Meet another lovely member of Team Treffry…

We’ve all been so busy here in the Poppy Treffry studio and in our shop in St Ives that time has completely run away with us and it’s the beginning of April already!

The daffs are now flowering and the sun is shining (shhh..it might disappear again at any minute!) and we all have a bit more of a spring in our step.

Mounts Bay Daffs

While we take a very quick break from bag making and sewing, we thought you would all like to meet another integral member of Team Treffry.

Say “Hello” to Gilly.

Gilly works in our St Ives shop and you will usually find her in there two or three days a week (even on a Sunday!) chatting away to our customers, dusting the shelves, folding our lovely tea towels and just generally making sure everything is in it’s place.

We asked Gilly a few questions about herself….

How long have you lived in Cornwall?

I have lived in St Ives for eleven years. It’s always been a life-long ambition since I was a small child to live here.  I think I was a fisherman’s daughter in a previous life!

How long have you worked for Poppy Treffry?

I started working for Poppy two tears ago when we had the little shop in the Drill Hall in St Ives.  We’ve now moved into our lovely new shop in Fore Street and it’s great!

What’s the best thing about working for Poppy?

Being surrounded by beautiful things and being supported by a friendly and fun team

What’s your favourite Poppy Treffry product?

I love the Big Floucy Bag – It reminds me of my youthful hippy days!

Flower Power - Big Floucy Bag

Flower Power – Big Floucy Bag

Favourite food?

Cake!! No outing is complete without cake at the end of it!  Some of my favourite local places to eat cake are: Cafe Art in St Ives, The Cook Book in St Just and The Lost & Found in Penzance.

(P.S – Courgette cake counts as 1 of your 5 a day!)

Favourite music?

I love listening to almost any music and quite often go out to a local venue here in St Ives to listen to a band. I especially love Willie and the Bandits, a British based band who play a variety of different genres spanning across the Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk style.

Apart from listening to music, how do you relax?

I love walking, walking and walking….and sometimes talking! I prefer to go out and about rather than relaxing at home.  There are so many beautiful walks along this coast and they are all on my doorstep.  My favourite walk is a circular walk to St Just, along Cot Valley and Cape Cornwall and back to St Just….then cake in The Cook Book Cafe!

Wheal Edward Engine House

Wheal Edward Engine House

When I do get a minute to relax at home, I like making my own cards to give to family and friends.  I have knitted the odd scarf as well.

Tell us some interesting facts about you.

  • I once hitch-hiked from Liverpool to Newcastle
  • I had ten years of ballet lessons from the age of three-thirteen years old
  • I trained to be a teacher in Liverpool

Thanks Gilly. 

Make sure you say ‘Hello’ to her next time you’re in the shop!

Right…that’s enough chatting, time to get back to sewing Bags and Useful Purses.

TTFN – from Team Treffry. x

 

Stop – Pasty time!

We decided to run our first Facebook competition this week and it’s a good one! We’re giving away ten of our brand new pasty tea towels to ten lucky people

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All you have to do is head over to our Facebook page and like our pasty picture (it’s the one above of Poppy posing in Mousehole!) and make sure you like our page too. If we can get 500 likes on the picture by the time Poppy has her next pasty (that’s Tuesday 25th march lunchtime!!) then we’ll choose ten winners at random.

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So if you want to share the post too that might get it to the 500 likes quicker!

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But if you just can’t wait they are available now on our website.

So, Stop – Pasty time!!

Busy bees in the bag factory!

It’s all systems go in our studio at the moment as we have lots of trade orders heading out to the States.

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It’s all hands on deck to create our lovely Long Rock Tote bags, our handy Mini Messengers and our marvellous Mount’s Bay Messengers.

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Phew!! Time for a cuppa!!

Introducing another key cog of Team Treffry

Sara became part of the team in 2007 and is based at the studio. This was at the time when Poppy needed some help with stitching and apparently she roped in anyone that could work a sewing machine! Sara had always been fond of sewing so was happy to give it a go and help out, although she just did straight lines-none of the fancy freehand stuff. In fact Sara holds the record for the fastest straight line stiching in the whole team. I think she deserves a medal don’t you!

Sara and Faye manning the stand at the New York Gift Fair

Sara and Faye manning the stand at the New York Gift Fair

Since starting Sara’s role has changed and she is now in charge of all our trade customers, both in this country and abroad. This involves quite a bit of paperwork and phone calls which luckily she is very good at. Although that is not all, Sara also is in charge of supplies for the workshop, the stock and the work for our stitchers. Occasionally she is found at a sewing machine, especially when demand is needed at Christmas and on factory days to make all our lovely bags. That is when her speedy straight line stitching really comes in handy!

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Love that house coat!

Sara says the best thing about her job is the variety-no two days will ever be the same at Treffry towers. She also enjoys working with our customers and having a natter on the phone with them. Sara is in charge of sourcing new components to create new products which is exciting thinking of all the colour possibilities! Most of all Sara enjoys the people she gets to work with-they do have a lot of fun. Freya and Sara enjoy honing their whistling skills, which really annoys Poppy. Faye (Poppy’s sister) is the athletic one and is always trying to get everyone to be more active by swimming in the sea at lunchtimes in the summer. There were good intentions of carrying on through the autumn but ……………. and now it’s far too cold. 

The Jubilee Pool, Penzance

The Jubilee Pool, Penzance

On Sara’s last day off she went horse riding on the Penwith Moors. It was a bit wet, but that’s all part of the fun! In fact Sara is not a novice in the saddle, last year she went to Spain for 2 weeks for a riding holiday. Generally on her days off she likes to spend time outdoors walking, cycling, riding or in or near the sea.

Sara and her bike on their travels!

Sara and her bike on their travels!

Sara’s favourite Poppy Treffry product is the bicycle tote bag – it actually has her very own bicycle on it! Poppy wanted to create a bike design so Sara cycled her bike to the studio so it could be a model for the day. It has been used on both the bicycle tea towel and the pedal power fabric; her’s is the one with the drop handle bars.

Sara's bike and one of the designs it features on

Sara’s bike and one of the designs it features on

Sara's favourite bicycle Long rock tote bag

Sara’s favourite bicycle Long rock tote bag

 

A fond farewell….

Hello! It’s Sarah from the shop at St Ives, although sadly not for much longer as I will be leaving Poppy Treffry at the end of the week. I must just say that it is not due to the company or the lovely people but becuase of me! I work part time in the shop and also have my own little business designing stationery for weddings and occassions and have got very busy in the last few months and just won a national award (i’ll tell you about that in a minute!). It was a very hard decision to make as Poppy and the team are just the loveliest bunch of people and have been so good to me, but I just need more time to concentrate on my own business.

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Last year I was nominated for the ‘Best Wedding Stationery‘ award by Wedding Ideas magazine. In December I found out I had made it to the finals and was invited to the awards night at Tower Bridge Hotel in London on January 11th. The magazine also asked me to create the stationery for the tables and winners cards so it was great to see it all laid out. It was all very glamorous with all of the top wedding industry suppliers all under the same roof. There were butlers in the buff serving champagne, a glass giraffe vodka luge and celebrity entertainment by Francine Lewis from Britain’s got talent. Once we’d eaten our 3 course meal it was awards time and the stationery category was the first one up. To say I was nervous was a massive understatement! Then they read out my name and I was so shocked, overwhelmed and excited. I could only describe the feeling as I thought I was going to burst! Biggest smile ever and still smiling now.

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The whole night was a bit of a blur (not due to alcohol!) and a very sureal experience-one that I will never forget! After a bit of boogying and mingling it was time for bed but not before a photo with my trophy infront of the screen on the way out. Felt like a celebrity on the red carpet!  I lay in bed thinking; did that actually just happen, it felt like a dream.

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I am very overwhelmed, proud and grateful that my little business has won a national award-still can’t believe it! Plus got lots of exciting  new things on the horizon too. If any of you are engaged and after some whimsical rustic stationery for your wedding, then you can have a look at my collections over at www.sarahwants.com.

It’s been a great few years working at Poppy Treffry and I will miss you all so very much. I have never had the privilege of working with such a fantastic, funny and skilled bunch of tea addicted nutters before! The Christmas party roller disco was a highlight of course-lost count of the times poor studio Sara fell over! I will visit the shop regularly and keep upto date on what’s new over on the Facebook page. Thanks for everything-its been a blast and I have very fond memories of my time at Poppy Treffry.

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Fun times!

Have you seen our movie?

You might have already seen our little film but in case you haven’t then here it is again… It’s grrrrreat!!

Let us know what you thought of it,

Poppy x

Christmas windows of St Ives

We are very proud to be taking part in the St Ives Christmas Window display competition…

Every year all the shops battle it out to win the shield for the best Christmas display and over 50 shops have taken part this year.  St Ives is a great place for a spot of Christmas shopping with its eclectic mix of quirky individual shops, you’re bound to leave with lots of bags! This year all the long stay car parks are offering all day parking for just £2. It would be rude not to take advantage of this and pay St Ives a visit. Make sure you pop along to our shop on Fore street for some last minute gifts and see our lovely Christmas Window.

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If you can’t make it to  St Ives for a spot of Christmas shopping then you won’t get to see our beautiful window, but becuase we’re nice and don’t want you to miss out we thought we’d share it with you! We’ve got our Christmas tea cosy, hanging stockings and donkey goodies on show and centre stage is a little scene with our nativity egg cosies and an array of badges, amidst delicate doilies!

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If you’d like to vote for our window then you can do so by either emailing; enquiries@stiveschamber.co.uk or visiting the St Ives in December facebook page and leaving a message or tweeting your vote to @StIvesInDecember and you can find out more info here. We’d love to win the sheild this year, so would appreciate your vote. Here are a few of the other Christmas window displays throughout St Ives

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A wintery wonderland from Hudson Art

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A snowy nativity scene from the Glass Tree, who were the winners last year.

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A snuggly cosy winter scene from Fat Face

Spot the dog COMPETITION!!

It’s nearly Christmas and we have another, new and very special film to bring you – again made by the talented Carl Wakfer.

COMPETITION!!!

Once you’ve enjoyed our little film why not play our little Christmas game of Spot the dog – you could win a Best in show tea cosy and tea towel, just in time for Christmas!

The 'Best in show' prize

The ‘Best in show’ prize

Somewhere on our website (maybe on one of our doggy design products, perhaps!!) you’ll find a little Christmas dog is hiding! Browse our website and find the fella then comment below and tell us what breed you think he is and where you found him. We’ll choose a winner next Wednesday 18th December.

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Have fun and we hope you enjoyed our new little film! If you did then do check out our You Tube channel for more, including our ‘meet the team behind the cosies’ film which we are particularly proud of!

 

Perfect presents for perfect people!

Can you believe that it is December tomorrow-that is officially Christmas in our books. If that makes you panic a bit then don’t fret; we’ve come up with some super little gift combos for you. So now it’s super easy to choose and takes the stress out of your shopping, so you have more time to drink mulled wine and scoff mince pies! Just because we’re nice we are offering you FREE DELIVERY this weekend on all orders until Monday 2nd December, just enter ‘SHIP2013′ at the checkout and thank us later!

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One of our most popular fabrics is the Daschund, it seems to be the dog on trend right now. So why not treat your loved one to a cute little purse and a ‘don’t I look dashing’ lipbalm. Click here to have a look. Even if they don’t have a daschund, then surely this is the next best thing as you can carry them around in your handbag just like a real one!

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For all those bicycle lovers there’s the big and small useful purses that can be used for storage of many useful things. Toiletries, pens & pencils or even all your bike related gubbins! Or there is a notebook for writing down a list of adventures and places to explore on your bike. Buy them here.

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The oyster catcher was one of Poppy’s first ever designs and still remains a very popular favourite today. Available on a little badge and useful purses. Catch them here!

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and for all of the sewers, (we know there are quite a few out there!) why not treat them to a pretty little sewing purse to store all their needles, threads and treasured bobbins. They could wear an embroidered badge with pride as they happily whip up their latest make and enjoy some ‘sew lovely’ lipbalm. Take a look at them here.

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For anyone who loves the coast, and dreams of lazy days on the beach watching the boats trawling by, whilst listening to the sound of the gulls then don’t miss our boaty combo set. Our flotilla useful purse, embroidered gul badge and cheeky ‘hello buoys’ lipbalm-the perfect boaty gifts. Click here to trawl it into your basket!

Hope we’ve given you some good ideas for gifts now and do utilise our FREE DELIVERY over the weekend by entering ‘SHIP2013′ at the checkout.  Now I better send the husband up in the loft to dig out the decorations and that ball of tangled fairy lights and get festive!

yay retro!

Hi folks

We recently had a lovely visitor to our shop who loved the way we displayed our handmade products amidst second hand treasures!

We later found out that her name was Sue and she has her own business selling retro & vintage china and she has some really unique pieces, that you’ll find hard not to purchase!

We’d like to introduce you to yay retro! with a little interview with Sue….

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How did yay retro! start?

I have collected vintage china for years, and then fell in love with Poole Pottery and began collecting their Streamline Twintone designed in the 1930s – 50s. After training as a fine artist at The Winchester School of Art, I went on to become a professional photographer, and am now part of our family run website design company. Putting all of these skills and interests together I started yay retro! in August 2012. I feel that my art and photography background plays a huge part in yay retro!s feel good factor – I want yay retro! to be a really happy online space, where people can pop in and browse through the photos of the lovely things I have for sale.

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Tell us a bit about what you do…

I spend time searching for the very best in 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s china. Often the tea sets and kitchenware I find are one offs, or rarely seen as a set, making them extra special and something to snap up whilst you can! I do all the leg work searching out fab vintage and retro china wherever I go, doing all the hard work, so my customers don’t have to! I am constantly looking for genuine vintage tea sets, cups, saucers, plates and dishes which are still in really good condition, and that can be used every day. I describe each item honestly, and in real detail – so important when buying pre-loved items. My retro and vintage china is always carefully checked over, hand washed and dried, before packing it extra safely. Ensuring it arrives in the same condition as it left yay retro!, ready for a new life in my customer’s home.

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Who does all the work?

It’s just me! Though my husband has become very adept at helping me search out fresh vintage stock too.  I get stock from anywhere and everywhere, I cannot walk past a charity shop, junk shop, street market, garage or car boot sale!

It was lovely to meet you in our shop in St. Ives and we hope you liked it too..

I loved your shop so much! Recently I have really got into illustration and graphic design, and so I spent a lot of time looking at Poppy’s hand drawn and sewn designs. I absolutely cannot sew, and so I was tremendously impressed with the embroidered drawings. I also loved the way vintage items were interspersed with Poppy’s new designs, a very clever idea. I was looking for a gift for my friend and you helped us to find something she would like. We bought some fine cotton tea towels and some egg cups as she had just started keeping chickens.

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and finally Sue’s tip for you…

Buy the very best vintage quality pieces you can, from a trusted shop so that it will be in great condition – there’s nothing better than a cup of tea and a slice of cake using bright, happy retro china – it really lifts your spirits!
To see all of the lovely china Sue has for sale, just visit www.yayretro.co.uk

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