May 04

Craft Fairy Series – Make your own dip mixes – Wholesale

I went to a craft fair two weeks ago.  I had to pay to get in. $5.00.  They charge the vendors to set up, then they charge the customers to get. Oh well, I don’t like that but now that it is off my chest, I feel better. I wouldn’t have minded paying the $5.00 so much if when I entered, I had entered into the world of wonderful homemade & handmade delights. That wasn’t the case. I didn’t keep a tally sheet but my guess would be of the 100 vendors, 20 vendors were selling their homemade wares. Everyone else was selling products made elsewhere. It is hard to complete with products made in China or with products being mass marketed. I will not go  back next year since I’m a supporter of artists and small business. Yes the people selling the mass marketed items are small business owners but I felt cheated. This was a craft fair.

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Typical Craft Dip Mix Booth

Anyway, the method to my madness or the reason to my rambling is the dip mix vendors. There were 9 vendors selling dip mixes. All had big lines in front of them with customers dipping and tasting and buying. The first row I traveled down had 3 dip mix vendors.  Two were directly across from one another. (Personally I would have been a tad upset if I paid for a spot and they put me across from another identical vendor.) Didn’t seem to matter though as both booths had customers.

I went to booth #1 and tasted the ranch dip. Delicious.  I went to booth #2 and tasted the ranch dip. Delicious. Hmmm. Both delicious but what was funny was that they tasted the same amount of deliciousness. So I bought the pack from booth #2.  So as not to appear a creep, I sat down and wrote all the ingredients of the ranch dip in my phone. I then went back to booth #1 and looked at the ingredients in their ranch dip. Casually looking at my phone, I compared the ingredients.  They listed the same ingredients in the same order.  The little package labels had different names on them but the back of the label looked very similar.

Phone in hand I continued browsing the fair.  At the end of the row, another dip mix vendor. All those delicious dips sitting there for tasting. I went for the ranch again. Delicious. I said to the girl “This is delicious, do you make these yourself?”. She said she didn’t but her aunt makes them. I picked up the pack, pretended I got a text and again looked at the ingredients. Same ingredients, again listed in the same order.

Her aunt may make dip mixes like I make dip mixes but she isn’t selling them. These people are buying these dip mixes wholesale. It never occurred to me that the vendors selling dip mixes were buying the mixes. They simply were repackaging them. Maybe not everyone selling them is buying them wholesale but from my experiment, 8 of the 9 had the same back label as others at the craft fair. I tasted every vendor’s ranch dip and looked at all the packages. It didn’t appear they all used the same wholesale vendor as some were different from vendor #1, vendor #2 and vendor #3. Unfortunately only one didn’t match any other pack.  I should have bought her dip mix but I make my own and I had already bought one.

Dip Mix Business Idea

If you haven’t followed along, I’ve posted lots of dip mix recipes. You can find them here.  This post will link you to all dip mix posts.

There is nothing wrong with making money selling wholesale dip mixes.  Maybe that is the easier route.  To make dip mixes at home, it is easy and inexpensive.  Delicious and fresh too. You can’t beat them. Whenever I make a batch, I always quadruple the recipe. I have a stash on hand for myself or I give them away as gifts.

In the past two weeks I have done some research and found several wholesalers and I have contacted them about prices.  When I get all the information and pricing back, I’ll be posting my finding with contact info.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

 

Feb 02

Quick & Easy Boot Cuff Tutorial

 

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Hi All,

Boot cuffs are cute, warm and oh so easy to make.   These were made using a remnant of fleece picked up at JoAnn Fabrics for about $2.50.  That was enough fleece to make the cuffs, an infinity scarf and decorate some matching gloves.  They would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for a friend, teenager or anyone.  Quick and easy to make too so they would be great for selling at a winter craft fair. Want to make your own?  If so follow along.

Cut two 18″ x 9-1/2″ rectangular strips for the cuff itself.  Cut with the stretchy part of the fleece going across the 18″ piece.  Cut four pieces of the leg piece.  Download the pattern here.  Boot Cuff Pattern  Cut this with the stretchy part of the fleece going from side to side, not top to bottom.  This is very important as it is tight around the ankle and if it doesn’t stretch, it won’t go over your foot.  I made it without a foot because I don’t like feeling the seams in my socks. Plus without a foot, it is easily adjustable for high or low boots.  The pattern is for a high boot.  If you wanted these for a low boot, measure your boot and cut the extra from dotted lines on the pattern and draw a new straight line.  It is important that both the top dimension and the ankle dimension remain the same as on the pattern. Questions, just ask.

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I used my serger but it isn’t necessary as fleece does not ravel.  Serge or stitch, right sides together. If stitching, use a 1/4″ seam or use the edge of your presser foot as a guide.  Turn inside out.

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Sew or serge together 9-1/2 sides, wrong sides together.

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Fold wrong sides together to form cuff.

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With the right side of the leg out, insert the cuff inside the leg.  Match the seam on the cuff to the inside seam of the leg.  The first one doesn’t matter, but the second does.  See which leg the first boot cuff will match the inside seam and do the second one accordingly.

I pinned every quarter.  Sometimes it might be necessary to stretch to fit. That is fine. If serging be careful to remove pins before you reach your blade. Stitch or serge the folded cuff to the leg piece.

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That is it.  Fold the cuff out. Slip on over your foot, put on your boot and adjust. You made a boot cuff.

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I also made this one.

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And this one. I’ll be posting soon how to make these variations.  Do you watch Shark Tank?  I do, I love that show.  The show was my inspiration for the lace boot cuff.  There was a woman on the show who was making boot cuffs and selling them for around $40.  She had an online store and wanted to expand.  The sharks took the deal and she is probably making millions of dollars now making boot cuffs.  Mine are just as cute, if not cuter.  The difference as always – she did something with her idea. You go girl!

As always, if any questions just ask.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Jan 27

Kiss Me, I’m Yours Pillow Tutorial

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I was sitting in the dentist’s office patiently waiting my turn for pain & suffering. Had to get a root canal and a molar pulled in one visit.  Am I crazy or what?  Rather than sitting there thinking over and over “This is gonna hurt” I opted to read to occupy my mind. I bypassed the 6 month old edition of People Magazine probably as I already knew who gained weight, who entered rehab and who is no longer dating or married.  Oh the exciting lives of the rich and famous. NOT. I’m guessing they don’t know that the richest person isn’t the one who has the most but rather who needs the least.  Anyway, I opted for the only other choice, a decor magazine that I had never seen before.  Pretty cover, pretty pictures. The magazine featured homes filled with furniture that cost more than my house.  Who lives in these houses?  I would not want to live there because I would never want to clean that much space.  Anyway as I sat and thumbed through one pretty picture after another, I came to an article about decorating a teens room. This beautiful lip pillow was sitting on the bed. How cute and only $58.00. Wow. Only $58.00. Gee gas for my car for 2 weeks or a lip pillow? Guess what?  I managed both because I made the lip pillow. Ok, in their defense the one in the magazine was made from velvet, mine is felt. I think fleece would work perfectly too but I didn’t have any red fleece on hand.

If you want to make one too, here is how you do it.

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The dimensions are approximately 23″ x 9″.  To make your pattern tape together 4 pieces of copy paper. Short side to short side.  Then tape the two long pieces together. Free hand draw your lip.  After drawing, look & see which half is better, fold in the center and cut the two halves together so they are exactly the same on both sides.

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Cut two pieces of fabric using your pattern.  Place right side to right side of fabric.

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See how I have marked a spot on the top and bottom of the lips with pins?  You need to stitch the whole way around the pillow except where the pins are.  Leave a 3″ opening for turning and stuffing. Stitch using a quarter inch seam.

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Snip the curves and point as shown. Snipping the fabric makes it lay smoother when turned and done. And no, that isn’t a professional hand model holding the fabric.  That is just I being embarrassed at how rough my hands look.  :(

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Once stitched and snipped, give it a good press and turn down and press the opening. See how I pressed the turning points down so you can’t tell where the opening is?

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Sorry but try as I might, I couldn’t get my marking for the center of the pillow to photograph.  You can see here how I stitched it.  I tried marking with chalk and the felt just gobbled it up so I used a disappearing marking pen.  Draw a wiggly line like above and stitch.  Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the line.

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Stuff the top and bottom of the pillow with fluff.  Stuff firmly. Stitch your opening closed and that is it.  Cute $58.00 pillow.  Nope super cute pillow for pennies.

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This pillow would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for anyone.  It would also be a great product for sale at a craft show.  Super easy, quick and inexpensive to make.

Yesterday was bitter cold and snowy so I stayed in and sewed.  I have 6 more Valentine appropriate projects that I’ll be posting during the week so be sure not to miss any.  Sign up for my email notifications of new posts or follow me on Bloglovin.

Any questions, email me.  See you next time.

Debbie

 

 

 

 

Jan 16

Scrappy Happy Heart Key Chain

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These key chains are so darn cute they make me smile.  Quick, easy, and inexpensive to make. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or also great to make for selling at craft fairs.  The instructions take 10 times longer to write than it does to make one.

What you need to make: scraps of fabric,  Pellon Peltex, key rings, snips of ribbon and buttons.  Nothing needs to match. If it doesn’t match, it looks better.  You don’t need great sewing skills either. If it gets crooked, doesn’t matter as it only makes it look scrappier. Too cute.

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Gather up some scraps.  Any ole fabric will do for the top. I used mostly cottons. For the base, you need something a little more stable.  I used some wool fabric that someone gave me. The fabric was in good shape but wool makes me itch so I wasn’t going to use it for a suit but I didn’t want to waste.  Denim works well too as does scraps of decorator weight fabric.

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To make the heart, sandwich together two 3″ squares. Fold in half and cut out your heart shape.  You want them the same so cut out together.  Once cut, take one heart and cut around the edges to make slightly smaller than the other. You now have your two pattern pieces.

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Use the larger heart to trace the hearts on the Pellon Peltex (which is a very stiff interfacing that feels almost like card board but you can stitch right through it). Also, use the larger heart for your base fabric – mine was the suiting.  Two pieces of base fabric are needed for each heart and making is much easier if you trace and cut these two pieces together. One on top of each other, wrong sides together. Try as you might, small pieces are hard to cut perfectly and if you cut together you know your set matches perfectly. Use the small heart piece to trace the top heart.  Cut a piece of 3″ ribbon for each too.

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Lay your sets together as shown above. Take to the sewing machine. Remove the top piece.  With your base fabric, rights sides facing out and with the Pellon Peltex in the middle, place your folded ribbon as shown and stitch very close to the edge. If you think it will shift or if you are unsure of your sewing, place a pin in the center to keep it together. I did for the first one but after that, I didn’t pin.

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Center your scrappy heart on top and again stitch very close to the edge.Scrappy Happy Heart Keychain @ wowilikethat.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut a small square of a different fabric and place on the top of the heart opposite the ribbon.  Zig zag or stitch randomly in place.

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Sew a button at the top of the heart, same side as the ribbon.  I sewed mine using my sewing machine.  Some machines come with special feet to do this.  Mine has one but I simply remove my foot, drop my feed dogs, set my machine to zig zag and stitch down. Much quicker than hand sewing.

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That is it, all done!  One little note, I didn’t like that white Pellon Peltex showing on the sides therefore, I colored the white with a Sharpie. :)

These cost almost nothing to make.  My only cost was the Peltex which I get from Amazon.  You get a lot out from a small pack.  The rings I bought for something else at JoAnn Fabrics.  I don’t remember the cost but they are inexpensive.

I have sold these for $5 and $6.  They sold quickly.  They are cheap and cute.  If you plan your time and do the tracing and cutting while you watch TV, you can easily make 50 in an afternoon.

Any questions, just ask.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Jul 07

Make your own dip mixes – Part 5

Here are more dip mixes.  Again, these are great sellers at craft fairs, church bazaars and even flea markets.  Cheap to make, easy to put together and delicious to eat.  You can see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of my dip mix collections.

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Herb Veggie Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 T dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1-1/2 tsp. onion (minced)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix above ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip ix with 2 cups sour cream & 2 tsp. lemon juice (in the bottle kind is ok).  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers or fresh veggies.

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Italian Dip Mix

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

Combine above ingredients well.  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 2 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers, chips or veggies.

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Bacon Dip Mix

  • 4 T bacon bits (imitation ones work too)
  • 2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic

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

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

I still have more recipes to share so be sure to sign up for email notifications of new posts or check back often.

See you next time.

Debbie

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.

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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.

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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

Debbie

 

May 21

Craft Fairy Series – Part 5 – Make your own business cards

 Make your own business cards.

Here are some mucho loco ideas for making your own for cheap, cheap, cheap…..and if you ask me (you asked right?) wayyyyy more creative and memorable.  Go make some cards and post your pictures to our Flickr page.

The above business cards comes to us from C.R.A.F.T. using cereal boxes.  I love this but the stamp cost $45.00. I did a quick search for discount codes for the stamp and 40% off coupons seem readily available.

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These are fabulous. Creature Comforts used Photoshop for the design  and  I don’t have Photoshop but I own Corel and I could do the same with Corel.  I bet you could do it any graphic software including Paint. Go to Creature Comforts for her tutorial.

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30 years ago I may have used my picture as my business card – not these days.  I’ll save this one for you younger gals.  Your card wouldn’t soon be forgotten following Color Me Katie’s tutorial for her homemade business cards.

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These are stunning and easy to make.  Perfect for a photographer.  Take pictures of your wares and use the negative.  Would work for anyone.  Hop over to Peta Pixel for the how to make instructions.

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Jessica at How About Orange has a free printable template to make your own Argyle Business Cards.  Super Duper Cute.

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No directions on AllGraphicDesign  but endless stunning & different business cards ideas.  This is for your inspiration only.

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Mint Design Blog created this using old paper lying around and some tape.  The print was done on a regular printer. Simple and beautiful.

Tomorrow I will show you how to set up printing your own business cards in Microsoft Word.  Easy peasy.  We will all be looking professional in no time at all and for little $$$.

Debbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 19

Craft Fairy – Making Crafts Your Business – Part 3 – Signs

Making Crafts Your Business – Part 3 – Signage

My Craft Fairy Series focuses on doing it yourself and doing it inexpensively.

I love this booth.  Look at the paper bunting.  If your craft business has a name, string it across the back of the booth or across your table. I got this picture from Flicker. Adorable.

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I have created a similar one in a Word Doc.  I have attached in an older version of Microsoft Word.  If you don’t have Microsoft Word, you can download and install OpenOffice, it should work perfectly.  (OpenOffice is free).

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How to change bunting color

Some string, yarn or twine, add some clothes pins from the Dollar Store and you have super cute bunting.

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Chalk Board Sign from Flickr. Click picture to go to Flickr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another inexpensive item for signage.  An old chalkboard. Love it.  They are a little pricey if they are new so hunt garage sales if you don’t have one. Looks to me the letters on the chalkboard are brown paper – like from a grocery bag. Cute, Cute, Cute.

Let’s make some money.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

 

 

 

May 18

Craft Fairy – Making Crafts Your Business-Part 2

Making Crafts Your Business – Part 2

Eeek, you registered for your first craft show, now what?  Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

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I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.   Oprah Winfrey

There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.  Colin Powell

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.  Alexander Graham Bell

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin

Preparation, I have often said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture.  Amelia Earhart

Talent is cheaper than table salt.  What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.  Stephen King

Got that? Preparation is the key.
Here is a list of items you will need just for your booth decoration and set up.
  • Signs
  • Business cards (an absolute must have)
  • Do you have a website? Do you sell on Etsy?  Offer discount coupons. Have them in your booth.
  • Mailing List
  • Table clothes
  • Risers or baskets
  • Stool – don’t use a chair, it places you below eye level of potential buyers
  • Backdrop, banner or bunting – something to make your booth attractive and unique
  • Mirror (if needed)

Let’s make some money.

Debbie