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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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How lovely for you. It's always nice to receive an unexpected parcel. I like where you have put it. I also like what it;s hanging on.
With Smiles


what a lovely thing to happen - i dont think there is anything better than an unexpected (or expected actually!) parcel arriving!! its a very nice heart though I am wanting one for myself now!!
oh and thank you for the info re the butchers string - I have been obsessing about it since I received my painting from you wrapped in it!!
Lesley x


What a beautiful heart! I love surprises. :o)


Hi Vanessa, What a pretty heart. It is lovely to receive a surprise isn't it. Love, love, love the string colours, I use the red and white but am v.v.v. tempted to purchase the other 2 colours now! Wondered how the design is coming on? Let me know! Kathy


what a lovely heart and a lovely suprise.


(Thanks for the note.) And wow - what a super suprise - I love hearts.

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Hello and welcome!

  • 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