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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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I would have loved to have had a
"Keepsake Cake" to take home
in a party bag...
they look good enough to eat
and have the {:>)))) factor...

Alice C

Two of my favourite bloggers in the same room...I wish I could have been there too!


what a treat to meet up with friends, and those no calorie cakes look perfect!


Hello, I'm new here, but feel very much at home - great blog.

Lucy @ Attic24

Awwwwwwwwwww, I was just catching up with your posts I missed while on holiday and my heart almost skipped a beat when I saw my name there!
Oh you are so sweet, the biscuits and fresh coffee at yours were scrumptious, there was no need for anything more...and a pretty good job you didn't leave those knitted beauties within my grasp because I may just have stolen them and run off with them! They are fantastic!

I felt so bad coming to your house empty handed Vanessa, of course because we were on hols I could not bake and I said to J when we were driving up that I really wanted to go buy a cake to bring, but we couldn't find anywhere to stop to get time, next time, surely there will be a next time? It was such a treat to meet you, I felt as if we had known each other for years. The wonder of Blogland, it never ceases to amaze me.
have a great day

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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