When I came across Andreia’s shop, Tricotaria, I was immediately smitten with her beautiful designs and style. Since I am a bit of a curious soul, I asked Andreia about her Portuguese heritage and where her inspiration comes from. Of course I could not help but wonder how such a lovely lady lives as well! So, Andreia is joining us today for a little interview and a peek into her home…
Where do you live and how long have you lived there? I live in Cascais, a small coastal and pretty town with my husband and our two daughter and two sons. We lived in Lisbon before but we moved here four years ago when we were looking for a bigger house for our growing family. We enjoy this place so much because it is quiet and familiar, but still close to the cosmopolitan city of Lisbon.
Do you live in an apartment or a house? We are fortunate to live in a house with a small backyard which we enjoy so much in the summer plus we have some vegetables and strawberries there too. I think it is wonderful for the children!
When did you know that you were a creative person? This is difficult to answer… I think I’ve always been a creative person in the sense that is referred to here. I used to design the clothes my mum made for me and sometimes I helped her sew some of them. I learned to knit when I was a child. I learned a lot at that time… and it’s like riding a bike… once you learn, you never forget. Then, when I became a mother (my oldest daughter is six years old) I rediscovered how much I love to knit and sew. Even with scarce free time, I’ve been making some clothes for my little ones. And more recently, during the maternity leave of my little baby girl, I decided to open my Etsy shop with the creations I make.
Is your Etsy shop your full time job? If not, then what do you do for your day job? I wish I could have tricotaria as my full time job… maybe one day! Actually, in a week I must retake my full time job after these wonderful months of a very creative maternity leave. I’ve studied Economics and I work in an international consultancy company. But I will continue knitting and sewing. You might ask, “when?!”
Well, you always find the time to do what you really like, right? So this means creating after my children go to bed (because first of all I’m a wife and a mother) and knitting in the weekends because it’s something I can do while the children are playing. It could seem as though tricotaria is like a second job, but it is much more than that. It’s a passion and it’s something that is now a part of my life as other important things. Knitting+sewing make me a happier person!
How would you describe your personal style? Actually, I never thought about it much, but maybe casual-chic would fit well, don’t you think?
Thank you so much, Tina! It was a pleasure to answer these questions!
And thank you, Andreia, for being here today and giving us so much insight into your creativity and your home! I know that I personally am extraordinarily encouraged and inspired by other creative moms. Juggling work and home life can be a struggle by itself, but I am discovering that many of us “creative types” tend to sneak in those creative moments whenever and wherever we can… even if it’s late at night after our little ones are fast asleep. I may be guilty of sleeping less simply because I enjoy those creative moments so much! Even if you do not have kids, you can probably identify with this as well!
I’m sure Andreia would love to hear from you in the comments here and also on her blog and her Etsy shop. As a final note, I have to just add that I am so impressed (and sooo inspired when someone from another country has taken the time to learn my language. Isn’t Andreia’s English great?!)