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Helen Lambert

what beautiful flowers...our lovely florist has moved...but I have to say M&S roses in cream and pink two bches for £5 look amazing in my pressed glass and last over two weeks....I dint get any pink or cream...lovely deep red...which are sitting on the mantel opposite my bed...I could just eat some lovely chocolates...glad you had a nice and hugs what did the doggies get for valentines day...


looking at your pictures makes me yearn for Spring even more! They are so beautiful!

Nancy Anderson


Nancy, Crescent City, CA


The flowers are beautiful!


gosh they are GORGEOUS
lovely lovely lovely spring colours

kitschen pink

OH my they beat red roses any day! Great job Hugo! t.x



Marie Allen

What a delightful collection of flowers! Very tastefully put together. They would make a gorgeous water color painting by it's owner...


I must say Vanessa i agree with Kitchen Pink, far better than red roses, don't you think they are too common looking now, what joy your beautiful flowers give, far, far more enjoyable to admire. You are a lucky girl, i think the florist got lost on the way to me, am still waiting, LoL!


Such beautiful flowers. Much nicer than a scentless red rose (though the old fashioned ones do smell gorgeous xx


oh I so know you are going to have such fun painting those!

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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