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The print looks good, I can't wait to see the rest, though I'm sure they will sell out quickly. I'm looking forward to seeing the dress, and you wearing it. Your enthusiasm for knitting, and your varied colour palette has inspired me to make garments for myself, other than scarves. It's not always successful, I have on or two disasters, which will never be worn (a jacket that comfortably fitted my husband!).

Karen Case

The print is so pretty. I too am looking forward to seeing your dress.
By the way, was the 2nd Nanny good? Just curious as I loved the first one so much.


Good news! I'm sure it will be a huge success! Can't wait to see all the other prints!
Isabelle xx

lucy locket

What a gorgeous picture! The colours positively sing! Lucy x


How exciting! Is the card letterpressed? It looks lovely!

Kate Bruning

I don't know how I managed to miss your below post but I adore your green cardi and the stack of books look wonderful. I have the kid's knit one and it is great. I am so fascinated by the printing and how much fun to collaborate with Hugo. Love Kate xxooxxooxx.


Oh Vanessa,
I just love it when you post your pictures. It`s the colours i just love them. I really hope to buy one sometime soon. But for now i can ogle at them on your posts. I love`em.
Thanks so much for showing them.
Love Carole from Rossendale xxxx

Alice Saltiel-Marshall

Congratulations Vanessa and Hugo. Getting a print collection up and running is a monumental undertaking. You've done a wonderful job of being true to yourself regarding colour and quality. I'm particularily impressed with your certifcate format and text. Bravo!


Vanessa - truly outstanding. I love anemones.


Your prints are beautiful and the colours are fantastic!! I'm sure they'll sell well!!

I know what a big under taking organising prints is, so can say hearty 'Congrat's' knowing how hard you both must have worked. Look forward to seeing the choices unfold! Claire.


Oh Vanessa, the print is absolutely gorgeous ... the colors just sing ... seem to lift right off this laptop's screen!

Congratulations to you and Hugo for seeing this surely very challenging project through.

I admit to being totally ignorant about the giclee process and am going to have to look into it. The results just seem to be marvelous.



Hi Vanessa
your print is lovely i love the colours you choose! i was meant to comment on some of your knitting posts but didnt get time, i love the cardigan you have made and also your dress, i so so wish i could knit like you! mine no matter how hard i try always comes out wonky even after blocking! fliss xxx


The print is beautiful! I really love the colors... looking forward to visiting your shop!


Really really beautiful - love your paintings very much and the print looks excellent. Goodness, you work so hard - you definitely deserve all your success!

Erica K

It looks wonderful...very well made up!


Vanessa and Hugo, the prints are so beautifully presented, I just wanted to wish you the very best success with your shop, take care, Barbara

mlle paradis

bravo and congrats on the giclee debut vanessa! sounds like the hard work was worth it. i've thought of doing the giclee too. must find the time to do the same research. (and dig out slides of my work!) i like your cardi and further to your last lovely post, are your two doggies siblings? just asking. we are very happy with our cats but i showed hubby pics of douglas and is it, ellie? and he kind of liked them. so maybe sometime..........

best of luck with the sales, i'll be back!

Veronika / Lalomino

Oh, I love Two Birds in the Garden! Beautiful colours!
Looking forward to seeing more.

Once we move back to our house and I can get a little settled, I'll work on my Etsy shop too. Can't wait.

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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