My One and ONLY girl…

I love this girl shown in the above pic painting with me nearly 14 years ago.  (Did you know that I used to paint children’s furniture in the years before Matilda Jane?  Yep, it was sold under the name of ‘la.ti.da’….and some of those customers are still MJC customers….in fact, one of those customers is now an MJC Trunk Keeper!).  Anyway, that little girl has always been MY Sara Brown. Today she turned 16, and I knew that I totally dropped the ball…I forgot. I totally got wrapped up in the day’s events and forgot. But Sara: I love you. You are the most amazing 16 year old. The girl with the gentlest heart, sensitive soul and cutest giggle. I wish nothing more for you than you to remain true to yourself, forever proud of who you are and where you came from. I hope that you will not let others dampen your spirit and only help to spread some sunshine in their life. You are my sunshine. I adore you.

Miss Sara Brown has been to many art fairs with me, she is as much Matilda Jane as I am. She’s braved humid 90 degrees days unloading trailers and setting up tents. Heck, she may have even packed one of your orders. She’s a true Laker Hockey fan and a hotel critic. Hotel critic? Ya, well, say about 12 years ago I was doing an art fair and Sara was with me. We went to check into the hotel, and she says “I’m not staying in this dumpy junk hotel!” Oh, that girl I have taught her well.  David and  I still use that phrase “dumpy junk” when we stay at a not-so-nice hotel.


Michelle Huesgen - February 3, 2010 - 7:57 am

Happy Birthday Sara!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Diane - February 3, 2010 - 6:59 am

Happy Birthday Sara Brown!!

WhitleyKate's mom - February 3, 2010 - 6:56 am

Happy Sweet 16!

And to you Denise…WOW! I got home from my son’s appt. at Riley yesterday, and lo and behold, the UPS man stopped in front of my house just as I got out of the van. I was SUPER excited to see that it was a MJ package! Thank you for the super fast shipping of our new VALENTINE ruffles and knot dress! Whitley Kate gets super excited as well when she sees that it’s a MJ package coming her way! 🙂

Isabella's Mom - February 3, 2010 - 6:11 am

Happy Birthday Sweet Sara Brown!! Hope your day was great!!
We love you!!!
Take care.

Lisa M - February 3, 2010 - 5:42 am

Happy Sweet 16 Sara!!

*Twinkle*Toes* - February 3, 2010 - 2:26 am

Beautiful….Original….. Happy Birthday Sara Brown.

shannon - February 2, 2010 - 10:33 pm

happy sweet 16 sara! gosh denise, she’s really beautiful! thanks for sharing!

Skye, River, and Siennas mom - February 2, 2010 - 10:05 pm

Happy Birthday Sara! Thanks for sharing Denise, too sweet :O)

CANT wait to see Hammond Bay post online tomorrow! EVERYONE is so excited about this line…the colors, the fabrics, the knits, the variety…just brilliant…just brilliant!

Holly's Mama - February 2, 2010 - 9:19 pm

How sweet!!!!! Everyone needs a special little girl to love. My nieces were my “girls” because I only had a son. I always told them they were my special girls. Now I have my very own daughter so I have three girls! I never thought I would ever have a daughter. My son and daughter are 14 years apart. I know YOUR Sara Brown will always be special in your heart. I wonder though if one day you will have a daughter too? 🙂 Also, I never thought I would ever love any child as much as I loved my son – BOY WAS I WRONG! Children are the sweetest things in the world. I love watching them grow!

Taira - February 2, 2010 - 8:47 pm

Happy Birthday Sara!!! Ah, to be 16 again :). Can’t wait for the “road block” to be moved so I can get a look at Hammond Bay!!!

One more day…

I spent at least 2 hours last night trying to insert a video onto the blog. I am so not a computer guru as you all can tell. But hey, there is nothing wrong with keeping it simple, right? Things/life move way too fast and somehow it is way too hard to keep up that fast pace. I really want to learn how to but a video on my blog, or music (I’m laughing at myself cuz I really am clueless) but I really don’t want to take the time. There are so many things I want to do, but all will come in good time.

Right now, I’m just gonna go watch the boys and Sammi. They are hilarious. Sammi, or Samster follows them everywhere. They go upstairs, she follows, they sit on the couch, she sits, watch TV, she joins in. It is hilarious. I know you need a picture BUT she has a cold and her medicine is all over her face so she looks a bit goofy!

FYI, some of our sites will be down for about 48 hours starting on Monday, Feb 1st as we finish our server upgrades.  We will be back online on Wednesday the 3rd.  And, I’ve been getting several questions about Platinum.  Platinum is always available online to purchase.  Just go to and click on the Platinum link at the bottom or go directly to  New items will be added to Platinum periodically over the next week or two starting today.

And the best of all…..Hammond Bay, Spring 2010, will be pictured on the main website SOON.  Season officially starts Feb 15th….so look on the main website prior to that and starting using our new WISH LIST feature.

Lil - February 5, 2010 - 9:35 pm

BTW… Happy Belated Birthday Sara, you are a lovely girl hope your sweet 16 was wonderful! 🙂

Lil - February 5, 2010 - 9:33 pm

I have to tell you this, here at this house we have all been sick, the FLU has hit us. Not so funny…
But i come on here and looked around like I usually do most DAYS and I see this link…
wish list, so i decided to go to make my wish list…… I clicked on it and it told me.. KEEP WISHING!
so i guess my luck is down the drain….. lol
i will just keep wishing!

susie reed - February 5, 2010 - 6:03 pm

The heart ruffles are just so cute. They arrived in 3 days, and her pink dottie top will match it perfectly. Thanks Denise, I love Platinum.

Denise - February 2, 2010 - 8:45 pm

Yes 99.9% of our Platinum pieces are made right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Karen - February 2, 2010 - 12:20 pm

The UPS man just arrived with my valentine ruffles…I am IN LOVE!! So much cuter in person…and i LOVE that they’re made in the USA! 🙂

Shannon Willcutt - February 2, 2010 - 12:20 am

Got me a leafy knot dress and heart ruffles on the way…I am too excited about getting them!! My USPS man may get a hug or at least get to see my happy dance…as he does every time a Matilda Jane box arrives =) Cannot wait to see Hammond Bay…Matilda Jane rocks!!! I am in love…or obsessed…or both!!

Amie *C* - February 1, 2010 - 8:40 am

Loved the new platinum! Perfect pick me up for my winter blues! So over winter…ready for spring! Can’t wait to see the entire line, getting so excited for the 15th!

heather pack - February 1, 2010 - 7:35 am

training staff to have orders arrive in 2 weeks.. i hope i read that right.. that would be AMAZING! That is a huge selling point – i am hosting a show and think that would be fabulous! we are in las vegas so 2 weeks after our show would be mid march and our kiddos are ready for spring clothes! Thank you! Thank you!!

miss*jen - January 31, 2010 - 10:23 pm

oh no! no sale 🙁 bummer, but hopefully once you’re through the whirlwind that amazing new line is surely going to create we’ll get some news about another one…
btw – with everything you’ve had going on I don’t think I have yet said how much I LOVE the new blogspace!! high five! You will eventually figure the video and music thing out. The boys could probably help – computer generation kiddos that we have!

Laura – feel free to pawn those 2’s off over here – I have paypal! lol

Mary - January 31, 2010 - 8:23 pm

Sitting on the edge of my seat!!! :o)

K Squared Mommy - January 31, 2010 - 7:54 pm

We can’t wait to see Hammond Bay! 🙂

Karen - January 31, 2010 - 7:43 pm

whooo hooo! Scored me some valentine ruffles! Can’t wait to get them! 🙂

Laura Ann - January 31, 2010 - 7:14 pm

Love the new platinum stuff and can not wait to see the HB stuff, I know it is going to be so very cute and I am going to be in so much trouble.

Bummed that the sale is not going to happen, but totally understand. You have been a busy, busy lady and I am sure your team has as well.

Gives me some additional time to get by sweet girl’s closet cleaned out and get rid of those size 2’s we are growing out of (tear)!

christine - January 31, 2010 - 3:40 pm

ooooh! Can not wait!

Katie - January 31, 2010 - 3:19 pm

Ok, looking forward to Hammond Bay!! It screams spring and we are so ready for the sunshine and beautiful colors 🙂

Denise - January 31, 2010 - 2:02 pm

Yes, it is totally cancelled. With shipment of Hammond Bay coming in, new updates to the website we just don’t have time to make it happen. Right now our focus is on Hammond Bay and getting everyone trained so you can get your goods within 2 weeks.

Katie - January 31, 2010 - 12:36 pm

I know this has probably already been covered, but is the “whale of a sale” totally cancelled or just postponed? Just curious. I know you have had more important things in life to deal with, so I was just wondering. Hope life is starting to get a little bit more back to normal 🙂

WhitleyKate's mom - January 31, 2010 - 11:39 am

I think I need to get yet another job just so I can keep buying MJ! 🙂 LOVE the new platinum…have already placed an order! Can’t wait for HB!! I am a little sad that my trunk keeper is about to deliver, so I won’t be able to have a home show. 🙁 Have a fantastic weekend!

Skye, River, and Siennas mom - January 31, 2010 - 11:38 am

THANK YOU DENISE! This helps tremendously (posting Hammond Bay online Wednesday). I really appreciate it!
Here are to brighter tomorrows. Keep your head up :O)

Holly's Mama - January 31, 2010 - 11:37 am

Love the new platinum stuff! I don’t know if I will have enough money though. 🙁 My trunk show is Feb 16th so I have to save money for that. I’ll have to sell some more stuff. Hopping some Platinum is left when I have more money!

Incognito - January 31, 2010 - 11:25 am

Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eva - January 31, 2010 - 10:23 am

Hooray! Thanks for the new platinum. I got both dresses I wanted. I can’t wait to see all of HB.

Melanie H. - January 31, 2010 - 10:17 am

The upgrades to the site sound fantastic and I can’t wait to see ALL of Hammond Bay! Yippeeee! February is going to be a GREAT month! We are supposed to be moving into our new house right about the time of my MJC trunk show…I’d ask my guests to help unpack a box or two, but I know they won’t be able to take their eyes off the clothes!

Denise - January 31, 2010 - 9:52 am

I’m working on it…right now

Denise - January 31, 2010 - 9:52 am

We’ll have the Hammond Bay images up Wednesday for you!!

Skye, River, and Siennas mom - January 31, 2010 - 9:10 am

PLEASE post the new line SOON! The invitations I am handing out for my trunk show say “celebrate today by previewing the entire collection at” It would really help with trunk show attendance and save me from lots of explaining if they could just go online and see the collection as the invitation says they can.

Eva - January 31, 2010 - 7:45 am

Does this mean “One more day” until Platinum items are up or “One more day” of January? I’m confused. I don’t really want to be stalking all day if nothing new is coming today. Could you clarify, please?

Welcoming February

First thing I said this morning was “Whew, it’s February.”  Okay, so it is pre Ferbruary. Pretty much the same thing, right?  We have totally neglected Platinum and Sam has been working like crazy making new pieces.  I need to get on that, this weekend.

momof5 - February 11, 2010 - 5:30 am

It is all sooo beautiful it is so hard to choose ! I love the baby bubble! I just got my first grandchild in Novemeber and she would look adorable in it!!!

susie reed - February 5, 2010 - 5:50 pm

Oh, the heart ruffles are VERY cute, we got them so quickly, just ordered them Tuesday. For those of you who have the pink dottie, it will match perfectly! I’m still hoping to see a few child’s joey bags pop up. Thanks Denise.

MelissaG - February 2, 2010 - 1:56 am

So, is it a done deal…no sale coming for sure?

Denise- I am so sorry for your losses. As you said, it is wonderful when children can be so close to their grandparents. My girls love to go spend the night with my parents EVERY weekend because they live about 7 minutes from us. It is wonderful! I am so thankful they have that!!!

Denise - January 31, 2010 - 10:10 am

Hey Tracy- Yes, just go to the regular site and click on Platinum at the bottom of the page. We are not getting a new site, just making some changes, it will remain I have added some Platinum today, and will do a bit more Wednesday. The site (MJC and Platinum will be closed Mon- Tues) for updates). And everything will remain as usual on Wednesday.

Tracy - January 31, 2010 - 7:03 am

Confused. Do we go back to the old site to see Platinum and order or will it somehow link on your new page soon? I still have the old one on my favorites link, but wondering how this all works also for when you launch HB…

Tina Cox - January 31, 2010 - 5:58 am

How do you see what’s on sale? Where are you looking to find what you can purchase?

Emily - January 30, 2010 - 10:21 pm

I am a little confused on different reasons being given for cancelling the sale. There was never even an announcement it was being cancelled just word of mouth and rumors. Is there a reason it can’t just happen at a later date? I mean you still need to make room for new stock right?

Emmy - January 30, 2010 - 8:52 pm

I am in love with MJ clothes for my daughter 🙂 So, is the Whale of a Sale canceled or just postponed?

Joleen Jacob - January 30, 2010 - 8:13 pm

Those heart ruffles are so cute!

K Squared Mommy - January 30, 2010 - 7:55 pm

Heart Ruffles!!!! So cute! 🙂

Eva - January 30, 2010 - 7:52 pm

Oooh, I can’t wait! I was just thinking we need a new knot top and purple is my favorite!!

Katelyn's Mommy - January 30, 2010 - 7:03 pm

Cute girls, great photos and DARLING outfits in both. I too am going to stalk the Platinum site…

Can’t wait for HB’s release!

Thanks for sharing, Denise!

Isabella's Mom - January 30, 2010 - 7:01 pm

Such happiness in these two pictures. The Platinum pieces are darling!!

Denise - January 30, 2010 - 6:00 pm

Ya, I am sorry about the sale. We tried everything we could to make it happen, it just took a while to move to our very own server, install and then have another double check everything for security. We have not left a single stone unturned therefore it has taken quite sometime.

Amie *C* - January 30, 2010 - 4:52 pm

Would love those heart ruffles, but only if they would arrive by Valentines Day. I am the weird one that won’t wear hearts after Valentine’s day, before yes, after no. Some hearts ok, but full hearts can’t do. 😉 You are going to make it tough to hold out for HB, I can tell. I adore that purple knot!

Holly's Mama - January 30, 2010 - 4:50 pm

I always adore the Platinum collection! I wish I didn’t live all the way in CA so I could go to an actual real art fair! I love the unique pieces!!!!

April W. - January 30, 2010 - 4:40 pm

I’m greatful it’s nearly February too. Since hearing about Hammond Bay,I have been sitting on the edge of my seat for any sort of release date or glimpses of the new line.
I am a HUGE fan of M.J. but I must say that I agree with the M.J. fan/customer, Mary…
I too was disapointed about the Sale falling through. I mean, I saw the sale prices ( in red ) and made my list.
Obviously, life happens and things are out of our control but it would be nice to see those sale prices up again instead of dangled in our face and taken away. I had told a bunch of possible/new customers about the sale and I’m concerned it turned them off. Just sayin’…

WhitleyKate's mom - January 30, 2010 - 2:45 pm

Love, Love, Love the heart ruffles! I stalk the platinum site every day hoping to get my hands on the dottie top to go with Whitley’s ruffles! 🙂 I’m very excited that there might be some new pieces! However, don’t forget to take care of you…it’s been a hard month for you! Hugs!

Mary - January 30, 2010 - 2:23 pm

So cute, but I have a couple of questions: Love the heart ruffles, but what are the chances these could be delivered in time for Valentines Day? Also, I thought the reason the Whale of a Sale was canceled was because it would essentially interfere with the release of Hammond Bay? I guess I am kind of confused and a bit annoyed, to be honest. I made a pretty lengthy list for the Whale of a Sale and then was so disappointed when the sale was canceled. :o( I’m excited to see what is in store in Platinum, but feeling like I am riding a Shopping Rollercoaster.
You know I love ya, but just wanting to be real, too.

Sophia's Mom - January 30, 2010 - 12:50 pm

OHHHH….Loving the new platinum goodies….beautiful as always.
Tina, I live in MS also and we did have a Trunk keeper…last I heard she was taking a little break last fall due to a new baby. She still keeps me informed of the new lines coming out and I order from her. Her name is Erin Vowell and she is super sweet. I think being a trunk keeper would be AWESOME…so much fun.
Looking forward to the upcoming line and maybe a whale of a sale sometime in the future??? 🙂

Tina Cox - January 30, 2010 - 12:38 pm

I love these clothes. I have looked on this website everyday waiting for the new line to come out. I live in MS and we don’t have any trunk keepers here. I am interested in becoming one. I have 3 girls and love to dress them in Matilda Jane!!

*TKJT* - January 30, 2010 - 12:24 pm

Ohhhh love it but know with all the crazies I will never get anything LOL

Monika - January 30, 2010 - 11:52 am

Ohhh, heart ruffles for Valentine’s Day!!!

mom2P&B - January 30, 2010 - 11:33 am

LOVE those heart ruffles!! Would love to get them in time for Valentine’s! Super cute.

Sharon - January 30, 2010 - 10:26 am

Darling!!! Those heart ruffles are DARLING!!!!!!

Jeana - January 30, 2010 - 10:26 am

BTW – adorable dresses and LOVE those heart ruffles!

Jeana - January 30, 2010 - 10:25 am

Bring on the new month!!

Karen - January 30, 2010 - 8:53 am

Here’s to February!! Do you think there will be a sale anytime in early Feb?? ;0)

Aurora Arceo - January 30, 2010 - 8:44 am

Oh,yeah Feb. A whole new month,Jan. is behind us, no going back! Maybe we might wish to go back down the road but, thats why we have memories.
I think you are so brave. Even thou your loss in Jan. Your blog from yesterday was so moving.( Even thou it is so hard to think or say it’s what’s best for them it hurts. And your right, they are happy….and that’s what counts at the end.)
We all love you!!!