News and views from the team at quirky designer maker Poppy Treffrys' studio
02 May 2014 Leave a comment
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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.
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!
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!
Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday dear shop, Happy Birthday to you!
18 Aug 2013 7 Comments
in General, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good, products, Uncategorized Tags: Cornish skincare, cornwall, lip balm, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry products, Poppy Treffry shop, pure nuff stuff, soap, St Ives
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!
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!
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…
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!
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.
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!
26 Feb 2013 Leave a comment
in Find us elsewhere, General, Interesting stuff, Jolly Good Tags: Cake, camper van, Competition, cornwall, dogs, fox terrier, goody bag, hampshire, handbag, parlour tearooms, photo competition, Photography, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry shop, prizes, tea, Tea cosy, tea time, Tea towels, tearooms
Well we have had a whale of a time recently judging our photo competition. We’d like to run it every week because it’s so much fun looking at the images we get sent by you all! We have to say we’re very glad that in the end we left the choice of winner to you as we’re not sure we would have been able to choose between the stunning entries we received.
So first of all we bring you the runners up, in no particular order….
Some of the comments this lovely image received from our facebook page “This has to win!! VW camper tea cosy on tour!”, ” Love it. Will bring our camper alongside and share tea and cake!” We really loved the planned yet natural composition in this image and the perfect tea cosy, ordered to compliment the beautiful van, named ‘May Green’.
There are so many lovely things to this image. Of course the beautiful wire haired fox terrier, named Tabitha is a delight but we also love the idea of making a cushion out of our lovely tea towels, it looks great. Here are a few of the comments from our facebook page. ” Close call, but what a face – had to vote!”, ” I like this one, not sure if its just because I like the live version though! No, its the cushion too!!” A beautiful shot and a very close runner up.
And so to our last runner up (you may remember there were only supposed to be 2 runners up but we had such great entries that we had to have 4 finalists!)…
This was a real favourite at Treffry towers, with two such beautiful models and such a cosy, cakey, tea time theme we couldn’t help but love it. “too cute and love all the accessorizing (I have some too!)” This shot was entered by a tea room in Hampshire which looks well worth a visit, the Parlour tearoom.
Congratulations to the 3 runners up, please drop us a line to email@example.com with your postal address and we’ll get your goody bags sent to you.
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Our winner. Please give a big hand to…
This cheeky chappy was the most popular with you voters and clearly stole some hearts out there, receiving comments like “A vote for the outrageously dapper Mr. Best and his mint green ‘man bag’ xx”, “This bag is lovely, and the dog of course…roll on payday!” and so much other praise for the dog that our little handbag started to feel left out!
Thanks to everyone who entered and look out for a new competition soon.
31 Jul 2012 7 Comments
in courses, Crafty Friends, General, Gossip, Interesting stuff, Staff Tags: bags, cornwall, courses, cushions, day courses, egg cosies, freehand machine embroidery, penzance, Poppy Treffry, Poppy Treffry shop, purses, sewing machines, singer, St Ives, tea and biscuits, tea cosies, Trereife house, Trereife park
Hello, it’s Sarah. I have been working in the Poppy Treffry shop in St. Ives for nearly 2 months now and I thought it was about time I tried out some of this freehand machine embroidery! I attended one of Poppy’s courses last Friday and had such a great time. I am used to a sewing machine so that was a bonus but there were a few on the course that hadn’t even sewn before and everyone still completed their piece by the end of the day. Poppy was really friendly and helpful and explained everything in a simple step by step way so that it wasn’t too taxing! The course took place at the studio at Penzance, it was nice to see the environment that all the products are made in. It was a sunny day and Poppy had the doors flung open to let the summer sunshine & breezes flood in. It is such a lovely place to make and create, I’m very jealous as I would love a studio for making and crafting; I’ll have to put up with the tiny spare room office at home for now!
So the day started off with a meet and greet with Poppy and my fellow stitchers for the day. Of course there was immediately a cup of tea served in Poppy Treffry mugs. I had the boat one! Poppy demonstrated how to stretch the fabric tightly in the embroidery hoop, this is the basis of freehand embroidery and is very important as it doesn’t work properly if your fabric is too loose. Once this was done we could start having a go at sewing. We each had a singer sewing machine and sat down to start stitching away. The first hour or two was spent having a play and getting to know the techniques and getting used to the machine with a few Poppy demonstrations for appliqué in between. I seemed to stitch variations of flowers and leaves, so it was clear that this would feature in my final design. I had quite a scribbly style which was handy as if it didn’t go quite inside the lines, I could say I was meant to do that! Others were more precise and neat; the lady next to me was a teacher and she was amazing at freehand embroidery writing. It was good as everyone had a unique style! When we got to a point that we were happy, we could start thinking about the design we wanted to create in the afternoon. Once it got to 1 o clock it was time for lunch so we walked across the road to the beautiful Trereife House where we all had lunch together in their café and a little walk round the garden. The food was lovely and it was the first time I had tried potted stilton and frosted grape – find something similar here
After lunch and some sunshine it was back to the studio to get started on our pieces. You can either make a bag, cushion, tea cosy, egg cosy or a purse. I chose a cushion with of course a floral design. I sketched out what I wanted it to look like on paper and selected and cut out my appliqué pieces, took a deep breath and made a start. At first I thought it was going to take forever but as you get going you get quicker and before I knew it, it was 3 o clock and time for more tea and biscuits. Then it was just some finishing off, some ironing and then to actually sew the cushion and, tadah, it was complete! We put everyone’s creations together on the sofa and stood back to admire with a sigh and a sense of achievement. We even got a little goody bag to take home with us.
I was so pleased with what I had produced in a day, I met a lot of nice people and it was great to work with Poppy in her inspiring studio. Now I can tell everyone that comes into the shop how amazing the course is and that everyone should have a go at freehand embroidery as it really is very fun, and quite addictive!
18 Mar 2012 1 Comment
It was all hands on deck on Friday as we got the shop spick and span for our little party. We’ve been busy over the last few weeks painting the picture wall a gorgeous dark grey ( or is it brown?!) and painting our lovely haberdashery dresser a nice clotted cream colour.
I’ve also been working on some one off pieces based on my drawings of St Ives. I picked them up from the framers just hours before the ‘opening!’ but with the help of some lovely customers who advised on spacing we got them hung in time and I’m really pleased with them. It’s nice to finally have the time to work on these more in depth pieces and nice to have somewhere to display them too.
I’m really pleased with how the shop is looking after its little revamp. The new cushions, both printed and stitched look amazing and we have lots of lovely vintage bits in at the moment. We have some gorgeous ribbons that I found in the states and our fab new bicycle tea towels.
The images below are just a few quick shots of the shop in all it’s it’s glory! Do come and visit soon…