Tuesday, December 28, 2010

follow up for the AOL article

The wonderful and talented Lisa Johnson Mandell a writer for AOL (among many other things), decided to follow up with me at the end of 2010.  She said the article she wrote about me in August got a lot of good feedback along with some others she wrote this year, and wanted to see what had happened since then. 

Lisa Johnson MandellYou can see the article here @ Most Popular Subjects on AOL

Mr. Know-it-All had to mention that I email her with a request that I am NOT SINGLE.  So I thought about it, no just kidding.  I did ask her to somehow mention I am happily married if she could. And she wrote a small paragraph about it in the section about me. Suffice to say, Mr. Know-it-All was happy and it put a smile on his face.

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, December 27, 2010

Me and Nate Berkus

If you ever, I mean EVER get to be on a TV show you MUST keep a camera with you at ALL TIMES.  My dad and I learned this from experience when we were on The Nate Show.  We didn't take the camera with us when we went out on stage for the segment.  And because of the time when the segment was over we had to leave immediately.  Our flight was leaving around 6:30 which wouldn't have been a problem except our segment didn't tape till around 4:30 and the producers were afraid we would miss our flight.
I did have time to take this picture with Nate after he interviewed me.  And I LOVE that he is holding the Wine Bottle.  So cool.  I really didn't get to meet him or talk to him until I got on stage and sat in the chair and when he walked out I know my jaw dropped to the floor.  I am getting all nervous again just writing about it!  And we had maybe 1 minute before everyone was ready to go and he sat down next to me and all I could say was "hi."  I am SO MAD AT MYSELF!!  All I said was Hi?? so lame.......

All I have to say is Nate is a truly genuine man and he really cares about others and wants to help by using his talent which is decorating.  It took me 3 months but I finally got the pictures from the show.  I am so thankful for an incredible adventure that was the 24 hours I was in New York.

your custom cabinet girl   

Thursday, December 16, 2010

fun stuff happens in a cabinet shop!

Since we have been building all these butcher blocks my dad has really been solving issues making our production process easier.  When the order came for the 2000 units a good friend of my dad's, Frank decided he could help.  He is a machinest and took one of our molding machines and turned it into a gang rip.

Now don't think I know what I am talking about cause I don't, I just listen to what they tell me.  But here is the scoop on how this will make our production faster.  Currently we were cutting each piece of lumber in specific sized strips ONE AT A TIME, now when we place the piece of lumber into this machine it will cut the lumber into SIX PIECES of equal sizes.  With ONE rip on the lumber we are making SIX pieces instead of ONE.  We will have our pieces to glue in a faster amount of time, giving us a quicker turnaround which will really help.

Isn't this a cool picture of the lumber coming out of the machine!  I know, I am a little strange but what can I say?  Fun stuff happens in a cabinet shop!

your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

last shipment out!!!

We shipped out our last 325 wine bottles on Friday night.  I have been really relaxing since Friday walking around SLOWLY and taking deep breaths.......ahhhhh normalicy.  Is there such a thing in December, I hope so!  This is Luis, Pete, Frank, and Jeff in front of the last pallet to leave the buidling for the Williams-Sonoma warehouse.  They all worked so hard these last two months getting these units out.  They had to make sure they were "camera ready" by spraying off all the sawdust off their clothes for "picture time." 

We were a gluing, sanding, packing machine!  I still can't believe I actually got them all packed at out on Friday night.  We had most of the 325 to pack still and we were sanding till 6:00pm.  I had the pickup scheduled from 4-6pm and of course the guy shows up at 4pm.  He had to ask his boss if he could wait because we were his last pickup.  Miraculously he was able to do another pickup in Stockton and come back to Lodi to pick up our units.  He didn't come back till a little after 6:30pm and I was just putting the last amount of shrink wrap around the last pallet.  I don't think I have really "yelled" at an employee before but I was getting pretty antsy at the end, "20 minutes left guys" I screamed.  "Get it done!!!!!"  As I am frantically wrapping the bottles in paper and packing them onto the pallets.  It was definately a workout. 
It seems like each of our orders went out like this every time if it was 500 units or 300 units we were still working till the last second.  If you ask Mr. Know-it-All he would say I need some serious work on my timing.  Mark my foreman said "we probably won't make the shipment out by Wednesday, maybe Thursday, but definately Friday."  I wanted to strangle him Friday, (j/k) when we were still sanding and cutting out the bottles at 4:00pm!!!!  It was a MIRACLE we got these out.  My goal is to get better timing with the whole production thing. Maybe Mr. Know-it-All can help with that.  Thanks to all my helpers you are the best!

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, November 29, 2010

the unknown is so darn scary

I have been told many times, "you must be so excited about all these wine bottles you have to make."  I nodd a resounding yes but in my mind it has not come to a full realization yet on what has really transpired or what this all really means.  I am very thankful for what has happened so far but I am in a misty fog of thoughts and doubts.  Now that this is the last shipment out this week to finish off the big order of wine bottles I am begining to contemplate. 
This is Mr. Know-it-all, my Mom, and my Aunt Ellen in the background working on one of our shipments last week. 
God is teaching me a big lesson this year about trust.  Well now that I think about it he has been teaching me all my life, ha, ha.....  He wants me to trust in him completely and I know in my heart and head I would be stupid not to, but I just can't seem to get over the control issue.  All of us want to be in control and want the assurance of the future but that is just not to be.  If I had known 4 years ago when the economy had started to tumble along with all our work that I would be ok, and make it this far, then I wouldn't have tried as hard.  In other words if I knew the future outcome because we all want to, it wouldn't have benefited me in the learning process.  But today I sooooooo want to know the future.  Are the bottles going to sell well?  Will Williams-Sonoma buy different products I have to offer?  Will we stay busy enough, etc, etc........All these questions.  And now I have realized that what I really need to do is obey Jesus and Trust in him and He will lead the way.  And that is just what I will do.  
Two beautiful gifts from God. They are just angels sometimes and terrors at other times, but they are the perfect gift.

your custom cabinet girl

Sunday, November 28, 2010

good gollie miss blondie

This is such a cute blog about a single mom raising a son and all that it entails.  She graciously reviewed our wine bottle and put it on her popular blog.  You can see it here at good golly miss blondie

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving......

your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"my box is so beautiful mom!"

This is my hard little worker.......
Who also lives in a box when he is at the shop.  It looks like this..
I asked my dad to bring back one of the boxes we had a cabinet shipped in to the shop last Friday.  This is it all carved with its own front door and two little windows.  Nathan was so excited when Papa made his "Box" that he came running to me in the office; "Mom! Mom! Papa made me a beautiful box!"  I have never seen someone so enthusiastic about cardboard before.  You would have thought he was going on a trip to Disneyland or something, but no just excited about his box. 

When I went to invesitgate later Jakob had put his stamp on it with his handwriting that says; "welcom to my house."  So cute.  Jakob loves the box too.

So funny......I have to find some way to keep them happy at work with me. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!  There is a lot to be thankful for.

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, November 22, 2010

review on serendipity mommy

Serendipity Mommy Blog

Candace the "Serendipity Mommy" asked me if she could review one of my wine bottle cutting boards and of course I said "yes."  What a neat blog!  If you go here you can read Candy's review and about how to enter the giveaway.  I am doing a few giveaways this holiday season so you will have plenty of opportunity to win a wine bottle if you want one!  I am just so humbled by all the positive feedback and lovely comments by all the readers and bloggers out there.  That is one great Christmas present this year!  Thank you to all of you for the kind words of encouragement and compliments.

your "grateful" custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

dodging the bullets

Have you ever had something go wrong and then another thing go wrong and then another?  Keep going and going.........  That is what today was like.  I have 300 wine bottles I am supposed to ship out on Friday and I don't know if it will be possible.  On Saturday at work one of my guys cut his thumb in half and thankfully didn't cut his bone or a tendon.  He did however have to get 19 stitches and he is resting for at least 10 days.  My foreman is gone for the rest of the week to be with his mom in the hospital while she gets open heart surgery.  And the sander broke today, but only for 5 hours, (thankfully).  A repair technician drove all the way up to Lodi from Fresno to show us how to push the reset button.  Only 500.00 dollars later and I have a sander back in business!  Crazy day.  I will tell you this though my guys pumped out 150 planks and were gluing machines!  They are awesome.  We are working on catching up!!!  I haven't been home for 1 day in over a week, I feel like I live at the shop.  And now I am home writing about work, it just won't end!!!

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, November 15, 2010

a mom's impression

Another blog where you can try to win your very own wine bottle cutting board!  Kat Hodson wrote a review about my wine bottle I sent her and she likes it she really likes it!!  I am just so humbled by all these bloggers who are reviewing my cutting boards.  They are really something else!  Fabulous.  If you would like to read Kat's review and see how to enter to win one go here;

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, November 12, 2010

mom spotted blog

A great blog by a mom named Jennifer Leigh called; mom spotted  posted a review today about my wine bottle cutting board!  This is something you need to check out because I am offering a wine bottle in a giveaway she is doing.  There are different requirements in order to put your name in the hat.  One of them caused me to get new followers today on my twitter account which was nice because I am really new to this twitter stuff.  And all because of Jennifer Leigh at mom spotted !!!  I am so excited.  
Mom Spotted
Let me know what you think!

your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, November 11, 2010

dealectible mommies

So I have another fantastic mom blogger who reviewed my product for a holiday gift guide.  Here is the link to the site called Dealectible Mommies The author is Candace who has over 1,000.00 worth of items that she will be giving away to one lucky winner for Christmas.  I want to enter cause I could win some great gifts and I could send a wine bottle chopping block to myself!  (I still don't have one yet).  But Mr. Know-it-All thought I was serious when I said I should enter the contest and gave me the "that is so wrong speech."  Doesn't he know me better than that?  I am always joking around of course I'm not going to enter myself in the contest ;) never in a million years........

Go read Candace's blog......go now you can click off custom cabinet girl I give you permission.  

your custom cabinet (sarcastic) girl 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

the cupcake bandits

Momma Cupcake
Awesome blog site and great reading for all of you foodie lovers out there and then some.  Christine who writes this blog wrote up a review today about our wine bottle chopping blocks along with information about our heart shaped ones as well.  I sent her one for her to review she "Loved It" and I was so pleased to hear that.  I will be adding her blog to my must read list of blogs.  And if you are in the mood to win a little something, follow her directions at the bottom of her review and you too can have your very own wine bottle chopping block! 
Go here to read her great review -)  The Cupcake Bandits Review

Sunday, November 7, 2010

ready for the next 3 weeks?

I have been wanting to blog about this or that going on in the shop and I just cannot get to sit down.  And when I do, I feel sooooo tired....... I am excited now that I am feeling more refreshed and ready to go for the next 3 weeks.  Starting this week we have to ship out 300 wine bottles every Friday for the next 3 weeks.  I am excited and also scared because I do not know the outcome after this order.  I do have a shop full of hardworking guys that I am enjoying getting to know. 
This is me in the office putting mineral oil on 10 wine bottles that I forgot to send in the shipment last Thursday.  We shipped out 550 wine bottles, well we were supposed to ship out 550.  Turns out Thursday night I am sound asleep and I wake up thinking about the pallets we shipped, and started counting.  Who does that?  Apparently I do, but I kept counting and counting and thinking no you didn't!  But I did, I had a total of 480 wine bottles packaged on pallets and I thought "only need 60 more!"  Of course my foreman Mark says, "April we have too many extra."  And I say, "no no we only need 60 more."  He obviously wasn't counting either.  When I woke up I realized "NO I NEEDED 70 MORE, NOT 60!"  My heart is pounding in my chest that I have made this horrible mistake and how am I gonna fix it.  I remembered the guy that picked up the pallets said they would either be driving them to Mississippi or they would go on a train.  I could see myself running after the train, "STOP!  STOP! I HAVE 10 MORE, JUST 10!"  What an idiot I am!  And when I have to email the Williams-Sonoma people they just say, "oh no problem, happens all the time!"  I hope she wasn't just being nice because hearing that gave me a peace beyond understanding.  I am such a ball of emotions as Mr. Know-it-All would say.   

your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2010 Holiday Gift Guides

So I am new to the "blogosphere"  and the "blog world" and to all this web internet stuff, but I stumbled upon something very significant I think.  Drum roll please.............The incredibly popular "Blog Holiday Gift Guides!!"  I was reading in my "help out a reporter" emails and I came across a blogger who was looking for items to review for her gift guide, so I decided to submit my wine bottle information to her.  By that evening I started receiving all kinds of emails from mommy bloggers throughout the USA and Canada!  I thought my wonderful friend and website designer Rachael had submitted more of my information to her blogger friends, and to find out it was all from this "one" mommy blogger TheMomJen. Thank you Jen, you're the best!

Now I have 20 bloggers waiting to get my product and reviewing it!  Amazing and scary at the same time, because what if they don't like it?  I know, I know, not everyone is going to like it but I just hate rejection doesn't everyone?  Besides that, a guy that works for the "Weightwatchers" magazine is doing a review on gifts for Christmas this year and he said he LOVES my chopping block!  Yea!  I am estatic, but now let's hope it gets INTO the magazine, not a 100% for sure yet.  Cross your fingers.........

your custom cabinet girl

Sunday, October 24, 2010

the great mystery of the titebond III

So you may be asking "why is April writing about the glue?"  Well let me tell you.  This glue has been the end of me, let me tell you.  I have bought out each Lowes store in gallons of this glue in the San Joaquin County area.  I have gone at night with Jakob and Nathan gallons in toe, with strange looks from strangers.  I know they're all wondering what in the world I want all this glue for but nevermind, at this point I don't even care.  Just give me the glue!! 

 I even sent Mr. Know-it-All to the Sacramento Lowes to buy 10 gallons they had on Friday because we were completely out.  I feel like a failure because I haven't been able to keep up with the necessities of making these butcher blocks.  I ordered 50 gallons of the stuff on Monday which was to arrive on Friday and when I went to pick it up I was told it wasn't being delivered till Monday.  Monday!!! I had to have it for Friday!  So this resulted in using my husband to go fetch the most glue he could from the closest Lowes I could find.   
This has been frustrating yet enlightening for me to notice all the "inventory suppliers" out there in which their job is to provide all their employees with the necessities in order to make their product.  I salute you because I suck at at it. 

your custom cabinet girl

Saturday, October 16, 2010

i haven't been this tired since birthing a baby!

We did it!  And I mean "WE" in all senses of the word.  This was a group effort and without all my new coworkers I could not have done it.  I am so proud of them!  We were down to the last second.  I got my stickers late this week which means I couldn't box up the bottles which means I had less time to get everything packed.  But we did it!  I just had to ask for an additional day to get everything ready.  

And don't think I didn't have nightmares last night about it even after it was all done, cause I did.  I had a dream that I gave a partial part of the shipment to the wrong guys who were supposed to pick up something else.  And then another guy came to pick up the pallets and they weren't even in pallets, the boxes were strewn about everywhere!  I woke up panicked and then realized it was already done.  Whew!  What a week.  We all worked day and nights till about 9 or 10 pm and came right back bright and early to sand and box and oil the bottles.  I don't think any of us could have tried any harder, but by Thursday I was feeling so tired that it has caused me to work slow and I feel lazy.  With all that said, I love a good adventure and this week sure was one!

We have another 550 to ship out in less than two weeks and we are out of glue again!  Maybe I will mention this, well what the heck?  I LOVE TITEBOND III and that is the only product we use to glue up our butcher blocks because it is the strongest glue and its waterproof!  If someone from that company wants to sell me a lot of glue for a competitive price I am all for it.  I have bought it all out of all the Lowes stores in the surrounding area.  And don't think I don't think it looks funny when I am buying up gallons of glue and that is the only thing in my shopping cart!  

I keep being asked, "aren't you so excited?"  And, "isn't this just so great?"  And my answer has been an astounding "yes" but I have been working so much and running around so much that I really haven't been able to sit down and comprehend it all yet.  I am a little disappointed in myself that I haven't fully appreciated all that God has provided for me in the last month.  What extraordinary things that have conspired and I am so THANKFUL, but I still cannot comprehend.  I think that will take time.  I just appreciate all of the support from my family, friends, and followers (who are family and friends), because without you there would be no one to share this "miracle" with.  Thank you and I will be blogging more soon.  

BTW:  I was interviewed for 6 minutes by Maria Bailey from www.momtalkradio.com and it will be on her show Sunday night.  If you go to her website you can find out where it will be on the radio in your area and you can listen!  

your custom cabinet girl

Sunday, October 10, 2010

500 wine bottles to go out wednesday

If you look at this cute little sleepy boy you can get an idea of how tired I am.  I am NOT complaining because working is so much fun, and I am so THANKFUL for the extra work.  I was actually enjoying today in the shop sanding the wine bottles and smoothing out their edges.  I just saw this picture of Nathan from a couple of years ago and it makes me want to hug him all the more before he gets too big.

My boys were at work with me because Mr. Know-it-All is in Dallas this weekend.  He has to go to the Cowboys game in "Cowboy Territory" in order to get the full effect.  I just think its hilarious because I don't understand the obsession.  I really don't.  But I guess its just like my obsession with books.  I could get a good book and lay down and read for hours and be so content while he can watch football and sit on the couch for hours and be content. 

Well its "happy sanding" for me and lots more wine bottles to make which makes me happy.  Next on my agenda I have to figure out how to get my wine bottle into the hands of Oprah.  Wouldn't that be something?  I really want to be on her "favorite things" show and take Mr. Know-it-All along because now he thinks he is my agent!  He has all the answers!

your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, October 7, 2010

today is the day!

Well today is the day!  I am on the Nate Berkus Show!  I am actually very nervous today and have been for a few weeks anticipating the outcome of all of this.  Will people like my product?  Will they buy it?  All the unknowns that are soon to be known.  

I was just overwhelmed with thankfulness for Nate Berkus.  In the beginning of my segment with him I cried because I had realized what a BIG DEAL it was for him to have me (of all the people in this world), on his show.  And to be able to show my product to the people watching the show.  So I am just going to put it out there, BUY THEM PEOPLE!
BUY THEM UP!  Its a great product that will look beautiful in any home.  And you can use it too!

Before I forget, we just launched our new and improved Weber's Cabinets website. So please visit our new website, look around and buy our wine bottle shaped chopping block or heart shaped chopping block.

More to come about what happened on the show!

April Morse, your custom cabinet girl

Monday, October 4, 2010

officially for sale on Williams-Sonoma website!

 If you would have told me that Williams-Sonoma would order more butcher blocks in such a short amount of time since becoming a vendor for them, and put my product on their website within a week I would have told you to "take a hike!"  No really, "take a hike!"  I cannot believe all that has transpired in the last 2 weeks.  I have been able to hire more people to help make the wine bottle blocks in order to fill these new orders.  I am so THANKFUL and GRATEFUL!!  Jesus is faithful when you obey and I can definitely say that with all sincerity and truth.

There was a particular night last year I was extremely down and lost in the thoughts of "what to do?"  I asked my husband Greg; "do you think we are going to make it? Cause I don't think we are going to make it."  He said, "of course you are going to make it, you just keep going.  You get up tomorrow, you hold your head up and you just keep working hard."  That gave me just the encouragement I needed in order to get by for the next day and then I would need some more for the following day.  What a roller coaster and life lesson this has been. 

Never give up if you think in your heart and your mind that what you are doing is what you are supposed to be doing.  And do not feel bad about being vulnerable, because it just humbles you.  I am still learning that I have to humble myself and trust COMPLETELY in God and give him EVERYTHING.  He is teaching me to trust only in Him for all my concerns and why shouldn't I?  He loves all of us and only wants the best for us.  Thank you to all of the wonderful encouragers in my life, it helps me keep on moving and building those butcher blocks!

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, October 1, 2010

i have an air date!

Ok, ok......for all of you that keep asking me when is the segment for "The Nate Show" going to air here it is!  Thursday October 7, 2010.  Just click above  and you can see the details.
And if you are wondering why I put this picture up of my family............well let me tell you.  When you read the description of the show it states that I am a "single mom" and you all know I am not.  So I am doing this for my wonderful husband of over 10 years and clarifying so you know that I know that you know.....well you know.
your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, September 30, 2010


So I figure I can talk about the traveling part of the trip now.  I have never traveled so far in such a short amount of time.  This trip was literally for the event only.  Here dad and I are on our way and we (or at least me), are wired with adrenaline.  You couldn't get me to sleep no matter how hard you tried.  I was seriously worried about the bags that get under my eyes after no sleep, but that didn't phase my body to just stay extremely nervous and alert until the taping of the show was over.  
What a nice lady we sat with on the airplane, Sandy.  She took our picture here in the plane and also took the oath with us that "yes" we will assist in the exiting off the plane if such an emergency were to occur.

So when we got off the plane we hopped into a black sedan waiting for us at the airport to take us to the hotel.  What traffic there is in New York City!  Sheesh, little town girl from Lodi cannot relate.  What a comfortable car though, we asked the driver a lot about himself and looked at all the sights we could see. 
 And what are the chances I will ever be in front of a subway entrance ever again?  You never know so we took a picture.  That was right after we got to the hotel put our stuff in the room and headed out to find something to eat.  I was so tired and actually fell asleep for a few hours that night, but woke up at 3am with the nervous anxiety all over again.  I did keep thinking though, I know that Nate Berkus is not nervous right now and HE IS THE SHOW!  Why am I so nervous.  But you couldn't tell that to my nervous nerves! 

What a relief when the taping was all over.  I can't wait to tell you all about it!

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, September 27, 2010

so here is the deal............

Hey my fellow followers!  Here is the deal, I cannot blog about my trip to (the show), or what happened until it airs.  I am so sorry about that.  It was a quick trip literally 24hours there and back.  I am so excited for all of you to see it air and as soon as I know the date it airs I will let you know beforehand.  Thanks to all of you for following!
your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, September 16, 2010

this is craziness!

Can you believe this is actually a camera sent to me from "The Nate Berkus Show"?  I am so excited I can hardly stand it!  My dad gets to fly out to New York with me next week and we are going to be on the show together to talk about our butcher blocks!  It's craziness I tell you!@*#$&$*)  Crazy!&$*#((

All I know right now is I am going to need A LOT of caffeine to keep me going to make all the butcher blocks I am going to have to make.  If you guys have any suggestions on how to keep yourselves awake let me know!
your custom cabinet girl

Monday, September 13, 2010

visit to Williams-Sonoma in Union Square San Francisco

 So this is dad and I so proud of the wine bottle on display in the Williams-Sonoma store.  This was my FIRST time in a Williams-Sonoma store and I was so impressed.  What a beautiful store!  There are associates around every corner waiting to help you and give you information on any product.  They know their stuff.  This is what makes this store stand out above all the others, the quality of their products and the quality of their staff.  Unbelievable excellence.    
I am so proud to have the ability to make a product that is worthy to be in their store! 
This is the entire family, Mom, Dad, Greg, Nathan & Jakob!  My boys couldn't wait to touch everything in the store.  I kept saying, "keep your hands in your pockets!"  Then I remembered when I heard that last, my dad was saying that to me all the time in stores when I was a kid!  Funny how things just don't change.  

your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

change of plans

I am definitely not going to listen to Mr. Know-It-All anymore.  He kept saying; "did you blog about it yet?"  Like 20 minutes after I found out on Saturday!  One day after I blog about the trip and the plans have been changed, they are bumping it up for a week possibly two.  So I am not going to New York tomorrow.  I am half relieved because I have more time to get ready, and half disappointed because I was looking forward to it being this week.  I will not say anymore about it until I have a plane ticket in my hand though.  

Thank you all for your support and I will let you know just as soon as I know!

your custom cabinet girl

Sunday, September 5, 2010

i'm feeling even better!

Ok I have been waiting to write this for almost two weeks but I couldn't until I knew it was official.  After the wonderful journalist Lisa Johnson Mandell posted my story on AOL I got a phone call from a producer of "The Nate Berkus Show."  She asked me about my story and asked if I would be interested in being on the show.  Well am I stupid?  I think not!  Of course I want to be on the show!  But, I didn't have an official notice till yesterday when she called and asked if I would be available on Friday for a taping!  

Is this crazy or what?  I cannot believe all that has happened lately and I am in complete shock!  I am so thankful for God's blessings and his faithfulness to get me through it all.  All the nights I went home and told my husband; "I just don't think we are going to make it" and I would break down I don't know how many times.  And he just said, "you keep your head up, and you keep going, you're going to make it."  Without my husbands support I would have had a harder time going through all of the doubts and trials.  

The president of Williams-Sonoma believed in our chopping block and how well it was made and now others are seeing it too!  It just validates why I said I would not quit to those who told me to close the doors.  My dad kept saying; "I don't see God wanting me to leave cabinet making, he keeps providing us with work to do and just what we need."  Thank you Jesus for your faithfulness and for teaching me to trust in you completely, (although I am still in the big time learning stages with that).  

Well I fly out Thursday to be in New York, where I have never been, and then to tape the show Friday with Nate Berkus!  I am so excited I can hardly stand it and I cannot believe I am actually typing all this.  Life is full of surprises!  

I will clue you in to all the details as soon as I know!

your custom cabinet girl

Saturday, September 4, 2010

i want to get out of bed!

I felt sick yesterday on my way to work and when I was dropping my son Nathan off at my Mom's my stomach started to twirl and you know the rest.  Well I felt better and thought I can go to work no problem, and I was scheduled to be interviewed on this radio show from a really nice enterprneur lady in Oakland, California. 

I made it on the phone and just 1 minute before it was going to start I had to cancel the whole thing and run to the bathroom.  Only to come out of the bathroom with two potential clients waiting for me to help them.  Thank goodness for my dad, I got to go home and get sick some more by myself and be bored out of my mind.  

I am just such a busy worker bee and I really hate sitting in bed trying to regain energy.  Every time I get sick I realize just how good I had it (for I don't know) the last year of my life of not being sick.  As we humans do, we forget and go through our routines of feeling good and not skipping a beat.  And every time I am sick I want to say, "remember this"  be grateful when you feel good because it is so much better than this. 

I just can't say enough how things are starting to change all around me.  The shop is getting busier with work and God blesses with every obstacle, and I am still here.  I am so thankful for my family and my life and what Jesus has in store.  What a blessing to be a witness for him and get his comfort in our times of trials.  Thank you all for following.  Some exciting news to come!

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, August 23, 2010

thank you for all the blessings and encouragement

I have another order going out tomorrow for 25 more wine bottle chopping blocks and this time I didn't get to build them.  I have been in the paint shop and the office a lot.  Finishing cabinets to match is a little tricky, but I will get it soon enough.  

What a crazy day Saturday was?  I want to say thanks to all my "new" followers and those that have been with me from the beginning you have a special place in my heart.  It was a nice day of great encouragement I could not ask for more.  All the nice comments on my blog were so much fun to read!  And I even got some new ideas offered to me.  

Now I am off to the finish shop to primer a cabinet that is to be picked up tomorrow!  Everything seems to be up to the very last second.  
Oh and I did get some orders this weekend!  One is in West Virgina, and another in Massachusetts!  And another in Minnesota.  What a great thing the internet is!

your custom cabinet girl 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

front page of aol.com

I am on the front page of AOL ! Whoo Hoo!!!!

I don't think I have to write anymore today!  But tomorrow I will let you know what happens!  Thanks to all my followers and friends for supporting me.

your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

we're trying to sell to the world!

Well we decided to frame a map of the world hang it up in the office and flag all the cities of the Williams-Sonoma stores we are in.  It seemed like a lot of stores and so far apart but when you flag it on a map of the world it begins to look small.  Nevertheless its still exciting and I am so looking forward to adding more flags to the separate people I sell the blocks to "around the world." 

By the way, (and when I tell you this you are not going to believe it cause I hardly can), I will be on aoljobs.com in an article about my story by the end of the week!  And.....if AOL decides to do so they will put it on their front page where millions of people will see it!  Crazy and I cannot believe I am writing this right now.  I am so excited I can hardly concentrate yet put together a sentence.  I want to mention the journalist Lisa Johnson Mandell who called me and interviewed me and graciously decided to pitch this story.  I am so grateful for the opportunity.  
I am trying to get everything together on my the Weber's Cabinets website in order for it to be super easy for any one to order a wine bottle butcher block.  If you so choose, go to the following link;
Weber's Cabinets, Inc. and you too can have one of your very own!  Later to all my wonderful blogging following peeps!  

your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

one thing at a time......

Children can give you a wonderful perspective on life.  Just realizing how they have no concept of time is actually hilarious when you look back on the time you told them to "hurry it up!"  When I ask them to hurry up I think they go slower just to irk me.  

I am finding that only one thing can be accomplished at a time and this "multitasking" thing is really a step backwards.  The more focused you are on one single project, the faster it gets done.  Then you can go to the next and the next.  I also am learning I cannot do it all and that makes me frustrated, but human.  You can't do it all even when you try your hardest.  You just don't have enough time in the day or energy to accomplish what it is that needs to be done.  Those people I see that are involved in everything and seem like they "DO" do it all.  But of course they don't.  You and I know they're taking a nap on Sunday, or crashing on the couch in utter exhaustion eventually.  

This picture is where I want to be someday.  Enjoying my children and grandchildren and really "playing with them."  I think that is why grandparents say being a grandparent is the best thing ever.  They have time, and a perspective and knowledge that us young people just don't understand.  

So now that I have gone completely off track on perspective I am really thinking about this because I have "so much work to do!"  I am going insane!  But I do love it, and I have always said "if you don't love what you do, you need to get a new job."  Therefore, I am taking one thing at a time.

your custom cabinet girl

P.S.  I might be in an article written by a journalist that works for AOL! Crazy!  Wish me luck, or better yet pray for me! 

Saturday, July 31, 2010

are you ready to do some shopping?

Now I was told by a Williams-Sonoma executive that the wine bottle blocks will be available in these following stores on August 1st.  That's tomorrow people!  Tomorrow!!!!!  So you better get ready to do some shopping!  

West Coast Williams-Sonoma Stores

Beverly Hills, Ca
San Diego, Ca (7007 Friars Road Suite583)
Walnut Creek, Ca
Palo Alto, Ca
San Francisco, Ca
Costa Mesa, Ca
Corte Madera, Ca
Newport Coast, Ca
Bellvue, Wa
Albequerque, NM
Littleton, Co

Mid West

Austin, TX
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX
Oakbrook, IL
Edina, Minnisota
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

East Coast

King of Prussia, PA
Annapolis, Maryland
Short Hills, NJ
New York, NY (Columbus Circle)
New York, NY (59th and Lexington)
Boston, MA

And........if you happen to be in CANADA......
Calgary, Alberta Canada

We are not just National, but International.  Lets make this big, buy em up people!  Thank you so much for your support!
your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, July 29, 2010

i'm a little concerned......

This week I did a lot of sanding in the shop and boy does my right arm hurt.  My muscles are sore to the touch.  I know this probably means I am creating more muscle but I really am concerned because I don't want to look like a body builder.  I mean really, I am more of an indoor girl.  The other concern is, will my left arm look different than my right?  Significantly?  I have no idea, but that is scary to me.  I love working out in the shop but I am really looking forward to a day of dressing up.  Having to wear slightly holey or painted clothing every day is getting old really quick.  Now I am thinking I need a balance.  A certain amount of days in the shop, and then the other in the office.  
  By the way, (Monica I know you're reading this), I will post all the stores the wine bottles will be in tomorrow.  I was going to do it tonight but I left my list in my office.  Oops.......scatterbrain is what you should call me lately.  I have to confirm tomorrow that the blocks will be out on the floor of the stores starting August 1st.  

your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

good day sacramento tomorrow!

I am excited to announce that we will be on Good Day Sacramento (channel 13), tomorrow morning at the 7am and 8am hours.  Jackie Tranchida is coming by to see how we make our wine bottle blocks and what the process is.  I am very nervous and I hope it brings a lot of business.  

If you would like to purchase a wine bottle or a heart please visit Weber's Cabinets, Inc. and click on the "products" link and you too can have one!

Our wine bottle chopping blocks will be available in the Williams-Sonoma stores around August 1st throughout the United States and Canada.  I am supposed to confirm that date in a week or so.  I have another shipment of 20 to go out next week, and I will update you on that soon enough! 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

i got in the paper!

Here is the article; Lodi Company Capitalizes on the Power of Blogging
So my wonderful cousin Jamie Baker emailed me last week and said she wanted to contact the Lodi News Sentinel to do a article on my wine bottle blocks.  I thought that was so nice of her so I said, "sure."  And sure enough a writer calls me from the paper Tuesday morning and shows up with a photographer a couple of hours later.  He was so nice and genuinely excited about my story.  Too bad I didn't dress better yesterday.  I was working in the finish shop and looking kinda "scrappy" but thank goodness I put on some make-up that day. 

Then to make it even more exciting or embarrassing (you take your pick), I wake up and go get the paper and its front and center!  Crazy!  Didn't expect that either.  I am so thankful for all the support and encouragement I have had through all of this, it has truly been a remarkable time in my life for all these things to be happening.  And I owe all my success to Jesus himself my Father in heaven.  He is my perfect Savior who loves me through it all.  I hope you see that he too loves you!

until i get more time to write and not run around like a crazy girl!

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, July 2, 2010

packing up first order for Williams-Sonoma

Oh I am so excited and I know that I sound loony tunes but I cannot believe it!  I didn't find out until 9:30 am yesterday if the pickup for the first order was going to be today or not! 

Here is my son Jake the "slave labor" who worked so hard yesterday packing and mainly oiling the butcher blocks with mineral oil.  My dad called him, the "personal gulf oil spill."  He oiled up my dad's work bench pretty good.  He will be paid accordingly.

    As for me a lot of wrapping and making packing stickers and packing slips and "this way up" signs. 

I will get more pictures up soon, there is something wrong with my camera downloading all the pictures I took yesterday. 

I am so thankful for all of my friends and their encouragement, this has truly been the hardest "physical" work I have ever done in my life, and it was a really fun and satisfying process.

When the delivery truck comes to pick up the two pallets today and take the 120 butcher block bottles to Williams-Sonoma I am going to want to take a picture of the whole thing and tell him my story.  Mr. knowitall says he's going to think I am a weirdo, but do I care?  No.

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, June 25, 2010

according to; mr. knowitall.....blah....blah....blah.....

As you have probably noticed I am extremely sarcastic especially when it comes to that person I have to sleep with every night.  Every time I have a post he likes to read it, (and I think only because he wants to make sure I don't say anything bad about him).  Ha ha......
When I posted two weeks ago about having street credit in the shop with my new experience, he says, "you cannot crown yourself with street credit, it must be given to you."  Are you kidding me?  Is he serious?  This thought is coming from a man who takes home all the plastic cups he can find at the baseball or football stadium when the game is over. 
 Better go, now he is trying to convince the boys that they would rather watch the baseball game than cartoons!  Poor kids.  I will update you on Monday with my progress on the butcher blocks.  Almost done with my first order!
your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, June 10, 2010

i'm building butcher blocks!

My wonderful son Jakob took some pictures of me this morning gluing up the blocks.  I have to wear an apron because the glue is so sticky that any remnant of it left on your clothing will not come off.  It also keeps sawdust and dirt from getting on my clothing too. 
I am so thankful for this weather, its been 80 degrees the last two days and its wonderful out in the shop with the breeze. Not normal Lodi weather in June. 

This is the second phase of constructing the wine bottle blocks.  I have to glue 25 strips of glued up lumber from the first phase in order to yield two wine bottles.  Last night I glued up 5 total  boards which will make 10 bottles.  And this morning I glued up 6 more which makes 12 more.  I am feeling the push however, because these need to be done and sent out before July 1st! 

But don't tell me I cannot do something because I am ready to prove you wrong!

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, June 7, 2010

getting street cred

Ahhh...... the inevitable street credit.  Yes!  I finally have it and have been practicing now consistently for a week.  I have used the clamps, titebond III glue, scraper, spray gun, air gun, hand sander, and the "Big Ass Sander."  You see that puppy right behind me, yes that is it and it is a monster.  Its also a little temperamental at times too.  But I can handle that big Cadillac.  

Today's duties were to scrape all the glued up lumber boards and get them ready to put through the belt sander.  Then I made up two more new sets of glued up boards like the ones you see below.  Those will be ready to scrape tomorrow. 
We can make two wine bottles with each board.  I have to get 120 wine bottles done and shipped to Williams-Sonoma by July 1st! I am so excited, and getting um done!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

big changes

Big changes are going on here at Weber's Cabinets.  Here are my biggest supporters, three of my favorite guys.  They are so understanding and loving to me and I just appreciate their kisses and hugs, even when they don't want to kiss and hug all the time like me.  

Last Friday we had to make the decision to lay the rest of our crew off, and my dad and I are in the shop together building and finishing cabinets.  Well, he is building, and I am sanding and trying to finish.  Our projects ahead will keep us both super busy, but we just weren't busy enough to keep everyone else.  This is sad to me because my employees are like family.  They are there with you almost every day, seeing your good attitudes, and sometimes grumpy times.  Not that I have those!  And employees become friends, sometimes life long friends.  I hope that they know how grateful I am to have had them share their lives with me. 

Anyway, I am seeing this as an opportunity to get myself out into the shop.  The circumstances aren't how I wanted to be working in the shop, but "God's ways are not our ways."  I wanted to work in the shop so bad, and now I have the chance.  I am going to take it and run!  I am just scared I don't have the talent it takes to "build" cabinets, but we'll just have to see!  
your custom cabinet girl 

Friday, May 28, 2010

gluing them up and sending them out!

I just thought I would show you a piece of the process that goes into making the butcher blocks.  We have cut out pieces of lumber and glued them together and here in the picture they are in clamps to hold the glue till it dries.  

Now because of this strange weather here in California the glue is not drying fast so these have to sit over night.  These are actually squares in the almost exact size to cut out the heart shaped blocks.  Our blocks we glue up for the wine bottles are much bigger in order to cut out 4 bottles at a time.  Interesting no?
Have a fantabulous weekend everyone!
your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, May 27, 2010

official first order!

It's my official orders!  Yea!  I have a lot of blocks to make. (Notice the inspirational drawings behind me)?  Courtesy of my 6 year old.

There has been a change though.  I am not shipping the wine bottle blocks directly to the Williams-Sonoma stores, so I am not sure which are the top stores and who all will be carrying them just yet.  

But don't you worry, I will find out and let you know.  And as soon as I know, you have to buy them up! 

love you all,
your custom cabinet girl                                                                                     

Monday, May 24, 2010

working in the shop!

Ok, so I didn't know how to channel all this nervous energy I had.  So I came in to work this morning asking to do some sanding in the shop for an hour.  We have a lot of heart blocks to cut and sand and I wanted to be useful and not sitting by myself at my desk nervously wringing my hands.  

I know, I have to sand while standing on a stool.  But I am just too short for the work bench in order to get some muscle into my sanding work.  

My dad secretly took this picture of me and sent it to my lovely husband who said; "did she take the short bus to work today?"  He is so not on my good side. Hopefully my next post will be about the order from Williams-Sonoma!  Any day!

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, May 21, 2010

nervous energy

  You know that feeling of being nervous, scared, and excited?  If you ever went to the prom you'll know what I am talking about because that is the closest way I can describe it. I need calm and this picture brings me there.

  Look at them so nicely scraping off the paint from our brick fireplace.  So peacefully working together.  The calmness of father and son working together to get a project done.  Helping each other like a team.  That is so nice.
 Look at Tiger resting by Nathan's foot because "Nathan is busy!" 

I can only say that I am so nervous because I know that the order from Williams-Sonoma is coming in today or tomorrow.  And I am DYING to know how many?  Where will they go?  Will I ship them out right?  Are they going to be made in time? Etc. Etc.......  

I am so excited though, and it's thrilling, full of new possibilities and yet I have this nervous energy that I cannot get rid of.  It's like being in high school all over again.  And trust me, I don't want to go back to high school.  

until later,
your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, May 20, 2010

heart blocks are for sale!

They're officially for sale!  And my friend and blogger Rachael Bender is selling my heart shaped blocks in her store.  Just go to blue suit mom-the open sky project and check it out!  

You too can have one!

talk to you soon,

your custom cabinet girl