Saturday, 4 June 2016

Cheesecake Factory

Hello everyone.
Paul here.
I have just been reading all the comments 
on yesterdays blog and giggling to myself
at all the guesses.
The first person to guess correctly was
Gisela Schumacher - well done!

Look at the size of that cheesecake.
No wonder she was very happy,
she knew what was coming!

The comment from Barbara that followed the picture was:
"Had a slab of strawberry cheesecake the size of a coffee table. Feel sick now."

Anyway, Gisela please contact me paul@claritystamp.com and I will sort out your prize.

Time to hand over to Barb.
Paul xx

Hey there.
Thanks for stopping by.

Today is the last day of a trip through the pizza boxes.

Tomorrow, Paul has promised to do a step-by-step of one of his demo's using the brand new Groovi Plates, designed in conjunction with my good friend, Jayne Nestorenko.
Don't forget to tune in at 2pm & 5pm Sunday.

So, what have I found for you today?

The lovely Parakeet Unmounted Stamp

Other products used:
Watercolour Card
Word Chain 12 Unmounted Stamp Set
Stencil Brushes
Clouds Mask
Canvas Boards

A colourful piece from Jo.
Stamped onto a background created using
various ink pads and the Clarity Stencil Brushes.
Jo Rice
A watercolour piece from Linda
Linda Spencer

This piece from Lynne is, 
as the card says, a "Beauty".
Lynne Hammond

Finally, an arty piece from Karen.
Simple, but effective.
Karen Hayselden

Short and sweet from me today.
Depending on the time that Paul post's today's blog,
we will either be heading to the airport, or be up in the air!
See you all soon.


Love and hugs xx

79 comments:

  1. I hope the effect of the cheesecake has worn off and you have a safe and relaxed journey home. Now you need to relax a bit more at home too. xxx Maggie

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    1. I cannot believe I am the first today, after a great day of crafting with the lovely Maria. xxx Maggie

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  2. I'm not sure I could have eaten that - well done Barbara. Hope your holiday has been everything you wanted it to be and more besides. Safe journey home to the three of you. Xx

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  3. Hi Barb,
    Wow! That cheesecake looks fantastic! You certainly look as though you're enjoying yourself. I had totally forgotten this stamp and it's beautiful, could have to go on my wish list. The samples are absolutely stunning - well done to the designers. I hope you have a safe journey back to the UK. Well done to Gisela- enjoy spending your money! Paul, thanks for doing the blog in Barb's absence and good luck for the shows tomorrow, although you won't need it. Love Alison xx

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    1. Hi to all my blog friends,
      Hope you've all had a good day. Well the sun has finally come out here ( only this afternoon mind you) and currently it's gorgeous. Thank you all for the lovely comments yesterday - they meant a lot. I think the cushions might have to be out tomorrow, but at least I can get some plates and then get some more with my winnings - yeah! I think the parakeets might have yo go in my basket as well. Love and hugs to you all, Alison xxx

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    2. Hi Alison, I was going to ask how many times over have you spent your winnings ;) You are lucky having the sun! Can't remember what that looks like. XX

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    3. Well, the post I've already written must be floating somewhere in cyberspace..so I'll try again.

      Congratulations Alison, winning with such a fabulous card. Enjoy your winnings which I'm sure you'll manage to streeeeetch out lovely!!! It has been great to see the sun for a change! Love and hugs xxx

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    4. Hi Alison - glad to hear that you have finally got some sunshine! Happy spending and enjoy your new goodies! Love and hugs, Gilly xxx

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    5. Hi Alison, no sun for us today, won't moan though as you really do deserve some sunshine. It's been very warm and overcast here. Haven't done any craft again today, hopefully tomorrow. My turn of not to sleep last night was up at 1.30 making Camomile tea and doing a crossword, went up to bed at 3 but still awake what seemed like hours. Never mind hopefully will catch up tonight. Love & hugs Pam xx

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  4. Enough for a whole family there! Looks yummy. Thanks for all your efforts Paul, you deserve a nice treat. Good luck tomorrow I know your shows will be great. XX

    Congratulations Gisela. XX

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  5. Hi bloggy friends, hope you are well today. Phoebe is almost back to pre emergency levels, now we just have to get her op done! I have been trying to start my calendar challenge, the mind is willing but the body is not playing ball. Still, I'm sure I will be better for work on Monday! XX

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    1. Congratulations Donna, getting into the top 5. I absolutely love your card. I hope you will be properly better for work, and so pleased that Phoebe will be ready for her op. the quicker the better. Love and Hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Donna,
      Sorry you still haven't got sun. Glad to hear that Phoebe is so much better, now hopefully she can get her op done quickly. I haven't managed to start either of my challenges yet, masculine cards are not my favourites I must say! Love and hugs Alison xx

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    3. Hi Donna - so pleased that Phoebe has improved so much. Sorry to hear that you are still struggling - take care, Gilly x

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    4. Ah hope you feel a lot better by Monday Donna, bet you are very relieved that Pheobe has picked up enough to have her operation. Love and hugs,Pam xx

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    5. Hope you feel better soon Donna and glad to hear positive news about Phoebe. Well done on being in the top 5 - it is lovely. Xx

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  6. My OH has just said we have to go there when we visit San Francisco next year! lovely work, some great pieces there. safe journey home xx

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  7. I don't know what's wrong with me today, I feel so down and fed up. I don't know why, no real reason I should be. But everything and everybody is irritating me. Might go to bed soon and try and read.
    Maybe Paul's shows will cheer me up tomorrow, or if Andy Murray wins the French Open??
    Well done to Gisela. I could just do with that cheesecake, haha. Safe journey to you all x

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    1. Hello Loraine. Here's a big hug for you xx

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    2. Hope you feel more positive after a good night's sleep Loraine. I'll keep my fingers crossed for Andy Murray too X

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    3. Hi Loraine - sorry to hear about how you have been feeling today, enjoy Paul's shows tomorrow - and hopefully Andy Murray will come through too! Hugs, Gilly xx

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    4. Sorry you've had a bad day today Lorraine, hope you aren't sickening for anything. Hope tomorrow's a much better day for you, with some sunshine to cheer you up. Early nightclub a good book sound good. Xxx

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      Ing better today xx

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  8. Hi lovely art work again. Good luck with the shows tomorrow Paul. Boy that was a big slice of cheesecake !!!

    Had a few busy days in the garden -weeding temperature in the sun has been over 35c

    Had a try at cutting out a skirt found 5 meters of material while I have been sorting out. Just hope the size is going to be ok. Seems bit small around the waist. Mmmm we will see - may have to go on a diet !!!

    Xx

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    1. Never mind the diet...just let it out a bit Pen!!! Gardening is a pretty good stress buster, I hope it helped. Hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Pen,
      I'd forget the diet too ! Morag was practical, I would just go and buy one!!! Love and hugs Alison xx

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    3. Hi Pen - we have missed you! Sounds like you have been enjoying your time out in the garden - hope that all goes well with your sewing - hugs Gilly xx

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    4. You have been a busy bee, I agree with your other friends don't bother to diet it only goes back on, make the seams smaller. xx

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  9. Hi Paul, I hope you're all chilled out and ready for tomorrow. You will be great as usual. We will all be there rooting for you! xx
    Congratulations Gisela. x
    Safe journey home Barbara, Dave & Steve.xx

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  10. Hi Barbara and Paul, Congratulations Gisela !! enjoy your goodies. Barbara looks to be so happy, no wonder either, that cheesecake looks yummy, yummy, yummy.
    Lovely samples, as always.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  11. Hello everyone. I hope you're all as well as can be, and that you've all seen at least a little bit of sun. I could have won a gold medal for sleeping, both last night and today hahaha! When I think I used to work nights in the hospital!!! Goodness knows how I managed it!!!
    LOve and hugs to you all xxx

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    1. Hi Morag,
      Yes it's lovely to see the sun at last! Pleased you've managed to sleep well, it will do you good. Thank you for your kind comments too. Looking forward to spending my winnings I must say. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    2. Hi Morag - I'm pleased that you have caught up on your sleep! Enjoy Paul's shows tomorrow - love and hugs, Gilly xxx

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    3. You obviously needed the sleep! If you have sun make sure you sit and relax in the garden tomorrow. Xx

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    4. Hi Morag, glad you've caught up on your sleep, think you must have had my sleep as well last night. Ha ha. I'm hoping to catch up on some tonight. Brother in law still very poorly, he's been zonked out today, early days, hopefully we'll see an improvement. tomorrow. Live,and hugs,Pam xx

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  12. Mmm...cheesecake look lovely. I've just had strawberry gateau with cream. I had good intentions of getting lots of things done today but I didn't sleep well last night so I sat in the garden reading my kindle this afternoon. Sheila, I got distracted last night and forgot to tell you that I downloaded While My Eyes Were Closed, which is a best seller. I've already read more than half so it is either a short book or it's a gripping book.

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    1. HI Julia, strawberry gateau would be just up my street. Yummy!

      Hugs xx

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    2. Hi Julia,
      The strawberry gateau sound delicious, I'm about to have strawberries and cream! I've also downloaded While My Eyes Were Closed but haven't started it yet but it does sound good. Love, Alison xx

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    3. Hi Julia - sorry that I've missed the strawberry gateau and cream, but then maybe it's just as well, as I need to lose some weight! Glad to hear that you've been enjoying your new book, out in the garden. I hope that you sleep well tonight - hugs Gilly xx

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    4. Ah Gilly, it's Saturday, we can all eat what we want on a Saturday, it's good for us, then there are six days to eat healthily!

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    5. Hi Julia, pricked a few lines ready to try out the snips tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your book. Xx

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  13. When I lived in the US it took me ages to work out that you only went to the Cheesecake Factory for dessert as they were so huge. Love today's samples, and hope you have a safe flight home Barbara. x

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  14. Hi Paul, is that a bit of jealousy creeping in again? Just think of your arteries, that should curb those thoughts!!!! ;-) I hope the plane could take off with Barbara having that in her stomach!!!! Now I am getting jealous, I loooove cheesecake, but it's most definitely on the allergy banned list :-(.

    Lovely artwork. I especially like Jo's, the shadowing is brilliant. I'll need to have a closer look at that, to see if I can learn from it.

    I hope Barbara et al are not too sad at their holiday being over. Safe journey home.

    Good luck for tomorrow Paul. I think you won't have any problems selling the new plates. I've got 2 on my want/need list already. safe journey up.

    Love Brenda xx

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    1. Hello Brenda. I hope you've had a good day. Love and Hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Brenda - Jo's artwork is my favourite too! Enjoy Paul's shows tomorrow- hugs Gilly x

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    3. Hi Brenda,
      Hope you've had a good day and yes I agree Jo' s artwork is stunning. Love and hugs Aloson xx

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    4. Evening my lovely, hope you have been crafting today. Those parakeets are on my wish list. Sending hugs. Xx

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    5. Morning Brenda had visitor's last night they are a couple o owl's tae blethering in tae the wee hours it runs in ma famly never get ti bed the same day we get up but t was braw. You all set for Paul's show's hopefully the wee burly wheel disnae spoil it fir me. Here's yir cuddle see yi later.xx

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  15. Safe trip home and I hope the holiday has done you good.That cheesecake looks yummy would make me smile as well. Thanks for holding the fort Paul and all the best for shows tomorrow, I will be tuning in. xx

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    1. Congratulations Lynne on being in the top 5. Your card is beautiful xx

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  16. Often went to the Cheesecake Factory in Houston as I loved their salads; never had any room for the cheesecake, though. ;~}

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  17. Hi Paul - beautiful artwork from the pizza boxes again today! My favourite is Jo's - it's beautiful. I am looking forward to watching your shows tomorrow - I hope that all goes well for you. Congratulations to Gisela, enjoy spending your voucher. Safe journey home - Barbara, Dave and Steve! Hugs Gilly x

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    1. Hi to you wonderful blog friends - I hope that you have all had an enjoyable day, doing nice things! I have done more washing, making the most of the good weather - even washing some fleeces and Neill's winter jacket! I have done all things that don't need ironing! I've had one of those days when I wanted to do something, but really didn't know what and didn't really have the energy anyway. I think that I am going to have an early night! Love and hugs to you all, Gilly xxx
      Pam - I hope that your brother-in-law is improving. I left you a message on yesterday's blog, in reply to yours - hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Gilly. You have been busy today. Now a nice early night will be just the thing for you. I'm off to bed to now. I hope you get a good night's sleep. Love and Hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Gilly,
      That's what I can a productive day! I'm impressed but hope you haven't done too much. Hope you have a good night's sleep, love and hugs Alison xxx

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    4. Gosh Gilly, you have been busy, hope it's made you feel good, as long as you haven't overdone it, rest on the menu for tomorrow. Did read your message this morning. That will be great to meet on your way up. Just hope we'll be around when you are coming this way. If we have some warning I'm sure we can fix it. If not there's always other times. Thanks for thinking of Dom, he's been out of it today but hopefully he'll be more awake tomorrow. Love and hugs, Pam xx

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    5. Hi Gilly, didn't manage to comment last night! I think we are due sun today, it was warmer yesterday but cloudy. X

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    6. Hi Pam - I don't think that I overdid it yesterday, as the machine did the work and I just hung it out on the line, and I rested in between times. I am sure that we will be able to meet up at some point during our journeys up to the Midlands - I did mention Cribbs Causeway to Neill, and he visibly paled - might not be the best place, as we would be in the motor home! He he! I hope that Dom will be more aware today - thinking of you all. Love and hugs, Gilly xxx

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  18. Evening Sheila, Pam and Dot. Hope you are all OK. Sending hugs to you. Xx

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    1. Morning Donna hope you have a good Sunday and your feeling a wee bit back to normal now its a Monday holiday here so get another day off the morra maybe see you at the campfire think its a wellies day though...xx

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  19. Hi Paul thank you for taking over Barbara's blog while they've all been away, gorgeous cards by the Design Team again, that's another stamp I'd like to have in my collection. Do you think you'll miss this blogging???? Good luck for tomorrow, look forward to the step by step. Safe journey home Barbara, Dave,and Steve, looking forward to hearing all your news about your fantastic holiday. That cheesecake looks amazing. Love Pam xx

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  20. Hi to all my lovely friends. Hope you've enjoyed your Saturday and are looking forward to watching Paul's shows tomorrow. I am. Sorry it's short tonight just coming over very tired so think it's bedtime. After having a lovely day with the grandchildren yesterday hubby discovered that he has lost his gold chain, the clasp must have broken or come undone, so made it an expensive day out. Love and hugs to you all. Pam xxx

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    1. I hope you're well into the land of nod by now Pam.I'm sorry your hubby lost his chain. I'd rather give something away as more it!! I hope you're lucky and it turns up. A replacement never feels the same. Hugs xxx

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    2. Ah Pam - only just noticed about your hubby's lost chain - that is so sad! I lost my watch a couple of years ago and I was devastated, so I know how he must be feeling - hugs to you both, xxx

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  21. Gorgeous cards and yummy cheesecake! xxx

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  22. Hi Paul
    Thank you for all the giggles and all your hard work, thanks for holding the fort, that cheesecake looks yummy, great selection of cards I will catch at least one of your shows as I am out, safe journey Barb & co X X X

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  23. Well done Paul for blogging over the last couple of weeks - where has the time gone?! Well done Gisela for getting the right place! Love the parrots despite my bird aversion - you can make them so pretty! Xx

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    1. Same here regarding birds Jackie - I'm fine until they fly anywhere near to me - then I freeze! My Mum was the same - but these stamps are very pretty! xx

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    2. Hi Jackie. Up here there are so many folks I wouldn't be able to send a card to with birds on it. They are deemed to be unlucky in a house..even pictures of them!! I don't go along with it though. Hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Morag, I've not heard that before about birds being unlucky except one magpie of course! We always had a budgie when I was little - mum still does , and I'm fine with that provided he's in his cage. Mum only let them out whe. I wasn't there, although my sister once or twice opened the cage and used to tease me with it ! X. I know one magpie is thought to be unlucky and I always say good morning to them and make sure I see two ! Xx

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  24. Hi Paul, thanks for sharing the snippets from Barb and co's holiday. No wonder she was happy that is a huge piece of cheesecake. Love the selection of artwork too. I think I need to get my stamp out and do something arty today. Looking forward to your shows Paul. Have a great day all. Bx

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  25. Morning Paul good luck with the shows looking forward to seeing all your hard work prep know it will be fantastic you come across very calm on the telly but it cannae be easy but learn a lot from your wee tips.
    Take care Barbara Dave and Steve hope you've had a safe trip looking forwards to hearing what you all got up to...xx

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    1. Morning bloggy frends cushions oot have a good Sunday and will see you down at the campfire.
      You ok Sheila and where's Diane got to..Hugs all..xx

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    2. Good morning Dot. Cushions all ready, will definitely see you there, have even made a meat and tattie pie to bring!!!
      I've been wondering about Diane too, it's been quite a while hasn't it. I hope she's okay. Sheila too, she's had a few exhausting days this week. Hopefully she's just resting. Love and hugs xxx

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    3. Morning Dot and Morag - sounds like we are all getting ready to watch Paul's shows! I am only going to put anything onto my wish/must have @ some point list - I need to produce more finished work from what I have got first! Mind you I DO love 2 of the new ones!! Like both of you, I hope that Diane and Sheila are ok - love and hugs, see you later, Gilly xxx

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  26. Morning all... Barbara you look so relaxed, and I'm pleased all of you have had a fantastic holiday. Pat on the back for 'tackling' that piece of cheesecake too!

    Thank you Paul for all the updates whilst you've been in the driving seat too. Looking forward to today's demos. The parakeet cards are delightful

    Congratulations Gisela... enjoy!

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  27. Safe journey home Barbara, Dave and Steve and you look as though this holiday has done you the world of good, and now we know why you had a huge smile on your face as that cheesecake looks really yummy! Congratulations to Gisela for getting the place where you were eating your cheesecake correct. See you in just under an hour Paul. x

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  28. Fabulous show Paul. My order has gone into Clarity already, so I'm a happy bunny. Hugs xxx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x