contact me at

my etsy shop


  • 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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Rattling On

Merry Christmas!!


Have a great Christmas Vanessa!
I enjoyed Julian Fellowes on DID too! in fact I listened to it twice!


A wonderful Christmas to you, Hugo and the doggies !!!


A peaceful Christmas to you and your kin, dearest Vanessa! I wish you a good dose of magic mixed in with a lot of love.

It has been a pure joy getting to know you via this space and I look forward to 2012.

Teresa Kasner

Dear Vanessa.. I saw that cute polar bear cub on tv news.. cutie patootie!! I hope you have a glorious holiday weekend with loved ones.. you've given me many hours of enjoyment reading your blog over this year - thank you. I am so happy you drop by my blog occasionally.
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*M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
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((hugs)), Teresa :-)


Merry Christmas, Vanessa, hope you, Hugo and the dogs have a wonderful time.
Love Carol xx


Happy Christmas Vanessa and best wishes for 2012! :)
Vivienne x


Have a wonderful Christmas Vanessa. Hope you, Hugo, Douglas and Ellie have a wonderful time x


have a lovely christmas Vanessa hope you have a wonderful time. Wasn't Julian Fellowes great - really interesting x


Have a lovely peaceful and Happy Christmas Vanessa. Such a cute little bear cub! I'm going to come back and follow those other links. The cash point one sounds very useful. Talking about Julian Fellowes has reminded me of Downton Abbey - I'm looking forward to that. Still got things to do, so I had better go off and do some of them!

Thanks for your lovely blogging over the past year. See you soon!


Merry times and peace and joy to you and yours this Christmas time Vanessa xox

Bobo Bun

Merry Christmas Vanessa and a Happy New Year.

Lisa x

Pretty Nelli

Happy Christmas!


Happy Christmas Vanessa! Have a wonderful time and I look forward to reading your blog in the new year.
Katie x

cath w

Have a brilliant Christmas!


Have a wonderful Christmas
Karen x


Enjoy your Christmas and have a Great New Year!!! Love, xxx

Kentish Keg-Meg

Merry Christmas to you.


Happy Holidays to you and Hugo. May you have a wonderful break.


Wishing you happy days and will look forward to seing what you have in store for 2012.

Archie the wonder dog

Happy Christmas! Thanks for the great links!


Merry Christmas, Vanessa! (I will be wearing my holly brooch!) Have a wonderful time and thanks for the lovely links!
Helen x

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

I know 2012!!! Looking forward to catching up again then.......I want, a polarbear, for christmas :-)


Merry Christmas, Vanessa! All the best for the year ahead! Hope 2012 brings you anything you wish for.

Liz in Missouri (with Lucy)

Have been away all weekend but wanted to be sure to wish you the happiest and most magical of Holiday Seasons! I hope you are surrounded with love and friends and good food and all that your heart could desire!


Hope you had a lovely christmas ,loved the downton abbey special on christmas day ,all the best for the coming year xx

Planet Penny

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Vanessa. Love and best wishes for 2012 xxxx from Penny and Higgins!


wishing you a lovely, gentle, joyful, peaceful, creative and blissful 2012

warmest love and hugs xxx


Susan Greenhow

Hi, please could you tell me where to find your tutorial for the diagonal square scarf. I came across it on cocorose diaries blog, and would like to make it for my friend who is going through a rough time. Thank you.
PS happy new year to everyone on these wonderful blogs that I discovered only a couple of months ago. Crochet brings me peace and fulfillment in a stressful life. x


I am totally hooked on Downton Abbey. Season 2 begins this Sunday on PBS' Masterpiece Theater. I .... can't ... wait!

Trudy McLauchlan

Hi Vanessa!
I have been a follower of your beautiful blog for a little while now, but today as I'm looking at your sold sculptures on etsy my 9 year old daughter is sitting by my side. She says "I know that name, Vanessa Cabban" and runs from the room. She came back proudly displaying one of our favourite books "The Magic Donkey Ride" (which of course I now remember seeing on your sidebar). Our local primary school hosted its first Book Busking event in December outside the book store in our little town in Victoria, Australia and my daughter chose "The Magic Donkey Ride" to book busk with!!
Looking forward to reading your woolly adventures in 2012!!
Cheers, Trudy

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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