The Perfect Personalized Gift With Huger Memories

by christinamdick

My brother Davey and his wife Jennifer LOVE their dogs Ollie and Sam. When I met Sarah and learned about the custom designs she creates, I knew it would be the perfect gift to give them for their wedding.


About Huger Memories:

Interior Designer Sarah Gibson Wiley founded Huger Memories in 2012. She creates “memory art” in the form of embroidered pillows. Check out her feature here.


Photo by Beth Ferguson for R Home

Here’s how the process worked:

The hardest part of the whole process was getting a photo of the two dogs together. First, I went through my brother and his wife’s Facebook photos to find one. When I couldn’t find one there, I reached out and asked for a photo of the dogs (I lied and said my friend had dogs that looked just like them and I wanted to show her.) That didn’t work either, so I got my dad to help me get this one. (I never realized how hard it was to get a photo of two dogs together, specially when it seems like Kitty is always posing.


I sent the photos to Sarah in an email, crossing my fingers they’d work. She let me know they would, and also that I didn’t even have to have a photo of the dogs together. She could have taken two separate photos and worked them together. Also, the background of the photo doesn’t matter at all – she can make it into whatever you wan. (As lovely as that leather couch was in the photo I took, I didn’t want it on the design). So, if you’re thinking about getting one, don’t worry at all about the background.

After just a few days, Sarah sent back this proof. I sent it to my dad and cousin for approval, and then let her know it would be perfect.


Next, she sent me the version with the fabric sewn on. I let her know it was great and she worked on turning it into a pillow.


I visited Sarah in her beautiful home/shop to pick up the final product.


I loved this Iris Apfel design she had hanging in the shop.


I gave the pillow to Davey and Jenn at my Grandma’s 91st birthday dinner and everyone loved it.

The best part of the whole experience was that their reaction was even better than I expected.

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In addition to family portraits, she also does family portraits, homes, interpretations of children’s drawings and wedding invitations.

These are a few of my favorite examples from her site.

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You can get a pillow page of your home, pet, family or your child’s drawing for $225.

Sarah also offers “mini memories” in either 5X7 ($95) or 8X19 ($145) that can be framed.

Tea towels are $145.

Thanks to Sarah and Huger Memories for making this wedding gift so special!

If you’d like to purchase your own, orders are being accepted through 12/15. Give Sarah a call at804.304.8808 or email her at

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