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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 ornaments Decoration, Set of eight Felt Houses for wall hanging, Holiday gift for everyone, kids wall art, Rainbow colors
House ornaments Decoration, Set of eight Felt Houses for wall hanging, Holiday gift for everyone, kids wall art, Rainbow colors
Intres
$35.00 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
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$59.00 USD
Lilac Weeping willow with a family of birds - Felt Tree. Home Decor, Children Decor, Gift for kids, Decorative idea gift, Home Sweet Home
Lilac Weeping willow with a family of birds - Felt Tree. Home Decor, Children Decor, Gift for kids, Decorative idea gift, Home Sweet Home
Intres
$59.00 USD
Rainbow Weeping willow tree family of owls, Rainbow Felt tree, Rainbow nature, Housewarming gift, Felt ornaments, Family Owls Tree
Rainbow Weeping willow tree family of owls, Rainbow Felt tree, Rainbow nature, Housewarming gift, Felt ornaments, Family Owls Tree
Intres
$59.00 USD
Felt ornament, Home Decorations, Miniature of ten houses of green roofs, Welcome Home, Christmas ornaments
Felt ornament, Home Decorations, Miniature of ten houses of green roofs, Welcome Home, Christmas ornaments
Intres
$55.00 USD
Weeping willow with owls, Felt willow tree,  Children Decor , green nature,Home Sweet Home, Sweet dreams
Weeping willow with owls, Felt willow tree, Children Decor , green nature,Home Sweet Home, Sweet dreams
Intres
$59.00 USD
Houses ornaments, Group of eight Felt Houses, decoration for hanging, Wall Art, Red Green color, Christmas ornaments, Holiday gift
Houses ornaments, Group of eight Felt Houses, decoration for hanging, Wall Art, Red Green color, Christmas ornaments, Holiday gift
Intres
$35.00 USD
Little houses with trees, house warming gift, Miniature, eggplant color
Little houses with trees, house warming gift, Miniature, eggplant color
Intres
$35.00 USD
Weeping Willow Tree, Felt Tree with owls, Home Decor, housewarming gift, Green and magenta Tones, Nature inspired.
Weeping Willow Tree, Felt Tree with owls, Home Decor, housewarming gift, Green and magenta Tones, Nature inspired.
Intres
$69.00 USD
Family Tree, Purple Weeping willow, Felt Tree of life, mothers day family tree, mothers day gift ideas, nature inspired.
Family Tree, Purple Weeping willow, Felt Tree of life, mothers day family tree, mothers day gift ideas, nature inspired.
Intres
$69.00 USD
Set of eight felt houses in pastel colors, Felt Houses, Felt ornaments,  Housewarming gift, Home Decor all seasons. Home sweet Home,
Set of eight felt houses in pastel colors, Felt Houses, Felt ornaments, Housewarming gift, Home Decor all seasons. Home sweet Home,
Intres
$35.00 USD
Spring Tree with birds  Decorative Idea  Natural Decor, Baby shower decorations, Felt fabric Textile , Cheerful and original idea
Spring Tree with birds Decorative Idea Natural Decor, Baby shower decorations, Felt fabric Textile , Cheerful and original idea
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$75.00 USD
Planet Mobile, Big Red Planet Mobile, Planet ornament Mobile, Kids and babies mobile decor, Nursery decor, Crib Mobile, Mars the red planet
Planet Mobile, Big Red Planet Mobile, Planet ornament Mobile, Kids and babies mobile decor, Nursery decor, Crib Mobile, Mars the red planet
Intres
$98.00 USD
Blue Weeping willow,  Felt Tree, Children room Decor, Housewarming gift, It's a boy, Baby shower gift
Blue Weeping willow, Felt Tree, Children room Decor, Housewarming gift, It's a boy, Baby shower gift
Intres
$69.00 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
$98.00 USD
Baobab Felt Tree,  Soft sculpture, Home decor, Kids Room Decor, Sweet Dreams, housewarming gift, Felt Tree decor, felt leaves, green felt
Baobab Felt Tree, Soft sculpture, Home decor, Kids Room Decor, Sweet Dreams, housewarming gift, Felt Tree decor, felt leaves, green felt
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$80.00 USD
Pink Weeping willow,  Nature in decor, Housewarming gift,  New Home gift, felt tree ornament, Children Room Decor, Baby Shower gift
Pink Weeping willow, Nature in decor, Housewarming gift, New Home gift, felt tree ornament, Children Room Decor, Baby Shower gift
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$69.00 USD
Yellow Weeping willow tree,  Felt Tree, Felt decor, Children room decor, Owl decoration, Nursery Decor, Sweet Home, Baby coming home gift
Yellow Weeping willow tree, Felt Tree, Felt decor, Children room decor, Owl decoration, Nursery Decor, Sweet Home, Baby coming home gift
Intres
$69.00 USD
Blue Fir Tree Christmas tree Blue Tree with owl Ornament to hang Christmas decorations
Blue Fir Tree Christmas tree Blue Tree with owl Ornament to hang Christmas decorations
Intres
$22.00 USD
Houses Ornaments Group of eight  Felt Decorative Gift for hanging nursery decor  Wall Art Blue shades Kids Room Decor It's a boy Sweet Home
Houses Ornaments Group of eight Felt Decorative Gift for hanging nursery decor Wall Art Blue shades Kids Room Decor It's a boy Sweet Home
Intres
$35.00 USD
Felt house ornament, Houses and trees. Miniature , Orange and green shades.
Felt house ornament, Houses and trees. Miniature , Orange and green shades.
Intres
$35.00 USD
Olive Tree, Felt Tree,  Decorative Tree, Textil Tree, Soft Sculpture, New Home, Housewarming gif,t Nature Green planet, Sweet Home Olive oil
Olive Tree, Felt Tree, Decorative Tree, Textil Tree, Soft Sculpture, New Home, Housewarming gif,t Nature Green planet, Sweet Home Olive oil
Intres
$79.00 USD
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
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$55.00 USD
Felt Houses Ornaments, Cabins and trees. Miniature. Green shades, Housewarming gift, original gift Sweet Home
Felt Houses Ornaments, Cabins and trees. Miniature. Green shades, Housewarming gift, original gift Sweet Home
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$35.00 USD
Building of felt Set of four  with  tree Miniature in pale brown colors Housewarming gift
Building of felt Set of four with tree Miniature in pale brown colors Housewarming gift
Intres
$35.00 USD
Four felt buildings with tree. Green colors, Urban Miniature.
Four felt buildings with tree. Green colors, Urban Miniature.
Intres
$35.00 USD
Purple little houses with trees, house warming gift, Miniature.
Purple little houses with trees, house warming gift, Miniature.
Intres
$35.00 USD
Houses felt ornaments, Decorations hanging, Set of 3 cottages, Housewarming Gifts, Green tones.
Houses felt ornaments, Decorations hanging, Set of 3 cottages, Housewarming Gifts, Green tones.
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$25.00 USD
House ornament Set of four buildings of felt with a tree Miniature Sweet Home Dreams Urban scene
House ornament Set of four buildings of felt with a tree Miniature Sweet Home Dreams Urban scene
Intres
$35.00 USD
Yellow Tree with owl, Ornament to hang, Miniature felt fir tree , Decorative gift
Yellow Tree with owl, Ornament to hang, Miniature felt fir tree , Decorative gift
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$22.00 USD
Red Fir  Tree with owl Ornament to hang Decorative Gift Decor
Red Fir Tree with owl Ornament to hang Decorative Gift Decor
Intres
$22.00 USD
Yellow wreath for door, Summer wreath, Decorative wreath, Children's wreath,  kids  wall decoration,  Housewarming gift, baby shower gift,
Yellow wreath for door, Summer wreath, Decorative wreath, Children's wreath, kids wall decoration, Housewarming gift, baby shower gift,
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$39.00 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.
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$35.00 USD
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Fir tree, Green Felt Tree with red bird, Nursery decor, Miniature Decorative gift, Felt ornament,
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