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You've reminded me about my favourite crochet dress when I was small, it was red and made by my Mum. Both my sister and I had one and we both really loved them as they were so pretty. Bet your niece will love hers too - look forward to seeing it. Both my sister and I loved every thing my Mum made - sewed mostly (but she knitted and crocheted as well) and our cardigans we got knitted almost every Christmas by our next door neighbour - we were disappointed if we got something else. (The other best present was a huge slab of dairy milk chocolate from our other next door neighbour). Seems like you get tipsier than me even! A couple of glasses is my limit too - I do enjoy red wine but only rarely and quite enjoy the wooziness really. Anymore though and I feel as bad as you describe; good thing it didn't turn out to be anything else. I would be in major panic if anyone turned up a day early - my house would look like a bomb had hit it!


Glad your are feeling back to your old self,those tulips are wonderful.Look forward to seeing the dress tomorrow.

Sue xxx

Claire Boynton

Nice to see you back. Glad you're feeling your old self again, Claire x

Wendy Rhys Jones

Vanessa you make me smile, the dress sounds wonderful, and the pictures of the tulips and leaves are amazing, what colours!!just what we need on a grim 1st. Dec day!!
Pinch and a Punch then, xxx Wendy {:0)


Hello! I found you via Hen I think!Such a lovely blog you have here, with such fabulous makes If I had a visitor turn up a day early, I'd never get sorted in time! I think you did very well! The dress sounds gorgeous, can't wait to see!
Rachel x


hi vanessa
what fun you've been having!!!!!!!
looking forward to seeing the dress
love gill


Those photos have made my day! They are gorgeous and surprising for me as I don't usually consider orangy/gold in a colour scheme, especially with blue. Love, love, love those photos. Looking forward to seeing the dress.


Hi Vanessa,
Good to see you back and what gorgeous colourful pics, would make a lovely painting? I hope you're having a fairly low key week to make up for your hectic weekend. I'm busy on gifts for my next parcel, ooh exciting. Shame I really want to keep them!
Hen x


Oh dear vanessa, sounds like a hard time of it. Today's photos are just beautiful though. Such gorgeous colours x

Petit Filoux

Nice to hear you are well! The photos are absolutely beautiful by the way.

Janice Perkin

the colours on those photos look gorgous - looking forward to seeing the dress - does it come in little sizes as i am going to be a grandma for the first time in March and it is a little girl and I much prefer to crochet than to knit

The Curious Cat

Lovely photos but I see what you mean- if I had a headache I'd struggle with them...looking forward to seeing the dress - I bet it is beautiful! xxx


Oh Vsnessa, what a horror! If I had a visitor arriving a day early I'd probably run away! AND get a hangover! I hope you had a good weekend despite that, looking forward to seeing that lttle dress,Penny x


Lovely photos V, as usual, hope you are feeling back to your normal self...I feel thats its ages since I have been blogging...take care...H


The warm shades in your photos made me smile so much.

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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