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

Monday, May 17, 2010

the open sky project

So today has been interesting............  Because of a friend; Rachael Bender who happens to be a popular blogger, was asked to be on a network called; "The Open Sky Project" I get to sell my heart shaped blocks! The Open Sky Project is a place where famous bloggers and personalities recommend products they love, and she loves my chopping blocks!

My wine bottle is now an exclusive with "Williams-Sonoma" so I will be selling the heart shaped block on the "Open Sky" website.  I signed and filled out all the paperwork last Friday, and it is ready to go for sale today!  I also said I would have 50 hearts in stock which I have to build by Friday.  AHHHHH!!!

I found out the news just before I came in to the shop this morning and when I got to work I was dying to tell my dad.  I asked where Uncle Barry was, and my dad says, "oh I sent him home because we haven't gotten the order from "Williams-Sonoma" yet and he doesn't have anything else to do.  (My Uncle Barry and Mark H. another employee are currently building the blocks in the shop).  I had to call Barry up and ask him to please come back to work and start building those hearts! 

What can I say, I have been saying this for the last two years, if your "problem" is needing to hire help, and your "problem" is running out of room that is a good thing!  Thank you Lord Jesus for your faithfulness to me!  And thank you to all my followers for reading my blog and promising to buy the blocks when they get in the store. 

your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

life is backwards theory

If you really think about it life is backwards and I will tell you why.  You always work hard in a low position at a company and the higher you get the least amount of "work" or "busy work" you have to do.  You get paid less in the low position and you work harder to get to the higher position.  At the higher position you get paid more and have less work, more responsibility but less "busy work." 

When you are famous and "rolling in the dough" you can pretty much buy anything you want but everything is given to you for free.  Contradictory but true.  And that is what I have been contemplating lately.  But my theory wouldn't agree with my dad because he is the highest position at Weber's Cabinets and probably does the most work, and gets paid the least.  So you can just throw my theory in the garbage. 

Anyway, from all of my readers suggestions, I have been told to send Oprah Winfrey a wine bottle.  And if you think about my theory you know she can afford one (she could buy as many as she wants), but she is getting one for free.  So funny how life works!  Well I shipped one UPS ground to her yesterday and she won't get it till Friday, and I should get a confirmation email when it arrives.  Inside the package I put this long letter you see in the picture, inside with it.  I wanted to tell her my story and hope that she likes the wine bottle as much as the President at "Williams-Sonoma" does.  I also put a sticky note on the top that said, "Please give to Oprah, Thanks."  Lets hope she gets it!

If she gets it maybe she will like it?  Well, only time will tell. 

until next time,
your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

this is'nt supposed to be hard is it?

I consider myself as pretty well educated but today I feel stupid.  Not just on one thing either on a multitude of things.  I got the vendor paperwork and my own personal vendor number from "Williams-Sonoma" which is so exciting, but the paperwork that goes with it is lengthy and hard to understand.  I will figure it out though.  I have only spent 15 minutes on it and have had to take a break to write this, only because it seems like lately I have ADD.  I get bored easily, and when I cannot understand what I am reading it really makes me unable to comprehend. 

On that thought, I really am going to dig my heels in today and get this right.  I am just so excited to start getting the orders, and how many we will get ,and I want my shipments to be perfect.  I have to send the product out a certain way with certain paperwork and I do NOT want to make a mistake!  I hate making mistakes, especially on something you have to follow directions for.  I guess that's the perfectionism of my brain telling me "you better understand this or else!" 

I am thankful that these orders will be coming in soon, and am just thankful for my family and friends.  I am grateful for this opportunity and the strength from Jesus to get it done.  I will triumph!
I am thankful that "Williams-Sonoma" has seen something in our product that I have seen for a very long time.

until next time,
your custom cabinet girl