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Helen Lambert

wonderful pictures Vanessa..I love them...what a good idea to take nature as your inspiration for colour combinations...I never thought of that..loking forward to seeing that blanket now....using the lovely colours...


Wow! Gorgeous, thank you.

Cath W

Fabulous! You've got that colour thing going on! Your photo's made me feel the way I do when glancing out the window and seeing the giant pink roses cascading over our fence - it's like your heart will burst with the pure joy of it. Thanks for sharing.

The Antidote

Nature just doesn't get it wrong does it.
I have a quilt on the go which is like an English rose garden which has been rained on. Lovely dark greens with rosy pinks poking through. Would love to see what you do with your little crochet plan x


Beautiful colours. No other words needed. Thanks for the sunshine.


Simply gorgeous colours!

Kate Bruning

Your photos simultaneously make me want to weep and eat sherbet.


WOW! Absolutely, utterly gorgeous photographs and colours. They literally make my mouth water.

kitschen pink

Ooh! Pink and orange. One of my favourite combinations! t.x


I really enjoy seeing what inspires you and how that inspiration works its way out creatively! Lovely, lovely colors and flowers!

Bertie Meadows

Hello Vanessa,
gorgeous colours, truly good enough to eat. Any one of those photos would make such a pretty postcard, to tuck into a frame somewhere,beautiful.
Bertie x

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Gorgeous flowers, great for bringing the sunshine out again!

Beth P

Amazing colors, Vanessa. Thanks for sharing these wonderful flowers with all their loveliness with us.

Bobo Bun

Happy happy post - I could feel your colour rush from here. Hope it inspired some good work with the yarn tonight. Great pictures as always Vanessa.

Lisa x

jane smallcombe

Those flowers look absolutely gorgeous against your pink wall. I think I may be inspired to make a brooch in this colourway once my hand is better! Would you mind??? Jane x


Too lovely for words. Cheery colour combinations, I'd say!

Lisa xo

PS Still wondering how you painted the Ikea lamp?


Love the combo -- playing with colour is just too much fun!!!


beautiful colours, what a cheery uplifting post. Isn't nature amazing ?

Hope you had a good time at the knitting group. x


Hi, just found your blog and what a treat it is. Your photos are stunning. I'll definately be back for more!


See....Vanessa...I really mean it....your blog just keeps getting better and better and better and better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! know how I LOVE flowers!!!!! I'm loving all that yarn in your most recent post too!!!!! Very pretty granny squares!!!!

Ans Harmeling

Hai Vanessa,
maybe it's a little bit late, but would you send me the pattern of that necklace you made?
Thank you very much!!!

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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