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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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Hi Vanessa! You know I'm a silent fan.

What a wonderful blog and such lovely stuff you're doing.


happy belated blogiversary Vanessa, just looked back at your first posts, love those little bunny egg cosys!


Happy Blogiversary!!



beth p

Congratulations on your first year in the blog world. Your spot is a place of sweet beauty and peace and fun. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Mrs Be

Oh what a lovely painting. My girls would love that!

Congratulations on one year of blogging, I've only just found you so shall have to go back and have a read.

Have to say, though, that the title of your blog is one of my favourites!
Deb x

Lucy @ Attic24

Belated happy bloggy-birthday Vanessa!
I have loved your blog from the very start and contunue to find your view of the world so inspiring, colourful, friendly and joyful. Thanks so much for sharing, and here's to another great year.
ps can't call me a Silent Fan can you?? I think I pretty much fog-horn in your comments box each day lol.
pps mememememememmememeemeeeeeeeeeee to win the painting!


Pick me please! love and best wishes from an avid reader.

Amy in Loozyana

Hello! I just discovered you thanks to Yarnstorm. Wow - love your paintings, your photography and your Mermaid coat. My start yesterday on my own blog is just a pitiful waste of e-space in comparison. Good luck in year two!


I've been reading your blog from the get-go (heard about it through the vey wonderful yarnstorm), but I hadn't realised that you started your blog on my birthday! No wonder I like it so much. Put my name in the virtual hat, I love your paintings!


You have inspired me. I recently had some life changing events and after several surgeries and therapies have come out the other side. I am finding my passion and voice through quilting and volunteering with children. Your painting is exquisite and I have enrolled in a watercolor class starting after the Holidays because I enjoy your work so much. Color is wonderful to explore and what better time to explore than in January with its gray and browns and subtle shades. Thank you for your blog and your work. Much luck to you.


Give it a few hours and I think you'll be inundated with comments! I've been admiring your lovely paintings for a while - so maybe I should have said so before now!
Birthday congratulations (and I'd love to be the lucky winner!)


Hi Vanessa:

I am so happy to see it has been one year! I have been following your blog faithfully for about six months and have so enjoyed it. Your paintings are truly beautiful and I am so happy with your success.

Please continue your wonderful and inspiring work.

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy


I just found you through Jane Brocket's blog. Your paintings are beautiful! What talent! I am going to treat myself and spend some time today reading back through your blog and visiting the Etsy shop.


It's been a year, already! Whoosh, where does the time go?
Congratulations on your etsy success! I love this blog birthday painting, and the 'do you mind if i knit' sign with all the pretty stars.

Helen Lambert

Hello Sweetie...happy bloggie birthday...thank you for your wonderful paintings and you lovely and hugs from another Northern Lass...


You know I love your paintings and illustrations and beading and knitting - how talented and creative can one person be?



Happy Blogiversary!!! Love the painting! Love the blog!


Happy 1st Birthday for your blog Vanessa. I just love your new, your photos, your knitting and now your painting also - which you know I adore in my busy busy life to get peace and calm with your lovely paintings. Keep painting and if I were the lucky winner I would be very happy! xx


Happy Blogiversary! Isn't it amazing how these things evolve??


Thanks for your lovely email! I would love to hang that picture in my kitchen ; )


Saw your plea on Jane's blog.
Happy Birthday from upstate NY USA!


Happy Blog birthday, thanks for the email, Yes I would love to be in the draw.
Take Care
With Smiles


i love how your blog has naturally evolved into something so diverse, and so beautifully in the process :) take care xx


Hi- I also came to you via Jane Brocket's blog-love your wintery photographs and your paintings and that mermaid jacket is lovely- I might give that one a go.And what can I say abou the snow monster?


Hope I win...


I am one of the shy ones but I love your blog and that painting is simply beautiful. Congratulations on one year of blogging!


What a wonderful giveaway. I have only recently discovered your blog and I think your paintings are simply beautiful


I'm actually looking for cookie-thingies like that in metal to put little candles in, but pink ones would be adorable. :-)


Congratulations on your first blog birthday - I hope you got yourself a real piece of cake too!


what a beautiful painting - it would be perfect for my daughter's first birthday that is fast approaching.

I've only recently discovered your blog, and will eagerly start reading the archives!


WOW! I just discovered your blog and your etsy shop! I LOVE your paintings!!!

Tony & Cherry

Fantastic, I dont look everyday but when I do I just wish I did look more often. Such a new view on the world


Happy blogday! Your work is always stunning and I for one am ecstatic that you decided to start selling it to us!

Marie Allen

I'm so glad I found your blog. Thanks for sharing your gifts with the world. I'm in a very snowy Wisconsin, USA and your paintings remind me that the spring will come and there will once again be flowers outside.... I look forward to reading your blog regularly to help me through the winter.


Ohh how did I miss this!! Happy Blogiversary!!!!! :D:D:D:D


Happy, Happy 1st Birthday tooooo yooooooou!!

All love, Tam x


oh go on then add me in pretty please :-) I am already the lucky owner of one of your beautiful paintings as you know and to have another one would be fab :-)
Lesley x

kitschen pink

Happy Belated Blogaversary (or is it blogIversary or bloggerversary, blogversary? blogversery?....) AND how did I manag to miss this post?! Thanks for the prompt. That painting is just edibly beautiful! t.x


Wow! Beautiful Painting! Congratulations on your first year. :o)


Your posts are fun and thoughful which makes them so interesting. It has been lovely to " meet you"


Hello Vanessa - I've been discussing your gorgeous kitchen with my husband. We too have a woodburner but only enough room for two armchairs as we have quite a massive table! We moved into our beautiful Victorian home last year and are still making plans - I WANT your kitchen! I also love your paintings, and found your blog recently through Attic 24. Happy anniversary!


Happy blogiversary, Vanessa! I've enjoyed visiting over the months and look forward to your posts.

Love the lime green cardi, too!

Julie Nelson Rhodes

I have been reading you for a while and I love your painting style. I'd love to be in the draw to celebrate your year of blogging ... I'm about to dip my toe in and start too ...

susan hughes

am I too late for the draw? I'd love to take part in it. I always read your blog, can't believe that it's been going for a whole year!


Hi Vanessa, i nearly missed your first anniversary give sway - HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And it's truely meant, i love your blog and your wonderful pictures, nice to have something so beautiful to look at. May go my son and i are off to a Panto tonight one of his friends, Ashley is starring in it.


Happy Blogiversary and many, many more!


Hello....I just came across your blog and it's wonderful....I love your paintings and have put your blog under my favorites.

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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