I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, per se— I just resolve to have a better year. That shouldn’t be too difficult, since 2013 wasn’t exactly one of my favorites. THIS year, however, promises to be very exciting and full of new wonders, if everything goes even loosely according to plan.
One of my main goals is to provide you with lots more things that I know you want, and I’m not waiting around for licenses to decide to produce them (or not)! We’re gearing up here at the ME Studios to make some of the stuff ourselves, all right here in the ol’ US of A. We’ll keep you apprised of all the details as they emerge, which will be fairly soon, and I hope you’ll be as excited as we are!
Of course, we’ll still have all our current licenses, including Andrews McMeel, who is coming out with a brand new addition to our vast family of calendars— illustrated quotations that are printed on embossed, heavy, cream-colored paper that are easily framed. I think you’re really going to love it!
I’m doing another Christmas book for Zondervan Publishing, as yet to be named, about a bunch of young kids putting on their class play about the Nativity.
One of the most exciting things we’re doing is greatly expanding our Christmas offerings with Mark Roberts—- wait until you see this stuff! I’ll be posting photos from the Gift Show in Atlanta in early January. And Mark and I have been talking about the possibility of making year-round products, something I’ve wanted to do ever since I fell in love with the quality of his line. I’ll keep harassing him about it on your behalf, don’t worry.
Lots of new things coming to Michaels, of course, and in our major push to reconnect with smaller, independent gift stores, we have some darling enamel baby dishes coming from White Rabbit and some great printed dish towels and totes from Fiddlers Elbow that will be showing up in shops near you in the spring.
So may your New Year be as fun and exciting as I’m hoping mine will be! All the best to you, and thank you so much for your continuing support!