21 Feb 2014
in Jolly Good, Staff
Tags: cornwall, creative jobs in Cornwall, jobs in cornwall, jobs in Penwith, penzance, Poppy Treffry, staff, team treffry, team work, working for Poppy Treffry, working in Cornwall
Sara became part of the team in 2007 and is based at the studio. This was at the time when Poppy needed some help with stitching and apparently she roped in anyone that could work a sewing machine! Sara had always been fond of sewing so was happy to give it a go and help out, although she just did straight lines-none of the fancy freehand stuff. In fact Sara holds the record for the fastest straight line stiching in the whole team. I think she deserves a medal don’t you!
Sara and Faye manning the stand at the New York Gift Fair
Since starting Sara’s role has changed and she is now in charge of all our trade customers, both in this country and abroad. This involves quite a bit of paperwork and phone calls which luckily she is very good at. Although that is not all, Sara also is in charge of supplies for the workshop, the stock and the work for our stitchers. Occasionally she is found at a sewing machine, especially when demand is needed at Christmas and on factory days to make all our lovely bags. That is when her speedy straight line stitching really comes in handy!
Love that house coat!
Sara says the best thing about her job is the variety-no two days will ever be the same at Treffry towers. She also enjoys working with our customers and having a natter on the phone with them. Sara is in charge of sourcing new components to create new products which is exciting thinking of all the colour possibilities! Most of all Sara enjoys the people she gets to work with-they do have a lot of fun. Freya and Sara enjoy honing their whistling skills, which really annoys Poppy. Faye (Poppy’s sister) is the athletic one and is always trying to get everyone to be more active by swimming in the sea at lunchtimes in the summer. There were good intentions of carrying on through the autumn but ……………. and now it’s far too cold.
The Jubilee Pool, Penzance
On Sara’s last day off she went horse riding on the Penwith Moors. It was a bit wet, but that’s all part of the fun! In fact Sara is not a novice in the saddle, last year she went to Spain for 2 weeks for a riding holiday. Generally on her days off she likes to spend time outdoors walking, cycling, riding or in or near the sea.
Sara and her bike on their travels!
Sara’s favourite Poppy Treffry product is the bicycle tote bag – it actually has her very own bicycle on it! Poppy wanted to create a bike design so Sara cycled her bike to the studio so it could be a model for the day. It has been used on both the bicycle tea towel and the pedal power fabric; her’s is the one with the drop handle bars.
Sara’s bike and one of the designs it features on
Sara’s favourite bicycle Long rock tote bag
05 Feb 2014
in Crafty Friends, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good, Staff, Uncategorized
Tags: awards, farewell, goodbye, Poppy Treffry, St Ives, team treffry, wedding
Hello! It’s Sarah from the shop at St Ives, although sadly not for much longer as I will be leaving Poppy Treffry at the end of the week. I must just say that it is not due to the company or the lovely people but becuase of me! I work part time in the shop and also have my own little business designing stationery for weddings and occassions and have got very busy in the last few months and just won a national award (i’ll tell you about that in a minute!). It was a very hard decision to make as Poppy and the team are just the loveliest bunch of people and have been so good to me, but I just need more time to concentrate on my own business.
Last year I was nominated for the ‘Best Wedding Stationery‘ award by Wedding Ideas magazine. In December I found out I had made it to the finals and was invited to the awards night at Tower Bridge Hotel in London on January 11th. The magazine also asked me to create the stationery for the tables and winners cards so it was great to see it all laid out. It was all very glamorous with all of the top wedding industry suppliers all under the same roof. There were butlers in the buff serving champagne, a glass giraffe vodka luge and celebrity entertainment by Francine Lewis from Britain’s got talent. Once we’d eaten our 3 course meal it was awards time and the stationery category was the first one up. To say I was nervous was a massive understatement! Then they read out my name and I was so shocked, overwhelmed and excited. I could only describe the feeling as I thought I was going to burst! Biggest smile ever and still smiling now.
The whole night was a bit of a blur (not due to alcohol!) and a very sureal experience-one that I will never forget! After a bit of boogying and mingling it was time for bed but not before a photo with my trophy infront of the screen on the way out. Felt like a celebrity on the red carpet! I lay in bed thinking; did that actually just happen, it felt like a dream.
I am very overwhelmed, proud and grateful that my little business has won a national award-still can’t believe it! Plus got lots of exciting new things on the horizon too. If any of you are engaged and after some whimsical rustic stationery for your wedding, then you can have a look at my collections over at www.sarahwants.com.
It’s been a great few years working at Poppy Treffry and I will miss you all so very much. I have never had the privilege of working with such a fantastic, funny and skilled bunch of tea addicted nutters before! The Christmas party roller disco was a highlight of course-lost count of the times poor studio Sara fell over! I will visit the shop regularly and keep upto date on what’s new over on the Facebook page. Thanks for everything-its been a blast and I have very fond memories of my time at Poppy Treffry.
21 Jan 2014
in Find us elsewhere, General, Gossip, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good, Staff
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,
18 Dec 2013
in General, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good
Tags: Christmas, christmas gifts, christmas shopping, christmas window, nativity, Poppy Treffry, presents, St Ives
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; firstname.lastname@example.org 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
30 Nov 2013
in Jolly Good, Offers, products, Uncategorized
Tags: badge, bike, bird, boat, Christmas, cornish, cornwall, cycling, dacshund, gift, gul, ideas, lip balm, notebook, oyster card holders, Poppy Treffry, presents, purse, Sewing, stocking filler
Can you believe that it is December tomorrow-that is officially Christmas in our books. If that makes you panic a bit then don’t fret; we’ve come up with some super little gift combos for you. So now it’s super easy to choose and takes the stress out of your shopping, so you have more time to drink mulled wine and scoff mince pies! Just because we’re nice we are offering you FREE DELIVERY this weekend on all orders until Monday 2nd December, just enter ‘SHIP2013′ at the checkout and thank us later!
One of our most popular fabrics is the Daschund, it seems to be the dog on trend right now. So why not treat your loved one to a cute little purse and a ‘don’t I look dashing’ lipbalm. Click here to have a look. Even if they don’t have a daschund, then surely this is the next best thing as you can carry them around in your handbag just like a real one!
For all those bicycle lovers there’s the big and small useful purses that can be used for storage of many useful things. Toiletries, pens & pencils or even all your bike related gubbins! Or there is a notebook for writing down a list of adventures and places to explore on your bike. Buy them here.
The oyster catcher was one of Poppy’s first ever designs and still remains a very popular favourite today. Available on a little badge and useful purses. Catch them here!
and for all of the sewers, (we know there are quite a few out there!) why not treat them to a pretty little sewing purse to store all their needles, threads and treasured bobbins. They could wear an embroidered badge with pride as they happily whip up their latest make and enjoy some ‘sew lovely’ lipbalm. Take a look at them here.
For anyone who loves the coast, and dreams of lazy days on the beach watching the boats trawling by, whilst listening to the sound of the gulls then don’t miss our boaty combo set. Our flotilla useful purse, embroidered gul badge and cheeky ‘hello buoys’ lipbalm-the perfect boaty gifts. Click here to trawl it into your basket!
Hope we’ve given you some good ideas for gifts now and do utilise our FREE DELIVERY over the weekend by entering ‘SHIP2013′ at the checkout. Now I better send the husband up in the loft to dig out the decorations and that ball of tangled fairy lights and get festive!
25 Nov 2013
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 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!
31 Oct 2013
in General, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good, Uncategorized
Tags: halloween, Poppy Treffry, pumpkin, pumpkin soup, soup, tasty leftovers
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
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!
06 Sep 2013
in Crafty Friends, Find us elsewhere, General, Gossip, Great Places, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good, Kind words, Press, Staff
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.
18 Aug 2013
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!
Poppy Treffry has got together with Pure Nuff stuff who are a natural skin care company in Penzance, and we have created some scrummy new soaps and lip balms for our customers.
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!