The Girls of Hammond Bay

And there’s plenty more of us, I think we are 92 strong. And for some reason, if you look at everyone’s faces they seem to think it is hilarious that David was once the photographer and I was the model. Real funny, girls!! You gotta start somewhere.

And for those of you who have inquired, Hammond Bay will not be on the site until NEXT Wednesday. I think I typed that wrong in a comment earlier… I am telling you something is wrong with my brain. I use my ATM everyday. I went to use it Monday and totally could not remember the PIN. I completely forgot. I asked David yesterday, and then went to use it today, totally forgot. I use it everyday for do I forget it all of a sudden? Ahh..the mind is on overflow.

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WhitleyKate's mom - February 6, 2010 - 7:21 am

I think that it’s so sad that many of the MJC fans are being so hard on Denise for not having the Hammond Bay on the website yet. I love MJC as well, and can’t wait to make my wish list. However, we need to put things in perspective. Yes, some of you are lucky enough to be having a trunk show (my trunk keeper is unavailable due to having twins. Congrats Nicole!). Yes, it would be nice for your attendees and invites to see the line beforehand. But really, think about all Denise has been through these past months. She has created a business that allows us to dress our darlings in such beautiful things! She has worked hard to do that for US, even when she has faced so much loss lately! I am excited to see that line on the 10th, but I’ll be at Riley Hospital with my 5 year old daughter, who is being tested for a congenital condition that my son has. That puts things into perspective for me. There is more in life to worry about than when the Hammond Bay collection will be available for viewing. Denise is an amazing woman who has been through so much, and has opened up and shared this with us. I’m sure your trunk shows will still be huge successes. The sneak peeks that we’ve had prove that! Think about that and look at the big picture before worrying about the little things. Be blessed, and may your trunk shows be a success!

susie reed - February 5, 2010 - 6:08 pm

I think that I posted in 3 different places, but I wanted to let you know, Denise, how much I love the heart ruffles. I am a big fan of the Platinum line, and these certainly came to please! I don’t think any little girl could dress in anything sweeter than those ruffles, and the pink dottie top, or just a cute tee, for Valentine’s Day.

Tia - February 5, 2010 - 4:33 pm

ok people, no haters here! yes, Denise encourages input from us, but she is the boss and the originator of MJ! I think she knows what she is doing. She has made us highly anticipate each line and trunk shows have been successful. No worries! Enjoy her creativity that can’t be found anywhere else…

Monika - February 5, 2010 - 1:57 pm

Don’t stress, dear Denise! At least we got the pretty slideshow to drool over =). My girls are already bickering over who gets what. E doesn’t want G to have the same things… but both of them love the raven skirt. G yelled “I called it first!!!!!!”. It’s quiet amusing to watch those two fight over clothes, lol.

Katherine Castillo - February 5, 2010 - 12:57 pm

Hi all you fellow may be having a pre-senior moment but I can’t seem to find confessions of a mj packer on the awesome new site. Did I miss something?

Denise - February 5, 2010 - 10:06 am

You are funny. It is a wish list so that if you are going to a show, you can simply just print your ideas of what you liked or what you wanted to look at in person.
But Oh, I love the MJC Fairy take on it…hmmm something to ponder.

Amie *C* - February 5, 2010 - 8:10 am

What a gorgeous group of people. Don’t sweat it Denise, we all will live without pictures until next week. I am so excited for to see it all together. Love our new platinum purchases too!

Erin Spencer - February 5, 2010 - 6:15 am

oh my I’m not used to the new blog….I forgot you don’t have to sign your name on this one, but oh well I think I got my point across. Love you Denise and LOVE MJC!!

Erin Spencer - February 5, 2010 - 6:06 am

OMG… I cant believe some of these post, I think its absolutely ridiculous!! If your a newbie to MJC then fine but come on this is the way it has always been and either hop on and enjoy the ride or get off, but stop complaining on Denise’s blog. This should be a source or joy and relaxation for her and all the negativity…well if I were Denise…I wouldn’t bother! I LOVE all the SNEAK PREVIEWS I’ve seen and can’t wait to see the rest of the line!! Just to let you know Denise..I didn’t think HB would be up any sooner then some time next, so this is 1 long time customer that is NOT dissapointed at all!!!!!

Erin “the pankcake makers mom” Spencer

ps- one question…what is the wish list for on your site???? Just a list a things we cant afford and hope that the MJC fairy will deliver to our door?? LOL

workingnine2five - February 4, 2010 - 10:23 am

I’m sure that a few days will not make any difference in how awesome Hamond Bay is going to be. This stuff literally sells itself so no amount of time or extra finance planning is going to change that. We’ve all known that HB was coming this month that should be enough to get all of our ducks in a row. Super excited Denise and I think you are an amazing person who has a ton of things going on at the moment. Don’t sweat it….we all love you!!!!!

Amitha - February 3, 2010 - 11:30 pm

What a gorgeous group of ladies!! I have been to so MANY sales “meetings” in my life time and I have to say that the MJ conference looks amazing! The TKs are gorgeous and I love seeing Sarah, Sam and Lynette~ too pretty for words! Thanks Denise.

Em and Lil can’t wait for our show. They are your future trunk keepers~ they promote my trunk show more than I do (handing out invites to students, teachers, etc…)!! Go team RIEMAN!! Can’t wait to see more of HM!! Love~Us

lauren - February 3, 2010 - 8:08 pm

What a wonderful group of gals! I am so proud to be part of MJC! Remember that there are 92+ of us that see firsthand how hard you work to try and please everyone, even though it is not humanly possible. πŸ™‚ You and David have such a wonderful business because you have integrity, values and passion for what you do and who you do it for. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be part of such an amazing journey! Dang Girl, you are entitled to have your moments. I don’t know how you manage to have so much on your plate and still “Rock It” every season! Hammond Bay is worth the wait!!! xoxoxo

Dayna - February 3, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Everyone looks so beautiful! I am so proud of you and let me just say… you can’t always make everyone happy. People don’t have to agree or understand your decisions but respecting them is important. Lets try to remember the other 6 days of the week that you exceed everyone’s expectations even your own! Love you sister

tree*head - February 3, 2010 - 5:01 pm

What a gorgeous group of ladies and Happy Belated Birthday Miss Sara!

I do have to agree with the others about the pics of Hammond Bay especially if one is having a show…first no sale, then no pics of the line-another disappointment. πŸ™

christine - February 3, 2010 - 4:46 pm

Oh I have totally forgotten my pin. I was once at a fantastic flea market and finding so many wonderful things. I had to run to an ATM and I kept typing in a different pin. The HORROR, it kept my card! Luckily I had some fantastic friends who helped me out but it put a major damper on other things I wanted to buy πŸ™‚

Mary - February 3, 2010 - 4:22 pm

I hate to sound cynical, but I’m not surprised. Anymore I hope for the best, but prepare myself for the larger possibility that it won’t come to fruition.

The TK’s look beautiful as always. They are really great ambassadors for MJC. Lovely ladies.

Denise - February 3, 2010 - 3:44 pm

Once again,I apologize. I am completely at fault but regardless it has always been agreement in Matilda Jane that the website goes up the same week. It’s a double edge sword and my mistake. Either I follow what I told them or follow a comment I sent. Though I do strongly feel it will not hurt anyones party fo I have already posted a ton pf pics. Think of it this way, come to my party and you’ll get to see EVEN more great stuff.

Lindsay - February 3, 2010 - 2:38 pm

I don’t want to be a pain either but EVERYONE thought the pics would be up today! My huge email invite said that they would and now everyone is confused. It totally helps to be able to pass out the invites and then say they can view the website and they can make plans to come to the trunk show! It does help people to plan finaces also. I just don’t understand what it would hurt for the pics to be up. It only gets us more excited about everything!!! Just my opinion…I heart MJ reguardless!

Jenna - February 3, 2010 - 2:37 pm

I was hoping to generate a lot of interest for my party on the 16th and told all my girlfriends to look today. So sad there are no pictures to share.

Melanie H. - February 3, 2010 - 2:28 pm

I agree, a gorgeous group of gals! TKs rock!

Kelly - February 3, 2010 - 1:47 pm

I agree with the previous post…I feel embarrassed to have to keep explaining to Newcomers attending my Trunk Show that “No…the stuff isnt on the website yet”

Momof4 - February 3, 2010 - 1:42 pm

I totally agree with the previous poster.

Skye, River, and Siennas mom - February 3, 2010 - 1:13 pm

OK, trying to contain my disappointment here. I REALLY wish you would reconsider posting Hammond Bay earlier. I mean, the invitations SAY you can view the entire collection online and you CANT. That makes us look so silly. That is the main reason I would like it to be posted. People want to see it, it helps with show attendance and with people calling in orders. Some people are out of pocket and have to give you their orders way in advance and they cant if its not posted online to view. Not to mention people need time to choose what they want and find ways to get more money b/c they want it all, lol. SO many of the expensive name brands launch photos of their lines months in advance for “pre-orders” and we are lucky to see the new MJC lines a few days in advance. Just doesn’y make any sense to me. I am certainly not trying to be outspoken or rude but this feeling is shared by MANY and I thought you should know. NOt to mention you had everyones hopes up to see the new line today just to disappoint us again. :O(

*TKJT* - February 3, 2010 - 1:11 pm

I’ll be the voice for many of us that are disappointed about the pics not going up today πŸ™ We all thought they would be up THIS Wednesday? We really like to plan ahead,talk about what we are all ordering, plan our finances, etc…

Sundee - February 3, 2010 - 12:55 pm

Wow. Great pictures! Gorgeous ladies! I am starting to think one of the criteria for being a TK is being pretty! So excited for Hammond Bay. Here I thought I had enough MJ in our closet and then you surprise me again!

Emily - February 3, 2010 - 12:36 pm

You have the prettiest bunch of trunk keepers!!

JT - February 3, 2010 - 12:30 pm

I did that a few months ago. I could remember every other number in the world but not my PIN number. It went on for days. I would go in a store, check out and blank out. I was so flustered. I finally ended calling the bank and they mailed it to me. I felt so stupid when I opened it and realized what the number was. I honestly believe that my children eating my brain cells. I use to be very smart. LOL!

Incognito - February 3, 2010 - 10:34 am

Adorable pics!! Happy Birthday Miss Sara Brown!

Lisa M - February 3, 2010 - 9:53 am

Look at all those pretty trunk keepers! I think you are model material Denise!!

Isabella's Mom - February 3, 2010 - 9:34 am

Beautiful women!! And look at Miss Sara, GORGEOUS!!!

My One and ONLY girl…

I love this girl shown in the above pic painting with me nearly 14 years ago.Β  (Did you know that I used to paint children’s furniture in the years before Matilda Jane?Β  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!).Β  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.Β  David andΒ  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! πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚ 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.Β  We will be back online on Wednesday the 3rd.Β  And, I’ve been getting several questions about Platinum.Β  Platinum is always available online to purchase.Β  Just go to and click on the Platinum link at the bottom or go directly toΒ  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.Β  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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™ 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! πŸ™‚

Karen - January 31, 2010 - 7:43 pm

whooo hooo! Scored me some valentine ruffles! Can’t wait to get them! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™ 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. πŸ™ 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?