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I love the colours which feature on your blog. Thanks for lifting me out of wintery gloom...

Helen LAmbert

oh I love the spring flowers...especially when framed with the candy pastles....oooh please make cards...they are soooooo lovely... love and hugs H

Lucy @ Attic24

Oh lovely lovely!
Can't wait to see your shop re-stocked.
I also really love doing my own "photoshoots" as well, I enjoy it enormously :: and can I say that I LOVE your styling Vanessa, your photos are always so inventive and creative, almost as artistic as the artwork itself, which is a double joy for us onlookers.
Those balls of thread are delicious, what do you use those for?? Are they for embroidery or jewellery? Or Knitting? Or Just Because??!!

Have a lovely weekend


That sea holly is beautiful, I am glad they are going well in your shop. A good excuse to do more!


I love the balls of thread too. Do you use them for crochet? My favourite painting above is of the sea holly. I like the shape of the flower and the softness of the colour.


Hi Vanessa,
A question about the actual painting of your picture....
Do you use watercolour and ready coloured paper or do you paint the background colour after painting the delicate flowers?
Your pictures are so inspiring....Love them but cannot afford to buy one at the moment.
I am trying to paint my own, but with no success! ha ha


ooh those eryngiums again!!!

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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