The Top 14!

OK, we couldn’t pick just 10 or 12.  So here are the Top 14.  Check them out down below.  Each one is unique in its own way.  We looked at each and every entry…over 300 in all….and decided on these Final 14.  Some are very simple, some are quite elaborate.  But all of them struck a chord with us at 435.  They are listed in alphabetical order.

Once you’ve read/viewed the entries at the bottom of this post, head over to to vote for your favorites.  BUT DON’T GO VOTE UNTIL YOU’VE CHECKED THEM OUT BELOW.

Voting is simple.  When you arrive at, simply click on the word ‘vote’ near the upper right.  The Top 14 entries will then appear.  You cast your vote by adding your favorites to your shopping bag and then checking out.  As soon as you check out, your vote(s) will be cast.  Pretty neat, huh? JUST BE SURE YOU COMPLETELY CHECK OUT.


1.) You can add as many of your favorites to your bag that you want to.

2.) The site will allow you to add multiples of the same entry to your bag and even check out with them all, but only one vote for that entry will actually be tallied.  So in other words, don’t waste time adding your favorite entry 50 times to your bag, because only one of those votes will actually be tallied.

3.) Only one vote is allowed per IP address.  The site will allow you to “check out” multiple times from your IP address, but our filtering software throws out any additional “check outs” from your IP address.  So, in other words, the first time you check out is the only time that will actually count….so be sure to cast your votes carefully.

4.) Voting will run from Friday, May 21st through Friday, May 28th at approximately 11:59pm Eastern.

5.) The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

The Top 14!

1.) Beautiful

2.) Compliments

3.) Dad

4.) Holly Hobby

5.) Life of a Girl

6.) Magnetic Poetry Kit

7.) Mallory and Kate

8.) McD’s

9.) Old Watches

10.) One Fabric at a Time

11.) Patchwork of Memories

12.) Polly Flinders

13.) Suitcase

14.) Too Purpley

Jennifer - May 28, 2010 - 7:48 pm

i really enjoyed reading and looking through all of the entries. “too purpley” was my very favorite, because making books for children to help ease transitions and choice-making is part of what i do with some of the children i work with. the book looks fabulous! i absolutely love it!

Chelle Belle - May 27, 2010 - 7:08 pm

They are all really good. I was touched by “Life of a girl.” I watched it with my 6-year old daughter and held on to her and just took her in. I don’t want her to grow up. I got very choked up. Nice job.

*TKJT* - May 27, 2010 - 8:57 am

Leah I was shocked your entry didn’t make it…so heartwarming! I LOVED it and would have SO voted for you 😉

Carol - May 26, 2010 - 9:43 am

What great entries. After viewing them all it made me want to buy even more of your clothes! A quick shout out to “COMPLIMENTS”, Isn’t that what we all want is for our girl to make a small difference and they can sure look cute doing it!

Janella - May 25, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Denise loved all the entries and can’t wait to see who wins!! I was thinking today how much I love the Hotline Phyllis dress that you did. It’s so sweet and simple yet sophisticated. I just wanted to share with you a little feedback that I’d love for you to do that style again in the future!! It’s truely a timeless little dress, Take care.

Erica - May 25, 2010 - 8:45 am

Gosh, these entries are incredible! How do you choose just one??!! Congrats & good luck to all the finalists…they were all so touching & creative!!

Carissa - May 24, 2010 - 7:46 pm

OMG….such creativity! Wow. Hats off to all these entries.. I have 3 girls and I must confess that some entries struck such a chord that it brought me to tears! Amazing….

Mandy - May 24, 2010 - 11:54 am

WOW, Denise…the love!!!
Those are wonderful!

Leah Godfredson - May 23, 2010 - 9:59 pm

Totally broken-hearted that my entry didn’t make it, but I did find one to love and cast my vote for it.
I can see what a difficult time you had narrowing it down-so much talent represented here! Thanks again for having the contest. It was a blast!

J.Diddy - May 23, 2010 - 8:35 pm

ahh, looks like im not gonna make it this year…boo! 🙁

Ashley - May 23, 2010 - 3:50 pm

Love them all…and Old Watches, I have a son named Avery and a daughter named Rya. I couldn’t believe it!

katie - May 23, 2010 - 1:33 pm

Oh they are all so good! I can see how you had a hard time.
I have to say that song is pretty dang creative!

shelley mccullers - May 22, 2010 - 12:22 pm

all of the entries are amazing… my entry was polly flinders- but is it bad that i can’t get “beautiful” out of my head!!!! i think it be my daughter and my new theme song:)

J.Diddy - May 22, 2010 - 10:11 am

great entries, unfortunately mine isnt up there! Maybe the girls can pull through on the model contest for me! Congrats to all the top 14!! and GL!

Day to the Oh - May 22, 2010 - 8:15 am

Okay. One. more. thing. hee-hee. We’ve been listening to “beautiful” over and over again and we just have to say that that litte girl’s grandpa’s voice is the perfect matching for MJ. His inflection, styling, the way he forms his words, the sound/tone of his voice and guitar all to us seem to epitomize MJ for some reason. We just love it!

Day to the Oh - May 22, 2010 - 7:20 am

p.s. I hope that all the finalists receive prize goodies for their AWESOME entries and the time, energy, and creativity they gave to this. They are all just so dang FABULOUS!!!

Day to the Oh - May 22, 2010 - 7:01 am

Oh, My. Goodness. Every single one of these is absolutely amazing!!! There is NO way these can be topped next year. You are going to have to come up with something else for sure! 😉 I usually have a very particular favorite, but this year I could have voted for them ALL!!! We will have the song beautiful in our heads all day. Good luck ladies.

Monika - May 22, 2010 - 12:08 am

Wow, they are all so special, it was so hard to vote!!! I have several favorites, but they are all touching in their own way! Good luck, ladies!

Holly's Mama - May 21, 2010 - 9:07 pm

I’ve got to vote for Holly Hobbie too because I have my own little Holly and also MJ does remind me of Holly Hobbie. I’ll vote for others too but that one is a sure thing for me. 🙂

Allison S - May 21, 2010 - 8:37 pm

I gotta vote for Holly Hobby, i’ve always thought of it when I think of MJ 🙂

Head over Heels for Hammond Bay - May 21, 2010 - 6:53 pm

Wow-they are all so different and unique in their own way-amazing job ladies!

vanessa diel - May 21, 2010 - 4:52 pm

I just feel so blessed to have made it in the top 14. My little girl whet shopping with me to find the perfect suitcase and it wasn’t easy to find one, but after some work we made it our special MJ suitcase. I am so excited for everyone who made it in the top 14. What an honor it is just to make it. Best of luck to everyone. Thanks to all you girls at 435. Keep doing what you do to continue to bless our little girls in this awesome clothing.

God Bless!

Cynthia Schauss - May 21, 2010 - 3:56 pm

That beautiful song is so amazing…way to go…that is by far my favorite and definately so CREATIVE. I LOVE IT! I think I would have loved it even without the pictures of the cute clothing…especially the part about the dad pulling his hair out. How funny!

WhitleyKate's mom - May 21, 2010 - 1:55 pm

It is so heartwarming to see how one company can touch so many lives! What an amazing group of entries. One even made me cry! Good luck to all of the finalists…you should all be proud!

B - May 21, 2010 - 12:08 pm

Great Job Ladies! They are all so unique! As a mom of 5 life is so filled with the must do’s that I value the moments I have to spend with my kids. Reading with my kids before bedtime is one of those moments, so I loved the book – Compliments … and better yet it has a great message of doing good!!

happymom - May 21, 2010 - 10:51 am

These are great. . .my favorite is the beautifully simple “Mallory and Kate.” Not as flashy as some of the others, but those girls’ drawings are really what MJ is all about. . .our daughters (and sons!)! I love that the children actually took a real role in the entry. And I love how those two girls are clearly happy when they wear (or draw!) their MJ clothes!

Precious Pixie Bell - May 21, 2010 - 10:45 am

What wonderfully creative and talented fans MJC has! I LOOOOOVVVVE Life of a Girl (the toad getting covered in the MJC cardigan is priceless, and really shows that the clothes are for the ANYTIME girl). The Patchwork Memories was also a favorite. What a cherished piece of artwork for a child and the reminder to make everyday a ‘special day’ and to cherish those you love.

[…] Well, you all know that I am a huge fan of Matilda Jane clothing and believe it rocks and it photographs so well.  Well, I entered a contest and am so honored that I made it in the top 14.  I am just praying that I win and can make a trip out to meet all the girls behind the Matilda Jane Clothing.  Please go to their website and check out all the amazing clothing.  It is not just for girls, they have some awesome adult clothing as well.  I am actually wearing a dress from Matilda Jane as I type here.  Go to the blog here  : […]

amyence - May 21, 2010 - 8:35 am

While we all waited in anticipation to see the top ten (14) revealed…Denise, you and the 435 crew have truly been hard at work to present these entries so beautifully and make the voting so slick – you guys are AMAZING!
I hope this isn’t out of place to ask, but I am hoping there is someone at 435 that can use and love the little quilt I sent – if no one there wants it, will you please donate it to someone who needs a little love. That would make my day! Thanks tons!

Emma's*Mommy - May 21, 2010 - 8:18 am

These are so clever! I wish I could of thought of anything half as good. gonna be tough!

jami - May 21, 2010 - 8:12 am

WOW!!! I just went through every last one of them and realize why it was so hard to choose. SO much thought and emotion went into ALL of them. Beautiful job, ladies and Congratulations! I love Patchwork of Memories and Dad. These 2 really tugged at me.

TracyF - May 21, 2010 - 8:07 am

Oh, you amazing, amazing ladies. Again, I am in awe of the creativity and imagination in these entries! Good luck to everyone ~ I have no idea how anyone could choose!

Beautifulclothing - May 21, 2010 - 7:35 am

Those entries are outstanding! I like them all, but since you have to pick a winner I have narrowed my favorites to two. Beautiful and Life of a Girl! The two songs are so pretty. I am glad I never mailed my entry in b/c these blow mine away! lol. Congrats to the top 14!

tree*head - May 21, 2010 - 7:11 am

What awesome entries…some made me laugh, some made me cry…totally unpredictable!

catherine s. - May 21, 2010 - 7:04 am

Each one is so different! What a great job by all the entrants and a fab job picking such diverse entries – love it! Off to vote!!!

Janella - May 21, 2010 - 7:02 am

Denise, Oh how lucky you are to have the song BEAUTIFUL written about MJ clothing!! I found myself singing that song out loud making my coffee until my 4yr old Liam asked me to please stop. I can’t carry a tune but still have fun, what a bunch of great entries! Thanks for sharing!!

MJC fan - May 21, 2010 - 6:42 am

WOW! What great entries! My daughter came and danced beside the computer while the Beautiful song played and watched the video with me… she is 4 years old – turned and said- that is for Matilda Jane girls and smiled from ear to ear – to us – you took the cake! Hats off!

Jamie - May 21, 2010 - 6:30 am

WOW there are some incredible entries. Seeing these makes me realize how lame mine was ahaha, I was days away from popping a baby out but WOW! Congrats ladies, it’s going to be hard to vote!

Jennifer Fernandez - May 21, 2010 - 6:27 am

All so cute, but I think my favorites are “Too Purpley” & “Beautiful”!

amyence - May 21, 2010 - 6:04 am

So amazing and fun to see these wonderful entries! Congratulations you guys on such beautiful work!

Gran - May 21, 2010 - 6:00 am

The entries are so great and each unique. Good luck to each of you!

Christine - May 21, 2010 - 5:28 am

So many creative and beautiful entries! How to choose…..
Can I pick them all?

Voting begins on Friday!

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

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 🙂

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.  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.  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.  I had the 435 gals weed through them and narrow it down  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?”  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.  It really means a lot, thank you.

They are all so different in many ways, and alike in many.  It is pretty hard.  Some are super simple but just strike a chord with me, while others are beyond extravagant and I am in awe of the workmanship.  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.  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.  And that reason being cuteness. Well,  it is called Purple Martin Birdhouse, and sure enough look what I saw this morning.  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.  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!!  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!! 🙂

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 😀

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. 🙂 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 🙂 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!!