Tuesday, March 30, 2010

update on; "am i out of my league?"

So I was jumping up and down yesterday in the front of the shop because I got some great news!  Yes, finally great news, after all this scary economy stuff going on.  I got my wine bottle butcher block down in price with a little profit and the PRESIDENT of "Williams-Sonoma" asked to take a look at it in person.  THE PRESIDENT!  I don't care who thinks I am crazy dancing out in front of the shop, but that was what I was doing.  I have been given a chance in a life time and I want to make this work!  I am actually so proud of our product and really believe in it.  I know it is top of the line, and that makes me excited to show it to everyone.  I can't thank the President of "Williams-Sonoma" enough for the chance that he is giving my company.  And if he is reading this, I want to let you know that I will not let you down.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

my kitchen project

To prove to myself and others (you know who you are), I am refacing my kitchen.  I also want the experience and since I am not going to get it out in the shop anytime soon, I have to start at home.  I am so excited though!  I took the doors off my peninsula last night and was so proud of myself.  I had to figure out how to pry them off and when I did it took about 15 minutes total to get all four doors off.  
I am so ecstatic about this project and will be blogging about it as it goes.  I will be changing all the doors out to a new style and stripping all the frames of the cabinets and re-painting them.  I will be using a new spray gun we purchased that is airless and works well when finishing indoors.  I know right now this is going to be a huge project and I have really been planning it in my mind for about 3 years.  So here goes!
your custom cabinet girl

Friday, March 19, 2010

"custom cabinet girl" the reality show

I know this probably sounds crazy, but I secretly want a reality show.  I never would have ever thought that I wanted one until this producer approached me last summer about HGTV looking for a family dynamic custom cabinet shop. 

And now, I can't get the idea out of my head!  I look forward to coming to work every morning, and I think this would even be better.  I would love to show the fun and wacky things that happen around here, especially for me as a girl.  No my dad and I don't fight and throw chairs out the window like those other shows, but we do have fun personalities.  I really just want to show the world how Jesus is number 1 in my life and how he has gotten us through and still gets us through everything we face on a daily basis.  Secondly I want others to see what my dad can build and how talented he is.  And I want to show those who don't know what its like to be a woman, (who keeps getting told I look like I'm 17), working with 100% men.  I must like testosterone because its everywhere in my life.  I not only get it at work, but I come home to it as well! 

I think I told my brother this before, if not he is hearing it for the first time that he doesn't know how good he has it, because he is a man.  Dad will let him out in the shop and build cabinets or go out and install a job.  I on the other hand must really put the pressure on to get to go out in the shop.  That fact makes it challenging and frustrating at the same time.  I don't like people being sterotypical but I find myself doing it too!  Just the other day a girl walked in with the lumber delivery driver and I assumed she was not with him.  But she was, and learning his truck route too!  She didn't "look" the part of a truck driver and I automatically placed her as not being with him.  So I have a few things to learn myself.  
All of these things and more make my work very interesting and fun.  Life throws out so many surprises and I really just want to do the best at my job, and see happy clients with cabinets they love!  So comment and tell me what you think about this idea!  Is it a good idea?  A bad idea?  I want to hear your input!

your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

why did i get into the cabinet business?

I am taking some advice from an avid reader who wants to know how I got into the cabinet business.  So here is the long version, just kidding. 

Firstly it was a job to help out while I was finishing college.  I started in June of 2001 and I was just processing orders and working part time while going to school.  By December 2002 I finished my bachelors in Liberal Studies and was enrolled in the credential program to be a teacher. 

Well first off my mom had kept hinting around for about 6 months prior that she was going to quit doing the books.  My dad kept hinting that he would pay me what a teacher makes if I would stay and take over her spot after I graduated.  So I was offered a job as the CFO of the company.  Well with no experience and taking math called; "how to teach elementary school students Math 1A and 1B, I was LOST.  I felt overwhelmed and my accountant helped me through all of it, teaching me from the beginning.  If it wasn't for her I wouldn't have made it. 

Anyway, I was still going to school at night to become a teacher and the task was daunting to say the least.  I started to get disenchanted with the idea of being a teacher and I really started to learn all I could about the cabinet business.  I found cabinets very interesting to say the least, and there was and is so much to learn!  I am learning a trait about myself that I love a challenge, and this is definately a challenge for me. 

I want to stress this point though, that I invested in Weber's Cabinets because of one person, and that is my dad.  I believe in him, and he is very talented at cabinetmaking.  I can't say how many times I hear, "beautiful work your dad has done", and "it's wonderful custom work."  Even when we are going through such hardship with construction being slowed to an almost complete stop, I got the advice of "you are very brave for investing in this business."  I don't consider myself brave just knowledgeable.  I know what my dad can do with cabinets and what he has done, and it is none other than the best. 

Monday, March 15, 2010

i am not out of my league?

I have been so excited to write about this since last Tuesday, but because of the contest I had to wait and now, and here it is!  I got a phone call from a very nice man at "Williams Sonoma" which you can see, last Tuesday morning.  I was actually talking to my dad in my office when the phone rang and this came up on the screen.  And I thought, "Oh my gosh" they got my submission and they're ready to order!  My dad says to me; "well, answer the phone!"  So I answer in the most calm voice that I can muster and blurt out, "did you receive my submission?"  And he said, "well no, I got a call from my boss and he saw your blog while in Australia and told me to get a hold of the custom cabinet girl right away!"  I thought to myself, how in the world could this happen?  Well I will tell you how it happened, it is a miracle from God that's how.  I am so excited I am beside myself.  He said, they like to support artisans like myself (his words not mine), and now I need to come up with some creative ways to cut costs so this can be sold to a big company like "Williams Sonoma".

I will tell you this is exactly why I invested in Weber's Cabinets not only because my dad owns it, but because he is so talented at building cabinets and he is a smart business man.  I know our wine bottle chopping block is something special and it will take a special company to recognize that.  I just want to thank you "Williams Sonoma" for giving me a chance, thank you so much!

Now I am on to Sacramento where I get to show my product to another potential buyer, a restaurant supply store.  I am busy today with new things coming up!  Thank you all for paying attention!

your custom cabinet girl 

Saturday, March 13, 2010

and the winner is.........

Congratulations to Lori Haas!  You are the winner of a very lovely wine bottle chopping block and a fabulous set of knives!  Thank you to all of you who participated and I am looking forward to having more of these types of contests.  Please tell me Lori what you think of the knives and your chopping block!  I will be excited to hear from you.  Again congratulations!

your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

who wants to win a prize?

Because I am such a wonderful person, I am giving away one of our beautiful chopping blocks shaped like a wine bottle.  Along with a set of three cutting knives from CSN STORES/Paula Deen Knife Set.
I will be taking all of your comments from this post which will automatically enter you for a chance to win these gifts, for FREE!

Be honest, it will not hurt your chances to win.  Tell me what you think of my posts, what I can do better, or if you just want to tell me I am perfect in every way.  I won't discriminate, just comment and let me know your feelings.  (Although if you are my husband and you are reading this right now, your opinion doesn't count, and you cannot win)!  Just kidding (but not about the winning part), thank goodness he loves me anyway.

Anyone that posts a comment  for this post will be entered in at www.random.org  by me and I will pick a winner at random!  It is that simple.  Make sure you leave me your email address so that if you do win, I can contact you for the best address to ship the products.

This post will be valid from today till March 12, 2010 at midnight where the comments will not be counted thereafter.  Leave me more than one comment, you will get more than one chance to win!  I look forward to hearing from you, and I look forward to congratulating the winner!

your custom cabinet girl

P.S. So for your information, look at the link to see the exact knives that you will be winning and look at the pictures to the left to see the chopping block you will be winning also. If you also want to check out the beautiful products from www.csnstores.com and look up their new store at Home Bars, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Monday, March 8, 2010

am i way out of my league?

Thankful to my wonderful salesman Steve, ( ;) you know who you are and you need to be a follower), he suggested I try to sell my wine bottle chopping blocks to none other than "Williams Sonoma."  I said, "isn't that the company that owns "Pottery Barn?"  And he said, "so what?"  

All I can think is, "aren't they way out of my league?"  So because of what I am learning in my business coaching I have decided to take a chance.  I called up their 800 number and got the information on how to submit a product and did it.  Little did I know that when I called up a week later the lady on the phone laughed and said, "when did you submit this information?  A week ago? You have to call back in 2 MONTHS!"  Boy did I feel stupid, and informed.  So I put it on my calendar to call back two months from now and we'll see what happens.  

In the meantime I was going to wait until "Williams Sonoma" called me back and said "ITS A GO, WE WANT 500 OF YOUR WINE BOTTLES", but now I have realized there are more fish in the sea to persuade.  And maybe they will take a shorter amount of time to persuade.  

I do need my readers help though, and this is it.  If you happen to know of a company that might be interested in purchasing our chopping blocks, let me know.  And let me know what you think.  

your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

routing doors for hinges-yes i can do it!

This is me in all of my glory, boring holes into a door for a customer.  I was so excited to hear the noise from the machine and push the button!  And the hole made in the door is so nice and clean.  Obviously my dad took the picture and he only let me do a door and I was back in the office, blah, blah, blah......... 
Oh well, I know why he did that, because it was a lot faster if he finished and did the rest of the doors.  I know how that feels because I get really impatient myself when I have to let Jakob or Nathan help with something and it takes them forever because they are only 6 and 3 years old. 
And I might add that my dad might be afraid that I will get better at it than he is!