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    Posted February 16, 2013 by
    Bend, Oregon
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    Your T-shirt tales

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    Keeping The Memories Alive With Treasured T-Shirts


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     wavejourney says it was a tradition to get a Mary Engelbreit shirt from her mother throughout the years because she adored Engelbreit's artful. After her mother passed away, her friend transformed on of her worn down t-shirts into a pillow case. She fell in love with the idea, and had her sister, a seamstress, do the same with her additional Engelbreit shirts. She says these shirts, now pillow cases, are special to her because of their sentimental value. 'They were from my mom. Those shirts were like a thread running between us. It made me feel good, having that connection with her. We both loved the funny little epigrams emblazoned on those shirts,' she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    In my younger days I was a big fan of Mary Engelbreit's art ~ whimsical and joyful.

    My mom knew that a ME t-shirt was a sure bet when it came to gifting me. Worn hard and sun-drenched from the long summer sun in Alaska, these shirts became ragged and thin.

    After my mom passed away, I just couldn't let go of these old treasured pieces of cotton. Thus, they became now-favorite pillows. Two of these old shirts I sent to my sister who cut out the art and framed them in ME fabric, creating the ultimate salute to old favorites. This is a superlative way to keep the memories alive!
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