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.

Disney Institute – An Idea Comes to Life

Page after page of ideas

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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.

By day three of the workshops, my head was spinning with ideas.  I was waking up before sun rise and couldn’t explain why, but I wasn’t going to fight the inspiration.  I began to journal the ideas as they flowed so freely at this ridiculous hour.

One particular idea came from an event on day 1.  We had just returned  to the classroom after our Duckburg Activity, the door flings open and in walks the most gregarious, sassy, tiara wearing fairy princess that Disney ever created.  Her name was Ivana Dream and she began to dish out an adorable mix of witty and playful banter to the unsuspecting participants.  After picking on a select few and sufficiently embarrassing them,  she left as quickly as she came and warned that she would be back when we least expected her in the coming days.  She did just that, and brought a delightful intermission with each visit.

When I returned  to Indiana, I spent hours briefing my daughters on my D.I. experiences.   Since we don’t live in Orlando and will never get to experience the magic of being a Disney character, was there a way we could create our own magic in Valparaiso Indiana?

After 4 months of creativity, brainstorming and teamwork the Flanagin Fairies were born.

Ella Seaswirls, Misty Greengarden, Fairy Glad Mother, Crystal Snowflake, Violet Flutterfly

In the coming posts you will see what went into making the costumes, our image and what exactly happened with our début appearance. 

Have a wonder-filled day,


Random me: I studied Latin in high school.

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