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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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Magic Cochin

I love my holly brooch :-) when I wear it I can feel how much careful work went into it... I'm going to wear it when I go to London to the Grayson Perry exhibition - I think he'd like it, don't you?

Those new brooches look like Hellebores :-)



Those brooches are stunning! I love them.


Great stuff! Best not to think how little time is left and how fast it will go-I'm trying very hard not to get my knickers in a twist....

Liz in Missouri (with Lucy)

I love the brooches - they are so pretty and the detail, of course, is wonderful.
The tags? Of course they will sell. In fact, one set of each JUST SOLD! LOL Love them. I'm always impressed with your talent and energy, and you know I adore Evangeline - so I'm really happy to see her wherever she turns up with her friends!


I totally get the 'I feel as if I have breathing space although I don't really' sensation. Relish it, dear Vanessa!

Well, Lady Fortune is clearly shining down on me (this you will see on my blog if/when you have the time) and NOW you have put your precious gift tags on sale. I am making a pearly grey sock yarn sweater for a special little boy who has arrived all the way from China into my French cousin's home after SEVEN years of waiting. I SO wanted a replica of the rabbit/hare tag you sent with your Christmas cards and NOW I can hop over to Etsy and purchase one!

It doesn't get much better, does it?


More gorgeousness!!! And all in your colourful inimitable style. It's a positive treasure trove in here tonight :D

Happy dachshund hugging x


Beautiful work as always Vanessa! :)
Vivienne x

Archie the wonder dog

I love the brooches and have the wanties for some of your tags! Oh, and it's probably quite tragic to admit it but I love the stripy string!


Can't believe the brooches are gone already. Actually I can believe it. They are beautiful. I'll have to be faster next time. Congratulations on your well deserved sales Vanessa:-) And Happy Christmas to you and yours.

Teresa Kasner

Hi Vanessa.. you seem full of the Christmas spirit and excited about your work.. I love that. I'm off to see if there is anything left in your Etsy shop.... :-)
((hugs)), Teresa :-)


Love everithing in this post!!!!
you are really creative!
xxx Alessandra

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

Beautiful Vanessa, and I adore those little gift tags! I also saw your commission for the Queen of Tea Cosies.....he is fabulous, and very covet-able :-)


Beautiful work, as always, Vanessa.
Such orginality but such variety too.
Carol xx


Wow...I so enjoyed this colourful and exciting post with your new makes, Vanessa! I love wearing my holly brooch and it's interesting to see the variations you create so beautifully. And the corsages are extremely yummy!!
Have a happy evening.
Helen x


Ohhh... yes, those tags are a delight. But then all your work is.

Heather L.

I'm being driven mad by your holly brooches! I just love them!!! Oh, I found one of your books in the library this week so I was excited to check it out! Somehow I missed the book illustration part of your life until my sister clued me in just recently.


My, you have been busy! Just gorgeous! All of them!

harmony and rosie

Absolutely stunning, Vanessa. Truly beautiful work.
Have a lovely day
Kate x

Planet Penny

I still have the Thank you card you sent me as an ornament on the mantlepiece so I think the gift cards are a great idea! I keep thinking I've got breathing space and then something else comes along and bites me on the bum! (and it's not Higgins!
lots of love,
Penny xxx

Crafted by Carly

What an absolutely gorgeous post! I was smiling and "aaah"-ing all the way, scrolling down the page. Those little flower brooches are adorable, and the tags are cute, cute, cute!!!
Clever you, Vanessa!!! :-)


dear vanessa, i see your stunning broachs have all sold out! yea and well done. it's just as well right now as i am afraid i would go broke with wanting to collect one of everything you make. (maybe if i get a little christmas money...)

i do love detail too and can appreciate every little bit of wonderfulness you do. love the eyelets and that stripy string, and those cards!! :)

Wire Brooch

Your knit brooches are delightful. I like all the patterns I saw.

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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