Tuesday, April 24, 2018

this is a God thing

So without even trying, meaning I was literally sitting at my desk and the phone rang.  I got a call from a wine distributer who would like to "possibly" sell my boards totaling 6,000 of each item! They want a board that is small enough to fit in a wine bottle box. 

I talked to my dad about designs and he came up with four different ones that will fit into a wine bottle box and he did it in one afternoon.    
one afternoon!  my dad is amazing! 

 These are unique and small in that it fits in a wine bottle box with a bottle of wine so you won't have to ship it separately. 
 
After the buyer said he liked them he asked me to ship them over for the team to look at them.  I had two weeks before they were to decide.  Last Tuesday was two weeks and he kindly let me know that the team didn't think they were large enough to sell well and didn't look appealing enough..............but have a nice day, I can send you a case of wine for your trouble.
I thought it was over. 
I thought, I should have made these with a darker wood........darn
Then I talked to my friend from QVC.  She said, "no April its not over! you make another one in the darker wood, you put a hole in it, take off 0.15 cents from the price, you finish it off with a leather strap, and you send him jpegs immediately!"  That gave me a little pep in my step and hope.  So I did what I was told, and I cut out another wine bottle out and put a hole in it.
I really think I like these better regardless.....its probably the darker wood, I always gravitate to the darker wood. 
I followed up today and I admitted that I was a "cheery pest" to the wine distributer.  Then I got an email back that no decisions have been made yet, and he would keep me informed of "positive" developments. He didn't dodge me or ignore me, or even delete me. 
Mr.Know-it-All says I am a pest most of the time when I keep "following up" with people but I just take that as I know what I'm doing.
Well what do you all think?  Do you like these? Would you purchase one?  They will probably retail at $9.95. if they are sold.  If............
 
your custom cabinet girl 
 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

its the little things

 Happy Valentines Day 2018!  Its hump day and Valentines day!  I was at the Wine & Chocolate Festival selling cutting boards at Housley's Century Oak Winery this last weekend.  I had thought I would make some coasters (the square ones), but then I remembered Valentines Day was coming up so I made some heart shaped coasters.  I only made three sets of 4 and I sold every set.  They were pretty popular.  I think I need to make more for next year.

These are made with Cherry lumber and sanded with love 💓

I think i will put them on my website and possibly on Etsy. 

I'm also thinking I will make them in different species. 

About a week before the wine & chocolate event my sales rep, a.k.a. Mr. Know-it-All told me i needed to make the California shaped boards and that they would sell out so i should make a lot.  Well i found some good long pieces of cherry and maple lumber to use and cut out California 4 times.  Believe me, if you zoom in on this picture and look at the coast line you should be able to tell that I took a lot of time to cut California out.  I used a band saw and very carefully cut out the SF bay.

If you know Mr. Know-it-All you will learn that when he thinks something is going to happen (like selling out of the California boards), and it doesn't he is understandably disappointed.  Results. I sold 1.  And believe you me Mr. Know-it-All was "shocked" that they didn't all sell because he knew they would all sell. The second day he had me put them in a more prominent spot on the table but to no avail it didn't work.  I on the other hand, I thought they might be a hit but I wasn't sure. 

I have found that these types of events are for smaller items, things that people don't mind carrying around while they are sipping wine and tasting chocolate.  I don't blame John Doe for not wanting to carry California around with his wine glass. 😄 All in all it was a great weekend!  I got to meet old friends and make some new ones.
We had a chocolate booth, a gourmet popcorn and chips booth, a booth with pictures taken by Adam Housley, an olive oil booth and me.  We were all able to take a photo together at the end of the first night.

Ohana Bros. @ohanabros
Marich Chocolates @marichchocolate
Housley's Century Oak Winery @Centuryoakwine
Consumnus River Farm @bellindora
Weber Company @aprilmorse 

💗 your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

growing pains

Its the last day of the first month of the year and I can't believe how fast it went.  We were working on two different kitchens and one was put in the second week of January and the other was put in last week. 
The first one was painted cabinets with a glaze in the routing. We made the doors a style with grooves in order to have a place for the brown glaze.  I did have fun using a tiny brush to put the glaze in!   All the photos are close up because the counters, flooring, and appliances are not in yet. 

I wanted to make sure that the glazing was also able to be in the frames of the cabinets in various areas so I put fluting in when I could.  That is the three grooves on the right side of the drawer fronts in the pictures.  It gives the cabinet an extra something!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The island was special too! It was made with Knotty Alder and stained a light brown. 
 
Next I have the second kitchen which is not all the way done....just the cabinets are in. 
This kitchen was made with natural birch lumber and stained a brown espresso.  I just love it! 
This is the cabinet where the refrigerator will be going.  I did a variance of heights on the upper cabinets to give the room some dynamics. 
 
I can't wait till all these are complete....and I will be able to get final photos. 
Both Kitchens are in Lodi, California and I loved working with both families.  It was my pleasure. 
 
*Update on my last post about the "big" job I have been waiting on an official answer to.  I was told that they decided to use another vendor.  They said they would keep me close in case this vendor doesn't do well.......well if you know me you know what I was thinking. Um. No. Please don't bother keeping me waiting in the wings.....I will fly on to other green pastures. 
I actually wasn't that upset, and I was proud of myself....no crying........until I called Mr. Know-it-All.  Big Mistake.  He always has my back and he was upset about their decision.  He made it real and said, "what!! they led you on for a year! Blah Blah Blah....." and then the tears flowed....
But, now that its been a few days I am better and more rational and I believe what I have said all along, "If God wants me to have the job, I will have the job. He knows what's best and what I need."
 
growing pains.....aren't they fun?
your custom cabinet girl
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

new year, new perspective

Do you ever wonder if what you are doing is in God's will?  Do you ever worry that you are not doing what you're supposed to do?  
After all the worrying i decided to go on Twitter and saw this great quote from Gianna Jessen: "God is holding on to you. Tell him what's in your Heart.  It matters to him."

I realized that Yes! God does want to hear about my cabinet woes, yes he wants me to put him first and trust him completely, and yes he thinks i matter.  That was the big one, I matter.  It makes me emotional every time i hear it because sometimes you just don't feel like you matter and what you're doing is not that important.  
I was going over a job I quoted a little over a year ago on Friday and i am supposed to hear back this week.  Its one that i mentioned before that i was supposed to be hearing back in March 2017, then April 2017, then June 2017, etc. etc.  Am i really going to hear back this week?  I really hope so and i want to..........
It made me realize that God is in control, if he wants me to have the job i will.  He knows what's best. 

But of course I was panicking about this very thing Monday & Tuesday and it really shook me.  Am i doing God's will? Then my nightly (try to do every night 😉 bible reading), God shows me this little number:
1 Corinthians 10: 31
"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 

Well didn't that just answer my question.  As long as I am doing everything for God's glory i am in his will.  I am super excited about that, and i am grateful for the opportunity he has given me. 
And i think this year is going to be the BEST.EVER.

I am planning out my calendar......
all the days i can call people back, and bother them 
all the days i can update my sales online of the cutting boards
all the days i can blog.....ahem
all the days i can update the website
all the days i can make measuring appointments
all the days i can buy a mint chocolate chip hot fudge sundae.....
are you still reading?
Not kidding, i really want a hot fudge sundae, maybe i will get one....for dinner. 
I am hoping i will have an answer today or tomorrow and if that's the case i will be blogging again to give all the details of this new job and what it entails cause seriously its the BIG ONE. Not to get over excited or anything.

So now that i got my wondering under control and i got all this off my chest i can go on to other things......like following up or what Mr. Know-it-All calls "being a pest."  
I think i could be the nicest pest in the world though. 😊
talk soon,
your custom cabinet girl