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A Memory Blanket Tradition Among Lifelong Friends

You may have met in elementary school, at the middle school lunch table, your dorm hall freshman year, or maybe even later.  You may have all met at once or built your family of friends over time. They are your biggest cheerleaders, your trusted advisors, the ones that have stuck by you year after year. They are your family of friends.

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At the beginning, it was all about the fun. They make you laugh, you can have a good time anywhere, and they just get you. Then something not-so-great happens and you realize you can depend on each other for stability, guidance, and reassurance.

As we grow and change, these are the friends who are supportive, honest, and truly have your best interest at heart. They are there for the little things like a cup of coffee, a day at the beach, or a night out.

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And they are there for the big things like graduations, wedding days, and bringing baby home from the hospital. They have supported you through life’s twists and turns… careers, houses, toddlers, teens, and so much more.

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One of life’s sweetest pleasures is when your kids become friends with your friend’s kids. Not because they go to school together, or play on the same team, just because they get along, have a good time together, and have an inherit sense of trust. They have grown up together in one way or another. Maybe they live in the same town or maybe they only see each other for an annual group getaway. Either way, there is a special bond.

You love your friends’ kids like your own. You cheer when they succeed and support them when they need a boost. You love them for who they are and want the very best for them in whichever path they choose.

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Before you know it, one of life’s biggest milestones, high school graduation, arrives for the first of this next generation. As with so many other events you have experienced together, you laugh, cry, and lend support, both in thoughts and actions.

One group of lifelong friends came to us to start a tradition to celebrate graduation and give the graduates something special to take to college and beyond. They wanted a gift that was from the heart. When the time comes, they give each graduate a memory blanket to commemorate how far they have come and remind them that they will always have each other.

As this next generation enjoys the little things, makes big decisions, and lives the life they are meant to live, your friends will be there to laugh, and cry, and love you just as they did when you were going through it yourselves.

Cheers to you and your family of friends!

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Looking for an 8th Grade Graduation Gift Idea?

Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday when they were headed off to kindergarten, looking all adorable in their new uniform. Now they are ready to swim in a bigger pond, expand their horizons, and celebrate all they have accomplished. What 8th grade graduation gift truly celebrates this milestone? A Memory Blanket!

As a Catholic school graduate myself, I understand the extended family you have built with your son or daughter through the grade school years. Between school, church, sports, clubs, fundraisers, and the small community, your parish becomes a second home.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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