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!
02 Jun 2013
in Find us elsewhere, Great Places, Jolly Good
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!
26 Feb 2013
in Find us elsewhere, General, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good
Tags: Cake, camper van, Competition, cornwall, dogs, fox terrier, goody bag, hampshire, handbag, parlour tearooms, photo competition, Photography, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry shop, prizes, tea, Tea cosy, tea time, Tea towels, tearooms
Well we have had a whale of a time recently judging our photo competition. We’d like to run it every week because it’s so much fun looking at the images we get sent by you all! We have to say we’re very glad that in the end we left the choice of winner to you as we’re not sure we would have been able to choose between the stunning entries we received.
So first of all we bring you the runners up, in no particular order….
Living the dream – we loved this entry
Some of the comments this lovely image received from our facebook page “This has to win!! VW camper tea cosy on tour!”, “ Love it. Will bring our camper alongside and share tea and cake!” We really loved the planned yet natural composition in this image and the perfect tea cosy, ordered to compliment the beautiful van, named ‘May Green’.
extra marks for inspired use of one of our products!
There are so many lovely things to this image. Of course the beautiful wire haired fox terrier, named Tabitha is a delight but we also love the idea of making a cushion out of our lovely tea towels, it looks great. Here are a few of the comments from our facebook page. “ Close call, but what a face – had to vote!”, “ I like this one, not sure if its just because I like the live version though! No, its the cushion too!!” A beautiful shot and a very close runner up.
And so to our last runner up (you may remember there were only supposed to be 2 runners up but we had such great entries that we had to have 4 finalists!)…
A fab image that captures a feel of Poppy Treffry
This was a real favourite at Treffry towers, with two such beautiful models and such a cosy, cakey, tea time theme we couldn’t help but love it. “too cute and love all the accessorizing (I have some too!)” This shot was entered by a tea room in Hampshire which looks well worth a visit, the Parlour tearoom.
Congratulations to the 3 runners up, please drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal address and we’ll get your goody bags sent to you.
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Our winner. Please give a big hand to…
George Best welsh terrier with man bag!
This cheeky chappy was the most popular with you voters and clearly stole some hearts out there, receiving comments like “A vote for the outrageously dapper Mr. Best and his mint green ‘man bag’ xx”, “This bag is lovely, and the dog of course…roll on payday!” and so much other praise for the dog that our little handbag started to feel left out!
A fab image and a worthy winner, we thank you Mr George Best welsh terrier and we look forward to seeing what you choose with your £150 to spend on our website or in our St Ives shop.
Thanks to everyone who entered and look out for a new competition soon.
07 Nov 2012
in Find us elsewhere, General, Gossip, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good
Tags: advent, advent calendars, Bettys, Bettys tea rooms, chocolate, Christmas, christmas shopping, cornwall, handmade, handmade Christmas, Poppy Treffry, swiss chocolate, the north
We bring you news of a very, very exciting new product and a first for team Treffry. This year we have produced our first ever advent calendar and we must tell you it is simply grrrreat! Working for our lovely friends ooop North, the wonderful Bettys, we produced this fab calendar which lasts. Bring it out each year and fill it with festive Bettys chocolate or alternative little December treats (maybe even fruit??!?!) The calendar was designed by Poppy and then stitched by the team down in Cornwall and then sent up to Bettys where they took it upon themselves to fill each pocket with Swiss milk and white chocolate novelties, just for you. If you’d like one then head over to Bettys and grab one quick – we can tell you we didn’t stitch a lot so don’t miss out on one of these, the perfect advent treat for children of all ages (ok, yes, we all have one!!)
Poppy Treffry for Bettys – fancie that!
Don’t forget you can still shop some of the other lovely products we’ve created for Bettys. (From the quantity of tea towels and aprons we’ve had to make we reckon a lot of you have remembered already!)