Happy New Year!

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!


13 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Everything sounds so exciting, and I’m especially happy to hear that more products will be made in the US. Happy New Year!

  2. Sounds like wonderful and exciting plans. It will be wonderful producing your own products. Better control and getting back to grass roots! Happy New Year to you and all those who work with and for you!!!

  3. I love the New Year! With all of the energy and excitement that goes along with having a blank slate with which to work, what could be better?? I wish you health, happiness and prosperity!

  4. Your work makes me happy and gives me warm fuzzies. This may be a “been there done that “but aprons to go with those dish towels would be stellar! Your talent is a gift. Thanks for sharing your gift.

  5. Mary, Thanks for sharing this good news. I miss being to find your products locally and having the variety of items like it was in the “good old days”. I can’t wait to see all that is in store for 2014.
    Wishing you and your family good time, good health and happiness in 2014 and always.


  6. Thank you so much, Mary. This all sounds wonderful!

    I hope 2014 exceeds your expectations by far!

    Thanks for all the joy and grace you bring to the world.

  7. I will start saving up for 2014 ME! Of all the things I have collected over the years, your work is my most prized! It was announced this weekend that Michael’s is coming to Kalispell, MT. Yay for us! Please come visit! ~Linda

  8. Wishing you and your “gang” the happiest of new years. Please, please bring back the big beautiful Christmas cards. I have saved one out of every box I bought and am getting desperate enough to send those precious ones out next year. Help save my collection! XOXO

  9. Oh Mary, I ‘m so excited to hear about that little book, I have that illustration from the calendars laminated (from your own little play?) I remember the picture in your studio? or a book? Can’t wait! I just send my sister the link to your latest “whatever” and come b-day or Christmas I get it. YAY! Thanks for your art and inspiration!

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