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Once Upon a Time Creation Remembrance Keepsake Ornaments and Memory Blanket

Remembrance Keepsakes for the family behind WhirlAway Travel

Losing someone we love is difficult in so many ways. The hurt and healing come in waves and the journey to peace is different for everyone. Our mission is to help you with one step along the path, the challenging task of going through your loved one’s clothing. By transforming some of the most precious pieces into remembrance keepsakes, you have the opportunity to enjoy your memories in a new way with a beautiful tribute in your home.

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After Patty lost her husband, she came into our studio to create remembrance keepsakes for her family. Starting with a bin full of neatly folded button downs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball hats, we talked about the members of her family and which pieces of clothing would be most special to them. Through the creation of blankets and ornaments, everyone now has a meaningful gift to honor a man that brought so much joy to their lives.

One of the recipients of a memory blanket made from her Dad’s colorful button downs and t-shirts, is Jamie Jones.  Through our time creating her family’s keepsakes and as fellow business owners, Jamie and I have become friends. I would like to introduce you to Jamie, the owner of WhirlAway Travel in West Chester, PA, so she can share a little about her Dad, her path to owning her business, and how she may be able to help you plan your dream vacation.

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Jamie, we are so sorry about the loss of your Dad. Can you tell us a little about him?

“Thank you.  My dad was amazing.  He had a quiet calm about him that was so comforting and reassuring.  My dad was a man’s man.  He believed in getting up early and doing something productive.  I can recall only 2 times when he was too sick to get out of bed!  He was a business owner, and when his first business was sold he started another.  He was always involved in something, whether it be renovating a house, maintaining one of his rental properties, taking care of his horses, taking his dog on long walks, or spending time with friends and family.  He was also my biggest support when I joined the family business.”

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I learned from your Mom that WhirlAway Travel is a family business. How long have you been serving the community? What prompted your parents to get into the travel business?

“My mom bought WhirlAway Travel 31 years ago.  We have maintained a store front location in West Chester the whole time.  Prior to her purchasing the agency my Mom worked for another agency.  Entrepreneurship runs in our family.  My Dad owned a commercial laundry, which was also a family business. All of my Mom’s brothers and sister own their own businesses as well.  I guess we don’t work well for others!”

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What was your favorite vacation as a child and as an adult?

“My favorite vacation as a child was to the Cayman Islands.  We used to go every Christmas and my parents would go twice a year.  The Cayman Islands was our version of the Jersey Shore.  As an adult my favorite trip was to Southern Africa.  It was not really a vacation but it was the most incredible place I have ever been.  I traveled with a few other travel professionals to learn about the destination and experience some of our preferred hotels and resorts.  I made some lifelong friends, tasted some of the best food and wine I have ever had, and had the opportunity to see wildlife where they belong, in the wild. “

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What are some of the benefits of having you plan a vacation verse trying to do it yourself? 

“I would say the biggest benefit of having WhirlAway plan your vacation is that we do this every single day, whereas most people plan a vacation once or twice a year.  We are able to cut through the clutter of online information overload and help you find a vacation that is going to fit your needs, not someone else’s.  We see destinations and hotels first hand and have partners all over the world for destinations we have not been to.  We also can get our clients perks – complimentary breakfast, resort and spa credits, upgrades, etc, that you cannot get on your own.  We work on our client’s behalf from the time they hire us until they return so they always have an advocate.  We also provide an interactive mobile itinerary so that everything is at their fingertips while they are traveling.  When someone asks what we do, I tell them that the only thing we are limited by is the imagination and their budget!”

What are some hot vacation destinations for your clients?

“Hot destinations – Iceland, Africa, the Caribbean, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific, and of course Italy are all in high demand.  We are also seeing many more requests for exotic and off the beaten path destinations as well as an increase in domestic travel.”

Thank you for spending time with us today,

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WhirlAway Travel believes that opening our minds and hearts to appreciate the diversity that makes us all unique is essential for the future of our world. If you would like Jamie and her team to help you plan your next trip, please visit their website or give them a call 610-431-3642.

If you would like help transforming your special clothing into lasting keepsakes, Once Upon a Time Creation is here for you.

Remembrance Keepsake Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

Remembrance Gifts created from Dad’s favorite clothing

When you picture your parents, do you see them wearing their favorite clothes? The styles may vary, but the clothes represent who they are.  Whether you picture a tailored suit coat or race t-shirts, the clothes tell their story. By creating Remembrance Gifts from favorite clothing, you can keep a tangible memory with you that honors their spirit and style.

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When Barbara lost her Dad, she saved his favorite clothes because they held so many special memories for her and her family. When she talked about her Dad, you could feel how much she misses him. Growing up with all brothers, I am sure Barbara held a special place in her Dad’s heart. As the family grew, her Dad enjoyed everything that came along with a big, loving family. Continue reading

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.

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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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