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  • Would you like to award someone special a knitted rosette? See the pattern to knit one here!

  • Little Squares Scarf, (quick pattern).

  • Little Squares Scarf, (step-by-step pattern, with lots of step-by-step photos).

  • How to sew up crochet or knitting with an invisible stitch, step-by-step tutorial

  • Sisterhood Crochet Blanket pattern for square.

  • step-by-step pattern for Sisterhood Crochet Blanket square. Makes crocheting this pattern a doddle for beginners!

  • step-by-step tutorial for some basic crochet stitches

  • Tara's failsafe cup cake sponge recipe

  • knitted slipper pattern

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Hi Vanessa
Lovely cards, hoping to make my own this year too, and have some ideas in mind for the Little People to make their own for school friends. I agree, sooo much nicer.

Just to let you know, yes I did get your lovely email, but am having probs with hotmail, since they upgraded I cannot send emails, can only receive them, its sooo annoying! Need to get J on the case as I think my browser needs upgrading too but he's been so busy this soon as I can I will email you my address, I was soo touched by your email, thankyou, am excited!


Thankyou so much for putting these cards on your blog - it has actually made me feel a bit wobbly! Your photographs are amazing, I almost don't even recognise these as mine. It's a thrill to know you'll be sending them to someone - that's a wonderful Christams gift for me, just not one you can wrap up.
Thanks again, R.

Helen Lambert

Hello, my name is Helen and I just popped by via Magpie files. I have fallen in love with your paintings they are lovely. I was very interested to read your post on Mull, we always visit Skye but this year we are going to Mull afterwards. Any suggestions of things to do (not walking in the rain - my husband always makes us do that anyway!)
Please pop in and see me sometime I am at 'A time to Dance'


Those are lovely cards and make me think I should get on with designing mine!


Exquisite cards..your Christmas recipients will be delighted.


These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! They totally inspire/ remind me to get working on my own!!

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon