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Does this mean you will look all new with a shiny worktop once all the work is finished? You are so marvellous at wrapping I think I need to borrow you for a week on Friday when man is coming to replace the utility window.


Lovely images Vanessa...
very ethereal...beautiful
Christo has "Wrapped" as you know huge
areas ,and objects,
but your images show a
delicacy and calm...that
huge areas can never capture...


Great post, beautiful photos!

A faithful lurker, Melissa


You do realise V., that you can never move from this house!!?
You also know that the result will be wonderful when completed however, and it will, and we can't wait to see...!
Tam x


bonkers indeed, but still so are the best geniuses..........
hope it goes ok, you will feel you've pored your life and soul into the house, which is why it will be a home and not a house.


I must ask; on finishing the wrapping, did you have a fleeting moment of terror where you couldn't find one of the dogs? :D

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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