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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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I bet your parcels look lovely.
I've just wrapped one in bright turquoise tissue paper with black netting ribbon, it's quite the parcel! and not for a small person!

Helen Lambert

I didn't realsie there was someone else out there who had 'levels of wrapping' highest level gets hand made paper from Ikea which is yummy...I tear not cut and tie with Louisa Harding sari ribbon, then finish off with either baubles and jingle bells (from paperchase sale last year) or...chocolate tree decorations..then I finish with a luggage lable decorated with some 'french house' lables/stickers. Pete has just been given a new wrapping paper ugly supermarket paper allowed in our home any more!and certainly not for my gifts!!!!!!!!!!!


I have been to San Francisco only once in my life, and we came across that shop quite by accident--had to wait half an hour for them to open--and it was well worth the wait. Now I'll have to dig around to find all the treasures I remember getting....


On a totally unrelated subject......could you possibly post a few more pic's of your kitchen eg. the space beneath the window? I know it's terribly nosey of me, but my husband Brian and I are REALLY struggling with the layout of our kitchen! It's quite a large space but we want to cram so much in as we spend most of the daytime hours here. I adore your kitchen, but can't quite make out how the space has been utilised.


I too love beautifully wrapped gifts - but I havent graduated to quality of paper, yet, that may still come. But brown paper with fabric ribbon is my favourite and all the corners have to be neat and sharp. But I am lovin your string........

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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