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.

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!

Meet Poppy of Poppy Treffry!

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!

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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!
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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!

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
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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…
Favourite book?
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…..
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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!)

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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

Poppy Treffry team

Some of the shop team

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

our love nest cushion features in Country Living magazine

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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

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.

can we stay here?!

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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Kirsty Elson lighthouses

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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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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Deryn Relph

Hope to see you there!

It’s that Country Living Show time of year!

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Well it’s that time of year again. The Country Living Christmas Fair opens on Wednesday the 7th of November at The Business Design Centre in Islington. The pallet of yummy stock has left the studio (complete with some never seen before cushions and pictures) and I leave Penzance on the sleeper tomorrow night!

I’m really looking forward to setting up the stand, it’s exhausting but always exciting putting the finishing touches to it before the happy shoppers arrive on Wednesday. It’s also great catching up with other exhibitors. There are plenty of Cornish companies exhibiting – we seem to see each other more at shows than at home!

I managed to squirrel a couple of hours to myself this afternoon to look at the exhibitor listings and browse a few of the very lovely websites there. Above and below are just a very few of the gorgeous things on offer. But there’s so much more when you’re there so come on down….

Let the Christmas shopping commence!

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Would quite like this little beauty from Beg Bicycles to go home with me!

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I’ve a hunch Nest are going to have some real gems on their stand

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There are some very fetching things on Emily Maude’s website (many of which would look very good on my new kitchen shelves!)

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And of course Biba may need a little something from The Traditional Children Company!

Scrumping!

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We had a very nice impromptu visit to my Dad’s house on the edge of Bodmin Moor last weekend. He has a lovely rambling house in the country, draped in ivy and heated with a 59 year old Aga.

We were sent out to scrump for pudding from the wizened old apple trees that are dotted around Dad’s well stocked veggie patch. He’s a bit of an old hippie and very much into growing his own, wasting nothing and reusing everything.

These apples made a very yummy crumble! The onions – not so much!

(Biba wears a fab frock from Teresa Green) Here’s to the good life!

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