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manda mcgrory
Leeds, UK
I'm a mother of two and a designer.
Interests: design, textiles, community, pattern, print
Recent Activity
A couple of weeks ago I finally met up with another blogger, Jen of Little Birdie, who I've been reading for a long time now. We met up in my favourite bar/restaurant/art gallery, The Tetley, and spent a good few... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tree Fall
I'm still getting used to the new extended juggling act that comes with working at Fabworks, so everything else seems to be taking so much longer than it should. At the moment I'm working on a new little dress and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tree Fall
Thanks Sarah! I'm really enjoying it again! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Emily Sutton at Tree Fall
There are some artists that just make you want to chuck it all in and go do something else. And Emily Sutton is one of those artists. Everything she does is beautiful and clever and exactly what I would love... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tree Fall
I've started a new job in the last couple of weeks. I'm not stopping Treefall, but after all these years I've found a job that fits in with looking after the girls and is all about something I love! So... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tree Fall
Today is Lily's 7th birthday and two weeks ago it was Bella's 10th birthday. I started this blog when Bella was just about to turn 1. I was the only person I knew who hadn't gone back to work after... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tree Fall
I designed these penguins for the Christmas Country Living Fair at the end of last year. I'm not going to pretend that I wasn't taking advantage of the sudden popularity of a certain penguin due to a certain advert. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Tree Fall
I was given a small hand loom for Christmas. I'm not a yarn person normally, knitting tends to make me angry (which strikes me as a bad sign) and I'm rubbish at crochet. But all of the images across social... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Tree Fall
I've been looking for signs. I hadn't realised it until today, but I have been and for quite some time now. I'm not a superstitious person and I don't believe in the stars or God or wearing the right socks.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Tree Fall
In the run up to this years Red Nose Day, Mollie Makes have teamed up with Comic Relief to produce the beautiful new Crafternoon bookazine. Following along the lines of last years Bakeathon, this gorgeous publication features over 50 wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Tree Fall
Gosh, I really hadn't realised that it had been so long since I'd posted! I had fully intended to start posting regularly in January, and then literally just as I finished a long, rambling post about change and New Years... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Tree Fall
OK, I'm having some kind of weird synchronisation with you! I'm in the middle of writing my first blog post in months, and it's about returning to blogging and clearing things up. I have also taken the photo's etc for my second post, which is all about weaving.....oh and I decided that the blog needed a new look and have just realised that I changed it to the same one you've just changed to.....spooky!
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2015 on Weaving at NIKKI-SHELL
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I picked this vintage footstool up at a car boot sale recently. It's a little worse for wear, needing complete re-upholstering but only cost £4 so I just couldn't walk away from it. I'm not sure yet what I want... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Tree Fall
I'm a huge fan of Tom Frost's work. Everything about it hits the spot for me. The colours, the graphics, the subjects, absolutely everything works for me. And both Jim and the girls feel the same. The exhibition at YSP... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Tree Fall
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of my favourite places. Jim and I drove there the day after we lost mum. We sat, surrounded by beauty and I knew that no matter how bad I felt, there was still always... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Tree Fall
This vintage lamp base is the last thing that my mum bought me. She bought it for me as a surprise, after I had seen it in a charity shop a few weeks before. Everytime I look at it I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Tree Fall
One of my favourite things about exhibiting at the Cornwall Design Fair was finally getting my hands on a beautiful Teresa Green linen top in my favourite colour. I've loved Teresa's work ever since I first read about her 5... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Tree Fall
I have a little pattern in this month's Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine (issue 12). It's just a stuffed alphabet and drawstring bag, but LP&Q have still managed to style it so that it looks really lovely. I've been writing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Tree Fall
The first part of our summer holidays were spent preparing to exhibit and then exhibiting at the Cornwall Design Fair in Penzance. It's a long slog from Leeds to Penzance, and it's even longer when pulling a huge trailer full... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Tree Fall
That was summer. And it was over too quickly. But while it lasted it included.... Camping in Cornwall.... First grown up roller coaster rides at Alton Towers.... (just about to get on Nemesis) Favourite book rides.... Whole days spent in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Tree Fall
When the weather is like this I can honestly say that there is nowhere I'd rather live than the UK. My blog feed and IG feed is full of the most amazing pictures from around the country at the moment.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Tree Fall
I drove over to Clitheroe on Friday, to deliver some of my work to be included in a new exhibition that opens next Saturday at the Platform Gallery. It's the first time I've been to the gallery and its a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Tree Fall
We took another trip up the coast last week, but this time we were able to take the girls with us. We pretty much did the same trip as the week before but we made a bit of an epic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Tree Fall
I've updated the shop with some more fabrics. I've listed some of the smaller pieces in bundles this time. And there are some single smaller pieces available too. In the shop now! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Tree Fall
These guys have all headed off to Dorset, to be included (along with some cushions, owls and clothing) in an upcoming exhibition at Walford Mills Crafts. 'In the Dead of Night' opens on July 12th and runs until August 31st.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Tree Fall