Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I am celebrating today - just had my 35th and last radio therapy treatment this morning, just before Christmas! For the rest of this year anyway I do not have any appointments etc. just can enjoy my time at home with our boys. DH put a bottle of champagne in the fridge.. and I am preparing a Chinese meal with Duck, we love that.

Yesterday afternoon I tried my hand at Salt dough, never tried it before, I wanted to make some Christmas decorations. It's so easy, you need 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of flour. Mix to a dough - use a cutter to make the forms and then microwave for three minutes. Here are some I made which are all hanging in the tree now. I just used watercolor paints and some glitter glue before adhering a flower with a gem.

I have a card to share as well. I was inspired by Dotukas, here is her photo stream. She might just inspire you too. I had a stamp with some Fir trees from Artistic Outpost that I had never used. Now all my cards have been sent (I think I made around 50 this year) I can use this idea for next year.
I really enjoyed using this stamp for a change!

Then this afternoon I made a whole tin of Christmas cookies, never made these before from a French recipe with chocolate chips but they are delicious!

To count another blessing to my lovely day, I received a little parcel from a lady from our Church in Holland who has always prayed for me. It is a Dutch magazine with beautiful pictures of inspiration for the home, a luxury item I call it! The little heart is handmade from material, and 'Hope' is stamped on it. Gives me an idea too!

I really hope your Christmas planning is not to stressful! I have a lovely link for you to go too - here.

May your Christmas be happy and your New Year blessed!


Ros said...

Yay!! So very happy for you ... Love your ornaments and your gorgeous cards ... I wish you a blessed Christmas xxx

Jill W. said...

I am rejoicing with you!!!!!!!
Your card is beautiful and I love your little ornaments. I may have to try year :).

Suzanne C said...

So happy for you that your treatments are done! Beautiful ornaments and love what you did with the AO fir trees! I recognized them even before you said whose they were. :) Lovely Christmas cards.

Lin said...

Praise the Lord, Jacqueline! So happy to hear this news!! Merry Christmas to you and your family, my friend!!

Barb said...

You sound so happy, grateful and relieved, Jacqueline - I'm so glad for you! Love this post - so full of love and joy! Beautiful, little ornaments, and your card is gorgeous!

Wishing you a blessed Christmas, sweet lady, and of course, I'm sending you hugs! :)

Joanne Leddy said...

Wonderful news, Jacqueline. Enjoy your Christmas with family and friends!

Beautiful projects you have shared ... thank you for the inspiration!

Autumn Mist said...

Some fabulous makes here, Jacqueline, you have been busy. So pleased to hear there are no more treatments for you and would like to wish you a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

Deirdre said...

Fantastic news Jacqueline - enjoy your dinner and time with your DH and sons.

Love your salt dough ornaments - they are so much fun. I made some in 2005 that are still going strong! (Tip - make sure to store them in a ziploc bag, as any moisture will destroy them). My Mom lost hers this year (will have to remake them in polymer for her)! Hugs to you and hope you have a wonderful Christmas and blessed New Year.

CinnamonSally said...

Fabulous that your treatment is over and just in time for a perfect christmas. Love your salt dough, like Deirdre I made some years ago when my children were small, we still get them out now.
Have a great christmas. Hugs Sally

Paula said...

this is truly a day to rejoice! May you have the most wonderful Christmas!

Judith said...

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. And I hope and pray that 2012 will become a great year with many happy moments and good health.
You've had a tough time, hoping everything will be fine!

Best Wishes,

Ira said...

Now that truly is good news Jacqueline, so glad you get to celebrate Christmas with your family now. Lovely creations and yes, don't you just love that gorgeous book? I've had a quick look the other day ;-)

Barbara said...

Your salt dough ornaments remind me of when my children were small and we made salt dough ornaments using a nativity set of ornaments from the Land Of Lakes Co. We also made them at Advent craft workshops at our church. It was before the days of microwave and we had to bake them in the oven. It was a lot of fun and they lasted for years. Good memories!
I am so glad for you that your treatments have ended for now! Blessings to you and your family this joyeous season. Merry Christmas!

judy said...

Jacqueline, I am so happy to hear that your treatments are done! I am
celebrating with you. Enjoy the
holidays and time with your family!!

Evelyn S. said...

PTL for your completion of radiation, Jacqueline! I know you will enjoy your Christmas season.

Sue said...

This Journey is complete....
Well Done my friend, now it is a time to contemplate about life for you from here on in. The relief must be huge, enjoy this moment and relax into the Christmas spirit, your God is near.
Like everyone that has followed you through this harrowing process Jacqueline, I am delighted beyond words to know that you have come out the other end, probably not totally unscathed, but now you know yourself a little better, and you also know how strong and brave you are, so be very very proud of this achievement, as many in the same situation could not have lasted the course.
Have a joyous Christmas with your family, experimenting with recipes and having success is a good start!

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Celebrating with you, Jacqueline! Such good news for Christmas. Have a joyous time with your family.

Dawn said...

I am so happy for you Jacqueline. you have come such a long way and I pray for your continued good health. Your card is so pretty and what a great idea for making the salt dough ornaments.

Anke said...

Jacqueline, I am so happy to hear that your treatments are done, wonderful news.

And your card is so beautiful.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


Elli p.´s Stempelvitrine said...

Nice artwork Jaqueline.
I wish you Merry Christmas with your family and a happy New Year!
hugs, Sabine

Linda R. said...

YEA!!!! You made it through.. I am so happy for you. I do wish you the Merriest of Christmas!!

Hugs, Linda

Gaby Bee said...

I am so happy to hear that your treatments are done! Sending warm wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas and much Health and Happiness for 2012.

Sending big hugs,
Gaby xo

Joan said...

So happy for you Jacqueline, have a wonderful Christmas with your family. The salt dough ornaments are fabulous and the card is lovely.Many thanks for the beautiful poinsettia tag


Tomo H. said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Grad to hear the wonderful news, Jacqueline. All your creations (include the cookies) is pretty! I love the card you received, too.

Hellemor said...

I am so happy to hear that your treatments is done. You have been so strong and an inspiration for me in your treatments. I am sorry that my energy hasn´t been the same.

I love your creations and I
am a BIG admire of your work.

Merry Chrismas to you and your family and may the next year bee a happy year.

Big hugs.

Faye said...

So glad you have a respite from therapy, Jacqueline. Your salt dough hearts are gorgeous. I didn't realize that the recipe was so simple. I simply must go make some myself. Hope your Duck dinner was fantastic. And I hope that 2012 is a wonderful year of healing for you.