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Hi Vanessa, Definitely a heart and a bird in your photo, both my boys can see this too! Hope you gave in to the crochet desire and not the ironing chore. I am usually ironing what my family need just before they should be wearing it. Lovely summer evening here hope its lovely up north too. Karenx

kitschen pink

I see foxgloves..... xxx


stir fry sounds wonderful! what time shall I be there?? ROFL!

in the usa


oh also, about the ironing, if you're looking for crisp creases (say in pants) then the dryer trick won't work. but for everything else that's what I do.



Oh, I saw a heart before I read down further and then I saw a bird! To add to the ironing debate and having just paid £14 for a new ironing board cover in John Lewis this very morning. My old cover is not so old, which tells me I must do too much ironing.... and no, I don't iron tea towels.... except in the school hols when I have more time, or when they are super new and shiny clean. This indicates, that when I am really busy in term time, I am able to overcome my compulsion to have things ordered and IRONED!So my obsession can't be that severe. Can it? :-))
PS Love your blog!


oo i saw a bird straight away before i started reading the post - how cool a picture is that ?!
enjoy your stir fry - i appreciate any meal made for me by someone else as it means its not me cooking!!! enjoy your nearly friday, nearly the weekend
Lesley x


I see a blog post written by a very honest person. :O) x


I see someone diving! Love your blog.


I saw a kestrel hovering over a wee mouse it had espied in the long grass....


Yes I see a person without much neck doing a swallow dive. But first I saw the heart. I love the thought of an ant's hanky. I used to have a dear little toy iron and ironing board, but even that would be too big for an ant.


Crocheting vs ironing there's no debate. My trick is to make sure that everyone in the household has been taught how to iron. Voila!


Great pictures, I saw both the heart and the bird.
Big Hugs, Bethxx


Mmmm, stir fry, in fact i may just make that for our dinner today! I do all the cooking in this house, ive been married for 4 years and hubby has cooked just twice! He does treat us to takeaways alot though, i guess that kinda counts?!

Aqeela xx

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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