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manda mcgrory
Leeds, UK
I'm a mother of two and a designer.
Interests: design, textiles, community, pattern, print
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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
Hi Jennie, it has all gone already I'm afraid. I'll be listing lots of other prints over the next few days though. To:
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2014 on Fabric update. at Tree Fall
I've just listed a few pieces of the huge amount of fabrics that I'm going to be selling in my shop over the next few weeks. Everything is being sold in fat quarters, but if I have yardage then it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Tree Fall
I have finally faced up to the fact that there simply is No. More. Room. in my studio and that if something doesn't give very soon I'm going to have to either : A. Give up working all together B.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Tree Fall
Precisely ten minutes before Bella left for a party/sleepover today we realised that every last pair of her pyjama's was either torn, too small or washed so many times that they are now that particular shade of grey. Sooooo..... I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Tree Fall
I'm struggling to stay focused this week. It's one of those weeks when outside forces are distracting me. Work is going very slowly, (even slower when I do what I did yesterday and disappear to the beach for the day!)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Tree Fall
The weather was so beautiful this morning that Jim and I decided to play hooky and take a trip to the coast, just the two of us. Since living in Yorkshire (for the last 10 years) we've hardly visited the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Tree Fall
The girls and I ran the Race for Life today. I first ran it 4 years ago, 4 months after Mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I hadn't started running regularly yet and hadn't realised what a major part of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Tree Fall
Love Patchwork & Quilting is in my opinion the best quilting magazine around these days. It really has been consistantly good from day one, with an incredibly high standard of projects in each and every issue. Jenny (the editor) is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Tree Fall
I picked these plates and the serving dish up for less than £2 a couple of days ago. Next door to the garage that we take our car to there is a junk shop. It's mainly full of actual junk,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Tree Fall
I've got an exhibition coming up next month in a gallery in Clitheroe, so I've been making Circus blankets in preparation for it over the last week or so. I've been making these blankets for a few years and they've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Tree Fall
I love these guys, I really do. Most things that I make I look at and wonder if anyone else will like it. I worry a lot about whether my work's good enough (it's not a bad thing, I think... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Tree Fall