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I love glimpsing into your studio, it always seems so abundant and joyful.
We share a love of tea towels, I adore my collection. Rotate and stroke them daily.
Your hearts are pretty damn cute too! I could be wildly wrong, but is it your birthday any time soon???


OK .... I have lurked long enough. I just had to tell you how much I love your blog. All your hearts are lovely.


I love tea towels too - and I am seriously coveting your one with the yellow squares and flowers. Pretty hearts too - hope you have a romantic valentine's day.
Cathy X


Don't disappoint us, Hugo!!!!
All the hanging hearts are lovely.
Happy Valentine's Day!

A Thrifty Mrs

Great pictures.
Have a very happy Valentine's day.

Helen Lambert

Hello sweetie.I love the tea towel of the things I adore about bloging is the celebration of the humble everyday necessities of life...I now am inspired to have a beautiful tea towel collection too...ours consists of very ugly tea towels which Pete sneaks in from his travels....the most offensive has a the bayeaux tapestry on it....please dont tell me you iron them Vanessa...they do look beautifully presented!! happy valentines day...Pete got a vintage magpie bunny.....


lovely teatowels. Hope you had a great Valentines Day x


your studio is the best!

kitschen pink

OH I love that black and yellow t-towel. They are a great weakness - except some of mine are jsut too special to risk having to put in a hot wash so the sit on the Aga rail looking pretty and being stroked from time to time.
Now, Hugo, no pressure mate!
(in my experience getting married is not the way to increase your valentines! HA!)

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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