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errr vanessa - i'm still not sure what your new hobby is !!!!!!


I nearly said rag rugs honest!


I'm thinking Rug Making


Latch hook rug! Lovely new hobby, Vanessa! Oh, and your flower cake post yesterday was absolutely stunning. You sure know how to work the camera.


It looks lovely, whatever it is! I love learning new things, especially crafty things. I look forward to learning more about your new craft.


Your new hobby looks great. First time I have read your blog it is very interesting. Jacqui xx


Rag rugs, my mum used to make these

Nina - Tabiboo

...and breath!!

Have a lovely knit and natter,

Nina x


Rag rugs I see,looks an interesting pattern can't wait to see a bit more of it.Hope you had a good evening at your knitting group.

Sue xxx


Rug hooking! It's lovely - too pretty to step on.



If so its fast and its fun :)

Whatever it is - ENJOY - its always nice when a new craft captures your interest!!

Judith Aiston

hi, is it a clippy mat, or proggy mat? jude x


Ooo...looks fun! Can't wait to see more!!!


I'm having a 'I want one of those moment' !Can't wait to see more...


Definitely hadn't thought of that one Vanessa. look forward to seeing more x


Are you progging, or hooking (or clipping). Hopefully proggy matting if you are upt'north! My four year old got a progger for her birthday, though I'm not sure I want to get into that just yet.

It's rag rugging?!! It looks gorgeous so I'm looking forward to the whole reveal!!

Erica K

I love that! It's so hard to find a shop that sells happy colors of wool..they're always grays, browns, old reds... I've bought my own dye, but still...I'd really like to find a happy wool shop.

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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.

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  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon