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Shelagh C. in Houston

I'm glad to see someone else is as messy a painter as I am. I'm usually covered head to toe and keep a pair of glasses just for painting!


It'll make your parents feel so special to enjoy the results of all your efforts! Good for you!

Kris in Canada

If you're going to put your feet up on a fire pit, make sure it's not lit. My mom has lost a few pairs of shoes that way.

Love that mug! If you ever decide you no longer want it, let me know, or tell me where you did get it if you got it recently!

I hope you get it all done before your parents arrive. They'll love it.


well done looks like the end is in sight and you can enjoy the fruits of your labour!!
ive painted just one wall today and am bushed !
lesley x


I am really looking forward to seeing your pics of the finished work. Hope you all have a lovely time whilst your Mum and Dad are staying. Karenx


decorating is so exhausting, but it will be lovely when it's finished, keep holding onto that thought! xx


Can't wait to see the photos Vanessa. Well done both of you for being such a good team xx


well done you guys, what an awesome team you are! Have a great time with your mum and dad. Can't wait to see the finished results :-)

Helen Lambert

Hi sweetie...hope you are all done now and having a lovely time with your family...I bet everything looks lovely...will speak soon on our and hugglets H

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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