Stop – Pasty time!

We decided to run our first Facebook competition this week and it’s a good one! We’re giving away ten of our brand new pasty tea towels to ten lucky people

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All you have to do is head over to our Facebook page and like our pasty picture (it’s the one above of Poppy posing in Mousehole!) and make sure you like our page too. If we can get 500 likes on the picture by the time Poppy has her next pasty (that’s Tuesday 25th march lunchtime!!) then we’ll choose ten winners at random.

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So if you want to share the post too that might get it to the 500 likes quicker!

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But if you just can’t wait they are available now on our website.

So, Stop – Pasty time!!

Perfect presents for perfect people!

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Samuel Winterbourn – the nature nut!

We’d like to introduce you to the lovely Sam Winterbourn with a little Q & A…

What is your story?

I’m an artist designer who draws from British flora and fauna, combining a patchwork of influences into my designs, from intricate pattern, to British eccentricity. I love to hide symbols of Britain in my drawings from royal crowns to the union jack. Also a big inspiration of mine is British fairy tales and illustrators like Arthur Rackham and Beatrix Potter. Their work really inspires me to try to capture images that reflect magic and the wild beauty of nature.

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My Journey as an artist began from a very young age. I do not have memories of a favourite toy, but I do have strong memories of just drawing, drawing, drawing. I was brought up in North London, but had a longing for the sandy beaches in Cornwall, where I now live.  The landscape of Cornwall really inspires me. From the beautiful hidden coves to the rugged cliffs, and of course the wide variety of wildlife you get in the countryside, compared to the city.

After taking a foundation diploma in Art and Design at Cornwall College in 2007. I applied for an illustration degree, but was sadly turned down. I didn’t let the rejection hinder me, though, in fact it almost did me a favour in the end. It fuelled me to pursue my art and to be different. I went back to basics, pen and paper and my childhood days of drawing began again. By combining my passion for British nature my eye for detail and design, I found a unique artistic style all of my very own. I have been selling my original work in local galleries ever since, mainly in Uys Gallery in St Ives.

How did the collaboration with Poppy come about?

The Collaboration with Poppy was very exciting for me. I really admired her work as a designer and the beautiful products her and her team create. I met Poppy in her lovely shop in St Ives and was bold enough to introduce myself.

As an artist I knew I wanted to expand my ideas in design. I have always enjoyed working with textiles and was interested to combine my ideas onto handmade products. Lucky enough Poppy liked my work enough to give me shot with a design collaboration. I must admit I was very ropey on the hands free sewing machine! However, I have a great eye for colour and design. I enjoyed choosing all the fab fabrics from the studio. Then with Poppy’s patience and help, I ended up with three unique designs that I’m very proud of. Each one has its own charm and character and I find it hard to pick a favourite. At a push it’s ‘Love Nest.’ I really like the symmetry of the design and the dotty belly of the song thrushes next to the bold pink foxgloves. I feel that this cushion makes a real statement.

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The cushions proudly sit on the top shelf amidst the other cushions in our shop!

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How did you interpret the brief?

The brief for the design project was woodland animals. I did some rough sketches and overall Poppy liked the woodland bird ideas best. We took some ideas from other sketches I had done, to make three strong designs. The inspiration for ‘Love Nest’ came from an original drawing I had done also titled ‘Love Nest,’ it was great to take this design into a completely different form.

How/where do you find inspiration and are you influenced by trends?

I try not to follow trends in my work, but I must admit it’s hard not to be inspired creatively as an artist, with what’s going on around you. Unless, I suppose, you go through life with your eyes closed!

I can find inspiration in anything from vintage objects, old picture books, and the changing of the seasons. Most of all, it’s flora and fauna that inspires me. From every day birds you see in the garden, to the treasured scenes your eyes can capture from walking in the great outdoors, it’s just the skill of holding the image in your memory and then getting it on to paper. I also love beach combing and collecting natural objects from long walks in the woods. I just can’t help myself; I’m a little bit of a magpie!

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Your creations are so detailed & intricate; how long does it take to perfect a finished design?

Each drawing is different really and depends on how long I have each day to dedicate to drawing. My bigger drawings can take me up to a month to complete and smaller ones can take me a few days. It generally depends on time and my mood creatively. And, I now have to make sure that I give my poor neck a good rest!

Can you talk us through the process from the initial idea to a finished product.

I always start my designs from a quick doodle, normally on a scrap piece of paper, anything I can get my hands on when an idea comes to mind. I have even been known to sketch on kitchen roll and old receipts! Once I have the composition right, I carefully sketch it out onto fine drawing paper then, with a black ink pen I slowly begin to fill the design in. Each pattern is unique, but over time I have created my own patterns for different animal textures.  I’m always trying to capture the right texture of each animal I’m drawing but in a quirky, illustrative way.

We love your new range for Ulster Weavers; what’s in the pipeline for the future?

Ulster Weavers has been amazing for me. I’ve always dreamed of having my own textile range and because I mostly draw in black and white, it’s super to see my designs in bold colour. It has opened my mind to new possibilities. For 2014, Ulster Weavers will be taking my designs into china mugs and also table placemats.

At the moment I’ve been working hard on some new drawings for an exhibition from the 5th of December to 10th January at The New Craftsman Gallery in St Ives Cornwall. My work will be combined with other artists work. The exhibition is titled, ‘Under the Wild Stars’ and I’m very excited to show some of my new Nature Nut drawings! Also this year I have been working on some new card designs with the Almanac Gallery London.

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Lastly, what is your ultimate dream?

My ultimate dream is to carry on being a nature nut and expand in all forms of design. I would love to take my designs into more household items and also fabric and wallpaper would be wonderful. Ideally, creating my own little brand!

I’ve always dreamed of tying my work into a book of some sort. Children’s picture book illustration is one of my biggest goals. But I will have to wait and see when I have the time to dedicate to just one project. I’m afraid I find it a bit too scary to look too far ahead, but my main aim in 5 years is to still enjoy, and have the same passion, for creating quirky designs that reflect my love of British nature.

You can purchase any of Sam’s lovely range of bags & tea towels for Ulster Weavers and his cushions from Poppy Treffry. If you’re in Cornwall in December and January, then it’d just be rude to not go and see his exhibition at the Craftsmen Gallery in St. Ives.  If you’d like to get in touch with Sam then you can visit his website.

Thanks Sam!

It’s all going on

Just a little update to let you know it’s all go at the Poppy Treffry studio! Our autumn and winter 2013 catalogue should be landing on doorsteps from today and if you’re one of the lucky ones to receive then we’d love to hear from you and if you enjoyed it, we certainly had fun putting it together (and posing for the pictures!)

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lips balms going live on the website

Alongside the catalogue going out you’ll notice an array of brand new products appearing on our website over the next couple of days. We’ve been working hard over the summer to add even more great gifts and things you need and want to our collection and now at last, after trialling them in our St Ives shop over the summer, we can introduce them to you! We hope you love the new things as much as we do and as ever, we’d love to hear what you think.

3 tea towels for £20? yes please!

3 tea towels for £20? yes please!

In case you’ve missed the offer on our homepage you can currently treat yourself (or someone very deserving!) to 3 tea towels for just £20 on our website! These fly out from our St Ives shop and we know they’ve been framed, turned into cushions, turned into aprons, and sometimes, wait for it, used to dry up (perish the thought!) So make sure you stock up now, no code needed as discount will be automatically applied at checkout when you have 3 or more.

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pretty badges, great little gifts

 

We’re also preparing our lovely things to take to London at the end of October for the Country Living Christmas Fair, we’d love to know if you’re coming to visit us there and what you’re looking forward to seeing the most, in particular what you’re hoping we’ll have on our stand.

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So, we hope you enjoy our new things and can find lots of inspiration for Christmas gifts as well as plenty of ways to treat yourself, we’ll crack on with making everything available for you on the website now so you can shop and enjoy!

From the team at Poppy Treffry xx

Poppy’s Pure Nuff Stuff

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!

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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!

Meet the team….

Here at Treffry HQ we thought you’d like to meet the people that make it all happen. So we’ll start off with the lovely Freya!

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Freya has worked for Poppy for 9 years and is her 2nd ever employee! Freya is in charge of making all the little badges, it is rather fiddly to work so small but she has a lot of patience and has obviously had a lot of practise; she is the badge master! Here she is in action whipping up a batch of bee badges that literally fly out of our doors. She clearly likes making the badges and proudly shows them off-look how many she has on her apron!

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Freya also cuts out all the little appliqué pieces ready to be sewn into lovely Poppy Treffry products and she also plays an important part on bag factory days and sews up the purses. In fact there isn’t much that Freya doesn’t do! I asked Freya if she could tell us something about Poppy that we don’t know, she said; Poppy can knit a mean fair isle sweater. Looks like Poppy has got all her Christmas presents sorted then!

Last weekend Freya went to Mazey day which is part of the 10 day Golowan festival held every year in Penzance. Mazey day is the main day of the festival and artists, schools and community groups hit the streets for a big parade with sculptures and music and lots of dressing up. This year Freya decided to dress up as a human bean, we were all very impressed with her effort….what do you think?!

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In her spare time Freya likes a good book, she enjoys Michael Morpugo children’s stories, he wrote War Horse and in Freya’s opinion he ‘just writes REALLY good stories’. When not working at Poppy’s Freya runs her own label ‘Freya Laughton‘ which sees her sewing, drawing and illustrating. She has recently illustrated a lovely little book about Cornwall’s feasts and festivals which gives an insight into cornish life and lots of traditional cornish recipes, it is available to buy from our little shop in St. Ives. When home from work, Freya likes to cook and can whip up a delicious shepherd’s pie from her grandma’s secret recipe, without giving too much away, instead of a tomato sauce, she adds white sauce to the meat-yum yum!

Freya’s favourite Poppy Treffry products are the new bags and in particular the mounts bay messenger in the flotilla design. At home she has a boaty tea towel that she uses every day and she also has a special flouncy bag with a tractor on that she treasures as Poppy made it for her.

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Freya loves the designs that have tractors, peas and boats because its ‘the real stuff’ and inspired by the things around her in every day life. Her most favourite is the Oyster catcher though as it is one of Poppy’s first designs, it is still very popular today, so clearly you lot love it too!!

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Cool ladies – cool bags!

crazy ladies!

crazy ladies!

 

We’ve just been flicking through some of the shots from our last catalogue shoot and decided this is one of our favourites. Biba is a very good model we think! And the Oyster Catcher messenger bag is the perfect bag to take you through the Spring/Summer 2013 season.

 

 

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