Questions, totally off track.

If we worked on a perfect schedule I would be just getting to go to sleep in a nice comfy hotel bed in the heart of Shanghai.  Instead Amy is at home, hoping and praying Fed Ex shows up with  her Visa today so we can go at noon. Me? I’m pretty certain it is not going to happen and we’ll re-schedule again for Friday.  Which is ok. Well, as Long as I get back by next Thursday to go up north.  I cannot even begin to type out how much I love it up there. It’s kinda like the world shuts now and I’m just me again.  It is a great thing.   Sometimes I miss me.  I was talking to a friend this morning and we were talking about my old blog and how different it was.  It’s crazy to go back 5 years and read about my life.  And not bad crazy, just different. I was so much more “uncensored”.  And actually now that I think about it, I kinda miss not being able to just write down what pops into my brain. t seems as we grow at MJC I also have to think a to before I talk. It is so weird to me because I know “me” and I know I would never do or say anything with the intent of hurting someone’s feelings or what not. But as things grow I am always worried someone will take it and flip it around to something it so doesn’t mean.  Anyways..not sure how I got on that story.

I guess sometimes I edit myself so much now that it doesn’t even seem like me when I write. Like I sound generic. But now that I am way off my train of thought (I had sat down to write about how excited I was to go to China with Amy cuz I love her brain. She is so smart, experienced and well traveled that I cannot wait to hear all her stories and learn from her).

But now that that blog has been pushed aside, how about I open up the the comments and let you guys ask me any question you want and I’ll make a list and answer them throughout the week? I don’t think I have ever done this. It can be anything from Joe to Franklin to how the heck did Matilda Jane even start or who knows… ha, maybe how come my spelling is so bad? ha, it really isn;t, it is just I am bad at the little fine details sometimes..sometimes.

Amber Dodson - October 15, 2012 - 1:26 am

Well my question is something you can probably answer pretty easily 🙂 My dream is to goto the Art Fair next year and was wondering how you get tickets or how the process works. If someone would have time to email me that would be amazing!!

MBT Men Sandals - October 12, 2012 - 10:33 am

After I start your Rss feed it appears to be a ton of junk, is the problem on my side?

Juventus - October 12, 2012 - 6:10 am

There are some interesting points in that clause but I dont know if I see all of them eye to centre . There is some validness but I will take hold legal opinion until I look into it further. Good clause, thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner besides.

Cycling combo set - October 12, 2012 - 4:07 am

My bro bookmarked this web page for me and I have been going through it for the past several hours. This is really going to assist me and my classmates for our class project. By the way, I like the way you write.

Carrie Gugger Kelley - October 11, 2012 - 12:57 am

What is your favorite dress of the season and why?

How do you choose what people and projects will benefit from your mission of excessive generosity?

The company is a huge success by all standards~ do you have any visions of early retirement?

Joy Williams - October 11, 2012 - 12:18 am

What one lesson do you hope to teach your sweet kids?

Rachel Loomis - October 11, 2012 - 12:16 am

I’m so excited for this opportunity. I’m a fellow designer and I actually was lucky enough to speak with you just a bit a few years back when I traveled solo to the art fair. I took a little mommy break for 24 whole hours and oh, my! was it ever fun to see you all in motion and meet you, even if in passing. My question: How did you get over that “hump” of being so small and having to fly nearly solo to being able to implement a sales force and a team on the home front? The $ balance between production and ordering fabric is so tight and then even thinking about putting together a “team” is mind boggling, but I know it can be done. I keep plugging away and doing my best to juggle my passion and my dear family. You are such an inspiration to me and so many others. If you’re able to answer me in any regard, even if just to say hello, I’ll be so tickled! p.s. it just makes my day when you post!!

holly Lafferty - October 10, 2012 - 9:16 pm

ok, here’s one for you. and it’s kind of a doozy.

having 2 kids… one with special needs and one without, how do you manage both of their needs without the other missing out on something? or leaving one feeling favored? or one feeling mad?

Steph S. - October 10, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Dear Denise,
I want to help a friend. You know her, too. I’m thinking PINK. Let’s bust a move…MJC style….in her honor. I am wanting so badly to type in here my idea…but I need to share it personally with you. We are all sisters… aren’t we? Please email me back…and I will pitch it to you. Please? (i hope you can access my email address here…) please. please. please. its all i can think about. she’s all i can think about. i appreciate your time and your consideration….

yoga_lat_te - October 10, 2012 - 8:41 pm

Love this idea, Denise! Lots of great questions on here already, & here’s mine: What has kept you so grounded all this time :-)? You just seem to have changed very little -if any- over the years: You have always done the right thing, been extraordinarily generous & funny to boot! Speaking of your old blog: Do you remember the thank-you card Coco Arquette sent you -addressed to someone else, if I remember?- for an MJ piece she got in her swag bag? You still have it, perhaps?! Really, it scares me that I still remember this …!

Heather W. - October 10, 2012 - 8:29 pm

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Fill in the blanks… When Matilda Jane “made it”, I wanted to surprise ____________ with ___________. (Did you ever do <<<< ?)

How did you know how to go about getting your designs mass produced? You had an idea, a design…how did you know how to get them 1st made? Did you invest your own personal funds? Did your family financially back you? I would love to know the "How".

When you come home from a long days work, what one thing do you do for yourself?

If you watch Reality TV…which one is your guilty pleasure?

Jill Hoglund - October 10, 2012 - 8:20 pm

One that comes to mind….have you ever thought of, or do you plan to, add boys clothes to your lines. Not even a full wardrobe or anything, but polos/henleys or layered shirts that are in the same hues as the colors/patterns in each line. I know you have sons, so just wondering if you ever thought of doing that…or plan to. I know it would make my clothing planning for family portraits so much easier. 😉

Stacey - October 10, 2012 - 8:19 pm

What is your favorite piece you ever designed and what was the inspiration for it? As an artist, how did you come to choose designing girls clothing vs another medium?

Debbie - October 10, 2012 - 7:51 pm

I’ve been around for a few years, so forgive me if I can’t remember where or when you said it. But you were discussing a collection (possibly field trip) and you said David said he didn’t think anyone would buy a few of the pieces. I have always wondered what those pieces were. 🙂 Was he right?

Priscilla Bockelman - October 10, 2012 - 7:46 pm

I was wondering if you will have any new releases to your Boys, the good ones, line. Or if it will be added to your trunk shows. I love your boys things and would love to see promotions and new releases like the girls! Keep up the great work!!!

katya demarigny - October 10, 2012 - 7:35 pm

I love Matilda Jane, especially Platinum – I’ve had every gorgeous piece you have made, I love the way it looks on my little girl, even went to AF this year, so I can have it all 🙂 My question is, and please don’t take it personal (or maybe do) – who has been designing Platinum lately? It just seems so not like the fab MJ I got used to! I did just get Myllah and its TDF :))

Rebecca - October 10, 2012 - 7:34 pm

Why do your adult pieces always run so small? Would you PLEASE consider making some plus sized adult pieces, particularly in the finn pants & skirts?

Courtney Voss - October 10, 2012 - 7:20 pm

Do you ever think you will have more children, biologically or adopted? I remember your Trip to Peru left you tempted 😉

Krista - October 10, 2012 - 7:19 pm

What is your absolute favorite piece? Platinum and regular line

Jennifer Raymond - October 10, 2012 - 6:50 pm

I could ask a million questions but here goes….. Who was your greatest influence as a child or adult?

FancyNancy - October 10, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Why did you come up with the Trunk Keeper idea to begin with and why do you stick to it? Dont get me wrong I looove ours but seems like it would be easier to just sell online and let everyone order themselves. Seems like opening day is so stressful for them…

Heather D. - October 10, 2012 - 6:35 pm

A couple of questions;
Who was your Muse for Matilda Jane?
Did you think you would be this successful?
How is the clothing named?

Lily Riles - October 10, 2012 - 6:32 pm

Which line are you the most proud of? Which line would you want a “do-over” on (if any)?

Where do you get your creative inspiration for the designs?

Which designer would you be an “Addict” for?

Thanks for this fun opportunity!

Amy Hanshew - October 10, 2012 - 6:32 pm

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Rachel Kee - October 10, 2012 - 6:28 pm

so…Walking Dead or Fringe? or both? and if you haven’t seen either you would love both.

Tiffany - October 10, 2012 - 6:26 pm

Will there be any items loaded in platinum this month in support of breast cancer awareness? My mom passed away 3 years ago from it, and I would LOVE to have an item for my daughter in her memory. If yes and you need a name, let me know we can name it after my mom, Im sure she would be honored! <3

Kari - October 10, 2012 - 6:19 pm

How did you meet your hubby?

Abby - October 10, 2012 - 4:00 pm

When you design for adults, is it stuff
You would wear? And if so, do you own all your own pieces?

Melissa S - October 10, 2012 - 3:39 pm

This is a little off the wall-but who writes out the little sheets with the fabric swatches, sizes, and quantities for Platinum (like the one here: ( I swear that person has some cool handwriting and that would make an awesome font for art journaling or scrapbooking!

Monika - October 10, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Hugs, I miss the good old blog too… remember the crazy contests that kept your fans up all night? I made some wonderful friends thanks to those =). I understand why you feel the need to censor yourself… but then again, why? Be who you are and those who don’t like it don’t have to read.

Erica - October 10, 2012 - 3:28 pm

How did Matilda Jane start? How do you become a trunk seller

Stacey Mullins - October 10, 2012 - 3:05 pm

Are you going to have more kids?? I have heard it mentioned if you were going to have a girl way back in the day you were going to name her Matilda. If you do have a girl in the future would you still name her that?

Jenn - October 10, 2012 - 1:57 pm

If you could talk to yourself five years ago, what advice would you give yourself?

Kari Bennett - October 10, 2012 - 12:04 pm

How did you pick Chicks For Children to donate to? I agree they are very worthy, but curious as to how it came about!

Pamela M. - October 10, 2012 - 11:41 am

Hi Denise – Great idea! I loved your old blog and still love the new blog. What is your latest favorite fall show to watch and why? I know there will be so many questions about fabric designs, photo shoots, Franklin, Joe/Gabe/David so here is something easy!

Nancy - October 10, 2012 - 11:39 am

If you could go back in history who would you want to talk to? And why?

Hope Boyce - October 10, 2012 - 11:34 am

Question Part One: Why – oh, why – are you so hard on yourself???

Questions Part Two: Especially when it comes to your parenting skills??

Comment: I just don’t get it, but I do think it is one of the things that makes you so endearing.

And I love it that David had your back in the old blog post! “Don’t be mad at her” – I guess some things never change and you are always gonna second guess yourself and worry about making people mad at you!

Lara - October 10, 2012 - 11:29 am

Any plans to make a new Lulu or Dottie dress???