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manda mcgrory
Leeds, UK
I'm a mother of two and a designer. http://treefalldesign.typepad.com/tree_fall/
Interests: design, textiles, community, pattern, print
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january February March April May June July August September October November December That was it. 2015. The year of change. For the first time in years I'm not scared to look ahead. Here we go... 2016 Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Tree Fall
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We're slowly working out a new routine in this new life of ours. There are moments when it's a fairly steep learning curve, with 3 generations in a home that's not quite big enough yet, but in general and on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Tree Fall
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After school yesterday Lily and I spent a very happy hour or two at the beach, drawing and skimming stones while watching the sun slowly slip behind the horizon. I'm not sure how many more chances we'll get at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Tree Fall
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We've had the most beautiful weather over the last few days. Which has meant that it's been the perfect time for my brother to experience the Island for the first time since he was a child. The combination of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Tree Fall
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It turned out that the incredible sunset on Saturday evening lived up to it's "red sky at night, sailors delight" promise, because we woke up yesterday to a beautifully warm and sunny day. (Jim in particular loves seeing the girls... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Tree Fall
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I promise that I'll get back to writing about more than just the Isle of Wight at some point. You never know, I may even sew again one day, but until then I just have to share more of this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Tree Fall
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Lily has always struggled. She was such a difficult pregnancy, with injections every week to try and stop me from losing her, and scans every week to see if she was still alive. After 7 miscarriages I really didn't believe... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Tree Fall
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Thank you! We are absolutely loving it! To: mandamcgrory@hotmail.com
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2015 on We did it... at Tree Fall
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Let me show you around our new home a little... It's going to be a work in progress for a long time, but it's so lovely that even while building work is going on it's still going to be possible... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Tree Fall
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Three years ago today I woke up to a new life. It was not a life that I wanted or asked for. It was a life full of pain and grief. It was a life that scared me senseless. Three... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Tree Fall
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Oh gosh, we're still here. I hadn't realised how long it's been. The last few months have flown by in a whirl of cleaning, packing, kitchen installing, bathroom installing, de-cluttering and painting. But it's still all on track and we're... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Tree Fall
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I've been waking up earlier and earlier for the last couple of weeks and have finally given in to the fact that I might as well stop fighting it and put the extra hours in my day to good use.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Tree Fall
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We appear to have reached a stage in family life where civillity and siblings no longer mix. So after a particularly challenging morning a couple of weeks ago, I dragged my lovely children out to the local nature reserve, with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Tree Fall
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Happy Birthday Mum. There are still no words. Except that I love you. xxx Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Tree Fall
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This is the village that we're planning to make our home in. When we visited it this week we had one of those experiances that makes you feel that it's really meant to be. A combination of coincidences and good... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Tree Fall
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At the beginning of this week Jim and I took the first steps towards a huge new chapter in our family life. After a year and a half of talking about it, the two of us finally made our way... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Tree Fall
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Thank you for all the emails over the last couple of weeks. I've really appreciated them, I just wish that there weren't so many people feeling the same pain. We've been doing ok though. The girls are on school hols... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Tree Fall
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April is not an easy month. Easter is not easy for us. We used to take the girls to my Nana's every Easter and they loved it. Even though my Nana was in her 80's, she was never old, not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Tree Fall
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I finally finished my first Mortmain dress this weekend. I cut out the pieces late last year but haven't made the time since then to actually make it. I chose a linen/silk mix, partly because I love the feel of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Tree Fall
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I haven't been able to run much since having my gallbladder removed at the beginning of December, and I've really missed it. Running makes me feel better both physically and mentally and it makes me feel in control. So not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Tree Fall
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These are the new dress/bloomers sets that have recently made their way to Dear Doris, a beautiful little independant design shop, in the equally beautiful Penarth, Wales. These sets are all in soft, muted colours that I don't often work... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Tree Fall
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I am SO ready for Spring. I'm lucky that I don't suffer from SADS like so many other people do, but it still makes such a difference to me when the days start to get lighter and longer. I've managed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Tree Fall
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After my success with the Popover Poncho I bought a couple of new patterns in the last week or so, with the intentions of making myself a whole new wardrobe. Of course I've bought lots of patterns over the years... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Tree Fall
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We visited Salts Mill on Mother's Day. I love David Hockney's work and in particular this painting of his parents. Mother's day is still tough for me. I don't want it to be. I feel bad that both the girls... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Tree Fall
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Over the weekend I finally made myself something new to wear. Well actually it was just on Sunday. In fact it was just Sunday afternoon to be precise. Because the Popover Poncho by April Rhodes is extremely straight forward and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Tree Fall