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    Our St Ives shop celebrates its 1st birthday

    Poppy Treffry in St Ives Me and my shop! Team Treffry in St Ives shop

    Us celebrating finishing the decorating of our St Ives shop[/caption] Our little St Ives fore street shop celebrates it's first birthday on Monday 5th May, a whole year already. The picture above shows the team celebrating finishing the decorating and getting it all set up, the day before opening. Inside the St Ives shop Inside the St Ives shop[/caption] We have all loved having the shop, it's so lovely to see the way people respond to our range and it has spurred on all kinds of product development, there's a lot of inspiration to be drawn from St Ives. St-Ives-landmarks-tea-towel dachshund-small-useful-purs The shops also kind of celebrating with this little feature in the May 2014 edition of Coast magazine! Poppy Treffry, Coast Coast Magazine May 2014.

    So if you find yourself in St Ives on the 5th May then do come in and wish us a Happy Birthday and if you find yourselves in St Ives any other day of the year then do come in and pay us a visit, we hope you'll love our shop as much as we do! Receipt cards in our shop Receipt cards in our shop.Poppy Treffry team Some of the shop team.

    Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday dear shop, Happy Birthday to you!

    Meet another lovely member of Team Treffry...

    We've all been so busy here in the Poppy Treffry studio and in our shop in St Ives that time has completely run away with us and it's the beginning of April already! The daffs are now flowering and the sun is shining (shhh..it might disappear again at any minute!) and we all have a bit more of a spring in our step. Mounts Bay Daffs While we take a very quick break from bag making and sewing, we thought you would all like to meet another integral member of Team Treffry. Say "Hello" to Gilly. Gilly works in our St Ives shop and you will usually find her in there two or three days a week (even on a Sunday!) chatting away to our customers, dusting the shelves, folding our lovely tea towels and just generally making sure everything is in it's place. We asked Gilly a few questions about herself.... How long have you lived in Cornwall? I have lived in St Ives for eleven years. It's always been a life-long ambition since I was a small child to live here.  I think I was a fisherman's daughter in a previous life! How long have you worked for Poppy Treffry? I started working for Poppy two tears ago when we had the little shop in the Drill Hall in St Ives.  We've now moved into our lovely new shop in Fore Street and it's great! What's the best thing about working for Poppy? Being surrounded by beautiful things and being supported by a friendly and fun team What's your favourite Poppy Treffry product? I love the Big Floucy Bag - It reminds me of my youthful hippy days! Flower Power - Big Floucy Bag Flower Power - Big Floucy Bag[

    Favourite food? Cake!! No outing is complete without cake at the end of it!  Some of my favourite local places to eat cake are: Cafe Art in St Ives, The Cook Book in St Just and The Lost & Found in Penzance. (P.S - Courgette cake counts as 1 of your 5 a day!) Favourite music? I love listening to almost any music and quite often go out to a local venue here in St Ives to listen to a band. I especially love Willie and the Bandits, a British based band who play a variety of different genres spanning across the Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk style. Apart from listening to music, how do you relax? I love walking, walking and walking....and sometimes talking! I prefer to go out and about rather than relaxing at home.  There are so many beautiful walks along this coast and they are all on my doorstep.  My favourite walk is a circular walk to St Just, along Cot Valley and Cape Cornwall and back to St Just....then cake in The Cook Book Cafe! Wheal Edward Engine House Wheal Edward Engine House.

    When I do get a minute to relax at home, I like making my own cards to give to family and friends.  I have knitted the odd scarf as well. Tell us some interesting facts about you.

    • I once hitch-hiked from Liverpool to Newcastle
    • I had ten years of ballet lessons from the age of three-thirteen years old
    • I trained to be a teacher in Liverpool
    Thanks Gilly.  Make sure you say 'Hello' to her next time you're in the shop! Right...that's enough chatting, time to get back to sewing Bags and Useful Purses. TTFN - from Team Treffry. x

    Introducing another key cog of Team Treffry

    Sara became part of the team in 2007 and is based at the studio. This was at the time when Poppy needed some help with stitching and apparently she roped in anyone that could work a sewing machine! Sara had always been fond of sewing so was happy to give it a go and help out, although she just did straight lines-none of the fancy freehand stuff. In fact Sara holds the record for the fastest straight line stiching in the whole team. I think she deserves a medal don't you!Sara and Faye manning the stand at the New York Gift Fair Sara and Faye manning the stand at the New York Gift Fair. Since starting Sara's role has changed and she is now in charge of all our trade customers, both in this country and abroad. This involves quite a bit of paperwork and phone calls which luckily she is very good at. Although that is not all, Sara also is in charge of supplies for the workshop, the stock and the work for our stitchers. Occasionally she is found at a sewing machine, especially when demand is needed at Christmas and on factory days to make all our lovely bags. That is when her speedy straight line stitching really comes in handy! 2013-02-15 15.21.12 Love that house coat! Sara says the best thing about her job is the variety-no two days will ever be the same at Treffry towers. She also enjoys working with our customers and having a natter on the phone with them. Sara is in charge of sourcing new components to create new products which is exciting thinking of all the colour possibilities! Most of all Sara enjoys the people she gets to work with-they do have a lot of fun. Freya and Sara enjoy honing their whistling skills, which really annoys Poppy. Faye (Poppy's sister) is the athletic one and is always trying to get everyone to be more active by swimming in the sea at lunchtimes in the summer. There were good intentions of carrying on through the autumn but ……………. and now it’s far too cold. The Jubilee Pool, Penzance The Jubilee Pool, Penzance. On Sara's last day off she went horse riding on the Penwith Moors. It was a bit wet, but that's all part of the fun! In fact Sara is not a novice in the saddle, last year she went to Spain for 2 weeks for a riding holiday. Generally on her days off she likes to spend time outdoors walking, cycling, riding or in or near the sea.Sara and her bike on their travels! Sara and her bike on their travels! Sara's favourite Poppy Treffry product is the bicycle tote bag – it actually has her very own bicycle on it! Poppy wanted to create a bike design so Sara cycled her bike to the studio so it could be a model for the day. It has been used on both the bicycle tea towel and the pedal power fabric; her's is the one with the drop handle bars.Sara's bike and one of the designs it features on Sara's bike and one of the designs it features onSara's favourite bicycle Long rock tote bag Sara's favourite bicycle Long rock tote bag

    A fond farewell....

    Hello! It's Sarah from the shop at St Ives, although sadly not for much longer as I will be leaving Poppy Treffry at the end of the week. I must just say that it is not due to the company or the lovely people but becuase of me! I work part time in the shop and also have my own little business designing stationery for weddings and occassions and have got very busy in the last few months and just won a national award (i'll tell you about that in a minute!). It was a very hard decision to make as Poppy and the team are just the loveliest bunch of people and have been so good to me, but I just need more time to concentrate on my own business. card at table Last year I was nominated for the 'Best Wedding Stationery' award by Wedding Ideas magazine. In December I found out I had made it to the finals and was invited to the awards night at Tower Bridge Hotel in London on January 11th. The magazine also asked me to create the stationery for the tables and winners cards so it was great to see it all laid out. It was all very glamorous with all of the top wedding industry suppliers all under the same roof. There were butlers in the buff serving champagne, a glass giraffe vodka luge and celebrity entertainment by Francine Lewis from Britain's got talent. Once we'd eaten our 3 course meal it was awards time and the stationery category was the first one up. To say I was nervous was a massive understatement! Then they read out my name and I was so shocked, overwhelmed and excited. I could only describe the feeling as I thought I was going to burst! Biggest smile ever and still smiling now.

    on stage

    The whole night was a bit of a blur (not due to alcohol!) and a very sureal experience-one that I will never forget! After a bit of boogying and mingling it was time for bed but not before a photo with my trophy infront of the screen on the way out. Felt like a celebrity on the red carpet!  I lay in bed thinking; did that actually just happen, it felt like a dream. infront screen I am very overwhelmed, proud and grateful that my little business has won a national award-still can't believe it! Plus got lots of exciting  new things on the horizon too. If any of you are engaged and after some whimsical rustic stationery for your wedding, then you can have a look at my collections over at www.sarahwants.com. It's been a great few years working at Poppy Treffry and I will miss you all so very much. I have never had the privilege of working with such a fantastic, funny and skilled bunch of tea addicted nutters before! The Christmas party roller disco was a highlight of course-lost count of the times poor studio Sara fell over! I will visit the shop regularly and keep upto date on what's new over on the Facebook page. Thanks for everything-its been a blast and I have very fond memories of my time at Poppy Treffry. 2013-02-26 14.33.35 Fun times!

    Have you seen our movie?

    You might have already seen our little film but in case you haven't then here it is again... It's grrrrreat!!
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NCJhkKbkBo]
    Let us know what you thought of it,
    Poppy x