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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.

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A Growing Business Keepsake Memory Blanket

When we think of memory blankets, we normally think of a collage of t-shirts and outgrown clothes, but a memory blanket is so much more. It is a visual display of a person’s history, a timeline of interests, events, accomplishments, and special moments. Buddha Babe bibs

This blanket takes this concept to a new level. Did you ever think a business’s history and growth could be showcased through a memory blanket?

Tina and I met through an amazing group of women entrepreneurs called the Bizzy Mamas. She is the founder and driving force behind Buddha Babe. A little over a year ago, her company began as Buddha Bibs because Tina wanted a stylish way to keep her son dry through that drooly phase that all kids go through.  By utilizing trendy, fun fabrics, she combined style and function that people adore.

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Like any growing business, her bibs have matured and her offerings have expanded. Now you can find adorable beanies, blankets, teethers, and more through Buddha Babe. What began as a dining room table venture has transformed into a line of luxury baby goods for the stylish mama and babe.

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This blanket celebrates how far Tina’s business has come in such a short time and holds special meaning because all these bibs were worn and loved by her son.

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For most of us starting a business after we have a family, the two are closely connected. Maybe there was a product we needed that wasn’t on the market, or maybe we wanted to do something a little better, or different, or maybe we needed the opportunity to create our own schedule and be more present at home. Whatever the reason, the motivation and drive to create a successful business is coupled with the needs of home. This unique combination can produce amazing results and we see that happening at Buddha Babe.

Tina with her My Buddha Babe Memory Blanket

Have you started your own business? Why did you start? What keeps you going? Please share! Your story is inspiring and moms everywhere want to hear about it.

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For luxe style and comfort your little one will drool over visit Buddha Babe.  Tina has graciously given us a special coupon to share with you. Please use the code KARMA to receive 10% off your purchase.

If you would life to create a special keepsake from special clothing and textiles you have saved, please visit our website: https://www.onceuponatimecreation.com

 

 

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More Than Basketball Memory Blankets

As parents, we know that playing sports as kids is so much more than learning how to play the game. It’s learning to win (and lose) with grace, understanding that others are depending on you to do your part, and comprehending that hard work, hustle, and a good attitude are just as important as natural ability.

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Our kids will play on many teams, be a part of various groups, and participate in a host of activities. The magic happens when you find that amazing combination of fabulous kids, dedicated (and let’s face it, fun) parents, and incredible coaches.

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When you find that winning combination, you hold on as long as you can. These memory blankets are the culminating gift of that amazing experience for this group of families.

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These kids have been playing, traveling, and working together for five years, from 4th grade straight through 8th. When you’re a kid, that is a huge percentage of your life. A positive experience like that leaves an impression that lasts a lifetime and creates bonds that reach far beyond the court.

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The moms that coordinated these gifts for the coaches are truly grateful for their dedication, perseverance, and ongoing support they gave to the GV Fire Team and the boys who played.

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If you would like to learn more about the Great Valley Basketball League and the other amazing programs offered by the Great Valley Community Organization, please visit their website, http://www.gvco.org.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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BONUS!!! Colleen has offered all our readers Free Shipping on any size order from Baby Be Hip. Their baby gifts are adorable and there are so many options! (coupon code: OUATC) 

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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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Remembrance Keepsake Memory Blanket for a Special Niece

A remembrance keepsake memory blanket created from clothing of a lost a loved one is a gift that we hope offers a bit of comfort to help ease the pain of grief.

 

In her desire to help her family, Nancy contacted us about designing a memory blanket for her niece in memory of her sister-in-law. She wasn’t sure what to do because all she had were scarves and one shirt, but wanted to create something special for her niece.

After chatting for a bit, we decided to create a memory blanket from her treasured clothing. We talked about the Bohemian nature of the fabrics and colors and also her sister-in-law’s style.

Remembrance Keepsake Memory Blanket designed from scarves by Once Upon a Time Creation

It is so important to talk about the person whose clothing it was and the person who will receive the gift.  We feel that both personalities should be reflected in the keepsake to truly honor both people.

As this was our first experience creating a blanket from scarves, Nancy and I went through a few design ideas, which were then tweaked in the studio before production began. We really wanted it to be obvious that the original clothing was scarves so keeping long, linear lines was important.  There was also fringe on one of the scarves that we wanted to incorporate.  In the end, we decided to switch the direction of a few of the scarves to add more dimension but still keep the feel of the scarves.

Remembrance Keepsake Memory Blanket designed from scarves by Once Upon a Time Creation

As always, the blanket is backed with a soft, cozy flannel. Our hope is that your remembrance keepsake memory blanket feels like a hug and helps bring a bit of comfort.

What kinds of sentimental clothing have you saved?

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For more remembrance keepsake ideas, here is a link to our Remembrance Gifts webpage: Remembrance Keepsakes and Gifts. To contact me directly, please call 610-202-7850 or (jen at onceuponatimecreation dot com). I am always here to help and am more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

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?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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