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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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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 yesterday at Tree Fall
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 yesterday at Tree Fall
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 5 days ago at Tree Fall
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 6 days ago at Tree Fall
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
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
Hi Alison, Thank you so much for your comment. Im obviously very sorry if my use of the word has caused unintended offense. As you said, I do put thought in to my posts. I fully appreciate the pain caused by sufferers of any illness, mental or physical. And as someone who lives with a sufferer of mental illness, I am acutely aware of the pain caused by both the illness and the lack of general understanding surrounding it. However, I am perfectly comfortable with my use of this word, and feel sure that most people would take it in the way it is intended, which is of course not to be flippant about severe mental illness (although if you spend any time around me in real life, you would most definitely hear me being flippant about mental illness because some days that it the only way I can deal with it). As I said, I'm very sorry that this has upset you and really do appreciate your comment. I do hope that you continue to read my blog, but completely understand if you would prefer not to. Thanks again. To:
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2015 on Weekends at Tree Fall
It was briefly beginning to look like spring over the weekend, but so far this week we've had snowstorms and hailstones, usually followed very quickly by bright sunshine and even more quickly by another snowstorm! It's all been very odd.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Tree Fall
Cushions and coats are the two things that I can never get right. I often see a coat in a shop, try it on, love it and buy it on a whim. Only to realise not long afterwards that I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Tree Fall
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 Feb 26, 2015 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 Feb 25, 2015 at Tree Fall
Thanks Sarah! I'm really enjoying it again! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 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 Feb 23, 2015 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 Feb 22, 2015 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 Feb 21, 2015 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