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hi vanessa
i have to say that now i've got used to it, i rather like the idea of you posting monday/wednesday/friday i do so look forward to those days!!
by now i'm sure you're well on with mole and friends and regarding buying flowers for your still lives you can never have too many flowers as you well know.
keep dreaming about your studio and i'm sure one day you'll have one but never get rid of your little cardboard box!!!
love gill


Hope the new book goes well,I'm sure you need the comfort of your little cardboard box,it would probably feel very strange with anything else. See you on Wednesday.

Sue xx


A new mole book!!! How exciting! You know already we are equally besotted with Mole and his friends :o), especially my dear husband, he he!!
I hope that one day you will get your perfect studio, you deserve it!
Bon travail!
Isabelle x


Hi Vanessa - I LOVE snowdrops and we don't get them here, so your photos made me feel really good.
Best of luck with the new book. Did your Mum tell you that I gave several as Xmas presents? At last, there are children I can buy for!


Goodness I have so enjoyed browsing through your paintings, both the abstract and floral. The abstract ones have such a calming quality. I love their subtleness. The floral ones are just a joy to look at. Those primroses are so cheerful.

Your snowdrops in their dotty spotty cups are heartening too. How lovely they look in their tiny ceramic flowerbeds.

Ta-ra? I haven't heard that for a while, not since my childhood in Liverpool. Do you know, my Grandfather (a GP) delivered Cilla Black into the world!


I love your snowdrops in cups, wonderfully delicate and pleasing.
It must be lovely illustrating children's books, good luck with your new one!

So much to agree with there...
...the studio envy - definitely!!
...the buying of flowers that won't last long enough to paint.
...the eating of chocolate before any work can begin!! In fact any food procrastination!!!
Have a good week. x

mlle paradis

Vanessa - another lovely post full of lovely snowdrops. Whether you get to all of them or not, what could be nicer than a teaparty full of snowdrops!!!!!

Aubrey Cotton-Stapleton

It is Tuesday morning and there is another lovely post from you. I love the snowdrops in the cups, and the cups too! Chocolate always helps me to get started, in fact it makes the world go round again! If your desk is too small, it still produces beautiful paintings and illustrations but peerhaps that is the magic of the perfect box. Friends always help each other and your blogs put a smile on the face of all your readers as they share your life so I am glad we can help you a tiny bit with our enjoyment of your work! So, 'here's to blog friends' [maybe a cup of tea from one of those cups!!]
Love from Aubrey


It may have been messy with soil all over the place, but how utterly lovely they look.

Dreams of Studios - that's what keeps us goin'.



Snowdrops are rather appropriate today, because after a little spell of mild weather the snow is back! What lovely pictures they will be, I do like the mossy look too. Empty sheets of paper are intimidating aren't they? I find if I draw or paint (doodles) on scraps I am much likely to do something otherwise I am rather daunted; I tend to like the backs of envelopes for some reason - I am far from venturing onto real paper. I would keep your little desk and especially the cardboard box because they are familiar comfortable and friendly for you and you are probably quite attached to them. I think they are rather charming myself. Dreams are lovely to have though. I can understand you feeling anxious about your new illustration project - but you must feel tremendously proud when all your own ideas take shape and form on the page and as you are familiar with mole I'm sure you will be friends again very soon - and you definitely can do it! You deserve all your praise. For one thing you are VERY talented and for another it is a very brave thing to share your work because it is very personal. The least us lot can do is tell you how much we like what you do; your blog is such a nice little corner to turn to on a cold nasty day - a happy place.


Oh the Snowdops are SO pretty in their delightful cups!
Good luck with the new book!
Such amazing work from a 'small' desk too!
Have a great week!
Rachel x


Oooh I spy my pink,red and blue stripey Lakeland bowl! The snowdrops look lovely, they obviously didn't mind being moved, probably appreciated a nice warm home!
Good luck with your new book, I so wish I could draw.

Erica K

I cant even imagine what it's like to be you Vanessa. Our lives are so different!

I also have serious envy...of other people's homes. We had the choice of buying a new, pretty home in a planned subdivision with no yard, or an old (ugly) house by a little lake with a decent sized yard. We chose the latter. And though I'd do it again in a heartbeat, it sure does hurt to think of all the beautiful homes I could have had...


Great post Vanessa. I'm the same as you with the idea that if something doesn't happen it will next time. Optimistic definitely. Lovely snowdrops and I loved the way to talked of your work. Studio envy? Yep, I know it well! x


The sun is shining and there are snowdrops on your blog, Perfick! P x


Those snowdrops are so beautiful! Love the story behind your desk/cardboard box :)


I love the idea of snowdrops in little cups. I'm sure your new paintings will be wonderful.


Well Vanessa, of course the delicate (yet so strong) snowdrops caught my eye immediately. Relocating them to the mugs and teacups seems to suit them perfectly.

What really made me want to comment, though, was reading your description of your small desk, drawing board, and that cardboard box. You have got such a kindred spirit over here in New York.

Space is always rare in NY apartments, and my place is quite tiny. I have one multi-purpose table, and am constantly shuffling projects around. I've also got a number of recycled boxes, baskets, etc. that over the years have taken on almost ceremonial importance to these creative pursuits of mine. Working without them ... never!

Best wishes. xo


The snowdrops in the spotty mugs are so pretty, they have a magical feel to them. I can imagine little fairies sitting on the handles having a rest from flying.

As for not believing in yourself where Mr. Mole is concerned I think that's just nerves (like a actor gets stage fright even though they know they can act). I am in awe of anyone who can draw and paint. I would love to have a talent like yours. Anna x


dear vanessa,

hi. my names ramya , istumbled upon your blog some days ago...and i cant express how much i love reading and even more looking forward to reading it!! i can almost see u typing at your desk. dont get rid of the box pls cos it is a constan reminder of your beginnings....even whne u get that wonderful studio u so fully deserve!!
i love knitting esp fr others. i also lov eto paint though havent done it for so very long....looking at ur work has started me thinkin about restarting!! so thank you!!
cant wait for tomorrows post, wish i could email u too esp when i need inspiration.
warm regards,


Your snowdrops made me happy today!

Adriana Gorosito

Hola, hacía mucho que no paseaba por tu blog, y estoy feliz de haber venido hoy, siempre me regocija y me hace volar con la imaginación
Un beso y hasta la próxima

Lorraine Tarr

Oooohhh those snowdrops in their little spotty dotty mugs warm the cockles of my heart! Can't wait to see the paintings :-)
Your lovely old box is like an old friend and much as you will (hopefully) get your studio - there will surely always be a place for it - it's hard to part with - too many memories - so much inspiration.
As for mole, well you've been through so much together, he's within you and I look forward to purchasing the next book for my Grand-daughter.
What a lot you have going on at the mo - Much love and Luck xxx

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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