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Ooh Vanessa, they're perfect.

P x

Kitschen Pink

Oh my good grief! School fees? Mortgage? Christmas Turkey? NO! I want a picture! They are all beautiful - it has shot to the top of my Etsy faves list and my wish list!
Fantastic, well done and the very best of luck! t.xx
(I've added you to my blog recommendations - hope that's ok x)


Gorgeous pictures, love them. Could I purchase the dill in a spotty jug one please? Kathyx


ooo goody more shopping for me to do :-)
have just ordered one of the berries pictures am so excited to get one of your lovely paintings - just paid so hopefully you should see it come through straight away!
Lesley x


congratulations! just off for a look now!!!!!!

Tony & Cherry

Delighted that you have put them on etsy, look great. What a bargain for the buyers.

Love Mummy & Daddy


You finally did it Vanessa, and I am so so so pleased for you!! Two sales on your first day, doesn't that juts make you want to go marching to that stuffy gallery and go nah-nah-na-nah-nah??? LOL!!
They look beautiful all together, I love the pink-on-pink one, might have to consider that as a partner for my lovely little prilualas.

Your prices are very reasonable, and I feel just right/ Perfect in fact.

Could I also suggest that you open a Flickr account? For one thing your paintings would look beautiful there. But for another thing you can add them to group pools and link to your etsy shop, it's a good way to increase awareness,. oooo aren't I just the proper little business advisor, I don't mean to be bossy, but am SO EXCITED for you!

Good luck,well done, open a bottle of champagne.


Thanks so much for doing this, Vanessa - I've wanted to own a sample of your work since I began reading this blog, and am happy to be able to purchase one! Best wishes for this new venture!

Helen Lambert

How wonderful...I am so pleased for it easy? I have thought of selling my bits and pieces but feel rather traunmatised by the technology of it all...going to take a peek now..really happy for you
love H


Much wailing and gnashing of teeth here at The Chez. I am sure that the pictures that were sold were the lovely berry ones. I will just have to hang around in case there is a late delivery!


Oh, how great is that!
Congrats on the new etsy-shop!
And a big wow on the sales!!! Prepare yourself for more Christmas sales!
Am I so glad, that this started so well!

I would join you and Lucy to walk to THE gallery (as long as we go for a coffee/tea afterwards *g*)...


Well done you! It's so lovely when you realise that people 'get' what you're doing. The shop looks great too. Congratulations!


Congratulations on your new shop! I hope it's really successful!

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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