Catasauqua Press

Monday, January 22, 2018
Flo Williams, of Catasauqua, makes a purchase from Rose Sherman’s booth at the American Legion Post 215 Christmas craft fair, held Dec. 2, 2017, at Legion Hall. Flo Williams, of Catasauqua, makes a purchase from Rose Sherman’s booth at the American Legion Post 215 Christmas craft fair, held Dec. 2, 2017, at Legion Hall.
Press photos by Paul CmilSharon Kratzer demonstrates her line of hand-crocheted scarves and wreaths. Press photos by Paul CmilSharon Kratzer demonstrates her line of hand-crocheted scarves and wreaths.
Press photo by Paul CmilJudith Berg shows off one of her photographs. Berg and Len Morgan work in wood-burning prints. Press photo by Paul CmilJudith Berg shows off one of her photographs. Berg and Len Morgan work in wood-burning prints.
Kami Dietrich and her daughter team up to show off their collection of Paparazzi jewelry and creature comforts from Thirty-One Gifts. Kami Dietrich and her daughter team up to show off their collection of Paparazzi jewelry and creature comforts from Thirty-One Gifts.
Sheena Valero is Catasauqua’s Tupperware representative at the craft fair. Sheena Valero is Catasauqua’s Tupperware representative at the craft fair.
Left: Terry Evert stands behind the unique flower pots developed by his daughter Amanda Tertel. The N&P Craft flower pots are made from concrete and burlap. Left: Terry Evert stands behind the unique flower pots developed by his daughter Amanda Tertel. The N&P Craft flower pots are made from concrete and burlap.
Above: Sisters Nicole Bortz and Hannah Dille show off their LuLaRoe leggings at American Legion’s craft fair. Above: Sisters Nicole Bortz and Hannah Dille show off their LuLaRoe leggings at American Legion’s craft fair.
Donna Houck is the area representative for Mary Kay cosmetics. Donna Houck is the area representative for Mary Kay cosmetics.
Kim Staples is a Pampered Chef representative. She also had a selection of hand-painted glassware. Kim Staples is a Pampered Chef representative. She also had a selection of hand-painted glassware.

American Legion holds craft fair

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Catasauqua’s American Legion Post 215 held its Christmas craft fair Dec. 2, 2017. Vendors were set up in the banquet room of Legion Hall and were a mix of independent business marketing companies and homemade products. Valerie Geissenhainer served as the manager of the program hosted by the ladies auxiliary.

Sheena Valero, of Catasauqua, was the Tupperware representative. You can see her products at sheenav.my.tupperware.com. She can get anything in the catalog and deliver it.

Sharon Kratzer has a line of scarves.

“I took the material I use for the scarves and made wreaths,” she said.

The material is hand-crocheted. It looks like plastic from a distance but is pleasantly soft and pliable.

Tanya Shankweiler was the knitting expert. She also had some boutique items from Theresa Cantley. The boutique items were examples of unique international craft wares.

Cindy Hertzog, of Prints Personally, will custom design a personal portrait for anyone. She has the backgrounds stored on her computer and can customize the poetry. She has her website at etsy.com/shop/Printspersonally.

Nicole Bortz and her sister Hanna Dille had one of the LuLaRoe outlets. The specialty is leggings, kimonos, skirts and tops. Lisa Lee had a second LuLaRoe display, further emphasizing the popularity of the fashion line.

Kami Dietrich had an array of Thirty-One Gifts creature comfort items, while her daughter Katylin displayed their collection of Paparazzi jewelry.

Len Morgan works with Judith Berg on wood-burning designs. Berg does all the intricate work creating the designs.

Diane Hertzog represented the Scentsy franchise. She claims the plug-in warmers are more delightful than anything available on the open market.

“They last long and are a lot more powerful than anything you can get at a Walmart or drugstore,” she said.

Donna Houck is a Mary Kay representative out of Fountain Hill. She carries the full line of products. Her website is MaryKay.com/DHouck5.

Rose Sherman had some of her handcrafted accessories. The shopping bag was popular.

Kim Staples is a Pampered Chef consultant. She has a unique griddle that spans two burners. She swears by it.

“I can get a frozen steak cooked to perfection in less than 20 minutes,” she said.

It may be pricey but is worth it, according to Staples.

“Pampered Chef spends an inordinate amount on R&D, so they are always coming out with new items and unique items,” she said.

Mary Misiura is a veteran craft show vendor.

“I’ve been doing quilting for years. I’ve done well at some of the bigger shows like Leesport. Right now, the hottest thing I do is Eagles merchandise. Last year it was Dallas, but now I have a stack of Dallas stuff not sold,” she said.

For Misiura, this is a hobby.

“I can’t sell these for much more than the cost of the material. You can get stuff cheap in some of the off-price stores. I cater to the person who wants something handmade.”

If interested, you can call her at 610-762-6506.

N&P Crafts had a unique display. Amanda Tertel, from the New Tripoli area, came up with a concept to dramatize her flower pots.

“I took burlap and covered it in wet concrete then draped it over a flower pot,” she said.

The resulting container adds a different look for holding a potted plant. N&P Crafts is on Facebook.

Geissenhainer wants to see the show grow.

“This seems to be the right time to have a local craft show. There are a lot of things going on, and we want this fair to be on everyone’s list as a place to stop,” she said.