An interview opportunity on MSNBC!!


Hot off the press!!  On Monday, February 1st , MSNBC’s Small Business program “YOUR BUSINESS” will be shooting on-camera interviews with U.S.-based small business Owners, CEOs, and Founders at NY NOW!…and I was selected to be one of those businesses!!! So exciting!!! Of course I will let you know if I make the final cut and will be seen on the program. But for now I will put my thinking cap on and brush up on my interview questions.


Posted: January 18th, 2016

Starting the New Year off Right!!!

january 1Happy New Year to everyone!!! Starting the new year out in a white water kayak with a bunch of friends is the way we do it around here!!! This is what happens in Connecticut when I send a posting out on Facebook that I will be paddling on New Years Day!! My friends come out to celebrate!!!! It wasn’t too cold, no icicles on our helmets or life jackets. We had many smiles and lots of laughs. Here we are trying to get ourselves together for a group shot in the calm part of the river.


Posted: January 2nd, 2016

Starting the business year out with a big bang!!

MM USA on redI’m excited to announce that this new USA Americana pin was selected for the “NEW PRODUCTS” display at the NY NOW show starting January 30 and running through February 3rd. The NY Now show is one of the  largest gift shows in the country and we are lucky enough that it is  in NYC. I will be there selling my pens and my NEW expanded line of America. I”m thrilled to be at the show and definitely excited to unveil all my new work!!

Posted: December 22nd, 2015

June is that magical time of the year!!

It’s that time of year again when the flowers are simply bursting with color. The garden is almost at it’s peak and I’m spending as much time as I can with all the flowers. A little snip here and there to make them look spectacular. But then again, sometimes I simply can’t help myself and I snip a whole bunch to bring inside.

photo 1 Flowers make the house come alive. And I love making arrangements. This arrangement I made early in the morning and I used my friend, Claire Des Becker’s vase. I got the vase when I was in college when I was an intern at her studio. All these years later I still remember the studio well and I have fond memories of making many personalized children’s bowls. For now, I will enjoy my flowers and vase. I simply love the white crackle glaze with the 2

For those of you who love pink…this bouquet is for you!!!

Posted: June 16th, 2015

A nice surprise


Received a surprise in the mail today from LUNA. They sent me a box full of goodies congratulating Merrily Made on being recognized as one of 30 inspiring female entrepreneur-businesses. Thank you LUNA. I’m looking forward to sharing all the treats with my friends.

Posted: February 10th, 2015

An oldie but a goodie

MM_45_72dpiI love this little guy!! He makes me so happy. I love putting the snowman on my winter jacket. What makes me even happier is when customers far and wide purchase  them too. I especially love the orders from Florida and Arizona….they must be snow deprived!! Come up north, we have plenty of snow.

Posted: January 12th, 2014


I’m so excited to be a recipient of this years Eileen Fisher woman’s grant. I was introduced to the the grant in September of 2012. I applied for it when it became available in March of 2013. In September of 2013 I found out I was a finalist !! I was very surprised. A month later I had in-person interview with the grant committee at their headquarters in NY. A few weeks later they called to announce that I had won. I was literally jumping up and down with the entire committee while talking to the them on the phone. Wow!

A little bit about the grant: it is for innovative women owned businesses that are eco-minded, socially-conscious, and committed to sustainability. The grant is a “gift” to be spent on your business how you see fit. In addition, the five grant winners will spend a weekend in NYC with other recipients and learn business tools from the Eileen Fisher team.

I am looking forward to making improvements to my business and expanding on ideas that I have yet to bring to the marketplace. I am greatly appreciative for this opportunity and hopeful for the places I have yet to go!!

Posted: November 18th, 2013

Signing T-shirts in Baltimore

1369_590831850939595_1160425739_n I went to Baltimore to see the movie and reconnect with my friend Alfie from college!! It was a wonderful evening. I was asked to speak a few words after the film…of course I had to say something important about supporting the American artists and everything handmade in USA. The audience liked what I said. Yeah!!! Afterwards I signed T-shirts and spoke to many of the people from the audience.

Posted: August 1st, 2013

The Movie and the crew are here!!!


The American Made Movie crew arrived for tonight’s showing. The bus and the eleven crew members stopped by for dinner and a social hour before the movie. This was the first time they have seen the house and studio since it has been repaired and rebuilt from the storm damage. They love the new place!! Me too!! My family was here to celebrate too, we all had a great dinner and then off to the movies. It was a fantastic evening, loads of people came out to support me and the movie. Thank you to everyone for making it such a special night!

Posted: July 27th, 2013

Middletown Press

The Middletown Press featured an article about The American Made Movie coming to Cromwell on July 26th, 2013.

‘American Made Movie’ screening to be held in Cromwell Friday

Monday, July 22, 2013 11:29 PM EDT

By Jeff Mill

CROMWELL >> The town has been selected as one of 32 cities and town across the country to host the premiere of a documentary film that details the decline of U.S. manufacturing — and attempts to revive it.

“The American Made Movie,” a portion of which was shot in Cromwell, will be shown in the Town Hall gymnasium Friday at 6:30 p.m. The screening, which is sponsored by the town’s Economic Development Commission, is free and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The film is the work of Vincent Vittorio and Nathaniel Thomas McGill.
In a press release announcing the screening, the two filmmakers said, “American manufacturing employment has been on the decline for decades, unleashing a devastating effect on our local and national economies.”
The harshest costs of that decline have fallen on “communities and the families that comprise them,” McGill and Vittorio said.
“As employers struggle to complete in the global economy, the debates regarding unemployment, debt ceilings and the trade deficit rages on in our nation’s capital,” the two filmmakers said. “To many Americans, it feels like there is no one fighting for American jobs – especially the jobs in manufacturing.”
But, in communities both large and small which often have borne the brunt of the harshest blows from the decline of manufacturing “people are making a difference,” Vittorio and McGill said.
“And, these individual efforts combine to ultimately impact the national economy.”
“American Made” strives to show to positive impact of domestic manufacturing jobs on national and local economies in the face of great challenges, the two film makers said.
The film includes interviews with economists but focuses on business owners, including the founder of Viking Range and the president of Annin Flagmakers, as well as Cromwell resident Merrie Buchsbaum.
A self-taught polymer artist, Buchsbaum founded her own business, “Merrily Made,” where she makes both jewelry and fine writing instruments.
(Buchsbaum features her creations on her website,
When Buchsbaum reached out to First Selectman Mertie L. Terry about hosting a screening of “American Made Movie,” Terry jumped at the opportunity.
“Small business is the backbone of America,” Terry said Monday. “And when Merry approached me, I said yes immediately, because we go out of our way to support small business in Cromwell.”
Residents who attend the screening will have an opportunity to discuss the film with Vittorio and McGill.
The film is scheduled to open in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 30.
Posted: July 22nd, 2013
  • Merrie

    Merrie has been a self- taught polymer artist since 1992. She is a two time Niche Award finalist. Her worked has been published in numerous articles and books. She is recognized in the art community as one of the leading polymer artists.