Flanagin’s Bulk Mail adds a little magic of Disney

CREATING MAGIC

CREATING MAGIC

Click this link to read the ValpoLife article about our experience (click) with being in the book The Disney Way.

 

Have a Flan-Tastic Day,

Donna Flanagin

 

Random Me:  I was so proud of our float this year and all the Flanagin Fairies!  They all did an outstanding job Creating Magic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating Magic

2015 Valparaiso Popcorn Parade

2015 Valparaiso Popcorn Parade

2015 Meet & Greet

2015 Meet & Greet

You just never know where the magic will lead you.

Most years The Flanagin Fairies have a heartwarming story to tell after appearing at Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival and this year was no exception.

Here is a little background….

Our sole purpose as the Fairies is to create magical memories for the children and sometimes we find out that we did exactly that.

After the parade the Fairies do a meet and greet for the children at the Festival.  The wonder and excitement you see in the children’s’ eyes make all the preparation worthwhile.  After chatting its customary to give the child a pre-printed photograph of your fairy character, a sticker or sometimes even a little fairy ornament.

Last year Crystal Snowflake (aka my daughter Erica Flanagin George) had a creative idea to give some of the children a very precious, one of a kind, keep it under your pillow “magical moon stone”.   Crystal presents it to the child with a cute little saying about how it has magic and it will make their dreams come true, but only the good dreams of course.  She keeps them in a pouch and the children cannot see them at first and sometimes will even tell the child that “oh wait that stone doesn’t have enough magic let me find you a different one.”

Spoiler alert:  you can buy them by the bag at most craft stores in pretty colors originally designed to put in flower vases.

So here is this year’s story……

The Fairy Gladmother was chatting with a sweet little girl and when it was about time to go on her way, the mother asked if I (The Fairy Gladmother) remembered the “magic moon stones” that we gave away last year at the meet and greet and I said YES, I sure do!   And then she pointed at her daughter Madelyn and…….there is was!

 

Magic Moon Stone (picture with mom's permission)

Magic Moon Stone

Madelyn’s mom had turned it into a necklace that Madelyn was wearing.

Our hearts just melted. We ARE creating magic!

You just never know where the magic will lead you.

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Was it Fate? – Continued

If opportunity knocks open the door

If opportunity knocks open the door

 

As we drove into our subdivision, about 2 feet off curbside was another Fairy opportunity. Perched in the hot sun behind a little make-shift lemonade stand were two adorable little girls. Since Fairies always try to stop at lemonade stands, this one was not going to be an exception.

The smiles on the faces of these two little girls would have required a wide-angle camera to capture. The mom and the grandma ran to get their cameras and with great pride the Fairies posed with these two lovely little entrepreneurs, glasses of lemonade in hand.

Before long several neighbors walked over to see what all the commotion was about.

What was it all about?

It’s all about the KIDS!

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me: I have never smoked.

Was it Fate? A Flanagin Fairy Story

 

We had just attended an event as the Flanagin Fairies, while driving home we noticed the gas tank was dangerously low, so an unscheduled stop at the nearest gas station was a must. It was definitely a sight you don’t see every day, a Fairy in all her finest pumping gas.

What happened next makes the time and preparation invested in being a Fairy, all worth while.

A fellow customer took a double-take at the strange site of a fully costumed Fairy pumping gas and began to strike up a conversation. He asked what we were doing, one thing led to another and he asked to take our picture with his little boy, who was still in the car. Fairies love pictures, so we began to pose in all our Fairy loveliness. We gave his 4-year-old son autographed photos and the dad thanked us for being so nice to his family. And then it happened….

He began to explain that they were on their way to the cemetery to visit the grave of their newborn twin and that his son was not feeling good about it. He thanked us for bringing the needed distraction for his son at such a sad time. Holding back the tears, we waved goodbye as they drove off.

Was it fate that brought us to this particular gas station on this particular day and time?

We think so.

Lesson: You never know when life will deliver an opportunity to make a difference.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me: I’m 1/2 German and 1/2 Swedish.

The magic and enthusiasm of the Disney Institute workshop is over, now what? This blog is about exactly that,  for a small bulk mail business in Indiana.

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