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    Birthday month gift guide

    October really is the month where we keep on giving!

    With so many birthdays of friends and family all needing a carefully thought out gift we know how tricky it can be to choose the perfect present so we have put together some suggestions from our collections to help you…

    For a dog lover:

    Don’t waste time barking up the wrong tree and treat the dog lover in your life to a four legged friends gift. The dachshund fabric is a smile winner, but the four legged friends design has most dog breeds covered!

    dachshund fabric storage pot dachshund rucksack dogs wash bag


    For a walker:

    Save yourself trekking round the shops looking for inspiration and choose a mini dry mat to be popped in a bag and whipped out when a rest is needed but the seating is just too damp. Pair it with a snack pouch for the Kendal mint cake and your loved one is prepped for their next ramble.

     small picnic mat snack pouch


    For a tea lover:

    With our products being ‘stitched by the sea with a nice cup of tea’ we know the importance of a good cuppa! Our tea cosies, mugs and coasters are perfect for other tea lovers wanting to create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying their hot brew.

    tea cosy tea coaster


    For a Cornish seaside fan:

    You may not be able to bring them the salty wind in their hair, but you can give them a gift handmade by the Cornish coast to remind them of holidays. Perhaps the seagulls can protect their sandwiches in a wrap rather than pinching them? The seaside lunch bag is a lovely scene to carry around and the seagull coasters say it all really – “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside”.

     seaside lunch bag boats bag seagull coaster


    For a stitcher:

    You’ll be able to find a wonderful gift for the stitcher in your life with these products which all have the sewing theme threading through them. The sewing mug, project bag and badge all feature the iconic Singer machine that Poppy does all her original design on.

     sewing mug sewing project bag


    For an eco-conscious eater:

    Just like good friends, these gift ideas are ready to join the lunch table or picnic blanket again and again. When we were all bringing our own reusable lunch carriers into the studio we knew it was time to start making our own! The sandwich wraps, lunch bags and new snack pouches are so popular, making wonderful gift sets when grouped together.

    wild flowers sandwich wrap bee cutlery roll


    For a wild swimmer:

    Don’t get your bikini bottoms in a twist thinking of a gift for a wild swimming fan, we make gifts that are beautiful and practical!
    The bathers large wash bag is made to fit a cossie and Turkish towel in with a water resistant lining. The bathers sandwich wrap can be tucked in too with a yummy snack ready for re-energising after a dip.

    wild swimming bag wild swimming bag wild swimming sandwich wrap

    Getting Crafty!

    As the days get shorter and the evenings colder, it's the perfect time to get crafty and creative...

    from a tea towel to a coaster

    Gather together your supplies and use the time to enjoy these fantastic autumn crafty tutorials... 

    We have a few crafty projects on our blog that we have created for you over the years... From pretty coasters to a lovely labrador cross-body bag! Let's give them a go, shall we?!

    If you're only starting with crafts or are not feeling very confident, why not start with something simple, like making pretty coasters using our lovely tea cups tea towel? The tutorial how to make these can be found here.


    cross bag

    Orrrr, if you fancy a new, practical accessory, you could have a go at making this pretty cross-body bag using our lovely labrador fabric... In fact, we have a selection of pretty fabrics you could chose from.. 

    Here is a full tutorial how to make a simple cross-body bag...



    ...and here are a few of our crafty customers' creations: from cushions, through handbags all the way to little girls' dresses!


    Our lovely customer Angela made this beautiful tote bag using our sewing machine tea towel. She added a touch of colour by colouring the bunting in with textile pens. How clever is that? Angela says: 'These are so lovely! I am going to make a tote bag. Thought I'd try to colour in the bunting with Frixion permanent marker to see what it looked like, think it's worked'. tote   mini bag Elaine made this lovely cross-body bag using our pretty printed fabric. Elaine: 'Finally finished my bag in this wonderful Poppy Treffry fabric. The fabric is excellent quality and love how it's turned out ,think I will have to buy a different fabric hoping it's sold in store can't wait to visit the St Ives and Padstow stores'.   dressThis lovely dress was made by Rachel who cleverly incorporated our fox terrier fabric to create a beautiful contrasting part of this gorgeous girls' dress. Rachel said: After buying material way back in august on my yearly trip to St ives, i have finally decided what to make with this fantastic print. Child's age: 2 years.  


    Good luck with your creations and do let us know what you've made this autumn!


    20121028-201508.jpg We had a very nice impromptu visit to my Dad's house on the edge of Bodmin Moor last weekend. He has a lovely rambling house in the country, draped in ivy and heated with a 59 year old Aga. We were sent out to scrump for pudding from the wizened old apple trees that are dotted around Dad's well stocked veggie patch. He's a bit of an old hippie and very much into growing his own, wasting nothing and reusing everything. These apples made a very yummy crumble! The onions - not so much! (Biba wears a fab frock from Teresa Green) Here's to the good life!





    A mini forage

    20121007-140124.jpg Inspired by the lovely 'the Simple Things' magazine Biba and I went for a mini forage in the beautiful Morrab Gardens this morning. The gardens are just behind our house and are stuffed with a jungle mish mash of sub tropical and exotic plants, shrubs and trees. You'll find palms, bamboo, magnolias, a fernery and (rumour has it) stick insects! There was a man practising juggling clubs on the bandstand today as we set off into the bushes, me photographing and Biba playing house,chatting away to herself and finding bits and bobs for our 'collection' A very pleasant hour! (and we only brought a few things home with us! 20121007-134401.jpg 20121007-134541.jpg20121007-134725.jpg20121007-134831.jpg20121007-134932.jpg20121007-135038.jpg20121007-135146.jpg