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ouch, hope it's feeling better, you're right it would be a good game for a child.
take care. xx


The old black and white movies of gangsters
always had a character called scarface...!!!
Glad you are bandage free,that will feel good....TC {:>)

Alice Saltiel-Marshall

Good heavens, Vanessa! Bill and I have been in Southern California for a few weeks, and while away I didn't read your blog, so I had no idea. What a close call you and your hand had! Glad to hear that it's healing well. Are you able to use it? What of the offending piece of furniture? Has it left your premises? Take good care, Alice


wow, that looks like it's done some good healing there. and how (HOW?) did you come up with that idea? i laughed out loud when i realised what the pictures were. an excellent introduction to your scar xx


That's a very serious looking scar. Ouch!


That self portrait at the end has a muppetty look to it!
The positive thing about scars is the war stories behind them--duels with tall cabinets and so forth. Anything goes...
I always plan to get a henna job done on my larger ones, but there never seems to be time when I am actually near the henna artists. It may be forever wishful thinking. I hope that the healing goes well, and your wrist isn't too weak from being bandaged up for so long.


I had absolutely no idea what was going on at the start of this post LOL!
Great pictures and your hand is healing well.


That is a seriously impressive scar! I'm glad it is healing well - it must be a relief to have the bandage off.


ouch vanessa lol! glad to see that your creative streak has not been damaged by your accident - looks painful though, hopefully it will heal nicely. You can get some patched from boots that you put on scars for about 10 hours a day (I think) and they make them go away - can't remember who makes them though. also, vitamin e oil is great for reducing the appearance of scarring.

Love S xx


Your cleverness is inspiring...I think this is a wonderful way to deal with our "imperfections" be they scars or freckles or whatever! Cheers to your positive outlook...we should all be so fortunate.

So glad your hand is healing well.

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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