad to say I am delaying it till next week. I just don’t feel like I have enough stuff to put up to make everyone happy, and i know it sucks when you have to keep hit refresh and keep ordering multiple times only to pay multiple shipping. So I am gonna wait to mid next week to put it up when there’s more to go around.

2. Our Kiara the Great has graduated high school and is now moving on to college. Lucky for us we still get her 2 days a week.

3. Miss Sam got her bangs cut. Love ’em.

4. Meet Mackenzie. She is our new…umm packer, sorter, fabric layerer and just about everything. Not to mention model for this great tee the lovely Cristy sent us all. THANKS Cristy!!!

5. Sam, David and I are finally getting a real desk in our office. To say we are thrilled is an understatement.

6. Here’s the shipping guru Mr. Caleb. Not only can he ship like crazy he is pretty dang cute!

7. And the sweet Vivian who thinks I’m one to be feared. It is not often I yell, but when I do it is not a pretty site. happens maybe 2x a season..maybe. she must have heard me once! And to the right is Desiree. She’s amazing all the way form her packing to her taste and just left us for college!

And I wish I had 3 more things but my mind is drawing a blank and I really need to go hang with my boys a bit! Have a great week.

Oh..8. We’re sending out 32Β  back to School packages tomorrow. I’ll post a list this week of who we sent them to. I want to wait till alter this week so I don’t ruin the surprise. You never know who reads the blog..

free antivirus - September 12, 2010 - 9:57 pm

ok got it

WhitleyKate's mom - August 26, 2010 - 6:24 am

You have a beautiful MJ Crew! Your generosity continues to amaze me!

Darlene, Mom to Four Princesses! - August 25, 2010 - 9:44 pm

Denise… You have got to be the most giving person I know:0) Hoping my sister gets a package:0), and Erin… How exciting that must be !!!!!

mimi - August 25, 2010 - 7:02 pm

Just wanted to say the Prairie Peasant top on Platinum is so cute for fall! It ties in the back, you can’t tell that on the site picture. So if you need a little Platinum…it’s available.

Day to the Oh - August 25, 2010 - 2:17 pm

I got tears in my eyes thinking of the 32 packages about to make some little mom’s and girl’s days!!! Of course I pictured my nominee, but it goes for any of them. I know how we feel when we get our boxes, so I’m so excited for whoever got picked! Such a special treat and so gracious of you! And love those bangs… I’ve been wanting to do that for years and still haven’t taken the leap. Hot bangs, Sam! πŸ˜‰

Cariann - August 25, 2010 - 2:16 pm

BTW, I have got to say I MIGHT even consider moving to Indiana just to be able to work amongst such great folks~
Just dont think my family would understand, tho…lol

Cariann - August 25, 2010 - 2:14 pm

Its great to see some faces behind the FAB!
Youre all adorable~
Cant wait to hear who was blessed w/the BTS packages.
*fingers crossed* for our nominee!
Thanks for the updates, Denise!

Gran - August 25, 2010 - 1:36 pm

So happy for each of the girls that will be receiving packages. I think that is a great thing to do. Thank you Denise!

mom to 4 boys and a girl - August 25, 2010 - 6:03 am

How fun!!! You are going to make some very lucky girls very HAPPY!!!! Love the FT line, and my daughter has so much fun wearing the clothes (especially the twirling!!) Everywhere we go in her MJ, she always gets compliments, and she just beams!!!

Lil - August 24, 2010 - 9:09 pm

Where did my comments go???
I don’t see them πŸ™

Paige - August 24, 2010 - 2:27 pm

Love the bangs….love the fabrics in the first pic…and LOVE the kind of people that work/run MJC!!!

Paige - August 24, 2010 - 2:25 pm

I would like to say “ditto” to both of Alison S’s comments! πŸ™‚

Holly's Mama - August 24, 2010 - 1:11 pm

My daughter’s birthday was yesterday and she wore her MJ to Disneyland! We had a party for her on Saturday and their were so many girls wearing MJ at the party!!! I have turned a lot of my friends on to MJ πŸ˜‰ Not sure if their husbands like it though. lol Anyway, I’m so excited about your School outfit giveaway. 32 packages – WOW!!! It makes me happy to think of all those little girls getting MJ to wear on their first day of school. I nominated someone and I hope she gets something. If not that is okay. I’m in awe of your generosity!

Tracy - August 24, 2010 - 12:06 pm

I love my new FT package and can’t wait for part two! I also LOVE Emily Koschnik and think that she’s the BEST TK and just another reason why MJC is one of my very favorite things! From top to bottom, you all are the best best best and even my whole family is on board with this and Alex will say “Are we going to Matilda Janes house?” when we go see Emily while Emma’s squeals with delight πŸ™‚

Joyce - August 24, 2010 - 11:20 am

Thanks for sharing the pictures—it’s always great to put a face to the name. 32 more girls and families who will feel loved. =)

micah - August 24, 2010 - 9:52 am


Farah - August 24, 2010 - 8:40 am

You have the cutest staff ever, oh my dear… we all have to shout sometimes!

Natalie - August 24, 2010 - 8:13 am

That was fun to see some of the amazing MJC Crew. πŸ™‚
Wow, a lot of happy little girls will be out there thanks to you!!

Elisabeth - August 24, 2010 - 7:18 am

I LOVE all of those fabric prints!!! Especially the orange one!!!

Robin Amstutz - August 24, 2010 - 7:17 am

Is there anyway to get the pictures of Kiara and Samm on a jpg file so that I can use it as my background on my computer at work? I always have a picture with Matilda Jane on it as the material just puts me in a great mood! Have a GREAT day!

Erin "the Pancake Makers Mom" Spencer - August 24, 2010 - 5:24 am

1. You do what you need to do as far as Platium goes….peeps will wait!!!!
2. Have fun, but not to much, Kiara!!
3. Love the bangs!!!
4. I think you need to make some variation of Mackenizes shirt…I must have 1!!! LOVE IT
5. Congrats on the big girl/boy desks, fab for you!!
6. Caleb is a cutie…’nuff said!!!
7. It’s good for your employees to have a wee bit of fear!! lol
8. 32….your just so generous..nuff said!!!

And I have to add more of my own….I hope you read this Denise, I know you will so disregaurd!!!

9. My little sweetpea got her first booking yesterday for her first feature film and I’m going to try my hardest to get some MJC on her!!! Wish us luck….watch out Mr. Kurt Russell here we come in our MJ best, you will never be able to resist!!!

10. Denise, David and your whole crew, including all the ladies on the front lines, ie Trunk Keepers are AWESOME…nuff said!!!

Chelle Belle - August 24, 2010 - 5:23 am

Great to see everyone. Vivian is amazing. She was so patient and sweet at 435 this year. She was so helpful to me once I discovered “the back” and found the sizes I needed in everything I wanted. She’s great. Denise, you are truly one of a kind and such an inspiration. You are realizing your “personal legend” and by giving to others, you inspire them to “pass it on.” I love it.

Alishia - August 24, 2010 - 4:23 am

Thank you for the update πŸ™‚ You have a very talented and amazing looking crew! It’s is amazing how generous you are, thank you for being so wonderful!

Erin Nay - August 23, 2010 - 9:30 pm

WOW! 32 packages! There are going to be lots of very excited little girls! You are so kind and generous!

Elisabeth - August 23, 2010 - 8:30 pm

32 BTS winners??? You are awesome Denise (and crew)!!!

tree*head - August 23, 2010 - 8:24 pm

1. Can’t wait to see more Platinum goodies 2. Congrats and good luck to Kiara 3. LOVE Sam’s bangs – she is stunning! 4. Hi Mackenzie and love the Jane tee (maybe you should do a blog giveaway of that shirt πŸ˜‰ )5. There is nothing like a desk of your own – you can have your own organized chaos on it! 6. Aww Mr Claeb is cute (my 13yo niece really thinks so) 7. Vivian and Desiree look so sweet! 8. Your generosity is amazing – I am sure some deserving mamas and girls will be thrilled and overjoyed to receive those special packages!

lockr (Ramona) - August 23, 2010 - 8:20 pm

Denise, it’s very generous of you to send out special packages. I’m sure there will be many happy little girls! Those fabric sneak peeks are GORGEOUS! Also, you have a very CUTE MJC CREW!

Shannon - August 23, 2010 - 7:19 pm

Denise you have a heart of gold! I wish I could be there to see the smiles of these little girls. Thanks for the Platinum update. I see a lot of yumminess. Also thanks for the pics of the people behind the scenes that make up your awesome company. You all rock!

Mary Kay - August 23, 2010 - 7:14 pm

I love how happy everyone looks!!! But, of course who wouldn’t be happy working for such an exceptional company!!! There are going to be 32 incredibly surprised little girls! Denise, your kind heart is truly amazing and an inspiration to others!!!!!

mimi - August 23, 2010 - 6:09 pm

Denise, thanks for all the updates, and always trying to keep it fair, love that. The fabrics are so pretty. It’s great getting to see all the crew, a very cute bunch. Love the bangs, Sam. Hope we might see some of those beautiful bags, always worth the wait.

smalltownjenny - August 23, 2010 - 6:06 pm

LOVE the fabric!!! Is that a little Anna Maria I see!!! Can’t wait to see it all…….cool pics!

Beautifulclothing - August 23, 2010 - 5:25 pm

Oh my 32 MJ packages! WOW. You are such a sweet heart Denise. Like I have said a few times, your are the nicest person I have ever known and I have not even met you in person. Maybe one day I will. Have a great week Denise and MJ crew! I would love to work at MJC!

LQQKME2 - August 23, 2010 - 5:24 pm

LOVE the fabric on the new pieces, CUTE Cutters (love the bangs Sam, I don’t think you could go wrong if you shaved your head..you are stunning!), Love the BLING, WISH I had that awesome green desk, Mr. Caleb is not too shabby either :), Vivian & Desiree gorgeous SMILES, and PURE GENEROSITY Denise! What a gift for 32 deserving people!!!

Gran - August 23, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Thank you Denise for introducing us to some of your great folks that we may have not met. And, Sam’s bangs are GREAT!!!!!!
Think you are doing the right thing about waiting on platinum even though this Gran is going to be babysitting mid week and may not get in on it. That would mean I save some money for the holiday group though so it is okay.

Busy Bee - August 23, 2010 - 5:07 pm

Love the 1-8 update!(get it…it rhymes!lol)I adore all the new cuties! All of them seem so sweet, but what else would they be….C’mon they work for MJC….nothing shy of amazing! We just got our Field Trip package! OMG….Denise, the Jesse skirt is like butter baby!:-) My daughter hugged it, smelled it,(said,”Ohhhh Mom I love the smell of Matilda Jane!”), pinned it up to herself, twirled and then said,”Here Mom, you try!” Too cute, I ended up hugging the skirt! I want a pillow made of it!:-)Just amazing Denise! Just Amazing! I have NEVER been disappointed with one package and look forward to my Skittles smile every time one comes!Her Daddy just made Chief and she is going to wear the skirt to his pinning ceremony on September 16th she said she want to be beautiful for him!:-)And(I will stop gabbing in a sec)On my first day of Kindergarten I wore a dress very similar to the Gretchen Dress! It totally reminds me of a back to school dress! Thank you Denise for the love and smiles!

Whitney - August 23, 2010 - 4:59 pm

I can’t wait to find out who won the back to school packages! I am so hoping for my friend’s little girl, she is so sweet and deserves something fun!

Isabella's Mom - August 23, 2010 - 3:58 pm

Love the images. Everyone is so cute, seriously. Congratulations to Kiera, she is such a sweetheart!!
Cute bangs, Sam. You’re always on the cutting edge for cool.
Take care.

Alison S - August 23, 2010 - 3:51 pm

PS I’d like to order everything in that first picture πŸ™‚

Alison S - August 23, 2010 - 3:47 pm

thanks for the update…love all the pictures and Sam’s bangs are adorable!!!