When inspiration strikes…

We just wanted to share this lovely story of inspiration striking that a lovely customer posted on our facebook wall recently.

the perfect colour

the perfect colour

Tracey told us “Just wanted to let you know and thank you for how your catalogue inspired my recent bedroom makeover. It plopped through the door and as soon as I saw the back cover I started rabbiting on about how “that was exactly the sky blue/grey colour I was looking for” (husband opened one eye and grunted)….. Anyway, a quick trip to the B&Q magic paint colour matching machine and I was good to go!

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As you can see, it perfectly sets off my waggy picture above the bed, and also provides a splendid backdrop for my painting of one of your previous models, Mr George Best. He sadly passed away in February and we miss him terribly but it still makes me smile from ear to ear when I see his “man bag” photo. Saving up for a Seagull picture now to finish the room off x”

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Some of you might remember Mr George Best as the winner of our photograph competition a few years ago, a handsome and dashing fella he was and no doubt sorely missed by Tracey. This is the winning photograph below.

George Best welsh terrier with man bag!

George Best welsh terrier with man bag!

Q & A with Poppy over on Facebook


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


A Big City Break in…..Birmingham!

20140527-214253.jpgAs a special birthday treat for my lovely feller Justin, who some of you may know is a jeweller, I recently booked us a 3 night break to Birmingham…yes Birmingham!

I got a fair few quizzical looks as I told people my plans but trust me there was method in my madness!

For a start we would be flying from Newquay airport so already it’s quite exciting and staying somewhere lovely and….and (this is the best bit) touring an amazing disused jewellery factory that’s only occasionally open to the public.

I hope you enjoy the photos and if you’re inspired to visit Birmingham you can find a selection of our products at Smithsonia in the lovely Piccadilly Arcade.






J W Evans Silver Factory – is housed in 3 adjoining terraced houses. I really didn’t believe that’s where the factory that once had over 60 people working in it was going to be!




The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter houses the disused Smith and Pepper jewellery factory. I think the plush office and the benches that squeezed 5 jewellers around them gave Justin some ideas!


The Rowland Emmet Exhibition. This show was amazing and we caught it quite by chance. He made all the wacky machines in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang alongside lots of other mechanical marvels all of which are moving and working in the exhibition – fantastic!

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