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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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Congratulations Vanessa--that's wonderful and I'm sure the buyers are more than excited too.

Sorry I've been silent--it's been busy but I drop in and read your lovely blog regularly. Hope you, your family and your dogs are doing well!


Oh, I just added your shop to my favorites! Your paintings are wonderful, and your photography composition is fabulous!


they look lovely!
I have some links to some sites which help you take good photos - homemade light boxes and other ideas, I'll put them in an email for you.


oh I've had a lovely time looking through your shop, it looks fabulous all full and colourful.

You have every reason to be jumping up and down, congratulations Vanessa on all the sales, I am So chuffed for you!

yes, your paintings are being sold for a very very reasonable amount (lucky us), but their affordability alongside their desirability is going to make you a very successful, busy and happy artist.



Ooo - I've just stumbled across your blog and I love your paintings. They are so fresh. I also think Douglas is just too adorable! Enjoy that snow - we got a smattering down South the other day but nothing that was worth writing about!

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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