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hi vanessa
so i guess the mystery is something doggy then?? not a new addition is it? our new puppy was born yesterday and we're off to see her on thursday!!
gill x

Erica K

Hmm...spots? I am intrigued...

Glad you're starting to feel the cheer! I, astonishingly, got the decorations up on the 30th! That might be a record for me. I just have the tree (to buy) and outdoor light on the trees. But it's cold, and I don't really want to go out there...


Polka dots! When I confessed to having a thing about red and white polka dots my daughter in law announced she'd caught it too and she's just got the tablecloth. Higgins has 2 red bowls with white spots and now your doggies have that lovely bed! We are obviously setting a trend!


Oh I want to see your tree! And the spotty goodness on its way too; love spots so much don't you Vanessa? Glad the Christmas spirit has hit for you x


Glad you are feeling in the Christmas mood,I'm not yet but I expect that to change when we buy our tree at the weekend.It's one of the things I look forward to most decorating the tree.Look forward to seeing yours and seeing the spotty goodness you are going to share.

Sue xxx


your doggies are just too gorgeous. How cosy and warm and snuggly are they looking in these photos. No decs up for us yet, M's birthday is this Thursday so we always hold off until after the birthday event, so that it's not totally overshadowed by Christmas (and to be frank, because if the decs are out for too long before the event, I get a bit fed up with them, much as I love them when they first go up). Looking forward to seeing what you've done. x

Kate Bruning

It does tend to creep up on you this whole Christmassy thing. This year is the first in a while where I have felt Christmassy - usually it is a rush to get to Australia (my family) and I am consumed by that but this year is an NZ one which means trees and friends and I am over the moon. Looking forward to tomorrow - spots are definately the way to my heart too. xxxxxxxxx.


Christmas trees, already?! I like to put mine up on Christmas Eve - it really adds to the excitement for me. I'm amazed at myself though - I've already bought one this year (don't usually do it until the week before). I happened to be browsing 'round the garden centre on Sunday and just about all you could see were people lugging trees out to their cars. Better get one now, I thought, before they're all gone!! It's sitting outside now, waiting, waiting... I might relent a little and decorate it with some fairy lights whilst it's out there, it looks so sad and lonely perched in a damp corner. You've inspired me again Vanessa! And I'll definitely pop by for a spotty feast tomorrow! x

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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