03 Jun 2014
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Tags: Cornish businesses, craft, craft businesses, designer maker, Facebook, freehand machine embroidery, live Q&A, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry on facebook, Q&A, question and answer, running a business, running a small business in Cornwall, starting your own business
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
09 May 2014
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Tags: behind the scenes, behind the seams, Cornish business, cornwall, justin duance, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry blog, Q and A, running a small business, small business owner, team treffry, Treffry towers
So far we’ve introduced you to various members of the team here at Treffry towers but we thought as it’s our birthday celebrations at the moment that we should introduce you to the main man, the organ grinder, the boss lady; or Poppy as we also call her!! So we put a few questions together, made her a cup of coffee (she always works better with a coffee inside her, but just one mind!), and sat her down to answer them!
What’s the most memorable moment of the last 10 years running PT?
I think leaving my ‘proper’ job (I was working for the council as an Arts Officer) to go full time with the business was a pretty special moment. Literally days later I did my first London trade show and was booked up with orders for the next 6 months so it was the right thing to do!
Tell us a fact about yourself that we may not know.
I broke my back when I was 17 in a car accident and missed all my A level exams (I did them later in my spare time whilst doing my Art Foundation!)
What do you get up to on a typical Sunday afternoon?
If it’s a good sunday then having friends round for roast dinner…..and Justin (my partner) cooks! A not so good sunday – friends round for roast and I cook!
Apart from sewing and designing, what are you favourite past times?
I love knitting and go to a knitting group every week. I always have a book on the go and have just finished Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which I loved and am now reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett which is all set during a hostage situation in an unnamed South American country. I’m also mad for a bit of camping (in my van) and listening to the Archers and talking about the Archers and wondering what the Archers characters are up to…
What part of the world would you like to visit and why?
I love traveling and did a lot of travelling in my 20s, including living in Guatemala for 3 years. I’d love to take Justin and our daughter Biba back there for a big trip. I’d also love to go to Panama for their reverse applique textiles, mexico for all their quirky ‘Day of the Dead’ crafts and Peru for the knitwear.
Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia!
You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island – what was the one possession you rescued before the boat sank?
This is a tricky one (don’t want to say smart phone – although it would be very sensible as I could call for rescue!) but I would try and save my sketch books
Camping or Glamping (no van allowed!
Love them both (not that I’ve glamped much!) but I think old fashioned camping would have the edge. Preferably on Troytown campsite on the Isle of Scilly, preferably with close friends and family, a glass of wine and a sunset over the sea…
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – because it is epic!
First ever ‘proper’ job?
Working as an Art Technician at the Winchester College in Hampshire – the oldest school in England and posher than Eton – Prince William used to come and play water polo there!
Name the top two things on your bucket list.
Living in New York (though Justin did not rate my idea of a family sabbatical there!)
Going travelling with Biba….I have a hunch she’ll enjoy a chicken bus…..
Poppy in her St Ives shop!
So.. Thanks Poppy for answering our questions! If you’ve got questions you’d like to put to Poppy Treffry then keep them in mind and keep an eye on our facebook page as we plan to host a live Q and A session with Poppy soon, details to follow.
And join us in a rousing chorus of ‘Happy Birthday to us’!! (check out the picture below for a special birthday treat!)
06 May 2014
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Tags: cooking dahl, cornish cooking, dahl, dahl recipe, Poppy Treffry, recipes, team treffry, turka dahl
After planning and talking about it for many months various members of team Treffry finally came together this week to learn how to make Dahl with Sara, our resident expert! And we thought you’d like it if we shared!
In a heavy based pan we heated up sunflower oil and then fried 2 onions, about 6 cloves of garlic and about an inch of ginger for approx 15 minutes till they’re softened (first onion, then garlic and then ginger).
Next we added 2 small green chillies diced, a teaspoon of tumeric, 3 of garam masala and 1 of coriander and mixed these together over the heat.
Next we added a good teaspoon of sea salt flakes and half a carton/one carton of passata depending on quantities. You can also add some fresh tomato here as well. Just cause it’s nice!
And there you have your Turka (none of us sure of spelling here, a great base for all curries etc)
Now leave that simmering whilst you prep your lentils. We used red split but you can use any kind here, split peas. Puy lentils, mung beans, all sorts! We rinsed the lentils and then put them on to boil.
Here we took a moment to admire the artwork before we began our potato and cauliflower curry. An added bonus to the evening!
Potato and cauliflower sabjee.
We chopped up about 12 potatoes to fairly small chunks.
And then broke a cauliflower into it’s florets. Fairly small sizes again and we included a few of the outer leaves.
Then we took out half the Turka from our pan and put all the cauliflower and potato in with the remaining. We gave it a good old mix to coat the veg and then we put the lid on and were told not to remove it for at least 40 minutes! Hard to resist.
Meanwhile we stirred our red lentils from time to time and skimmed them occasionally
Once our lentils were a bit of a porridge like consistency we added the rest of our Turka mix (you can add more water here if you like). Then we added some chopped ginger to the Dahl and put it to one side. Meanwhile we heated a frying pan and added garlic and dry fried it and then afterwards we dry fried some poppy seeds and black onion seeds.
Tip these into the Dahl and mix after you finish each, let the garlic brown but not too much.
We then cooked some poppadoms over the gas flame, tough fingers with no feeling are the key here!
And at last our feast was ready. (we cooked up some rice and added pickles, raita and wine!) Delicious it was too – Team Treffry are ready to go forth and create dahl this weekend, are you?!
02 May 2014
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Tags: atlantic, bathing beauties, bathing beauty make up bag, bathing beauty tea towel, coldwater swimming, Cornish mizzle, cornwall, lunchtime fun, make up bags, openwater swimming, penzance, penzance promenade, Poppy Treffry, seaside, swimmers, swimming, swimming in Cornwall, tea towel, vintage swimmers, wild swimming
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!
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
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!
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!
02 May 2014
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Me and my shop!
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
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.
The shops also kind of celebrating with this little feature in the May 2014 edition of Coast magazine!
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
Some of the shop team
Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday dear shop, Happy Birthday to you!
21 Jan 2014
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Tags: behind the scenes, behind the seams, Cornish business, Cornwall businesses, making things in Cornwall, manufacturing in Cornwall, Poppy Treffry, running a small business in Cornwall, rural business, small business, staff, team treffry, textile company, textiles business, UK company, you tube videos
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,
13 Dec 2013
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Tags: airedale, best in show, carl wakfer, Competition, cornwall, dacshund, dog breeds, dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, dog range, dogs in cornwall, fox terrier, long rock, long rock tote, nice handmade website, nice websites, penzance, Poppy Treffry, pug, schnauzer, Spot the dog, St Ives, Tea cosy, tea cosy prize, tea towel, tote bag, visiting Cornwall with a dog, you tube film
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!
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.
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
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Tags: blogs, china, handmade, poole pottery, Poppy Treffry, retro, retro kitchenware, St Ives, vintage, vintage china, yay retro
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….
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…
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!
06 Sep 2013
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Tags: all about you, artist, collaboration, cornish, cornwall, Country Living, country living magazine, cushion, designer, freehand machine embroidery, handmade cushion, love nest cushion, magazines, october, Poppy Treffry, pr, press, samuel g winterbourne
country living October
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!!!
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.