Voting begins on Friday!

Yes, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 or 12 and will have them revealed on Friday.ย  Come right here to the blog to see these amazing entries.ย  Then, once you’ve had a chance to view them all, you can cast your vote by visitingย  Details to come.

-David and Denise

Lisa M - May 25, 2010 - 6:25 am

Oooh is it Friday yet??? Darn, only Tuesday! Can’t wait to hear the results!!

Farah - May 20, 2010 - 3:28 pm

I know it’s not Friday, but why I keep coming here?

Katie M - May 20, 2010 - 10:39 am

is it Friday yet?!?!?!?

Farah - May 19, 2010 - 12:00 pm

I feel like I’m waiting for my exam results ๐Ÿ™‚

tree*head - May 19, 2010 - 10:44 am

ooo-can’t wait!!

Michele Joy Williams - May 19, 2010 - 6:47 am

I guess until then I will have to focus on inviting more people to the trunk show I am hosting this Thursday:)! I hope y’all are having a wonderful week:)!

Leah Godfredson - May 19, 2010 - 6:36 am

Friday, friday, friday…Get here, please. At least now I can stop hitting refresh on your blog like a monkey on crack.

Katie M - May 18, 2010 - 9:26 pm

2 and a half days- just 2 and half more days – I can do it – I know I can – I just have to stop logging on here to check for more updates or sneak peeks!

Jamie Hicks - May 18, 2010 - 8:26 pm

eeeeeep! Come on Friday! So jazzed to see who are in the top 10…or 12 ๐Ÿ™‚

Holly's Mama - May 18, 2010 - 8:22 pm

I can’t wait to see the amazing top 10 entries! I actually came on here though to mention that I really like your velour ruffles that you have in your Fall collections. I hope you make some more this Fall! They are warm and the material is durable.

J.Diddy - May 18, 2010 - 8:00 pm

…oh…and find a bathing suit for me. why is it so hard to find one?

J.Diddy - May 18, 2010 - 7:59 pm

ahh, friday! okay, i can wait until then…i guess….off to work on photobooks on shutterfly!

Typical Joe Fashion

After almost a week in Peru, we got home Friday evening. It was a hectic week and I have a feeling it will only continue.ย  We worked like craze, leaving the hotel to only visit with Carla. I knew I wanted to have my mind clear when I got home. I only had one and half days with the boys. Tomorrow morning Lynette and I leave again, for another 5 day meeting. Oh, I miss my boys.ย  Joe had a game this morning. Let me brag for one second,…blah, blah, blah..he is becoming quite the little baseball player. He’s catching and throwing with great speed and hitting like non other! Oh, but he always saves the best for last….

We got tons, and I mean tons of entries for the 435 contest. WOW.ย  I had the 435 gals weed through them and narrow it downย  cuz I knew time was short. I ran into the workshop tonite to grab some stuff and saw all the bins. I started walking out the door, and stopped. I thought to myself, “who the heck do you think you are, that you can just walk out? All these people spent time and heart working on their entries and I wasn’t even taking my time to go through them?”ย  I grabbed all the bins and loaded them in the car, and home I went. It’s just past midnight and I am still reading and going through ALL of them. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing it feels to read all these.ย  It really means a lot, thank you.

They are all so different in many ways, and alike in many.ย  It is pretty hard.ย  Some are super simple but just strike a chord with me, while others are beyond extravagant and I am in awe of the workmanship.ย  It’s gonna be hard, real hard. The girls had it narrowed to their top 10, but guess what, I sure did switch it up.ย  It is weird how some are almost as if I wrote it…you guys are good.

It’s gonna be hard to narrow back down to 10. Real hard.

Okay, before I fall asleep I have to tell you this…when we were in Florida I saw the cutest birdhouse. I cam home googled it up, bought it and put it up for one reason only.ย  And that reason being cuteness. Well,ย  it is called Purple Martin Birdhouse, and sure enough look what I saw this morning.ย  How is that possible? How did he know it was for them? We have 2 living in the subdivision (aka birdhouse) as of today. SO weird, for real…are they that smart?

Alright, well I have to go unpack from yesterday and re-pack for tomorrow.ย  And if any of you see me at the airport you know why I look like crap, cuz I am exhausted and miss my boys.

I almost forgot to finish. This is typical Joe fashion…win or lose the kid is so excited. Seriously, they lost and this is him running into the dugout after shaking hands. The boy is the best cheer leader, he loves…can’t think of what I am trying to say, but he just gets so darn excited for others who do well!!ย  Okay, so that doesn’t make sense, but get it, right?

And I left my camera at the office so Sam with get the finalists up real soon.

and poor sweet Layla having to stand next to the Beast himself being all goofy!

Michelle P. - May 18, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Is there still such a thing as arranged marriages? I think we have the perfect girl for your wonderful Joe! Maybe fate will have their paths cross someday down the road:)

Erin "the Pancake Makers Mom" Spencer - May 18, 2010 - 1:31 pm

DESPARATE!!!! Someone stole my daughters size 4 dottie leggings from gypsy blue. Dose anyone out there have a pair size 4 or 6 that they are wanting to sell me?????? I have like a million pieces that go with them and my mom feels terible about losing them…..even though she didn’t lose them someone stole them from her at the gym. Please, please, please my sweetpea is heartbroken she thinks it her fault that they are gone. On the lighter side my daughter proudly walked out of the gym that day in her Ariel undies and her Sara Babydoll top!!!!!

Janella - May 18, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Oh how I just LOVE your lil Beast’s green shoes!! He is such a doll and I have a feeling he might be the one behind your shower door incident. Try not to work too hard!

jami - May 17, 2010 - 10:44 pm

WOW!! You really have your work cut out for you, Denise. The few people who have shared their entries are so wonderful I don’t even know how you’d choose. You should feel so proud that these are the things that people say and feel about you and your company. Well done you!!

Katie M - May 17, 2010 - 7:35 pm

Oh the anticipation of the top 10- its driving me nuts (oh wait- I was already nuts- but still – this isnt helping LOL)

Leah Godfredson - May 17, 2010 - 6:41 pm

Thanks so much for looking through all of them yourself. It really means a lot!

Monika - May 17, 2010 - 9:21 am

Joe always looks so happy, he makes me smile =). And I’m loving Gabe’s shoes!!

mom2curls - May 17, 2010 - 8:20 am

With a smile like Joe’s he is a winner every time!! Team spirit is what it is all about!!! Now, that is the coolest birdhouse that I have ever seen…

Michele Joy Williams - May 17, 2010 - 7:02 am

Thanks for taking the time to go through them all:). I hope that everyone had as much fun making their entry as we did.:) I love the pictures of your sweet kiddos:).

JodiR - May 17, 2010 - 6:34 am

Love the pics Denise. TFS, and have a great trip. That Joe is somethin else. What a great kid.

sashadvm - May 16, 2010 - 11:29 pm

loving these pics!!! and what a great birdhouse. just lovely!

gran - May 16, 2010 - 6:29 pm

Love Joe’s baseball pictures. Cheering people on, what a great gift to give to all.

Lisa M - May 16, 2010 - 4:49 pm

Joe is so cool! He loves it win or lose… so wonderful! Hope your hectic schedules slows down soon. Can’t wait to see your top 10!!

kapcapmommy - May 16, 2010 - 10:12 am

Just in love with the fact that you got a purple martin house. I did my Master’s thesis on the Purple Martin and their reproductive success in different housing types. BUT…that bird on the top of the gourds you bought is an Eastern Bluebird. You have probably missed the beginning of the breeding season for the Purple Martin, but you may be able to attract some young males and females this year. Don’t get discouraged, sometimes it take a while to get an established Purple Martin community. Best wishes, and feel free to give me a shout if you have ANY questions! You are gonna LOVE watching them, they are amazing! Hope all that info didn’t bore anyone too much…haha!

Lolli - May 16, 2010 - 8:28 am

Denise you are just plain AWESOME! An awesome MOM first, wife, friend, designer, photographer and person! Have a safe trip and know that it will all be over soon and you can spend time with your boys! Just look what you have to come home to! They are precious!! ๐Ÿ™‚

J.Diddy - May 16, 2010 - 7:19 am

cool cool! i had a dream last night about it…
very cool bird house…and weird that he (the bird) KNEW it was for him! im sure u will get tons of cool bird pics now! Have fun in florida!

Perchy - May 16, 2010 - 6:54 am

Thank you for making the time to go through all the entries.

Mitra - May 16, 2010 - 6:47 am

I forgot to tell you… When I was leaving Vegas on Monday I was in the airport and a little girl about 5 yrs old comes strolling by me in the Summertime Tank dress and the simple white tee underneath.. I felt kinda spec. since I knew who designed that dress ๐Ÿ˜€

Jackie F - May 16, 2010 - 4:42 am

I can imagine how hard it is being away from your boys. I can barely let them go away for a night, much less more than that!
I can’t wait to see what you’re planning for us!
Every season gets better and better!
Thank you!

Christine - May 16, 2010 - 3:31 am

Denise, you must be so exhausted. Travel upon travel. You know your family is raising some beautiful boys as you have the best of hearts as well.
As always the pictures of are beautiful and to have that little bird come visit! Precious!

Amber - May 16, 2010 - 12:52 am

I cannot wait to see the top 10! And oh my gosh – that little girl in the second picture – beyond cute. And I love that Joe is so excited whether they win or lose – too cute!!

Holly's Mama - May 16, 2010 - 12:04 am

I’m so glad you read the entries to the contest! I think my heart would be sad to think you didn’t read our entry because we made it with our hearts and you in mind. Even if we don’t get chosen as a top 10 finalist it makes my heart happy to know you read our entry. ๐Ÿ™‚ Joe is such a sweetie! I love his attitude!!!

Lil - May 15, 2010 - 11:17 pm

Have no idea how you do it, all the running and still able to be a great mom, a designer and well what most of us call a friend.
The pixs of Joe are awesome and we must remember it’s not if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game and he’s happy…… So that’s one of those priceless moments!
<3 May you 5 days fast quickly and have a safe trip!

Sweetp6373 - May 15, 2010 - 11:15 pm

Doesn’t it just make your day when you see a gorgeous bluebird? Love it!

Katie M - May 15, 2010 - 10:35 pm

Its so tough to keep going and going when you just want to be with your kids. I got the afternoon off today because my sister came and took them to the park so I could have quiet time for sewing – and while it was nice to get things done – I so missed them! I hope you get a break soon and can get back to lots of time with those boys ๐Ÿ™‚ Joe is so special and always makes me smile – thanks for sharing him (and all the other adorable photos) with us today

Darlene Burchfield - May 15, 2010 - 10:33 pm

Denise.. you must be really proud of your son. Obviously he takes after his mother in his Joy to see others happy. I do wish I could read your mind for the model search contest! LOL.. I have 4 daughters and will enter them all… sure hope I have a chance, cause of course I think my girls are beautiful… but doesn’t every parent? and then when I look at some of the pics you post I think wow.. There are a lot of cute kids:0) Hope you have another safe trip!!

435 Contest entries….

We’ve narrowed it down to our Top 10 entries.ย  Soon, they will be on display right here.ย  So many entries.ย  So many creative ideas.ย  So many smiles at the office as the entries were coming in.ย  It was difficult to choose the Top 10, because they were all so wonderful.

Stay tuned for the start of the voting……

jami - May 15, 2010 - 6:53 pm

SO exciting!! Can’t wait to see what all you talented gals came up with. Good luck, good luck on winning the MOST amazing of prizes.

Perchy - May 15, 2010 - 4:08 pm

Oh, just go on and declare all 10 winners. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’ve narrowed it down to 10, why make your jobs any harder. Congratulations to the lucky 10.

Leah Godfredson - May 15, 2010 - 3:33 pm

The wait to see the top 10 is killing me! I wonder how they are going to post the entries…pictures? If mine makes it to the top 10, I’d be glad to send some in!

J.Diddy - May 15, 2010 - 11:04 am

patience is so not my virtue… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Katie M - May 15, 2010 - 9:29 am

Good Luck to all who entered – i have seen a small handfull of the entries and I am glad I wasnt involved in narrowing it down to only 10 – cant wait to see who/what they are and get this ball rolling – my DH says he will go with me if we happen to win!

Elsa's_Mom - May 15, 2010 - 6:15 am

The anticipation is killing me! I check back every 1/2 hour! I can’t wait to see the top 10! Good luck everyone!

Mary Kay - May 15, 2010 - 6:09 am

So Super-excited to see the enteries!!Hoping for great news…… My mom asks me about it every day. Good luck to ALL!!

Mom2P&B - May 15, 2010 - 5:58 am

So exciting!! Can’t wait to see the top 10!! Good luck to all the entered!

*Twinkle*Toes* - May 14, 2010 - 11:05 pm

Can’t wait to see what all the talented MJ lovers entries! Bring it on…..

Lil - May 14, 2010 - 10:25 pm

The excitement begins ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Woo hoo!

Jackie F - May 14, 2010 - 7:43 pm

The suspense is killing me!

Michele Joy Williams - May 14, 2010 - 5:17 pm

Can’t wait to see them announced. Me and my kids had so much fun making ours. Good luck to everyone!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Beautifulclothing - May 14, 2010 - 3:37 pm

Can’t wait to try to help with the winner. I am not a contestant with that b/c I did not get mine mailed in time. Darn. Can’t wait to see the ones that you choose.

Farah - May 14, 2010 - 2:17 pm

omg omg omg, I feel the butterflies in my stomach right now….
Good luck to all of us..

Monika - May 14, 2010 - 1:31 pm

I can’t wait to see the top 10!!! Good luck to all who entered!

Head over Heels for Hammond Bay - May 14, 2010 - 12:50 pm

So excited to see them all! Good Luck creative ladies!!!

Rebekah Hubley - May 14, 2010 - 11:48 am

Can’t wait to see the diversity in all of the entries!!!

Christine - May 14, 2010 - 11:35 am

Can’t wait to see what everyone did. I know we had fun playing with ours and I think a couple of the pieces had to stay with us ๐Ÿ™‚

J.Diddy - May 14, 2010 - 10:51 am


Holly's Mama - May 14, 2010 - 10:39 am

I can’t wait to see the top 10 entries! I’m sure it was difficult to pick them because there are so many talented and creative people. My girly loves what we made…she asks about it everyday!

tree*head - May 14, 2010 - 10:35 am

Can’t wait to see all of the creative entries!! I’ve seen some and I am sure glad I don’t have to narrow it down!

Tina M - May 14, 2010 - 10:33 am

How exciting!!! I can’t wait to see them!!! I know there are some mighty creative mamas out there…I am not one of them. lol

Bex - May 14, 2010 - 10:00 am

Can’t wait to see the finalist’s. This is my favorite contest!

Good luck to everyone

Jamie Hicks - May 14, 2010 - 9:16 am

oh my lord am I nervous!

WhitleyKate's mom - May 14, 2010 - 8:47 am

Best of luck to all of them! ๐Ÿ™‚