Sunday, March 13, 2011

Craft Show a Success!

This past Saturday, Aunt Dottie's Pantry attended the "Spring Fling" Craft Show in Millerstown, PA.  This was Aunt Dottie's very first craft show EVER!  And boy were we obvious rookies! We arrived Friday night to set up our booth.  We found our name on the floor with our booth number- awesome, we thought, we found it without having to wander around looking like idiots.  Well, that was the easy part.  Since most of the vendors for the show set up Saturday morning, there wasn't much around us.  We saw tape on the floor, but, twirling our hair, we said, "umm, which way do we face our table?"  Luckily, we used our stellar reasoning and logistics skills and figured it out.  Once our table was up, we looked like pros:

The display to on the right was awesome!  It was built by Dottie's husband, Dave, and allowed us to display our most current cards.  To the left of the display are the dividers, fanned out so people could see all the designs and feel the laminate.  Behind those are three totes of pre-wrapped recipe card packs.

Picture to the left is Aunt Dottie, smiling (kinda) through the nerves. Oh, she wasn't nervous about how our table would do, she was nervousabout having a Girl Scout group directly behind us selling cookies all day long!

Finally, this part of the booth was our "information section". We had a binder of all the designs we offer, as well as an email sign-up sheet, business cards, flyers AAAAAANNND.........BRAND SPANKIN' NEW COLORING CARDS! (as seen on the very right in the basket, with pre-colored cards as examples.  These will be available on the website very soon, so stay tuned!

  Besides having a few blonde moments, which we have no shame in admitting, this craft show was a great first experience!  Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Aunt Dottie's Pantry!

Friday, February 25, 2011

"Spring Fling" Craft Show

Aunt Dottie's Pantry will be attending a craft show on March 12th!  Read the press release below! :)

Millerstown, Pennsylvania- The Millerstown Area Jaycees are happy to announce the arrival of spring. The Ninteenth Annual Spring Fling Craft Show will be held on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Greenwood Elementary School along Route 17 in Millerstown Borough. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. to accommodate early shoppers.

Over 100 vendor spaces are available, and interested crafters are invited to reserve limited space by calling (717) 589-3598. A great variety of hand crafted merchandise, gifts, and decorating items will be featured for sale. The Jaycees plan the annual event to coincide with Easter, Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and spring house cleaning and decorating. The Jaycees recommend the show as “one of the finest shows that is held in Central Pennsylvania.” “Each year, hundreds of shoppers visit the show to find special gifts for themselves, for others, and for decorating their homes—it’s a spring tradition” say the Jaycees. The show is a great place to find items for Easter Baskets and the Jaycees urge everyone to shop at home and support the local economy right here in Millerstown.

Throughout the day, beautiful door prizes donated by the vendors will be given away to those who are present. Delicious refreshments will also be sold throughout the day including breakfast items and sandwiches, and admission is always free to the show.

There is a limited amount of vendor space available and the Jaycees are always looking for new vendors, so interested craftspeople should call 717 589-3598 for additional information of space rental. Space is restricted to vendors who make their own crafts; no commercial vendors will be accepted.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Ok look people, it's been awhile, I know.  My husband came home from Iraq, we moved twice, adopted a couple more dogs, both enrolled back in school (him his bachelors, me my masters) and we're on a mission to make Aunt Dottie some grand-babies.  Cut me some slack for not posting!  I miss this dearly, however, so now that things have settled down, I'm going to try and make a conscious effort to post here more.  Please, contain yourselves.  I know you were all not eating or sleeping because of the distroughtness (is that even a word) over me being M.I.A.

Annnnyyyways....Aunt Dottie's Pantry now has a FACEBOOK FAN PAGE!  Das right people, FACEBOOK!  I feel you're getting annoyed, so I'll say it again.....FACEBOOK!  Ok I'm done (cough cough facebook cough cough).  You can go on there and "Like" the page and see all the newest products and going-ons that Aunt Dottie has to offer.  We have recently designed some really cute and quirky recipe cards.
 This bright and funky card blends some unique colors for those bright kitchens (and even brighter cooks!). 

This recipe card is glaaaaamorous! The aqua and brown colors with the diamonds in the corner make it elegant, yet funky.

Finally, this brown and pink polka dots is girly and fun and great for parties, wedding and bridal shower gifts!

How bout it ya'll?

We also still have awesome address labels.  I personally use them for sending out bills.  I figure if I'm going to cry when I cut a check for our mortgage, I might as well lighten up the mood by adding some cute labels on the front of the envelope.

Check out for more address label designs- we have Disney, scrapbooking and breast cancer awareness labels!

Aaaaannnnndddd we still have dividers!

Dividers measure 4 3/4'' from top of tab to bottom of card and 6 1/4'' wide; All dividers are laminated so if you happen to splatter food on them, they easily wipe off.  Measurements include laminate.  The dividers come in packs of ten- Appetizers, Beef, Beverages, Desserts, Pasta, Pork, Poultry, Seafood, Soups & Vegetables.

ALL cards are printed professionally on heavy stock paper and personalized for FREE.

Thanks for reading this post!  Please contact us if you have any questions or comments regarding our products.  We welcome new ideas.  If there is something you wish was on the website, but isn't, feel free to drop us a message and we'll see what we can do.  We LOVE collaborating with other businesses and designers to provide you with the cutest recipe cards of their kind!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

We're "whole"again!

Hi, I'm Aunt Dottie.  It's been a long time (almost a year) since Rachel has posted to our blog.  There's been good reason.  Her husband returned home from Iraq (all in one piece thank God!), they bought a house, adopted their second pit bull named Lola, and are off and running in their new life.

Rachel lived with her Dad and I for the time that her husband was deployed.  During that time, her creative genius was the inspiration for the Aunt Dotties Pantry blog.  I absolutely loved having Rachel as a partner in my business.  But like any independent child, she was anxious to move on with her life when her husband returned.  And even though they're enjoying being new homeowners, that doesn't mean we're out of her life.  The home that they bought is about 20 minutes from our house, we get together quite often and Rachel and I talk... ALOT!  I'm so very proud of both of them.  My husband and I didn't lose a daughter, we gained a wonderful son-in-law!

Rach has her hands full with her returning husband, new job, new house, new pit bull #2, old pit bull #1, 2 cats and 2 chinchillas!  HOW DOES SHE DO IT?? (When I find out, I'll bottle it, sell it, and make my million $).   So it has fallen onto me, the blog-illiterate one, to maintain this blog.  With Rachels guidance, I'm muddling along and managed to get through my first blog post...EVER!

And, inspite of Rachel's busy life, she still has that creative itch that she most definitely needs to scratch. So she has continued to design new recipe cards and recipe card dividers for my business.  The new designs, in addition to my existing designs, are out on my website and Ebay.  Below are a couple of samples. 

As soon as I recover from my first blog (whew!) I have some recipe cards that I am going to post as free downloads.  Mickey, Minnie, Christmas cards and more!!  So check back!

Please enjoy and thank you for visiting my blog!
Aunt Dottie

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Night Night Teddy Bears

I am in the process of creating a fun website with crafts kids can make for deployed members of the military.  This hits especially close to home because my husband is currently deployed.  I found this craft and decided to try it for myself, and it's absolutely adorable.  These little bears would be great to send someone who's far away, whether it be a deployment or even a business trip.  They only stand a couple inches high, so they're perfect for small spaces or to just set on the night-stand for your loved ones to look at.  And best of all, these are so easy and cheap to make.

Here's what you need:

  • 1 1/2'' pom pom (body)
  • 1'' pom pom (head)
  • 2 5/8'' pom poms (legs)
  • 2 1/2'' pom poms (arms)
  • 2 3/8'' pom poms (ears)
  • black scrap of foam or felt
  • 2 wiggle eyes
  • tacky glue
Here's what to do:

Using tacky glue, attach the head to the body.  Glue on the legs and arms.  Next, glue on the ears and wiggle eyes.  Cut a small circle out of felt or foam (you can also use construction paper) for the nose and glue on. 

You can do these in any color pom pom, or a bear of all different colors.  They can be cute for party favors for a children's birthday party, or a little "just because" gift for that special someone. 

I just wanted to share this with you all and I hope you like it.