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

 

Spot the dog COMPETITION!!

It’s nearly Christmas and we have another, new and very special film to bring you – again made by the talented Carl Wakfer.

COMPETITION!!!

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

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.

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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!

 

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!

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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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!)

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.

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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.

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!

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