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Featured Shop: Intres

Aug 26, 2013

by Intres

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Maria, and I live in Vigo, Spain with my husband Manuel and my daughter, Alicia. I’m the maker behind Intres. I make trees, houses, towers, planets, fish, ornaments, and also miniatures for decorating, collecting, giving as gifts, and surprising people of all ages.

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Some time ago, when my daughter was still very young, I saw an episode of Friends where Phoebe made a dollhouse out of a cardboard box. I loved that dollhouse! Inspired, I decided to design and make one for my daughter. My house was absurd, and as unorthodox as you can imagine, but she liked it. Researching and learning how to build the elements of the cardboard dollhouse made me think, “This is what I like!” And that was the starting point of my life as an artisan.

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All of my items have a little story and a reason I created them. I made the Ginkgo Biloba tree after a trip to Lisbon and a visit to its botanical park; the weeping willow was present in my childhood games; the Baobab is influenced by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince; the Oak is the most representative native tree of my country (and also my favorite). I like to imagine different worlds, and textiles are the best way for me to express myself. I design ideas into forms and colors, while trying to be funny and original in the process.

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My creative process is quite chaotic. When an idea comes to mind, I have to write it down as fast as I can. I make a small sketch or write down a phrase – something so I don’t forget. Sometimes my designs develop quickly, but often it takes a few weeks. The next phase is the most fun: I run tests, design forms, and create patterns and prototypes. My workspace is full of colors when I am creating – fabrics, thread, and of course, scissors. When I’m satisfied with a design, I take photos and list it in my shop. Sometimes people write to me just to tell me they like one of my items. That makes me feel so high!

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When I lost my job in 2008 because of the economic crisis, I looked to Etsy as an opportunity; it was a like a starting line or an open door to showcase my work. Beyond offering me the possibility to make a personal dream come true, it also allowed me to make a living during a very difficult time to find a job. What at first seemed a bit crazy gradually became my reality. I have a world map that I mark with every place I send a tree, and every time I look at it I can’t help but feel surprised. It was unthinkable for me when I started, but now I don’t rule out the idea that, with Etsy, one of these days I might reach the moon.

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My creative business has changed my priorities and, partly, my lifestyle. On a personal level, the stress and strain of life in the city – running from one place to another – have disappeared. It may seem silly, but my approach to everyday problems has changed; I face life with more humor.

All photographs by Intres.

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House Ornament Christmas decor tree Christmas Ornament  Miniature of ten white houses with trees, Ornaments hanging
House Ornament Christmas decor tree Christmas Ornament Miniature of ten white houses with trees, Ornaments hanging
Intres
$55.00 USD
Little houses with trees, house warming gift, Miniature, eggplant color
Little houses with trees, house warming gift, Miniature, eggplant color
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Green Planet Crib Mobile Felt ornament Baby Mobile Room decor Baby shower Nursery Kids Childrens Room
Green Planet Crib Mobile Felt ornament Baby Mobile Room decor Baby shower Nursery Kids Childrens Room
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House ornaments Set of eight Felt House decoration Decoration for wall hanging, Holiday gift for everyone kids wall art
House ornaments Set of eight Felt House decoration Decoration for wall hanging, Holiday gift for everyone kids wall art
Intres
$35.00 USD
Christmas Centerpiece Fir Forest Set of three green firs trees Christmas Ornaments Christmas Party centerpieces  Miniature Home Decorations
Christmas Centerpiece Fir Forest Set of three green firs trees Christmas Ornaments Christmas Party centerpieces Miniature Home Decorations
Intres
$59.00 USD
Big Red Planet  Mobile ornament Room Decoration Kids Nursery decor hanging decor Crib Mobile Christmas ornament Red Green shades
Big Red Planet Mobile ornament Room Decoration Kids Nursery decor hanging decor Crib Mobile Christmas ornament Red Green shades
Intres
$95.00 USD
Olive Tree Home Decor Nature Fiber Arts Soft Sculpture New Home Housewarming gift Nature Green planet Sweet Home
Olive Tree Home Decor Nature Fiber Arts Soft Sculpture New Home Housewarming gift Nature Green planet Sweet Home
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$79.00 USD
Planet mobile Crib Mobile Nursery ornament Green Planet with a cat Room Decoration Kids  decor Bay Mobile
Planet mobile Crib Mobile Nursery ornament Green Planet with a cat Room Decoration Kids decor Bay Mobile
Intres
$59.00 USD
Home Decorations Miniature of ten houses of green roofs Welcome Home Christmas ornaments
Home Decorations Miniature of ten houses of green roofs Welcome Home Christmas ornaments
Intres
$50.00 USD
Yellow Weeping willow  Felt Tree Bench Decoration Children room Housewarming gift Nursery Decor
Yellow Weeping willow Felt Tree Bench Decoration Children room Housewarming gift Nursery Decor
Intres
$69.00 USD
Group of eight Felt Houses decoration for hanging Wall Art Red Green Christmas colors Christmas ornaments
Group of eight Felt Houses decoration for hanging Wall Art Red Green Christmas colors Christmas ornaments
Intres
$35.00 USD
Houses Ornaments Rustic Home Decor Felt  New home housewarming gift Miniature grey and magenta tones
Houses Ornaments Rustic Home Decor Felt New home housewarming gift Miniature grey and magenta tones
Intres
$35.00 USD
Rustic Home Decor Felt houses ornaments New home housewarming gift Miniature grey and yellow tones Sweet Home Teacher appreciation gift
Rustic Home Decor Felt houses ornaments New home housewarming gift Miniature grey and yellow tones Sweet Home Teacher appreciation gift
Intres
$35.00 USD
Felt house ornament, Yellow Cabins with trees, Miniature house decoration, original housewarming gift
Felt house ornament, Yellow Cabins with trees, Miniature house decoration, original housewarming gift
Intres
$35.00 USD
House warming gift, Four buildings of felt, with a tree. Miniature in turquoise green colors.
House warming gift, Four buildings of felt, with a tree. Miniature in turquoise green colors.
Intres
$35.00 USD
Rainbow Weeping willow tree with a family of owls, Spring Felt tree, Room decor, House warming gift, felt ornaments,spring home decor
Rainbow Weeping willow tree with a family of owls, Spring Felt tree, Room decor, House warming gift, felt ornaments,spring home decor
Intres
$59.00 USD
Weeping willow with owls Home Decorations  Children Decor  Felt green Tree Sweet Home
Weeping willow with owls Home Decorations Children Decor Felt green Tree Sweet Home
Intres
$59.00 USD
Life on the Moon Satellite Mobile Room Decor Crib Baby Mobile Moon Full Moon Original Housewarming gift
Life on the Moon Satellite Mobile Room Decor Crib Baby Mobile Moon Full Moon Original Housewarming gift
Intres
$59.00 USD
It's a girl Pink weeping willow Felt Tree ornament Soft sculpture Home decor Kids Room Decoration
It's a girl Pink weeping willow Felt Tree ornament Soft sculpture Home decor Kids Room Decoration
Intres
$59.00 USD
Planet Mobile Pink tones Nursery Decor Baby Crib mobile Felt Ball Planet Hanging Planet Sweet Dream It's a girl
Planet Mobile Pink tones Nursery Decor Baby Crib mobile Felt Ball Planet Hanging Planet Sweet Dream It's a girl
Intres
$95.00 USD
House ornament, Violet Cabins with trees, House Felt Miniature
House ornament, Violet Cabins with trees, House Felt Miniature
Intres
$35.00 USD
Miniature houses decoration, Blue Houses with trees, Room Decor, Children decorations, Housewarming gift
Miniature houses decoration, Blue Houses with trees, Room Decor, Children decorations, Housewarming gift
Intres
$35.00 USD
Baobab Felt Tree  Soft sculpture Home decor Kids Room Decor Sweet Dreams
Baobab Felt Tree Soft sculpture Home decor Kids Room Decor Sweet Dreams
Intres
$80.00 USD
Blue weeping willow with a family of owls. Children room decor. Kids Room. Home decor.
Blue weeping willow with a family of owls. Children room decor. Kids Room. Home decor.
Intres
$59.00 USD
Forest, Group of five trees, Home decor,  Housewarming gift, hidden corner of park, spring decor
Forest, Group of five trees, Home decor, Housewarming gift, hidden corner of park, spring decor
Intres
$115.00 USD
Felt ornaments Set of grey buildings of felt  with a tree Miniature houses  Home decor Sweet Home
Felt ornaments Set of grey buildings of felt with a tree Miniature houses Home decor Sweet Home
Intres
$35.00 USD
Felt ornament Oak, birds and acorns leaves hanging, felt, leaf motifs, original gift nature inspired
Felt ornament Oak, birds and acorns leaves hanging, felt, leaf motifs, original gift nature inspired
Intres
$35.00 USD
Houses ornaments felt,  Set of 3 rustic cottages, Handmade Housewarming Gifts, Earth, brown,cream shades,
Houses ornaments felt, Set of 3 rustic cottages, Handmade Housewarming Gifts, Earth, brown,cream shades,
Intres
$25.00 USD

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