Save our Lido

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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.

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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.

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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.

Q & A with Poppy over on Facebook

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As another part of our tenth birthday year celebrations we’re holding a live Q and A with Poppy over on our facebook page tonight. From 8pm till 9pm you can put your questions to her on anything from starting your own business to freehand machine embroidery techniques to juggling motherhood and running a successful company.

We hope to see you over there tonight, thank you x

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Meet Poppy of Poppy Treffry!

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!

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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!
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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!

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
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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…
Favourite book?
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…..
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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!)

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A lovely evening dahling!

After planning and talking about it for many months various members of team Treffry finally came together this week to learn how to make Dahl with Sara, our resident expert! And we thought you’d like it if we shared!

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In a heavy based pan we heated up sunflower oil and then fried 2 onions, about 6 cloves of garlic and about an inch of ginger for approx 15 minutes till they’re softened (first onion, then garlic and then ginger).

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Next we added 2 small green chillies diced, a teaspoon of tumeric, 3 of garam masala and 1 of coriander and mixed these together over the heat.

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Next we added a good teaspoon of sea salt flakes and half a carton/one carton of passata depending on quantities. You can also add some fresh tomato here as well. Just cause it’s nice!

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And there you have your Turka (none of us sure of spelling here, a great base for all curries etc)
Now leave that simmering whilst you prep your lentils. We used red split but you can use any kind here, split peas. Puy lentils, mung beans, all sorts! We rinsed the lentils and then put them on to boil.

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Here we took a moment to admire the artwork before we began our potato and cauliflower curry. An added bonus to the evening!
Potato and cauliflower sabjee.
We chopped up about 12 potatoes to fairly small chunks.

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And then broke a cauliflower into it’s florets. Fairly small sizes again and we included a few of the outer leaves.

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Then we took out half the Turka from our pan and put all the cauliflower and potato in with the remaining. We gave it a good old mix to coat the veg and then we put the lid on and were told not to remove it for at least 40 minutes! Hard to resist.
Meanwhile we stirred our red lentils from time to time and skimmed them occasionally

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Once our lentils were a bit of a porridge like consistency we added the rest of our Turka mix (you can add more water here if you like). Then we added some chopped ginger to the Dahl and put it to one side. Meanwhile we heated a frying pan and added garlic and dry fried it and then afterwards we dry fried some poppy seeds and black onion seeds.

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Tip these into the Dahl and mix after you finish each, let the garlic brown but not too much.

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We then cooked some poppadoms over the gas flame, tough fingers with no feeling are the key here!

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And at last our feast was ready. (we cooked up some rice and added pickles, raita and wine!) Delicious it was too – Team Treffry are ready to go forth and create dahl this weekend, are you?!

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Bathing Beauties

 

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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!

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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

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!

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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!

Our St Ives shop celebrates it’s 1st birthday

 

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Me and my shop!

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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

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.

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The shops also kind of celebrating with this little feature in the May 2014 edition of Coast magazine!

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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!

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Receipt cards in our shop

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Some of the shop team

Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday dear shop, Happy Birthday to you!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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