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Once Upon a Time Creation Graduation Memory Blanket

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.

Once Upon a Time Creation Remembrance Keepsake Pillows

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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Once Upon a Time Creation Bedspread Remembrance Keepsake Pillows

Remembrance Keepsake Pillows

If you are not familiar with a Remembrance Keepsake, it is a tangible piece of something that holds special meaning to you in honor of a loved one that you have lost. It could be anything that helps you feel like a part of that person is still with you and reminds you of all the wonderful memories that you shared together.

We all have special memories from visiting Grandma. Each of our senses contribute to the memories of the time spent together…the scent of her perfume, the taste of her famous pie, the sound of her bracelets jingling, the sight of her garden, and the feel of her well loved chenille bedspread. When Grandma is no longer with us, it feels good to have something of hers as a remembrance keepsake of the love you shared.

There is something about those memories that makes us feel happy and content. Maybe it’s that Grandma always made you feel special. Maybe it’s because she was so genuinely proud of you. Maybe it’s because she always gave the best advice. Maybe she always listened without pretense or judgement.

When we lose Grandma, it leaves a hole in our heart. I truly believe that we all move on to a better place, but that doesn’t mean you miss them any less.

Over the years, we have created keepsakes with so many things that were near and dear to your hearts because of Grandma…an apron, a piece from her curtains, her favorite robe, the dress she wore to your wedding, her pajamas, and her bedspread.

We hope that having a remembrance keepsake gives you a tangible memory of your time together and facilitates the sharing of family stories. The next generation can look at a family tree and learn when and where she was born, but you will have to tell them about her. How she lived her life. Why she inspired you. What made her so special.

Hopefully talking about the generations that came before us will help us remember what we loved, what we want to change, and how we can live our best life.

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Something's Awry Productions Gumball Pillow by Once Upon a Time Creation

Commemorative Pillows for a Family of Filmmakers

What is your family into? Sports? Music? Art? How about Filmmaking? You don’t hear that everyday, right?

Something’s Awry Productions is a locally-owned, family-run production company that has produced many short films, commercials, and stop motion shorts. To commemorate their two most recent short films, we created these fun pillows. The fronts of the pillows showcase fabric printed snapshots of scenes from both films, monogrammed film logos, and coordinating fabric. The backs proudly display the company logo and award laurels.

Something's Awry Productions Alien Communications and Gumball Pillows by Once Upon a Time Creation

If you are not familiar with film production, it is a complex process. For those of us not in the industry, we will never fully understand everything that goes into making a film and the emotional investment made for each production.

So much time and energy are expended way before the first actor sets foot on set. The organization and sheer will of the Producer seem to be the driving force behind any production. Finding (or writing) the script, acquiring funding, casting, securing equipment and locations, wardrobe, and the list goes on…

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From what I hear, the actual filming is usually fast and furious. Locations and actors have time constraints and obviously, the longer filming takes the higher the budget reaches. It’s raining…uh oh, change in schedule. Actor is delayed…uh oh, change in schedule.  I am not sure I could handle that kind of stress!

After the lights and cameras are put away, post-production kicks in. Honestly, I have no idea what that entails. All I know is that editing a film is very technical and time consuming.

Something's Awry Productions Alien Communications Pillow by Once Upon a Time Creation

The unique family that founded Something’s Awry Productions does it all! Among the three brothers and mom, they each have unbelievable gifts and talents they bring to the table. They write, produce, direct, edit, promote, and do it all with creativity and professionalism.

Something's Awry Productions Pillow Backs with Award Laurels by Once Upon a Time Creation

Something’s Awry Productions has won awards all over the country for their stop motion animation and short film productions. Two of their most recent films that are featured on the pillows are Alien Communications and Gumball. Both were filmed locally in Chester County, PA.

Along with their short films, they produce commercials that have been picked up by major companies such as Lego and Mattel. Their creative view of the world and attention to detail shines through in each one of their productions.

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So are you as impressed with this family as I am? Did I mention that two brothers are still high school?! You heard it here…someday they will be honored on the Oscar stage. From now until then, I will be one of their biggest fans!

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We are so grateful to Something’s Awry Productions for creating our video. We were looking for a way to share our philosophy and process with you and they really nailed it. If you are looking for a new way to share your business and connect with your customers, please contact Amy and she will help you get started. You will not be disappointed!