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    Celebrating Mother's all over the world

      We often think of our mother’s day in the UK as being celebrated on the third Sunday before Easter, which this year is Sunday 26th March. But did you know it is celebrated worldwide and there are many different traditions across the globe? In Samoa, mother's day is celebrated on the second Monday in May, and is always an annual public holiday with elaborate song and dance performances throughout the country. They celebrate the contributions made to Samoan society by mothers. mothers day card for number 1 mum by poppy treffry freehand machine embroidery card Celebrated on the second Sunday of May, Mother´s Day is a big day in Ethiopia. Festivities include large family gatherings and feasts. Traditionally, daughters bring vegetables and cheese to their mums and sons bring the meat. mothers day celebrations in ethiopia on poppy treffry blog In Korea, Parents Day on 8th May is a celebration of both Mother's day and Father's day, to commemorate the efforts of both parents in raising their family. It is a (somewhat controversial) tradition to wash their mother's feet in appreciation of the hard work mothers do for their offspring! There also is a Children’s Day, which is a national holiday, whereas Parents’ Day is a working day. That doesn’t seem very fair to us! mothers day traditions in china for the poppy treffry blog In Serbia, Materice is celebrated on the second Sunday before Christmas. It is tradition for children to creep into their mother’s bedroom and tie her feet together with ribbon or string. To negotiate her release, the mother gives her children small gifts, they could be on to something here!   materice mothers day tradition for poppy treffry blog   In the US, Canada and Australia, traditions include wearing a coloured coronation if the mother is alive or a white one if the mother is no longer with us. As with the UK, one of the popular treats for Mums is breakfast in bed. It is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. mothers day tea cosy by poppy treffry   So, whatever you’re doing this Mother's day, we hope you have a great day and get well and truly spoilt. We’re on our way to plan a Team Treffry feet washing session, watch this space! Find a range of gifts for a No 1 Mum over in the Mother's day department on the website. shop now button for poppy treffry Sources. List 25 - 25 Ways Mother’s Day Is Celebrated Throughout The World - Found here China Daily - Korean students wash mother's feet in gratitude - Found here Serenata Flowers - 7 Weirdest Mother’s Day traditions around the world - Found here

    Happy Christmas from Team Treffry

      Another year is drawing to a close and the Poppy Treffry team are beginning to wind down for Christmas. Of course the lovely shop team will be working all over the festive period, making sure you can still get your hands on some last minute gifts, or treats for yourself after the big day! Check out the shop page for our festive opening hours.   Team-Treffry-Christmas-do   All that remains from the team though is to wish you a very merry Christmas. Thank you for all your support in 2016 and for making what we do such a joy. We can't wait to come back in 2017 and bring you even more quirky handmade charm! Happy Christmas x

    Good book recommendations

      We ran a competition recently over on our facebook page to give away ten copies of the very lovely 'dog who dared to dream' - a jolly good book for you to curl up with on the sofa this autumn! To enter we just asked our lovely facebook friends to tell us which good books we should read, because we all need inspiration from time to time.   The beauty is that now we have a lovely big list of good books we can all enjoy during this long old autumn and winter, so we thought we'd share them with you. Enjoy, and do let us know in the comments or on facebook which books you've read and which you've enjoyed...   Good book recommendations for poppy treffry (Thanks to Becky Kingston for this lovely Picture of her book collection!)   So, in no particular order, our 'Good Book' list, bought to you by the lovely folk of the Poppy Treffry facebook page:   Lynn Gibbins; The Plumberry School of Comfort Food - Cathy Bramley Louise Carter; Walking back to happiness - Lucy Dillon Jacqueline Plested; Mr Gandy's Grand Tour - Alan Titchmarsh Tracy Sankey; Lady of Hay - Barbara Erskine Linda Ogram; No time for goodbye - Linwood Barclay Siân James; The hollow treehouse - Enid Blyton Jamie Butt; Freya - Anthony Quinn Kathy Parker; lion the witch and the wardrobe Dawn Michelle Brodribb; the Grimm Legacy Karen Waterhouse; Midnight is a Lonely Place - Barbara Erskine Sam Sainty; The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern Kate McCarthy; M.J. Aldridge Tina Gamble; Father Brown books - GK Chesterton Louisa Theobald;  Me before you - Jojo Moyes Laura Frost;  House of night series - p.c and Kristin cast Debby Leaper;  The State we're in - Adele Parkes Louise George Hitchin; Anne of Green Gables Karen Ross; Milly johnson Edwina Young; A Winter Book - Tove Jansson Susan Trubey; Dante's Inferno Ellen Jane Carter; The Book Thief - Markus Zusak Jacqueline Plested; Mr Gandy's Grand Tour - Alan Titchmarsh Bridget Mellor; The Museum of Extraordinary things; Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy Lucy Vernon; Nigel My family and other dogs - Monty Don Helen Stribley; The Secret - Kathryn Hughes Anne Pargeter;  Five People you Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom Linda Rigby; The Perfect Girl - Gilly Macmillan Michelle Varney; The Butcher Bird - S D Sykes Kay Solly Eyles; The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield Sue Stevenson; Anything by Katie Fforde or Cressida McLaughlin Martine Peacock; Passion - Jude Morgan Rachel Kent; Lauras handmade life (Cover design by Poppy Treffry!) Jackie Cook; Me before You - Jojo Moyes Carol-Anne Andreetti; Harry Potter - JK Rowling Josie Mellor; Modern Lovers - Emma Straub Lauren Anderson; Dark heart forever - Lee Monroe Kim Burgess; A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness Anna Maria Tuckett;  Corfu Trilogy  -  Gerard Durrell's Angela L Paull; Lie With Me - Sabine Durrant Trudie Lavender; Midnight Is A Lonely Place - Barbara Erskine Julie Richardson; Peshwari Nans - Stephen Haughan Alan Snowbal; The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena Elaine Skye Clark; The Girl On the Train Colleen Ewart;  A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman Tracy Elliott;    Dannika Dark Fi Pullen; The last runaway  - Tracey chevalier Vikki Finneran; Jenny Eclair Elaine Harrison; Song of the Skylark - Erica James Gail Grimshaw; Vassa in the Night - Sarah Porter Anne Williams' A Great Reckoning - Louise Penny Sarah Taylor-Fergusson; The Loney Andrew - Michael Hurley Aisha Hussain; We Are All Made Of Stars - Rowan Coleman Diane Jones; The watchmaker of filigree street ; the heart goes last - Margaret Atwood Ruth Salway; Through Rose-Coloured Glasses - Ruth Salway Jan Walker; The year of living Danishly - Helen Russell good book recommendations for poppy treffry a year of living danishly (Our thanks to Jan walker for this picture) Laurie Keating; After - You Jo Jo Moyes ; Monogram Murders - Sophie Hannah Becky Kingston; lots of love Fiona Taylor ; Milly Johnson ; Katie Fforde ; Freya North Clare Bentley; The Darkest Hour - Barbara Erskine ; A Breath of Snow and Ashes - DianaGabaldon ; Recipe for Life - Mary Berry Diana Ferrante; Silvia Plath ; Emily Dickinson ; Alessandra Piccoli ; Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami Kath Saul ; Gypsy - Lesley Pearse Phew - so lots of options for you to choose from, or work your way through perhaps. I'll definitely be wrapping myself up under a blanket and tucking into a few of these over the next few months. Do let us know which you enjoy. The winners of our good book competition, in no particular order, were Kim Burgess, Tracy Sankey, Jacqui Coshall, Colleen Ewart, Carol-Anne Andreetti, Anne Williams, Ruth Salway, Kate McCarthy, Josie Mellor, Kath Saul. Let's hope they all enjoy The Dog Who Dared to Dream! (And we're going to find an extra prize for Becky Kingston as we loved the picture of her bookshelf so much!) Happy reading everyone, from all the team at Poppy Treffry x (and don't forget to let us know which you enjoy the most!)

    Meet Poppy of Poppy Treffry!

    So far we've introduced you to various members of the team here at Treffry towers but we thought as it's our birthday celebrations at the moment that we should introduce you to the main man, the organ grinder, the boss lady; or Poppy as we also call her!! So we put a few questions together, made her a cup of coffee (she always works better with a coffee inside her, but just one mind!), and sat her down to answer them! Poppy Treffry 2 2012 What's the most memorable moment of the last 10 years running PT?

    I think leaving my 'proper' job (I was working for the council as an Arts Officer) to go full time with the business was a pretty special moment. Literally days later I did my first London trade show and was booked up with orders for the next 6 months so it was the right thing to do!
    Tell us a fact about yourself that we may not know.
    I broke my back when I was 17 in a car accident and missed all my A level exams (I did them later in my spare time whilst doing my Art Foundation!)
    What do you get up to on a typical Sunday afternoon?
    If it's a good sunday then having friends round for roast dinner.....and Justin (my partner) cooks! A not so good sunday - friends round for roast and I cook!
    Apart from sewing and designing, what are you favourite past times?
    I love knitting and go to a knitting group every week. I always have a book on the go and have just finished Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which I loved and am now reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett which is all set during a hostage situation in an unnamed South American country. I'm also mad for a bit of camping (in my van) and listening to the Archers and talking about the Archers and wondering what the Archers characters are up to...
    What part of the world would you like to visit and why?
    I love traveling and did a lot of travelling in my 20s, including living in Guatemala for 3 years. I'd love to take Justin and our daughter Biba back there for a big trip. I'd also love to go to Panama for their reverse applique textiles, mexico for all their quirky 'Day of the Dead' crafts and Peru for the knitwear.
    Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia! Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia!
    You're shipwrecked on a deserted island - what was the one possession you rescued before the boat sank?
    This is a tricky one (don't want to say smart phone - although it would be very sensible as I could call for rescue!) but I would try and save my sketch books
    Camping or Glamping (no van allowed!
    Love them both (not that I've glamped much!) but I think old fashioned camping would have the edge. Preferably on Troytown campsite on the Isle of Scilly, preferably with close friends and family, a glass of wine and a sunset over the sea...
    Favourite book?
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  - because it is epic!
    First ever 'proper' job?
    Working as an Art Technician at the Winchester College in Hampshire  - the oldest school in England and posher than Eton - Prince William used to come and play water polo there!
    Name the top two things on your bucket list.
    Living in New York (though Justin did not rate my idea of a family sabbatical there!)
    Going travelling with Biba....I have a hunch she'll enjoy a chicken bus.....
    Poppy Treffry in St Ives Poppy in her St Ives shop
    So.. Thanks Poppy for answering our questions! If you've got questions you'd like to put to Poppy Treffry then keep them in mind and keep an eye on our facebook page as we plan to host a live Q and A session with Poppy soon, details to follow. And join us in a rousing chorus of 'Happy Birthday to us'!! (check out the picture below for a special birthday treat!) 20%-off-Poppy-Treffry

    A lovely evening dahling!

    After planning and talking about it for many months various members of team Treffry finally came together this week to learn how to make Dahl with Sara, our resident expert! And we thought you'd like it if we shared! 20140506-184518.jpg In a heavy based pan we heated up sunflower oil and then fried 2 onions, about 6 cloves of garlic and about an inch of ginger for approx 15 minutes till they're softened (first onion, then garlic and then ginger). 20140506-185038.jpg Next we added 2 small green chillies diced, a teaspoon of tumeric, 3 of garam masala and 1 of coriander and mixed these together over the heat. 20140506-185123.jpg 20140506-185357.jpg Next we added a good teaspoon of sea salt flakes and half a carton/one carton of passata depending on quantities. You can also add some fresh tomato here as well. Just cause it's nice! 20140506-185610.jpg And there you have your Turka (none of us sure of spelling here, a great base for all curries etc) Now leave that simmering whilst you prep your lentils. We used red split but you can use any kind here, split peas. Puy lentils, mung beans, all sorts! We rinsed the lentils and then put them on to boil. 20140506-190203.jpg 20140506-190234.jpg Here we took a moment to admire the artwork before we began our potato and cauliflower curry. An added bonus to the evening! Potato and cauliflower sabjee. We chopped up about 12 potatoes to fairly small chunks. 20140506-190601.jpg And then broke a cauliflower into it's florets. Fairly small sizes again and we included a few of the outer leaves. 20140506-190748.jpg Then we took out half the Turka from our pan and put all the cauliflower and potato in with the remaining. We gave it a good old mix to coat the veg and then we put the lid on and were told not to remove it for at least 40 minutes! Hard to resist. Meanwhile we stirred our red lentils from time to time and skimmed them occasionally 20140506-192524.jpg Once our lentils were a bit of a porridge like consistency we added the rest of our Turka mix (you can add more water here if you like). Then we added some chopped ginger to the Dahl and put it to one side. Meanwhile we heated a frying pan and added garlic and dry fried it and then afterwards we dry fried some poppy seeds and black onion seeds. 20140506-192856.jpg Tip these into the Dahl and mix after you finish each, let the garlic brown but not too much. 10 popadoms (2) We then cooked some poppadoms over the gas flame, tough fingers with no feeling are the key here! 11 ta daa! (2) And at last our feast was ready. (we cooked up some rice and added pickles, raita and wine!) Delicious it was too - Team Treffry are ready to go forth and create dahl this weekend, are you?! yum yum (2)