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All done, happy to oblige, your blog is lovely x


I've just voted for you, so I hope you win.


You have my soon as I've had another peek of those fabulous socks!


I've just voted for you!! That's 20 votes now!!!

A Thrifty Mrs

Mr Socks certainly has some lovely socks. I get mine from Topshop. They have a fabbity selection.

You certainly have my vote.

Good luck.

Kate Bruning

The voting is up to 33 - I can't handle the tension anymore, I think another cup of tea is in order. Those diamond socks are sublime. Did you keep changing socks for the photo shoot - that is commitment to brining your readers the lateset cutting edge news. I love Mr.Sockman's stall. I would go mad I think. Quite literally.

Beth P

Now you're up to 39, Vanessa.

Those socks are fun! And I love your green shoes.

Tilly Rose

You always have my vote....

Where did you get those fab green shoes....

Gerry Hook

My vote was #45.


lookie here for my own collection of socks!


HI Vanessa... you now have 51 votes :) I voted even though technically I am supposed to live in the UK - Shhhh! We won't tell them I am Australia? our secret.

Love the photos of the socks - there are at least 3 pairs in those photos that I would love to own :( Sadly here in my little one horse town I can't even buy socks!! Gasp! Well I think you can get black work socks at the supermarket - but really they don't count?

I'm excited today as its only 2 more sleeps till our holiday :) Shopping here I come.. I just set myself a challenge to find some funky socks :)


I'd vote for you if I were a UK resident! I hope you win!

Lovely colorful socks - and they look so nice with your handiwork.

Jennifer M.

Can I vote if I'm in the US? Well, I did anyway, I couldn't help myself. Your blog is just delightful, and reading it is one of the first things I do in the morning to get my day off on the right foot.


I voted for you too - that makes 57 I think. I don't know what Dorset cereals are like, nor do I want them to send me any (they probably only send to somewhere in the UK anyway) but your blog definitely is worth my vote.


I think I was vote no. 59! Hey Vanessa, what are you making at your Wednesday night knitting group? Its Thursday night in New Zealand and I am off out to watch the NZ Army band perform - along with my two brass playing lads, 12 (tuba) and 14 (cornet). I just had a weekend with my wee nephews and altho I am a Mum I was k-nackered too!


I have voted for you :)


come on guys - the vote is up to 64 but we can do better than that can't we?!!

Nina - Tabiboo

Oooohhh - I'm off to do the return favour.

Good luck!!

Nina x

The Curious Cat

Gorgeous socks and now off to vote!!! :) xxx


Another vote from the US! But PLEASE, tell us about those green shoes next time. LOVE THEM.

Corliss Greene

Vanessa! How exciting... I'm from the States and have never had the pleasure of actually eating Dorset cereals, but I now have had the pleasure of voting for you on their site!!! I was number 94!!! You so deserve this, because your site (I just found it last week) is so wonderful... love the color and your sunny disposition. You have brightened most of my mornings this week! Keep it up, and congrats!


I voted!


vote #? You deserve to win!

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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