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Good Morning Mrs Excitable!
Awwwww I LOVED sharing Friday with you, it was soo much fun, I swear my heart was pounding with excitement here on your behalf.

Can I just say, as a recipient of one of your lovingly wrapped parcels, that it was an absolute delight dealing with the layers, with the papers and card and string.

You know what, wrapping and presentation should not really matter a jot in the big scheme of things, but actually it does, it REalLy does. And you wrap and present to perfection Vanessa, you were so meant to have a mail order shop!

Me thinks you need to get busy painting because your shop shelves will be getting bare!
have a great day

Kitschen Pink

woohoo! Well done you! Now go and get painting some more! t.x


fantastic news ! what a great day! and utterly beautiful packaging!


Congratulations Vanessa! I bet you're going to have to do lots and lots of painting to keep your etsy shop stocked.

The packaging is delightful. I think lovely wrapping is a gift in itself!


Well done Vanessa. We need more paintings to look at please!


Oooh, the excitement may just be too much! When I come to collect my picture you may just have to speak to pillarboxred for a while. I'll just be sitting there, undecided as to wether to open the package or else save it for home. Hmmm.
Well done, though I'm not at all surprised - the paintings are truly delightful.

P x

Helen Lambert

lovely parcels...I hope there might be some snowdrops in the future...or favourite flower...all droopy taking on a life of their own and making seperate and graceful lieelt journeys out of the vase....watching with always H


oooo red and white stripey string arrived !!! and inside it was an even more lovely wrapped parcel with more string !!! I took aaaagggesss opening it and slicing the tape ever so carefully so as not to spoil anything :-D and inside that was my special painting and I love it even more than I thought I would thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!
Lesley x

sarah raad

wow vanessa well done! I'll get myself over to your etsy and have a wee look! well done you.

S xxx


I am just catching up and that is the most fantastic news! Enjoy it.


How on earth did I miss this! I've been wondering for ages if you were going to do something like this and trying to pluck up the courage to ask!

I've just been and bought the daffodil one for my Mum for Christmas! Thank-you!

Jordans Sneakers

If you know what I, then you will forgive my now!

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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