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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

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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.

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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.

 

Puppy and Kitty by Once Upon a Time Creation

Sharing a Piece of Family History

Remember those lovely lambswool pillows we shared with you a bit ago?  Hildegard was so pleased with the pillows, she decided she wanted to share some of Great Grandma’s memories with the youngest members of the family.  Using the leftover lambswool from the coat (for the ears and tail) and a sweater of Hildegard’s from Germany, we created these lovable Puppy and Kitty Stuffies.

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Since these Stuffies combine clothing from the recipients’ Grandma and Great Grandma, these cute little guys represent a piece of family history.

What I love about these Creations is the story behind them.  When gifts like these are given, the stories are passed along with them.

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That just gave me an idea!!!  Maybe we should include note cards as part of our gift packaging, with the intention that the giver will write down the little bit of history that goes with the gift.  What do you think???

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Our name, Once Upon a Time Creation, originated because EVERYTHING we create has a back story.   How does every good story begin?  Once Upon a Time….

Maybe it’s time to encourage and facilitate the sharing of your story in written form.  I would love to know what you think.  Should we start including note cards as part of our gift packaging?

 

 

Introducing…Mr. Monkey!

Mr. Monkey Remembrance Stuffie by Once Upon a TIme CreationWe would like to welcome Mr. Monkey to the Once Upon a Time family.

Designed with leftover fabric from a Memory Blanket, this little guy is so cute and cuddly.  He is an adorable way to share memories with the youngest members of the family.

He joins Stella in the studio keeping us company:)

Remembrance Rag Doll by Once Upon a Time Creation

 

Pillows by Once Upon a Time Creation

Pillows from Great Grandma’s Lambswool Coat

Pillows by Once Upon a Time Creation

Hildegard saved her mother’s lambswool coat for years.  It was the one possession she brought back from Germany when her mother passed.  The coat was beautiful and meaningful, but not able to be worn.

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Sneak Peek

Custom Doll by Once Upon a Time Creation

We have been working diligently to bring you a new line of specialty gifts.  This is your sneak peek!

To kick things off, we’ve taken the classic rag doll to a whole new level.   Isn’t she lovely?  So much personality!  I think she needs a name.  What do you think?  Any suggestions?  We would love to hear from you.

All the gifts and keepsakes we design are created just for you from the clothes you save.  This cutie is no exception.  She was created from fabric remnants of this colorful Memory Blanket.  To learn about this Blanket’s story, click here.Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

This beauty is just the beginning.  Stay tuned for more to come!

Ornament Special

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Wedding Bells and Memories

One of the most important things in life is the love and support of family.  Celebrating happy times and picking each other up during hard times is what family is all about.  This family is a wonderful example of what family means.

Although I have only met this family through Once Upon a Time, you can feel the love they have for each other.  In the spring, Brandis asked us to make a memory blanket for her sister-in-law, Kiersten.  Kiersten had lost her Mom and this blanket is in memory of her.  This colorful blanket exudes happy memories and we hope it brings comfort and smiles.Remembrance Gifts by Once Upon a Time Creation

As Kiersten is getting married in the spring, she came to us with a request…a handkerchief that her Nan could carry on Kiersten’s wedding day.  There is a special message just for Nan monogrammed on the inside.  I truly believe Kiersten’s Mom will be smiling down on her throughout her wedding day and will always be there in spirit to guide and protect her.

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To share the love with more of the family, Kiersten had these ornaments made from the remnants of the clothing.

Remembrance Gifts by Once Upon a Time Creation I just want to say thank you for your trust.  It has been such a pleasure working with your family.  Your love and support for each other are amazing!

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Remembrance Stockings

Remembrance Stockings by Once Upon a Time CreationThe holidays are all about sharing the love.  These stockings were created for Kelly from her Mom’s clothing.  Each is unique and hold quite a bit of loot:)  I think my favorite is the snowflake stocking, made from cozy jammies.

Sweaters, pajamas, pants, jackets, along with their buttons, belt loops and pockets come together to celebrate Kelly’s Mom and Christmas.

Those we love are with us always.  May Peace surround you as we approach this wonderful holiday season.

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Memory Blankets in honor of Grandmom

These Memory Blankets were created in remembrance of C.'s grandmom.  Three blankets, one for C. and her Mom and two for her aunts.  Such a special gift.

These Memory Blankets were created in remembrance of Carey’s Grandmom.  Three blankets were made from Grandmom’s clothes, one for Carey and her Mom and two for her aunts.  Each one is unique and specially designed for it’s recipient.

Kathy, Carey’s aunt, left this amazing message.  “I just received a memory blanket with pieces of my mothers favorite outfits from my niece Carey. Mom has been gone for 2 years now and I think of her everyday. This was the greatest gift i have ever received!! Thank you so much for creating this wonderful memory and all the joy it will bring me and my family for years to come. the workmanship is incredible.” Kathy

Thank you for those kind words.  Our hope is that your blankets bring you peace and comfort.

Thank you for your continued support,

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