Craft Cafe Artisan Chat - The Dip Lady

Craft Cafe Artisan Interview - The Dip Lady

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Meet Carla McPhee from The Dip Lady

♥ Please tell us about yourself:
I am a mother of 3 with a wonderful husband who helps me out when he can in between his full time job and coaching youth football. I'm originally from Massachusetts and I have been living in Arizona since 2001. I love the abundance of blue skies, tall palm trees and amazing sunsets. I have a weakness for anything blingy and shiny...I'm very creative and I love to make things...I love muscle cars and old vintage signs!

♥ How long have you been in business?
Since 2002

♥ Please describe your business:
I have 21 gourmet flavored dip mixes that come prepackaged. I offer delicious fruit dips, spicy dips, bread dipping mixes, bagel and cracker spreads, no-bake style cheesecakes, and bean dips. I also hand craft my ceramic dip chillers. These are 2 part bowls where the top bowl that holds your dips sits inside another bowl that holds the ice and water, so that you always keep your dips chilled and fresh. I also hand craft french style butter bells and these keep your butter soft and spreadable. Among other fun items I make are, kitchen magnets on tiles, wine cork necklaces and key chains and my most recent project are soldered glass charm necklaces.

♥ Tell us what inspires you:
I am inspired by my customers. When I'm at a show and I hear things like...."Oh thank goodness you are here!" or "Oh, I finally found you!"...that inspires me because what I have is something they need and you feel appreciated by their words.... that inspires me!!

♥ Please share with others, your best marketing techniques:
My best marketing technique is .... "Try before you buy!" ~ It works everytime. When I sample at my booth at a craft show, they simply cannot resist and they end up taking home several of my mixes.

♥ What do you love most about your business?
I love that I am able to see my children off to school and that I'm here when they get home...I feel blessed that I have so much time with them while running my business.

♥ Please tell us why have chosen Craft CafĂ© as a venue for your business?
I have chosen Craft Cafe because it allows me to list as many items as I want, no limits...so user friendly!

♥ What advice can you give for crafters/artisans just starting out?
My best advice to anyone starting out is...."Don't be afraid of hard work!"

♥ Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I would like to see more wholesale accounts and my items in more locally owned shops in the valley.

♥ Lastly, would you like to offer our readers a special or coupon code for your Craft Cafe shop?
Yes, please enter code "diplady" when checking out at my  Craft Cafe Shop to receive 10% off your entire purchase!

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We would like to send out a big THANK YOU to Carla for all her love and support.

Be sure to visit The Dip Lady soon ♥ ♥ Craft Cafe Shop / Facebook / Pinterest 

1 comment:

  1. Wow I am so glad I found you too. your post is like being out in the open air markets. I can see you truly have a passion for your craft, and when that craft involves tasty goods; It is like a reward for all of us who are culinarily challenged. Happy Holidays.


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