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Oh Vanessa...what bad bad luck ,poor Hugo too ...what a shock for you both...
Dont rush the "GET WELL" no one gives us back the time to heal...
10/10 for the MAD MAD decoration on the bandaged hand ,keep that sense of humour and fun going ...and
you will soon be mended {:>)x


Oh, poor you! So lucky that there was not more major damage, but pretty awful just the same. Take time to heal, and yay for bandages and bling - a new trend, perhaps?

Best wishes,


Holey moley that sounds terrifying. I hope your hand heals well and quickly. Poor you, and poor Hugo :-(

But love the rings!

Alice C

That is a very similar experience to an accident that my son had. It was called a 'bagel-cutting injury' and the damage and blood was terrifying. I was in shock in the A&E. The good news is that there was no lasting damage but it took a while to heal. Take care, Vanessa.


oh how awful! i hope your hand heals quickly!


oh poor you, I hope it doesn't hurt too much, and that the antibiotics do their job. when it starts to heal put some bio oil on, it will help the skin heal, and hopefully stop a nasty scar.
take care - hope Hugo is looking after you.


Whoa that must have been scary! Isn't it weird when everything goes in slow motion when something happens like that. I once fell backwards off a toybox whilst putting up a shelf (like you do!) and by the time I landed I had gone through many ways of falling to figure out which would cause the least damage. I hope it heals quickly and isn't too painful.


Decorating an injury is absolutely one of the best elements of the healing process! Try a manicure with a different colour on each complement the bling.
Many wishes for a quick recovery.


Ouch! That sounds very dramatic.
The bling is an excellent idea - I barely noticed the bandage!


oh no Vanessa!

I am so glad that your hand is going to be OK, it's your livelihood afterall! I hope that it gets better soon, it must be very annoying. I am sure Hugh is looking after you though!

Love S x


O Vanessa, I love you so much because you are sooooo brave and have your usual unique humour in operation (excuse pun!)!
Lots of love and healing, Tam and the Bagies X


You poor thing. I do hope it gets better very quickly. Does this mean a break from work? And knitting and beading? That's not great.

What I want to know is how did you type the post??


Oh no, oh no! I'm so sorry for the accident--and to your right hand, too. It's a real pain attempting to carry on with daily activities one-handed. Wonderful news that there's no nerve damage. Get well soon. Great bling!

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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