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  • Would you like to award someone special a knitted rosette? See the pattern to knit one here!

  • Little Squares Scarf, (quick pattern).

  • Little Squares Scarf, (step-by-step pattern, with lots of step-by-step photos).

  • How to sew up crochet or knitting with an invisible stitch, step-by-step tutorial

  • Sisterhood Crochet Blanket pattern for square.

  • step-by-step pattern for Sisterhood Crochet Blanket square. Makes crocheting this pattern a doddle for beginners!

  • step-by-step tutorial for some basic crochet stitches

  • Tara's failsafe cup cake sponge recipe

  • knitted slipper pattern

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Perfect, thankyou, I need a prize for my pumpkin carving competition. This in orange and black will just do it!!


How lovely, I think it will go down perfectlys a "birthday girl / boy" rosette in appropriate colous. Thanks for sharing xox


Well done on another rosette tutorial. Dont know where you get these wonderful ideas from!


Thanks for the great tutorial. It looks fantastic Vanessa! I will certainly give this a go.

Kate Bruning

That is just wonderful thank you Vanessa - I can't wait to have a go. Love Kate xxooxxooxx.


hey, thanks for the pattern! I can have fun with these for Christmas.


Thank you Vanessa - the prize will go to one of my lovely cats for being so greedy! Always after food he is. I can just see him in his own rosette collar, a snazzy little red one would suit him I think. Thanks for putting the pattern up for us all. A lovely and inventive idea. A winning one in fact!

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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