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Kate Bruning

How happy are you with your new camera... your photos are beautiful and I love the table cloth. Those blue flowers may be morning glory vine or something along those lines. I was just thinking the other day I should be photographing Jonno's grandmother's embroidered table cloths. They are amazing. It makes me wonder though, what would tattoos be like if only womens' instituie (or c.w.a. in the southern hemisphere) were allowed to give them.


You definitely picked the best tablecloth! Good luck with the four legged furry friends. Typing this from our guest house, the marvels of wi-fi!
Hen x


What beautiful tablecloths, imagine the patience someone had taken to embroider those, especially those pretty sprigs on your second photo.
Enjoy your weekend with your little fur babies and their cousins x


What beautiful table cloths, I just wish I had the patience to do something like that.

Kate MacDonald

Ooo gorgeous table clothes. I LOVE embroidered or gingham clothes. Sooo summery. (We're in bits here re Andy!)
Thanks for the info re address have jsut corrected it!

Moe (Seaweed, Roses & Wool) x

Such Gorgeous table cloths, isin't it great to see that the people who owned the house went to so much bother? Lovely to see that they use the beautiful cloths instead of just keeping them up for good wear, beautiful pics as always Vanessa, Shame about the tennis!
Moe xx


The tablecloths are so pretty - and so is the china. (Is it Blue Willow?)

What fun to have a couple of extra dogs for the weekend!

Bertie Meadows

Oh I love pretty tablecloths and they were real beauties.
I watched the tennis match with my mum, we felt so drained afterwards that we had to open a bottle of wine to recover. Have a great weekend,
Bertie x


The blue flowers are meant to be bell flowers I think.. I only know because they look like something I just made... a tea cosy for the swap, and it has knitted bell flowers on it, and they look the same.
These tablecloths are so lovely... they reminded me so much of my late mother who did exquisite embroidery, and we always had lots of tablecloths that she had made. Sadly only one table runner remains, but I treasure it.

Bobo Bun

Fabulous Vanessa. The cloths were so beautiful to look at. My collection is growing as they only get used once as the Bun's always spill something. Good excuse to buy more and more.

I've posted a Knitty Giveaway on my blog. Thought it might appeal to you.

Lisa x


oh how gorgeous to have real table cloths and so pretty xoxo

I found the tennis just so tense, and in a truly selfish way am somewhat relieved as I know I can't watch the final tomorrow which I wouldn't have been able to bare if Murray had made it......


Hi Vanessa

Very nice photos with your new camera. Also really liked the trip to Greece!

Love Emma xxxxx


Gorgeous embroidery! Here in Maine we have many second hand and antique shops with nice linens, but I've never seen anything like that table cloth.


those tablecloths are gorgeous. And the cakes looked pretty yummy too. Hope you had a good weekend and Douglas didn't suffer too much from the green eyed monster!

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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.

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  • 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