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Buddha Babe Bibs Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation 3

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.

Buddha Babe bib

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.

Buddha Babe bib and teether

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.

Buddha Babe Bibs Memory Blanket by Once Upon a TIme Creation

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

 

 

Memory Blanket from baby clotjes by Once Upon a Time Creation

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!

Before the Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

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.

Precious Petals Memory Blanket from baby keepsakes by Once Upon a Time Creation

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.

Precious Petals Memory Blanket from baby keepsakes by Once Upon a Time Creation

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.

Memory Blanket Satin Trim

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.

Precious Petals Memory Blanket from baby keepsakes by Once Upon a Time Creation

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.

Precious Petals Memory Blanket from baby clothes by Once Upon a Time Creation

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) 

Baby Be Hip Personalized Gifts

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.

Memory Blanket from Baby Clothes by Once Upon a Time Creation

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

MT Thank you note

 

 

Adorable Custom Keepsake Pillow created from outgrown Christmas dresses

 Would you like a keepsake pillow created from Christmas dresses?

Pillow Keepsake created from Christmas Dresses

If you saved your kids’ first Christmas outfits and dresses, you could create a custom keepsake pillow to treasure for years to come. Those first Christmas outfits remind us of those magical Christmas Eve nights of putting out cookies for Santa and reading the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Everyone trying to go to sleep, but too excited wanting Christmas morning to come.

The memories are why we save those Christmas outfits. This custom pillow was designed from C’s first and second Christmas dresses and given to her Grandma for her birthday. The pillow showcases all the beautiful features from the dresses, like the sequins, rosettes, floral embroidery, and ruffles. This pictures show the front and back of the same pillow so Grandma can switch looks to keep things fresh.

Isn’t this a great gift for Grandma? She will love this personal keepsake especially if shopping for special occasion dresses has been Grandma’s treat. For the holidays, Grandma loves when your little one looks their best. Giving a gift of memories, such as a keepsake pillow,  is a meaningful gift she will treasure for years to come.

Pillows can be designed from one or several dresses or other pieces of clothing. Everything that makes the original outfit special will be on your new keepsake. It is so much fun to witness the transformation from clothing to keepsake. Each individually designed piece is so unique because no two projects are ever the same.

Boys clothes are fun, too!  Little ties, sweaters, and matching pants come together to create a special patchwork of memories. Plaids, stripes, toy trains, and other holiday cheer will make any keepsake pillow a special holiday treat.

For more information on custom keepsakes pillows, please visit here: http://www.onceuponatimecreation.com/Pillows-s/101.htm

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Welcome, Linda!

We would like to welcome Linda Mann to the Once Upon a Time Creation family!

We are so excited to have Linda on board.  Linda’s love of sewing, attention to detail, and eye for design make her a true asset to our team.  She is a fantastic person, as well as, an experienced seamstress and quilter.

We love her and know you will, too!

Linda, welcome to Once Upon a Time Creation

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.

Once Upon a Time Creation Memory T-Shirt Blanket

Work Hard.  Talent and God’s gifts only get you part way.  The rest is up to you.

Once Upon a Time Creation Memory T-shirt Blanket

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.

Once Upon a Time Creation Memory T-shirt Blanket

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.

Once Upon a Time Creation Memory Blanket

To parents and kids everywhere…

“Love the Life You Live, Live the Life You Love”  ~ Bob Marley

Happy Spring,

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Penn State Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

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).

Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

Large Throw Size

Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

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.

Once Upon a Time Creation Memory Blanket Gift Wrap

In studio pick-up.

Once Upon a Time Creation Memory Blanket Gift Box

By mail.

The extra fabric can be used to create other gifts, perfect for Remembrance creations that can be shared throughout the family.

Remembrance Ornament by Once Upon a Time Creation

Ornaments

Puppy Lovie by Once Upon a Time Creation

Lovies

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.

 

Once Upon a Time Creation St. Paddy's Day

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Not sure about you, but celebrating St. Patrick’s Day has changed for us over the years from crazy all-day bar tours to enjoying “one” Guinness, a dinner of ham and cabbage, and listening to some good music.   This year, we were lucky to celebrate with family and friends.

On Saturday, my daughter had her first concert with her band and many of our family and friends came to support their efforts.  Afterward, they came back to our house for a little St. Paddy’s Day food and fun.

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The whole day reminded me of what an amazing group of family and friends we are blessed with.   Most drove close to an hour to come see the concert, brought snacks to share afterward, and of course, provided lots of laughs!

St. Patrick's School

It takes a special group of people to support each other in times of hurt and disappointment, celebrate and take pride in each other’s victories, and call us out on the things we will probably regret:)

All relationships need time together, just for fun.  As our lives get busier, this is sometimes hard to remember.  This weekend was my reminder to nurture and treasure the people around us, make an effort to see people we miss, and just enjoy each other’s company.

Once Upon a Time Creation St. Paddy's Day

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day:

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

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.

Kitty by Once Upon a Time Creation

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.

Puppy by Once Upon a Time Creation

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???

Pillows by Once Upon a Time Creation

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?

 

 

Rose Bigelow 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Rose Bigelow Tournament Memory Blanket by Once Upon a Time Creation

Come join the 10th Annual Rose Bigelow 3 x 3 Basketball Tournament. Hosted at the Great Valley High School on March 1st from 8am- 3 pm. Open to Adults and Kids

Half court, short games, all played on 10-foot hoops at Great Valley High School.

The Rose Bigelow Scholarship Fund presents annual scholarship awards to a deserving Great Valley senior boy and girl who plan on continuing their education.

 For registration information, call 610-993-8011 or e-mail RB3x3@comcast.netRegistration forms will be available on line at Great Valley Schools, GVBL Center – www.gvco.org and is attached.

 Shoot for the Cause – It Will Make a Difference

Rose Bigelow 3 on 3 2014 Registration