TOSS & TURN PRINT SHOP

14 March 2011



I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I was eagerly working on my print shop so I could share with you some of my artwork that's been brewing for, well, a few years really. And now, I proudly present to you my shop, TOSS & TURN.

It's taken me a while to get here. I didn't have the guts to share my artwork because I was scared it wasn't good enough. I was my own worst critic and on top of that, I had some shitty jobs and it just zapped all my creativity away, except one, when I worked for April Greiman at Made in Space. She's fabulous and totally inspiring. That pretty much jump-started my passion for art and design again. But also, I've always had an overwhelming desire to travel the world, so I left my dear April and became a flight attendant. Crazy me!

I flew for two years and it was great but the time changes and the jetlags were taking a toll on me. I knew it was time to move on so I quit about 3 months ago. And now, I'm just trying to get back to my creative side. I don't know what's in my next chapter but I know it'll be something I love doing.

When I was still flying I had a lot of down time, so I started making art and taking a lot of photos again. Before blogging, I had flickr and Tumblr. I was also doing a lot of thrifting and decorating (my own home) and Old Brand New was born. The idea behind this blog was not only to share what I find at thrift stores and how to make a space look beautiful without breaking the bank, but I wanted it to be a combination of printmaking, photography, interiors, basically art + design of any kind that was inspiring, whether it was old or new. And ever since I started blogging, I have felt like the luckiest kid in town to have your support and encouraging words. I can't thank you enough. And of course, I couldn't have done it without all the wonderful and inspiring blogs out there. Take a look at my blogoodies. They feed my creativity.

I named my print shop Toss & Turn because when I'm in bed, that's when my creative juices start flowing and I come up with all these crazy ideas and I seriously toss and turn from all the thinking. So, there you have it, a little history of me, Old Brand New and Toss & Turn.

Speaking of Toss & Turn, I have two new prints in my shop. They are Seesaw and Home Is Where The Heart is (in yellow and blue). I hope you like them. And I'm on etsy, too, if you wanna say hello over there.

And before I go, I just wanna say one last thing and that is, it's never too late to start doing what you love.

43 comments:

  1. I loved reading this post. Congratulations on doing what you love. I feel the same way since I started blogging. I never knew I was this creative. I'm heading to your shop now to have a look.

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  2. aw, i'm so happy for you! it was fun learning a little more about you and what you love. congrats! your prints are wonderful and i wish you all the best!

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  3. yay! how exciting!! congratulations to the new launch! i remember you were sharing your thoughts about it when i met you + it's so great to see it come into fruition! wishing you the best!

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  4. This is very exciting news! I am happy to hear you are doing something you love.

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  5. I love your prints! Good on you for doing what you love - long may it continue.

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  6. I LOVE IT! You rock my dear, it's now official!
    Hugs, Si-

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  7. CONGRATS! This is big news!

    do you feel like you got to see the world when you worked as a flight attendant? this was a job I always wanted...I want to travel right now! Instead we went on wagon rides around the neighborhood (I pulled my 2 year old around for EVER, and he still had a melt down when it was time to go inside to eat blackberries)...the sun came out today!

    My better half wants to go to Florida...I want to go to Spain. We were talking California, maybe I put that back on the table!!!

    Great news with the print shop! Can't wait to see where your dreams carry you!!

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  8. I love your prints and the product shots are awesome! Congrats on the launch! This post is very inspiring too, especially for someone who is also waiting to see what the next chapter holds - I appreciate you sharing.

    Side note - I love how you turned that big piece of art into a headboard!

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  9. congrats on opening your store! your prints are lovely and your photography is very inspiring! also i have the same yashica d, the lense is devine isn't it?

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  10. Thanks everyone for all the wonderful and super kind comments. You all are bringing joyful tears to my eyes

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  11. @ Shannon It's funny because my route was only from LA -> HKG. So I was in Hong Kong 3 times a month. Can't complain but it got real boring. The benefits were amazing though but I didn't get to see as much as I would like because even with the perks, it gets expensive. Oh, I think you should absolutely come to California! The fleas are calling out for you, my dear!

    @ Emily Thank you. What are you interested in doing? And yes! I'm so happy you caught that headboard was my old wall art. Good eye!

    @ Amy Walters Thanks. And yes, the Yashica D is gorgeous. I have 3 rolls I have yet to develop. I'll have to send it in this weekend. I'm dying to see how they turned out. I know I kinda screwed up on a few. I'm sure I'll end up with quadruple exposures.

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  12. @ FrenchByDesign Aw...yay.Thanks Si! Hugs-hugs!

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  13. I posted about your "home is where the heart is" prints this morning, but it's great to hear the story behind Toss & Turn! (And I love how you've displayed the prints over your bed - genius!)

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  14. Capree Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling, CAPREE! Thanks for the post. You rock my world.

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  15. "and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding just as it should"

    desiderata

    congratulations and thanks for sharing your girfts with us. The best is yet to come.

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  16. Congratulations Dabito! So so happy for you. You give hope to all of us with dreams floating around in our heads.. I love love the home is where the heart is print. Continued success D!

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  17. Congratulations! The shop looks just as wonderful as your amazing apartment does :)

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  18. strong work! it warms my heart :)

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  19. Your parting quote almost made me cry! Right now I am pursuing an undergrad degree in Costume Designing for Theatre. I have some experience in the fashion industry in my native Malaysia but for 12 years I had put that part of me on the shelf. Then a year and a half ago, we moved to South Dakota USA for my husband to do his MA in Music. I never thought i would ever be going back to school again, but my husband basically pushed me to do this degree... and from day one of my first class i have been head over heels, hook line and sinker, up over my head, completely taken by this wonderful thing called Costuming for Theatre. I have found my niche and my passion, and this is something i want to do for the rest of my life.
    I am also a 36 year old wife and mommy to a 3 year old boy. Every morning i wake up thinking 'I am too old for this, i should just give up'. And every morning i convince myself that it's never too late. And so your last quote is what will pull me through the next 4 years of school, because that is what i tell myself every day subconsciously. Thanks Dabito for reminding me yet again!

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  20. @ Todd Thank you for the lovely words. I know it only gets better and I look forward to every bit of this new chapter of mine.

    @ FullCircleRetro< Hugs bacatcha!

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  21. @ Rachel And now you got me all chocked up over here! I'm so happy to hear you're pursuing your passion. Sometimes, I get frustrated for not starting sooner but I know this kinda stuff takes time and on your own terms. Plus, there are always a few hurdles to get to where you want to be. But when you find what makes you tick, the feeling is glorious. It sounds like your kid is surrounded by tons of creativity, music AND design. Sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing your wonderful and inspiring story. Your comments are always a pleasure to read. Don't ever stop believing. And 30s are so the new 20s. My heartmate is turning 30 in two weeks and it's no biggy. Anyway, cheers to both of us for doing what we love! See ya, Rachel!

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  22. These are soooo good, and the shots of them work really REALLY well. You are such very talented young man! You have great and individual style, and I know you're going to be a huge success! And it doesn't matter when you start. I didn't start until I was 31, and at the worst possible time, just after Bertie was born....somehow, his birth re-birthed my creativity! Yay for late starters! xx

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  23. bravo! your work is amazing! also, have you ever considered being a stylist? you have quite the knack for that. where on earth did you get that headboard? i'm in love! :)

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  24. Cheers! You are an inspiration to me so keep it up! And congratulations on Toss & Turn!! (so forgot to wish you that sooner!)Your prints are so cool! and the way you style your home... everytime you put up a new pick of your home, i show it to my husband with a huge sigh of 'will our house ever be that pretty?' lol He likes the stuff you got at the thrifts too! Have a great week, my awesome, creative and stylish friend!

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  25. Thanks for sharing the full story to go along with your lovely print shop. I love your fresh, clean artwork and style.

    Congratulations for going out there and doing it, and for encouraging us to live the dream.

    I work at it every day. ;)

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  26. @ KERRY Thank you, my dear! You're a constant inspiration. I love your work and your beautiful kids. They're so lucky to have a cool and creative mom like you! And high five to us late starters!

    @ Lara The headboard is actually a needlepoint artwork I found from the thrifts last year. It's huge! And it's been getting no love in the dark entrance hallway. Initially, I wanted to hang it above the bed but my heartmate hates having anything huge above so I turned it sideways into a headboard instead. Thanks for you encouragement. I've never thought of being a stylist but more and more I think about it, I feel like that's something I wanna try out.

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  27. @ Rachel M Thanks and tell your husband thank you, too! Man, I wanna throw a party and just invite all of you wonderful people to my place and have a grand ol time!

    @ Van Thank you and keep doing what you love! Wish you all the best.

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  28. such an inspiring story Dabito!

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  29. I'm so inspired but what you wrote. Especially the last sentence. I know exactly how you feel and the journey you are going through. Im in the same boat. Best of luck on the new adventure. By the way, love the new sofa...and I found a marble topped parson's side table for 5 bucks this weekend! I'm seriously thinking of reviving my blog again, thanks to you.

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  30. @ Allan So happy to hear that. And thank you. I wish you all the best too. Keep on chipping at it til you get where you want. You absolutely should bring your blog back! There's never too many blogs, especially thrifty ones!

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  31. What a great post - and such great artwork! You are truly an inspiration. Wish you all the best!

    Also have to say that I love your blog - always inspiring:)

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  32. @ madmohr Thank you, I'm so happy to hear that. Always a pleasure to have you stop by! Have a good week!

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  33. Thank you for this post, its made me feel really positive and you truly are talented, congratulations!!!

    I spent 3 years studying Forensic Psychology, got my degree and got my self a brilliant job. I am grateful as I know times are hard. But im not happy. The job is a great experience (i work in a forensic secure mental hospital) but I just have the desire to do something more creative, it doesn't feel like me.
    Ive always loved textiles, interior design and furniture but I left those ideas at 18 thinking I was not good enough to make a career out of it. I regret that!
    However Im still young and I can make changes. I have so many ideas for the future but just a little afraid to express them. I finally started a blog to do so but i'm also embarrassed to show even my close friends my change of heart that I have no followers. I am going to get out there though. Thanks for inspiring me :)

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  34. Wow, so inspiring! I just launched my portrait photography biz and feel the same way, it's definitely never too late! Congrats on your new venture and I absolutely love your work! (P.S. Fantastic product photography too!)

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  35. @ Sherychery Thank you for sharing your story with me. Your job sounds so fascinating! I don't know anyone who does what you do! I, too, have been unhappy with every job I had and was finally fed up with it. I wanna go back to school and get my MA in graphic design or some kind of design eventually. I say eventually because I have some things that are still holding me down. I'm only 28 but I do feel the pressure of making something out of myself like asap. But I know it's never too late.

    Anyway, I wish you all the best! And don't be embarrassed about your blog! You have one follower now! Thanks for stopping by and go find whatever makes you tick tick tick!

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  36. I meant to come back and comment on this post for some time now... Really enjoyed hearing your story, and now I also read through all the comments above. I get so inspired hearing about people who go their own way and actually do things they are passionate about. I'm in the middle of trying to get a new life for myself, leaving behind a career with a lot of travelling, teams to manage, decisions to take, and tons of daily stress, to just do something more creative that is ME, and at the same time being more available for my kids. Blogging was a starting point, and kind of "throwing myself into the water to first of all see if I can swim, and secondly see where the current takes me...". Blogging has actually given me the inspiration and the ideas that I needed to work on new projects for myself, not to mention all the great people that I have "met" on the web! And despite all the worst case scenarios, mainly financial, that some people keep drawing for me, I'm convinced that I need to try this out, whatever the outcome!! So I definitely agree with your last sentence, that it's never too late to do what you love... And those who tell you the opposite are most often those who are too scared themselves to go their own way!

    Oh, and I love your artwork!!

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  37. @ Anna G. I completely agree with you about blogging. It's been so awesome to meet so many incredible and inspiring bloggers like yourself. I'm still trying to figure things out for myself too. I wanna do so much but I mostly wanna go back to school and get my MA in graphic design, but financial shit is keeping me back. It's hard to not let money get in the way of your dreams but it does, hopefully it's temporary. But it's good that you have some idea of what you want to do and what you're truly passionate about. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Thanks for sharing your story with me and all the best to all of us!

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  38. This is my first visit to your blog (i found you at sfgirlbybay). You are so talented. Thank you for sharing!

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  39. Love the home is where the heart is yellow print, it's so beautiful! I love this story. I've always struggled with the crappy job and the limited time to create. Now I have all the time in the world and there's almost this mind game that I feel like I must be creating all the time, but I can't imagine doing anything else. It makes me so happy. Anyway, enough drivel, love your blog, keep creating!

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