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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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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
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: mandamcgrory@hotmail.com
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2015 on Weekends at Tree Fall
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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