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Once Upon a Time Creation Bedspread Remembrance Keepsake Pillows

Remembrance Keepsake Pillows

If you are not familiar with a Remembrance Keepsake, it is a tangible piece of something that holds special meaning to you in honor of a loved one that you have lost. It could be anything that helps you feel like a part of that person is still with you and reminds you of all the wonderful memories that you shared together.

We all have special memories from visiting Grandma. Each of our senses contribute to the memories of the time spent together…the scent of her perfume, the taste of her famous pie, the sound of her bracelets jingling, the sight of her garden, and the feel of her well loved chenille bedspread. When Grandma is no longer with us, it feels good to have something of hers as a remembrance keepsake of the love you shared.

There is something about those memories that makes us feel happy and content. Maybe it’s that Grandma always made you feel special. Maybe it’s because she was so genuinely proud of you. Maybe it’s because she always gave the best advice. Maybe she always listened without pretense or judgement.

When we lose Grandma, it leaves a hole in our heart. I truly believe that we all move on to a better place, but that doesn’t mean you miss them any less.

Over the years, we have created keepsakes with so many things that were near and dear to your hearts because of Grandma…an apron, a piece from her curtains, her favorite robe, the dress she wore to your wedding, her pajamas, and her bedspread.

We hope that having a remembrance keepsake gives you a tangible memory of your time together and facilitates the sharing of family stories. The next generation can look at a family tree and learn when and where she was born, but you will have to tell them about her. How she lived her life. Why she inspired you. What made her so special.

Hopefully talking about the generations that came before us will help us remember what we loved, what we want to change, and how we can live our best life.

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Girl Scout Keepsake Pillow by Once Upon a Time Creation

Girl Scout Pillow


A Girl Scout Pillow created from your vests and sashes is a fun way to celebrate those Girl Scout years. From Daisies to Brownies to Juniors to Cadettes to Seniors, each stage of the journey is filled with meeting new friends, enjoying new experience, and learning new skills.

Girl Scout Pillow by Once Upon a Time Creation

Whether you have saved vests and sashes from you or your daughter, they are too special to part with. Each patch is earned through hard work and dedication.

Girl Scout Pillow 3 by Once Upon a Time Creation

Your Daisy bib, vest, t-shirt showcases the beginning of the Girl Scout journey while learning about the Girl Scout fundamentals and the value of every line of the Girl Scout Promise.

Girl Scout Pillow 2 by Once Upon a Time Creation

Bridging from Daisies to Brownies opens up a new world full of Journeys and Try-Its.

Girl Scout Keepsake

Going from Brownies to Juniors brings on new challenges as they are encouraged to reach out of their comfort zone and try new things. As they emerge as leaders, they can help guide the younger ones and show them what it means to be a Girl Scout.

Girl Scout Pillow (back) by Once Upon a Time Creation

Since neither myself nor my daughter ventured into Cadettes or Seniors, I don’t have personal experience with the levels. But, from what I hear, they are filled with travel and growth opportunities that the girls will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

If you would like us to help you transform your Girl Scout vests and sashes into a Girl Scout Pillow, please visit our website: Girl Scout Pillow

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Wedding Dress Keepsakes by Once Upon a Time Creation 3

What can I do with my wedding dress?

Is your wedding dress in a box in the attic? Covered up in your closet? In a bag in storage? Wouldn’t you love to enjoy your dress again?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it brings my thoughts to love and that amazing day when we professed that love and rejoiced in it with our friends and family. From beginning to end, it was a celebration of a new life together. Seriously, what is not to love about your wedding day? Doting husband…amazing guests…meaningful ceremony…great food…flowing drinks…your favorite music…and, of course, the dress!

Wedding Dress Keepsakes by Once Upon a Time Creation 4

Reliving little wedding day moments is so much easier when you are holding something in your hands that reminds you of that special day. Did you know that that “something” could be your gorgeous gown? There are so many ways you can transform your dress so you can love it again.

Without further ado, here are some ideas for you…

Wedding Gown Keepsake Wristlet Bags by Once Upon a Time Creation 5

Bridal wristlets have always been popular wedding shower gifts from Mom to the bride-to-be. Created from Mom’s (or Grandmom’s) gown, this piece of history served as “Something Old and Something New” and connected generations in a special way. While this is still a fabulous idea, we have seen a growing trend of women creating wristlets for themselves from their own gowns.

Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to carry your wedding dress with you every time you have a date night or get fancy? Not only are these wristlets beautiful and meaningful, they are so versatile. They look fabulous with any color dress for the big nights out and they also bring that jeans and pumps outfit to the next level. It’s big enough for all your night out essentials, but you will have to leave the sippy cup at home.

Wedding Gown Keepsake Wristlet Bags by Once Upon a Time Creation 3

Since a wedding dress normally has quite a bit of fabric to work with, you can also share your piece of history with your family.

Wedding Dress Ring Bearer Pillow Keepsake by Once Upon a Time Creation 1

If there is an upcoming wedding, a ring bearer pillow is an instant family heirloom that can be shared and passed down when the big days arrive.

Wedding Dress Ring Bearer Pillow Keepsake by Once Upon a Time Creation 2

Boys can get in on the fun, too, with a handkerchief made from your dress.

Wedding Gown Keepsakes by Once Upon a Time Creation 3

Throw pillows are another great way to love your wedding dress again. Each gown is so unique and all that loveliness showcases beautifully on a pillow.

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Wedding Dress Keepsake Pillow by Once Upon a Time Creation

Of all these custom keepsakes, ornaments may be my favorite. I have heard from so many clients that they keep their ornament out all year, hanging it in a special place to enjoy every day.

Wedding Dress Heart Ornament Keepsake by Once Upon a Time Creation 1

Just think how long we all treasure our ornaments. Each year, when we decorate the tree, we reminisce about the story behind each piece. Whether your wedding dress ornaments are created from your gown or another family member’s gown, you will come away with a tangible piece of history connecting generations.

Wedding Dress Angel Ornament Keepsake by Once Upon a Time Creation 1

Thanks so much for allowing me to share these ideas with you. Hopefully, you are inspired to get your wedding dress out of storage and love it again.  A creation from your wedding gown would make a great Valentine’s gift!


If you would like Once Upon a Time Creation to help you transform your wedding dress into beautiful, custom keepsakes you can enjoy for years to come, please visit: Gift Ideas Created from Wedding Gowns.


Once Upon a Time Creation Remembrance Keepsakes Handkerchief Pillows 3

Remembrance keepsakes in honor of Grace and Grace

Do you have pieces of clothing or some other fabric you saved from your grandmother? Maybe it is her wedding gown, favorite dress, iconic apron, something she crocheted or quilted, handkerchiefs, or even a tablecloth?  Remembrance keepsakes created from these precious things helps connect generations in a special way. When there is something physical in front of you, it can reach into your memory to recreate a feeling or moment that may otherwise be lost.

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Just the word “grandmother” brings a warm feeling to our hearts. She is the one you could talk to without judgement, learn stories of a time so different from ours, and make you feel like the most important person in the world.

Are there little things that remind you of your grandmother? Mine always had a box of Chiclets (those little square pieces of gum), her charm bracelet jangled when she moved, and she made these “magic” desserts with pudding and jello in layers and we could never figure out how she did it.

Once Upon a Time Creation Remembrance Keepsakes Heart Ornaments 2

When we lost my grandmother, we created angel ornaments from her pjs and gave them to the family for Christmas. You can read more about that here. Since then, we have been helping others remember their grandmothers by transforming textiles they saved into remembrance keepsakes to share with their family.

Once Upon a Time Creation Remembrance Keepsakes Pillows 1

Sometimes we even have the rare opportunity to help a family honor two grandmothers. When both grandmothers are named Grace, you know that is something special.

Christy brought us a shirt, pair of pants, and charms, that belonged to her mother, and her grandmother’s handkerchiefs and wedding rings, and asked us to create remembrance keepsakes for her to share with her family. The goal was to have a gift for everyone, siblings and grandchildren.

Once Upon a Time Creation Remembrance Keepsakes Handkerchief Pillows 2

We began with the handkerchiefs and designed pillows for Christy’s siblings and cousins in remembrance of their grandmother. Christy and I went through the beautiful handkerchiefs together to coordinate the colors and styles so that each pillow would have a different one on either side.

One Upon a Time Creation Remembrance Keepsakes Angel Ornaments 3

Then we decided to create ornaments for Christy’s mother’s grandchildren, many of whom did not have the opportunity to meet “Grandma Grace”. Hearts for the boys and angels for the girls. Each child was given a charm from the bracelet which was attached to their ornament. Our hope is that each time the ornament is hung on the tree, stories are told and memories are shared.

Once Upon a Time Creation Remembrance keepsakes Heart and Angel Ornaments 1

Sharing stories of generations before us remains an important part of our family history. If we don’t talk about them, they get lost. Sharing the trials and triumphs of past generations with the next generation helps them gain perspective, give them deep roots, and the courage to sprout wings.

What are the little things you remember about your grandmother?


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