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  • Would you like to award someone special a knitted rosette? See the pattern to knit one here!

  • Little Squares Scarf, (quick pattern).

  • Little Squares Scarf, (step-by-step pattern, with lots of step-by-step photos).

  • How to sew up crochet or knitting with an invisible stitch, step-by-step tutorial

  • Sisterhood Crochet Blanket pattern for square.

  • step-by-step pattern for Sisterhood Crochet Blanket square. Makes crocheting this pattern a doddle for beginners!

  • step-by-step tutorial for some basic crochet stitches

  • Tara's failsafe cup cake sponge recipe

  • knitted slipper pattern

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It's nice to have you back, glad to hear you had a nice holiday, and look forward to seeing your sunny, bright photos.


Welcome back, Vanessa. You were missed!

Cath W

Yay! You're back! It must have been lovely in sunny Spain, but nothing beats an English Autumn - can't wait to be crocheting by the kitchen woodburner again.

Primrose Patch

Hi Vanessa,lovely to have you back, I have missed your wonderful uplifting posts. Looking forward to the holiday pics, my sunglasses are poised and ready. Denise xx

Kate Bruning

I missed you - It is a wonderful thing that you went to Spain, but sooo much better to have you back. I am still waking up at the moment so I will leave all of the profound revelations I had while you were away until tomorrow. xxooxxooxx


Lovely yo see you back Vanessa. gorgeous thigs here as ever/ Look forward to more soon xx


Lovely crochet swap gifts, and welcome back ..looking forward to some Spanish pictures - I have a crochet giveaway for my 100th post if you fancy popping by.


welcome back, I've missed your blogging :)
Glad to hear that you had a good time away.


glad you had a lovely holiday but i must say it is good to have you back - looking forward to seeing your holiday pics !!
gill xx

Isabelle (France)

Aaahhhh ENFIN :o)! Welcome back!!!


I kept checking to see if you were back and here you are at last - good. Welcome home, I like your gifts, like having you around again.


Ah, Vaness, you're back, phew, it's been too long (she adds selfishly!) Will message you soon, much to chat about but it's late now after my debauched night of roast beef, Cadbury's Caramel, red wine (lots of) and the scary "Waking the Dead", in front of our second open fire of the season. Meanwhile, I want, nay need, the necklace you sent to the v fortunate Melanie. That would definitely have perked me up through the swine flu!
Hen x


Lovely to have you back :) I have missed you :) I can't wait to see all your holiday pics. Did you get a pic of the tornado? My husband is an avid weather nut and would love to see :)

Lovely crocheted package - am feeling miffed that I missed out on this swap - I obviously don't read the right blogs - haha!

Lots going on here... in the process of doing that MOVE I told you about... ugh!


Beautiful presents - I'd say you both gifted each other very nicely!

Glad you had a good rest in Spain. Can't wait to hear/see more about it!

Anna-Karin, Sweden

Good to have you back!! Welcome home!
Beautiful things, both the things you gave and the things you recieved. Lovely idea, this "swap thing"!
Looking forward to your next post!
Anna-Karin xxx


Lovely swaps! Good to have you back! I am looking forward to seeing holiday pics! x

Petit Filoux

Oh it's great to have you back! Welcome home! can't wait to see some of your photos, I absolutely LOOOOOVE Spain, one of my favourite countries ever x


I discovered your blog a couple of months ago and I love it! I missed your writing when you were away, it's good to have you back. Please feel free to stop by my blog anytime - i started it last week and I promise, it will get more colourful (i.e. will have pics) soon!

I'm looking forward to your holiday photos!


So pleased you like your goodies Vanessa. Oh, about the book, silly me in my rush to get the parcel off to you, well, I put the wrong recipe book in your package! I do have two of the same book, one I bought, then one my mam bought later for me, not knowing that I already had a copy of the book, and I thought, well, I'll pop the spare one in the package, Vnaessa will like it, but I have popped the one my mam bought me in the package! I honestly had no idea that I did this, and I am so sorry about the mix up, please forgive my error. xxx

The Curious Cat

oooo what wonderful things and I love the wrapping too! xxx


lovely to have you back, seems like ages! Glad you had a good time, looking forward to the sunny posts, but thought your swap goodies were lovely. Fascinating to imagine the lives of previous recipients of books isn't it - wonder what the Beatutiful Daughter cooked and who for ? x


So glad to see you back! I've been checking in everyday.


Hooray you're back! I've missed you! Looking forward to reading about your holiday, x

Helen Lambert

Welcome back V...I have missed you and all your colour!! cant wait to see what you got up to!


Welcome home, Vanessa, you've been greatly missed. What gorgeous parcels have been swapped between you and Melanie. Looking forward to seeing photos from Spain. Best wishes, Heather

Vanessa Cabban

Thank you so much Heather, you're so lovely!
Just finished doing a post about Flamenco dresses!
Love Vanessa xxx

On 29 Sep 2009, at 21:08, [email protected] wrote:

Erica K

I did miss you! :) It's funny, I went through the list of blogs I read each day, stopping by yours even though I knew you weren't 'home'... But this last week I've had visitors, and I missed your arrival altogether!

Thanks for sharing your goodies...

LV Handbags

Your blog is so perfect that I can find many useful imformation, thank you very much! Can you continually offer something about that in the future?
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what wonderful things and I love the wrapping too!

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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