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Hello Vanessa,
It looks like you must have had a wonderful time, even from the sidelines! (Very important to keep furry friends cosy at all times, obviously.) Love the cakes on the cakestand. I once decided to make my friend a whole bevy of black and white decorated cupcakes for her 28th birthday. Oh my it was hard work so I really appreciate the trouble this lady went to, and they look much better than mine did!
Something coming your way soon, by the way...!
Hen x


This looks like a very enviable evening (apart from the shivering hound that is). I loved your pictures of it - is that you in the purple dress? This has given me a real smile this evening.

Mummy Boo Bear

Wow what a lovely evening, the setting was just perfect as well, jazz in a courtyard on a summers evening (I am ignoring the rain part as it ruins the whole picture!) What amazing times and friends you have.

Love the cakes too very pretty. I did some fairy cakes with fruity coloured buttered icing for Lala's party this year. They came ok. But you know how it is when you have something in your head.

Hope those lovely doggies of yours are nice and warm and dry now.

Great post and lovely start to the week.



What fun! are you sure the wine had nothing to do with the blurry photos?

Kate Bruning

Oh, these winter nights are so different. Yes it it is nice to sit by the fire at night but I am now yearning for some kind of outdoor evening life (with gorgeous cupcakes of course). Better go and take small human beings to school before the nxt shower of rain.

The Curious Cat

oh wow - that party looks so cute and amazing! I love the photos of people dancing too and the cakes! xxx


That looked like a great party! Your pictures turned out well, I think. And the little cakes look delicious!


Hello Vanessa, everyone looks as if they were having a wonderful time. Its nice when people are creative about parties and don't just buy it all in. I'm sure Jim appreciated all the little details. Hope Ellie and Douglas have recovered from their soaking- they are probably curled up on that gorgeous crochet blanket. Karenx


It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time :) Who cares if it was raining? The cakes look delicious!

I like the blurry photos - gives it more atmosphere:)


Those cakes look wonderful. Sounds like a great party and a great weekend, I look forward to the next installment.


Oh wow, looks like you had a great time! :o)

The cupcakes - well, I think the word 'mmmm' springs to mind!! xx


Really looks like a nice party! Love the cakes!


What a lovely evening it must have been!
It's funny because I look at the cupcakes picture which is so beautifully British (to me anyway), but the party pictures have a je ne sais quoi of France :o). You can't even guess that it is raining!

The Curious Cat

PS Hey just to let you know, I have been caught up in this pass-it along blog exercise and I had to nominate 5 other bloggers, hope you don't mind but you were one - click through to my blog to see what you need to do (if you so choose to keep it up!)

Bertie Meadows

Hello Vanessa, what a fantastic party, it sounded like so much fun. Jazz, wine, bunting, cakes and great friends. It doesn't get any better than that.
Bertie x


You have captured the spirit of the party with your wonderful photos! x

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Hello and welcome!

  • 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