Save our Lido

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The Jubilee Pool in Penzance is a place very dear to all our hearts at Team Treffry and this year, sadly, it has not opened due to such severe storm damage over the winter.

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We like to support local charities where we can and so this year we are donating 10% from sales of our bathing beauties products to the Save our Lido campaign – we hope to be swimming again in 2015 and we hope this iconic lido will not be lost – it would be desperately sad for Penzance and for Cornwall.

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You can find out more here www.jubileepool.co.uk, you can become a Friend of the Jubilee Pool or make your own donation too.

Q & A with Poppy over on Facebook

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As another part of our tenth birthday year celebrations we’re holding a live Q and A with Poppy over on our facebook page tonight. From 8pm till 9pm you can put your questions to her on anything from starting your own business to freehand machine embroidery techniques to juggling motherhood and running a successful company.

We hope to see you over there tonight, thank you x

Poppy

A Big City Break in…..Birmingham!

20140527-214253.jpgAs a special birthday treat for my lovely feller Justin, who some of you may know is a jeweller, I recently booked us a 3 night break to Birmingham…yes Birmingham!

I got a fair few quizzical looks as I told people my plans but trust me there was method in my madness!

For a start we would be flying from Newquay airport so already it’s quite exciting and staying somewhere lovely and….and (this is the best bit) touring an amazing disused jewellery factory that’s only occasionally open to the public.

I hope you enjoy the photos and if you’re inspired to visit Birmingham you can find a selection of our products at Smithsonia in the lovely Piccadilly Arcade.

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J W Evans Silver Factory – is housed in 3 adjoining terraced houses. I really didn’t believe that’s where the factory that once had over 60 people working in it was going to be!

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The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter houses the disused Smith and Pepper jewellery factory. I think the plush office and the benches that squeezed 5 jewellers around them gave Justin some ideas!

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The Rowland Emmet Exhibition. This show was amazing and we caught it quite by chance. He made all the wacky machines in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang alongside lots of other mechanical marvels all of which are moving and working in the exhibition – fantastic!

Bathing Beauties

 

Bathing beauties tea towel

Bathing beauties tea towel

With the new bathing beauties design added to our range for 2014 we felt it only right that we should make like a bathing beauty and have our first dip of the year. Various members of Team Treffry have been heading to the swimming pool every Wednesday lunchtime for a few lengths but with the pool being closed temporarily we decided there was nothing quite like a bracing dip in the atlantic, in April!

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Catalogue shot of our new tea towel design

Trouble was, the day we decided we might go for a swim the following day was warm and Spring like and when the allotted swim day arrived it was a proper cold, Cornish grey and mizzly day! A quick facebook and twitter poll decided it though, more people said we should than said we shouldn’t! And after nearly chickening out we found ourselves on the prom in Penzance changing into our swimming things in the persistent drizzle, lovely!

Bathing beauties make up bag

Bathing beauties make up bag

But guess what, it was great, refreshing, rejuvenating, life affirming, and really, really cold!!! We only managed about 5 minutes and getting changed afterwards wasn’t a whole heap of fun (especially as a couple of coats had found their ways into puddles!) but we all felt good afterwards and ready to do it again next week!

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bathing beauties

We reckon this lot might be swimming on the french riviera in summer rather than off the prom in Penzance in April, we certainly weren’t looking quite this chic!!

Let us know about your bathing beauty experiences!

Our St Ives shop celebrates it’s 1st birthday

 

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Me and my shop!

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Us celebrating finishing the decorating of our St Ives shop

Our little St Ives fore street shop celebrates it’s first birthday on Monday 5th May, a whole year already. The picture above shows the team celebrating finishing the decorating and getting it all set up, the day before opening.

Inside the St Ives shop

Inside the St Ives shop

We have all loved having the shop, it’s so lovely to see the way people respond to our range and it has spurred on all kinds of product development, there’s a lot of inspiration to be drawn from St Ives.

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The shops also kind of celebrating with this little feature in the May 2014 edition of Coast magazine!

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Coast Magazine May 2014

So if you find yourself in St Ives on the 5th May then do come in and wish us a Happy Birthday and if you find yourselves in St Ives any other day of the year then do come in and pay us a visit, we hope you’ll love our shop as much as we do!

Receipt cards in our shop

Receipt cards in our shop

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Some of the shop team

Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday dear shop, Happy Birthday to you!

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

our love nest cushion features in Country Living magazine

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We were delighted today to find out that our love nest cushion is featured in October’s edition of Country Living magazine. Very lovely it looks too.

We found out because a lovely lady phoned us to order one having seen it in the magazine. She has five children and so thought it would be the perfect gift for her husband with the five little eggs in the nest – a lovely idea we thought. Now we have to make sure we don’t accidentally put six eggs in the nest when we make hers, could cause a small panic in that household!!!

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Samuel G Winterbourne and love nest cushion

If you’ve not seen our beautiful love nest cushion before then do take a look at it on our website. It was designed by very talented artist Samuel G. Winterbourne in a fun collaboration with us and we love, love, love the results. Check out Samuel’s website to see more of his beautiful work.

A night at Bedruthan hotel

Here’s a little blog post bought to you by Faye from the team, all about a special night at the Bedruthan hotel (oooh!!).

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the view from our room

So, last week I had the very great pleasure of a night at the Bedruthan hotel. With a big birthday in the family to celebrate and Father’s day happening too I found a special ‘one night only’ deal at the hotel that was too good to resist. I’ve stayed at Bedruthan once before with a bunch of lovely fellow mums and we had a fab time, jumping in an ice cold swimming pool and having guilt free afternoon naps! I’m also familiar with it because we run our freehand machine embroidery courses there, stitching in such a beautiful location, what’s not to love?!

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the boys in the jungle tumble

This experience was set to be slightly different owing to the presence of two highly excitable infants who didn’t know we were staying there until the big reveal, post lunch. But stop there, for LUNCH must be mentioned. Bedruthan had a special father’s day menu consisting of one of the loveliest roasts known to woman, and I’m a veggie so praise indeed. Super friendly staff who genuinely seem happy to be there (and indeed many of the staff were the same as at my last visit, a year ago, always a good sign) made our lunch relaxing and enjoyable, with no worries about children climbing under the table and leaving a trail of destruction!

"Living the dream"!

“Living the dream”!

After lunch we checked in, amidst sighs of ‘oh mum, we are living the dream, this is epic”  from my eldest child, and general excitement from the younger. The afternoon passed in a happy haze of swimming (or drowning with that roast so recently consumed!), snack dinner for the boys, lounging whilst the kids played in the soft play and then had story time in the ball room, and general pleasantness until bedtime beckoned. But the fun didn’t have to stop there. Once said children were in bed we were able to take advantage of the listening service provided free of charge where reception listen to your room and alert you if they hear any noise, the youngest must have fallen out of bed quietly as we didn’t get  a call for that but he survived and carried on sleeping happily on the floor!

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the ballroom

What a treat to go for dinner and a cocktail whilst the kids have had a fab time too! And the food was beautiful, we ate in the Wild Cafe for all our meals but there is also a ‘fine dining’ restaurant called The Herrings, which looks lovely too, we just really like the Wild Cafe!

The next morning we awoke to good looking surf (and so happy husband!) and one of the best breakfast buffets known to child (and it’s parents!) Big child had a game plan and made sure he didn’t overeat any one thing so that he could fit plenty of choice, hence only one bowl from the giant coco pop dish, ‘I have to leave room for my fry-up mum!’

We then spent a lovely day relaxing, enjoying the pool once more and the outside play area and a bit more jungle tumble in the soft play.

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can we stay here?!

And after a lovely lunch, only slightly interrupted by the promise that, if any one of us spotted a dolphin or a whale we could stay another night – those of you with children will understand how hard it was to peel their faces from the windows with the sea views!- we bid a sad farewell to our home for the night and made the journey home, with promises that we could come back one day!

In fact I’m going back next weekend for a bread making course with Baker Tom which I am very excited about and will report back on. You too could head there, take a look at Bedruthan’s website and all the fab breaks they offer, including one more date this year with our very own Poppy Treffry! You can stay at the hotel, enjoy their breakfast buffet, lovely food and swim and spa plus learn a fab new skill from a variety of talented teachers.

As the big child said ‘That is living the dream. It’s not good… It’s epic!!!’

It’s Bovey Time!

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It’s that time of year again when Justin and I head off to deepest darkest Devon for the wonderful Contemporary Craft Fair in Bovey Tracey. This year we’re quite excited to be camping in our little campervan for the event. (And the nipper is with her granny so it’s a true weekend away together!) I’m hoping the show will be fruitful and there’ll be time and money for a few spends as there are some truly amazing things to take home….and plenty of room in the van….

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Stephanie Carswell

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Sarah Heaton (might be one for the ever growing plate collection!)

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Katie Almond (maybe these too….)

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Samantha Bryan (I love these so much!)

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Alex Swan (thought these looked very interesting)

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Hope to see you there!

the winner of our photo competition is…

Well we have had a whale of a time recently judging our photo competition. We’d like to run it every week because it’s so much fun looking at the images we get sent by you all! We have to say we’re very glad that in the end we left the choice of winner to you as we’re not sure we would have been able to choose between the stunning entries we received.

So first of all we bring you the runners up, in no particular order….

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Living the dream – we loved this entry

Some of the comments this lovely image received from our facebook page “This has to win!! VW camper tea cosy on tour!”, ” Love it. Will bring our camper alongside and share tea and cake!” We really loved the planned yet natural composition in this image and the perfect tea cosy, ordered to compliment the beautiful van, named ‘May Green’.

And next…

extra marks for inspired use of one of our products!

extra marks for inspired use of one of our products!

There are so many lovely things to this image. Of course the beautiful wire haired fox terrier, named Tabitha is a delight but we also love the idea of making a cushion out of our lovely tea towels, it looks great. Here are a few of the comments from our facebook page. ” Close call, but what a face – had to vote!”, ” I like this one, not sure if its just because I like the live version though! No, its the cushion too!!” A beautiful shot and a very close runner up.

And so to our last runner up (you may remember there were only supposed to be 2 runners up but we had such great entries that we had to have 4 finalists!)…

A fab image that captures a feel of PoppyTreffry

A fab image that captures a feel of Poppy Treffry

This was a real favourite at Treffry towers, with two such beautiful models and such a cosy, cakey, tea time theme we couldn’t help but love it. “too cute and love all the accessorizing (I have some too!)”  This shot was entered by a tea room in Hampshire which looks well worth a visit, the Parlour tearoom.

Congratulations to the 3 runners up, please drop us a line to hello@poppytreffry.co.uk with your postal address and we’ll get your goody bags sent to you.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Our winner. Please give a big hand to…

George Best welsh terrier with man bag!

George Best welsh terrier with man bag!

This cheeky chappy was the most popular with you voters and clearly stole some hearts out there, receiving comments like “A vote for the outrageously dapper Mr. Best and his mint green ‘man bag’ xx”, “This bag is lovely, and the dog of course…roll on payday!” and so much other praise for the dog that our little handbag started to feel left out!

A fab image and a worthy winner, we thank you Mr George Best welsh terrier and we look forward to seeing what you choose with your £150 to spend on our website or in our St Ives shop.

Thanks to everyone who entered and look out for a new competition soon.

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