our first day of summer break. [photo post]

Processed with VSCO with c6 preset

 

Processed with VSCO with c6 preset

Processed with VSCO with c6 preset

Processed with VSCO with c6 preset

Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

Processed with VSCO with c3 preset


 

hope you enjoyed this simple photo post!

stay on the look out for more this month.

love & hugs,

meredith

Advertisements

get creative this may.

hello everyone, & happy month of may!

this month i’m very excited to bring you a post in collaboration with a excellent service called TextMyJournal, run by a wonderful individual Roxanne. TextMyJournal works to bring journal prompts right to you, but Roxanne also shares the prompts over on her blog! this month, i worked to provide you all with 30 journal prompts that are a little different… they are art journal prompts! if you need some initial inspiration for your art journals, check out this post. i’m really excited to bring you these 30 journal prompts, & i hope you tackle them each day this month so that may becomes a month of creativity. make sure to follow me on instagram, twitter, facebookpinterest, & even tumblr, because i’ll be posting letterings of each journal prompt on all my social media for you guys! (here’s a sneak peak, like what you see?)

IMG_9838

now, without further ado, here are the 30 journal prompts::

1. Go on a walk & collect some flowers. Press those flowers in a page of your art journal.

2. Fill an entire page with doodles.

3. Keep your grocery lists, to do lists, or any lists you have lying around, & paste them on a page.

4. Find an old magazine, & cut out some words that inspire you. Paste them all in a page of your art journal.

5. Fill a page with receipts, with little notes about why each purchase was special.

6. Collect your fortunes from fortune cookies & paste them in a page of your art journal.

7. Try & draw your favorite childhood toy from memory.

8. Create your own map, of a world real or imaginary.

9. Steal some labels off items in your fridge. Paste them in your art journal.

10. Draw a pie chart of your stomach. Illustrate your favorite foods.

11. Fill a page with your favorite inspirational quotes.

12. Have any old love notes? Paste them on a page, maybe add some heart stickers.

13. Illustrate one of your favorite song lyrics.

14. Collect business cards from places you’ll probably never go to again. Paste them all on a page.

15. Find a poem that you love, write it down, & then illustrate it.

16. Design your dream wedding dress, or tuxedo.

17. Keep the tags on the end of your tea bags, especially the ones with nice messages on them. Paste them on a page.

18. Make a design out of foil bubble gum wrappers.

19. Save your movie ticket stubs & paste them on a page. 

20. Try & render one of your favorite paintings.

21. Collect airline tickets & train tickets to document your travels.

22. Snatch some paint swatches from a home improvement store & past them on a page.

23. Get out a needle & thread… stitch a design on to your page!

24. Collect some leaves, press them, & paste them on a page.

25. Grab the stickers off your fruit & make a design with them.

26. Cut out some comics from a Sunday newspaper & paste them on a page.

27. Use a stapler to staple a design on to one of your pages.

28. Find old photos & polaroids & doodle on them.

29. Cut out pieces of fabric that you like & paste them on a page of your art journal.

30. Cover a page with stripes of colored tape.


hope you enjoyed these prompts! again, you guys should totally head over to my social media, as well as over to Roxanne’s blog & social media to get daily updates on each of these prompts. & i would absolutely love to see everyone’s journal entries if you feel like participating. in fact, send me a picture of your work & you may just be featured!
i love you all & i wish you a very merry month of may.
get creative!
hugs,
meredith.

dreamy living space, bedroom, & dining area.

since i’m a planning freak, here’s my second edition of showing you my inspiration for my future home. hope you enjoy!

living space:

it’s no secret that i want house plants!

bedroom:

basically cuddle town / snuggle central.

 

dining area:

lots of wood & plenty of light.


& that’s my ideal living space, bedroom, & dining area!

the next edition will probably be homeware & furniture & such.

hope you enjoyed!

ALL IMAGES TAKEN FROM PINTEREST.COM

new etsy listings!

hey guys! i’ve been spending the week in recovery from a recent ER visit, so today’s post is just letting y’all see some of the new listings i’ve recently put up on etsy. take a look, enjoy, & if you’d like, please as in pretty please with a cherry on top go visit my etsy shop & treat yourself to something you like! it would mean the world to me.

here are some of the new listings i’ve put up::

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

il_570xN.948139404_n4jn

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

il_570xN.994648845_amg6

 


 

these are just some of the many items i’ve put up on my store! so if you like what you see, go ahead to www.etsy.com/shop/CraftedFragments & pick something up for yourself, or for someone you love. thanks for reading!

love,

meredith.

spring poetry.

hey lovelies! guess what??

today we’re being blessed with a guest!

& just so ya know, this isn’t just any regular guest post… today, our guest is sharing one of her poems with us! if you like spring, poetry, & new friends, you’re gonna enjoy this.

so get your warm hugs & positivity ready, cause here comes a gorgeous poem by sophie::


 

The Happy Valley

From my place up here,

in the woods, on the cliff

edge, I can see

tantalising blue glimpses of the sea.

The warm green leaves

obscure my view

and my smell is overwhelmed

by the scent of wild garlic

and bluebells that line

the stone pathway, winding

up through the trees towards the sea.

It is hard underfoot,

after a dry winter,

but it is spring now,

and I am ready.

 

This poem was inspired by my favourite place – Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall in the UK. It’s a poem about the hope of spring, and leaving behind winter and the cold, dark days. It’s a poem about loving a place and hope and spring.

 

Sophie Reid - photo

Hi, I’m Sophie! I’m a writer based in the UK. I am inspired by the sea and coast, and my favourite authors include Daphne du Maurier and J.K. Rowling. I have an MA in Creative Writing and am currently working on an adult novel, as well as a YA novel. I currently write for MuggleNet, as well as running my own sea inspired blog, Sea, Earth, Sky. When not writing, I love the outdoors, windsurfing, and reading. If you’d like to see more of my work, drop by and say hello at http://www.seaearthsky.co.uk

 

my future dreamy abode.

i may be a planning freak. i may also be an HGTV freak. the show fixer upper has given me such unrealistic expectations as to what my future home could look like. & after religiously watching it ever since it aired, i’ve already planned out exactly how i want my house to look. i’m thinking lots of white, lots of marble, lots of copper, & lots of wood. & since i’m also a pinterest freak, i decided to map out my future dreamy abode on my dreamy abode pinterest board. let’s take a tour of what will hopefully be my home someday::

exterior:

 

kitchen::

 

bathrooms::

windows::

 

at this point in the post, i realized i had WAY too many photo ideas of what i wanted my future home to look like. so, i’ll get back to you some other time with how i want my living room, dining room, bedroom, & cozy space to look like. & perhaps i’ll do yet another including homeware, shelving, & furniture. yeah, i’m obsessed.

i truly hope you enjoyed seeing all of my inspiration for my future home. let me know in the comments what you guys liked & disliked! how would you design your home?

all photos taken from pinterest.com

happy shop opening!

Processed with VSCOcam with c8 preset

hip hip hooray! i’m so excited to reveal to you guys a project that i’ve been working on for quite some time. i’m officially selling my art work on my very own etsy shop!! not only have people been begging me to create one for years, but i’ve actually sort of wanted to sell the random items i’ve created but never really do anything with. i’ve put up about 15 handmade items to begin with, items ranging from stationary to framed leaves, & (for now) those particular items won’t be restocked. i’m going to add new products in the months to come, depending on what products you guys are loving from what i have up so far!

i’m really hopeful about this shop, but definitely also nervous. it would mean the world to me if you would all take the time to go check it out & perhaps purchase an item to support me! i truly hope that everyone who does purchase an item really enjoys my products. i’m very insecure about my artwork, but i’m trying to step out of my comfort zone & believe in myself for once! i hope the shop isn’t a disappointment, & instead brings some joy & color into the world.

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 8.38.44 PM

like what you see? head over to the new shop, give it a looksie, give it a review, give it a favorite, get yourself something ya like! treat yo self!

 

hugs & love for the support, 

meredith.

a very merry unbirthday to you!

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

& a very merry spring break to me! most of my friends are spending their spring break’s on cruises or in florida or at the beach, but due to my health & various doctors appointments, i’m spending my break at home. which isn’t so bad! i’ve been spending my time catching up on good books, sun bathing, getting my heath sorted, doodling, sipping tea & watching all the disney movies i can. yesterday morning, i decided to watch one of my favorite childhood films, Alice in Wonderland. maybe it’s my love for tea parties, or maybe my crazy imagination, but i just love every aspect of this magical movie.

cp_FWB_Alice_20120926

when i was younger, had a lot more time on my hands, & my dear friends still lived near me (as opposed to across the country & in the UK), i did something wonderful. i hosted an alice in wonderland unbirthday party! each of my friends dressed up as a character, decorated our dining room, & made tea sandwiches, cupcakes, cookies, you name it. we used every tea pot i owned (& as a tea pot collector, that’s a lot), & tried out different kinds of teas. we even created little games to play as the party went on. i must say, it was brilliant. my bestest gal pal susanna, who decided to be the red queen, kept screaming “off with their heads!” throughout the party & it was hilarious.

Empty-Backdrop-from-Alice-in-Wonderland-disney-crossover-29454020-1424-1080

why am i telling you this tantalizing tale, you may ask? well. because i’m a dreamer & wish i could do this tea party all over again, i gathered a bunch of photo inspiration over on my new pinterest board & i’m going to share my inspiration with you so you can achieve a perfect tea party of your own! anyone want to join me for an unbirthday party?

munson_2

table-number

Ruffled - photo by http://www.mattandashleyphoto.com/ - http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-wonderland-shoot/

d5d33080e6da4c0d2063cc8a407a39bc

alice11

bf265853e3d68786a54c54eae988af76.jpg

alice3

pastel alice in wonderland rabbit hole easter spring blue pink disney princess party birthday kids children child theme event planning jenna norman photography 13

whimsical-wonderland-shoot-037.jpg

54eb5b250818e_-_tea-party-spread-tea-party-with-heart-0212-xln

 

 

54eb5b28da83e_-_clx-tea-party-with-heart-single-out-your-drinks-lgn.jpg

2013-04-16_0021

slide_401050_4976774_free

Ruffled - photo by http://www.mattandashleyphoto.com/ - http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-wonderland-shoot/

slide_401050_4976776_free

2013-04-16_0004.jpg

Ruffled - photo by http://www.mattandashleyphoto.com/ - http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-wonderland-shoot/

ready for our tea party? cause i am!

menu would definitely include macarons, cupcakes, tea sandwiches, petit fours, truffles, cakes, tarts, pink lemonade, & all different kinds of tea! everybody would have to bring every tea cup & tea pot they owned to make the tablescape complete, & of course a trip to the florist would be in store. cake plates & bottles & old keys & pocket watches & candles & playing cards would be scattered. & let’s not forget to sing the unbirthday song. i think it sounds delightful!

thanks for tuning in, & i hope you’re all as inspired as i am to go have an alice in wonderland themed unbirthday tea party!

a very merry unbirthday to you!

xoxo,

meredith.

festive decor.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

& welcome to the last holiday post!

this past week or so has been an absolute delight, getting back into blogging & planning holiday themed posts for all of you. & i’m really excited to welcome some new readers to the crafted fragments family! how exciting to have you here.

for the final holiday post, i’ll be sharing some pictures of how i’ve decorated my living space for the holidays! hope you enjoy!

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

& that’s all folks! a very merry holiday season to you all.

hugs & love,

meredith.

 

holiday gift wrapping.

insert photo of my roomie’s epic t-shirt here::

Processed with VSCOcam with c8 preset

whats up.

if you haven’t already guessed, today i’m going to be sharing with you my creative tips on holiday gift wrapping! i love wrapping gifts. whether or not i’m actually good at it is another question entirely, but i love wrapping gifts. i guess you could call me a hardcore wrapper. let’s get wrapping, shall we?

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

how gorgeous is this one? brown paper packages tied up with string may be plain jain to some, but i personally find them so quaint. & it’s super simple, like i said just some brown paper packaging & some brown twine. but i spiced this one up a bit by tying in a candy cane! doesn’t get more festive than that, & then they get a treat to eat as well as their present! so tip #1, keep it simple, but with a festive twist.

 

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

now, while you can achieve elegance & grace with some brown paper packaging tied up with string…. star wars is one of my favorite things! what i mean to say is, you can always make wrapping great by just buying some awesomely printed wrapping paper. i found this tube of star wars wrapping paper at the dollar store!!! they also sell it at hallmark and barnes & noble, i believe. these were all yoda themed gifts i gave my love bug a little early, & i stayed true to the star wars theme with the wrapping paper. i thought it was so cute. so, again, tip # 2, get some fantastically printed wrapping paper, & the job is done for you! (& of course, don’t forget the bows.)

 

Processed with VSCOcam with c7 preset

we can call this one the holly berry design. not to be confused with halle berry. for this little guy (he is rather little, only a couple inches in width), i used my brown & white chevron print wrapping paper. i purchased this at target & have been loving it. i wrapped so many of my gifts with it! i then bought gold leaf stickers at target as well i think, & arranged them & stuck them down as i wanted. i then used super glue to attach these adorable, tiny jingle bells i bought from the dollar store. i love the way this one turned out. it’s probably my favorite! tip #3 would be to experiment with stickers & glueing things on the outside of your gift for some visual eye candy.

 

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 preset

now for this one i decided to try something new. i had some gorgeous silvery shiny tissue paper laying around, & i had a small gift i needed to wrap. i didn’t really feel like using any wrapping paper i had, so i experimented with tissue paper as wrapping paper! & i really love how it turned out. i just wrapped the gift like you would with normal paper, & then tied some bakers twine (fancy name for red & white twine) around it twice. & before i tied it off, i attached a big jingle bell. these jingle bells have a snowflake pattern on them & they’re so pretty. i actually picked them up at the dollar store! so for this gift, my tip (#5) would be to use pretty metallic tissue paper as wrapping paper for smaller gifts to achieve a really glitzy look.

 

Processed with VSCOcam with c9 preset

now this one is super simple! tip number #6, find cute boxes that need no wrapping! usually, even if i do find a box with adorable snow men & reindeer & santa claus etc… i still wrap it up! however, these little tiny 1×1 inch boxes were just too cute to wrap. they were printed like baby candy canes & fit my small trinkets i bought for the love bug perfectly. i felt like wrapping it would take away from how cute the little box was. so instead, i plopped this adorable miniature bow on the top!

 

Processed with VSCOcam with c8 preset

& last but not least, this super adorable package. for this one, i again used my chevron print wrapping paper which i adore. i then used some red twine to wrap around the side of the package, instead of your usual criss cross pattern. my mom had just bought a bag of cinnamon scented pinecones from our local grocery store, & i thought it would be so lovely to attach them to the wrapping of this package! i strung the cinnamon stick on the twine, & then wrapped the twine in the groves of the pinecone to secure it. i then finished wrapping the twine around the package & secured it at the bottom. i just love this design because not only does it look really rustic & cute, but it smells amazing! it truly smells like the holidays. so tip #7, try & offset your twine for a perhaps non-traditional but really delightful effect. & perhaps experiment with attaching cinnamon sticks, pine cones, or even branches or leaves or whatever you’ve got around the house!

 

i hope you’ve enjoyed this tips & designs. i had a lot of fun wrapping presents this year, but these were just some of my favorites. i think it makes the gift just a little extra special when you put some personal creative touches into the wrapping as well. let me know in the comments if you try any of these yourself, or have any wrapping secrets you’d like to share! thanks so much for reading.

& that’s a wrap!