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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

    G7 visits St Ives

    G7 visits St Ives

    And just like that Cornwall went back to normal and it was like it never happened! But for a few days over the weekend things got very surreal around here with cavalcades of giant black cars and security driving through Penzance, exotic helicopters circling in the sky and our beautiful beaches flashing out on news reports across the globe – Boris even revealed himself to be a keen sea swimmer, diving in for a morning dip!

    When it was announced that the G7 was coming to Cornwall my first thought (once I had confirmed it wasn’t April fool’s day!) was that it would be amazing for business. In the end, however, St. Ives was very quiet; all the visitors were hanging out within the ‘ring of steel’ that said I don’t think I’m alone in feeling incredibly proud of Cornwall; our landscape, people and food. We managed to host a peaceful, positive global event in the midst of a pandemic. It’s a weekend we won’t forget in a hurry!

    Warship in St Ives for G7

    Although we did see our little shop sneak into shot on the G7 Devon and Cornwall police website...

    Devon and Cornwall police outside Poppy Treffry for G7

    Homemade Lemonade in the sunshine.

      When life gives you lemons, make homemade lemonade! We've all heard the saying but how many times have you actually stopped and thought "Ok, I will make myself some lemonade and I will make it right now"?   Well this is the time! We've decided to share our favourite and oh so simple lemonade recipe with you and we've even talked to the powers that be about arranging some sunshine! So grab those lemons, pop your favourite summer frock (or male equivalent!) on, grab a jolly picnic blanket and a great summer read and head outside, sip and relax!   lemons-for-homemade-lemonade-by-poppy-treffry   All you need to quench your thirst (and perhaps the thirst of a friend) are 4 lemons, make sure you get the nice unwaxed ones, 160 grams of caster sugar, around a litre of water and a whole bunch of ice cubes. And a food processor or blender, otherwise it's not half as nice!   Cut the lemons into a few pieces and whizz them up with half the water and half the sugar and a few ice cubes. After a minute or two pour this liquid through a fine sieve into a jug to keep and then tip the contents of the sieve back into the food processor or blender. Add the rest of the water and the other half of the sugar and a few more ice cubes and whizz up again. Pour through your sieve again into the same jug and then you can bin the pulp from the sieve. Et voila! You can put this into a pretty jug if you're serving at home or you can pop into a nice glass bottle if you're heading out for a picnic. All that's left to say is, Cheers!   dachshund picnic blanket by poppy treffry