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Pam

Oh Vanessa, that necklace looks so sweet; I may know a few little girls who'd like something very similar. May have to brush up on my crocheting skills.
And as for the special 'present' - well, worth more than the rest.

P x

RI

WHAT A LOVELY GIFT, SO SWEET...
AND THE LITTLE BOX aHHH ...
IT COULD NOT FAIL TO PLEASE ...
IN INDIA PINK IS KNOWN AS THE
"NAVY BLUE FOR MEN "...
I FORGET WHO MADE THAT "QUOTE"
I LOVED TODAYS POST ,THE BEADS ,AND COLOUR,
JUST RIGHT TO BRIGHTEN THIS GREY DAY IN DEVON {:>)))

Paula

I smiled when I saw your necklace for Millie and thought, "what a special aunt!" It's a perfect gift for a wee one and I'm sure she'll remember it always--fondly and with love. And the monogrammed box...Perfect!

bakeandsewblog

Ahhhh - I love the pink necklace. It's perfect. My daughter would so love something like that too. She is a pink girl - and so am, sitting here in my pink jumper and pink scarf LOL.

Hen

It's very cute, what a nice gift. I just love pink, can't remember being obsessed with it when I was younger but I am now, so thanks very much for all the pinkyness - and with green too, my fave colour combination.
Hen x

driftwood

it's lovely, and you're right, not just for little girls...

Julie

Oooh, I love it! It's just gorgeous.I have, on my massive listofthingstodo this year, to learn to crochet, and this has definitely inspired me. There are so many little girls I know who would adore one of these. And the special box for keeping it in - what little girl wouldn't be in seventh heaven !?!

Helen Lambert

What a lovely gift..lucky little girl...I also have a present 'shelf' Pete laughs at me because I always like to have things in...although he isnt laughing when I have something for a member of his family that he has forgotten!!!!Men...I dont think I would get my big gruff yorkshire man in a pink jumper but I have managed to get him to wear a charcoal and chalk shirt... and he looks very nice...

Joanna

Thats a beautiful gift, those pink beads just made it.

anne

I HAVE to learn to crochet. The pink necklace is gorgeous, and I love, love, love pink and green together.

Rachel MacInnes

The nacklace is beautiful - I'm a big fan of the 'if you're going to get wet you might as well go swimming' approach to pink for little girls. Best not to fight inevitability!
Did you work the chain and then attach the flowers or work it all as one piece?
(FYI it was Diana Vreeland (legendary editor of American Vogue, as I'm sure you know) who said that pink was the navy blue of India - I swear it's like an overstuffed roledex of trivia in my brain.
Rachel

sally anne

Big oohs and aahs coming from me too !

Alice C

How lovely - no wonder you are a Favourite Aunt.

cathleen

Since I dearly love pink too..I truly love this. How lucky Millie is to be treated to your lovely creation.

Sarah

I love love love it!!! I want one!! make one for me!!!

Emilie Wallbank

Hi Vanessa, I just stumbled upon your blog by accident but I love your knitting, sculptures and illustrations so much I had to leave you a comment to tell you so! This entry, as a jeweller, reminds me of my work and stacks of pink bits and pieces to add in to my work. I knit jewellery inspired by nature, mainly in nylon and add beads and hand dye. If you are interested in it and have time to have a look I have photos here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Emilie-Idea/98527222295
I will keep coming back to see more of what you do.

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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