MARAI love rummaging through those housewares aisles at the back of store like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. You know the section – where there are odds and ends from towel and bathroom items to frog statues and garden gnomes. There is usually a small section of stationery, often featuring the coolest little gems you usually only see at specialty stores.

That is precisely where I came across a wonderful notecard set featuring some great drawings of vintage typewriters, bicycles and telephones. It turns out the cards were produced by design studio Mara-Mi. A little research on the internets (thank you Al Gore) and I discovered Mara-Mi has a full line of great cards and stationery products.

About Mara-Mi: “Mara-Mi began over 30 years ago as a 2 person* start-up with a line of social stationery marketed to independent boutique stores. The mission from the beginning has been to enhance life’s celebrations and social connections through good design and irresistible product formats. The Mara-Mi aesthetic is optimistic, colorful, authentic, playful and timeless! The broad range of products include; social stationery, roll wrap, gift bags & tags, paper tableware, plastic-ware, party décor, desk-top & giftware. We love what we do and are committed to making each of life’s celebrations a little more memorable.”

I love the Cheerio Greeting Card (above, right) and the Luddite Collection which includes these matchboxes:


See all the great designs of Mara-Mi here.