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Oh, your niece is gorgeous. Lucky you, having a young girlie around who appreciates pretty, pinky, flowery things (and who wears lovely Joules' dresses!) Enjoy the knitting.
Hen x

Gerry Hook

Wonderful Summer Colors in the shirt and tie. Puts a smile on my lips.
Cute Millie and cute flower motif.

kitschen pink

Eat the tie, it's delicious... moving swiftly onto your delicious little niece! What a cutie! Those tights are clearly influenced by Aunty's passion for colour! - wonderful girliness! Hope you had fun eating cake.... I mean knitting! t.x


Your post made me smile as my lovely oldest son began work experience with his Father today and wore his first grown-up shirt and tie, though not as colourful as Hugo's. Its VERY hot down here and he's absolutely worn out from heat and concentration. Hope you had a lovely time knitting, its too hot to do even that at the moment. I'm going to sit in the dark in the garden with a large glass of elderflower cordial. Karenx


What yummy colours :D The tie is very much a rhubarb and custard combination
(speaking of... am I the only one who noticed that in the cartoon, rhubarb the dog was yellow whilst custard the cat was pink, thus reversing their colours?)


The tie reminds me of the shiny pillow candies we get for Christmas.

Love that necklace! Lucky Millie!


You and your man seem a perfect, adorable match!

Cath W

I very nearly almost bought that Joules dress for Lucy when we were in Aldeburgh - now I wish I had!
Lovely colourful post Vanessa!


Hello Vanessa. I love the picture of your niece and yes, I mknow only too well how impossible it is to get children to sit! Dave would have serious tie envy if he saw this post. He adores ties of all descriptions xx


Love the colours of the tie!They do remind you of sweets!The crochet flowers necklace is sooo sweet!
Big Hugs, Bethxx

Shelley in SC

Mmmm, I LOVE all the delightful colors in your post! Especially the picture of Millie. What a fun little necklace!


Ohhhh, Vanessa, I received your wonderful swap parcel today, thank you so much, I love everything, I have done a post on it on my blog, thank you a million times.xxxx


What a lovely crochet necklace...I have the book but STILL can't work out how to do it! I think I must be stupid or something?! Hope you had a great holiday? x


sugar and spice and all things nice, that's what this post was made of!


Hi Vanessa, I've just discovered you via A country dream and Melanie's cosy swap. That shirt and tie is to die for. You just want to eat it!! :-)

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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