Now Assembling…

Green & simple to assemble end-of-year gifts for fellow teachers and staff!

As a mommy of a one-year-old, I am short on time nowadays (as we all are!),

so I’m constantly trying to find ways to still be thoughtful and creative, while being time-conscious too.

For the amazing teachers on my third grade team: From Amazon, I purchased “Wine Walkers”, BPA-free, high-quality silicone wine “glasses” that are portable and fun (you can even stick them in your pocket since they are squishy!) I used the brown wrapping packing paper that came with the Amazon Prime box the glasses arrived in to wrap Chilean chardonnay from CVS (think crisp, cool, and summery!), and placed those, plus the glasses in rainbow gift bags I bought from CVS too! I also used brown paper to create “wavy” tags that say, ‘Have a refreshing summer! Enjoy these BPA-free, silicone glasses “to go”!’

For fabulous teacher friends on other teams, as well as incredibly helpful staff members: Lindt chocolate truffles from CVS, with a floral touch! I took some purple tissue paper squares, fanned them out, twisted them to create a tissue paper flower, then stapled them on to brown grocery bag handles, and wrote messages on those saying, “Have a sweet summer!”

Here’s what I assembled during my daughter’s nap time…

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staff gift

Happy end of the school year, and beginning of summer!

True Love…

What a great way to sail into the Memorial Day Weekend!

Jim, a World War II veteran, surprised his wife Eleanor (whom he says he’s known since she was in pigtails!) in the hospital on their 57th anniversary with flowers and chocolates!

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They watched “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” together, as well as shared a meal for their anniversary… Too sweet for words!!

Have a safe and restful long weekend, everyone!!

DIY: Wedding Sash and Garter

Weddings With Insight by Jackie Murphy:

The fabulous Renegade Seamstress has a DIY wedding sash and garter tutorial for those DIY brides out there! I am not so handy with the sewing machine (the bobbin, goes where?!!), but for those of you who have that special talent, here you go…

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:

YAY! It’s wedding season!

For those of you lucky enough to to have a beautiful bride in your life, or to be a beautiful bride yourself,


eHow asked me to create two tutorials especially for you…

How to Make a Sash for a Wedding Dress and How to Make a Bridal Garter.







Thanks for hopping over to eHow to check out these articles. If you have time, I’d love to know what you think of them. :)

Enjoy your weekend!


For refashion inspiration:


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Happy Three Year Blogversary!

I can’t believe that three years have gone by since I wrote this first blog posting!

Thanks so much to those of you who have stuck with Weddings With Insight since the beginning (my hubby Brian, Mom, Daddy, my sister Leslie!;), to those of you who joined somewhere in the middle, and to those of you who are new friends and readers! I appreciate your online “company” and support through this journey of engagements, weddings, teaching, and life!

Here’s to three more years and beyond…



DIY: Celtic Knot Headband

Weddings With Insight by Jackie Murphy:

Love this festive headband!

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:


Isn’t she beautiful!!! She’s a bit Celtic.

And I’m kind of fascinated with Celtic things.

I’d LOVE to take her to Scotland someday! If we’re ever lucky enough to travel there, the first thing on my agenda will be to head on over to our castle for a photo shoot!

“You have a castle in Scotland?” I can hear you asking.

Well, sort of.

You see, my maiden name is Crichton. Pronounced like Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park. (Oh, so fun to name drop) And I am a direct descendent of Lord William Crichton, who was Chancellor of Scotland (1439-1443 & 1448-1454). This was his castle and even though it changed hands throughout the ages, it’s still called the Crichton Castle, so I’m going with it. :) Crichton Castle Stables


Perfect place for a photo shoot don’t you think?


Someday, I’ll go there and take some pictures of Brooke in this courtyard…

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