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i love your pink walls to and those flowers are divine :-) you take your time and all that "arranging" is the fun stuff and hope you will share pictures when its done!
Lesley x


Pure loveliness in a little pink teacup. Are you going to paint those beautiful flowers and teacup....because your photos are, surely, works of art!

elizabeth of course

these photos are wonderful. Isn't it something that you can take ten different photos of one thing and love them all equally and separately? I do that ALL the time!

greedy nan

What lovely flowers I thought - they must be paper and I was trying to work it out and then see they are actually not. Beautiful.


I adore ranunculus, they're some of my fave flowers (naturally I can't choose just one favourite). They still seem quite expensive in the shops at the moment, roll on the next few months.

A Thrifty Mrs

Those flowers are swoontastic.

kitschen pink

Spooky! Yesterday I saw pink ranunculus and thought of you and now here they are! Very nice tea cup too. Try to enjoy the studio arranging - just remember, once it's done it will last two minutes and you'll be able to tweak, add and takeaway to your hearts content so just Go for it! It's not cast in stone! I've got my laptop up against the wall to try and compare your pink to mine (I'm sure I look nuts but no-one is looking). Both very pale but yours is a bit more blue and mine looks a bit mushroomy next to it. But your cup and saucer looks very nice in my workroom! As does the ranunculus! t.xx

julia thompson

Hello Vanessa , I can see why you are feeling happy. Lots of spring and colour. I'd recommend a visit to kew - their 250th Anniversary - lots of exotic orchids inside, and wonderful english spring - crocus and snowdrops outside!
xx Julie

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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