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I love being at home alone too, I feel a positive wrench to be away from my den! No windowsills in here but plenty plenty plenty of other distractions! I'm a Radio 2 girl, perhaps I'll try Radio 4 on your recommendation but I do find the radio perfect company, our tv is never on in the day. Look forward to the crochet pattern.
Hen x


sounds lovely. I'm a stay at home mum, so I'm not strictly on my own, but as my little girl's only 19 months and doesn't talk much yet, it does feel like it. I love it too - it's nice to get out and about sometimes, or have the odd visitor, but this last week we've been out or having company every day and I am really so looking forward to having a quiet week next week.

That's a beautiful cup and saucer in your picture by the way.

Will look forward to your crochet instructions - then I'll really not have any excuse not to give it a try!!


Vanessa, I love your little world, I love your blog. It's just incrediably sweet, pretty, and cozy to visit here. Oh, and the colors you are using for your crocheted blanket are exactly the colors I would use if I was making one. Exquisite!!! Hope you stop by my blog tomorrow...I am having a May Day giveaway!


Hi Vanessa, its lovely of you to share your crochet pattern and I am really looking forward to it as they are quite the nicest squares I have seen. I work from home too and never feel lonely. I don't even listen to the radio but I might have a listen to Radio 4 tomorrow as you have reminded me I used to enjoy it! Hope you had a lovely doggie walk. Karenx


Im also a radio 4 fan! We got rid of our (only) tv 3 weeks ago and radio 4 is just one thing which may be slowly taking its place. I also spend alot of time at home but im very contented here, and that is very important isnt it?

Aqeela xx

Beth P

Looking forward to the pattern!


I am so excited you are going to share your pattern - consider it a compliment that all of us are so crazy about it!! Really - you do beautiful work - can't wait to have a go at it!!


You have some lovely china. xxx


I really enjoyed that cosy chat. We are so similar in some ways. I too am never lonely alone at home working and I often listen to my friend radio 4. Even though I am working on similar squares and flowers I can't wait for your pattern! so I can have a go at that too. I caught a glimpse of your gorgeous squares on the post below, so now I'm going to have a look there too x


Such utter prettiness, Vanessa. And love the colours you have chosen for your crochet!

I am in the market for a new camera and was wondering what one you use? Do you like it?

Thanks so much,

Lisa xo


Thank you for the view from your window, indoors and out. So funny that your outlook is on a job center. Think that a true center or work is right in your studio.

Whenever I have the luxury of being at home and working or either drawing, painting, needlecrafty things, time passes so easily, so quickly. I also like to have the radio on ... over here in New York I like my local WNYC, a member-sponsored public radio station. I have, however treated myself to Radio 4 when in the UK, or even over the web.

Best wishes.

Helen Charlton

Just Living the dream . . . . . . . .

Stephie @ Narrative Self

There's nothing better to be distracted by than a bunch of wild flowers in an old jug - or a collection of well used and much loved sable brushes! And when my windowsil is sometimes empty I love to be distracted by the birds. Thanks for sharing.


I like these photos very much ! Happy painting !

kitschen pink

I have become more attached to world service than R4 these days. I just found I kept listening to depressing exposes and informative programmes about things that might kill me or why education has gone to pot. so instead I have discovered the unabridged audio books at the library. unlike the collection we have bought, these ones are 65p for up to 26 hours listening and I have 3 weeks to get through them. Completely engrossing. Especially if it's a favourite reader like Martin Jarvis! t.x

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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