18 Jul 2014
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Tags: bathing beauties, bathing beauty, bathing beauty make up bag, bathing beauty tea towel, campaign, cornwall, donations, jubilee pool. lido, make up bag, penzance, Poppy Treffry, save our lido, storm damage, swimmers, tea towel
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.
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.
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.
27 May 2014
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Tags: Birmingham, J W Evans Silver Factory, The Jewellery Quarter
As 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!)
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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Tags: 1st birthday, As I was going to St Ives, attractions in St Ives, beside the seaside, birthday, by the sea, Coast magazine, cornwall, dachshund, dachshund useful purses, gift shops in St Ives, landmarks of St Ives, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry in Coast magazine, Poppy Treffry products, Poppy Treffry shop, Poppy Treffry tea towels, quirky gifts, receipt cards, sausage dog, Shops in St Ives, souvenirs, St Ives, St Ives souvenirs, St Ives tea towel, Tea towels, team treffry
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!
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.
02 Jun 2013
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Tags: Bovey Tracey, Contemporary Craft Fair, Devon
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….
Sarah Heaton (might be one for the ever growing plate collection!)
Katie Almond (maybe these too….)
Samantha Bryan (I love these so much!)
Alex Swan (thought these looked very interesting)
Hope to see you there!
04 Nov 2012
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Tags: Christmas, Country Living, gifts, islington, the smell of Christmas
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!
Would quite like this little beauty from Beg Bicycles to go home with me!
I’ve a hunch Nest are going to have some real gems on their stand
There are some very fetching things on Emily Maude’s website (many of which would look very good on my new kitchen shelves!)
And of course Biba may need a little something from The Traditional Children Company!
28 Oct 2012
in General, Great Places
Tags: apples, Autumn, cornwall
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!