a peek into {Tricotaria}

by Tina on March 3, 2011

in Decor, Inspiration

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!

Do you have a special creative space where you work from?  Well, I must say that I have not a single space where I work.  I mean, sometimes it’s in the living room where I knit, sometimes in our library where we have the computer (which is where I’m now writing) and I also spend my creative time in a room in the house we have still not redecorated.  (It’s in the laundry room with a sewing corner.  I hope to have some photos of it soon on my blog.)
Any special music, tv, etc that you enjoy while creating?  I prefer classical music or jazz while I’m doing other activities.  No TV at all, but lately the sounds I hear more are the happy voices of my children while I’m creating and they are playing.

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?!)

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Juliette R. March 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

lovely creations, interesting interview! And yes, great English! I feel like I’m finally ‘getting there’ with my German, so I am so familiar with the struggles! =)

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Twiggs March 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

hello you both!! so good to see you here! i love andreia’s work and also her home… so peaceful!! i so understand what she says about living in a house for a growing family. our family is much smaller than hers but we know what can a house cost in lisbon! having a backyard must be delicious!!!! and concerning the time to create, now i do it during my day, but yes, it was not just a second job, it is a passion! hugs to you both!!!

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Bethany March 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Really enjoyed this interview, and the shots of her lovely home! It looks serene – yet I know the liveliness that must be there. 🙂

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Andreia March 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Thank you dear Tina!
I ‘m so thrilled reading this post. I feel so honoured to be featured in this lovely place!
And thank you all for your lovely comments!

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Monica March 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I have been following Andreia’s blog for a while, and I am a great admierer of hers as well. As a full time working mother, I admire her even more…. I only have one son, and I can not fathom how she manages with 4 children! Great interview, it’s always nice to catch an extra glimpse of our favorite bloggers out there.

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