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











Thursday, November 30, 2017

my 3 BFF's

In looking at my vision for Weber Company i have two goals;
1. to build and sell cutting boards and wood products across the globe
2. sell Merillat prefab cabinets (made in the US) to builders with subdivisions.
3. and to create custom cabinetry for remodels and new homes

So in an effort to create more jobs for myself and to make "friends"  i have this list on my cork board with 3 names of the people i need to make BFF's with.  i have called, emailed, emailed again, called and called again for good measure.  They are all men (which doesn't mean anything except that i rarely deal with women in this industry),  and each one could possibly help me with growing the business.  
The first BFF, (we'll call him J.S.).   I sent J.S. a cutting board with his company logo on it.  With an idea that i could convince him that he could sell my cutting boards on QVC.  Well you haven't seen me on QVC so you know how that has worked so far.  I think i called him too much because he never returned my calls, so i would wait the few days before i would call him again.....still no answer.  The last time i called it went straight to voicemail.  That means I'm blocked.  How's that for a BFF?  

Next is (S.K.).  Now i have been conversing with S.K. for the last 10 months.  I first met him back in the end of December, during the week of Christmas, (when no one wants to work), and took my time to quote for several buildings with a few hundred apartments.  This was exciting and i thought i might find out if i got the job in March......then it was April......then it was June......then i was told for sure July.....August.......September and now its November and i still don't know. But you know what i did find out?  That these finance/budget guys that get all the numbers for the project can be vague.  I was told i have the job, verbally but there is still no contract.  Another company could have been told the same thing, and they're still waiting on someone else to bid and bid lower than me.  I really just don't like the game because its dirty, brutal, and cutthroat and i am not familiar with any of those tactics because its not right.  But who am i anyway?

Then there is C-Dog.  He is very nice and wants me to bid every job he has but doesn't give me said job.  Its frustrating.  Following up sucks too because it just results in "we don't have an answer yet" or no response at all!
Can you believe that? No response, i guess they figure if they don't respond you will eventually leave them alone. It makes me feel sad.
 The big issue to me is......you know when someone rejects you or your product you get that well of feelings up inside you and the crying starts and you can't help it.  Its supposed to be business but its personal. Every.Single.Time....
So i know Mr. Know-it-All doesn't want me to cry and/or even talk about crying when a rejection in business happens.  But i just can't help it.......really the water just comes into my eyes and starts flowing like a raging waterfall after the dam has been lifted up and you can do nothing to stop it.
I have no idea if i will grow out of it.  I don't want to cry, i don't want those feelings of  sadness to come on, but they just do. i am going to take an educated guess and say that this is life.
  
On a good note, i am thankful always thankful. I am thankful for a healthy family, thankful for the talent my dad has in creating awesome stuff with wood, and thankful for the support i get from Mr. Know-it-All, (even though he doesn't let me cry), my mom, and dad.  I do know that trying to get into something new like, selling cabinets to big builders and selling a lot of cutting boards online all takes time........and truthfully i guess I'm feeling impatient, and sometimes personally offended when they don't pick me, (or they say they picked me but they really didn't), or just when there's no response at all.  
But That's Ok. Jesus has my back.  Always. I was at an event the other day and the speaker talked about God's unconditional love for me and it hit me.....i am loved not just by people but by my creator.  And that makes me feel so good.
So if you are feeling down in the dumps, don't sweat it, (you can cry though), put on your big girl panties and get to it!
 your custom cabinet girl