Category Archives: Custom Keepsakes

Transform your treasured clothing into beautiful, lasting keepsakes.

Remembrance Keepsake Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

Remembrance Keepsake Memory Blanket for a Special Niece

A remembrance keepsake memory blanket created from clothing of a lost a loved one is a gift that we hope offers a bit of comfort to help ease the pain of grief.

 

In her desire to help her family, Nancy contacted us about designing a memory blanket for her niece in memory of her sister-in-law. She wasn’t sure what to do because all she had were scarves and one shirt, but wanted to create something special for her niece.

After chatting for a bit, we decided to create a memory blanket from her treasured clothing. We talked about the Bohemian nature of the fabrics and colors and also her sister-in-law’s style.

Remembrance Keepsake Memory Blanket designed from scarves by Once Upon a Time Creation

It is so important to talk about the person whose clothing it was and the person who will receive the gift.  We feel that both personalities should be reflected in the keepsake to truly honor both people.

As this was our first experience creating a blanket from scarves, Nancy and I went through a few design ideas, which were then tweaked in the studio before production began. We really wanted it to be obvious that the original clothing was scarves so keeping long, linear lines was important.  There was also fringe on one of the scarves that we wanted to incorporate.  In the end, we decided to switch the direction of a few of the scarves to add more dimension but still keep the feel of the scarves.

Remembrance Keepsake Memory Blanket designed from scarves by Once Upon a Time Creation

As always, the blanket is backed with a soft, cozy flannel. Our hope is that your remembrance keepsake memory blanket feels like a hug and helps bring a bit of comfort.

What kinds of sentimental clothing have you saved?

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For more remembrance keepsake ideas, here is a link to our Remembrance Gifts webpage: Remembrance Keepsakes and Gifts. To contact me directly, please call 610-202-7850 or (jen at onceuponatimecreation dot com). I am always here to help and am more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

Perfect birthday gift for the Philly sports fan

Birthday Gift for the Philly Sports Fan

Has your huge Philly sports fan collected tons of t-shirts? Are you always looking for that perfect birthday gift for the Philly sports fan in your life?

Perfect birthday gift for the Philly sports fan

Let’s face it, Philly fans are all heart. Whatever the season and whichever the team, Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, or Sixers, when our teams are doing well the city is just happy. People are a little more chatty when pouring their coffee at Wawa, we see more smiles on the streets, and the fan gear comes out in force. When the teams are not playing up to Philly standards, well…maybe we shouldn’t talk about that…it can get ugly! You have just found the perfect birthday gift for the Philly sports fan in your life.

This birthday gift for Sue was so much fun to put together. She collected some great t-shirts. There is a whole set that follows the Phillies amazing run leading up to their 2008 World Series victory. Sometimes you just can’t choose which side of the shirt you like best…so why not use both? The schedule or roster that’s on the back may be the best part!

Perfect Birthday Gift your your Philly Sports Fan with Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers t-shirts

Since Sue’s daughter, Lauren, went to Penn State, the Nittany Lions just had to represent. I just love the Joe Pa tee and of course, THON, is a huge part of the Penn State experience. If you are not familiar with THON (Dance Marathon), it is the largest student run philanthropy in the world and raises millions to combat pediatric cancer.

Philly family from Carl's Cards and Collectibles and the Hamels Foundation

The best part of creating this blanket was planning it with Sue and Lauren. With every shirt, there’s a story of why it holds special memories. As we went through the pile, it became so clear what was really important. Obviously it was amazing that the Phillies won the World Series, but the best part was that this family of Phillies fans got to experience the ride together. They go to spring training together, cheer at the games together, mourn the defeats and celebrate the victories together.

Philly family from Carl's Cards and Collectibles and the Hamels Foundation

Philadelphia doesn’t realize what they have in this family. Lauren is a devoted supporter of the Hamels Foundation, which raises funds to support education in the U.S. and abroad. Sue and her husband Carl, own Carl’s Cards and Collectibles in Havertown offering all kids of memorabilia, hosting signing events, and supporting the local community.

If you are looking for the perfect birthday gift for your Philly fan, I look forward to working with you! For more information on creating your memory blanket, please click here. Are you ready to go? You can schedule an appointment in our Paoli studio  here: Book My Appointment. Questions? Please connect me by phone 610-202-7850 or email (jen at onceuponatimecreation.com).

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Memory Blanket Mothers Day gift designed from outgrown baby clothes by Once Upon a Time Creation

Looking for a very special Mothers Day Gift Idea?

This wonderful Mom of twins could not have asked for a better Mothers Day Gift Idea.

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Sarah’s boys were born seven years ago.  As any Mom knows, the first days and nights with your newborn are some of the most challenging and rewarding times of motherhood. The lack of sleep, crazy hormones, and physical recovery are overshadowed by the unconditional love you feel for you new baby.  It goes by in a flash, but the memories live on.

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All those tiny little onesies, pjs, and soft, cozy outfits your baby wore in those first few months quickly pass through the dresser as your baby grows faster than you could ever imagine. Before you know it, newborn clothes are replaced by 3 – 6 months, then 6 – 9. It seems like minutes, not months, have passed when you are planning their first birthday party.

As Moms, we manage the daily struggle between giving our kids independence as they grow and holding on to their childhood with both hands. We treasure those baby clothes so much we remember those wonderful baby moments…falling asleep in your arms, the first smile, the first “Dada” and “Mama”, and the looks of sheer wonder because everything is new.

In our yearning to hep other new parents, we may pass along that bouncy seat, stroller, and some of the clothes. But we hold on to our favorites with the hopes that someday we can enjoy them again.

For Sarah, that day has come. She finally pulled those tiny outfits out of storage and ordered the Mother’s Day gift she has been wanting for years.  As we talked through the pile of baby clothes sitting before us, it was fun for her reminisce about how little the boys were and how crazy life can be with twins. By the time we finished planning Sarah’s blanket, she was giddy with excitement and I had gained a friend. Listening to the memories and stories that accompany those baby clothes and learning about what the boys are like now was so much fun.

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If you or a friend have saved baby clothes, i would love to help you and your families enjoy them in a new way. Not only does Mom love seeing the baby clothes again, the kids think it’s great too. They cannot believe they were ever that little and have fun analyzing every little square. To snuggle up with your kiddos under her new blanket is the icing on the cake!

To learn more about creating your memory blanket, please visit our website: Memory Blankets

If you have been looking for the perfect Mothers Day gift idea and are ready to go, there are two ways to order. If you are local to our studio in Paoli, PA, please schedule an in person consultation here: Book My Appointment. If you would rather coordinate by mail, please give me a call (610-202-7850), email me (jen at onceuponatimecreation.com), or place an order from our website.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

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T-shirt Memory Blanket Graduation Gift Once Upon a Time Creation

Looking for a unique high school graduation gift ?

A t-shirt quilt or memory blanket is the perfect high school graduation gift your graduate will treasure for years to come.

Graduation is such an exciting time. One chapter ends and a new one begins. As parents, we strive to give our kids roots and wings. Roots to teach them love, stability, and the meaning of family and wings to encourage them to embrace new experiences and  live the life they dream of.

Graduation Gift T-shirt Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

Graduation is a moment in time when we reflect on where our young adult has been, where they are going, and most importantly, how much we love them. It’s also the time to celebrate accomplishments and remember all the wonderful experiences that have brought them to this point. To celebrate this huge milestone, we want to give the high school graduation gift they will love.

High School Graduation Gift Idea and Custom Keepsake Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation created in Malvern, PA with t-shirts and jerseys.

A person’s clothes tell their story. So many precious memories are reflected in the clothes we save. From your favorite baby outfit, to the little league t-shirt, to the jersey you washed yesterday, the clothes reflect the life.

Graduation Memory T-shirt Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

A memory or t-shirt blanket (or pillow) created from clothes you have saved over the years is a fun way for your graduate to celebrate the memories and experiences that have helped shape who they are today.  Family vacations, schools, favorite teams, jerseys, races, shows, concerts, and uniforms are just some of the ways life is reflected on your graduate’s memory blanket.

High School Graduation Gift Idea and Memory Blanket Custom Keepsake Memory by Once Upon a Time Creation designed in Malvern, PA from uniforms, sweatshirts, and t-shirts.

It’s so easy. You can either bring your clothing to us and we can discuss your project in person or you can mail your clothing and we can talk over the phone or e-mail. Appointments can be scheduled on our website.

Some parents like to completely surprise their graduate and others bring their graduate to the appointment so we can talk through everything together.  Then the blanket is gift wrapped to be opened at graduation.

High School Graduation Gift Idea and Custom Keepsake Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation created in Malvern, PA with t-shirts.

Your graduate will love their high school graduation gift. The gift of memories will be treasured for years to come and is created to be used and loved. It is machine washable!

I am here to answer and questions you may have and look forward to helping you in any way I can. (610-202-7850 or jen at onceuponatimecreation.com) Please click here for sizing and pricing or here to schedule an appointment.

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A Baby Clothes Memory Blanket makes a truly unique 60th Birthday Gift!

After saving baby clothes from her two sons, Mom finally got her memory blanket for her 60th birthday gift.

Even though both her boys now have their own kids, MT still held on to their baby clothes waiting to find the perfect idea to repurpose them. Our kids are still our babies even when they grow up and it is always fun to remember the days when they were little.

Memory Blanket filled with her sons' baby clothes by Once Upon a Time Creation

Memory Blanket filled with her sons’ baby clothes.

For a while, MT and her sister J had been talking about doing something fun with the baby clothes they saved from their kids. So for MT’s 60th birthday, J sent us a box filled with tiny little clothes from when MT’s boys were babies.

This was our first request for a “foot blanket”, a decorative blanket to lay at the foot of the bed.  Since MT’s room at her beach house is blue, white, and yellow, theses baby clothes are perfect! This blanket is filled with rompers, sweaters, bonnets, a little suit, and more.

Memory Blanket from Baby Clothes by Once Upon a Time Creation

J sent us this very kind note after she gave MT her blanket.

“Tears and love and laughter! T was beyond words with the warm memories you created in the foot blanket! Your talent to take the outfits she carried her newborn babies home from the hospital in; celebrated their first holidays and milestones in are now a warm, beautiful memory she will enjoy daily!

There can be no greater gift in life & the blanket is a daily reminder of incredible blessings! Thanks again Jen!”

Time passes by so fast.  We are so happy to give MT a fun way to remember the time when her boys were little as she now embraces life with grown kids that have families of their own.  After all, being a Grandma is pretty awesome!

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Memory Blanket from Baby Clothes by Once Upon a Time Creation

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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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Welcome, Linda!

We would like to welcome Linda Mann to the Once Upon a Time Creation family!

We are so excited to have Linda on board.  Linda’s love of sewing, attention to detail, and eye for design make her a true asset to our team.  She is a fantastic person, as well as, an experienced seamstress and quilter.

We love her and know you will, too!

Linda, welcome to Once Upon a Time Creation

Four Simple Principles by Once Upon a Time Creation

Four Simple Principles

With Spring comes a wonderfully busy season.  We all wake up from a long winter, long to get outside and appreciate life anew.

For some, it also means big changes.  In our house, we have one “graduating” from elementary and entering middle school and another moving from middle to high school.  As parents, these are the times we reflect and hope that we have prepared them for the next phase. (And secretly pray that we will guide them in the right direction going forward).  Each part of life’s journey brings lesson to be learned, doors to be opened, and opportunities to discover who we are.

I hope as my kids grow into the adults they will someday be, they remember these guiding principles along their journey…

Be Who You Are.  Every single person has their own unique challenges and talents.  Your true friends will accept your faults and celebrate your successes.  Be true to yourself and follow your passion.

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Work Hard.  Talent and God’s gifts only get you part way.  The rest is up to you.

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Listen.  To what is going on around you.  To those that love and care for you.  To yourself.  Your inner voice, your conscience, will guide you, both in the everyday choices and life-changing decisions.

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Be Kind.  You may be surprised if you had to walk in someone else’s shoes.  A smile and helping hand go a long way.

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To parents and kids everywhere…

“Love the Life You Live, Live the Life You Love”  ~ Bob Marley

Happy Spring,

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Penn State Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

Creating your Memory Blanket

You have saved t-shirts, sweatshirts, jerseys, pjs, golf shirts and more for years.  Now you are ready to create your special gift. What next?

If you live in the Philly area, you bring your clothes to our studio and we go through all your things together to choose the gift that best fits your needs.  If you are mailing your clothes, we chat on the phone before beginning your project.  Click here for our contact information.

Then, the creative process begins…

We custom cut your memory blanket squares to maximize the size of your blanket and ensure your logos are nicely displayed.  Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

Have a shirt that is smaller than the rest?  Want to add a patch or small piece of clothing?  We appliqué your smaller items on to your blanket.Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

We can combine two, three, or even four pieces of clothing to create one fun square.  Some examples of items to combine:  a home and away jersey, the pants and shirt from an outfit or pjs, two shirts from the same place in different colors, or four chest logos.Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

We appliqué names and /or numbers from the back of your jersey onto the front to fully represent your team experience.Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

We back your blanket in a cozy, soft, high quality, pre-washed flannel in your choice of a variety of colors.  Your blanket will showcase a three inch border of your backing color.  This border creates a beautiful “frame” for your work of art.Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

You can choose the direction of your blanket.  Your logos can either face one direction (great for the twin and queen sizes), or face in different directions (the preferred display for the large throw blanket size).

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Large Throw Size

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Twin Size

You can add a monogram or name.Memory Blanket Monogram

You will receive your Memory Blanket beautifully wrapped, ready to be given to your loved one.

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In studio pick-up.

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By mail.

The extra fabric can be used to create other gifts, perfect for Remembrance creations that can be shared throughout the family.

Remembrance Ornament by Once Upon a Time Creation

Ornaments

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All our creations are sewn with love by one of our qualified, experienced seamstresses, personally vested in making your gift the best it can be.

To learn more about sizes and styles, click here.

To order your Memory Blanket, click here.

 

Once Upon a Time Creation St. Paddy's Day

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Not sure about you, but celebrating St. Patrick’s Day has changed for us over the years from crazy all-day bar tours to enjoying “one” Guinness, a dinner of ham and cabbage, and listening to some good music.   This year, we were lucky to celebrate with family and friends.

On Saturday, my daughter had her first concert with her band and many of our family and friends came to support their efforts.  Afterward, they came back to our house for a little St. Paddy’s Day food and fun.

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The whole day reminded me of what an amazing group of family and friends we are blessed with.   Most drove close to an hour to come see the concert, brought snacks to share afterward, and of course, provided lots of laughs!

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It takes a special group of people to support each other in times of hurt and disappointment, celebrate and take pride in each other’s victories, and call us out on the things we will probably regret:)

All relationships need time together, just for fun.  As our lives get busier, this is sometimes hard to remember.  This weekend was my reminder to nurture and treasure the people around us, make an effort to see people we miss, and just enjoy each other’s company.

Once Upon a Time Creation St. Paddy's Day

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day:

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!