Our top 10 crafts at this year’s Rotary show

By on August 15, 2012

By: JANET SCOUTEN Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

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Stuff on a stick, wooden boxes for dog toys, Christmas ornaments and decorations, steering wheel covers, propane tank cozies, yard art, signs, signs and more signs, baby doll bunk beds (in double and triple bunks).

Items that stood out as strange, wonderful, impressive, or simply unusual at last Saturday’s Lititz Rotary Craft Show:

Lititz Record Express Wagon

In addition to their other assorted crafts and antiques, Becky and Bill Mueling of Yummerdale Crafts in Lititz restore old red wagons by adding a fresh coat of paint and lettering. Bill once worked as a paperboy, so he added the logos as a nostalgic nod to his first job.


It’s not every day that you find a "fun game for all ages" that involves spent buckshot casings. In this innovative and educational game sold by Gene and Patti Havlik of Robesonia, players roll the dice, adding the numbers, and tip forward the numbered buckshot that match their total. If they manage to tip forward all the casings during their turn, winners of each round yell, "Buckshot!"

Pleasant Memories

Forming new jewelry from old silverware, Candace and Frank Naegele’s business "Pleasant Memories," has resulted in a popular booth at the craft show. Transforming the handles of old forks and spoons into bracelets, earrings and hairclips, this business makes a sterling example for all recyclers.

Botanical Hotplates

Encasing stripes of assorted dried fruits, seeds and flowers behind heat-resistant Plexiglas, Mark and Janice Panty have been hard at work creating their unique Botanical Hotplates product. Used as an insulator to protect surfaces from damage caused by hot food containers, this item boasts practical as well as decorative value for the home.

Cornerstone Forge

Hand-Hammered Aluminum

"There are only a few people in the country that still do this," said artist Dennis Wildnauer. "There are even fewer who make it completely by hand as I do."

To make his pieces, Wildnauer clamps a sheet of aluminum to a block of steel engraved with a design and then hammers until the design is transferred.

"When I’m doing art shows, people come to my booth and are immediately captivated by the art form."

Old-Fashioned Treat Machines

Mason jars are very "in" right now, and Lebanon crafter Paul Sweinhart’s Old-Fashioned Treat Machines turn these popular jars on their heads to make bubble-gum machines that are too sweet to resist.

Tissue Box Covers

There is no tissue box cover that Ruth Williams cannot make. With an impressive inventory that ranges from Dora to Scooby-Doo, Betty Boop to Elmo, "Crafts by Ruth" has captured almost every image conceivable on plastic canvas.

Goods from the Woods

Specializing in marble and car rollers made from wood, this booth by George and Doris Plowfield of Reinholds featured "Toys Your Grandpappy Used to Play With." Filled with the enchanting clickity-clack sounds of marbles rolling down miniature roller coasters made of wood, this booth stopped passersby in their tracks.

Roland Metal Art

With welding as his day job and art as his hobby, Roland Paronish has combined his talents to create hand-crafted metal art sculptures that capture all walks of life. His figures, formed largely from railroad spikes, lead busy and productive lives with occupations such as doctor, plumber and chef, but they also play hard with sports like golf, snowboarding and soccer.

Propane Tank Covers

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