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Yorkshire Crafts
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Designer/maker of hand knitted, hand crafted, handmade items, avid collector and reluctant seller of vintage china, mum, home-educator and book lover. Blogging about our crafts and makes, our home education journey, and reviews of books we use.
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Vintage Watering Can

Vintage Watering Can

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Friday, 12 November 2010

Friday Find: Meet Manda

It's been a madly busy week here in the Yorkshire Crafts household.  Not only have we had the plasterers in to skim the hall, stairs and landing, I've also been rushing round trying to get everything finished that I want to take to the craft fair on Saturday.

I know there are several fairs going on in various parts of Yorkshire this weekend, but if you get the chance, do come and say hello to us on 13/11/10 at Melbourne Village Hall, Main Street, Melbourne, North Yorks.  As well as featuring lots of makers and designers from far and wide, the craft fair's also raising money for Spinal Research and will be open from 11am until 4pm.

Anyway, on to our Friday Find.  This week we're featuring the very talented Manda, who hails from Leeds.

Like many of us, Manda's career followed a variety of paths before she found her true passion in textiles, but while some of us will have worked in banks or offices, I do wonder how many of us could honestly say we ran away with the circus!

Manda's no stranger to the press, and her work has been widely featured both in the UK and across the pond.   Her work has appeared in Ideal Home, Country Homes and Interiors and Country Living magazines, and she's also appearing on TV in an episode of Kirstie's Homemade Home which airs on Channel 4.
One of Manda's pretty smocks with deer embellishment
Manda's business brand is TreeFall Designs, created following the birth of her second daughter, when she decided to pursue the idea of making and designing her own products for the retail market.  "TreeFall Design is about handmade goodness. It’s about originality, utility and beauty and time honoured traditions with a modern twist." she says.

Baby Bib by TreeFall Design
Her interest in quilting and pattern is evident from the lovely combinations Manda chooses for her products, with lovely items such as the baby bib above, and the gorgeous cushions below showing off her talent.
Cushions by TreeFall Design
Those talents don't just stop at fabrics, and in her Etsy store Manda also sometimes offers extremely cozy-looking Shetland wool snoods and armwarmers.  You'll have to be quick if you want one of these beauties though, as it seems no sooner are they listed in her shop, they're snapped up.  Try to catch one by visiting her store http://www.etsy.com/shop/manda

The very distinctive look that is TreeFall Design's products also extends into these cute little bunnies, and wherever she can, Manda uses recycled or repurposed and vintage fabrics in her creations.

We love 'em.