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kitschen pink

Oh I'm sure Millie loves it too! Little ones have a radar for joyous colour! t.x

Bobo Bun

that first picture was so stunning really cheered me up.


they are bling-tastic! I'm sure she loves it every bit as much, and loves having a wonderful Aunt to indulge her jewellery love. (Tell her Dad he'd have a lot more to worry about if you were encouraging an admiration of rubies and diamonds in her - that would be a pricy hobby!)


I have 3 nieces. When they were young they were my little shopping-buddies. I would take them to the mall and just tell them to go nuts! I loved seeing them so happy.
Now, 30 years later, (yikes....) they always talk about our'shopping excursions'
and are 3 of the most stylish girls around!
Whenever you mention Millie it always reminds me of them!
(oh, and I used to knit them each a sweater for Christmas every year. My sister has saved most of them. )


Milly has good taste - Love those colours! xx


Isn't being an auntie the greatest?


Oh how funny, I recently went shopping with my gang to a big toy shop and bought for myself a childs beaded necklace, I just loved it so much, little coloured wooden beads strung on and Rosie had a fight over it when we got home becasue she wanted it for herself...she ended up taking it from my bedroom when I wasn't looking and broke it..I was GUTTED!!!
I often think girl jewelery/hair slides/bags/purses etc are fantastic, Acccessorize/Monsoon especially has such a beautiful selection...ahhhh I feel a shopping trip coming on!
ps Vanessa, I owe you an email, I am sorry, I lose track of time....will mail soon, or maybe will phone for a chat????? Thinking of you in your new pink studio, lucky girl!

Helen Lambert

wait till she is Polly's age...then she will borrow (and then keep)all you jewels... then take you on regular shopping trips.....which you fund...and their get more and more expensive as they get older....

Local Pawnshops

Good post.I'm sure she loves it every bit as much, and loves having a wonderful Aunt to indulge her jewelery love...

Bali handicrat

That is awsome jewel that I have seen. so nice,

silver bracelet

Millie's Bling is very nice in seen. I like these products.

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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