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The asters are pretty but I'm more in love with that glass teacup and saucer. Spill the beans, where did you find it (please)?!
Hen x

Helen Lambert

Now those squares are my favourite colour combinations...I think they are just lovely....thanks for your last email...hope the links are of and hugs...H


Beautiful colours and crochet as usual Vanessa. xx

Moe (Seaweed, Roses & Wool) x

Hi Vanessa,
Gorgeous pictures as always, I love the pretty asters and the cup and saucer, I also love the hearts and cant wait to see your finished blanket it is looking Good!
Moe x

Shelley in SC

These green-toned squares are my favorites by far!! Can't wait to see the whole thing put together!


Ooh, I love those greens, so soft and restful and immensely soothing. Please please don't keep forgetting to take pics, lol, we just got to see how the blanket is coming along.

Bobo Bun

I can never think what colour to mix with purple. You've found the perfect mix with the mustardy yellow Vanessa. Now off to find your link to the rainbow crochet lady.

Lisa x


Two days blogs to read - bliss, especially after a very trying and tiring day. Hope your pictures have been hung beautifully. We are having a tremendous storm down here but hopefully it will clear the air. Looking forward to seeing the sisterhood blanket - I think the colours you have chosen are beautiful. Karenx


Wonderful photos! Love your colors.


The flowers and the hearts, are stunning,
I love the colors in the sisterhood crochet blanket !


I love them! The hearts are so cute. I love the way you have taken the colours from the flowers and nature. I have always had a bit of trouble with colour, but your posts are helping me to understand colour and to look at the colour combinations in nature. Thank you for the lovely comment about my jewelry, and thank you for visiting my blog, and all your insperational (sp) posts!
Big Hugs, Bethxx


Asters are so lovely aren't they... simple daisy-type flower, which is one of my favourites and I have several different types of flowers with daisy like petals and so on, around the garden... love feverfew for it's simplicity though not the smell, and big dog daisies, and little asters. How lucky is Melanie to get that bunting!!


Simply gorgeous !


I loved the photos in your last post vanessa, and the story you have created in my head with your description of how one should dress at these private garden open days just makes me want to be right there with you in my smart black trousers and a cream silk ruffle bibbed blouse! And of course an oversized floppy straw hat. Next time you go to one show us a photo of you all glammed up!

Aqeela xx


The asters are the icing on the cake with your lovely cup and saucer!

You always have lovely color combinations, and your hearts and squares demonstrate that amply. Your eye for color has inspired me - on of the last mitered squares I knit for my daughter's blanket was a combination of aqua and red, thanks to your beautiful pictures pointing out how pretty that was on your recent vacation in Greece. Otherwise, it never would have occurred to be to put those two colors together!

jane smallcombe

I just love Asters - the colours are fabulous and you have photograpohed them beautifully. The crochet hearts look quite difficult?!?!?!? They would look gorgeous hanging in my room which faces the garden - you are sooo clever! I have finished my 'granny sqaure' project and have just posted some photographs on my blog! Hugs, Jane x

Charlene Dalton

Your Asters are soooo pretty :) They remind me of my dear nana whom used to have a beautiful flower gardern and Asters were her favourites.

Your crocheting is really pretty too :)

Thanks for the comments on my blog :) Appreciate them :)


Tea and crochet. Beautiful post, Vanessa. I always enjoy my visits here, you know!

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so like my mom she loves crochet, its her past time activity..

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And am so in love with these crochet

Term Paper

Its very attractive decoration,I really enjoyed browsing this post. I love it. Thanks for sharing this post.

Florist Italy

Some times things created artificially appeal more than the Natural ones. Your Floral designs are just like that, Colors full of variety and finishing at its extreme.

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really like this website, this really helps and very useful.


Great designs!

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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