Monday, February 27, 2017

another crazy idea.......

 
Going back and forth with QVC is very interesting.  I find the rejection of every submission gets easier as the time goes by because I learned my idea didn't work.  It takes a certain kind of crazy to be able to take rejection and then put yourself out there again so you can feel that great searing pain in your heart just one more time, because I in my crazy mind think...this is it. this is the one time where its different, I am going to get a yes! 
And then I get a "no."
 
Well we all stayed home yesterday since my little Nathan was recouping from a cold/fever thing and I put on QVC.  "In the Kitchen with David" was on and there was this guy selling his BBQ ribs.  They were on display for all to see and he had a sad looking cutting board he was cutting his ribs on.  The board was sad, I mean really sad......it was separating and cracked, dry and looked like it had been on the street and run over a couple of times kind of sad. 
 
Now I know he was not selling cutting boards and only his BBQ ribs, but looking at that board he was cutting on made me feel like if he knew better, he could do better.  He needs a Weber cutting board.  So then came forth another idea of mine that will either make my dreams come true in selling boards to the many or crush them with that one word, "no".  But not to worry, this "no" doesn't hurt like it did the very first time, it gets easier as you hear it over and over again.
 
What is so fascinating about this is that I have a relationship with a seller on QVC and she believes in me and loves my boards!  She is my advocate and I am so grateful for her.  We have tried to get my boards, tablet holders etc on QVC only to be told "no" by the buyers.  For some reason I keep trying....... because I know in my heart if they gave me a chance I could sell every board I made on that show. So the fight continues. 
 
SIDE NOTE: Did you know that Colonel Sanders the creator of "KFC" heard 1009 "no's" on his chicken before he heard his first "yes".  Now that is stamina.  I am going to follow his example.  I am probably only on my 30th "no" right now so I have a lot of work to do. 
 
Back to the BBQ ribs and "In the Kitchen with David"...... So here is my idea......
I am going to give QVC a few boards, let them use them on air at will for anything they want and see what kind of response I get..... if any...... 
 
When I find out when they might be used I will notify you my faithful friends to call up the QVC show to ask where you can get that cutting board?  Where? What? That is the best cutting board I have ever seen!  I want one!  Any thing to make them think about putting my boards on air. 
This just might work, but if it doesn't don't worry because you know and I know I can come up with another crazy idea at any time and we will try again.
Stay tuned.
 
your custom cabinet girl
 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

website additions & wine and chocolate festival

I wanted to create more natural products for the home in storage solutions but also more than just cutting boards,  I have added a few new items to my website and wanted to show them here;
 
I love this one because its all natural Walnut Lumber and its coated with pure mineral oil to bring out the brilliance of color. 
 
I actually use these every day on my coffee table.  They are so pretty and each one is unique. 
Just add pure mineral oil to them every once in awhile to bring out their beautiful color. 
 
This is a fun one, your own set of 4 pieces of Walnut Toast!  I love toast and I know you would love these! 
 
Let me know what you think of these new items.......and this Weekend Feb. 11th & 12th come to
Housley's Century Oak Winery
22211 North Lower Sacramento Road
Acampo, Ca 95220
 
 for "Wine and Chocolate Festival" 
I will be there with all of these items and more to sell! 
 
your custom cabinet girl 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

i learned something new today

Well for 2017 I have a whole new strategy or idea of how I want to accomplish my goals and now that I am on day 5 of the year I already learned some valuable information......always.......... always....... ask questions.....cause you can seriously be floored. 
 
Here's the scoop.

I have been bidding on cabinetry for a builder who is building new homes nearby and will be selling them in the $700,000 range. These houses are on the larger side 2500 to 3500 square feet,  3 to 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a laundry room, and snack bar areas outside of each room.  The kitchen areas are pretty large with a 48" x 60" island.  Some of the houses have two master bedrooms and bathrooms.  After I sent my bid, I wanted to find out if I was in the ball park on my pricing and see where I was at, and maybe I could or would need to adjust..........BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!..............

I found out I could adjust my pricing and PAY the Builder to use my cabinets!!  That sounds like a good idea for me to not make any money.  And as a friend recently told me, "April, you are not doing this business for practice, you need to make money."  I believe, and have always been taught to have fair pricing, no gouging.  I need a fair profit in order to stay in business. 
 
You know what else I found out?  You're not going to believe this, so I just have to tell....the estimator told me my price was 3x higher than his other bids.  Now I don't know if he's lying, and I take everyone, I mean everyone at their word......but I have learned over the years, (mostly by Mr. Know-it-All), that most people lie.... which makes me sad. 
 
But here's the point.  First I said, "May I ask what these homes will be selling at?"  And he said, "yes of course, they will be in the $700,000 range."  I said, "So you're telling me, that when a builder is selling a house in the $700,000 range they expect to pay $11,000 for cabinetry for the entire house?"  He said, "well, $11,000 to $15,000 is about right."  Now I am floored.  I'm just thinking at this point that I don't want to purchase a house in the $700,000 range and know that the builder only spent $11,000 worth of cabinetry in the entire house.  What kind of crappy cabinetry is that???  Do the doors fall off after a couple of years?  Are the cabinets finished properly? Do children build the cabinets?  What kind of wood are they using?  And my mind just goes on and on............ 
 
So I learned something new and that is not every builder is the same, not all builders create homes cheaply, but when they do they make sure they sell their houses at an extremely high price. ;)
 
I told you I learned something new today.
 
your custom cabinet girl
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

i will never give up

Its been about four weeks and I really had to put my thoughts together before writing about this.  I also wanted to have some reflection on the situation.
 
I had a setback in my mind, but now I see it as an opportunity to show that Jesus is always with you, you should never give up. I was called by the superintendent of the contracting firm that I was doing the single family homes for in Stanford and told I was being replaced.  She said my drawings were insufficient.  (That is the nice version). I asked,  "how I can I fix this? how can I make this right?" She said, "you can do nothing, I have someone else ready to take your job."  I was surprised, devastated, humiliated, and I felt like a failure.
 
 
Surprised because I was given no reason to know that my drawings were insufficient, none.  There were no comments or statements to me that I needed to fix my drawings, so this was a huge surprise.  Second, I felt humiliated because when your work is rejected you feel rejected and this is the feeling that truly sucks.  And a failure.......well Mr. Know-it-All told me to stop saying that after I described myself as a failure (probably too many times), in the days ahead, but that's how I felt. So then I did what any normal girl would do;  I cried to my mom who is always there for me and I thought she would let me whine, but she told me to pick myself up, be the fighter that I am, and to put on my big girl panties. 
 
Since thinking a lot about the entire situation I have found that there was no justification for the loss of the job.  I was never told there was a problem with my drawings until that fateful day when I was told I lost the job.  Now that I look back I see there was lack of communication to me in order to push me out.  The contracting firm didn't want me to fix the problem and they already had someone else lined up to replace me.  I was kept out of meetings that I should have been a part of and I have figured out that really it boils down to money which is the root of all kinds of evil.  The contracting firm found someone cheaper and broke their contract with me.  This I am sure of.   
 
 
And why am I being so transparent?  Because this is the only way I know how to be and I feel that this is the best way for me to be a witness for Jesus' love.  Since this I have found peace in my Jesus who is so gracious to me in all things.  I held on to His promises.  He is my Rock.  The miracle for me in all of this was, the phone call was on a Friday afternoon and by Sunday morning I was still hurting in my heart.  I went to church and was given an encouraging word from God in the sermon that day.  What a blessing!  I cannot say how blessed I felt when God had a special word for me that day.  I felt loved. 
So all of this to say, this is real life. Not everything goes easily in life, not everything goes smooth, but Jesus is there every step of the way.  And since all of this He has brought more jobs into my little cabinet life and I am swamped, in a good way....
Thank you so much for reading, thank you for following, I always want to be transparent and I will end with this;
 
Never. Give. Up.
 
your custom cabinet girl