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i got my first merri mail last week and was so thrilled i had to share. merri mail is a newsletter service founded by friends eris and caroline. inspired by the first episode of nbc's the apprentice, eris and caroline decided to start their own business sharing great design with their friends. merri mail is basically a quarterly publication that covers topics like: arts, crafts, entrepreneurship, cooking, travel and much more. if you sign up for a one year subscription ($88) you receive four issues of the publication and the greatest part- a gift with each copy! this month i got the cutest little blue salt and pepper shakers by jeremie. i think it's a really fun idea and who doesn't like getting a little gift in the mail every once in a while. click here for more on merri mail. could be a great gift idea for the holidays...[thanks, eris!]

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Blogger holly said...

this is fantastic! what delightful little birds. going to look now ...

6:11 PM  
Blogger Miss Beaux said...

Love, love, love the shakers. Too cute!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous upset reader said...

you shouldn't have recommend this - i paid the $88 and i want to cancel now. the paper's cheap, the presentation sucks and the pepper shakers are so damn tiny! if i'm paying $22 bucks per issue, i want to see a better designed product.

the content in the magazine isn't all that great either. its hardly a magazine- more like a newsletter...

very disappointed grace.

9:00 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

upset reader,

sorry you're unhappy with merri mail. i personally wasn't unhappy with it at all but i'm sure if you email merri mail you can take this up with them. to me the shakers look exactly as big as they are in the picture, but that's just my 2 cents.


9:05 AM  
Anonymous jinal shah said...

I got mine in mail and I happen to like them as well. I think it's a great concept.
They are too cute...!

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to agree that I, too, was very disappointed and underwhelmed when I got my MerriMail package. I don't think it's accurate of them to call a one-page color copied newsletter a "publication" by any means. The contents of the newsletter is by no means thoughtful or inspiring - the "articles" are short blurbs (set in a large point size to take up space) about things that most people already know, i.e., you can find interesting collectibles at thrift stores. Or basic table etiquette such as your bread plate is on the left. For the high price of $22 per issue, this newsletter had better have something more to offer. And the teensy blue bird salt & pepper shakers are cute, but they certainly aren't worth $22 either. I will definitely be contacting MerriMail to ask for a refund. While the premise of MerriMail is a good concept, they aren't ready yet with the follow-through. (P.S. - For $22 I expect offset printing, not color laser copies!!)

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well grace-- you also werent paying for it. so obv, you wouldn't be unhappy with it.

3:44 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

you got me, anon.

i take money and merchandise for posts, i hate babies and i kick puppies and kittens whenever i get the chance.


3:47 PM  
Blogger Caroline Armijo said...

We appreciate the candid feedback regarding MerriMail, and since it's our very first issue, we know there's room for improvement. We will definitely use all of the feedback we've received to make our next issue even better. We want to make sure that our customers are happy, keeping in mind that you cannot please everyone.

We apologize if our website was misleading in any way. The idea card, which we frequently refer to as a newsletter, is meant to be a quick read since most people lead very busy lives these days. We do fully intend to improve the quality of the print and the content of the idea card.

We hope that the negative comments do not discourage people from subscribing and experiencing MerriMail as we continue to grow, evolve and improve. As new entrepreneurs, we fully intend to remain true to what we want MerriMail to be – something that's fun, happy and inspiring.

Caroline and Eris

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, i'm funny, because i first started writing a message about how it can be a bit of a rip off, because magazine subscriptions are just about $12 a year... and s&p shakers are really not very expensive...

but one reason i logged on, was to look at those darling s&p shakers... i have been obsessing over them... i also love getting surprises in the mail... even if i have to pay for them! yes, my husband still surprises me, but one never gets tired of surprises, do they?

so midway through my post... i went ahead anyway and signed up for merrimail... i'm laughing at myself right now...
i can't wait to recieve the little birds in the mail...

~Suzanne D
(hopefully the ladies read this, and make sure my birds are safe in their nest :)

6:23 PM  

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