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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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Miss Holly

Have a glorious two weeks !!!!!


Well I hope whatever you do with them Vanessa that they are a really good two weeks x


Have a nice break Vanessa, enjoy...fingers crossed for some lovely early Autumn weather.x


Dear Vanessa,

RELISH the break.... and we shall welcome you back with open arms!

Cath W

Hope you're doing something amazing. And that outfit you're wearing is divine.


Happy happy times for you and Hugo xox Enjoy your well deserved time away x

amanda makes

Have a gorgeous time my dear. xxxx


Have bag, will travel......have fun!

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

Enjoy your break :-)

The Muse of The Day

A well deserved break, I am sure. I bought that book, per your suggestion - Chic & Simple Sewing, and am in the midst of sewing up a little top for my girls. So far so good. If all goes well I think I will try some of the other patterns in there - they all look doable. Enjoy your break, Vanessa. Now that I have a few minutes, this lovely Saturday, morning, I am going to spend it trying to see if I can actually smell all of those beautiful blooms in your last post. Thanks for posting them. Carolina


Whatever you are doing - enjoy yourself!!!


Vanessa, your photos have put in mind of Alice's adventures underground. I do hope that you all will have a fine break.

Archie the wonder dog

Have a lovely two weeks - hope you're doing something nice!


Hi Vanessa, hope you enjoy a much deserved break, hope all is well and life is good. Love the piccies. Look forward to your return. Love Sharon x

harmony and rosie

Hello and goodbye! Have a lovely break and bring back some lovely photos to share. Sweet little house!!


Love the little house, enjoy your break.


Have a great break, seeoyu in two weeks
ps I love your outfit :D
Karen x


Good Lord that was bad spelling, :(

Miss Kitten

I'm getting the need for a vacay too, have a glorious two weeks and I'll be seeing you (I hope) by my birthday!


Have fun and come back soon!


What a cute little house! Hope you have a lovely break Vanessa, doing peaceful restful things. Don't work too hard, relax and put your feet up - you deserve it! What ever you are doing, have a good time. Hope you have some good weather (none of that nasty old hurricane I'm hearing about for you I hope). See you soon xx


Well, that is THE cutest little holiday cottage, but I do wonder where your lovely husband is going to sleep, once you and the dogs are inside!
Have a good break....


What an adorable little house, and such pretty colours! I love the colours you are wearing too, combined with those of that sweet little house. Enjoy your break for the next two weeks, Vanessa!
Helen x


what i lovely little house i love the colours ,enjoy your holiday x

Liz in Missouri (with Lucy)

Take Care Vanessa. See you when you return!

Dawn Nelson

Have a good holiday! Love the wee house.

Dawn x


Vanessa, have fun and be safe.


That's a lovely little house for a lucky little someone! Have a good break Vanessa!xx


Enjoy! Also, thanks for sharing about your sweet little Douglas! Bess


have a great couple of weeks, look forward to hearing all about it - haven't been around much over the summer, so am going to use your holiday to catch up with all your lovely colourful posts - what a treat!


Dear, sweet Vanessa,

I don't know if you find this comment but I simply wanted to shout from the roof tops that you have WON my giveaway! I am so happy.


ps I will try to find your e-mail address....

If you get this message please send me your postal address.


Love that house!!!


Have a good holiday - hope you get some good weather!

Crafted by Carly

Hi Vanessa,
Hope you're enjoying your break!
I just HAVE to say that I LOVE the little house!!! It looks perfect for a teeny-tiny tea party! :-) I would have done ANYTHING for that house when I was a little girl! Well..... actually, I still would!!!
Looking forward to your next blog.....


Hi Vanessa,

I discovered you beautiful work recently via pinterest and would like to ask permission to show a couple of your papier mache pieces on my blog, with credits of course.
Would that be OK?

Archie the wonder dog

Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog - blogger didn't attach an email address to your comment and I couldn't find one on your blog so I hope you don't mind me leaving my reply here? "Hope you enjoyed your blogging break? Archie is feeling more like himself but he's still not quite walking properly on one of his hind legs I could be imagining it! Can't wait (and am simultaneously dreading!) until we see the vet again next week - thanks for your well wishes! Thanks also for the hexy compliment - they're completely addictive!!"


how lovely..

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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