Mar 11, 2010

musical freckles

A lot of memories run through my mind while designing the invitations for my old college friend. Particularly today -watching the rainy weather outside my window while listening to Stan Getz takes me back to some earlier years...

What if...the little rain drops could leave us their musical freckles on our window pane, which song would you like to hear?

Mar 10, 2010

shimmering grey cover

Here is a wedding invitation set I printed early this morning, featuring shimmering grey paper as an introductory cover to go on top of the white invitation. I love the simplicity of the bird and butterfly design chosen by a very talented couple who are also architects. The bride-to-be is a dear friend from my college days and I am so happy to be part of her love journey.

I am running off to photograph the invitations and print the rest of the matching table place cards for the calligrapher...

Mar 8, 2010

first custom plate

My first custom plate for the letterpress is here! This is not exactly the final design layout. It's a parts-n-pieces, ready to be dissected and re-assembled for a wedding design package. "So many fragments, so many beginnings, so many pleasures . . ." (Roland Barthes)

downtown tampa

We had a spectacular weekend in downtown Tampa. Both of the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and the free admission to the Tampa Museum of the Art were great! My daughter and I had a wonderful time skipping underneath the cantilevering structure of the museum while looking over the park with a full view of the artists' white top booths!

Mar 4, 2010

letterpress custom plate

Two days ago, I sent off a design file to Boxcar Press to have a custom plate made for my first letterpress job. I can barely control my excitement to receive this plate in the mailbox. I am so looking forward to print these invitations...yay!  Check out Boxcar Press music video .

Steve Heaver

Last summer I was fortunate enough to meet a hand press printer Steve Heaver at The Tampa Book Arts working on his Lankes project. Heaver is a well respected "printer's printer" for his meticulous press work. I was so amazed by the amount of work that went into one of his pages.  Since then I have this terrible thirst to get my hands on the letterpress work.

Feb 23, 2010

the vine

What if... this ruined wall of mine would hold on to its crumbling mortar so together we could sustain each other with my ever stretching limbs?

Feb 22, 2010

beautiful birds

Two hardest working birds, our Creative Marketing Director Amy and her little assistant.

Feb 21, 2010


We are currently in the process of interviewing people.

The interview will include 3 questions.

Our three question interview is dedicated to people who are making a difference in the community by inspiring people with their creative vision.

Stay tuned...

Feb 16, 2010

banyan tree

What run your hand on the weather-beaten banyan tree trunk and a message will whisper to your ears. What would you want to hear?

Feb 14, 2010

double dip

This year we get a double dip by celebrating Valentine's Day and Lunar New Year. My little tiger is sending her love to everyone in 2010.

Feb 12, 2010


After spending many hours of creating the very first letterpress design for my dearest friend, Kathryn, I forgot to bring it with me to her birthday dinner. I can't wait to mail it to her and I can't wait to show everyone my letterpress collection. Happy birthday Kathryn!!! You are the best.

Dec 9, 2009

open house

If you live in the Tampa Bay area, please stop by our new studio on Saturday, December 12th  to say hello and get a behind the scenes at the designer studios. I would love for you to meet my family and studio friends: Jon, Mina, David, Amy, Anna and Kelly.

Santaella Cigar Factory, Studio 313
1906 N. Armenia Ave.
Tampa, FL 33607

Dec 5, 2009

tweeprints first GIVEAWAY, 2010 desk calendar

One Tweeprints winner will be chosen @ 12am on Christmas Day. Will it be you? You can become our BLOG FOLLOWER and make a comment below to be added to the drawing.

Dec 4, 2009

upside down elf with big feet!

Thuy designed a very fun "upside down elf with big feet (& little tiny reindeer)" holiday card in support of CREATIVE LOAFING'S HOLIDAY AUCTION!
proceeds benefit The Children's Home

I love it! and I think I might go upside down now too! ......maybe I will turn in to an elf!....
enjoy your holiday season!

Nov 26, 2009


Tweeprints is thankful for all of the endless support from our friends and family.

Nov 24, 2009

we're moving...

A great space just opened up in the historic Santaella Cigar Factory and we've decided to make the move. We are excited to expand our shop/studio space and also be part of the West Tampa Center for the Arts. Stay tuned for more info.....

Nov 23, 2009

Hermes manual typewriter

I recently acquired an old Hermes typewriter from a local Bohemian Vintage shop nearby my house. There is something really beautiful about listening to the keys click away. Soon I'll be releasing a new line of cards featuring some of these manual typewriting fonts. This is going to be so much fun!

Nov 18, 2009

Visiting Birds Thank You Cards

HaPpILy, they pirched...
A twitter here, a melody there.
Quietly, summer turned in to fall...
Turned in to winter.
A time to release,
for wings to exhale...
To fly, to soar,
and to return...
To pirch, to sit,
And to chirp.

This winter, our visiting birds have migrated to another beautiful tree in Tampa.  Please visit them at Bohemian Vintage where they will be displayed & hApPiLy perched for your viewing and most thoughtful pleasures. 
REMEMBER, each purchase of a visiting bird Thank You card helps support World Habitat 2009 and contributes to making our neighborhoods a better place to live!  Please take some time to support this great cause! 

Visit Bohemian Vintage and make a difference in your community! 

Bohemian Vintage
3418 S. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33629

Nov 17, 2009

...another feather

It's great day,Tweeprints drops another feather in South Tampa! Visit for some of our latest design and to see all of Mina's beautiful vintage collection.

Nov 15, 2009

2010 desk calendar

2010 desk calendar : Nebular Landscape
I decided to design a desk calendar for the year 2010. These landscapes reminded my husband of the star formation beyond the milky way so I named them Nebular Landscape. Each of these images is 3.5" x 3.5". They are printed on 110lb Neenah 100% FSC certified post consumer fiber thick cover stock. The printing is on its way, so you can pre-order these desk calendars today at . They can also be personalized with your name on the top. These 12 colorful images are packaged in a clear jewel case that folds back to create a stand.

Nov 13, 2009

amy's fun fact of the day

On August 5, 1926, while traveling in the Humboldt Mountains of Tibet's Kokonor region, Nicholas Roerich reported that members of his expedition saw "something big and shiny reflecting the sun, like a huge oval moving at great speed."

"Crossing our camp the thing changed in its direction from south to southwest. And we saw how it disappeared in the intense blue sky. We even had time to take our field glasses and saw quite distinctly an oval form with shiny surface, one side of which was brilliant from the sun.”

"...A shiny body flying from north to south. Field glasses are at hand. It is a huge body. One side glows in the sun. It is oval in shape. Then it somehow turns in another direction and disappears in the southwest."

Nov 10, 2009

visiting birds series

Our limited edition of Visiting Birds Series by Amy Chin is the first to be off the market. Thanks Amy for making such a great contribution to World Habitat Day 2009!!!!

Nov 4, 2009

and the winner is.....

SONNY FORNOLES!  Congratulations Sonny! 
The people chose your card for Best in Show in the World Habitat Day 2009 visiting bird series.

tweeprints dedicates this day to Sonny Fornoles.  Thanks to all the people who participated in World Habitat Day 2009.  Within just this last month, your gratious contributions allowed us to raise over $200 to help our fellow neighbors live a better life!  But, we have a long way to go to reach our goal.  We would like to raise $1300 by the end of the year.  We need your help!  Please keep the movement going and spread the good word about all our visiting birds.  Please help us by spreading these birds' wings in the right direction! 

with our continuous and most sincere thanks to all of you, 
all of us @tweeprints

Oct 31, 2009

WHD 2009 exhibition

The United Nations has declared the first Monday in October as WORLD HABITAT DAY in recognition of the vast housing needs in cities around the world. Tweeprints is proud to participate in this special event in hope of raising awareness in our community.

Tweeprints would like to thank these following visiting architects/designers/artists for their generous contributions.

Jody Beck, Erik Brewer, Amy Chin, Warren Chow, Shane Clark, Kim Del Rance, Cathy Duncan, Jose Fioretto, Sonny Fornoles, Jason Green, Robert Hendrick, Brandon Hicks, Sarah Joubert, John Kidwell, Clint Larkan, David Ma, Dana Muller, Cheuk Or, Jennifer Painter, Myra Prabo, Juan Villafane, Jon Wenberg, Darryl Wise and Valeria Wolters.

Oct 30, 2009

birds on wire

Hi. This is exciting, my very first blog! While waiting for my morning tea, I can drop a few lines or feathers or beaking news...

Oh yes, I stopped by to see Steven yesterday at the City Street Sweets to take down Tweeprints' first exhibition of the Visiting Birds thank you cards. It was so nice to see these lovely birds hanging on the wire. Let see if I could ask Amy or my brother to post some pics for us.