18 Jul 2014
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Tags: bathing beauties, bathing beauty, bathing beauty make up bag, bathing beauty tea towel, campaign, cornwall, donations, jubilee pool. lido, make up bag, penzance, Poppy Treffry, save our lido, storm damage, swimmers, tea towel
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.
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.
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.
09 May 2014
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Tags: behind the scenes, behind the seams, Cornish business, cornwall, justin duance, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry blog, Q and A, running a small business, small business owner, team treffry, Treffry towers
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!
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!
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!
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
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…
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…..
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!)
02 May 2014
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Tags: atlantic, bathing beauties, bathing beauty make up bag, bathing beauty tea towel, coldwater swimming, Cornish mizzle, cornwall, lunchtime fun, make up bags, openwater swimming, penzance, penzance promenade, Poppy Treffry, seaside, swimmers, swimming, swimming in Cornwall, tea towel, vintage swimmers, wild swimming
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!
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
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!
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!
02 May 2014
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Tags: 1st birthday, As I was going to St Ives, attractions in St Ives, beside the seaside, birthday, by the sea, Coast magazine, cornwall, dachshund, dachshund useful purses, gift shops in St Ives, landmarks of St Ives, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry in Coast magazine, Poppy Treffry products, Poppy Treffry shop, Poppy Treffry tea towels, quirky gifts, receipt cards, sausage dog, Shops in St Ives, souvenirs, St Ives, St Ives souvenirs, St Ives tea towel, Tea towels, team treffry
Me and my shop!
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
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.
The shops also kind of celebrating with this little feature in the May 2014 edition of Coast magazine!
Coast Magazine May 2014
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!
Receipt cards in our shop
Some of the shop team
Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday dear shop, Happy Birthday to you!
04 Apr 2014
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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
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.
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
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!)
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
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
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
22 Mar 2014
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Tags: cornish pasty, cornwall, facebook competitions, mousehole, pasty, pasty tea towel, pasty time, Poppy Treffry, tea towel
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
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.
So if you want to share the post too that might get it to the 500 likes quicker!
But if you just can’t wait they are available now on our website.
So, Stop – Pasty time!!
21 Feb 2014
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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
13 Dec 2013
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Tags: airedale, best in show, carl wakfer, Competition, cornwall, dacshund, dog breeds, dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, dog range, dogs in cornwall, fox terrier, long rock, long rock tote, nice handmade website, nice websites, penzance, Poppy Treffry, pug, schnauzer, Spot the dog, St Ives, Tea cosy, tea cosy prize, tea towel, tote bag, visiting Cornwall with a dog, you tube film
It’s nearly Christmas and we have another, new and very special film to bring you – again made by the talented Carl Wakfer.
Once you’ve enjoyed our little film why not play our little Christmas game of Spot the dog – you could win a Best in show tea cosy and tea towel, just in time for Christmas!
The ‘Best in show’ prize
Somewhere on our website (maybe on one of our doggy design products, perhaps!!) you’ll find a little Christmas dog is hiding! Browse our website and find the fella then comment below and tell us what breed you think he is and where you found him. We’ll choose a winner next Wednesday 18th December.
Have fun and we hope you enjoyed our new little film! If you did then do check out our You Tube channel for more, including our ‘meet the team behind the cosies’ film which we are particularly proud of!
30 Nov 2013
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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!
19 Oct 2013
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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!