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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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Hope you have a lovely weekend Vanessa with plenty of sunshine. I always pack my knitting and books first and far too many clothes. I loved yesterdays scarf, one of the nicest I have ever seen and what a lovely spot to knit. Karenx


Have a great weekend. You can never have enough projects to take away.


have a lovely time and if you forget that essential item you can always knit one :-D
lesley x


Have a lovely time! I'll send thoughts for good weather your way...I love your new scarf, by the way. Beautiful colors. :o)

Beth P

Knitting, yes...I always take far more than I can do and the same goes for books. Just hopeful, I guess!

Have a lovely weekend away.


have a lovely weekend away! x

Helen Lambert

Have a lovely time...I agree...get your priorities right...kniting then a good book...dont forget the camera too....


Have a great time Vanessa. 'See' you when you get back :-)


have fun Vanessa!


Oh I love suitcases and trunks (and boxes and baskets...). have a great weekend xx


Hope you had a good weekend. Maybe when you have caught up with everything I would appreciate your opinion on the flowers I am embroidering this week.


I have been gifted some pennies with which to treat myself on mothers day. And well, I found exactly what I wanted. The sweetest, loveliest most delicious little painting. I went right ahead and purchased it immediatly!
I'm so happy, happy, happy.
Hope your day is happy too dear one

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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