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Dayton Business Enters Chase $100,000 Grant Contest

FGC contest photoPress Release 05/30/15

Dayton is full of unique, small businesses and Fairy Godmother Creations (FGC) is one of them. FGC is a custom heirloom sewing business in Dayton Ohio that specializes in re-tasking people’s heirloom garments. Their primary services include turning wedding dresses into christening outfits and first communion outfits, turning old fur coats and clothing into memory teddy bears.  Owner Liane Wagner has entered FGC in the Mission Main Street Grants contest and is looking for help getting the 250 votes needed to push her business into the next phase.

When asked why FGC should be supported, she replied “That kind of investment could really help push FGC to the next step in our growth.  We’ve been growing organically since day one.  FGC has always been self-funded, but that makes growth slow.  Even so, our business is growing.  We are located in the city and we’ve brought a couple more jobs into the city.  The jobs we bring can’t be outsourced and our customer base is from all over the US and Canada so we bring new money into the area.”

When asked exactly what she would do with the grant money if she wins, she had a specific wish list in mind:

“Well, an influx of $100,000 would allow us to add real, commercial grade sewing machines.  We currently use small machines that wear out quickly but I’ve not had the capital to invest in solid, commercial grade machines.  It would also help us add some new people to our staff because we could afford the sewing stations needed to support new staff.  In addition, I really want to be able to increase my studio space and add a show room so that we can take better advantage of the local and regional market and add a small retail component.  We currently have people driving in from Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Kentucky so I know people are willing to come a distance to drop off their wedding dress or fur coat”

“As local, small businesses grow, so does the overall economy of Dayton so I’m hoping the community will help push me to the next phase of the contest”

For those willing to vote for FGC, here is the contest page address:  https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/46645  where you can cast your vote.  For more information about FGC, go to their web site at www.fairygodmothercreations.com.

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Fairy Godmother Creations added 2 new photos.

Merry Beth Grindahl sent her mother's fur coats to have bears made for her and her siblings. We mixed the two furs, making the bulk of the bears from one and accenting them with the other. Merry Beth was kind enough to send some pictures of the bears when she got them, along with a photo of her mother wearing one of the furs.
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Merry Beth Grindahl sent her mothers fur coats to have bears made for her and her siblings.  We mixed the two furs, making the bulk of the bears from one and accenting them with the other.  Merry Beth was kind enough to send some pictures of the bears when she got them, along with a photo of her mother wearing one of the furs.

Carmen Valdes sent her mother-in-law's fur coat to have bears made for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We were able to get five good-size bears from the fur. Dark fur is hard to photograph so this photo really doesn't do them justice. It is funny how, no matter how you try to make each bear the same, each seems to end up with its own personality. ... See MoreSee Less

Carmen Valdes sent her mother-in-laws fur coat to have bears made for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  We were able to get five good-size bears from the fur.  Dark fur is hard to photograph so this photo really doesnt do them justice.  It is funny how, no matter how you try to make each bear the same, each seems to end up with its own personality.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 2 new photos.

Marelne Gruenfelder wanted her wedding dress converted into a couple of heirloom items that she could use and appreciate. We made her a Christmas tree topper Angel and a very unique wall hanging.

We had agreed that the wall hanging would contain applique design but, when I set down to create a design concept, I decided to experiment with fabric sculpture so that some of the flowers would be more 3-D. The floral elements toward the bottom of the hanging came directly from her WD bodice and skirt. The "vine" that winds from the bottom to the top is from the straps of her gown and, of course the roses are made from the gown fabrics. The overall size of this is 18" x 24". It has hoops for putting dowel rods at the top and bottom for hanging, or it could be framed for display as well.
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Marelne Gruenfelder wanted her wedding dress converted into a couple of heirloom items that she could use and appreciate.  We made her a Christmas tree topper Angel and a very unique wall hanging.

We had agreed that the wall hanging would contain applique design but, when I set down to create a design concept, I decided to experiment with fabric sculpture so that some of the flowers would be more 3-D.  The floral elements toward the bottom of the hanging came directly from her WD bodice and skirt.  The vine that winds from the bottom to the top is from the straps of her gown and, of course the roses are made from the gown fabrics.  The overall size of this is 18 x 24.  It has hoops for putting dowel rods at the top and bottom for hanging, or it could be framed for display as well.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 6 new photos.

Tyrssa Philpot sent her wedding dress to have a unisex baptism outfit made for her son and future children/grandchildren to wear. Even though the outfit is intended to be unisex, she wanted us to use some of the lace and she wanted it as long as we could get.

Her WD was pretty fitted, which made getting a long gown from it a bit more difficult. We had to work with the seams quite a bit. However, we were able to get a "Bishop" style gown from it and used the lace mesh over the satin. We kept the large collar plain to make it more unisex. In addition to the gown, we made a matching bib, headband, booties and diaper cover as well as a gathered rose corsage.
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Tyrssa Philpot sent her wedding dress to have a unisex baptism outfit made for her son and future children/grandchildren to wear.  Even though the outfit is intended to be unisex, she wanted us to use some of the lace and she wanted it as long as we could get.  

Her WD was pretty fitted, which made getting a long gown from it a bit more difficult.  We had to work with the seams quite a bit. However, we were able to get a Bishop style gown from it and used the lace mesh over the satin.  We kept the large collar plain to make it more unisex.  In addition to the gown, we made a matching bib, headband, booties and diaper cover as well as a gathered rose corsage.

Thought I'd share this blast from the past. A couple of year ago I made this custom doll to enter into a local competition. The rules of the competition were that we had to sew something using onlly a t-shirt, a piece of lingerie and a pillow case. I literally pulled the threads from the fabric to create her hair and she is stuffed with shredded pieces from the garments. ... See MoreSee Less

Thought Id share this blast from the past.  A couple of year ago I made this custom doll to enter into a local competition. The rules of the competition were that we had to sew something using onlly a t-shirt, a piece of lingerie and a pillow case. I literally pulled the threads from the fabric to create her hair and she is stuffed with shredded pieces from the garments.