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
 

Friday, September 23, 2016

10 things i learned at the NYNow show this year

I decided to do a list. 
10 things I learned at the NY Now Show this year.



1.Setting up my booth with Mr. Know-it-All was interesting.....He's a creeper.

2. Retail is changing the way companies look at merchandise and selling. Amazon is King and I am in the back seat.

3.  Sales people across the US are questioning if shows are the way to go in order to get your product to buyers.

4. Mr. Know-it-All thinks he knows it all.

5. On a rainy day, you can go right up to the top of the Empire State Building and have literally no wait time in line.  They let you go all the way up for a small price of $39 ;)

6. I met some really nice business men from Japan who bought some of my boards.  I got to put a pin on my world map in Osaka Japan.

7. I got to meet with the former president of Williams-Sonoma for dinner. We are friends now and he got to meet Mr. Know-it-All, but I don't know if he knows I call him that.

8. I didn't see all the small business owners like I did in 2013.  I am thinking they not going to the shows anymore..........

9.  I am wondering how I am going to sell more online in my store and how to incorporate that.....

10.  By Wednesday night I was so tired from the show and going out all night I could hardly keep my eyes open. 

This show was an eye opener for me in that it did not produce the results I received in 2013.  Are the buyers that came before not going to the shows?  Are the buyers going online now?  They are closing more retail stores throughout the US so maybe.  I have a lot to think about.  But I do know one thing.

I will never give up.

your custom cabinet girl