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Precious Petals Memory Blanket

Did you receive a gift when your baby was born with their name monogrammed on it? Maybe it was a burp cloth, a blanket, or bib?  You loved and held on to that precious gift because it was beautiful, functional, and made especially for YOUR baby. What do you do with it once your baby no longer needs it? Save it for a memory blanket!

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The Precious Petals Memory Blanket we are sharing today is for Delaney, a fun, full-of-life little girl who has her name monogrammed on many, many of her things. This is one of the perks when your Mom, Colleen, is the Founder and CEO of Baby Be Hip, specializing in unique, personalized baby gifts.

Precious Petals Memory Blanket from baby keepsakes by Once Upon a Time Creation

As you know, my favorite part about creating your keepsake is hearing the stories behind the clothes you have saved. This blanket was no exception! When I was looking through the bag of goodies Colleen gave me to create Delaney’s blanket, there was one piece in the pile that I was sure was in the bag by mistake. There was a well-loved fleece baby blanket with the name “Julia” monogrammed on it. As none of Colleen’s kids are named Julia, I was a little stumped.

Precious Petals Memory Blanket from baby keepsakes by Once Upon a Time Creation

I asked Colleen about it and she just laughed. Apparently, Delaney found that blanket one day while helping her Mom out at Baby Be Hip. She loved the satin edging on it so much, she asked if she could take it home. Since this particular blanket was not intended to be shipped, the Julia blanket went home with Delaney and became one of her favorites.

After looking through this pile of treasured keepsakes, I realized that our traditional blanket was just not going to work for this project. There were many sizes and textures, providing the perfect opportunity for a new design idea. Colleen was all for it and we are so happy with how it turned out.

Precious Petals Memory Blanket from baby clothes by Once Upon a Time Creation

The light pink petals along the outer edge of the flower came from two fleece blankets with a satin edge. Since Delaney just loves the satin edge, we added the satin pieces to two of the corners of the new blanket. Each of the blanket petals is accented with a beautifully embroidered white petal that came from one of Delaney’s dresses.

Memory Blanket Satin Trim

The dark pink petals with the white monogrammed “Delaney” are cut from the valance that was hanging in Delaney’s room. It had stripes of pink floral and solid green along the edges. The accent colors are peeking through the smaller petals near the center.

Precious Petals Memory Blanket from baby keepsakes by Once Upon a Time Creation

The smallest petals closest to the center were created from several bibs and the back one of Delaney’s t-shirts.  They are a soft jersey knit and compliment the rest of the flower perfectly. You can probably guess where the center came from…Delaney’s 3rd birthday tee!

I loved working on this project for so many reasons. It was fun to envision a new, unique design that would complement Delaney’s favorite things. I love that Delaney will have one blanket that she can take everywhere and treasure for many years to come. Last, but not least, it was great to get to work with Colleen. We have known each other for a long time (think grade school), lost touch for a while, and have recently reconnected through our businesses.

Precious Petals Memory Blanket from baby clothes by Once Upon a Time Creation

Colleen is one of those people that you can’t help but admire. She is the loving mom of four wonderful kids (one with special needs), runs a growing, thriving business, and helps the community around her. As Colleen shares her experiences with others, she has shown that life is about family, challenges are a blessing, and you can do anything you set your mind to.

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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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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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Aqua Pearl becomes a new favorite for T-Shirt Blankets

Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

This “Aqua Pearl” flannel was all the rage this summer.  It’s a beautiful color and the girls just love it!

T-Shirt Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

Happy 8th Grade Graduation, Emma!

T-Shirt Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

Happy 10th Birthday to Ashley!

Space Program Memory Blanket

Space Memory Blanket

This blanket was a birthday gift from Andrea to her hubby. They worked together on the space program when they lived in Houston. Check out all these great tees!

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