Meet another lovely member of Team Treffry…

We’ve all been so busy here in the Poppy Treffry studio and in our shop in St Ives that time has completely run away with us and it’s the beginning of April already!

The daffs are now flowering and the sun is shining (shhh..it might disappear again at any minute!) and we all have a bit more of a spring in our step.

Mounts Bay Daffs

While we take a very quick break from bag making and sewing, we thought you would all like to meet another integral member of Team Treffry.

Say “Hello” to Gilly.

Gilly works in our St Ives shop and you will usually find her in there two or three days a week (even on a Sunday!) chatting away to our customers, dusting the shelves, folding our lovely tea towels and just generally making sure everything is in it’s place.

We asked Gilly a few questions about herself….

How long have you lived in Cornwall?

I have lived in St Ives for eleven years. It’s always been a life-long ambition since I was a small child to live here.  I think I was a fisherman’s daughter in a previous life!

How long have you worked for Poppy Treffry?

I started working for Poppy two tears ago when we had the little shop in the Drill Hall in St Ives.  We’ve now moved into our lovely new shop in Fore Street and it’s great!

What’s the best thing about working for Poppy?

Being surrounded by beautiful things and being supported by a friendly and fun team

What’s your favourite Poppy Treffry product?

I love the Big Floucy Bag – It reminds me of my youthful hippy days!

Flower Power - Big Floucy Bag

Flower Power – Big Floucy Bag

Favourite food?

Cake!! No outing is complete without cake at the end of it!  Some of my favourite local places to eat cake are: Cafe Art in St Ives, The Cook Book in St Just and The Lost & Found in Penzance.

(P.S – Courgette cake counts as 1 of your 5 a day!)

Favourite music?

I love listening to almost any music and quite often go out to a local venue here in St Ives to listen to a band. I especially love Willie and the Bandits, a British based band who play a variety of different genres spanning across the Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk style.

Apart from listening to music, how do you relax?

I love walking, walking and walking….and sometimes talking! I prefer to go out and about rather than relaxing at home.  There are so many beautiful walks along this coast and they are all on my doorstep.  My favourite walk is a circular walk to St Just, along Cot Valley and Cape Cornwall and back to St Just….then cake in The Cook Book Cafe!

Wheal Edward Engine House

Wheal Edward Engine House

When I do get a minute to relax at home, I like making my own cards to give to family and friends.  I have knitted the odd scarf as well.

Tell us some interesting facts about you.

  • I once hitch-hiked from Liverpool to Newcastle
  • I had ten years of ballet lessons from the age of three-thirteen years old
  • I trained to be a teacher in Liverpool

Thanks Gilly. 

Make sure you say ‘Hello’ to her next time you’re in the shop!

Right…that’s enough chatting, time to get back to sewing Bags and Useful Purses.

TTFN – from Team Treffry. x

 

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!!

Introducing another key cog of Team Treffry

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

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!

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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

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 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 bike and one of the designs it features on

Sara's favourite bicycle Long rock tote bag

Sara’s favourite bicycle Long rock tote bag

 

A fond farewell….

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fun times!

Have you seen our movie?

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,

Poppy x

yay retro!

Hi folks

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….

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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.

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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.

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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.

Elizabethan Pop Tea set

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!
To see all of the lovely china Sue has for sale, just visit www.yayretro.co.uk

Meet the team – Liz!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!)

lips balms going live on the website

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.

pretty badges, great little gifts

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.

useful purses

useful purses

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

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.

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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