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Adorable Custom Keepsake Pillow created from outgrown Christmas dresses

 Would you like a keepsake pillow created from Christmas dresses?

Pillow Keepsake created from Christmas Dresses

If you saved your kids’ first Christmas outfits and dresses, you could create a custom keepsake pillow to treasure for years to come. Those first Christmas outfits remind us of those magical Christmas Eve nights of putting out cookies for Santa and reading the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Everyone trying to go to sleep, but too excited wanting Christmas morning to come.

The memories are why we save those Christmas outfits. This custom pillow was designed from C’s first and second Christmas dresses and given to her Grandma for her birthday. The pillow showcases all the beautiful features from the dresses, like the sequins, rosettes, floral embroidery, and ruffles. This pictures show the front and back of the same pillow so Grandma can switch looks to keep things fresh.

Isn’t this a great gift for Grandma? She will love this personal keepsake especially if shopping for special occasion dresses has been Grandma’s treat. For the holidays, Grandma loves when your little one looks their best. Giving a gift of memories, such as a keepsake pillow,  is a meaningful gift she will treasure for years to come.

Pillows can be designed from one or several dresses or other pieces of clothing. Everything that makes the original outfit special will be on your new keepsake. It is so much fun to witness the transformation from clothing to keepsake. Each individually designed piece is so unique because no two projects are ever the same.

Boys clothes are fun, too!  Little ties, sweaters, and matching pants come together to create a special patchwork of memories. Plaids, stripes, toy trains, and other holiday cheer will make any keepsake pillow a special holiday treat.

For more information on custom keepsakes pillows, please visit here: http://www.onceuponatimecreation.com/Pillows-s/101.htm

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Puppy and Kitty by Once Upon a Time Creation

Sharing a Piece of Family History

Remember those lovely lambswool pillows we shared with you a bit ago?  Hildegard was so pleased with the pillows, she decided she wanted to share some of Great Grandma’s memories with the youngest members of the family.  Using the leftover lambswool from the coat (for the ears and tail) and a sweater of Hildegard’s from Germany, we created these lovable Puppy and Kitty Stuffies.

Kitty by Once Upon a Time Creation

Since these Stuffies combine clothing from the recipients’ Grandma and Great Grandma, these cute little guys represent a piece of family history.

What I love about these Creations is the story behind them.  When gifts like these are given, the stories are passed along with them.

Puppy by Once Upon a Time Creation

That just gave me an idea!!!  Maybe we should include note cards as part of our gift packaging, with the intention that the giver will write down the little bit of history that goes with the gift.  What do you think???

Pillows by Once Upon a Time Creation

Our name, Once Upon a Time Creation, originated because EVERYTHING we create has a back story.   How does every good story begin?  Once Upon a Time….

Maybe it’s time to encourage and facilitate the sharing of your story in written form.  I would love to know what you think.  Should we start including note cards as part of our gift packaging?

 

 

Valentine Surprise

T-shirt Pillow by Once Upon a Time Creation

This is such a great Valentine’s surprise.  Alison had this fun pillow created for her hubby from tees of their “life before kids”:)  The pillow is two-sided and includes t-shirts from things they would do when they were dating, places they went on their honeymoon, and lots more.

Can you feel the love???

Alison also had this Memory Blanket created.  It is a visual timeline of her life…schools, jobs, and favorite things!  Would love to be a fly on the wall as she tells her kids of all the stories behind the Blanket.

Enjoy your Memory Blanket, Alison and welcome to the Once Upon a Time Family!

Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

 

 

Pillows by Once Upon a Time Creation

Pillows from Great Grandma’s Lambswool Coat

Pillows by Once Upon a Time Creation

Hildegard saved her mother’s lambswool coat for years.  It was the one possession she brought back from Germany when her mother passed.  The coat was beautiful and meaningful, but not able to be worn.

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Vintage Chairs by Once Upon a Time Creation

Pair of Vintage Chairs

Vintage Chairs by Once Upon a Time Creation

This was one of those projects that was years in the making…no exaggeration!  I bought these chairs in pretty sorry shape at a local church sale about seven years ago. Yes…seven years ago!!!!   Just couldn’t resist the their unique design and sturdy construction.   The hubby is on a mission to clean out the garage so it was now or never for these chairs.

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What’s under your carpet? Tips to refinish your floor.

Refinish Floors by Once Upon a Time CreationThis was our “Girls Work Weekend” at the beach house.  The house (cottage) belongs to my parents and aunt and uncle and has been in the family for nearly 40 years.  I’m just a squatter, so will do whatever I can to help out.  We decided to rip the carpet up in one of the bedrooms, a task that had to be done without the guys around as we had no idea what was underneath.

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Vintage Door Desk

Sometimes finding the perfect desk can be more challenging than expected.  You would think it would be easy with so many choices out there.  But, of course, I couldn’t find exactly what we needed.   Continue reading

Barstool Facelift

Barstool After

Did you ever have something forever that you didn’t like, with the full intention of replacing it when you could afford “something better”?  Sometimes that day just doesn’t come:)  These barstools were that “something” for me. We purchased them at Target years ago in a rush because we needed them right away.

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Save money on your kitchen remodel

kitchen tips

There are so many ways to save a little money without sacrificing quality.  Here are five ways we saved during our kitchen remodel.

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Super Simple Spring Mantel

Here in the Northeast we cannot wait for spring.  Spotted these tulips at the grocery store and just had to bring them home.

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