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Lovely - I'm sure they'll sell well - bet it was hard to choose which images to use!

Miss holly

Love love love your style!! It is truly enchanting!!


Hello there Vanessa! Glad I stopped by again. I haven't popped in for a while. Your greetings cards are really lovely. I think I need to go and take a closer look. Look forward to seeing your k=next knitted dress. I LOVED the last one. Have fun! Ros



Janice Perkin

your figures are an absolute delight - I do hope the dress doesn't itch but am looking forward to seeing it!


They look great! :-)

Alice and Raymond!!!

they are so lovely Vanessa! I had a peek in your etsy shop... ooh I am sooooo tempted all the way down here!
I agree, a bunny at an easter christening would have been so much more fun than a white christening dress!


Well, I'm not off on Friday - I have to go to work, so I'm a bit jealous of the people who have got a public holiday. It doesn't bother me really, but it would have been nice to have an extra day off. Anyway, your cards are gorgeous. I can't really stretch to a papier mache model, but the cards would be the next best thing.

Liz W in Missouri, USA

Oh, Vanessa - The cards look great! I've placed my order and can't wait to see them in person. Now wasn't it sweet of them to allow their portraits to be shared with all of us in such a lovely format. You have such delicious friends!


Love the cards Vanessa. I'm certainly having trouble keeping all these bank holiday dates straight - worse I think because they're meaningless in our household where every day's the same. Can't wait to see the dress.


I thought of you today I bought some 1970's sewing/knitting books and there were lots of patterns for knitted dresses. There was also a knitted jumpsuit and knickerbockers and yes I did laugh out loud.


they're lovely Vanessa x

Bobo Bun

Your cards are fantastic Vanessa as are your great words at the moment. Splendiferous I like a lot and discombobulated is the best of all.


THe Muse of The Day

I think the cards are a hit. You have made your work accessible to everyone. Wouldn't they all look great hanging as a bunting? That way we wouldn't have to part with them. Carolina


Love the cards! Ran off and put some in my "shopping cart" only to be told they don't ship to Canada. Running off now for a little cry...

Blackberry Rambles

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous!!!! Hope they sell well for you!


Good girl, you did it! Your cards are absolutely terrific! I like all of them!


What beautiful cards. Fantastic idea. Your little creatures are fantastic. How about doing a workshop or two. I for one would LOVE to have a go. x


Oh what lovely lovely cards! Such a super idea.

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

That is the second time this week I have read Discombobulated....LOVE it!

Can't wait to see that dress, I noticed that you took it on holidays with you :-)

Lovely cards too.

Sharon Garlick

Oh no all gone!!!! Really want some Vanessa. Saving up for one of your lovely sculptures and thought this would keep me going til then, you must do more. Your work is absolutely fantastic and always,always brightens my day. Thanks for such a wonderful and inspiring blog. Sharon


Sold out. Will you be listing any more as I am desperate. Still loving your blog and evangeline in particular. Xxx


I was too late too! Hope you'll do some more! By the way, I really enjoyed seeing your photos of Levens Hall. I was there earlier this month too - it's one of my favourite places to visit in the Lake District.

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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