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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Talented Artist - Rita Maia from A Casa do Guaxinim - Interview & Giveaway

A Casa do Guaxinim

About Rita Maia

Hi! Welcome to A Casa do Guaxinim, my online shop.

My name is Rita Maia and I am the designer of the trademark A Casa do Guaxinim.

I'm from Portugal and began this project in 2011 and I'm loving it! It's all designed and handcrafted by me with lots of love ♥ Hope you will love it as well!


Website // Facebook // Flickr // Blogspot


1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

My name is Rita and I'm from Portugal, a very sunny country and a nice place to live :)

Studied Design and technologies for Ceramic and after some jobs in different areas I decided to work by myself and do what I love most, which is to sew, create and customize things, mostly to children.

2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

I have to say that is the children's world. Everything that is childish is more beautiful and true and makes me happier.

3) Where did you learn how to sew?

With my grandmother, she was seamstress and I always loved to get all the small pieces of fabric, buttons, ribbons, zippers and create outfits to my dolls by hand or in the sew machine. Later I started to make my own clothes which my grandmother and her sister taught me how to make. My grandmother's house was my favourite place, still keep with me the smell of fabric :)

4) What does your work place look like?

It's not very messy, I'm not a messy person! I work at home, have a room only for the sewing with all the material to work with and it's where I spend the most of my time. I have always many ideas for new projects, I wish I have the time to make all of them! There are a lot of toys in there too, which belongs to my 3 years old boy.

5) You make beautiful fabric book covers, where does your love for books come from?

I like to read since I was a child and I always liked to customize things, so why not create something beautiful and necessary to protect ours books?

6) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

I started to show my work online on a blog and flickr. Later on facebook. People started to ordering and then I decided to create my Etsy shop to make things easier for me and for the customers. Began this project in 2011 and I'm loving it.

7) Your designs are very cute colorful, how do you turn the image in your head into a matching design?

I love color and I love matching different fabrics and colors. I work with felt too which is a very versatile material. Most of my creations are from my imagination, I have always new ideias for new items and the others are customized/requested by customers.

8) You use a lot of animals for your designs, what's your favorite animal?

I love forest animals (fox, owl, squirrel, raccoon, hedgehog and many others). I have to admit that I'm afraid of dogs! But I love to use them in my creations, they look really cute in baby mobiles, which are my best sellers.

9) What do you like to most about having your own shop?

It gives me the chance to do what I love: create something with my hands that came out of my imagination and which will make someone very happy. As I don't like routines I also can make that everyday is different. I can work during all day and in the next day I can play and go out with my son :)

10) What are your plans for the future?

I would love to have my own store (physical), it's one of my dreams! While it doesn't happen I want to continue creating beautiful items mostly for children and being happy!


Fabric book cover

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive this dog themed fabric book cover from A Casa do Guaxinim.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. You have some wonderful patterns!

  2. The quality and design look amazing. Unique, fun and lovely colours too.

  3. Beautiful Items, the shop is lovely xx

  4. Your pieces are so amazing and fun! I'm a self proclaimed crazy cat girl and my mom has two dachshunds so I see many pieces that will be great gifts (and a few for me) thank you for sharing your story with us.

  5. Love your items, they're absolutely wonderful!

  6. If I won this would be a gift for my daughter who moved to ON (she's into wiener dogs)

  7. Amazing creations! I love this style :-)

  8. I LOVE your shop! You have so many cute items! The book cover are lovely, and I really love the bibs you’ve recently posted, for babies!

  9. Thank you so much for all your comments, I'm really happy with them! :)

  10. Your items are so cute! I especially love the ornaments.

  11. Adorable Etsy site. Genuinely hoping to find some extra money to buy that Home Sweet Home wreath for our place when my boyfriend and I get our own place.
    -Maranda H.

  12. I love the book covers, they are so cute and seem really functional.

  13. Beautiful craft work! I love it!

  14. I really like your baby bibs. They are so adorable.

  15. Aww that---arghh my English fails me! That thing over baby cribs! Anyway so cute! My baby would have loved that

  16. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  17. So cute!! I love your art!

  18. These items are the absolute the cutest! Especially the dogs and owls!

  19. Very cute everything. I love the fabric choices too. Great success for your creation and thanks for the giveaway.