I am dying for a creative project. It seems I’m caught up doing wedding, political signs, contractor signs, and funeral place mats. Yes a wide array of lots of silly things. But all very important at the same time. I am dying to be creative again.

Luckily the Mighty Acorn/Change the Face of Beauty Auction is coming up and I’ve had a chance to make some pretty cool items. I was able to go into Matilda Jane and make a few dresses, bags, just cute stuff. I did a little crafting at home and I’ve been surrounded by beautiful donations from so many artisans. But I’m really dying to get back into the swing of things. I’m not sure what is going to be but something’s got to give.

I get to go over to Kenya over Thanksgiving with one of my really good friends since I was just a little girl. I’m pretty excited about that. Oh and Becky. The girl I’ve known forever, will also have some pretty cool TOMS in the auction. We both painted several pairs. Maybe she’ll have a creative game plan for me.


You know I have to fully admit being scared, feeling a little nervous of competitors back in the day when I worked at Matilda Jane. I was always confident of the company and what we stood for, for giving, but sometimes I was self conscious of my designs and I would see others and their amazing beautiful pieces and it kind of stressed me out. I think it’s just me.   I sound like a fool, but to know there are people out there who are way better than me. People who could put me out of business in 2 seconds. And therefore I felt threatened by them.

Doing this Auction has taught me a lot. Doing the Changing Face of Beauty has also taught me a lot. But what they have both taught me,  is that you are much stronger when you embrace all the people and competition around you. As I’m photographing, uploading, or just folding all the clothing from so many different companies I am honored to be part of this. I am flattered to see so many people join forces to help Change the Face of Beauty.

So with that said, let’s not busy ourselves watching and comparing ourselves to others. Let’s be the best we can be. lets be the best we ever imagined and then let’s go out and join forces and do some pretty amazing things. We only get better by surrounding ourselves with great folks, great talents and great hearts.

Thank you to all those (you know who you are) for participating in this auction but equally so, thank you for helping me to set aside all those jealousies and replace them with admiration. Crazy how we grow each day. Thank you.

– Denise


Great post! So excited (and very jealous) you are going back at Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to get back there, it’s like a part of me is missing since I’ve been back. I simply can’t wait.


…always saying what needs to be said/read. Love you.

What a wonderful post! I’m so thrilled to be able to donate something handmade to such a great cause. And yes, I can totally identify with you Denise. The auction is going to bring smiles to present and future who really need Gigi’s Playhouse. With respect and tons of admiration ~ Kim

How do I donate? What do you want? Clothing, pillow, blanket? What can I do?


You say so much about all of life. Be the best we can be and join others to help others be the best they can be. Hugs……even though you are not the hugger, I am.

tracy thomson

This post was so absolutely perfect!!! If you only knew the trauma I went through trying to get my dress ready for the auction!! When I was asked to be a part I had NO IDEA!!! and I do mean NO IDEA of the amazing artists that would be involved and I only had a couple days to get something together…I was and still am a nervous wreck but this post helped.. we are each individuals and I am honored to be a part of such a great auction.. I don’t need to compare my items or worry about no one bidding!!!! Thank you for having me!!and thank you for this wonder post!! Tracy

Carolina Gonzalez

Such a powerful message.

Jay Conley

“If it is both terrifying and amazing, then you should definitely pursue it.”

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