Something to Ponder

I think it was from the very get go that I had the yearning for what I call “art fair stuff”.   All I ever knew was art fairs. I did them for years, like well over 10 years. And if you have not heard the story before I will sum it up quickly so we can all be on the same playing field.

I cannot exactly remember the age I went to my first Art Fair but I do remember how much the first painting cost. It was 11 bucks, I think. I am so losing it today! Lots of stress! Anyhow, I remember the lady who painted it sitting in the back of her tent. I remember all the artists sitting in back of their tents to escape the sun.  There is such a great energy around artists. I was drawn to it well before high school. These people were “real”.  Sometimes I am not sure what it is, and I am gonna sound real bad here, but sometimes when you  go into a real fancy store, workers seem to act as if you shouldn’t be there. Or maybe it is just me and my lack of showering, or that I never look all that fancy. Whatever it is, I hate the way it makes me feel. I feel uncomfortable and just kinda like a  loser!  But I am super, I repeat SUPER self conscious.   But artists never made me feel like that whether their work was 10 bucks or 10,000.  All the artists I have come across have been pretty grounded, pretty true to their roots.

Okay..I gotta stay focused or this post is gonna be all over the place.

Anyways I have always loved creating. I get bored easily and that’s just not good. Needless to say when I started doing trunk shows everything changed. I poured my heart and soul into the collection for like a month then it would go off to production and I would get bored. I had no clue what to do. We went round and round on how I could still do art fairs. There was just never enough time to do it all.  But I loved being able to make 5-10 of one thing and work all day and make like 6 or 7 different things. That is where my heart is…creating. I love to make things.  It is then that I am totally in my element.

Needless to say this is when Platinum was born. I must tell you that it was first called “Silver label” then I realized I sounded like Levi’s! I was a little hesitant to launch it because..well, I am not sure why. I think mostly cuz I had been in the art fair circuit for so long  and I knew selection was always huge and quantity was always low.  Afterall, that is what made it “art” right? And it is completely opposite in the Trunk Show circuit.  But who cares about the nerves cuz now we get to make stuff all the time. And today…OMG Sam was busily organizing and counting, so I had Kiera layering fabric. In the past, I pretty much just had Sam layer and cut. She was busy and I knew we needed to get Fall rolling out, so I asked Kiera if she could help. And what the heck? I come out to the cutting room and she can layer, draw layout and even cut. I was shocked and shocked in a good way! She could even do bodices. Crazy! Love it. So thank you to Sam and Kiera for making it so easy on me!

Okay, this email is all over the place…ya, email? I mean blog. Ha,I almost typed blood. I am so losing it tonite.

So who do you think won the great prize? And I am not saying what it is. CARLA can tell you all as soon as she emails Sam, her address and size.

Yup, the answer was Chestnut Alley. I had picked this name cuz it reminded me of my Gramma. We had so many Chestnut trees in my neighborhood. I grew up across the street from my grandparents so we were all out there always having chestnut fights. But some of the last times I saw my Gramma she was out there with a broom in her nightgown with 3 or 4 little kids at her knees. She’d swing the broom up in the tree and they’d all chase them as they fell.  My boys loved it. She is amazing, incredible and so dang cute. Love her.

Okay, I gotta take a few more. You guys are hilarious… so how about Hillary, Shanna, Michelle L, carrie paul and WENDY T. And yes, random for no particular reason other than it is so fun sending out prizes!

Joy - August 13, 2010 - 11:16 am

I love your stories and how real that you are. You are such an awesome artist and a great person too. You do make a difference in people’s lives! Thanks!

kelly g - August 13, 2010 - 10:39 am

I just love this story!!!

mimi - August 13, 2010 - 5:07 am

Oh my, The Hopscotch Ellie is amazing! The fabric on the apron is just darling, little girls, playing games. The fabric in the skirt has a paisley design, I bought it for our little one whose name is Paisley, perfect for her! If you get a chance to grab one, get it, in any size, you will love it:)

gran - August 12, 2010 - 3:37 pm

Do people tell you that you have some of your grandmothers features? She sounds like a fun gramma who will go out with her gown on and take the broom to the tree for the little ones. Warm wonderful memories for you and your family.

Shanna - August 12, 2010 - 10:22 am

What a beautiful story!!!

So excited to win something too – that’s so much Denise!!

Farah - August 12, 2010 - 8:07 am

Congrats to all the winers, love your grandma. She is a cute old lady!!

The Nut Goddess - August 12, 2010 - 7:05 am

and did I hear Nut Goddess? Did I even post? I am losing it. I had Jesus and Hillary Clinton’s intern in my assessment area last night before Jesus punched the cop. He later decided he was God. Good night to be at a psych hospital. ha ha.

You look a lot like your grandma, I think it’s the eyes. Maybe it’s the black and white pic. Plymouth was fun last year, so sad that there won’t be anymore matilda jane at art fairs (I guess other than 435).

Taira - August 11, 2010 - 6:53 pm

Just looking at the last picture again and noticing some toile in the bottom left corner….please, please, please make toile skirts again!!!!

dot+3 - August 11, 2010 - 6:53 pm

I so wish I had that blue and green dress and pant set in your art fair pic… and you’re right, the lower availability IS what makes it art… My attitude is that for any piece I don’t get, there’re two, three or ten more that I’ll HAVE to have that I will get… I still get disappointed some times, but logically-speaking, three girls can only use so many clothes…

gran - August 11, 2010 - 5:25 pm

I do enjoy all of your posts but this one was especially heartwarming. You are gifted with many talents and yet you are so real and your genuineness comes through in all you write and do.
I also check out facebook and cannot figure out how to post an answer on it so here is the answer for the pic:
Kylee, Kiera, Megan, Sam, Sara and Mark.

MOLLIE - August 11, 2010 - 4:56 pm

I just wanted to let you know that my twin girls, Hannah and Mia were looking at the field trip line and noticed that certain articles of clothing are named after a girl. Mia said, hey momma will you send a pic of me and sissy and maybe we can get an outfit named after us, the hannah skirt and the Mia Mine Knot dress. Mia in spanish means ” mine” and that is what I say to her all the time. Anyways I thought it was really cute what they said and amazing how observant they are at 6 yrs old. The girls love Matilda Jane and thank you thank you thank you for being so creative and creating Matilda Jane Clothing!!! You will FOREVER be on Mia, Hannah’s, and momma’s bodies!!!! When is the second fall line coming out! Already have list made!!!!!!

kaitlyn - August 11, 2010 - 4:52 pm

Dear Denise, I received my order today…Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for all the lovely things in my box! I was not having a good day today, but am now over the moon! And love reading your blog–thanks for sharing your stories 🙂

Natalie - August 11, 2010 - 3:16 pm

Wow! Lovin’ the stories today. Yes, I am crying too. My husband just added up all the money I’ve spent on MJC in the past 6 months and I’m feeling a litte guilty that there are little girls out there that love Matilda Jane and wish they had it but don’t, while my little girls are wearing it every day. If only we all coud be as amazing as Denise and Jennifer…

Darlene, Mom to Four Princesses! - August 11, 2010 - 2:59 pm

I knew it had to be connected with your Grandma, since I figured that would have been the time frame of you working on fall…. but just didn’t know it:0) Thanks for being the person you are!

brittney - August 11, 2010 - 11:39 am

I trully adore this great memory of yours Denise. And also congrats to all that one, these giveaways are amazing.

Marla - August 11, 2010 - 11:38 am

Congrats gals! It was so fun to play the word game! Denise, your stories are so neat! Thanks for sharing them!

EmilyWood - August 11, 2010 - 11:33 am

Congrats to the winners! @Jennifer: That was a wonderful thing to do for that little girl. She will remember it always, and who knows how she may try to pay it forward later on….maybe even as an adult!

new2MJC - August 11, 2010 - 11:16 am

I enjoy your blog so much. I can so relate to what you are saying. No matter how many nice things I have to wear I always end up somewhere with a stained shirt, no make-up and lucky if I got a shower that morning! However my kids always look awesome and that’s really all that matters to me! I’m sure fancy retail shops would assume I am the nanny or babysitter! You have such an amazing gift – not just your artistic talent but you seem to be such a genuine and thoughtful person and that makes you and every thing you do shine!

Elisabeth - August 11, 2010 - 11:08 am

Congrats to the winners!!!

Paige - August 11, 2010 - 10:39 am

@ Jennifer…omg, I’m sitting here at work trying to hold back the tears! What an AWESOME way to pay it forward and it can’t be said enough…Denise, you have a wonderful heart and that is one of the MANY reasons I love and support your company. xoxo-paige

Heather - August 11, 2010 - 9:46 am

I love that you are so normal!! And I love what kind heart you have!! You have given to a few of my causes and I have to say I’ve never meet such an incredible “famous” lady!! Thank you! (wink)

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 11, 2010 - 9:10 am

Such a beautiful story!! Thank you, Denise, for sharing with us! Congrats to Carla and all the other winners!!

mimi - August 11, 2010 - 8:33 am

I enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts…Denise, your love of family, and random acts of kindness, has flowed all week into all of our lives too. Friends of my girls, and my little niece have all enjoyed your generosity this week. It’s been a really fun week! I love your heart, creativity and hard work, and it all shows in the Platinum pieces, which are always my favorite.

Libbi - August 11, 2010 - 7:54 am

Thanks so much for the story behind the name, it was very interesting. Congrats to all the winners!!

Lil - August 11, 2010 - 7:47 am

Awesome Story and a lovely Granny.. I miss my grand parents so much.

Enjoy your gifts winners. Woo — hooo (LUCKY) !
I know they will be awesome..

Denise thanks for sharing the love.. <3

lockr (Ramona) - August 11, 2010 - 6:59 am

Your grandma is beautiful. She looks like a very wise lady. Congrats to the winners!

Amanda D - August 11, 2010 - 6:33 am

Jennifer-what size is Riley? If she is a 2 I can mail her c/o you-2 of my extras-let me know. I have a slim jim in a 2 and a sprite tank in a 2 that I am more than happy to give to Riley. P.S. in return can I see a picture of the hot UPS guy?

Mary Kay - August 11, 2010 - 6:12 am

oooops sorry for spelling your name wrong Denise in previous post – kids are yelling for breakfast & I caught myself in my first “just a minute” of the day! Have a great day everyone!

DD - August 11, 2010 - 6:09 am

I love reading your blog. In a sense I feel like I know you and share some of your same experiences. I guess you could say I’m an aritst, although I feel conceeded calling myself that. Teaching art and creating on the side pays my bills. I recently went to a children’s upscale boutique to purchase both of my daugthers new shoes and a few other things and the sales lady told me that I might want to go to Target. I didn’t have makeup on or my hair fixed (I like to be comfy when I shop), but the point was I had money to spend. I put the items back that I had in my hands and went somewhere else. I love going to art fairs and sharing the experice with my daughters. Venders always welcome you with a smile regardless what you look like. Thanks for creating such wonderful things for my daugthers to look and feel beautiful in!

Leslie Bunt - August 11, 2010 - 5:57 am

OK, Jennifer, now I am crying…that is just precious. I love how you arranged it for the ups guy to re-deliver it. And, I know I am probably sleep-deprived & way off, but is that a spring 2011 sneak peek at the top with the first picture? I LOVE it either way & I am glad I came back so I could read Jennifer’s post…that makes my day!:)

Mary Kay - August 11, 2010 - 5:57 am

Jennifer- your story is soooo sweet- I just had to go get a kleenix to wipe my tears! Maybe it is a combination of your story & Denise’s blog with the memories of her grandma that is making me so sappy this morning. Both of my gradnmas are gone now & I was super close to both. Grandma did not have a chestnut tree, but a willow tree that we played in for hours!!
Deiise- I love your stories and how down to earth you are! This is all a part of why I love Matilda Jane so! It is not just about the clothes, but the real- honest- to goodness – great people!!!

Carla - August 11, 2010 - 5:47 am

I am so excited. I honestly never win anything! Your clothes are amazing. Thank you.

Hillary - August 11, 2010 - 5:43 am

Just read Jennifer’s post, and now I’m crying. That was the sweetest thing, how kind of you to think to do that especially in such an elaborate way. That little girl will remember that for along time to come. And I’m sure seeing their child so happy probably brought so much joy to her parents as well whom I’m sure needed it in a time like this. We need more people like you in the world.

Amy - August 11, 2010 - 5:11 am

OMG Jennifer that is the sweetest story. I am crying at work this morning. I love being able to do things like that for others when I am able and I am sure that is exactly why Denise did what she did in sending the surprises. Thanks for that sweet story!

Jennifer - August 11, 2010 - 1:11 am

I wanted to say thank you for our extra goodies within our platinum order. Today, my Lola had a playdate with a girlfriend. They Love to pay dress up like a princess. So Lola’s friend loves MJ to death. She has wanted some of your pretties for a long time, but with both mom had dad out of work, it’s not really an option. Riley loves watching boxes show up on our porch…. Even though they aren’t for her. So I decided to create a special present for Riley with the special extras you sent us and give it to my UPS man to re-deliver to Riley. This little girl was so excited, I thought she may cry! We have a rockin hot UPS man who says ” Riley!! Matilda Jane is here for you!” She says, no it’s not for me… In a sad tone. I said, look on the box, it is for you!!! She slowly opened the box…. Inside was the extra knot and ruffles you had sent us. She starts weeping, which makes me cry 🙁 lola walks over to her and says ” we can both go dress up in our Matilda Jane now. They knew you were a princess but don’t have any
pretties, so the brown guy ( lol, ups man ) brought these just for you!!!! Thank
you Denise for being so giving, this little girl does not have much…. But this
made her day and she has not stopped smiling since . Xoxo

Stephanie - August 11, 2010 - 12:14 am

Thank you for sharing your stories. I so appreciate how real they are. Your art fair pieces are beautiful and inspire me. I also love to create and sew. Just never enough time with my 4 kids. I understand the need to have a creative outlet. Keep it up. my girls and I just adore everything you create. good night

Niki Rowe - August 10, 2010 - 10:05 pm

Love that dress on the manican!!!

DonnaW - August 10, 2010 - 10:00 pm

I love that this post is so honest and true. I want to teach my daughter to love who she is and embrace that. And with MJC I feel I am supporting a company that is exactly that, Honest and True to who they are. Going North to Syracuse to visit family and so spreading the love of MJC while I am there!!

WhitleyKate's mom - August 10, 2010 - 9:57 pm

Congrats to Carla and the other winners! And thanks, Denise, for sharing that lovely story. I was fortunate to have my great-“Gram” until I was 33. I have so many memories of her that have flooded back since reading your post. No chestnuts, but many days on her patio playing “The Waltons”.

Michelle L - August 10, 2010 - 9:54 pm

Love your blogs! Love that you’re true to your heart! And love that my name got picked, yay!

Holly's Mama - August 10, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Your art fair stuff is my favorite!!! I wish I lived closer so I could go to one of your art fairs.

Andrea - August 10, 2010 - 9:35 pm

Denise – You make me feel so comfortable to just be me. Thanks for your honesty…and for just being you! Don’t ever second guess yourself…and don’t ever feel like you have to explain yourself….at least not to us!!! We are one big, happy, extended MJC family and we love you, your team and your clothes! Don’t ever change…just keep creating and keep being you!!!! …I mean, after all, that’s who we all fell in love with, right?

J.Diddy - August 10, 2010 - 8:35 pm

what a sweet pic of your grammy! 🙂

Wendy - August 10, 2010 - 8:32 pm

You crack me up, your train of thought is almost as crazy as mine! I must be an artist too. LOVE the stories, keep ’em coming! And glad to hear there is another Finn coming, I loooove mine.

Hillary - August 10, 2010 - 8:26 pm

Yay!! I can’t tell you how tickled I am to see my name in your blog! Thank you, thank you.

Lisa M - August 10, 2010 - 8:20 pm

I have to say that you amaze me… and yes, you nailed it on the head! Some store owners can be so snotty… I love the art fair atmosphere <3 So cool that you have another rockin' addition to your team too!

Michelle - August 10, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Congrats Carla…we kinda knew her answer was right, but it was so much fun coming up with guesses. Grandmas are super special. I am blessed that ours was here visiting with us today. She even spent the morning helping with the word scramble. So glad you shared your story with us!

Leslie Bunt - August 10, 2010 - 8:13 pm

I totally agree with the person that talked about y’all’s eyes being the same. Beautiful!

I love art fairs as well. I am drawn to things that are unique, and things that have that touch of vintage that usually have a fabulous story behind them regarding their inspiration!!! My best friend and I go to Canton or First Monday Trade days here in Texas and it is a HUGE art fair. We used to go every month but have taken off during the summer and since I just had a baby…ha! Your Platinum site is a much “cooler” option!:) So thanks! Can’t wait to see the fall pieces y’all are working on now!

I love how artists find beauty in everything they make. Thanks for sharing this love. I received another box today with an extra dress, and I just adore both my ordered piece and it! It really is like my child is wearing a treasured and loved piece of art. Thank you for clothing with some depth:)!!

kristen - August 10, 2010 - 8:13 pm

cute! i wonder if i will wear nightgowns all the time when i am a grandma. my mawmaw seemed to always be in hers and it wasn’t because she didn’t have anything else to wear either-she was dressed to the 9’s for church every sunday! maybe you should design some cute pj’s and use some of that super soft tee material…you could call it gramma-jamma’s 🙂

JJARMOM - August 10, 2010 - 7:56 pm

What a beautiful pic of Gramma and a great memory to share with us 🙂

ashley - August 10, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Oh, how I love following your blog!! The surprises are so very fun and your generosity is amazing and contagious!

Taira - August 10, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Wow, you really favor your grandma! It’s in the eyes 🙂 Thanks for sharing, love all the stories behind MJ.

Lolli - August 10, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Chestnut Alley would have been an awesome name and the real meaning behind it even better!
I am very fortunate to still have my Grandmother. She is Carson’s great great grandmother. I am proud to say that we have 5 generations still living in our family. Not many can say that. Thanks for sharing parts of your personal life with us Denise. It’s what makes Matilda Jane so personal.

Chantena - August 10, 2010 - 7:05 pm

I love the post! I love getting a glimpse into your life. I love how down to earth you are! Grandmas are the best, I love the little story you shared about her, she seemed great :-)…..I Love my Mamaw, I thanks god im still fortunate to have her here :-)…..We went shoe shopping today for when Field Trip comes in, my little one will be all ready to wear it! Have a wonderful night!

*Twinkle*Toes* - August 10, 2010 - 7:03 pm

Congrats to Carla….. The love and memories of a Gramma is something special! Thanks for all your HARD work and so glad you have lots of great girls working with you! Now relax for the night!

mimi - August 10, 2010 - 7:00 pm

Thank goodness…it was the only answer that made any sense:) So much fun!

And so the story goes… UPDATE

So I didn’t get to go up North but that is okay. I did run up to Michigan to pick up Gabe from Deedee. He’s been at my mom’s for the past 4 days. Love that little guy. As I am typing he is screaming my name to come lay with him. And seriously, how many times do I say “just a minute” in a day?  Have you ever counted? Try it tomorrow.  I will too, and I am forecasting my count to be like 44.

I wanted to play a Name that Trunk Keeper game but I really need to run upstairs. SO we will settle for something quick and easy.  The moment I start sketching, I name the collection. Not for any reason other than I have to save the file under a name, so I need a name. Any clue on what Fall 2010 was named for the first 6 months of it’s life? It’ll be a good prize.

You know I always hesitate on telling the back stories cuz (and don’t laugh) but I feel like it makes me look unprofessional.  Maybe it is because I have never been exposed to other designers back stories, or maybe cuz I feel I am always supposed to paint a pretty picture. But the response from you guys the other day was unreal. I loved that you liked hearing the real “guts”. So tonite I will tell you secret #4.

And Secret Number 4 would be all about Lizzy. Oh Lizzy, she was never on the line up. I had envisioned a great adult Finn skirt with a green leaf print. It turned out to be pretty expensive so I made the change to make the base a solid green and the ruffles printed. It is amazing on how much money you can save on little things like that. Good thing or else I would have to charge 92 bucks for it. Well, we get to Peru and whoa…seriously, I  love that green fabric, love it but certainly not as ruffles on my bum in Fall. In Spring sure but not a Fall skirt. Yes, so Lynette and I exchanged a laugh and said, “No way” and cancelled Finn. Problem was , now we had yards of printed and solid green that was paid for and not returnable. We played around with a few things, gave up, and went back to the hotel. Yes, this is when Anna came back to life, and you know how that goes. The creative juices started flowing and we came up with Lizzy. She was supposed to have a great sash also but because she was so last minute we had no time to order ribbon. We went to the market place and hoped of getting something over the counter. NOPE. OMG but we did come up with all those great buttons on the ribbon hunt so it certainly was not a wasted trip.  And you know what, in the end, I am so glad she has that simple black button and no sash..she would have been too fluffy. And for Finn? You will see her makeover in Collection 2.

UPDATE : Still no right answer so here’s a little help. OKAY. a little help with the’ll have to unscramble these letters to get the answer.


brooke - August 10, 2010 - 9:13 pm

last one for me and my personal favorite… taste lucy hen

brooke - August 10, 2010 - 9:12 pm

chutney latte… I am sure these have already been posted, but I have not read any of them to keep me thinking.

brooke - August 10, 2010 - 9:10 pm

catelyn hustle, slueth catelyn

Beautifulclothing - August 10, 2010 - 6:39 pm

I am! They are really funny! This is fun though. Sea Shell City is a good one, but kinda summerish. Denise girl… are making us go crazy! LOL

Chelle Belle - August 10, 2010 - 5:59 pm

Is anyone else laughing out loud when they read these? So flippin’ funny!

Marla - August 10, 2010 - 5:46 pm

Cynthea’s tulle

rebel - August 10, 2010 - 5:29 pm

Denise…. was the name in English or another language??

Michelle D. - August 10, 2010 - 5:20 pm

How about Salty Lunch Tee
or Uncle Hat Style

The Dancing Poet - August 10, 2010 - 5:03 pm

Launch Style Te….Clusty Teal Hen…Yeah, I’m just making up words now….

Kristin Taron - August 10, 2010 - 4:28 pm

tulles chantey (forgot the s)

Elsa's_Mom - August 10, 2010 - 4:15 pm

What is the record for number of comments on one blog???

Kristin Taron - August 10, 2010 - 4:10 pm

Tulle Chantey

Niki Rowe - August 10, 2010 - 3:08 pm

City Sea Shell, Sea City Shell, Shell Sea City, City Shell Sea………..

Kari - August 10, 2010 - 2:28 pm

Lucy at the lens

Michelle - August 10, 2010 - 1:57 pm

“Chelsea Nuttley” “Chauntel Style” “Clean Style Hut” “Lucys Tenth Sale” “Tenth Lucy Sale” “Tenth Lucy Seal” “Lucy Tans Ethel” “Ethels Tan Lucy” or something like that? 🙂

Kelly - August 10, 2010 - 1:50 pm


Kelly - August 10, 2010 - 1:46 pm


Kelly - August 10, 2010 - 1:35 pm


Kelly - August 10, 2010 - 1:31 pm


Ashley Butcher - August 10, 2010 - 1:09 pm

For sure Sea Shell City! Just has to be!!

boys4girls2 - August 10, 2010 - 1:08 pm

Definitely- Sea Shell City…wonder what it looks like!

boys4girls2 - August 10, 2010 - 1:07 pm

Definitely- Sea Shell City

mollie - August 10, 2010 - 12:56 pm

chelsea nuttly

JenNeilson - August 10, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Steal Lunch Yet

Marianne - August 10, 2010 - 12:06 pm

Seen That Lucy?

Buck Jenkins - August 10, 2010 - 11:56 am

lately chestnut

Buck Jenkins - August 10, 2010 - 11:56 am

Chestnut lately

Buck Jenkins - August 10, 2010 - 11:48 am

How about Chestnut Alley

Kari - August 10, 2010 - 11:46 am

Are you SURE you have the correct letters up there? I think you are missing an N. So, maybe Lynettes Launch? I really need to work today. All my notes all over my desk are letters and word combinations! Too funny. 🙂

rebel - August 10, 2010 - 11:19 am

Stealthy Uncle or Uncle Stealthy : ) My Daughter guessed those. The whole family is in on this now…..

Marla - August 10, 2010 - 11:14 am

Ley Test Launch

Lisa - August 10, 2010 - 11:05 am

Tunes at Chelly

Marla - August 10, 2010 - 10:57 am

Tulle Chanteys
I am running out of ridiculous ideas! I am sure if it hasn’t been guessed it must be something that’s right under our noses.

Lisa - August 10, 2010 - 10:54 am

Chant ye tulle

Lisa - August 10, 2010 - 10:40 am

Catches Tunnel
Tunnel Catches

aurora - August 10, 2010 - 10:39 am

Sea shell city also seen it on plat.

aurora - August 10, 2010 - 10:32 am

Sea shell city

Marla - August 10, 2010 - 10:17 am

Hey at Cullen St.
The Cullen Stay
I know these are ridiculous sounding! LOL! Just guessing for fun now!

Hillary - August 10, 2010 - 10:15 am

Opps! That so doesn’t fit. lol. I’ll stick with my original guess. 🙂

Hillary - August 10, 2010 - 10:13 am

It’s SEA SHELL City.

PeyMom - August 10, 2010 - 10:07 am

Lyette’s Launch

Kari - August 10, 2010 - 10:02 am

cate yells hunt

Kari - August 10, 2010 - 9:57 am

Lye Test Launch

PeyMom - August 10, 2010 - 9:49 am

Lettey’s Launch

PeyMom - August 10, 2010 - 9:39 am

Sorry! Meant to write Sea Shell City Cafeteria Dress on platinum! What an awesome idea for a surprise!! 🙂

PeyMom - August 10, 2010 - 9:35 am

Sea Shell City!

Francene B. - August 10, 2010 - 8:59 am

Trying again as my comment did not post under Marley & Maddie’s “Nanny”? Totaly wrong answer but…

mom to 4 boys and a girl - August 10, 2010 - 8:57 am

How about castle huntley or huntley castle or maybe stella chutney?????

mom2curls - August 10, 2010 - 7:53 am

Hey all u tents…

Shanna - August 10, 2010 - 7:24 am

I know someone said Lunch Tea Style already, but what about “Tea Style Lunch?”

gran - August 10, 2010 - 7:06 am

Denise, is this really a word(s) or is it a Dr. Seuss word or two? Are you going to give us 500 guesses before you give up on us and just do a random winner???????????
Sorry you did not get up north. Just thinking as I loaded the dishwasher that part of you always lives in the future. Have a great day.

Candice H. - August 9, 2010 - 11:34 pm

my guesses ran together

lace style hunt OR hunt lace style OR lace hunt style

Candice H. - August 9, 2010 - 11:33 pm

lace style hunt
hunt lace style
lace hunt style

Michelle L - August 9, 2010 - 11:22 pm

Been working on this for a while:) Lucy at the Lens.

tracy s - August 9, 2010 - 10:33 pm

one more guess

chestnut alley!

tracy s - August 9, 2010 - 10:27 pm

huntley castle
lustey chalet
thy lune castle

Midgy Mae's Momma - August 9, 2010 - 9:36 pm

I know I’m late, but I’ve gotta give it a try…
Last Lunchy Tee; Seattle Lunchy; Satchel Untea; Tea Lunch Tesly; Lunchy Least T

brooke - August 9, 2010 - 9:35 pm

Chestnut Alley?

Midgy Mae's Momma - August 9, 2010 - 9:35 pm

I know I’m late, but I’ve gotta give it a try…
Last Lunchy Tee
Seattle Lunchy
Satchel Untea
Tea Lunch Tesly
Lunchy Least T

MDP - August 9, 2010 - 9:33 pm

I don’t think you’re going to pick every person who guesses, “Chestnut Alley”, but I’ll kick myself if you do and I didn’t throw that guess out there, too! It just seems to go with the clothes the best.

Trish - August 9, 2010 - 9:21 pm

Something with “uncle”.

Monica - August 9, 2010 - 9:17 pm

How about Chestnut Alley?

Trish - August 9, 2010 - 8:59 pm

Gosh- this is hard… “lunch layettes” or “They Can Tell Us?”

Natalie - August 9, 2010 - 8:32 pm

How many “just a minutes” did you end up with? I had a few too many in just a few minutes while my Kamz was waiting to look at kitties on the internet and I was looking at MJC 🙂 Yep, I keep checking, just hoping a Lizzy will pop up for my littlest.

Trish - August 9, 2010 - 8:22 pm


brittney - August 9, 2010 - 8:20 pm

Oh My Lance! How about A chestnut tie? lol

Trish - August 9, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Ye Latest Lunch?

berni - August 9, 2010 - 8:19 pm

I have two thoughts….”Chalet Style U” just in case you were thinking wintry and ” Lunch Tea Style”

I love the back stories. It’s so nice to know that a company has a soul and the stories just add more charm. Thanks for the good read!

Kristi - August 9, 2010 - 8:13 pm

lynette has luc (without the k) …I cannot believe I am still working on this!!! LOL

Kelly J - August 9, 2010 - 7:48 pm

The lucy steal or The Teal Lucy’s

Kelly J - August 9, 2010 - 7:40 pm

Stylet Launch

Kelly J - August 9, 2010 - 7:35 pm

El Lunas Chetty

Kelly J - August 9, 2010 - 7:32 pm


Kelly J - August 9, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Launch The Style

Kelly J - August 9, 2010 - 7:21 pm

The Style Launch

Jennifer Heidl-Knobloch - August 9, 2010 - 7:18 pm

Ohh, I can’t believe you almost didn’t have a Lizzy!! That’s my favorite piece from the line and I heard it’s already gone… : (
I’m still thinking about the name. I don’t know if I’m too late or not. Are you still taking guesses??

Kelly J - August 9, 2010 - 7:13 pm

el tasty lunche

Eldridge - August 9, 2010 - 7:12 pm

Chestnut Alley, Stella Chutney, Layettes Lunch……

Jeana - August 9, 2010 - 7:11 pm

Such La Lynette or Style Tea Lunch or Lunch at steely or Style Ate Lunch or Lunch Eat Style… probably Chestnut Alley.

Kelly J - August 9, 2010 - 7:08 pm

le tasty lunche

Kelly J - August 9, 2010 - 7:02 pm

The Luny Slate

juneybeans - August 9, 2010 - 6:47 pm

chutney stella, stella chutney

Natalie - August 9, 2010 - 6:27 pm

Has the answer been guessed yet, or should we keep trying to figure it out?

Torie West - August 9, 2010 - 6:23 pm

Lets Eat Lunchy…..doesn’t sound right but will keep trying. 🙂

carrie - August 9, 2010 - 6:22 pm

Okay this is going to drive me crazy…be back with some guesses.

Wendy J - August 9, 2010 - 6:18 pm

Sorry if this posts again but I couldn’t find my prior post. My guess is Chestnut Alley.

Amber - August 9, 2010 - 5:25 pm

Oh mna, just saw this – how about Tea Style Lunch…Or Lunch Tea Style

amy - August 9, 2010 - 4:57 pm

chesnut late (?) this does leave an l left over but guessing anyway.

tree*head - August 9, 2010 - 4:56 pm

…Stately Lunch(e)….??

Kristi - August 9, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Ooooooo the suspense is killing me! My other computer crashed and so I have to keep borrowing my husbands laptop today to check this!!! ha ha….yesterday I had my scrambled letters tablet with me in the car, at Home Depot, and by my side all day/evening, too! My husband thinks I am nuts I think! 🙂

amy s - August 9, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Late etsy lunch?

The Dancing Poet - August 9, 2010 - 4:18 pm

Chestnuty Ella… Lyle A. Chestnut….Salley E. Nutchet…Che Let Nuts Lay…dang everytime I type nut it makes me want a big jar of Planter’s honey roasted peanuts….

Day to the Oh - August 9, 2010 - 3:36 pm

LOL love that Berkley Cate! I came up with Le Nutty Chelsa last night, but was afraid to post it. he-he. I’m sure she’ll think it’s funny, I don’t know why I was worried. 😉

Berkley Cate - August 9, 2010 - 2:57 pm

All I can think about is Chelsa, when I first looked at the scrambled letters that it what stood out to me. I find that a little ironic cause I’m sure she is on your mind a lot lately, too. I kept thinking maybe it was a play on the show “Chelsea Lately” but all I can come up with is “LE NUTTY CHELSA”… she probably wouldn’t like that:) I’m sure it’s probably Chestnut Alley as everyone has guessed…but it’s still fun trying to come up with something else. Thanks for having such fun contests! We all really enjoy them (as you can tell). lol

Belle - August 9, 2010 - 2:49 pm

I have been using my kids crayons too!!!

Rhys Jones - August 9, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Oh,my…after reading the comments, it’s official, we are all MJC lunatics.
Soooo, The Last Lunecy — as in Lunacy!

But “Last?” Please, nooooooooooooooo, don’t ever let the lunacy end!!!!

Charity - August 9, 2010 - 1:49 pm

and the answer is????? chestnut alley???

Charity - August 9, 2010 - 1:48 pm

and the answer is????? chesnut alley???

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Denise, I have to tell you that this has made my day! I have become so completely obsessed with it … to the point of using my 3-year-old’s bathtub crayons while I was in the bath trying to figure it out!! LOL!

rebel - August 9, 2010 - 1:10 pm

Denise… are any of the words spelled incorrectly? hahahaha! Really – so many words that can be made from the letters you gave us… but phrases all seem to be off by a letter or two. I have been know to misspell words in my file names… just wonderin’

Marla - August 9, 2010 - 1:06 pm

Denise, I think you are just waiting to see how many hilarious and ridiculous answers we can come up with. 😉 LOL!

kaydenkaylee - August 9, 2010 - 12:57 pm

I’d like to buy a vowel and suggest an “R” 🙂

Ashley Butcher - August 9, 2010 - 12:48 pm

I like Style Haselnut or something like that! Still can’t think of anything new!!!! Wonder what it is??????

carrie paul - August 9, 2010 - 12:38 pm

salty leech nut

kaydenkaylee - August 9, 2010 - 12:33 pm

Alley Chestnut!

Allison - August 9, 2010 - 12:21 pm

I’m new to MJC so I know none of the back story’ guess is Chestnut Alley! Usually I’m good at unscrambling so hope it’s right 🙂

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 12:05 pm

That’s gonna have to be my last guess because my brain is completely exhausted!! Just for the heck of it, though, I’m gonna throw “Chestnut Alley” in there too 🙂 Good luck ladies!! Hope they tell us soon!!

Heather F - August 9, 2010 - 11:58 am

Look at Joe and the noodle! Can you imagine when the boys are a little more grown and for-real starry-eyed over a special lady? (Someone other than their Mamas?) RUN and cuddle with those boys before they get even a tinch more grown….xoxoxo

WENDY J - August 9, 2010 - 11:54 am

Lattes & Lace,

WENDY J - August 9, 2010 - 11:53 am

How about stanley? Latte n lunch… Ziggie, Vintage vibe,
How about Lattes & Lace… Lace & Lattes.. oh the many options 🙂

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 11:43 am

Last Lychee nut

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 11:34 am

lynette h lucas, lynette lucas h

carrie paul - August 9, 2010 - 11:11 am

le nutty chelsa

Mommies3angels - August 9, 2010 - 11:08 am

Stylen launch

Belle - August 9, 2010 - 11:06 am

please say is Lynette’s chula.. that is too funny!!!

DKW - August 9, 2010 - 10:51 am

Lynette’s Lucha

DKW - August 9, 2010 - 10:49 am

Lynette’s Chula

DKW - August 9, 2010 - 10:46 am

Lunch at EStyle

Farah - August 9, 2010 - 10:42 am

Come on Denise, pick us all 🙂

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 10:38 am

Lynette H LCUSA … lol…still just guessin’! lol

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 10:33 am

Lynette Has Luc, Luc Has Lynette, Lynette H Claus, Lynette Claus H …. just guessin’!!

mimi - August 9, 2010 - 10:28 am

On a much lighter note, The “Pinkie Promise” tank is just so cute with the sunshine ruffles, and MiMi got to teach pinkie promise to our 3 year old granddaughter…important girl stuff.

Amy - August 9, 2010 - 9:24 am

tea style lunch
salute the…something?
chesnutt alley
lunches y latte
the calley sun
calleys the nut

Abby - August 9, 2010 - 8:56 am

Hmmm…Ok, I first thought Lunch Satchel when I saw the letters, then realized that no, those letters don’t make that word AND Lunch Satchel doesn’t really even make sense, LOL. So, my guess will be Chestnut Alley.

Marla - August 9, 2010 - 8:47 am

Okay here’s another guess. Late Lunch Tyes. Probably not though…

gran - August 9, 2010 - 8:45 am

Denise, just want you to know that Pop is not going to be able to go on with his week until this mystery is solved.

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 8:34 am

Okay, so I guess I should have read all the other comments before I started guessing!! Most of my guesses were already there!! This is fun, though! I can’t wait to find out the answer!

Nicole P - August 9, 2010 - 8:24 am

Chestnut Alley! 🙂

The Dancing Poet - August 9, 2010 - 8:03 am

Or Chetsun Laylet, Chetsun lately, Call Ye The Tunes….yeah it’s definitely Chestnut Alley but seeing what ridiculous words I can come up with with those letters is kinda fun….and addictive lol

The Dancing Poet - August 9, 2010 - 7:56 am

Chettsun Alley??

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 7:48 am

Such la lynette, Lynette la such

Janella - August 9, 2010 - 7:46 am

Lunch Style Tea

Janella - August 9, 2010 - 7:38 am

Lunch y Seattle

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 7:30 am

Lunch Layettes. Please tell me that’s it!! lol

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 7:23 am

Chanteys tulle

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 7:20 am

At the sly uncle, At the uncle sly

Kristi - August 9, 2010 - 7:14 am

🙂 Can’t wait to hear the true answer!

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 7:12 am

Ok, so needed some coma’s in there!
Uncle hat style, steal thy uncle, eat lunch style, clean hut style, lace hunt style, lunch style tea. That’s better!

Taira - August 9, 2010 - 7:11 am

STOP the madness, let you know the answer 🙂

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 7:10 am

Uncle Hat Style
Steal Thy Uncle
Eat Lunch Style
Clean Hut Style
Lace Hunt Style
Lunch Style Tea
LOL, I’m on a roll!

Ann - August 9, 2010 - 6:57 am

I think it’s Lynette’s Chula too!

Mary E K - August 9, 2010 - 6:55 am

lunch layettes??

Marla - August 9, 2010 - 6:53 am

NY Tulle Chase! LOL! I am thinking something chase or chase something, though.

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 6:47 am

LOL. That looks like I was responding to the previous comment! But that is actually my guess for the unscramble: “They Can’t Tell Us”

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 6:45 am

They can’t tell us

gran - August 9, 2010 - 6:41 am

Good Monday morning to all! Pop’s first comment this morning…..Did anyone guess the Matilda Jane words?

Mary Kay - August 9, 2010 - 6:20 am

yuchtel lane

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 9, 2010 - 6:18 am

A Chestnut Yell, A Chutneys Tell, A Chutney Tells

Michelle - August 9, 2010 - 6:18 am

ET Style Launch or TE Style Launch 🙂

Donna Wolkan - August 9, 2010 - 5:42 am


Mary Kay - August 9, 2010 - 5:36 am

….I’m thinking the last word is lane, but can not figure out anything for the first word that makes sense.

mimi - August 9, 2010 - 5:20 am

Ok, I used to always say to my friends, “Tell Us At Lunch”, although that “Y” needs to be another “T”, but it’s a good name:0

Cynthia Schauss - August 9, 2010 - 4:16 am

Chestnut Alley…but then that has already been said!

Mom to L&L - August 8, 2010 - 11:29 pm

Sorry if this shows up for the 3rd time. Computer is really funky tonight.

Okay, I remember the name Chestnut Alley from a contest to name the holiday line just a little over 2 years ago. Little Miss was just 2 months old and my in laws were visiting from PEI. I had them coming up with names all night long. Sadly we were not in the top 10.

Mom to L&L - August 8, 2010 - 11:17 pm

First post didn’t show up.
I remember that name from a contest from a little over 2 years ago, to name the holiday line. Little Miss was only 2 months old and my in laws were visiting from PEI. I had them coming up with name all night long. Never made the top ten though.

Mom to L&L - August 8, 2010 - 11:13 pm

Always late! I remember Chestnut Alley from a contest a little over 2 years ago. Little Miss was only 2 months old and my in laws were hear visiting from PEI. I had them coming up names all night. Didn’t even make the top 10 🙁

Robin Chase - August 8, 2010 - 11:03 pm

Latte y lunches…. tulsa something??
hmmm… lacey something

micah - August 8, 2010 - 11:03 pm

i just totally got chestnut alley and then i saw that everyone else got that too!!!! hahaha!! cant be that simple huh?! 😉

calliluv444 - August 8, 2010 - 10:04 pm

CHESTNUT ALLEY!!! And yes, I cheated…hahahaha!!!!! 😉

DKW - August 8, 2010 - 9:52 pm

I got it, I got it – Chestnut Alley – hahaha – what am I, 20 hours late??? That’s what I get for having two kids AND going to the Jackson Browne concert.

PeyMom - August 8, 2010 - 8:42 pm

Salty Chutnee??

tree*head - August 8, 2010 - 8:21 pm

Letty launches?…Chasetyn Tulle…now I am getting delirious – lol

tree*head - August 8, 2010 - 8:04 pm

Salty Lunch Tee?…Unlatch Steely?
Lynettes Launch? (oops not enough n’s for that)…

Christine Brunell Hammock - August 8, 2010 - 7:57 pm

Ok, I looked back at my guesses and I spelled it wrong. I forgot a t… it’s chestnut alley, not chesnut alley. Sorry, I can’t type either! (p.s. I like Field Trip better too!)

Niki Rowe - August 8, 2010 - 7:51 pm

chestnut alley :o)

mimi - August 8, 2010 - 7:48 pm

Poppa said you were doing your sketching at “Lance Huttleys”:) Good night to all. Is that like a Howard Johnsons????

mom2curls - August 8, 2010 - 7:46 pm

Lynette has luc…

Karen - August 8, 2010 - 7:43 pm

yes late lunch

mom2curls - August 8, 2010 - 7:41 pm

Lynette has clu…

Kathleen - August 8, 2010 - 7:39 pm

Just figured it out to be CHESTNUT ALLEY and then clicked on share and what, …. others already sent their comment. Yikes I am late but can honestly say I figured it out by crossing out letters on a sheet a paper over and over. 4 times to be exact. Also found it to be Tall Cheesy nut although that was not so fitting, missing the e of course. nest the Lucy was another variable but was so glad to come up with Chestnut Alley on my fourth try.

Chelle Belle - August 8, 2010 - 7:31 pm

Lynette’s Chula

Mom of 4 - August 8, 2010 - 7:30 pm

I was positive it was Lychee Salute—too many “T’s in the scramble. So my translation—Lychee Salutt. HEHE!

Hillary - August 8, 2010 - 7:24 pm


Tracy D - August 8, 2010 - 7:23 pm

I say Let’s Eat Lunch, b/c Matilda Jane was HOMEGROWN on the WESTSIDE, then she packed her SACK LUNCH, to see her long lost friend GYPSY BLUE in HAMMOND BAY because they were going on a FIELD TRIP, but first Matilda Jane said LET’S EAT LUNCH on CHESTNUT ALLEY?? 🙂

Well, that’s me best shot. 🙂


Beautifulclothing - August 8, 2010 - 7:18 pm

I agree with mimi! If it is not Chestnut Alley then more clues please, well if no one has guessed it yet that is, but I am sure they have. 🙂

mimi - August 8, 2010 - 7:16 pm

Ok, Denise, you’ve got Gran and Pop, and MiMi and Poppa all working on this scramble, and it’s bedtime! Not to mention, it’s also our 35th wedding anniversary, and we’re working a scramble! Poppa says we need some more clues:)

Kristi" - August 8, 2010 - 7:05 pm

Yes, I think you right…it was fun and a good brain refresher! 🙂

Powerpuff Mom - August 8, 2010 - 6:59 pm

It has to be Chestnut Alley… everything else I come up with makes absolutely no sense at all!!

Laura - August 8, 2010 - 6:56 pm

I guess I’m super late, we came up with Chestnut Alley too.

Kristi" - August 8, 2010 - 6:29 pm

Oh my! This has been fun! I seriously took my tablet with me to Home Depot and back (with all 3 kids!) so I could work on it the whole time I was gone! Came up with some funny ones: “The sly cat lune” and “He’s tall n cutey” and “Catelyn lust he” BUT…I know that is not it! But, the best ones I already posted earlier ~ that I thought might be it! CANNOT WAIT TO FIND OUT THE REAL ANSWER! 🙂

Day to the Oh - August 8, 2010 - 6:23 pm

Steely Launch. salty leech nut. Oh my. Nutty Le Chase. lol Still guessing in case it’s not Chestnut Alley. lol

Chelle Belle - August 8, 2010 - 6:17 pm

Sorry meant to say “Lynette U Clash”

flyntates - August 8, 2010 - 6:16 pm

Chestnutalley… No spaces?

flyntates - August 8, 2010 - 6:14 pm

Chestnut Alley?

Melissa Brooks - August 8, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Huntley Castle

Kristy - August 8, 2010 - 6:06 pm

I am going with Alley Chestnut since the bachelorette just had Alley on there and the colors are very Chestnut like. Tried on the adult items for the first time and love love them, great fit and feel wonderful!

Belle - August 8, 2010 - 5:56 pm

Lynette Lausch

Melissa Brooks - August 8, 2010 - 5:45 pm

ok here’s for laughs: TASTY EEL LUNCH, NEATEST CHULLY,

dawn dangelo - August 8, 2010 - 5:43 pm

chestnut alley
alley chestnut

MacKenzie Meyer - August 8, 2010 - 5:43 pm

Chelsa Lytten.. Chelsa Nyttel.. SOmething with Chelsa in it.

K Squared Mommy - August 8, 2010 - 5:40 pm

Lunch at Steelys or Lynette C Lash?

MacKenzie Meyer - August 8, 2010 - 5:39 pm


Tara Hayes - August 8, 2010 - 5:37 pm

The reason I put CHESNUTT ALLEY is because the other way it was spelled left out a T!!! HOPE I AM RIGHT!!! I LOVE THESE CONTESTS….. WE had 20 people go eat after church and we were all sitting there with pens and paper trying to figure it out!!!.. LOL SO MUCH FUN!!!

Tara Hayes - August 8, 2010 - 5:31 pm

Chesnutt Alley???

Kaitlyn - August 8, 2010 - 4:59 pm

Chestnut alley?

Day to the Oh - August 8, 2010 - 4:54 pm

Oh, Lynette Clash… that’s good. How about UNLEASH CLETTY, SEATTLE LUNCHY, or SETTLE LAUNCHY? hahaha I give. 😉

Chelle Belle - August 8, 2010 - 4:39 pm

Lynette Clash

gran - August 8, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Really did not mean to post again but thought you would appreciate this. Pop has been working on those letters for more than an hour. He just came in and was so proud that he had………Chestnut Alley. When I told him how late he was with that guess he told me he quit so guess Pop and Gran won’t get this one. Good luck to all!

Abby's mom - August 8, 2010 - 4:10 pm

I think Chestnut Alley sounds pretty darn cute. I thought I was on to something when I had “salut le ….. or “salut les …. but couldn’t figure out the rest. I have spent 30 minutes looking up French words. Can you say desperate?!! 🙂

Lqqkme2 - August 8, 2010 - 4:06 pm

Ooops! It looks like someone already guessed that one. Short term memory here ladies :)….sorry!

Lqqkme2 - August 8, 2010 - 4:05 pm

oops! I think someone already guesse that one…short term memory here ladies…sorry!

Lqqkme2 - August 8, 2010 - 4:04 pm

Have to still try my hand 🙂 “Stella Chutney”

Karen - August 8, 2010 - 4:03 pm

Satchelly Tune

gran - August 8, 2010 - 3:56 pm

Just had to send one more note and tell you how much I enjoy the picture. That should be one that we can see again and again. Thanks for sharing.

krissy - August 8, 2010 - 3:50 pm

chestnut alley, lunch style tea

Elisabeth - August 8, 2010 - 3:48 pm

Chestnut Alley sounds good! I got nothing! All I keep thinking about is Scooby Doo words because my beautiful 2 year old Isabella has a closet full of MJ clothes, yet hasn’t taken off her brother’s old Scooby Doo costume for days! UGH 🙁

Natalie - August 8, 2010 - 3:48 pm

I think it’s crazy that the oh so popular Anna and Lizzy both started out to be something different!

gran - August 8, 2010 - 3:45 pm

Just wanted to tell you that I even got Pop involved in this. The word that his “grand” might win another MJ outfit was enough. Alas, he is usually good with word games but he could not come up with anything that we agree is the right words.

*twinkle*toes* - August 8, 2010 - 3:43 pm

Tell the sun c ya

Day to the Oh - August 8, 2010 - 3:33 pm

I was hoping I could figure something cute out with “satchel”, but, yah, “tunely satchel” doesn’t work. LOL Neither does “Tenuly Satchel”. So I”m still sticking with Chestnut Alley considering it’s a groovy place in England where one with style could take a stroll. And you do remember holiday line 2008? I guess Ive been around awhile. he-he And BTW I love the stories… that’s half the reason I stick around. I roll with the Realness, not with a front. So keep doing what you do, girl!!! xo

Lila's "Bubba" - August 8, 2010 - 3:17 pm

I know I am way late but Chestnut Alley looks like the only answer.

Natalie - August 8, 2010 - 3:14 pm

Those two adorable cuties were made for each other! Chestnut Alley sounds good to me.

Elisabeth - August 8, 2010 - 3:07 pm

Chestnut Alley sounds cute to me!!!

Jamie Markley - August 8, 2010 - 2:54 pm

Is it… “Chestnut Alley”

amanda - August 8, 2010 - 2:50 pm

i’m late too…. chestnut alley

Dana - August 8, 2010 - 2:42 pm

Lacey tees lunch

MyLilyPie - August 8, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Stella’s Chutney…LOL

Karen S. - August 8, 2010 - 2:11 pm

Chestnut alley… i was at my parent without WIFI!!! in the mountains…. but i what i LOVE the most is that you recognize when your child says.. how much longer????… many parents don’t do that.. you are a good mom…. love my ’tilda jane’ as my only daughter calls it after 3 sons…. and she loves when we “match” the ’tilda jane’… good therMOMeter…good for you!

Sweetp6373 - August 8, 2010 - 2:10 pm

chestnut alley

Libbi - August 8, 2010 - 2:06 pm

how about chesnut alley!

gran - August 8, 2010 - 1:52 pm

chelsy latte or something latte, shelcy latte???? Oh my…. sorry you didn’t get up north.

mimi - August 8, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Maybe Gran it should be “A Chestnut Yell”, it has an A. Maybe you have it:)

gran - August 8, 2010 - 1:38 pm

or maybe elly chestnut???

gran - August 8, 2010 - 1:36 pm

how about yell chestnut??????

Annette M - August 8, 2010 - 1:35 pm

The one time I don’t check the blog in the morning. House full of colds and earaches, the last thing I want around is the computer.
Chestnut Alley is cute but love Field Trip so much more. Now, how do I convence a 4 year old that taking some pain pills will stop her ear from hurting?

mimi - August 8, 2010 - 1:29 pm

“All Chestnutey” Know this is not the right spelling. My creative juices never flow. [ha] Chestnut Alley sounds so much better.

Farah - August 8, 2010 - 1:27 pm

I already know what to order from the collection 2 (crazy me), I even sent some pictures to my trunk keeper!! where I got them from? well there all in the collection 1 pictures hidden:) I neeeeed them for my Ca trip in Oct. Hope I can get them by then!!!

Day to the Oh - August 8, 2010 - 1:26 pm

LOL Hey, hey, hey beautiful clothing!!! Family, church, you know, the weekend… I’ve come to balance MJC a little better in my life so I pop in and out. I wish I could stalk so I could catch every little thing, but I have to keep the peace around here too, you know! 😉 Glad you’re having fun for the both of us! Wonder if anyone has said the answer yet. I’m REALLY dying to know if it’s Chestnut Alley???? Hope you’re well, sweetie! xo

AmyE - August 8, 2010 - 1:20 pm

Denise, thanks for sharing how your creativity comes to fruition… I love that you will share the inside story. By the way, thanks for making Jesse – haven’t seen her in real life yet, but I did order her up and cant wait to see! Also, I love the phrase “creative juices!” One more thing, TK 197, Ashlee – she is totally amazing!

Farah - August 8, 2010 - 1:18 pm

We are all winers here, just to be in touch with you!
I have not checked the blog in 2 days and I missed all that, I wish if I read it earlier!!
I have a good excuse, it’s my wedding anniversary! And I had to promise my hobby to be internet sober for one whole day 🙂 I tell you it was a really long day…

Beautifulclothing - August 8, 2010 - 1:17 pm

I was wondering were you were day to the oh! I have been on the computer all day!

Day to the Oh - August 8, 2010 - 1:17 pm

p.s. I have been waiting to see this picture!!! So stinkin’ cute!!! Cindy told me all about it, especially since Katherine and I are gluten free buddies and she was surrounded by all the gluten food at the shoot. She of course had a blast nonetheless! That image is WAY cuter than I even imagined. Priceless. I’ll have to go tell her it’s finally up! xo

Lisa - August 8, 2010 - 1:13 pm

Chanteys tulle.

Day to the Oh - August 8, 2010 - 1:09 pm

Chestnut Alley!!! Are you kidding me? I’m away from the computer for a bit for some family time and I miss this? Hilarious!!! I would have got that hint in a heart beat considering that that was the name I came up with that made it to the Top 10 for the Holiday line in 2008!!! I got super close with it, but Peace by Piece beat me out, as it should have-adorable!!! Do I get ANY credit for that even though I’m too late to have guessed it first?!!! hee-hee 😉 PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if that’s the answer, that would be hilarious!?!? {wink-wink} COINKYEEDINK?

Emma's*Mommy - August 8, 2010 - 1:01 pm

lunch tye tales

Beautifulclothing - August 8, 2010 - 12:56 pm

Let’s eat lunch Collection! Latte’s a Lunch! A Lunch Tale, The tale of two lunches, Lunch with Chestnuts, Chestnuts for lunch, I can’t wait to find out the answer.

qnaemom - August 8, 2010 - 12:52 pm

Could it be Chestnut Alley??? love it all….:)

Tammy - August 8, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Well I worked on it but I see it posted already you girls are fast my guess was chestnut alley as well great work.

Heather H - August 8, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Awww, Chestnut Alley would have been precious — but Field Trip fits perfectly! 🙂

saoirse's mom - August 8, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Chestnut Alley.

Perchy - August 8, 2010 - 12:34 pm

TASTY EEL LUNCH probably would not have been too popular.

Taira - August 8, 2010 - 12:31 pm

BTW, that may be the cutest pic I’ve seen!!!

Farah - August 8, 2010 - 12:25 pm

Chestnuty Ella, i love this game:) you always makes us use our brains:)
Ella Chest nuty
Chestnut Alley

lisa - August 8, 2010 - 12:23 pm

Chanteys tulle

lisa - August 8, 2010 - 12:22 pm

Chanteys tulle ?

laura - August 8, 2010 - 12:22 pm

Chestnut Alley! Dang it. Next time I’ll look ahead at all the comments and not waste brain cells trying to figure out the word scramble. 🙂

Amie - August 8, 2010 - 12:21 pm

I love reading the stories behind the pieces! It is so fun getting an inside look. I adore your creativity and can’t wait for your next story!

irvhappy - August 8, 2010 - 12:21 pm

Chelsea L Nutty

Debra Stallings - August 8, 2010 - 12:12 pm

Chestnut Alley

K Squared Mommy - August 8, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Chestnut Yell 🙂

Farah - August 8, 2010 - 12:08 pm

Chestnut Alley, I even googled the web. It shows pictures of green Alleys and the pictures you took are in that chestnut Alley!!

Kristi - August 8, 2010 - 12:05 pm

Ahhh…this is driving me crazy!! ha ha…what about “Shelly cut Nate?”

Ashley Butcher - August 8, 2010 - 11:58 am

Chestnut Alley sounds like it could totally be the winner!

Kristi - August 8, 2010 - 11:51 am

Tea Style Lunch
Lunch Tea Style
Style Lunch Tea

Robin Chase - August 8, 2010 - 11:51 am

cheesy nuttal
salty tee lunch
tee salty lunch

lovedressingherinmj - August 8, 2010 - 11:45 am

Let’s Have Lunch!
Let’s Eat Lunchy!

Ashley Butcher - August 8, 2010 - 11:42 am

Lunch Style Tea

Holly's Mama - August 8, 2010 - 11:42 am

Apparently everyone else is guessing the same guess as me 🙁 I wish I would have come on your blog sooner and I should have looked at the responses before I posted. Oh well… That’s what happens I guess when I don’t check the blog for one day! I figured it is Chestnut Alley out of all the words I can make from those letters because there is a Chestnut Alley in England with beautiful trees and I know you would love it so I figured you would name your line after such a beautiful place. Maybe I’m wrong though. My hubby is from England so of course I think places in England are great! Also, I thought of chestnuts because it’s like the color brown you used in so many pieces this Fall. I have to tell you I LOVE those Thelma Ruffles! That was my surprise favorite.

AMANDA - August 8, 2010 - 11:42 am

Lace Hunt Style. Oh this has been fun!!!

Audiemomma - August 8, 2010 - 11:41 am

Lets eat lunch

love it!

Robin Chase - August 8, 2010 - 11:41 am

sorry, Kristi, not kristy!

Robin Chase - August 8, 2010 - 11:41 am

But we forgot the y kristy! hmmmmm

lets eat lunchy
lets eaty lunch

Kristi - August 8, 2010 - 11:40 am

Ooooo! ROBIN beat me! I just had Late Yet Lunch (with an extra s) and figured out to move the “s” to make “Lets eat Lunch” WAIT…that still doesn’t work!

basalicious - August 8, 2010 - 11:40 am

Chestnut Alley
Tea Style Lunch

Kelly S. - August 8, 2010 - 11:40 am

My guess is Chestnut Alley too…some of these other guesses are really great! I would hesitate to play Scrabble with some of you ladies.

Kristi - August 8, 2010 - 11:39 am

Ooooo! ROBIN beat me! I just had Late Yet Lunch (with an extra s) and figured out to move the “s” to make “Lets eat Lunch”

Robin Chase - August 8, 2010 - 11:36 am


JodiR - August 8, 2010 - 11:35 am

Um, let me guess……..wait for it……..Chestnut Alley!

Marla - August 8, 2010 - 11:33 am

okay. Since I don’t know how you are picking a winner…randomly or who guesses first. I am now going with either Chestnut Alley or Lunch Tea Style. My original guess was Lunch Layettes though. (Which I am pretty sure it’s not.)

Holly's Mama - August 8, 2010 - 11:30 am

My guess is Chestnut Alley.

piggymom - August 8, 2010 - 11:25 am

I’m sure it is probably chestnut alley, but I personally like Tall Cheesy Nut.

EllaSophie - August 8, 2010 - 11:19 am

Probably Chestnut Alley, but I figured you might like Nutella and named it Chesty Nutella. LOL.

Sashadvm - August 8, 2010 - 11:19 am

Well as soon as I saw the lizzy- I said I wanted s Finn skirt just like that in the plain green print and the pattern at the top-
do you have a prototype out there for me???

Kellie Perry - August 8, 2010 - 11:12 am

Aly’s Lunchette

Kellie Perry - August 8, 2010 - 11:02 am

Lunch Tea Style

kristin m. - August 8, 2010 - 10:53 am

Lunch Tea Style, Tea Lunch Style, Tea Style Lunch, Lunch Ate Style, Style Ate Lunch, Latte Yes Lunch, Lunch Yes Latte, Latte Lunch Yes, Yes Latte Lunch…..oh the possibilities!!!!

Mom2six - August 8, 2010 - 10:50 am

My guess would be Chesnut Alley too.. I live on Chestnut Lane, and think it’s a wonderful name! 🙂

kmdbm - August 8, 2010 - 10:41 am

The Lunca Style? 🙂

justamommy - August 8, 2010 - 10:38 am

Chestnut alley but darn there’s a ton of other answers! Eeeeek. I’m actually good at the unscrambles too LOL

Love the stories 🙂

Abby - August 8, 2010 - 10:36 am

The Alley Cats?

Maria - August 8, 2010 - 10:33 am

Well how about Steel NY Launch or Techy sell Tuna or Each Nutty Sell,Lene Yacht Lust, Eyelash Cult Tan

WhitleyKate's mom - August 8, 2010 - 10:30 am

Chestnut Alley seems to be the consensus here. I googled Chestnut Alley and saw some beautiful images!

mary - August 8, 2010 - 10:21 am

or Stella Chutney?

AmyH - August 8, 2010 - 10:19 am

I’m sure someone has it by now, but when I saw the 1st pictures, Dazed and Confused (the movie) came to mind!

mary - August 8, 2010 - 10:10 am

I think it’s Chestnut Alley, but I also came up with Tasty Eel Lunch, Yes,Latte Lunch! and Satchel Nutley. lol

smalltownjenny - August 8, 2010 - 10:06 am

Looks there have been some great guesses! I’m thinking it must be “chestnut alley”

MyLilyPie - August 8, 2010 - 10:05 am

The Luny Castle?? HAHA! I know..

tree*head - August 8, 2010 - 9:51 am

well…I am so late in the game…but I am guessing chestnut alley also….I tried to make something work with Satchel, and Estate but couldn’t figure out a word with the remaining letters.

AC's Mom - August 8, 2010 - 9:49 am

Too late-Chesnut Alley?

ccinar - August 8, 2010 - 9:49 am

Oh how I am late to the game as usual:) CHESTNUT ALLEY

twinsrus2005 - August 8, 2010 - 9:48 am

Tea Style Lunch?

twinsrus2005 - August 8, 2010 - 9:47 am

Lunch Tea Style

Christine Brunell Hammock - August 8, 2010 - 9:44 am

chesnut alley, latte for lunch

twinsrus2005 - August 8, 2010 - 9:43 am

Chestnut Alley in the park, maybe that is where the pictures where taken at?

JJM - August 8, 2010 - 9:43 am

whoops, someone already got it lol!!

JJM - August 8, 2010 - 9:42 am

Chestnut Alley???

Sashadvm - August 8, 2010 - 9:38 am

Oh darn I’m late- love anagrams- new that one right away! Chestnut alley

brittney - August 8, 2010 - 9:38 am

Did somebody will yet? I am still sitting here unscrambling, trying to find something else that would fit 🙂

Kim - August 8, 2010 - 9:35 am

Hmmm… Chelsea Nuttly, Chelsea Nultty, Lace Style Hunt, Eat Lunch Style….

lockr (Ramona) - August 8, 2010 - 9:35 am

Where is Chestnut Alley? Who lives there? or What is there? Oh, I know what’s there…..LOTS of CUTENESS that is a.k.a Field Trip.

MyLilyPie - August 8, 2010 - 9:35 am

Ye latest lunch? (I know…I’m stretching it a bit…lol)

AmieL - August 8, 2010 - 9:34 am

Chestnut Alley or Stanly the Clue lol.

Jamie Hicks - August 8, 2010 - 9:33 am

man I should have read first. I spent all that time unscrambling my 2 answers and they were already there, so I lost ahahahah.

Jamie Hicks - August 8, 2010 - 9:32 am

Chestnut Alley

Lisa Calvert - August 8, 2010 - 9:31 am

Lynette’s Lunch (yeah, I’m hoping for a typo, lol)

Amitha - August 8, 2010 - 9:29 am

I see that I am too late, but I will post anyway!
(Chestnut Alley) Love the Lizzy top even more now that I know the “story” behind her! :0)

lockr (Ramona) - August 8, 2010 - 9:27 am

Dang! You are all really fast. I was still sitting here playing with the letters…..I had Chutney Sale, which is completely ridiculous and didn’t use all the letters. I love the word Chestnut, but then again I think I love every word with a “nut” variation! Whenever I think of Field Trip, I think of my work because I’m a teacher. If I even whisper that special word the kids go NUTS!!!

Jamie Hicks - August 8, 2010 - 9:26 am

Stella CHutney

MyLilyPie - August 8, 2010 - 9:24 am

Lunchy estate?

MyLilyPie - August 8, 2010 - 9:23 am

Lunch Layettes?????

dawn reichelt - August 8, 2010 - 9:20 am

Chestnut Alley! Darnit…little to late and that is one thing that I am good at…unscrambling words LOL

R. Joy - August 8, 2010 - 9:17 am

Acorn Alley? Why chesnut alley? Am I missing something? Yes I am. coffee. 🙂

A&AM - August 8, 2010 - 9:08 am

oh no! my comments arent showing up!

Chesnut latte, latte style, Latte Lunch, tea lunch,

A&AM - August 8, 2010 - 9:05 am

stella Cheunty, cheunty stella, Chestnut Alley, chestnut Style, teach n style

Emily M - August 8, 2010 - 9:03 am

My posts are showing up so I thought I would try again – “Can They Tell Us” and “Eat Lunch Style”

sunny*girl - August 8, 2010 - 9:02 am

tea lunch style

jennjk - August 8, 2010 - 9:01 am

ST Launches yet

steely tea lunch


heather - August 8, 2010 - 9:01 am

Latte y lunches?

Beautifulclothing - August 8, 2010 - 8:59 am

The lunch with Style collection, Chestnut Latte, 😉

Christie - August 8, 2010 - 8:58 am

LOL I actually unscrambled and then read the posts…I was so proud lol! Chestnut Alley 🙂

gandn - August 8, 2010 - 8:50 am

Ugh—- no Z, I was playing with a Z instead of a C. 🙂

brittney - August 8, 2010 - 8:49 am

I know i had chestnut alley sitting on my piece of paper and my son cut his finger 🙁 Oh well.

Addiesmommy - August 8, 2010 - 8:49 am

***Chestnut Alley***

Beautifulclothing - August 8, 2010 - 8:45 am

The Chestnut Alley collection, The Alley of Chestnuts!

gandn - August 8, 2010 - 8:43 am

Style Hazelnut

gandn - August 8, 2010 - 8:43 am

Hazelnut Style

The Dancing Poet - August 8, 2010 - 8:41 am

Or how bout “Style Ate Lunch” lol

jenhel - August 8, 2010 - 8:39 am

chestnut alley but I see i am too late. Thank good for google rod unscrambler got chestnut and the rest was easy

Marla - August 8, 2010 - 8:38 am

yes ate lunch at

Beautifulclothing - August 8, 2010 - 8:37 am

Lunch on a Yacht, Entellus yacht, The taste of tea, The Chelsa Nuttley Collection! 😉

JJARMOM - August 8, 2010 - 8:36 am

Chestnut Alley!!!! Cool name 🙂

The Dancing Poet - August 8, 2010 - 8:35 am

Oh I think Carla won…Chestnut Alley sounds like a winner to me!

EmilyWood - August 8, 2010 - 8:33 am

Chestnut Alley?

Taira - August 8, 2010 - 8:32 am

Chestnut Alley!!!

Terese - August 8, 2010 - 8:29 am

sateen tulcy

Tracy - August 8, 2010 - 8:28 am

Teach or Teaches something maybe?? Help

Michelle - August 8, 2010 - 8:27 am

Thought of a few more: Ally Cutest Hen, Ally Chute Nest, Tall Cheesy Nut, Sally Tech Tune, Tall Cutesy Hen, Lastly Cute Hen, All Cutesy Then, Hat Uncle Style, Eat Lunch Style, Late Lunch Stye. Ok, I’m done. LOL

Taira - August 8, 2010 - 8:26 am

Think we need a few more hints…it’s Sunday morning after all!!!

Marla - August 8, 2010 - 8:24 am

Lunch Layettes???? Please!?!?

EmilyM - August 8, 2010 - 8:23 am

can they tell us

Michelle - August 8, 2010 - 8:22 am

Okay, that should have had commas inbetween the words, sorry. Alley Chestnut, Chase Ell Nutty, Chase Telly Nut, Lace Ethyl Nuts. There, that’s better.

EmilyM - August 8, 2010 - 8:20 am

Eat Lunch Style – LOL – still working on this…

The Dancing Poet - August 8, 2010 - 8:19 am

Chelsea Nuttly ???

Michelle - August 8, 2010 - 8:19 am

Alley Chestnut
Chase Ell Nutty
Chase Telly Nut
Lace Ethyl Nuts

Just a few guesses! 🙂

Carla - August 8, 2010 - 8:15 am

My earlier answers should have had commas between them, sorry. Chestnut alley, lunches y latte, chutney stella, stealthy uncle, unchastely let.

mom2curls - August 8, 2010 - 8:14 am

Lynette Schual…

Carla - August 8, 2010 - 8:06 am

Chestnut Alley
Lunches y latte (I know, not all english)
lunches yet ate
teach style (3 letters left out)

Permission Slip for my Field Trip - August 8, 2010 - 8:04 am

Sorry spelled it wrong Nutty chelsea

Permission Slip for my Field Trip - August 8, 2010 - 8:03 am

Nutty Chealsea or chealsea nutty

lovinglife - August 8, 2010 - 7:42 am

is it – Zig-Zag, Ziggie, Hippie Chick, Blast from the Past, Old School, Love Child…. Either way it is an awesome line! Great job.

R. Joy - August 8, 2010 - 7:39 am

T ? Lizzy? Alex? Acid Trip? Trippin’? Meow? The Cat’s Meow? Whatever it is, we love it!

Kate - August 8, 2010 - 7:38 am


fruit punch tulip - August 8, 2010 - 7:29 am

I think (like several others) it was as easy as “Fall 2010 – Collection 1”. Just a place holder until Field trip came to you. Or if you are into smaller titles – “FA10-1”. You could have named it anything and it still would still be Awesome. Great job yet again.

JJARMOM - August 8, 2010 - 7:29 am

Abbey Road or Daydream Believer!!!!!

Abby's mom - August 8, 2010 - 7:17 am

How about “Fall” or “Fall 2010”. Short and sweet. 🙂

irvhappy - August 8, 2010 - 7:10 am

Was it called “greenprint10” ?

rebel - August 8, 2010 - 7:07 am

bohemian rhapsody… 70’s flashback…. back to school 2010… F2010…. 2010 Fall….
Peace Love and Hippies…. Marsha Brady…. : ) I’m getting silly now! Ziggy … Twiggy…. Funky Town… jive…. Disco …Dancin’ Queen… trying to remember all my 70’s jargon!!! In the end… i just call it all smashing!

Laura - August 8, 2010 - 6:41 am

Was is Playing Hookie???

Taira - August 8, 2010 - 6:40 am

Or was it Primbrooke Lane…dang, can’t remember which one now 🙁

Amy - August 8, 2010 - 6:38 am

love all the backstories! thanks for sharing!! sharing does not make you seem “unprofessional” but it does make you seem that much more personable and likable! my guess for the collections first name is…”puppy love” or “maple leaf” or “fresh start” ooh, ooh, ooh, OR “warm 🙂
i really have no idea, but i just had to make a guess so i could have some kind of chance at winning a prize 🙂

colleen genovese - August 8, 2010 - 6:37 am

What about “fall 2010”? Could it be that easy? Probably not:)

luci - August 8, 2010 - 6:36 am

OK – Being the engineering I am, I would of done “2010 Fall/Winter Collection” to start until I was inspired. Easy to file and keep in order and find. Yes – broing, but that is my guess. OK – They have been up an hour and I have said “Just a minute 8 times.” HA!!!

Laura - August 8, 2010 - 6:36 am

Was it School Daze or Old School or Recess????

Permission Slip for my Field Trip - August 8, 2010 - 6:36 am

Okay, so I have a few…Late Arrival, Jamestown, Night Shift, School Crush, School Days, Homework, Horizon, Cuteness, Moving Day. Any of those??? Denise, I love your blog!

Emily M - August 8, 2010 - 6:16 am

Soul Sista!

Taira - August 8, 2010 - 6:13 am

May have already been guesses 100x’s, but my guess is Primrose Lane…your old street 🙂

Denise - August 8, 2010 - 6:13 am

Christine- You got close was gonna switch it to Pembroke lane before I ended up with Field Trip..but it’s not the correct answer. Sorry!!

MacKenzie Meyer - August 8, 2010 - 6:10 am

The Karma Line? Hmm.. Or maybe it was Picnic? or something about a lake… or a boat. Lake House? Boat Dock? Canoe? Ha I have no idea. Or maybe it was: Bon Voyage!
Or actually after looking at the picture above, maybe it was something related to dinner.. or thanksgiving dinner. Oh I give up! 🙂

dot+3 - August 8, 2010 - 6:06 am

School Days, Back to the Past, Groovy Green, those are my first thoughts… Haven’t read any posts, but I will now… I love the back stories. I don’t think it makes you unprofessional to make yourself real. I wish more people would do that!

kristin m. - August 8, 2010 - 5:58 am

Autumn (my daughter’s name!!) Vacation….Falling Back in Time….Road Trip 2010….?????

AC's Mom - August 8, 2010 - 5:55 am

I haven’t read the other posts becuase I want to guess on my own. Woodstock 2010 or Good Vibrations. 🙂 Love the Lizzy and my own secret is that I didn’t like it at all when I first saw it and then after lokking at it more and more it was a must have item on my list! Thanks for this awesome new season.

Mary Kay - August 8, 2010 - 5:53 am

Treasure the times your kids can spend with grandparents– those are cherished memories for everyone!! I am loving the MJ secrets & stories about each piece you have created & how they have come to be…. love how each one has a name & how you are so passionate about each and every one! A few guesses – passion, orange crush, harvest, harvest time, fields of fall, bus stop, school supplies, teacher’s pet, hippie, hippie shake, autumn mist. Just told my son, “just a minute,” so I am one one & the poor guy is just rolling out of bed!!!

mom2mir - August 8, 2010 - 5:51 am

Flower Child?!?! Please let that be it!!! I love everything from the first release and I can’t wait for #2.

Erin "the Pancake Makers Mom" Spencer - August 8, 2010 - 5:39 am

I also do seem to remember something about a boy from your past, but maybe im crazy!!! I’m going with the Alex Line. 1 other guess is hippie chic just because that was the first thing that came to mind when I saw FT. LOVE IT btw, off to the D to watch the Tigers fall apart after another awesome first half!!!

Ashley Butcher - August 8, 2010 - 5:38 am

How about 70’s groove, or Groovy, or Fall Funky Fun?? Just guesses. 🙂

Missy T - August 8, 2010 - 4:53 am

One more…after rereading all your blog posts..I am going with one of your favorite things….pink chair. The fall collection was going to be named “pink chair”.

Libbi - August 8, 2010 - 4:46 am

How about “bohemian rhapsody” I have no idea!!!!

Missy T - August 8, 2010 - 4:35 am

Ok a few more…Excursion, Fall Festival, Overseas, London Lovely. Oh how I would like to win.

Christine - August 8, 2010 - 4:26 am

How about your house? or your new cat at the time:) Moving?

ashley - August 8, 2010 - 4:26 am

more guesses…
Harvest Hitchhike
Harvest Hobo

Missy T - August 8, 2010 - 4:22 am

My guesses are London, Peru, Larkspur, Fall 2010, Insanity, Insomnia,The Denise,….am I close? Oh how I would like to win a blog contest.

jenhel - August 8, 2010 - 4:11 am

girls of paris.

dawn dangelo - August 8, 2010 - 4:03 am

Autum fun,fall festival,dream weaver no clue but love the name field trip

ashley - August 8, 2010 - 4:03 am

My guess would be Bus Stop!
if I can guess more than one idea…
-Pack a Lunch
-Composition Notebook
-or just “Notebook”
Love these contests!!

Elsa's_Mom - August 8, 2010 - 4:00 am

Love the Lizzy/Fin story! Anyway – did you originally name FT after one of your boy’s schools or a place they had taken a FT to? Can’t wait for my order to arrive and for phase 2! (and 3 and holiday!)

Laura - August 8, 2010 - 2:42 am

I think the name for the line might have been Hazey Days. As for Lizzie, when I arrived at the trunk show yesterday, that my daughter and I were planning for weeks to attend, we had our wishlist in hand. She fell in love with Lizzie. Then our trunk keeper informs us that all they have left is a 12. We wanted an 8. My Lily was bummed. Thankfully, our sweet trunk keeper sold us her sample and we got to take some MJC home with us that day. Lily was overjoyed, ” We never get to have our new clothes on the same day, momma! How fun!” We were so glad you designed Lizzie.

Teddi - August 8, 2010 - 2:09 am

I’ve got it….Good Morning My Cuteness <3
I just really want to win something!!!

Christine Brunell Hammock - August 8, 2010 - 1:25 am

What about Fairfield Manor or Pembroke Lane?

Christine Brunell Hammock - August 8, 2010 - 1:23 am

How about Puppy Love, Camp Watercolor, Around the World, Autumn Crush, ????? No matter the name, it’s love to me!

Mom2six - August 8, 2010 - 12:54 am

Playground, Recess, Swingin’, Dodgeball, Red Rover?!

EllaSophie - August 8, 2010 - 12:34 am

I am guessing “Fall 10” or “Fall 10 line”.

Teddi - August 8, 2010 - 12:33 am

Was it named from someone from your past?? <3 Or someone that is special to you??

Teddi - August 8, 2010 - 12:29 am

or maybe it was just Fall 2010 for 6 months until you thought of Field Trip…whatever it would’ve been called…i would’ve stilled LOVED it all!!

Teddi - August 8, 2010 - 12:27 am

hmm….i’m gonna go with Woodstock <3

MCT3Mommy - August 8, 2010 - 12:20 am

For some reason I am wondering if it was Harlow (such a cute dress btw) or maybe you were thinking about/planning your vacation to Paris at that time and named it Paris or something French. I really have no idea. Just thought these were good guesses.

LJ - August 8, 2010 - 12:12 am

My guess is “Fall 2010” or “2010F”.

A.Heng - August 8, 2010 - 12:11 am

My guesses are “Fall 2010 Designs”, “Fall 2010 Sketches” or “Fall 2010 Collection”. I know, not very original, but I can never come up with creative names if my life depended on it. 🙂 Sorry you didn’t get to go up North.

Katie M - August 8, 2010 - 12:11 am

that picture is too sweet

Hmm- how about Flashback since some of the prints are a bit 70’s or gettin ziggy with it LOL

Annette M - August 7, 2010 - 11:55 pm

Or American Pie

tree*head - August 7, 2010 - 11:51 pm

For some reason…Faygo (as in Root Beer) came to mind-lol

Annette M - August 7, 2010 - 11:49 pm

I’m going to guess something like Woodstock, 1969, lovebug, or daydream believer. But whatever the name, I love this collection.

lockr (Ramona) - August 7, 2010 - 11:40 pm

It was named………Hippie Days!

Niki Rowe - August 7, 2010 - 11:36 pm

Did you call it “hmmmmm”, or “leaves” or “abcd” or “123” “Craziness” or ” Ahhhhh!” OR maybe just something simple like “Fall 2010”?

Busy Bee - August 7, 2010 - 11:31 pm

Three Cheers

Busy Bee - August 7, 2010 - 11:24 pm


Victoria - August 7, 2010 - 11:22 pm

Hmmmm….Autumn Sunrise, Indian Summer, Apple Cider, Fall Harvest, Pumpkin Patch, Colored Leaves, Bonfire?

Busy Bee - August 7, 2010 - 11:21 pm

Lady and The Tramp

Busy Bee - August 7, 2010 - 11:20 pm

Bella Notte or Picnic in Paradise

tree*head - August 7, 2010 - 11:19 pm

Hmmm you called it….Hippy Chick, Bohemian Fall, Retro Vintage…

Robin Chase - August 7, 2010 - 11:16 pm

Haight and Ashbury

Amy M - August 7, 2010 - 11:15 pm

Oh I would guess… BTS 2010 (first release)… Vintage Days for the second release… and Holly Days for the third release….

Robin Chase - August 7, 2010 - 11:15 pm


Kerri Kennedy - August 7, 2010 - 11:13 pm

Field Trip? Ziggy? London?

Robin Chase - August 7, 2010 - 11:10 pm

Hmmmmm… I’m hoping since we think of hangers at the same time then I might be able to get this one!! Ha!
How about… schooled or Lucky Charms (what I’m eating right now) or…. Fall love
AHHH! Good luck to everyone! 🙂

Kerri Kennedy - August 7, 2010 - 11:06 pm


Darlene, Mom to Four Princesses! - August 7, 2010 - 11:04 pm

Pembroke lane, Road trip, star wars , trolls, LOL… Fall fun, 5650, 4610, mmmm.

Grizellie - August 7, 2010 - 10:49 pm

I am gonna guess that it was named for the 435 move?

*Twinkle*Toes* - August 7, 2010 - 10:39 pm

The breakfast club…… or recess…… or Picnic….. or Daydream believer or good morning my cuteness. Keep on Keeping on!

Kat Sojka - August 7, 2010 - 10:36 pm


keira's mom - August 7, 2010 - 10:29 pm

Back to School Blues! ; )

Jill - August 7, 2010 - 10:27 pm

Hippie Chick?

keira's mom - August 7, 2010 - 10:26 pm

How about Back to School 2 ?

Kelly J - August 7, 2010 - 10:25 pm

Ziggi Brown or Harlow…

Sweetp6373 - August 7, 2010 - 10:14 pm

You called it “Peru”?

J.Diddy - August 7, 2010 - 10:13 pm


JJARMOM - August 7, 2010 - 10:06 pm

Strawberry Fields Forever or Back in Time

Lqqkme2 - August 7, 2010 - 10:01 pm

A few more guesses :)….”AUTUMN”, “AUTUMN 2010”

Stephanie Potter - August 7, 2010 - 10:00 pm

Was it Joe Shampine, Gretchen’s crush, fall 2010, or maybe it was fall trip

sunny*girl - August 7, 2010 - 9:59 pm

fall collection…or maybe Ginger Cafe.

JJARMOM - August 7, 2010 - 9:58 pm

OK my hubby says flower power or gypsy something LOL

Kim - August 7, 2010 - 9:57 pm

Hmmm… maybe something a bit cheesy to begin with like Fall Fun? LOL Or easy like F10?

Lqqkme2 - August 7, 2010 - 9:57 pm

I’m gonna say “Love Bug” 🙂

Sweetp6373 - August 7, 2010 - 9:54 pm

Was it named Fall 2010? ha!

Courtney Puhl - August 7, 2010 - 9:54 pm

I’m also guilty of the ‘wait a minute’ crime…I’ll try not to say it tomorrow 🙂 How about Howard Johnson? Road trip? We’re you saving files about when Hammond Bay was coming out?

Chantena - August 7, 2010 - 9:54 pm

Lol, I totally understand the one minute thing my daughter is asleep on my lap as I type this :-)……..

But as for the Name: Retro Journey, Voryage, Vintage Fall, Vintage trip, Vintage dream, or Imagination. There is few of what I was thinking in my head, lol.

Ahh I cant wait for my Field Trip to arrive!

JJARMOM - August 7, 2010 - 9:48 pm

Four Seasons

Maria - August 7, 2010 - 9:47 pm

Hmm, I don’t have an idea for the name. Maybe you named it after one of your children? I would have had a hard time naming anything and I am sure I would come up with cheesey names!

Rachelle - August 7, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Hmmmm…. how about “Ziggy”??

Anissa - August 7, 2010 - 9:45 pm

A few more, Fall Retreat ’10, Nature Hike, Stars Aligned

Kristi - August 7, 2010 - 9:43 pm

I always say, “Hold on” and “1 second, please.” So, maybe you named it Patience? 🙂

Nance H - August 7, 2010 - 9:39 pm

Oh wait…maybe it was David’s crush for the name of a dress in the fall line??

JJARMOM - August 7, 2010 - 9:39 pm

Secret Travels

JJARMOM - August 7, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Secret Garden

Addie and Laurie's Mom - August 7, 2010 - 9:37 pm

I am really thinking it was probably “Goody Goody Gumdrops.”

Anissa - August 7, 2010 - 9:35 pm

Camp MJC, or Campout/Campfire 2010 or Hippie Chics or Peace,Love & MJC????

JJARMOM - August 7, 2010 - 9:32 pm

How about Time Travel?

LC - August 7, 2010 - 9:26 pm

Book Worm???????

Amber - August 7, 2010 - 9:25 pm

Oh my gosh – I must have said in a minute like a million times today – my poor kiddos! hmm…Fall 2010 name? How about Fall Picnic? I have no idea 🙂

The Dancing Poet - August 7, 2010 - 9:24 pm

Ok, cant get my comments to appear so here goes again… Either A. “Field Day”, B. “Homecoming”, C. “Class Act, D. “Homeroom”, E. Recess, or F. “Study Hall”, G. “Fields Of Gold” <–Loves me some Sting 😉

Nance H - August 7, 2010 - 9:24 pm

I remember you saying in a post that it was named after a guy….who I think you said was an ex-boyfriend! 🙂

JoAnne J. - August 7, 2010 - 9:23 pm

Can I just say “Thank you for putting a TK in Alaska :D!!” Totally awesome, and I cant wait to go to my FIRST show soon. After years of buying, I have never been able to actually see the clothes in person before buying. The military moved me to Alaska, and I am PSYCHED! So Thanks!! And I also love hearing about how the clothes “come to life” Its fun! My guess for the name is “Road Trip”

Kelli in Texas - August 7, 2010 - 9:22 pm

I think it was “FIELD OF DREAMS”, if you sew it, it will sell. :)Sorry, I’m a dork! Love all the stories, it’s fascinating to read! Thanks!

Ashley - August 7, 2010 - 9:21 pm

Hmmm how about Groovy Girl…or something like that since it has somewhat of a 70s vibe?!

kaitlyn - August 7, 2010 - 9:21 pm

I love reading about these “secrets,” and can’t wait to receive my FT order! As to what FT was originally called, I have no idea…Fall 2010???? LOL 🙂

Alison S - August 7, 2010 - 9:15 pm

I’ll go with “gabe” the little love of your life 🙂 Thanks for the “guts” it’s so entertaining to hear the backstories and puts so much more meaning into each piece. Very similar to when a singer/songwriter tells you the inspiration for their song, makes that song mean so much more. 🙂

The Dancing Poet - August 7, 2010 - 9:11 pm

Oh and before I go to bed let me try a few others…I like guessing games LOL. “Homeroom”, “Study Hall”, or “Recess”. I’m going with a school theme…can ya tell? 😉

The Dancing Poet - August 7, 2010 - 9:08 pm

Hmmmm…how many guesses can we take?? If we can have multiple ones then I would go with either A. “Field Day”, B. “Homecoming”, or C. “Class Act”.

BrewCrew - August 7, 2010 - 8:58 pm

Maybe something ingenious like, Fall2010??

KellyBallerina - August 7, 2010 - 8:57 pm

How about “Karma?” Sending good vibes out into the world is an excellent description of Field Trip!

A Few Secrets

It seems we are off to a pretty good Field Trip but yes, I am still nervous as always.  I’m really trying to convince David to go up north on Monday but he seems to think the computer can’t function without him.  Hmm.. maybe I should let him know the reason they invented laptops. Yes, so one can travel with computer in hand. And afterall, it is tradition. We go up north every summer since Joe was a babe.  okay I will stop talking about me and start talking about MJC. I know right now it is a lot more exciting than me begging David to go up north.

Man, I miss this girl. She seriously is such an amazing lil’ sprite and obviously with amazing parents. I guess I shouldn’t say obvious cuz I can vouch for that, we met them and loved them.

Now I am gonna tell you a few secrets of MJC and promise not to laugh.

The first being, I love this photo. I love everything about it and yes, that include my sweet Joe and lil’ Gabe in the background. So of course, why would I not use it as the image insert that goes in the invites. It makes perfect sense…TO ME.  Afterall, I always say go with your gut and most of the time I am right. And when I feel I am right, I usually will not back down. Well, Lynette saw what I had chosen and she pretty much thought it was a bad idea. My response, “I love it and I am using it.” Then I walk away with attitude (cuz I hate even the thought that I may be wrong).  I settle down and go back to her desk, she explains she is just worried about it selling out and everyone seeing it in the invite. Okay, that makes sense, but I still love it and I know you will love the outfit. I know this because last season when we ran the trial run of Raven. You all raved (ha, that is supposed to be funny..and I am starving right now so not sounding too funny).  And this season I ordered well over 4x from last. So I am good and I’m sticking with my gut on this one.  Off to the printing press it went.

The second secret being Matilda Jane has made some real ugly things in the past.  Hey, we gotta try new pieces so you don’t get bored of us. I had a vision with Anna and she was gonna be a hit. Well, that didn’t happen so much when we saw her in person. I think we both laughed and Lynette looked at me with that “What the *%#$ were you thinking?’ Some times my vision isn’t always brought to fruition (big word for me, eh?). But the fabric was ordered in limited quantity and the production was scheduled and  I wasn’t gonna give up on her yet. Afterall, she was  a trial piece and she deserved a chance to win your hearts. Though we so both thought she was hideous.  We went back to the hotel, pondered it a bit, knew we had already paid for fabric and worked it out. I wish I still had the sketch on the hotel notepad. You would die! We handed it over and voila’ she was back on the production line.  We didn’t order a lot of her fabric because we just weren’t sure how she would turn out.  And at first, she was not cute AT ALL (see the original Anna above).   But  guess what? You guys fell in love and I am so excited. Sad, that she will have to experience all the drama that raven caused last year but happy she’ll be able to make another season with us as Jesse has!  But boy do we have lots of other cute tops in collection 1 so don’t give them the cold shoulder 🙂  And collection 2…..WOW.  Wait til you see.

The third secret being sometimes I just don’t think. And truth be told, I don’t. I trust my gut instinct and follow my heart. That is who I am and who I have always been. Luckily I have David and Lynette to thinking logically. A great example would be Platinum. Platinum is so my gig. Okay,becoming Sam’s gig too. So when we took over pulling shows last week, I thought “hey, let’s get rid of these extra’s bins of clothes by putting them in orders”.  We had so much fun. It was awesome. Now,  had I thought about it I would have realized I may be hurting feelings of those who example  maybe ordered at the sale or what not cuz they did not get the extra. But seriously, it was  a complete random act of kindness and it was great!  And I did not mean for anyone to feel hurt or left out. It’s so weird to be in a situation like this. I love writing little notes and randomly surprising people but I hate hurting feelings. Hmmmm I am gonna have to go with my gut though…and that is tough.

Now I am off to try to convince David we can go up north.  I promise he will have his laptop and can continue working.  And me? We have been making a few real cool treats for yo guys and I can work on them the entire car ride there and back.

PS and jsut to be cleared David added that smiley face thing. Mine would have been much cuter..what is that, a square smiley face…ewwww

Day to the Oh - August 17, 2010 - 8:13 am

So my girls make me come back here so they can see all the cute pix of Katherine! They adore her and her brother and sister too. She is everything you say she is and more! It’s one of things where you meet people so great and then don’t see them again for so long and miss them like they were family because they touched you so. That’s how they live their life. Good peops! Just like you. It’s no wonder you got along so well. Keep up the good work MASTA!!! 😉 xoxo

Wendy Knafelc - August 11, 2010 - 2:50 pm

I love that you do random acts of kindness. It just goes to show what a beautiful person you are inside. And remember, someday, someone will get their random act of kindness from you. But front and center….random acts of kindness come from the heart and you always, always speak from the heart, whether it’s from your words in your blog, or the clothes that you create. It’s why I love MJC so much. When you open a box, you can feel the love spill out!
Wendy Knafelc

Mary R. - August 8, 2010 - 5:08 pm

I fell in LOVE with the Anna top at first sight! I love it and am so happy you didn’t give up on her!
I also want to thank you for the ‘extras’ included in my boxes! My Platinum orders arrived while we were vacationing in Key West (their annual Lobster Fest — YUM-O!!!) and the first thing I did when we arrived home just a few hours ago was to RIP INTO THE BOXES! It was such a surprise to see such gorgeous goodies packed in with my other pretties! It was a wonderful surprise and such a random and kind gesture on your part! Just one of the many reasons we love Matilda Jane!
Hope you are able to head up North for some R&R with your boys! :o)

Lolli - August 8, 2010 - 9:38 am

Just wanted to tell you THANK YOU for my “goodies”. It was wonderful to open the box and see what was waiting inside besides the Platinum pieces I had ordered. It was an extremely sweet, random, act of kindness! 🙂
Thanks to ALL of your team for their hard work the past couple of weeks!

Carson’s Lolli

Sara - August 7, 2010 - 8:39 pm

I love your kind heart, Denise!

Anna&PrestonMommy - August 7, 2010 - 7:22 pm

I have a 3-year-old, & her name is Anna! So, of course, I fell in love with the “Anna” top! Unfortunately, it was sold out before my show yesterday evening 🙁 I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the stuff I did get, though!! Can’t wait for it to come, and I am so excited to see what comes out with the next release! Thank you MJ for making these awesome clothes!!

Hillbilly Jane - August 7, 2010 - 6:04 pm

Sometimes I don’t have to have the winning Powerball ticket to feel soooo lucky! Why…because my foxy 4 year-old has been sporting the Raven all Spring and Summer and in the fall she will be rocking the Anna (as well as 7 other pieces). Thanks for these great clothes Denise!!!

Belle - August 7, 2010 - 1:47 pm

Denise, their are two main reason I buy from MJC. One is you are one of the most generous business women I have come across. Second is the cutest clothes around. Like, i have said before I will continue to buy until there is no clothes to buy. Enjoy your weekend~

Elisabeth - August 7, 2010 - 10:37 am

I thought that Starbucks was my main addiction and now I have to say I am addicted to Starbucks and Matilda Jane. I now have to buy 2 seasons ahead because the closet is FULL!!!

Elisabeth - August 7, 2010 - 10:37 am

I thought that Starbucks was my main addiction and now I have to say I am addicted to Starbucks and Matilda Jane. I know have to buy 2 seasons ahead because the closet is FULL!!!

Vera - August 7, 2010 - 9:48 am

I’m just beginning to discover your amazing clothing!!!!! Gorgeous! I could spend hours browsing…..they are all beautiful!

Melissa Kaufman - August 7, 2010 - 8:51 am

Hi Denise!

Do you have any more of the skirts the covergirl is wearing?!?! I saw it one day pop up on Platinum and was not quick enough to get it! I have really enjoyed all the left over 435 goodies we got on Platinum but next year I am coming to the art fair!! That way I can see you all again and also SHOP!! I can’t believe how much you have grown since I was a TK. I miss being a part of the MJ crew! It is such an awesome company! Just had a show with Christy (who is awesome!) and can’t wait to get everything! We always get tons of compliments wherever we go when the girls are wearing MJ. Hope you have a nice relaxing trip. 🙂

JodiR - August 7, 2010 - 6:41 am

Denise! Thank you for all of the kind things that you do. They are much appreciated! I hope you get to go up North and have fun.

gran - August 7, 2010 - 6:37 am

Hoping you and your family are up north today relaxing and enjoying………

*Twinkle*Toes* - August 7, 2010 - 5:20 am

This is another reason “I LOVE Matilda Jane” your the whole package… Great clothing…. Great people…… Great LoVe…… pass it on……. keep it up soul sister!! We are glad you have stuck with it because we reap all the all the benefits!!

gandn - August 7, 2010 - 2:58 am

I think it is so sad you have been made to feel like you have to come on here and apologize for doing something nice. You did a nice thing, you surprised quite a few people, thrilled them really—-so hold your head high.

Becky M. - August 6, 2010 - 10:13 pm

I didn’t order any Platinum, but the second I heard about the “extras” the first thing I thought was that it was a very “Denise” thing to do. (You’ve been doing stuff like that for as long as I can remember!) I figured you were thinking about the smiles that would break out when people opened their boxes and that probably made you giddy. VERY sweet. You brought sunshine to many people’s days and you should feel great about that. 🙂

Renee - August 6, 2010 - 9:01 pm

Denise – please keep all the beautiful clothing coming and continue to be honest and true to yourself, and your blog. We met briefly at 435 when you were working the back room. I told you that I appreciated your blog and that I loved your honesty. And I think this is a fantastic image – I am a huge fan of good foreground and background depth of field. Keep it coming!! 🙂

Laura Ann - August 6, 2010 - 8:59 pm

Wow, I did not know about this but I think it is so wonderful that you did this and my feelings are NOT hurt at all. I believe that you can NEVER outgive and I try to go above and beyond daily in my career as a High School Assistant Principal. It feels so good to see a kids smile after a random act of kindness, matter of fact just might be one of my favorite things to do.

Today, WOW…must have been crazy for you guys. Got a call from my TK that the Anna was sold out and people at my party did not get it, but I did. Well…..there is NO way I can keep that knowing that others were not able to get it that really wanted it. My TK asked me to call her back and I did in about 15 minutes with a solution. Mine was secure, but I have decided to GIVE it to a friend that really wanted it for her DD that is also a size 4. My sweet Emma will not have one and yes we bought things that match it and we really loved it, but WE WILL SURVIVE and we will also make another Mommy and little girl SUPER HAPPY and that is what it is all about, right? I am saddened by the fact that people are ugly about all of this. Thank you for all that you do and that every single person at 435 does to make a life a little more enjoyable.

*TKJT* - August 6, 2010 - 8:24 pm

I ordered TONS of sale stuff and didn’t have $ for Platinum at the end of July. I was SO happy to get the sale items and my feelings weren’t hurt at all! LOL I did order Platinum a few days ago and again am not expecting anything extra…ordered what I loved 😉

Don’t let people change you! You will NEVER make everyone happy so just do what makes YOU happy and don’t worry about anyone else! The only person you have to live with is yourself (well David and the boys too LOL).

Kirsten - August 6, 2010 - 8:03 pm

D – I went to a FT party today and LOVED it!!!! From the online lookbook and I had only chosen 2 pieces from the first collection but when I got to the trunk keeper I just went crazy!!! It was all so cute and even better in person! My husband had been really really hopeful that I was only getting 2 pieces (sorry hubs I tripled that…), there was just too many good pieces, plus I had to get a few extras to pair with the second collection! You have an amazing eye and I will really be so sad when my daughter grows out these clothes!

AC's Mom - August 6, 2010 - 7:55 pm

Thanks so much for the extra’s!!! I was so excited to get the extras and what an incredible generous act!!! Love the anna-so glad I got one!!!

For the negative comments-please ignore them. There seem so be some poor sports which is really sad because they should just be happy for someone and not be so concerned about me, me, me and why didn’t I get more. Seems silly coming from some people who have won several blog prizes to rain on your parade. Shame on them!!

Thanks MJC gals!!!!!!

dot+3 - August 6, 2010 - 7:39 pm

I didn’t get any extras… It would have been fun, but how could I be unhappy when I’m looking at some of the cute pieces I ordered??? I was disappointed that one of my things was sold out, but hey, that gave me money to spend on Field Trip!!! I hope my Anna order went through, but if it didn’t, I’m sure I’ll find something in the second collection… My sweet girls already know to ask if they were able to get their favorite pieces, because they understand that you guys may have run out… If THEY can understand, I have to be able to!!!

Holly's Mama - August 6, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Dear Denise – I haven’t read through the comments yet so I don’t know what anyone else has said but I love your random acts of kindness and I hope you never stop them. I ordered something from Platinum last week and haven’t received my order yet so I am not just saying this because I got some “extras.” If I get some great, if not that’s fine too. Please keep being the same wonderful, spontaneous and “unpredictable” person we all love. That’s what keeps me coming back. It makes me sad that your wonderful acts of kindness have turned into a huge drama. Don’t let it get you down and keep up the good work!

christie - August 6, 2010 - 7:14 pm


Heather H - August 6, 2010 - 6:50 pm

DO NOT let people get you down for following your heart! You are an amazing woman who runs an amazing business. 🙂

Melody in AZ - August 6, 2010 - 6:50 pm

PS – DONT READ FACEBOOK UNTIL MONDAY 🙂 Have a nice quiet weekend!

Elizabeth H - August 6, 2010 - 5:58 pm


I want to thank you for the freebies I received! I was having the worst week at work and when I saw the big box from MJC my heart just went wild! My daughter & I had so much fun opening it up to find our extras! We happened to get a halter she already has so she decided to take it to daycare to give to one of her friends who has no Matilda Jane Clothing. She is only 3- I was so proud of her! Pay it forward! Thanks again!

DawnJ - August 6, 2010 - 5:56 pm

I am totally agree with Keira’s Mom! I heard about all the bonuses being thrown in the orders and thought it was so cool! An amazing Random Act of Kindness for sure! Of course it is always wonderful to get a surprise, however, it just doesn’t happen to everyone all of the time. I can’t believe that people are upset that they didn’t get “bonuses”. What is it with the sense of Entitlement? I bet that is not what you were going for with this one. So sorry that people are even mentioning this to you, Denise, I would see it more as, “OMG, that is so awesome, I heard that you threw in some extras for people…How cool! You ROCK!!!” Don’t know why people can’t just be happy for others and get past the selfishness. Hugs to you and all the crew at 435. I know you have all been working so hard, so go relax and schedule that AC installation! You’ve done an amazing job…take a weekend to relax!

Tara - August 6, 2010 - 5:50 pm

I think this is what makes Matilda Jane even more unique. The fact that you care and that there are only a select number of pieces. I didn’t get Anna, even though I wanted it, but I knew that was probably going to happen because I spent the last two days at the beach instead of calling my Trunk Keeper like I should have! 😀 That said, I got over it very quickly and ordered something special for my daughter and myself and cannot wait to get them. I hope you were able to talk David into coming up North, I’m up here in Petoskey and it’s been absolutely beautiful!

cct - August 6, 2010 - 5:45 pm

First of all, the little girl in the first picture is adorable! I love the dress she is “holding.” So… I am a new addict:) I have been following a little over the last few weeks. I just want to say how incredibly amazing Denise is! Most clothing designers/owners wouldn’t even take the time to respond to costumers AT ALL! I am so impressed that she does these sweet random acts of kindness. I am also, surprised at how people act when they can’t have what they want. Holy cow, things get pretty heated on FB! Anyways, I just want to say thank you to Denise for being so giving and generous. Your clothes are amazing and you are awesome!

mimi - August 6, 2010 - 5:37 pm

Denise, I can honestly tell you that I get so much pleasure from ordering, and seeing my little grand girls in your clothing. The idea of a UPS tracking number always brings a smile, and that’s without any freebies in my package. No one ordered last week expecting anything but a wonderful piece of clothing, and I’m thankful to never be disappointed. Always follow your heart.

Debra Stallings - August 6, 2010 - 5:36 pm

I can not believe anyone’s feeling are hurt. Are you kidding me!!!! People, Denise, is the most generous person and those who got some extras Good for Them! Jealously is a dangerous sad thing. People be happy for others and STOP being selfish and jealous. DENISE DONT LET SOME PEOPLE’S HURTFUL COMMENTS MAKE YOU FEEL BAD. This is your business and you can run it like you wish and you do a damn good job!!!

Jamie Hicks - August 6, 2010 - 5:25 pm

Denise-it was very sweet of you to randomly add extras. Stinks feelings got hurt but I’m sure people know that was not your intention. My one shirt from platinum due Monday is 2lbs, seems heavy to me, but I’ll still be happy even if there aren’t extras.

The Anna, le sigh, I love her and don’t think I got her, but again, as Lynette and I discussed today, how would you know a season ahead before we can even see what you’re dreaming of what we are going to flip over. I’m sad but still looking forward to the other pieces I got (I hope, no conf. yet ahahah).
Go relax up North!

Darlene, Mom to Four Princesses! - August 6, 2010 - 5:17 pm

Denise, you are indeed a very special person, I cannot tell you how shocked I am after you pretty much poured out your heart and thoughts to have people still taking stabs at you… ignore them. People can be so childish… My show isn’t unitl the 10th and I am sure things will be gone, but we will get what we can get and will still be happy. Thank you for all you do! And NOONE should expect something… like you said it was RANDOM! People should understand that…Thank you Thank you!! I cannot say it enough! Darlene.

Alison S - August 6, 2010 - 5:07 pm

PS hope you get to take your trip North!

Alison S - August 6, 2010 - 5:06 pm

I’m so in love with platinum stuff it’s a little scary 😉 seriously though I can go in my dd closet and it just makes me happy. If it was socially acceptable (and I had no boobs HA) I would so be wearing her knot tops/dresses and ellie halters & roundabouts. Thank you for making such unique, beautiful pieces! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Melody in AZ - August 6, 2010 - 5:05 pm

Don’t ever change Denise! I’m bummed about Anna but now that I know the story I fully understand and get it! So many other amazing things to buy. I didn’t get any extras and i’m not bummed. Being generous is not always planned and you can’t please everyone, hence my statement don’t every change.

Can’t wait for my show in az tomorrow.

lockr (Ramona) - August 6, 2010 - 5:03 pm

Denise, I don’t think you’ll ever be able to please everyone so I think you should keep doing what you’ve been doing (following your gut). The freebies in the platinum orders was a very thoughtful, spontaneous, and wonderful surprise. Can you imagine all the smiles you brought to others (including me)? I’ve been riding the MJ high since Homegrown and I don’t think it will stop any time soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As Joe Dirt says….”Keep on, keepin’ on!” and “Life’s a garden, dig it, make it work for you.” Now you all know the odd sense of humor I have……bwwaaaaahhhhhahhhhaaaaaahaaaaaa

Annette M - August 6, 2010 - 5:02 pm

Denise please don’t change a thing. I ordered and didn’t get a gift and I’m am completely fine with that. Those who expect gifts shouldn’t get gifts.
I’m just so grateful that we have some work right now so I am able to order. It’s been a loooong year.

momofapipsqueak - August 6, 2010 - 4:53 pm

Go up north, take a break- spend time with your family before school starts… the kids grow up too fast. Tell David if the site crashes we will all gripe and moan and he’ll be able to fix it somehow- if you miss time with your kids- it’s just gone. I work with the elderly…. my 99 year old friend would tell you to go hang out with the family for the weekend 🙂

keira's mom - August 6, 2010 - 4:51 pm

Oh my gosh, you should never feel the need to apologize for doing something so sweet, generous & spontaneous! It was a very kind gesture and that anyone would even voice their disatisfaction that they did not receive “free items” is just crazy to me! It was a random act of kindness for goodness sake! You cannot be expected to have to give everyone who adores MJ a freebie to make it all “even”. I’m sorry you feel bad or feel the need to even say this! As for the sell-outs, there are more items to come & it’s only clothing and nothing to get all upset over. Sure I’ll be disappointed to not get everything I wanted, but not angry! It’s just clothing!! Don’t sweat it and go have a great time up north!!

A.Heng - August 6, 2010 - 4:51 pm

I just love the Anna. Glad I am getting one. Hope for a Spring Anna. 😉 You have a kind heart and unfortunately you can’t please everyone. I didn’t get any freebies, but that is how life works. Hope you get to go up North and relax.

Lily - August 6, 2010 - 4:48 pm

I just discovered your wonderful clothing in July and I have to say you have me hooked. That was awesome to get my Platinum orders with goodies (totally justified to my fiance about spending his money lol). REMEMBER: You can’t make everyone happy, even though you want to. For those of us who purchased Platinum we really did appreciate that you thought of us, and wanted to share the MJC love.

Isabella's Mom - August 6, 2010 - 4:47 pm

You all are the best!!!!

Meredith Klobucnik - August 6, 2010 - 4:47 pm

Thanks for being you because it’s ‘you’ who started it all and I have loved MJ from day 1!

Thank you for mentioning the ‘freebies’ as my feelings were a bit hurt as I was one who wasted many many hours at the start of the sale and then wasted another hour later in the day only to get part of what I wanted. I had hoped maybe I would get a magnet or pen or some little treat in that sale box but I didn’t…I was bummed. My husband didn’t let me buy anything since the sale since I was eagerly waiting for Field Trip so I didn’t get any of these goodies I keep hearing about…I am jealous I must admit.

Um yeah love the Anna, you should make more of it and make it all in baby sizes because I am disappointed a lot of FT doesn’t come in small ‘month’ sizing.

Definitely want to say it’s a beautiful line and I hope you keep at it and make more of it to avoid sell outs the first day because that’s a bummer. I am hosting a show tomorrow, bought goodies and drinks with lot’s of shoppers ready to shop only to hear ‘that’s sold out’. I am bummed.

Kim - August 6, 2010 - 4:41 pm

I can’t see how giving someone a surprise or a random act of kindess could ever be seen as a bad thing. I’d rather spend my life being happy for people and being grateful for the good things that happen than spend precious moments being bitter. Everyone wakes up every day with a choice on how to live that day. I think it’s great that you choose to live by your gut – I like to think I roll like that too 🙂

J.Diddy - August 6, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Thank you for being honest on everything. Really, that is all we want. I can say *I* personally was never jealous of the extras in platinum, but honestly, it does suck when i think about it because i drove a long way to get to 435…and i didnt get anything for free there. Matter of fact, I was overcharged $30. With that said, Its quite shocking to see people get 13, yes 13 things free after only ordering two…and some of those pieces i left at 435 in hope to get later since i couldnt afford it all then. Anyways, just a little perspective. Sharing the wealth a little might be a cooler idea, i mean, people get so excited to get one free thing….imagine how many people could have been surprised! With that said, i wasnt mad, but its just something that DID make us all scratch our heard for sure, and i completely understand why some were really hurt.
On the anna….we knew it was going to be a hit…i knew it…its gorgeous. im sure some people are going to be upset, but it is indeed gorgeous.

Anyways, just keep it real. And, if you ever have a question on if something is cute, you can ask me. i pretty much predicted the items that SO and its proving true, good taste i guess….haha 🙂

mom2curls - August 6, 2010 - 4:34 pm

I just have to say that you as a person and as a company have gone above and beyond anything that I have ever seen!!! The charities you donate to, the random acts of kindness, the incredible customer service just to name a few are outstanding!!! Sometimes you can’t please everyone but it is the thought that counts! I can say I never win contests or get anything for “free” but this past week not only have I received some of the most beautiful treasures for my little girl to wear but I am also able to give, share the love as you say, other items even some of the “extras” with others whom I know don’t have them…Thank you again!!!!Have a safe wonderful trip up North!!!

Ana - August 6, 2010 - 4:33 pm

Denise, thanks so much for the extras I got with my orders
Lola will look amazing in it
THANK you! and thumbs up again and again for my amazing TK Carrie – making me happy every season!

WhitleyKate's mom - August 6, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Denise~ You are an amazing woman with a huge heart! I am not only in love with your clothing, but with everything that MJ stands for! I’m sorry for any hurt words that you receive. I cannot think of any other company that would surprise so many people with such generous gifts. Your “gift” in my platinum order was so unexpected and wonderful. It was the only gift I received on my birthday! WOW…how did you do it? Go with your heart. You can’t make everyone happy all the time. No one should ever “expect” anything. You gave us the gift of the sales, and you didn’t have to do that. You truly deserve that trip north (David, are you reading this???) Hugs!

Wendy - August 6, 2010 - 4:30 pm

Hahaha, let me tell you, I just KNEW you didn’t put that smiley face in there.

I love that you sent extras. Have to admit that I got FIVE of the sprite tanks so far, and that makes me giggle like you would not believe. So yeah, I could tell it was a random act of kindness. I am loving all the Platinum that I ordered, and the extras are just the cherry on top. Thank you for sending them!

Missed out on the Anna because I was so dumb and didn’t listen to my TK, waited to order until after 3pm – oops. But I am so looking forward to the 2nd release, there are some things I am drooling over, and I am LOVING the Gretchen that I ordered today.

Farah - August 6, 2010 - 4:24 pm

I will be so honest with you Denise, we did get a bit hurt. some of the mothers I know also feel like they have been neglected. They love and adore MJC as much as all your clients.
We keep reading on fb how many moms had gotten these goodies. You can not help but thinking (hey what about me)?

Natalie - August 6, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Oh and Lizzy…what happened to Lizzy?!?! That was the fav for my Kenzlie and it’s gone now already too 🙁 Maybe you can bring that one back with Anna…

Natalie - August 6, 2010 - 4:16 pm

K, so you can totally go up north, but only if you somehow find me a size 8 of Anna. 😉 My Kambrie started crying when I told her it was sold out. It was what she wanted most of all, and I was putting in my order today too, just a bit too late I guess 🙁 SO SAD!!

Leslie Bunt - August 6, 2010 - 4:10 pm

Hey, Denise. Wow, bless your heart, you should not feel bad. I love that you put the extras in, and yes I did receive one, but honestly I thought it was so amazingly cool that you did it before I even had any idea I might get one(and totally squealed and jumped up and down…my husband thought I was crazy). I have never heard of a company doing that, and that is what sets you apart.I love that it was random and that you were able to bless so many people with such a special surprise and I loved the hand writen note. I mean, wow, really??? It was undeserved, and a pure gift. That is why you are “an unpredictable” clothing company. I think people get so obsessed with stuff that they can’t see straight. You can’t make everyone happy, and I hope you can get some rest. I just prayed that the Lord would bless you abundantly for your kindness, attention to detail, genuine care for your customers, and just being so giving with the amazing sale and other things. I have heard of your kindness to others, like Kelly from Kelly’s Korner and others and well, you just keep being you. You can’t control the reactions of others and you can’t know for sure what will sell out and won’t. I cannot even imagine trying to decide that. Well, anyway, I cannot imagine your stress right now. Bless your heart! Again, may God bless you greatly for your kindness!

Sophia's Mom - August 6, 2010 - 4:05 pm

First off….Field Trip is gorgeous and I wish I could buy it all! Secondly…the extras that were put in everyone’s boxes who ordered Platinum was wonderful and generous beyond words. It was seriously like Christmas at my house for me and my daughter. I have never been SO addicted to something in all my life….Matilda Jane is wonderful and so are you Denise (and all the ladies at 435). Thank you so much for sharing your talents with all of us:)

Shannon Willcutt - August 6, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Love, love, love everything…got my order confirmation today, and I am just SO excited!! Cannot wait to get these beautiful clothes…and cannot wait for the other releases!! The extras in my platinum orders were awesome…like there was so e.s.p. going on or something…my packages made me and my girls’ days!! Thank you for being who you are!!

jill s - August 6, 2010 - 3:56 pm

i say don’t ever stop going with your heart!

and don’t apologize for anything you do that comes from your heart.

as your business grows there will always be hurt feelings from something. it’s life.

you are amazing. and you inspire me.