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,
News and views from the team at quirky designer maker Poppy Treffrys' studio
21 Jan 2014 3 Comments
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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,
18 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
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.
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!
If you’d like to vote for our window then you can do so by either emailing; email@example.com 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
A wintery wonderland from Hudson Art
A snowy nativity scene from the Glass Tree, who were the winners last year.
A snuggly cosy winter scene from Fat Face
13 Dec 2013 30 Comments
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It’s nearly Christmas and we have another, new and very special film to bring you – again made by the talented Carl Wakfer.
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!
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.
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!
25 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
in Crafty Friends, General, Gossip, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good, Kind words, Staff Tags: blogs, china, handmade, poole pottery, Poppy Treffry, retro, retro kitchenware, St Ives, vintage, vintage china, yay retro
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….
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.
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.
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.
and finally Sue’s tip for you…
31 Oct 2013 Leave a comment
I think I could probably put money on the fact that you have a carved pumpkin in your house right now, but what will you do with it when Halloween has passed…….easy peasy spiced pumpkin soup of course!
This is a recipe for a creamy pumpkin soup with a bit of a kick and is one of team Treffry’s favourites.
You will need….
55g unsalted butter
2 medium white onions
6 cloves of garlic
1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons of curry powder
1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
a pinch of cayenne pepper
1300g of roasted pumpkin (average size pumpkin)
1250ml of chicken broth (or vegetable for vegetarians)
115g brown sugar
125ml double cream
serves 6 – 8 people.
What you need to do….
1. Firstly you’ll need to roast the pumpkin to soften it, so cut your pumpkin in half and if you haven’t already; scoop out the stringy bits and seeds with a spoon. Cover a tray with foil and add a squiz of olive oil and put your pumpkins face down. You can cut them into quarters to make them fit better if you need to. Cook in the oven on 170 degrees for 45 minutes-1 hour until soft. Then leave to cool for 10 minutes and scoop the pumpkin away from the skin with a spoon or a knife and cut into smaller pieces and set aside in a bowl.
2. Melt the butter in a large pan (big enough for making soup!) and add the onions and garlic and cook until soft and then add the spices and cook for a few more minutes, at this point the aroma is divine! Add your pumpkin pieces to the pan along with your broth and mix together well, then bring to the boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
3. After the 20 minutes, take off the heat and allow to cool. This may take a while but it is important to let it cool a bit before blending it as I don’t want you to burn yourself! You can either transfer to a blender or use a hand held blender to mix it in the pan. So blitz away until smooth!
4. Return to a low heat and slowly pour in the milk whilst stirring. Now you can have a little taste of your soup-you may like it as it is, or you can add the brown sugar to make it sweet, add more spice for extra kick or add the cream to make it smoother.
Voilah-easy as that and super yummy!
19 Oct 2013 Leave a comment
in Crafty Friends, General, Jolly Good, Staff, Uncategorized Tags: cornwall, designer makers, freehand machine embroidery, handmade, music to sew to, Poppy Treffry, sewing machines, St Ives, studio life, Trevaskis Farm
So we thought you’d like to meet another member of our team, this time we want to introduce you to the lovely Liz!
Liz is fairly new to team Treffry, she started in June to help us out in our shop in St.Ives over the busy summer. In her interview Liz said she could sew, so Poppy gave her a trial and she wasn’t wrong! Liz has been sewing since she was a child and was taught everything she knows from her creative & crafty mother! Now that the summer has passed Poppy has utilised Liz’s skills and you will find her in the studio sewing away under a fabric mountain. She mostly sews up our super useful purses and tote bags. In fact sometimes its hard for her to keep up, as you lot seem to love them and they don’t stay on our shelves for very long.
This is Liz happily sewing away in the studio, she is very good at multi tasking as she can sew whilst nattering away to the team AND drink her tea! Can you spot Freya in the background making the tea for everyone. Liz has black earl grey and her favourite biscuit for dunking is a custard cream.
Liz said the best thing about working at the studio is the eclectic mix of music you get to sew to. You never know what will come on next-anything from Stones Roses to Gotan Project which is Argentinean samba and rather up beat and jolly. According to Poppy it helps you to sew faster!
On Liz’s last day off she attended Trevaskis Farm‘s annual apple day. Trevaskis farm is a wonderful place where they grow lots of produce that you can go and pick yourself. There are also lots of resident animals to see, an amazing farm shop and a restaurant famous with the locals for its impressive desserts! On apple day there were crates of apples lined up that you could taste and buy. As well as tasting of different ciders, cheeses and chef specials including pork & apple scotch eggs, pork & Rattler pasties, apple doughnuts, turnovers & meringues….mmm now I’m hungry! Liz’s dogs Bella & Scrappy had more than their 5 a day and enjoyed all of the leftover apple cores. Next time you’re around you should definitely make a trip to Trevaskis Farm for the day. Highly recommended!
Liz likes to cook, when she can get in the kitchen that is… she is very lucky as her husband is a chef! Her signature dish is similar to a Spanish paella with rice scattered with chicken, chorizo, orange slices, red peppers, onions and olives. Sounds tasty hey!
Liz’s favourite Poppy Treffry product is the bicycle tote bag, she carries it everywhere as it is really well made and strong. She says ‘its bottomless, it just fits everything in’ The one that she has, is even one that she made herself-how good is that! Liz also loves the little robin badges that Freya so patiently creates; they’re just so cute and amazing. We currently have some with spotty backgrounds that look like snow-perfect for that big ‘C’ season ahead!
25 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
in General, Interesting stuff, Offers, products, Staff Tags: badges, bus pass holders, catalogue, change purses, coin purses, cornwall, country living christmas fair, dachshunds, dish towels, lip balms, offers, oyster card holders, Poppy Treffry, shows, special offers, St Ives, Tea towels, useful purses
Just a little update to let you know it’s all go at the Poppy Treffry studio! Our autumn and winter 2013 catalogue should be landing on doorsteps from today and if you’re one of the lucky ones to receive then we’d love to hear from you and if you enjoyed it, we certainly had fun putting it together (and posing for the pictures!)
Alongside the catalogue going out you’ll notice an array of brand new products appearing on our website over the next couple of days. We’ve been working hard over the summer to add even more great gifts and things you need and want to our collection and now at last, after trialling them in our St Ives shop over the summer, we can introduce them to you! We hope you love the new things as much as we do and as ever, we’d love to hear what you think.
In case you’ve missed the offer on our homepage you can currently treat yourself (or someone very deserving!) to 3 tea towels for just £20 on our website! These fly out from our St Ives shop and we know they’ve been framed, turned into cushions, turned into aprons, and sometimes, wait for it, used to dry up (perish the thought!) So make sure you stock up now, no code needed as discount will be automatically applied at checkout when you have 3 or more.
We’re also preparing our lovely things to take to London at the end of October for the Country Living Christmas Fair, we’d love to know if you’re coming to visit us there and what you’re looking forward to seeing the most, in particular what you’re hoping we’ll have on our stand.
So, we hope you enjoy our new things and can find lots of inspiration for Christmas gifts as well as plenty of ways to treat yourself, we’ll crack on with making everything available for you on the website now so you can shop and enjoy!
From the team at Poppy Treffry xx
06 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
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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!!!
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.
18 Aug 2013 7 Comments
in General, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good, products, Uncategorized Tags: Cornish skincare, cornwall, lip balm, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry products, Poppy Treffry shop, pure nuff stuff, soap, St Ives
We have had a super duper start to summer in our lovely new little shop in St.Ives and we want to tell you about some exciting new things we are now selling!
Pure Nuff Stuff lovingly hand make their products in small batches so you can customise a product with your favourite scent; how good is that! They whip up delightful things like shea souffle, body bliss and sole food with natural ingredients and oils to create some heavenly smells. Pure Nuff Stuff products are SLS and paraben free, so you can be assured that there is no nastiness inside; just the pure natural, nourishing and moisturing ingredients. They don’t test on animals either-just willing people!
You may think Pure Nuff Stuff is a bit of a silly name, but they didn’t want anything twee like Lavender Lane or anything, so they chose a name to reflect their beliefs. Things have to be pure enough to go into their products; so it’s Pure Nuff Stuff. Their motto is ‘keeping you and the planet clean’ and we love it!
So a few weeks ago Poppy visited Pure Nuff Stuff in Penzance and got to choose her very own combinations of smells; she had a great time sniffing all the bottles and coming up with her very own Poppy Treffry range. We all think she’s done a fab job…
So now in our shop we’ve got some luscious lip balms, each with a different tantalising flavour, there’s spearmint, lemon and lime, rose, sweet orange & vanilla (smells just like terry’s chocolate orange!) and unscented for those of you with sensitive skin. The ingredients are pure and simple; olive oil, Cornish beeswax, calendula oil, cocoa butter and a few drops of essential oil for the aroma. Each one has a quirky little Poppy Treffry design too!
We’ve also got some scrumptious soaps – they do smell good enough to eat, but we recommend that you don’t! We have our donkey soap which is cinnamon and vanilla, so you can have Christmas every day! Our Sewclean soap of Patchouli, Lavender & Vanilla, our boaty soap with Teatree, Rosemary & Lavender & a gul ‘dont nick my soap’ bar of Chamomile & Geranium.
Our shop smells so good and many of our lovely customers comment on it when they walk through the door. So next time you’re in St. Ives, come and have a sniff of Poppy’s Pure Nuff Stuff. If you’re not anywhere near Cornwall then don’t lose any sleep over it, because it’s all going to be available to buy from the website in September!
10 Jul 2013 2 Comments
Here at Treffry HQ we thought you’d like to meet the people that make it all happen. So we’ll start off with the lovely Freya!
Freya has worked for Poppy for 9 years and is her 2nd ever employee! Freya is in charge of making all the little badges, it is rather fiddly to work so small but she has a lot of patience and has obviously had a lot of practise; she is the badge master! Here she is in action whipping up a batch of bee badges that literally fly out of our doors. She clearly likes making the badges and proudly shows them off-look how many she has on her apron!
Freya also cuts out all the little appliqué pieces ready to be sewn into lovely Poppy Treffry products and she also plays an important part on bag factory days and sews up the purses. In fact there isn’t much that Freya doesn’t do! I asked Freya if she could tell us something about Poppy that we don’t know, she said; Poppy can knit a mean fair isle sweater. Looks like Poppy has got all her Christmas presents sorted then!
Last weekend Freya went to Mazey day which is part of the 10 day Golowan festival held every year in Penzance. Mazey day is the main day of the festival and artists, schools and community groups hit the streets for a big parade with sculptures and music and lots of dressing up. This year Freya decided to dress up as a human bean, we were all very impressed with her effort….what do you think?!
In her spare time Freya likes a good book, she enjoys Michael Morpugo children’s stories, he wrote War Horse and in Freya’s opinion he ‘just writes REALLY good stories’. When not working at Poppy’s Freya runs her own label ‘Freya Laughton‘ which sees her sewing, drawing and illustrating. She has recently illustrated a lovely little book about Cornwall’s feasts and festivals which gives an insight into cornish life and lots of traditional cornish recipes, it is available to buy from our little shop in St. Ives. When home from work, Freya likes to cook and can whip up a delicious shepherd’s pie from her grandma’s secret recipe, without giving too much away, instead of a tomato sauce, she adds white sauce to the meat-yum yum!
Freya’s favourite Poppy Treffry products are the new bags and in particular the mounts bay messenger in the flotilla design. At home she has a boaty tea towel that she uses every day and she also has a special flouncy bag with a tractor on that she treasures as Poppy made it for her.
Freya loves the designs that have tractors, peas and boats because its ‘the real stuff’ and inspired by the things around her in every day life. Her most favourite is the Oyster catcher though as it is one of Poppy’s first designs, it is still very popular today, so clearly you lot love it too!!