Once Upon a Time.

Posted by Michelle on April 11th, 2011 . Filed under: Design Team Work, Easter, Gift Packaging, Glue Dots, Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon .

My little girl and I have a new guilty pleasure:  antiquing.  She’s 6-years old and her most favorite place to go is this little place called Once Upon a Time.  They have all sorts of old, weathered, classic and vintage items divided in to little booths all different representing different owners and different genres.  It’s an amazing little place.  So amazing that we had an unbelievable find recently.  See my daughter has her “bubble blankie” which is a handmade quilt given to her when she was a baby…made by a very dear friend of mine. 

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A very special gift indeed.  And she cannot go anywhere – except for school – without it.  When we were in Chicago we accidentally left it at the hotel and had to turn back an hour’s time to go get it.  Girl is attached.  So anyway I’ve had this brilliant idea to have someone quilt add-on panels to it…make it bigger as it’s way too small for her now.  But truth be told I only trust the original maker of said quilt to do this, and sadly we are no longer friends so she won’t do this for me (yes, I asked and yes, she said no).  I finally asked someone else who said yes…and then said no like an hour later. 

Literally the next day we were at Once Upon a Time and found this. 

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It’s a quilt…with the exact accompanying pattern to her original blankie!  What are the odd’s of that?? 
(New quilt clown on the left; old quilt clown on the right.)

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She was so happy I thought she was going to cry when she saw it.  I think I ended up crying actually.  And the neat thing – the lady who made it was actually there at the time and I could tell that it was really neat for her to see the little girl who would be enjoying and caring and loving this blankie for years and years to come.

We also found something for mamma.  Feast your eyes on this! 


Big fluffy pretty sky blue pom poms – and still on the bolt.


There was some browning on a few…almost like it’d been in a fire or something, but I could just cut those ones off and work around them.  There’s no way I could let goodness like this go unloved for a minute longer.


So now the pretty sky blue big foofy pom poms are mine, all mine.  And I was waiting for the perfect project to use them on.  I had been wanting to try my hand at a tussy mussy forever so finally decided to make some as my Easter project for the Glue Dots® Adhesives Design Team

I didn’t use any tutorial…I don’t have the patience to follow directions – LOL…so I literally just cut what I thought would work, rolled it, re-cut, re-rolled, one more time and traced, and away we went.


Love the lone pom pom on the bottom!


Glitz Design teeny alphas to holiday customize; that’s the beauty of alphabet stickers – if you don’t have a stamp for a certain occasion, or don’t want to stamp, just make it out of letter stickers!


Vintage pom pom trim could only be perfect with something equally vintage and fun and homespun like October Afternoon paper as my base and stickers.


Jenni Bowlin bingo cards make the perfect base for a lil’ taggie.


Little treasures and sweets stuffed in some random fluffy and fun fabric that I picked up at Joann’s.


One for my son and one for my daughter.  We get so caught up in making things for publications, design teams, challenges, blog hops; let’s always remember to make things for the special people in our lives.



10 Responses to Once Upon a Time.

  1. Jessie McLaughlin

    Wonderful projects Michelle! And the quilt story how cool!! I loved to antique with my Mom and Grandma when I was a child. It was so much fun! I still have a few things that we bought all together.

  2. Jen Adcock

    What an amazing post. So full of adventure and a touch of hijinx to boot! So touching. Such a beautiful share. I think the new quilt and pom pom find were little heavenly gifts sent to remind us that we are loved.

  3. Jill

    What a happy find, Michelle! Not only did your DD get a new quilt with the same fabric as her old quilt, but you were inspired to make your tussy mussies!

  4. Margaret

    Michelle I really enjoyed reading your post! What a wonderful find. Both of my girls (now 23 and 20) were made special quilts by my mom. Much loved and now not much left! In fact when my oldest turned 13 I took what barely remained of her quilt and had it preserved in a special frame!. I also thought your tussy mussies were adorable!

  5. LorraineN

    Geez, you almost made ME cry with that story. I am sooo happy your daughter found that blanket. What are the odds? An angel was looking over her. I used to have a special blankie when I was little – fell apart as time went on – so I know how attached a little one can get. And how neat for you to have a little antiquing companion! And thanks for showing me what a tussy mussy is – had no idea – and yours is beautiful! I love those pom poms!

  6. Karen Corbett

    What a sweet story and ending too!! That quilt is just priceless, and the ‘new’ old one that your daughter found will surely have a special place for her because she found it while on an adventure with you!!
    The blue pom pom trim is wonderful – what a score!! I ‘ve seen some of your projects with the little pom poms before and love them. the tussy mussy is adorable. What a great gift for your little ones.

  7. Emily W.

    Okay, I have to admit that the clowns CREEP ME OUT something fierce, but I do love the story. How thrilling for your DD!

  8. kelly

    oh, that cone. what a great use of your fabu! pom pom trim. and, how wonderful to have a partner in crime 😉

  9. Amber D.

    Your. Daughter. Is. The. Cutest. Thing. EVER! Her little toothless grin just makes you melt! I’m so happy you found her blankie – it was meant to be! I love this post.

  10. Chris

    Oh my! I would have cried too! What miraculous find! Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!

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