My little world of safety, security and happiness.
Hello ........... You o.k? Perhaps you're sitting with a cup of tea, having a quick break from the chores, or work, or whatever? I'm sitting here, with my tea, in a multi-coloured spotted mug, having a little break from work. You may already know that I work from home, and have a studio in one of the rooms in our house? Yes? Perhaps you work from home too? The other day someone asked me if I ever get lonely, and I could answer that immediately, with great confidence. No, I never get lonely at home on my own. I'm not strictly on my own. I've got the dogs, but a lot of their time during the day, they are baby-sat by our neighbor, who I think wishes they were her dogs! Even when the dogs aren't here, I don't get lonely. I love being at home, and I love being in my studio, painting and drawing. Being in my little world, which is very secure, very safe, and very, very happy.
The photo above is the view from my desk, in my studio. Shame about those buildings the other side of the wall! It's the job centre, and sometimes I see people moving around inside. I find myself wondering if they ever sit there and look at me, working at my desk. There's something fascinating about each of us being able to see each other. Unless I have the blind down, because of the direct sunlight.
When I first moved into my studio, and positioned the desk infront of the window, I had a debate with myself about what I should put on the window sill in front of me. A debate? You might ask? It's not as strange as you might think! A window sill can be a depository for lots of distracting things, and distraction isn't good for me. So, at first it was completely empty. But that seemed a bit harsh, and totally uninspiring. Then I tried out various bits and bobs, postcards, ornaments. But I worried about them being damaged by the sun. So my bowls I use to mix large quantities of watercolour in, seemed to be the solution. I love these bowls. They're a mix of old french coffee bowls, and cheap and cheerful buys. The same with the jugs, which somehow made their way onto the window sill.
And no worries about sun damage with these, as far as I know.
Untill this morning, I've resisted putting flowers in the jugs............. if there's one thing I find distracting, and positively lethal to my concentration, it's flowers. I find myself sitting and staring at them, looking at how they're positioned in the vessel, which makes me want to stop work and paint them. Not good! Which is what was happening before I broke off from work to have a cuppa and a chat with you!
You know what I forgot to mention? The radio! That's one of the primary reasons I'm never lonely, I have Radio 4 for company. How could I forget my beloved Radio 4?! That station is a huge part of my life. I listen to the presenters voices, and have images of what they look like. I listen to the plays, the programmes, and my day is mapped for me. I know it's lunch time soon, because 'You and Yours' has come on. At the finish of the afternoon play, it's three p.m. Only an hour till my cup of tea! Radio 4 is like a friend, which might sound strange, but never-the-less, is true.
I think I'm very fortunate to be so contented and happy, aren't I? And to be doing a job I love. It's a shame I can't show you what I'm working on at the moment. I have to wait untill it's published before I can do that. I was just thinking about my crochet. Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments, you've all been spoiling me rotten with comments over the last week or so, it's been very exciting! I've been asked for the pattern for my crocheted granny quares, which on reflection, I can give you without breaching anyone's copyright. Because my square is partly a pattern that is a classic pattern, and one which seems to be in all the crochet books, so I'm guessing it's not a copyrighted pattern. And it's partly a pattern I've cobbled together from various different patterns I've seen, so in the process I suppose I've made it my creation, and again, I won't be breaching anyone's copyright by telling you all about it in a blog post. So I feel safe to tell you all about it, which I'm very much looking forward to! I thought I'd do the full picture and explanation thing, so that hopefully, anyone can do the pattern, whatever level they're at. That will take a bit of time to put together. So how do you feel about me working on it over the weekend? Then I'll put it on the blog for you next week? How would that be? Would you like that? I'll give you all the details of the yarn I've used, and any other info I think might be useful too. I'm so pleased I've been asked for the pattern, I can't tell you how great that makes me feel! Anyway my good friends, the doggies need a walk, and then I need to finish the painting I'm working on, I'm determined to finish it today. I'll have to love you and leave you I'm afraid. Love Vanessa xxx
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.
AN IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT MY BLOG AND WORK: Please note that the photos and text, my creations and my art shown on my blog are copyrighted and may not be copied, in whole or in part, without my express permission. Patterns and techniques shown in my tutorials may be followed but for personal use only and not for commercial reward. Thank you.
Books I have illustrated!
The Best Gift of All
Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon