22 January, 2021


Breathe in... breathe out... relax...

Amongst all the craziness, 2020 has brought me four wonderful weeks of rehabilitation, and in one of the booklets I received in my welcome package, I found this image of a meditator. I think it was part of a leaflet featuring relaxation methods or something like that, but I'm not sure anymore to be honest. Of course, I'd save it for one of my crafting projects - after all, I'm a hamster when it comes to saving scraps I *might* use one day. 
For a long time, the figure was just meditating in my stash, but here it is featured atop a very simple CAS card.
Since the image says it all, I didn't feel like changing it a lot. I opted for a light grey cardboard as a background, partly because it goes well with all shades of rainbow that are depicted in the yoga scene. On the other hand, the leaflet had a text printed on the back side and I knew it would shine through if I had picked a cream/beige background as I originally planned. 
To make sure the grey picture frame wouldn't end up too meh, I combined it with another grey paper which is a bit darker but actually quite cute due to the glossy swirls.
When everything seemed to be complete already, I found the card a bit too simple. I remembered a set of colourful star stickers from my stash, and picked a star in each colour to match the rainbow ornaments (well, the pink does stand out a bit, but it was the closest match to light purple I could find). In a fun coincidence, the glossy appearance of the stickers matches the grey swirls in the background. 
There isn't much more to add in the end, other than to redirect you over to scrapping4fun where there's an easy ATG challenge going on this fortnight. I've been invited to contribute as GD this time so you won't be seeing me among the linked entries for a change, but I'll sure have a look at what you'll come up with. Also, you'll have the chance to win a little something sponsored by

And for a little more Zen feeling, a beautiful sunset above the old town of Ljubljana. While the nights are pretty cold right now and it takes quite some time for the atmosphere to thaw in the morning, it is still possible to catch a bit of vitamin D in the afternoon hours without turning into an ice cube.

krafty chicks: CAS
craft-alnica: ATG
morgans artworld: ATG
path of positivity: look for the positive (To me, mindfulness has a great deal to do with positivity, as well as focusing on the good things you find along the way even in bad times. I'm not a supporter of the "everything happens for a reason" attitude though, because, well, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it's just a bunch of coincidences that pile up in the wrong way. And when they do, a person has every right to be sad/angry/disappointed/... But of course, despair isn't a state that should be kept alive forever, and at some point, you need to move on. 
I believe that everybody should develop coping strategies that help them along the way - either by themselves, or with the help of family, friends and/or professionals. What will work for you? You never know until you try. 
I for myself tried several techniques of relaxation during my rehabilitation last summer, and to my surprise, I couldn't really help myself with any of them. Not because something was wrong with the therapist, the group or the exercise itself - the methods as such just didn't suit me. I guess my kind of positivity lies within nature, crafting or being alone, rather that in a gym circle listening to somebody's voice. And I'm totally fine with that, because seeing what doesn't work for me made it possible to look for something else, something that would work better towards my needs. Above all, it allowed me to realize that when coincidences line up, I'm the person who starts looking for a tangible plan rather than a CD of relaxation music. Which is fine because that's the thing that works best for me. Still, the simple meditating figure will always be connected with the wonderful care I received during rehab, and I honestly can't wait to go back due to the overwhelmingly positive experience I had - when all they did was basically just let me be and support me along the way.)
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: CAS
use your stuff: out with the old (image of meditating figure)
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing at CRAFT-alnica

  2. Great creation. The grey background allows the rainbow to shine, along with the star gems.
    Thank you for playing with us this week on Krafty Chicks Challenge.
    Diane - DT

  3. GORGEOUS and I love that added sparkle. Great way to upcycle. Thanks for playing along at USE YOUR STUFF - DT Gail #staysafe #stayhealthy

  4. Pretty card. Thanks for playing along with us at Penny's.

    DT Stacey

  5. Čarobna je, toliko miru izžareva.
    Prijeten vikend želim, Majda, tokratna gostja v Craft-alnici

  6. what a beautiful card! thanks so much for joining us at 613 Avenue Create!

  7. Beautiful work. Love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  8. Great work. Love this.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  9. Very cool image that you used here. You always have so many interesting things in your stash that it makes me look forward to seeing what you will use next.

    I completely agree with you. I used to believe in fate but now I just think that sometimes chaos can enter the mix as well and things just happen that we need to deal with. And you are right in that we have the right to whatever feelings we need to have but that at some point we need to move away from the hurt/pain, etc., and find a way forward using strategies that will help us. We are all different and may need different ways to cope and it is up to each person to find the ones that work best for them.

    Thank you so much for joining us during our current challenge over on the Path of Positivity. It is always great to see you linked up Veronika. Now if I could just convince you to join the team! :)
    Good luck in the draw!

    ☺ Lisa D.
    Path of Positivity – My Challenge Blog!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles – My Personal Blog!
    Owner & Co-coordinator for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!

  10. Beautiful stitching on this stunning card.
    Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Sheryl xx
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner{My Blog}

  11. Very pretty card! Thank you so much for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge this week xoxoox

  12. Clean and wonderfully simple. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene CT

  13. Lovely card! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Gale DT

  14. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn. Have a nice day,.. Succes!!
    DT Anneke

  15. Fabulous CAS ... and very calming card. Thanks for joining us at LTCCB
    Tina DT

  16. Self care is so important. I appreciate your lovely card. Thank you for joining the Crafter's Castle Challenge Blog. ~ Tracy DT Member

  17. A beautiful project.

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

  18. Me again!

    Thanks for joining us at the Creative Moments Challenge too.

    Helen x

  19. Your card is very soothing and calming! Thanks for sharing it with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner