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  • Would you like to award someone special a knitted rosette? See the pattern to knit one here!

  • Little Squares Scarf, (quick pattern).

  • Little Squares Scarf, (step-by-step pattern, with lots of step-by-step photos).

  • How to sew up crochet or knitting with an invisible stitch, step-by-step tutorial

  • Sisterhood Crochet Blanket pattern for square.

  • step-by-step pattern for Sisterhood Crochet Blanket square. Makes crocheting this pattern a doddle for beginners!

  • step-by-step tutorial for some basic crochet stitches

  • Tara's failsafe cup cake sponge recipe

  • knitted slipper pattern

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It sounds an ispiring trip, thanks for sharing it. What is that string?


I love the blog and thank you for listing my blog, chaincreative, on your favourites list. I will definitely list yours - it's delightful and beautiful!!! Thanks again.


The images are quiet and thoughtful,and have an old world charm about them ...
10/10 for being able to "See" that the simple things can make us happy and contented and prepare us for any "Sting"...
We can overcome any situation if we have a "Reserve" and hold on to it {:>)


I've really enjoyed reading about your time in Spain - your photographs are stunning.


I have just found your blog and must am really enjoying it, i remember seeing an artical about you and your studio a few years ago and i loved it, and here you are doing a blog. Your Spain holiday photos's are just wonderful, but i am desperate to know how is your referbishment going? Are you any nearer the end, or is your home still in chaos? Mor pictures please!

Alice Saltiel-Marshall

I have thouroughly enjoyed your accounts - and photos - of Spain. Thanks so much for helping bring back my own memories of Barcelona! Cheers, Alice

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Hello and welcome!

  • 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