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    The 10 Best Picnic Spots in Cornwall

    With this week being picnic week and with the hopes of a heatwave approaching, what better way to celebrate by showing off Cornwall's best picnic locations- in no particular order!

    We are very lucky to be based in Cornwall and to have these spots on our doorstep. Be sure to stock up on your picnic essentials here (use code PICNIC22 for 3 for 2 on our picnic range!).

    10) Porthminster Beach, St Ives

    This spot is great, not only does it feels as if you are in the Carribean, but you have the choice of the white sandy beach, picnic benches and a lovely grass patch to lay your mini dry mats on!

    9) Zennor

    This is the perfect picnic pit stop location if you're a fan of coastal walks, it can be a tad windy but the view is definitely worth it!

    8) Land's End

    Now we know this is quite a touristy area, but with a panoramic view of the coast (and sometimes you can see the Scillies!) and plenty of benches to purch on this is a great lunchtime spot. We recommend parking at Gwynver and walking across Sennen and to Land's End for a glorious and scenic pilgrimage for lunch!

    7) Porthcurno

    A very popular beach for a very good reason. Porthcurno is a breath-taking beach with a view of Logan's rock, easy to access via a big car-park this beach is great for a family day and if you're feeling cultural why not pop over to the Minack Theatre for the evening.

    6) Mousehole

    It is as cute and beautiful as the name itself, Mousehole (pronounced Mow-zel) is a quaint and idyllic harbour- perfect for a picnic pit stop and for a lovely dip!

    5) Prussia Cove

    Prussia Cove is a lovely stretch of coast just past Perranuthnoe, there is an easy to access car park and with just a short walk down to the cove, it is a lovely sarnie eating spot. You may recognise the cove from the film Ladies in Lavender!

    4) Porthleven

    Now, if you are looking for a place for a bit more of a fancy picnic then the lovely town of Porthleven is a must-see! Either bring your own, or buy from the many lovely cafés, sit and admire the beautiful working harbour. Just be sure to not feed the seagulls!

    3) Gwithian Towans Beach

    This long stretch of white sandy beach is a great place for muching on your lunch. Easy to access with a big car-park it's a more quiet beach (mainly as it's so huge!) so it's perfect to immerse yourself into the Cornish life without lots of tourists around. 

    2) Kynance Cove

    Kynance is a must-see if you're on holiday. Be warned it can get very busy- so be prepared with your lunch in tow and sit back and admire the view.

    1) Cot Valley, St Just

    Now this little spot is a hit with the local's- a great chance to see the glory of the North Coast, especially if you're walking along the coast path. Be warned- there isn't much around in regard to shops so pack sensibly and stylishly with our picnic range!

    Feeling Inspired to picnic? Even if you aren't planning a trip down to Cornwall, be sure to upgrade your picnic must-haves with our best selling sandwich wraps, lunch bags, snack pouches and mini dry mats. Shop the range here and get 3 for 2 this week only using code PICNIC22 at the checkout!

    How The Bobbin became...

    I remember the first time I spotted the ‘to let’ sign on my little shop on Fore Street, St Ives. It was a grey day early in 2013 and I’d gone for a little mooch to see if anything had come up for rent on the street. Searching online is never quite the same as actually going and looking. Sometime there’s just a little handwritten sign in the window.

     

    My shop-to-be was looking especially grey that day, but I stood back and looked up and thought…I think I can make it work. I think the tiny window might work in my favour, a chance to show just enough of a glimpse to tempt people in to see more.

     

    Lots of solicitors forms, measuring and planning later and we had the keys and five days to get open before the May bank holiday (but that’s another story!)

     

    Scroll forward to 2018 and my dear old landlord John who lived upstairs from the shop and was a well-known figure around the town sadly passed away, leaving the building to his family in Canada who intended to sell it as quickly as possible. Looking through all my paperwork I suddenly realised that my lease was not at all secure and any new landlord could evict me or double my rent (something which has happened to several friends on Fore Street)

     

    So, with support from family and a massive loan, Justin and I bought the building, decaying roof, collapsed ceilings, damp walls included. The purchase finally completed in 2019 and we set about finding a builder willing to work in St. Ives (not easy!) and on the 16th of March 2020 he started….and a week later stopped again!

     

    But by March 2021 the Bobbin was finally ready to welcome its first guests. We both worried about creating yet another holiday home in Cornwall when there is such a shortage of housing for families and local people, but we had to weigh up what we’d invested in the property and the fact that we’d saved three local jobs by keeping the shop open, not to mention the work for my stitchers and our other Cornish suppliers so The Bobbin’s destiny as a happy holiday home was decided.

     

    Running this second business alongside Poppy Treffry has had its challenges but I have an amazing cleaner (the linchpin of the whole operation!) and every single guest has been wonderful, writing us lovely reviews, appreciating the love and care that has gone into every detail of the décor and of course, loving St. Ives – rain or shine!

    If you're thinking about coming on down to St Ives to visit and want to stay at The Bobbin- click here to book!

    It's almost Father's Day!

    It's almost that time of year again.... on June 19th it's Fathers Day! Are you struggling to think of what gift to get you Dad? We know we are...

    Although they will be grateful for a day spent together, we have rustled up a gift guide of all the things we think your Dad will love!

    Starting with cards... our happy hipster card is a popular choice.

    happy hipster fathers day card gift idea

    And our muddy paws card is a great choice...

    labrador greeting card

    Or if they are a fan of a cuppa tea, our four teacups hits the spot! Browse our full range of greetings cards here...

    four teacups card for fathers day

    Our best selling tea towels are a lovely and practical gift (it may encourage more dish washing...) have a peek at the full collection here (be sure to use discount code: TT3 to get 3 tea towels for £25!)

    pasty tea towel

    the god life camper van tea towel fathers day gift ideas

    Our county life art pot will guarantee a smile! We have several more designs here.

    country life art pot

    Fancy gifting one of our prints? We think they will love them... shop them here!

    boaty scence print

    Do they love heading out for walks or picnics? Our mini dry mats are a great companion, helping you keep a dry bottom when you fancy taking a pit stop! Browse the entire picnic collection here...

    oystercatcher mini dry mat- perfect picnic accessory

    bee mini dry mat

    Our lunch bags are also a great addition to keep you organised! We have a wide range of prints... see the full collection here.

    tree print lunch bag, sustainable

    If you want to get creative and gift your Dad something homemade, we have lots of sewing projects that are easy to follow and fun to make! Browse our embroidery projects here or our sewing based projects here...

    make it yourself- boat drawstring bag

    cornish cottages embroiderd picture

    pencil case sewing project!

    We hope this has given you some inspiration!

    It's almost the Platinum Jubilee! Here is what we've been up to...

    From the beginning of the year we knew we always wanted to get involved with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations and our tea cosy has been quite the hit amongst the studio, our customers and in the press! The cosy has featured in Saga, Sainsbury's, Period Living, Home and Antiques and the Yorkshire Post as well as an array of online articles which has been very exciting. We also sent one off to the Queen herself, so we hope she is keeping her teapots lovely and cosy! We have restocked and are ready for the final buildup to next weekend, so be sure to grab your cosy here (it makes the perfect gift too!)....

     Jubilee featured in magazine jubilee tea cosy featured in the press jubilee gifts

    jubilee celebration gifts 

    If you fancy getting creative yourself, our cosy design is also available as a one-off embroidery project, lots of you have brought the design to life in so many ways that we are blown away with at the studio. Take a look at everyone's attempts shared in our Hoop Group on Facebook (you can become a part of our sewing community if you've purchased a project or taken part in a club!)

     

    Now for the big news... we have had to keep this quite for a long while now. Back in March we received a rather exciting request for an exclusive batch of Jubilee Bunting for Harrods! Everyone got their sewing gloves on and we had a batch bunting day featuring lots of tea, cake and hundreds of red, white and blue triangles... it was safe to say we all we a little stir crazy by the end of the day but it was a great way to get into the spirit of the celebrations! Here are some exclusive snaps of the bunting that is now in Harrods (if you are near be sure to pop in to take a look for yourself!) we hope the Queen managed to pick one up...

    The Queen's Platinum Jubilee bunting for Harrods by Poppy Treffry The Queen's Platinum Jubilee bunting for Harrods by Poppy Treffry

    The Queen's Platinum Jubilee bunting for Harrods by Poppy Treffry

    We have also gone Jubilee mad over at our St Ives Shop, look at what a great effort Lucy has made to the window display! If you are near or in St Ives, be sure to pop in and say hello, click here for directions!

    jubilee shop window display featuring lots of handmade gifts and presents, all made in the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

    Happy World Bee Day!

    This week we are giving the bees the buzz they deserve! Today is #WorldBeeDay and here at the studio we have been spending the week giving the little bees the centre stage… did you know anyone, including you can help a bee out by planting a range of bee-friendly flowers in your garden so they access to nectar from March to October. Our bee friendly tea towel is a great reminder of which plants they love the most!

     bee friendly flowers tea towel, uk handmade gifts for bee lovers

    Honeybees also have their own dance move called the ‘waggle dance’! It took researchers at Sussex University 2 years to decode the dance, which is their way of communicating where the best source of food is to each other… have you seen a honeybee do a waggle dance? It looks like they are dancing on our printed bee fabric that we made into lots of lovely bee related gifts!

     bee themed gifts, reusable sustainable handmade in uk sandwich wrap

    bee make up bag, wash bag- gift ideas for bee lovers UK

    You can always save a struggling bee by putting it on a bee-friendly flower or if there are none around, mix a 50/50 ratio of white sugar (they struggle to digest brown sugar) and water, this gives them an energy boost to be able to fly back home!

    bee friendly flowers 

    To celebrate how amazing these creatures really are, we have released four unique original embroideries by Poppy that are all things bee related, guaranteed to brighten up any bee lovers day or to make great decorations these are truly one-of-a-kind and once they’re gone they’re gone…

    bee orignal embroidery

    bee embroidery for gardeners, garden lovers gift ideas

    bee original embroidery

    bee themed embroidery

    Happy World Bee Day- to see our full collection of bee-related gifts click here!