Camp Achieve T-shirt Memory Blanket

Camp Achieve T-shirt Memory Blanket

When a child is effected with a serious illness or disability, we do our very best to help that child receive the treatment and care they need. Along with the medical treatment, we all want that child to be able to be a kid…to play, experience joy, and make friends.  Places like Camp Achieve are doing just that for children with epilepsy.  We had the opportunity to create a Camp Achieve T-shirt Memory Blanket and learn more about this amazing place.

Camp Achieve for children with Epilepsy

“The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA believes no child should feel alone, ostracized or unsafe because of their epilepsy. We strive to alleviate the stresses and fears that many children with epilepsy suffer from by providing them access to all of the life experiences they deserve. Camp Achieve is key to accomplishing this goal. From its humble beginnings over 20 years ago, Camp Achieve has become a uniquely designed program tailored to the special needs of youths with epilepsy.” ~ The Foundation of Eastern PA

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This Memory Blanket was commissioned as a birthday gift from sister to sister. Sue gathered Maria’s t-shirts she has saved from her years volunteering at Camp Achieve to create a special gift for someone who has given so much of her time.

Maria loved her Memory Blanket because of her love for Camp Achieve. After she received her gift, we asked her more about Camp and what we can do to support it.

How did you get involved with Camp Achieve?

“About 10 years ago, I needed something more in my life, something fulfilling. My Neurologist told me about the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pa’s Camp Achieve. Here I am in my 9th year!”

Camp Achieve for children with Epilepsy

What activities can camp goers participate in at Camp Achieve? 

“Camp Achieve is a uniquely designed week long camp with trained medical staff and counselors that specialize in the needs of pre-teens and teens with epilepsy. Campers enjoy swimming, canoeing, arts/crafts, archery, wall climbing and educational activities that helps them understand their epilepsy and the medication they need to take.”

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Are the Camp Achieve counselors all volunteers?

“The Medical Staff consist of nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Neurologists and Epileptologists from surrounding Health Systems in the tri-state area.

The counselors are all volunteers and the majority have epilepsy. A good percentage started out as Campers”

What have you learned about those living with epilepsy from volunteering at Camp Achieve?

“Having Epilepsy myself, I learned I’m not alone.

Being with these kids, I’ve learned you can’t be upset about the little issues in life. There’s more to life than having seizures!”

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How can we help Camp Achieve?

“We use a lot of supplies for a week at camp. Everything from crayons for art, to snacks to take with medication, to cooling towels so no one has a seizure secondary to the hot weather. The Foundation does have a Grant A Wish site on Facebook with an Amazon list. They always appreciate any donation that may help a child assisting in their camp fee.

This Camp is the best! These kids look forward to it every year! We have a reunion every January and it’s so nice to see everyone so excited to see each other! This year we will have 70 kids!!”

If you would like to follow and support Camp Achieve, please click through…

To make a monetary donation: https://www.efepa.org/donation/

To follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EpilepsyFoundationEasternPA  (annual camp wish list links will be posted here).

Thank you for learning about Camp Achieve and supporting their efforts!

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If you would like to commission a Memory Blanket for a loved one, please visit Once Upon a Time Creation.

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Baptism Baby Blankets created from a Wedding Dress

Is your wedding dress stuck in a box in the attic? Have you thought about converting it into something else?  Here is one idea for you…Baptism Blankets for your kids or grandkids.

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Transforming this wedding dress was our first project from Fargo, North Dakota.  Since we are about 1400 miles away from each other, we coordinated everything by mail.

Starting with a phone conversation, we discussed the age and condition of the wedding dress and needs of the family.

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After Once Upon a Time Creation received the wedding dress, we finalized the design by sending pictures and discussing ideas by text. Our goal is to honor the style of the original wedding dress while also meeting the needs of the keepsake’s recipient.

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After the creation was complete, we took pictures to send before shipping. It’s so hard to wait until the package arrives to see a custom creation!

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Before putting in the shipping box, we carefully wrapped the Baptism Blankets in plastic and tissue to ensure safe travels. We always ship Fed Ex because they are fast and the tracking is spot on.

After the package was delivered, we waited with bated breath. We were so happy when Cheryl texted how happy she was with her creations.  Here is Cheryl’s review posted on our website, “I am so very happy with the blanket Jen made for me! Worth every penny to have this keep sake in the family for generations!”

No matter how many projects we create, we are always nervous until the recipient receives their keepsake. We understand how precious your treasured clothing is and do our very best to create the gift you and your family will love.

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If you would like Once Upon a Time Creation to design a custom keepsake for you, please visit: www.OnceUponaTimeCreation.com or email jen at onceuponatimecreation dot com

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Custom Keepsakes from Men’s Clothing and Neck Ties

Losing a loved one is never easy. Even if someone has lived a long, full life and was very sick in their last years, you are never quite prepared for that person to not be part of your life. Creating custom keepsakes to honor that person may help you and your family in your journey to peace.

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Not only are you struggling with the emotional loss of someone dear, you may have to muddle through all the required tasks that come after someone passes away. One of the tasks that can be the most difficult is going through your loved one’s clothes.

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The scent and memories of your loved one are so much a part of those clothes it can be seem daunting to part with them. Our mission is to make that step a little easier for you. By creating keepsakes from the really special pieces of clothing, it somehow makes it easier to pass on the rest.

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All of these custom keepsakes were created out of clothing from a lost loved one and accented with men’s neck ties. So many times, the ties a man wears encompass his passions and showcase the way he presented himself to the world.

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If you have saved clothes and ties from your loved one and would like to incorporate them in a keepsake, please reach out, we would love to help you. We will walk you through the process and help you choose keepsakes that will be meaningful and practical for your family.

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Tooth Fairy Pillows

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Here is the link to our website with more information about custom remembrance keepsakes offered by Once Upon a Time Creation.  www.onceuponatimecreation.com

If you have questions, please email Jen (at) onceuponatimecreation.com

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Cheer Memory Blankets

Cheer Memories

Have you ever watched a cheer competition? Anyone who questions whether cheer is a sport is just crazy. The strength, tumbling ability, and coordination these teams display is unreal.

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The girls and guys who cheer combine stage presence, athleticism, and timing to create routines that are truly extraordinary. There are flyers (the ones who get thrown in the air) and bases/backs (the ones who do the throwing). There are extensions, cradles, and basket tosses. (Here is a link to a glossary to help you with the translate: Cheer Lingo)

Cheerleaders are fierce competitors who work hard to perfect all the nuances of a routine. Dance classes, tumbling and gymnastics training, and hours of synchronized practice all help the team bring it to the next level.

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Cheerleaders support the other sports at their school or in their community league and then compete in their own competitions against other squads. They do it all with a smile on their face and a bounce in their step because they LOVE it!

If you have never watched a cheer routine, next time you are on YouTube, give it a search. You will be amazed. (And probably happy you are not the mom of the flyer, that can be tough on the nerves!)

To all the cheerleaders out there working your butts off…keep up the hustle, you are killin’ it!!!

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In the words of our favorite cheer coach, Coach Kirsten, “Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It!”

If you are in the Malvern area and would like to learn more about cheer, here are a couple links to get you started: Sideline Cheer  Competitive Cheer

If you would like to order your own Cheer Memory Blanket, please visit our website: Once Upon a Time Creation

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Remembrance Keepsake Loveys for Organize 365

Did you ever want to do a project but got stuck because you didn’t know who could help you bring your vision into reality? Lisa Woodruff from Organize 365 has encouraged her clients for years to transform their sentimental clothing into a memory blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, or remembrance keepsake but she didn’t know where to send them to have that done. Now she does!

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We are so grateful for our partnership with Lisa and especially thankful for her podcast featuring all the keepsakes created by Once Upon a Time Creation. She beautifully captures the essence of our service. If you would like to listen, here is the link: https://organize365.com/once-upon-a-creation/

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Lisa also commissioned us to create keepsakes to honor her grandmother. Her grandmother had impeccable taste in clothes and Lisa saved a few pieces that are special to her and her family. These sunny yellow sweaters and pants make you smile just to look at them!

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Her goal was to create meaningful keepsakes for her Mom and Aunt to celebrate the memory of their Mom. These Doll Loveys are so sweet in their cheery yellow with beautiful flowers and adorable bees. We hope that when they are held and looked upon, they bring back happy memories and carry a feeling of peace and love.

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If you would like Lisa to help you organize your home, please check out her website Organize 365. Her introductory class is Organization 101: The Sunday Basket. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

To create lasting keepsakes from your treasured clothing, please contact us here at Once Upon a Time Creation. We have created meaningful gifts, such as memory blankets, pillows, loveys, totes, ornaments, and more from all kinds of clothing and would love to help you. If you are local to the Philly area, you are welcome to come to our studio. If not, we can coordinate your project by mail.

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Remembrance Keepsakes for the family behind WhirlAway Travel

Losing someone we love is difficult in so many ways. The hurt and healing come in waves and the journey to peace is different for everyone. Our mission is to help you with one step along the path, the challenging task of going through your loved one’s clothing. By transforming some of the most precious pieces into remembrance keepsakes, you have the opportunity to enjoy your memories in a new way with a beautiful tribute in your home.

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After Patty lost her husband, she came into our studio to create remembrance keepsakes for her family. Starting with a bin full of neatly folded button downs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball hats, we talked about the members of her family and which pieces of clothing would be most special to them. Through the creation of blankets and ornaments, everyone now has a meaningful gift to honor a man that brought so much joy to their lives.

One of the recipients of a memory blanket made from her Dad’s colorful button downs and t-shirts, is Jamie Jones.  Through our time creating her family’s keepsakes and as fellow business owners, Jamie and I have become friends. I would like to introduce you to Jamie, the owner of WhirlAway Travel in West Chester, PA, so she can share a little about her Dad, her path to owning her business, and how she may be able to help you plan your dream vacation.

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Jamie, we are so sorry about the loss of your Dad. Can you tell us a little about him?

“Thank you.  My dad was amazing.  He had a quiet calm about him that was so comforting and reassuring.  My dad was a man’s man.  He believed in getting up early and doing something productive.  I can recall only 2 times when he was too sick to get out of bed!  He was a business owner, and when his first business was sold he started another.  He was always involved in something, whether it be renovating a house, maintaining one of his rental properties, taking care of his horses, taking his dog on long walks, or spending time with friends and family.  He was also my biggest support when I joined the family business.”

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I learned from your Mom that WhirlAway Travel is a family business. How long have you been serving the community? What prompted your parents to get into the travel business?

“My mom bought WhirlAway Travel 31 years ago.  We have maintained a store front location in West Chester the whole time.  Prior to her purchasing the agency my Mom worked for another agency.  Entrepreneurship runs in our family.  My Dad owned a commercial laundry, which was also a family business. All of my Mom’s brothers and sister own their own businesses as well.  I guess we don’t work well for others!”

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What was your favorite vacation as a child and as an adult?

“My favorite vacation as a child was to the Cayman Islands.  We used to go every Christmas and my parents would go twice a year.  The Cayman Islands was our version of the Jersey Shore.  As an adult my favorite trip was to Southern Africa.  It was not really a vacation but it was the most incredible place I have ever been.  I traveled with a few other travel professionals to learn about the destination and experience some of our preferred hotels and resorts.  I made some lifelong friends, tasted some of the best food and wine I have ever had, and had the opportunity to see wildlife where they belong, in the wild. “

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What are some of the benefits of having you plan a vacation verse trying to do it yourself? 

“I would say the biggest benefit of having WhirlAway plan your vacation is that we do this every single day, whereas most people plan a vacation once or twice a year.  We are able to cut through the clutter of online information overload and help you find a vacation that is going to fit your needs, not someone else’s.  We see destinations and hotels first hand and have partners all over the world for destinations we have not been to.  We also can get our clients perks – complimentary breakfast, resort and spa credits, upgrades, etc, that you cannot get on your own.  We work on our client’s behalf from the time they hire us until they return so they always have an advocate.  We also provide an interactive mobile itinerary so that everything is at their fingertips while they are traveling.  When someone asks what we do, I tell them that the only thing we are limited by is the imagination and their budget!”

What are some hot vacation destinations for your clients?

“Hot destinations – Iceland, Africa, the Caribbean, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific, and of course Italy are all in high demand.  We are also seeing many more requests for exotic and off the beaten path destinations as well as an increase in domestic travel.”

Thank you for spending time with us today,

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WhirlAway Travel believes that opening our minds and hearts to appreciate the diversity that makes us all unique is essential for the future of our world. If you would like Jamie and her team to help you plan your next trip, please visit their website or give them a call 610-431-3642.

If you would like help transforming your special clothing into lasting keepsakes, Once Upon a Time Creation is here for you.

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Perspective on Parenting: Our Live Radio Appearance

In November, my daughter, Madeleine, and I had the opportunity to be guests of Julia Sherwin on her radio show Perspectives on Parenting. It was the first time either of us was on live radio so we were pretty nervous, but Julia made us feel right at ease and it was an amazing experience.

 Julia and I met in the spring when we created a memory blanket for her son. During Julia’s consultation, I learned about her background and radio show. She offered to have us on the show and I finally mustered up the courage to contact her about it later in the fall.
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Now we are turning the tables so you can learn about Julia and her weekly radio show, Perspectives on Parenting. She hosts guests and experts each week to help all of us through the trials and tribulations of parenting.
We hope you enjoy this interview with Julia and would love for you to check out her show live (Mondays from 1:00- 1:30 on WHCE 1520 AM) or on the recorded podcasts, which can be found at Perspective on Parenting.
How did you get started with Perspective on Parenting?
“Perspective on Parenting began as a bi-weekly column in the newspaper here in Chester County. I decided to use my journalism and professional writing background to share some of the stories and insights I experienced as a mom, but mainly to try to build a forum for other parents to communicate. Parenting is absolutely the hardest job in the world, so I wanted to see what other parents were experiencing and, in the process, help me become a better mom. After a little more than a year as a columnist, I launched the radio version in Sept. of 2014.”
What do you like most about live radio?
“I love the element of surprise. I’m learning along with my listeners as I interview each of my guests. I think that keeps it fresh and authentic for me, as an interviewer.”
Have any of your guests helped you with a particular parenting struggle?
“Yes, they all have in some way, even if it’s something I haven’t yet encountered as a parent. I’ve been most impacted by parents who’ve lost children, and some of their stories have stayed with me. I have especially learned from positive discipline experts and psychologists I’ve had on the show. It’s so important that children hear more about what they’re doing well than what they’re doing wrong.”
Do you have any quick tips or life hacks for women juggling a career and family?
“I have less time with my children now that I work more and they’re all school aged. I try to make sure our moments together are filled with quality time and family traditions. Even if they are just helping me prepare a meal or sit with me on the bed when I’m working on my laptop, it’s a chance for us to share our day together.”
Where can people find and follow you?
“I’m all the usual places on social media. Facebook at Perspective on Parenting, Instagram the same and Twitter at JuliaSherwinPoP . “
Thank you for joining us today,
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If you would like to listen, here is the recording of our episode. Madeleine and I were on the show together because we launched a new business in 2016. GiGY has turned the world of gig bags (soft cases for instruments) upside down with a customizable, build your own system so that every musician can have a gig bag as cool as they are. We talk about Once Upon a Time Creation and GiGY and then Madeleine performs at the end.
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Once Upon a Time Creation Little League Baseball Keepsakes

Little League Baseball Keepsakes

Does your son or daughter play Little League? Do you have a colorful collection of jerseys and hats that you have accumulated through their “career”?  Here are some fun, functional baseball keepsake ideas so you can clear out those drawers AND enjoy your spring memories.

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These memory pillows and blankets are perfect for room decor. They help your child remember how much fun they have playing and get to see their accomplishments every day.

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It’s ok to mix sports and other clothing in one memory blanket! Your keepsake is all about what is important to you and your family.

Once Upon a Time Creation Little League Baseball Keepsake Pillows

Baseball memory pillows and blankets also make great gifts for Dad’s birthday or Father’s Day or for your beloved coach who has donated so much of their time.

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Once Upon a Time Creation Little League Baseball Keepsakes

If you have questions, we are always here to help with decide which keepsake ideas would work best for you and your family. (jen at onceuponatimecreation.com)

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For more information or to place an order, please visit our website: Once Upon a Time Creation

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Why I Love Serving My Community

Hello there, my friends.

Do you have days when you stumble and really need to dig deep to overcome your challenges? Do you ever wonder what the next step is and whether you are making the right decisions? Please tell me this happens to everyone and not just me.

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I have to admit, there are moments when owning your own business is tough and presents challenges that I may not face if I was working in a larger environment with a big team and other departments to rely on. But then, when one of you walks through our studio door, I am reminded once again why I love and am so committed to Once Upon a Time Creation.

Every consultation either brings someone new and amazing into my life or teaches me something extraordinary about someone I already know. Everyone has a story that evolves as they go through life. Their story is different from mine, which is different from yours, which is different from everyone else.

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Whether we coordinate your keepsake in person or by mail, once we work on a project together, you are no longer a “client”, but a friend who has trusted us with some of your most precious memories. We may laugh together, or we might cry, but either way, you inspire me every day.

Hearing your stories and learning about you and your loved ones brings me back to understanding why we do what we do and why I love it so much. Each of you is unique, so each keepsake is a one-of-a-kind treasure made specially for you in honor of the history behind it.

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Maybe it’s because we have been at this a long time, but it hit me a few times this year how we have been through so much together. We have helped you keep special things as you move to a new house. We have celebrated when your kids graduated. We have created surprise gifts for milestone birthdays and retirements. We have rejoiced when your child married their soulmate. We have mourned the loss of your loved ones.

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Sometimes I wish we could do more. When you ask for a donation, I wish we could give every one of you a Memory Blanket for your auction. But, if we did that, we would be out of business and no good to anyone. So we do what we can and absolutely LOVE the opportunity to donate gift certificates to your fundraisers and causes. Because of YOU and all you do, our community continues to amaze me.

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Our connections are deep. Once Upon a Time Creation will continue to be here to serve you and the community, because you believe in what we do and we believe in the strength of relationships and memories. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing our services with your friends and family and continuing to trust us with your treasured memories.

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Receiving Blanket Keepsake Ideas

Remember that receiving blanket the nurses wrapped your newborn baby in after they were born? Did you keep it? What can you do with it? Instead of storing it away, transform it into a Receiving Blanket Keepsake, like a teddy bear.

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Almost everyone who has had a baby brought their precious little one home from the hospital with their first blanket. You know the one…it’s cream or white with blue and pink stripes along the edges and it usually has the hospital where you delivered your baby imprinted in one of the corners.  Do you still have it? Have you been looking to create a Receiving Blanket Keepsake that you and your child can treasure for years to come.

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If you are loving the idea of a Receiving Blanket Keepsake, but not sure if a teddy bear will work for your family, what brings a smile to your face? Maybe a dog, cat, or bunny? Or maybe including the blanket with other outgrown clothes in a larger memory blanket that your child can use as he or she grows? Or maybe a tooth fairy pillow? Or a Christmas ornament? Your keepsake can also be embroidered with your child’s name and birthdate.

Whatever you choose as the best way to savor this memory on your family, Once Upon a Time Creation is here to help. Here is the link to our website page with all the ideas of what you can create from your baby’s outgrown clothes and blankets: http://www.onceuponatimecreation.com/From-Baby-Clothes-s/121.htm

If you live in the Philadelphia area, you are welcome to come to our studio to see samples and talk about your keepsake ideas in person (the link to schedule an appointment is right below the menu on our website). If you would like to coordinate by mail, we’re happy to do that too!

Our mission is to create beautiful, functional keepsakes your family will love!

Looking forward to working with you,

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