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Custom Pillows: Custom Decor as Keepsakes

Looking for custom pillows? I have extensive experience in designing an array of custom decor, including pillows. Pictured below are custom pillows I recently created for customers. The first pair is made from the fur of an old coat. The second set is made from a leather jacket (also pictured). Please feel free to contact me to discuss custom pillows or custom decor for your home.

Custom Pillows for Custom Decor
Custom Pillows for Custom Decor.

Custom Pillows made from Sentimental Fabric, Furs & More

When I receive orders for custom decor, customers usually send me materials with special meaning and significance to them. I’ll receive a beloved mother’s old fur coat; a dear sister’s leather jacket; a late husband’s neckties. I take these nostalgic fabrics and furs and transform them into custom pillows, custom blankets, memory bears, and more. Not only do customers come away with beautiful and unique custom decor, they also have keepsakes in honor and memory of loved ones.

If you’re wondering what to do with a loved one’s clothing (or maybe an old coat you no longer need or wear), ordering a custom keepsake can be a wonderful solution. At ReMinkie, we are in the business of memories — honoring and remembering those we love and times past. We are ready to create custom keepsakes from the old coat wasting away in your closet or the neckties your father, husband or son no longer wear.

If you have any questions about custom decor or custom keepsakes, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I have over 20 years of making the highest quality keepsakes to last a lifetime.

ReMinkie Memory Bears Featured on the News!

We hope you enjoy the following news clips about ReMinkie Memory Bears. Rita Glosser — founder of ReMinkie Memory Bears — has made appearances on many news outlets to discuss the positive impact of her memory bears and custom keepsakes.

ReMinkie Memory Bears on Bay 9 News

In the following video, Rita Glosser is interviewed by Bay 9 News. Rita discusses how she turns sentimental items into lasting memories. She’s passionate about the teddy bears she makes. These are not your average bears. They’re made from sentimental and old clothing, including fur and mink coats. Rita says that every bear has a story; the bears seem to come alive and offer comfort to her customers. She came up with the idea of making memory bears after her mother gave her an old stole coat. Since she knew her daughter would never wear it, Rita decided to transform the stole into a teddy bear for her first grandchild. Bears can be made from furs, old clothing, and treasured fabrics. According to a customer, her daughters were deeply touched to receive memory bears made out of their grandmother’s coat. Nothing pleases Rita more than happy customers.

ReMinkie Memory Bears on SNN 6 News

In the following video, Rita Glosser appears on SNN 6 News. She discusses her decision to start her own memory bear business, and how she feels that she gives a piece of herself to every bear she makes. Rita makes memory bears from old clothing such as shirts, jackets, neckties, uniforms, fur coats. In this video, she shows a bear made from a baby blanket. She tells a story about a woman who lost her son. She gave Rita his old sports jackets, which she turned into a bear. She also mentions about a woman who lost her husband. She sent Rita her late husband’s neckties. Rita transformed the ties into a memory bear in honor of the woman’s husband.

Importance of a Keepsake

Memory BearWhy is a keepsake of a loved one so important? According to a recent survey by Allianz Life Insurance, the majority of today’s baby boomers and seniors prize keepsakes (far more than money) at the death of a loved one.

Pictured to the right is a memory bear made from the jeans and plaid shirts a husband wore everyday. “We love the bear reminding us of him” his wife wrote to us.

A Keepsake is a Bridge

First of all, what is a keepsake? A keepsake is anything that offers a personal or emotional connection to a loved one. A keepsake — such as memory bears created from a loved one’s belongings — can help us feel connected to each other and our past. Not only is a keepsake a bridge between people, it’s also a bridge between our past and our future. A meaningful and unique gift, a keepsake travels across generations of family. Each time a keepsake is passed from one person to another, a bond is created or sustained. Creating a memory bear as a keepsake is a wonderful way to pass your love throughout your family.

A Keepsake is a Comforting Compass

The familiarity of a keepsake offers a sense of ongoing comfort during times of grief. Memory bears and similar keepsakes can become a compass, helping us hold onto our bearings. In times of change, it’s comforting to have a keepsake that remains by our side; a reminder of the love in our hearts. Since memory bears are designed with familiar items of a loved one (shirts, ties, scarves, fur coats, etc.), they make perfect keepsakes. Each memory bear tells a story of a person, a life, and evokes powerful feelings.

Memory Bears
Pictured above are two memory bears given to grandchildren.

A Keepsake is a Tangible Treasure of Memories

Memories of loved ones can fill us with inspiration and direction. When we hold or hug a memory bear, it can reconnect us to memories we hold dear; reminding us of who we are, who we have been, and how far we have come. Memorial keepsakes offer a tangible memento when we can no longer touch our loved one. Memory bears are infused with meaning through the materials they are made from — the clothing of loved ones — creating a lasting keepsake. This special keepsake is a beautiful reminder of the person who is no longer with you.

It’s been said that memories are essential parts of our biographies, filling in our histories. Even more important is what we decide to give meaning to. A keepsake, such as a memory bear, helps us focus on the positive of love (instead of the negative of loss). As we write our life’s story, creating keepsakes helps us nurture peace and happiness.

Give a gift of a memory bear to loved ones in your life… as reminder of joy.