Shibori on etsy

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As a designer and trend watcher, I always find is slightly amusing when something that was once considered a bit dorky or not very trendy gets a new name, is done well by some clever creatives and suddenly has been re-invented and become cool again. An example of this is ‘Ombré‘, the gradual blending of one colour to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. Doesn’t that remind you of ‘gradients’ once a dorky and ‘please don’t use‘ in the design world, suddenly re-invented, renamed and cool and trendy again.
And now Shibori, which essentially is just tie-dye using indigo dye. Tie dye tended to be a fun craft, or an overly colorful hippy style textile.
Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye, resulting in areas of the cloth that take the distinctive blue dye in patterns created by the resistance, and other areas of the cloth that remain white. So basically tie dye using indigo dye. And somehow this use of just a simple indigo dye, seems to create a much more beautiful, delicate design, as seen in these beautifully designed examples found on etsy.

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il_570xN.773709415_4dwsArdency Designs

il_570xN.784238998_2427by Sanz

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another day of snow

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Henry woke up just after 6am this morning, the weather report last night said that we may have more snow in the morning, so I quickly puled back the curtains, to see if it was true, and yes the snow was starting to fall, as the sun slowly began to rise, such a pretty way to start the day. Sorry for so much snow spam, it is just so exciting when you have grown up in a climate that rarely sees snow.

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Snow Day!

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Last week the weather reports where telling us, it would snow on Sunday. Having grown up, hardly ever seeing snow, and when I have, often fairly light, so I was very excited about the possibility of snow!
Last night, their was a big storm, and we went of to sleep to the sound of thunder, rain and strong winds. Around 4am, I woke (because being a mum and pregnant, means waking easily int he night) and I couldn’t help myself, likea little child, I went and peaked out the window, and it was snowing and a heavy covering a snow outside. Just magical!

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We git up just minutes before sunrise, and I quickly dressed Henry and threw something warm on myself and we went out and took photos and checked it all out. Henry was a little unsure though, and wouldn’t let me put him down.

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This is him standing at the door while I took some photos, with a look of ‘I’ll just stay here where it’s safe mummy, are you going to come back in?’

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It snowed and rained all day, the rain would melt the snow, and then more snow would come back. Just incredible weather for this climate!

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Later in the day, Henry asked to go out, he walked out and it started to snow on him, he looked worried and headed back in.

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Then later again, when it was raining (he doesn’t mind rain, and will quite happily play outside in the rain), he asked to go out again, even gave me his boots, so I would put them on him. I quickly put a jumper on him, and he did a little wander around before deciding it was still to strange out there and came in again. At least he tried!

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Then later afternoon as I began to think about dinner, the snow began to fall quite heavy, it was so beautiful, that I just couldn’t resist but get some last photos before the sunsets, and thought, it’d make a unique bump shot. 16 weeks pregnant today, one day I can show this little one, and tell them it was their first snow!

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Maternity Monday: 15 weeks

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Maternity Monday is BACK! I was pretty good when I was pregnant with Henry, at regularly posting bump updates and baby finds each week, as a ‘Maternity Monday’ series. As I don’t need to do so much shopping this time round, and you might get bored with bump photos, plus I don’t seem to have as much time for blogging these days, so I will just post Maternity Mondays when I think it’s time for an update or if I have something special to share.

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I borrowed Henry a special book from the library, all about being a big brother, and what babies are like. I doubt he really understands, but still fun to read to him. This week, I am starting to feel like the first trimester sickness and fatigue is lifting, and I have a little more energy and a better relationship with food. I have lined up an appointment with the midwife who ended up delivering Henry! (She was actually my back up midwife for Henry, but as my labor was so long, my main midwife had to pass me on to her after a long night.) So it will be great to have someone familiar with me along the way for baby number two. She was really great in those last difficult hours of labour, full of encouragement and reassurance, so I am really happy to have her by my side again.

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Fig and honey compote

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With fig season well and truly gone, I have really been missing figs. I have really grown to love them in the last 2 years. So when I was doing the groceries online, I searched figs, to see what fig foods where available that might satisfy that craving. I found a greek yogurt with fig and honey compote. Sounded good to me! So I got a little tub to try, and it tasted AMAZING! I knew I had to see if I could make my own fig and honey compote, so I could make a cheaper and sugar free version. Most recipes use fresh figs, but I came across one using dried figs, it used sugar, but I got creative and adapted it to create my own little concoction to satisfy my love of figs.

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FIG AND HONEY COMPOTE (with dried figs, and refined sugar-free)

You will need:
125g dried figs (around 8)
1tbs Honey
2tbs Rice Malt Syrup
3/4 cup water

To make:
-Remove stems from figs, then chop up.
-Put everything into a saucepan and bring to the boil
-Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 min until figs are soft and liquid reduces.
-Take off the heat and serve up. (I stored the spare in a jar in the fridge)

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Enjoy your compote on yogurt, pancakes, porridge, icecream or whatever takes your fancy. I have stored mine in the fridge, but noticed it gets a bit harder in the fridge (still spoonable), so you may want to warm your leftovers a little before using, if you want to be able to easily mix it with your food. Or just just use it all right away!

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