Jun 26

Make your own dip mixes – Part 4

Hi All,

Some more dry dip mixes for you to make and make money with.  Or….simply to enjoy some more natural delicious dips.  If you missed them, you can find the other dip mix recipes here: Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3.  I still have more, so be sure to either sign up for emails or check back soon.

Parmesan Herb Dip Mix

  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. minced onion
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Mix dip mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate.  Dip is best if you refrigerate up to 8 hours or overnight.  Serve with veggie, crackers or chips.

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Fiesta Dip Mix

  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 heaping tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 heaping tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 heaping tsp. salt

Combine ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour cream.  Cover and refrigerate 8 hours.  Serve with chips, cracker or veggies.

Cheesy Onion Dip Mix

  • 1 tsp. beef bouillon granules
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Combine ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I still have more recipes so please check back.

See you next time.



Jun 22

Make your own dip mix – Part 3

Hi All,

Here are some more tried and true dip mix recipes.  Dip mixes are big sellers at craft fairs and shows, are easy to make and cost very little to put together.  They also make great little gifts for neighbors and teachers.  The mixes are also perfect to keep on hand when you want dip.  The premixed dip at the grocery store  is expensive and doesn’t taste good and have you ever looked at the ingredients?  Even if you mix your own with Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix – which I think tastes good, the ingredients in the mix containing things I can’t pronounce. You can see the ingredients here. Plus the Hidden Valley Ranch Dip is so expensive.  Below is a copycat version of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip that I have made.  It makes a lot, but I like it a lot so it works for me.

CopyCat Hidden Valley Ranch Dip

  • 15 saltines
  • 2 cups dry parsley flakes, minced
  • 1/2 cup instant minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons dry dill weed
  • 1/4 cup onion salt
  • 1/4 cup garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

Directions:Dump all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until completely powdered.

To Use: combine 1 tablespoons dry mix, 1 cup of may & 1 cup of buttermilk.


Ranch Dip Mix

This is another ranch dip recipe.  Not as close to the Hidden Valley Ranch as the one above, but I like this one too.

  • 3/4 T dried parsley
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. lemon pepper

Combine ingredients and mix well.  Place in a ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.


Chive & Garlic Dip Mix

  • 4 tsp. dried chives
  • 2 tsp.minced ionion
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • Pinch of pepper

Combine ingredients and stir well.  Put in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine mix with 3 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I have many more recipes for dip mixes so be sure to check back often.  Happy Saturday to all.

See you next time



Jun 21

Make your own dip mixes – Part 2

Hi All,

Here are a few more dry dip mix recipes.  Again these are delicious and are big sellers at craft fairs.  See my “Dip Mixes – Part 1” here.

Bowl of Tomatoes on Tricolored Pasta

Italian Dip Mix

  • 4 T Parmesan cheese
  • 2-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2-1/2 tsp. sesame seeds.

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve – combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

Sesame Cheese Dip Mix

  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 4 tsp. toasted sesame seeds – if you can’t find toasted seeds – you can put on a microwave safe dish and microwave to about 30 seconds. (watch they don’t burn)
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Put in a ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Cover at refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.  Again, serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

Veggies - Wow I Like That

Veggie Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried chives
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Put in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream & 1 T fresh lemon juice (I used the stuff in the bottle and it was delicious too).  Mix well.  Coverage and refrigerate at least one hour.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

Check back tomorrow, I’ll have more recipes to share.  Sign up to receive email notification so you don’t miss anything.

See ya next time.







Jun 20

Thrifty Thursday – Make your own dip mixes for gifts or sale.

Make your own dip mixes. Part 1

The last craft fair I attended had 4 different dip mix vendors.  Every booth selling dip mix was crowded. It may be that their tables were lined with dip and pretzels or crackers for sampling.  People do get hungry and free is free. Sometimes even if you aren’t hungry and it is free, you take some.  At least I do and I am sure you do too.  Not everyone bought but they all had lines of people waiting to pay so enough were buying.  Even I bought some.  They were $4.00 a pack or 3 for $10.00.  I bought 3.  They were delicious.  You mix sour cream with the mix and poof – creamy deliciousness.

Try doing a search for dip mix recipes. There aren’t many recipes out there.  These people are hoarding their secret recipes from us.  Way I see it, there are lots of craft fairs and lots of people to buy the mixes and not sharing isn’t right.  I have spent hours looking through every recipe website, went to the library looking for recipes and finally charmed threatened a vendor to share some beginning recipes.

Below is the collection of my efforts.  It is a starting point.  All recipes are tried and true and all can be tweaked to be made into “your special recipe”.  For those who aren’t graphically inclined, I will be posting some pretty labels to put with the mixes.  Be sure to sign up for email notifications of my posts so you don’t miss anything.

Shop around for spices.  You can get many at the dollar store.  My local grocery store also has a $1.00 spice section.  The dip mixes are easy, cheap and they sell.  If you are already selling at the craft fairs and need something to pull people to your booth, sell some booth magnets (aka dip mixes). They also make great gifts.

Note:  The baggies I use aren’t from my local grocery store.  They aren’t your regular baggies although you could use them.  I use small ones that I got from Amazon. (I posted a link to these at the bottom of this page.)  They are the perfect size and look cute too.

If you have other recipes you would like the share, please email me and I will make this a continuing growing list.

All the recipes are for 1 package of mix for testing and trying.

Plate of Red Chili Peppers

Cajun Dip Mix (Spicy)

  • 1 T. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

Combine ingredients and stir.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve – combine the dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.   Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.



Garlic Onion Mix

  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1-1/2 T dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in a ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.  It is best if refrigerated at least 8 hours but it still delicious after sitting only 1 hour if you are rushed (or really hungry).  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

PS.  For the salt-free seasoning blend I used Mrs. Dash.


Onion Dip Mix

  • 4 tsp. beef bouillon granules  (You can find this right next to the bouillon cubes at the store)
  • 2 T. dried minced onion
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered onion

Combine all ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I have run out of time today.  Check back tomorrow as I will be posting more.  Be sure to sign up for email notification.

See you next time.



Jun 18

Tutorial Tuesday – A is for Applique (Raw Edge). How to, inspiration & free patterns

A is for Applique.

No need to reinvent the wheel when there are lots of fabulous tutorials out there on how to applique.  Below are the tutorials I reference.  Hopefully they will help you too.

Raw edge has a great look and is the easiest to do.  Raw edge applique is the easiest to do so I’m starting my applique segment with it.   Keep reading to see some inspiration and patterns too.

raw edge

Riley Blank Designs has a wonderful tutorial on raw edge applique.  She covers all the bases about adhering your applique to your fabric.  Go here for the tutorial.

Raw edge quilt from Quilt Taffy.


Raw edge appliqued pot holder @ Sew Inspired.

I don’t have the link for this.  I had this saved on my computer.  I love it.  Different size circles, layered and raw edge appliqued. If this is from your website, please let me know so I can acknowledge your creativity.

I love the simplicity of the circles on the linens.  Visit the Daily Stitch to read more.

Obviously I have a circle fetish.  I think they are stunning.  Go to the Blue Hare to read about it.

Creative Ideas for you has instructions on making this sweet mini raw edge quilt.

Not a quilt but still raw edge applique.  I got this off Pinterest that took you to a site that did not include anything about this – only ads.  Oh those tricky people.  Who needs those instructions?  We can make it up ourselves.

Crib Quilt, Abstract Flower Art Raw Edge Applique Baby Blanket, Infant Photo Prop, Newborn Backdrop, Unique

Inspiration only – this I found on Etsy.  I just looked again and it has sold.  Easy to recreate and oh so beautiful.  To visit the Etsy shop go here.

See this pretty raw edge quilt at My Quilt Diet.

Have you ever seen anything cuter than that little clothes line.  El-Petit-Taller has instructions on how to create.  This is about as raw edge as you can get. :)

Some lovely inspiration from Flickr.  You can see it here.

So pretty from Blue Elephant Stitches on Flickr. See it here.

This is from Pam’s Quilting on Flickr.  You can see it here.

Another stunning quilt from Flickr.  See it here.

Lovely and how easy would that be. The stitching definitely makes it.  Love it.  This is from Flickr too.  You can see it and other shots of it here.

Quilted pillow from Flickr.  See it here.

Other stunning Flickr Raw Edge Quilt. You can see it here plus other shots of this quilt.

Hello Spring to you too.  You can see more of this quilt on Flickr too.  You can see it here.

This is the so darn cute.  You can see more on Gwen’s Artwork Flickr page here.

What a fantastic way to use up your little snippets of scraps too.  This is from Flickr.  You can see it here.

You can see this here on Flickr.

You can see this and other beautiful things by Made In Monty here.

I hope this offered some inspiration to try some raw edge applique.

Any simple design or shape works for raw edge applique and I find that freehand works great but I have listed some pattern locations below if you want some design ideas.

free applique patterns

Homemade Gifts Made Easy has some printable designs and alphabet that is perfect for raw edge applique.  You can find it here.

More applique shapes can be found here at Quilter’s Cache.

Tons of applique shapes at Wee Folk Art.

See you next time.




Jun 16

Simple Stuff on Sunday – Sewing Tips

Simple Stuff on Sunday.  Simple sewing tips. 

  • Templates – Clean once, clean twice, maybe three times but after you do the plastic insert from packages of bacon are the perfect thickness to use for cutting out your quilting templates. 
  • Recycle – reuse.  If you use dryer sheets in your dryer.  Save when done.  Not only are the sheets perfect for dusting in the sewing room, they grab little snippets of thread.  They also work great, after a quick press, for stabilizer.
  • I was recently making a drawstring bag and didn’t have any cording.  I found a bag of athlete shoe strings that I bought at a garage sale.  Once threaded through the bag, I cut off the tips and knotted.  It worked perfectly and looked as good if not better than the cording.  Cheaper too.
  • I have a difficult time when cutting long pieces of bias strips with my rotary cutter.  As hard as I try, my fabric slips and pieces end up crooked.  If I need nice straight bias strips, I now simply remove the thread from the needles of my serger and run the fabric through using the measurement guide.  The cutting knife does all the work for me.  Perfect strips every time.
  • Did you ever think you were oh so lucky that you matched your thread so perfectly to your fabric?  Eek only to make a mistake and now you can’t see the thread to rip out the pucker you just made.  The easy solution is to rub a piece of contrasting chalk over the seam.  This will highlight your stitches making them easy to see and rip out.
  • When sewing pillows don’t pivot at the corners.  Sew all the way off the fabric.  When you are done, cut just above the meeting point and also trim each side a little so that it looks like a point.  Press open the best you can before turning.  This eliminates any creases and ensure the pillow tips are nice and pointy.
  • When make a pillow sometimes it is hard to get the opening finished so that it looks seamless and invisible.  To fix this, close the opening with fusible web tape.

Happy sewing.  See you next time.


Jun 13

Craft Fairy Series – Part 6 – Business cards continued.

If you don’t have time to make your own creative, original business card. (you can see my previous post on creative cards here.)  Printing your own is the next best thing and done in 5 minutes.  Can’t get much quicker than that.

Go to Microsoft Office Templates here.  There are 165 free business card templates that are free for you to use.

Choose a template that you like.Template

I have chosen Flower Personal Business Cards.  Click the picture of the template that you would like to use.  It will open up, click the Download button.


If the template does not automatically download, the below box will appear.  Click the “Download Manually”  button.  A dialog box will then appear.  Click “Open”.  The template automatically opens the proper Microsoft Office application.

**Pay attention when selecting a template that you have the correct version of Microsoft Office for the template.  Even if you have an older version of Microsoft Office, there are plenty of templates to work with and easy enough to customize.  Easy Peasy – Honest Injun.

Template Open

The template has allotted space and fields for common information found on business cards.  If you want that information on your new card, simply fill in all the fields.  I however did not.  These business cards will be given out at a craft show and I don’t have a separate business address.  I do not want my home address listed on the cards.   I will use that space for my website address.   You can substitute any information you want in the fields.  You also have the freedom to change colors, etc, just as if you are working on a Word document.

If you don’t like the image on the card, go to Microsoft Office clipart and find something you do like.  It is as easy as cutting and pasting the new image on your card.

I have replaced the flower with some other images that would work for my craft business.

B Cards

A copy of this template with the variety of images can be found here. card template

I, however, opted for all flowers.  I think they are plain but pretty.

deb card


I printed mine on what I had on hand.  Yellow card stock. I didn’t use business card paper from Staples or Walmart.  That stuff is too expensive.  My card stock was just plain ole card stock paper and I cut them out on a cheap paper-cutter.  I think they are adorable.

Everyone needs a business card.  Now go print your own.

See ya next time.






Jun 11

Another Tutorial Tuesday – Walker Bag

My friends father is in a nursing home.  They are hosting a raffle and need things appropriate for residents in the nursing home.  My friend asked if I would make a walker bag to go in the basket.  I had already made the tissue box cover and thought I would use the same home dec fabric.

walker bag

I followed the instructions I found on Instructables.  The instructions were clear and easy to follow but I did make a few modifications.

I did not use interfacing because I used home dec fabric.  The home dec fabric does not need any additional interfacing. (Step 1)


I also did not having thin cording. (Step 2)  I made piping instead.  I think I like the piping better than I would have liked the cording.  To make the piping, I cut 1-1/2″ bias strips and pressed in the center.


The instructions called for 30″ of webbing. (Step 2)  I had zero webbing so I made fabric straps instead.  I cut 2 pieces of 15″ x 4″ fabric.  I ironed in half and then folded my edges in to meet the middle and pressed well.  I sewed all edges with a zig zag stitch to add strength and durability.


The instructions also called for leaving the bottom opened.  I thought the bottom needed the extra strength of a good sewn seam so I left an opening on the side between the pockets.  It was more than enough room to turn. (Step 8) Also be sure to trim your corners.


I loved how it turned out.  Cute and color.  Easy too which is always a perk.


I didn’t have a walker to model it on.  Sorry my chair is a sad substitute.


Jun 11

Tutorial Tuesday – Appliqued Tea Towel

Appliqued Tea Towel

A friend had just given me a package of vintage tea towels. Her aunt died and she was cleaning out the house.   They were still wrapped in plastic and never used.  Old new stock as American Pickers call it.  They were a bit dirty and yellowed but they ended up washing up beautifully.  SAM_0463

I love this type of tea towels. They look great deorated.


The fabric is from Craigslist.  A woman had a little quilt shop she recently closed and had 50+ bolts of fabric still unsold.  She was selling full bolts of high quality quilting cotton for $10.00 each.  A friend and I bought 12 bolts and shared. The cost worked out to $.60 to $.75 per yard.  I wouldn’t use this fabric in a quilt but it is a perfect kitchen/tea towel fabric.

I am fortunate to own an Accuquilt Go cutter and I decided on using the small rick rack and the word EAT for the embellishment.  If you do not own a cutter, not a big deal.  This is easily done without a cutter.  Draw the rick rack on a piece of paper and use as a template for cutting.  Or use a straight piece of fabric across the tea towel.

For the letters, follow this tutorial from Sew Like My Mom or this tutorial from Skip to My Lou. You need only a simple font printed from your computer to use as a template.  My letters were 3″ tall. Use the printed letters as your pattern and carefully cut out.  Make sure your fabric and letters are in sync.  If you are going to use as a pattern, your fabric would be face up with paper on the top.  If you are tracing on the back then cutting out, your letter would need flipped.  **Check twice, cut once.

If you are following the instructions from Sew Like My Mom or Skip to My Lou, DO NOT use any Heat & Bond or Wonder Under.  NO HEAT & BOND OR WONDER UNDER or ANY PAPER BACKED, IRON-ON ADHESIVE.


I use paper-backed, iron-on adhesives very sparingly and not at all in this project.  When I use a paper-backed, iron-on adhesive and stitch over it as in applique, I get a headache proportionate to the number of inches I am attempting to sew.  My machine will definitely skip stitches.  My needle will surely gum up and it is guaranteed that I will soon be calling my machine and anyone within a close vicinity not-nice names.  It is a vicious cycle that I don’t want to ever repeat. Therefore, we will use white glue. Mine is the cheapo brand just like Elmer’s glue. Washable glue is the key here. Any brand will work.


Cut out your fabric trim – the rick rack shape or straight piece of fabric and your letters. Position on the towel as you want them.  Place a thin line (or if you are like me and do not properly close your glue cap so when you go to use your glue the next time, you push as hard as when you gave birth but still no line comes out, you can use a series of dots around the edge.)


Do one piece at a time.  Place your glue around one letter.  Position on the towel and iron with a hot iron. You must iron for the glue is to hold and work on fabric.  Proceed gluing and ironing until everything is glued down on the towel securely.


Once everything is glued and ironed in place, stitch around all the edges of the letters and rick rack or trim.


I used a zig zag stitch to sew the applique down.  Zig zag is great, straight stitching works just as well as does a blanket stitch.


I am using an Open Toe Foot on my machine.  The foot allots space so I can see where and what I’m sewing.  If you have one, use it. If you are using a zip zag stitch, you need to position your foot so that the right entry point of the stitch is on the edge of the fabric as shown above. If you are straight stitching, stitch close to the edge of the fabric.


See how nicely the glue is holding my fabric. No puckers, lumps or bumps when I stitch. The glue is holding perfectly.  Stitch carefully around all the letters and any trim.  Stitch the trim to the edge and stop.  Back stitch at all starting and stopping points too. SAM_0471

Trim any excess fabric from your trim.  Leave about 1/2″ over hang.


Finger press the 1/2″ over.  Zig zag or straight stitch the piece as shown.


That is it.  You are done.  Tea towels are great little housewarming gifts, and perfect small gifts for teachers too.  I start stashing things away for Christmas gifts now too.

Any questions, send me an email and I’ll be happy to answer.