Wednesday, December 21, 2011

my grown-up christmas list..........

I know I am an adult and I should ask for peace on earth and goodwill toward men, but hey I am realistic.
Here is my humble little list of 10 things......

1) To have my own reality show called; "custom cabinet girl" and prove everyone wrong that told me it wouldn't be a hit!

2)  That my Christmas tree won't fall over before Christmas is over.

3)  Mr. Know-it-All will pick me up and carry me over the threshold just because he loves me or just because........

4)  My goal setting and vision is not too overrated and my dad doesn't roll his eyes at me when I tell him what I want to do next.

5) That Jakob doesn't turn into a full blown "chip addict" like Mr. Know-it-All.

6) I can figure out a way to get on "The Nate Berkus" show again.

7) Did I say I wanted to have a reality show "custom cabinet girl?"  Better put it in here twice just to be sure. Any producers read my blog?  Anyone?

8) Our newest addition the "small version" of the chef board for sale in Williams-Sonoma stores as well as others, hint....hint......buyers I have contacted at Frontgate, Sur la Table, Crate & Barrel, & Neiman Marcus, call me ;)
9)  Our cutting boards in the Williams Sonoma catalog.  The C-A-T-A-L-O-G!!!!!  Do I have to beg?  Please.................

10) Ok, fine. And peace on earth and good will towards men.......

Let me know what you think, except for you Mr. Know-it-All I already know what you think. :)

your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

can you believe this?

When Mr. Know-it-All finds out I know he is just going to look at me and shake his head.  I hate it when he shakes his head at me.  FYI: don't shake your head at me.  But really this is so mind blowing to me that I don't know how, well it HAS TO BE A MIRACLE.......
I drove around town with my keys on the bumper like this for two days!  I drove on the freeway! I went all the way, (well I know its not that far), but ALL THE WAY to Stockton like this!  And do you know how I found out where my "missing keys" were? My dad used the car to take Nathan to school for me in the morning and he saw them in passing.....
I know crazy, idiotic, I have no idea how I have even lived this long.....

your custom cabinet girl (psst: who doesn't always talk about cabinets)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

perfect finishing day.......

Most days the finish shop just plain sucks.  When finish colors have to match the samples the formula has to be exact.  I have to mention today because what happened in the finish shop was magical.  The amount of stain mixture with the wiping stain base was perfect and actually sprayed onto the corbels really nicely.  It depends on how I set I the dials on the gun to make sure the color sprays out the way I need it to. The weather outside also has an effect on how the finish comes out.  These glaze colors spraying on hardrock maple are so tedious and time consuming but today they seemed to spray so couldn't have been a better finishing day!

All day, every day, except today I feel like I am wasting time and redoing stuff, but not today!!!
your custom cabinet girl 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

thankful for my pilgrim, my little indian, & mkia....

Jakob and Nathan are reading buddies at school this year.  So my little pilgrim and little indian got to have a thanksgiving feast together at school and at Grammie and Grandpa's house!  They are so cute and I could not be more thankful for these two. 

I am so thankful for the 40 chef boards that were shipped out on Wednesday on time going to the Williams Sonoma distribution center for online sales!

I am thankful for a wonderfully nice winery in town "Lange Twins" that is purchasing a smaller version of our chef board thus giving me a new idea for a new cutting board.

I am thankful that when we put Jakob's birthday present together that Mr. Know-it-All and I didn't get into a fight......

I am thankful for the wonderful comments and ideas I get from people who visit us at the shop, brouse our website, or read my blog.

I am thankful for reading, and being able to still


Thursday, November 17, 2011

got my Nate Berkus segment on you tube!

So I don't think I have gone this long with out blogging ever.  I feel like I have been extremely lazy about blogging.  Or at least putting it on the bottom of the list which means I don't get to it. 

If you have not seen the segment from the Nate Berkus show my dad and I were on last year here it is below!

I can't believe its been a year already, and that it took me that long to figure out how to get it on youtube.  You know you can ask and ask for people to send you something, but ultimately you have to do it yourself.  So I took my flip cam and stood still in front of the TV and recorded the recording.  I had to do something!

I have a lot to catch up with you all and what is going on at the shop, will fill you in on the details as soon as I can.

Love that Nate Berkus!!!

your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

its nice to get snail mail when its not a bill.......

It is so nice to get snail mail when its not a bill and especially when its a thank you note.  I received a wonderful thank you note from a mom of one of the girls I taught this summer in our woodworking classes.  This is her note;

Claire & Helen arriving at our Woodworking Class.

Woodworking Class that week.

I am so thankful for all the kids that decided to join me for the woodworking classes this summer.  If your child is interested in taking a class during the break, please give me a call at 209.368.0703.  We have openings for classes October 3-7, 2011 (1pm-3pm) or October 10-14, 2011 (1pm-3pm). 

Thank you to Patti, Helen's mom who made my day!!

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, September 26, 2011

distressed vanity do-over

Here are the final pictures of the vanity I finished distressed.  My dad had to cut down the cabinet by length in order to fit it into a 1 3/4" inset in the wall on both sides.  This is where I screwed up totally missing that measurement when I first went out.  I still cringe when i think about it.

You can see the left side of the cabinet tucks right into the wall
inset.  YES! My dad is my HERO on this job he saved my booty on this one! 

Below is the final product installed.  I was asked to add green to the finish color making the cabinet look like it came right out of the garden with moss on it.  It's hard to tell from the picture because the green was very subtle.  I really, really enjoyed finishing this cabinet!  It turned out very unique. 
until my next mistake,
your custom cabinet girl

Monday, September 19, 2011

Who do you think does Weber's Cabinets packaging?

Its funny when you do work for a huge company and they have all the resources in the world and your resource is yourself, your dad, and Mr. Know-it-All who calls himself your resource.  I tried to do an informational video today about how we package our chef boards but it just ended up being long winded with me out of breath at the end from being out of shape I guess?    Who knows anything is possible at this point.....
your custom cabinet girl 

Monday, September 5, 2011

love, love, love..... distressed finishings!

I get so excited when I get to finish something and make it look like I beat it up!  Don't ask me why but it just makes it so much fun when different pieces of the cabinet get to look different. The whole piece is all the same colors but you get to choose what parts look different and NOTHING looks alike. 

I just love it!  I made a sample for this client based on the tile flooring she is putting in her bathroom.  My dad made this awesome vanity which you can see below.  The door style looks like an actual shutter which is what the client was looking for in order to create a bathroom that makes you feel like you are in a garden. 

 My dad and I brought the cabinet to the house to install it and I was ready to congratulate myself on the great work I did measuring for the cabinet......well in April world what do you think happened?

We get into the bathroom and I see an indentation in the wall where the old cabinet was originally when I measured.
I did not see that indentation in the wall and I just wanted to shoot myself for the mistake.

Long story short, we brought the vanity back to the shop my dad cut it down and fixed it, and I refinished it this weekend. But I was asked to add a touch of green to the finish color which made it very interesting and unique.  Now the cabinet really feels like it came out of a garden and got a little moss on it!   So cool.

Here are the feet I redid adding the green.  I will post pictures of the final install when its done.

Wish me luck cause tomorrow its going in!  And I want it to be spectacular!

your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, September 1, 2011

some reject me and some accept me..........

I am so thrilled that I finally got a hold of a buyer at "Crate & Barrel" and that they took the time to reject me.  As my good friend Bob says, at least they took the "TIME" to look at your product and then reject it."  I never thought of it that way.  I am going to have to be the pest that I always am and keep contacting them until the end of time, or hopefully they take a chance on one of my products.  Who knows? 

But then an awesome email came to me this morning from Tayrn Scher who I sent a heart shaped cutting board to a couple of months ago.  She was going to use it in her segment for TV and did!  It was such a nice segment and you can see it here;
Couture Kitchens: Taryn Scher on YourCarolina

There are acceptions and rejecttions in life, and I really do like the acceptions.  Doesn't everyone? 

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, August 5, 2011

learning by example

Today I was back from three days away in San Diego.  I got a chance to go to a conference where I could pitch my product to Wendy Robbins who is on HSN from time to time.  I was a little disappointed because she didn't seem to like my cutting boards very much.  She said they were not for HSN.  I am still not so sure about that.  She also suggested that I produce my boards overseas to which I actually said, "no no no, and no again."  But I have to realize that my product is not a good fit for every brand. 

I was so glad to be back home with the boys and Mr. Know-it-All who was tired and grateful he didn't have to take care of the boys all alone.  He was thankful for what I have to do at home.  Funny what a few days away can do for your esteem huh?  Anyway I was back to work at the shop today and I had a really exciting day!  No really....

I get a call from Masco Cabinetry and they need me to make corbels, finish them, and get them done by Monday morning so they can finish a house for a walk through. For those of you who don't know what corbels are let me explain.  They are the stabilizers or whatyoumacallits that go under your overhanging countertop for stability.  Anyway, my dad was out on a job and he obviously couldn't make the corbels so I had to look at myself and say; "Self are you going to try to build these corbels?"  Oh yes I am!!!
So I had to find a corbel that was already made in the size I needed and get to work.  I needed to find out the sizes I would have to cut the pieces in order to put them together.  And YES I DID USE A SAW!  A band saw, but nonetheless a SAW.  This picture shows the pattern of one of the pieces I traced and then cut out.

I know it is so corny how excited I get about doing something new but that's me.  I used to always be so excited when I could order root beer.  I LOVE root beer. 

Sorry off on a tangent so I had all the middle pieces cut already and all I had to do was cut 14 pieces for the backs of the corbels. 
This picture to the right is where I said; "holy crap" because I didn't realize there was a knot in the piece I was cutting out and after I set it down realized I couldn't use it. 

After sanding each piece and sanding some more I had to assemble all the corbels.  Everything went together pretty good, I would have to say it took me waaay to long to do the entire process, but I know next time I will be more efficient. 

So these are my first ever corbels made by me, my labor of love.  They are definitely not perfect and I had to learn without an instructor, just remembering my dad's advice when building something.  

Now all I have to do is convince Mr. Know-it-All that I need to go into work to finish them!  That will be fun.

your custom cabinet girl 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

does the squeaky wheel always get the grease?

So I've been working on getting our cutting boards into the Williams-Sonoma catalog.  For about 8 months now I have been a real pest and the answer is still no, but that's ok.  My dad keeps saying to "be a pest" and Mr. Know-it-All keeps saying "are you sure you're not bothering them?"  Two completly different opinions one is from an enterprenuer and the other from a UPS driver.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder and being "absent" from the catalog makes me more "fond" of being in it! 

I just hate, hate, hate to be one of those pests that keep asking and being told no while the person who is telling you no is really thinking "its never going to happen" and I really don't want to be "that girl."  You know "that girl" that thinks her product is the BEST EVER, and keeps asking and asking to have it put in the store or what-ever.  But the board is already in the STORE, and ONLINE, it just needs to be in the CATALOG TOO!!!! Oh please please, with a cherry on top! 

So I have been asking this same buyer for the chance to put our product in the catalog until she got promoted recently.  So now I have a new person to be a pest to.  Lucky for her, she already told me she KNOWS about my requests to be in the catalog and she will keep me in mind for the future.  Promising?  Or, "Oh crap the pest is bothering me?"

your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

why is espn and sports so fascinating? is Mr. Know-it-All's birthday and he is doing the one thing he really wants to do (according to him), and that is (drum roll please), watching ESPN.  While I am at work teaching 11 kids in the woodworking class and  daydreaming about the wonderful hair appointment I am going to have tonight, he is watching ESPN. I cannot imagine how sports can be so invigorating and exciting but it is for about 85% of the population.  I have pondered this question for over 10 years while I sit on the couch and try to watch grown men throw themselves at each other and then try to catch a ball that I can never find.  It just doesn't make sense to me.  Or should it?  I must be missing something but I don't know what it is.  I think Mr. Know-it-All is missing out on great opportunities to curl up on the sofa with a good book and some red licorice. 

Well, where is that other 15%? Including me, am I missing out on something?  I think they are reading blogs about woodworking, and chasing their kids around trying to get them to clean their rooms.  Ok that's just me.

Any way I want to wish Mr. Know-it-All a Happy Birthday, you're getting older!!!!

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, July 11, 2011

moms in business unite

I am so excited to announce that I will be at the "Moms in Business Unite" conference on August 3rd in San Diego!  I applied over two months ago to see if I could bring one of my cutting boards to present to Wendy Robbins and last Thursday I got an email that said "YES."  I am so thrilled to be one of 9 moms that get to bring their products and get a booth at the event to show my cutting boards to all the moms and Wendy for their input.  I am asking to be one of those that get to pitch my product to her for possible submission to HSN. 

Wendy Robbins is currently one of the coaches for the show ""Homemade Millionare" with Kelly Ripa as the host.  On each show three inventor women get to pitch their product to HSN and then HSN picks one out of the three products that they want to start selling.  What an opportunity! 

I am just so blessed to have Jesus by my side every step of the way and I just want Him to use me as a vessel for his plan.  My hardships lately have shown me that I should always Praise Him even in the storms of life.  Storms that can even last for years are a blessing and I can only say that now, as I have gotten this far with Jesus by my side.  I know a lot of people are hurting out there right now financially and physically, but all I can say is to ask Jesus for peace from His Holy Spirit and He will give it to you every time you ask.  Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this journey I will forever be grateful.

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, June 24, 2011

so excited about our Woodworking Classes!!!

,These kids are soooo cute! I was so excited because this week we got more girls that signed up for the classes.  Mainly its been boys (including mine) that are signed up for the classes.  The kids are looking at how the band saw works and inside the bottom where the wheel is located that makes it turn. 
This is little Kenna who is putting her tray together with a "dry fit" to make sure all the parts fit correctly before she glues everything together.  She is the youngest of our group this week and at 5 years old is doing a great job drawing her plans, sanding, and using the clamps. 
Next week I already have 4 kids signed up for the afternoon class, only a couple spots left for those who want to join us!

your custom cabinet girl 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

i hate maple toffee

Now maple is one of my most favorite woods to use in cabinetry but it is definitely not my favorite to finish.  Maple is a very hard wood so hard in fact that it is not easily penetrated by stain.  It doesn't have porous capabilities compared to cherry wood which soaks in stain. 

My little Jakob, aka "little mini Mr. Know-it-All took pictures of me in the finish shop while I was working on some wood tops. I had no idea he was taking pictures but its funny because it reminds me of how I was feeling that day, simply irritated. Here I am taking a sample over to the table to make sure it matches with the wood tops.
And of course, it does not.  I spent all day working on those wood tops.  First try I messed up the color had to strip and refinish all three wood tops.  And thinking like a business owner I am thinking it should NOT take this long to finish these wood tops and taking this much time is not making any money. Oh the joys of runnning a business......
your custom cabinet girl

Sunday, June 19, 2011

i so don't have it together, but i want too so bad!!!!

Did I ever tell you how I LOVE to have a clean house but it seems I rarely do?  It might have something to do with 3 boys who drop everything in their hands wherever they might be at the time.  How do I change that?  I lecture, I scream, I throw blankets, but no one takes me seriously.  They just giggle and say, "Mom you are so funny!"   

Did I ever mention that Mr. Know-it-All sees when I am overcommited and gives me a lecture?  Every stinkin' time too.  Probably not, because every time its a humbling experience for me and I don't want anyone to know I screwed up, even him.  I want to do things the right way the first time, and I intend to, but life and I am not so perfect and I get to learn through the consequences of my actions. 

I do need to ask for help more from Mr. Know-it-All, but shouldn't he know that I need help without me saying so in my whiney voice?  I'm just saying......... and Mr. Know-it-All needs to get himself on facebook so you can all tell him to. 

If you want to get in touch with him he is on Twitter @Greg2208.  You will see his profile picture is of him standing on what he calls "God's favorite place" the Star on the field of the Dallas Cowboys stadium.  Now I don't think he is dropping any trash just wherever in "God's favorite place."  Maybe we should tell him that our home is "God's favorite place" too!
your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

new chef board for sale on

I figured out how to add new products to our website Weber's Cabinets, Inc. and the Chef Board was one of the first I wanted to add!  I think it is so practical for a cutting board.  Its actually almost too practical because I hate to prep for cooking, cooking, thinking about what to cook, etc. etc....and I love the thing!  And I am not just saying that because we make it but I am saying because it is so accessible, easy to use, and beautiful on your counter. 

I am just sitting in bed typing away at the late, yes very late hour of 7pm.  I know I am a loser but I just do not feel good today. I got home at 4:30 and just went straight to bed.  Mr. Know-it-All thinks I should call in sick to myself, but I don't think that will work very well.  I really feel like I am coming down with something, my body just aches.  I have been sore every day in a new area in my muscles from working on different jobs out in the shop, but this is something different, probably caught it from the boys.  Maybe Mr. Know-it-All could call in sick for me tomorrow! J/K

your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, May 19, 2011

does Weber's Cabinets refinish cabinets?

As a matter of fact yes we do! A lot of people want to know if they can keep the current cabinets they have and refinish them.  The answer is a tricky yes and I will tell you why.  For example, when you decide you want to redo your kitchen cabinets you start to think about all the money its going to cost and how you can save, and yes the cabinets are the most expensive part of the kitchen. So if you can save them it should save you money right? Well, maybe......

Every person has a unique situation and it might be the perfect thing for you to save your cabinets, but on the other hand it might not.  If you decide to put new countertops in the kitchen and you want to just reface your cabinets with another wood and finish, it will cost just as much to reface as it does to put in new.  On the other hand if you decide you just want to "freshen up" your cabinets and sand down the doors and frames and put on a new coat of the existing finish then that will save you a HUGE amount of money to do it that way.  Its all in a matter of whether you are happy with the wood and finish you have or not. 

Give me a call at (209) 368-0703 at Weber's Cabinets and we can figure out the best situation for you and your kitchen!  

Right now I am sanding and refinishing the doors for a kitchen in Lodi and making them look brand new.  Take a look at the video and see what you think!
your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

my kitchen project in process.......

Here is an update on how its going on my kitchen. As I may have mentioned before or not I HATE living in messes and this is one of those projects that causes a mess.  Hopefully it will be all over soon and I can enjoy a nice newly painted kitchen with new doors!
your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

my first video post....and i am in the finish shop.....go figure

This is my very first video on my blog and its a little harder for me to do, I really like to write.  So tell me what you think. I need feedback.
your custom cabinet girl

Saturday, April 30, 2011

do you remember my kitchen project?

Well its been too long since I last posted and I have had a lot happening good and bad.  But lets just focus on the good shall we....Firstly I am going to document my kitchen project with my new FLIP CAM!  Woohoo! Mr. Know-it-All decided to butter me up and buy me one for my birthday today!  I am so excited.  It is so easy to use and now I can download video really easily, well I shouldn't say that before I actually do it but it "looks" easy.  So instead of just writing I am going to do video on my blog too!! And now we can start doing more videos for my dad's blog and get some more traffic on his site, since he knows more than I do he should be blogging more. 

Secondly, I found out on Thursday that I will be featured in "Glamour" magazine about my unique job as a custom cabinet maker girl person!  Now, I don't know how detailed it will be hence the mention of it as "secondly."  I gave them the information they asked for and they did ask for my picture and a couple extra questions.  But you never know, and as soon as the writer gives me more information I will keep you updated.  I just can't believe it,  me plain April in Glamour magazine.  I hope they photoshop the picture and make me Glamourous!!! 

And thirdly, its really coming along with the new classroom area for all the kids we will be teaching woodworking this summer!  I have a lot more to do, but since I have a due date it helps make it go along faster.  I want to have everything organized and ready for those little guys to be able to learn and build!  
You should see some video of my kitchen process very soon, like tomorrow!
your custom cabinet girl

Thursday, April 21, 2011

reinventing ourselves again........

I cannot get any credit for any ideas whatsoever I am just the vessel of God's perfect plan.  And He is in control.  I am just grateful for the ideas that Jesus brings to me at the most unlikely of times.   Like when I am asking for an answer to a prayer for something else completely.  Last Thursday I asked Jesus to please "let the phone ring off the hook with new jobs, please!"  The next day came and the answer was "no." But that is OK, because as I was cleaning out the cabinets in the office I came across an article about a guy who volunteered his time to teach kids woodworking skills.  Now first I wish I could volunteer my time, but for now I need to help feed my family.  So with a great idea from a special friend and coworker and a little article I came across I thought why can't we use this space of ours for woodworking classes for kids?  And when I looked up the concept there are fabulous companies out there to model from. 

This new venture for teaching woodworking is really a full circle for me.  When I first started doing all the books for the shop I will never forget my payroll accountant asking me if I took "accounting" classes in college.  Nope, I took a little math course called; "how to teach elementary students Math 1A and 1B."  I guess I didn't get my degree for nothing! 

Here is the plan for what is coming up so far;

Weber’s Cabinets Introduces Woodworking Classes

For Kids Grades K-6

6 Week Class or Summer Camp Only 98.00

Call to Reserve your child's spot *209-368-0703*

  6 Week Saturday Program

      June 4-July 9, 2011
4 Class Times to Choose From;

 Summer Camp Program #1

       June 13-17, 2011
2 Class Times to Choose From;

Summer Camp Program #2

      June 20-24, 2011
2 Class Times to Choose From:

Our woodworking classes will teach the safe use of hand tools and basic woodworking skills. With a series of projects the young wood workers will gain knowledge in measuring, fractions, design, craftsmanship, and much more!

Now lets book out the classes people! 
your custom cabinet girl

Sunday, April 10, 2011

30 days of waiting.......

Submitted my cutting board to HSN.  Yes I did and its been 30 days since, and I am hoping to hear good news!  I would love to be a vendor for them.  I am really excited to find out what my email will say, it just needs to NOT have the word "unfortunately" in it.  I don't like that word very much lately, its a nice way to say "sorry about your bad luck" as my dad always says.

This week is going to be so exciting I just know it!  I am going to try and talk to a producer tomorrow about my show idea.  I am then going to help finish ironing edge tape on the maple melamine pieces for drawer boxes we need to put together for an island cabinet.  What a time consumer that is (ironing on edgetape is unfortunate), sorry dad.  I will just have to suck it up.  Next I am going to try and get a groupon set up for people to buy our beautiful cutting boards, and I want to feature one in particular.  I will have a poll set up for voting.  And then I need to get some quiet time and finish the paperwork I need to get done as well as the financial crap I have to do.  Did I say crap? So sorry.

I am going to try some new selling points, and thank you so much Jocelyn for the information!  I really appreciate all of the comments I get on the blog its encouraging and helpful.

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, April 8, 2011

can i sell one cutting board a day?

Population of the world; 6,775,235,741
That is almost 7 BILLION PEOPLE!
Can I sell one cutting board a day from my website?  I have looked at SEO, adwords programs, adsense programs, blogging alliances, conversion analyasis, and every other thing you can think of to get my website out there, and I am stuck.  I have no idea how to do it.  And it takes a lot of time to go over all this stuff, its a full time job!  Any suggestions?

I got some fresh ideas about how to market my cutting boards and I took some new pictures of our chef  board on my counter top.  I bought some great homemade bread (not made by me, which makes it even better), cheese and tomatos to cut up and I really like this board a lot.  I don't think I will be bringing it back to the shop.  I shipped out 90 of them to Williams-Sonoma stores last month so lets hope they sell out!

I want to list this board on our website to sell at Weber's Cabinets, Inc. along with a few others we have made recently.  I need to get some better pictures though, which I will soon.  I also need to figure out how to get one person in the WHOLE WORLD to purchase a cutting board a day.  Can I do it?
This will be my challenge.

your custom cabinet girl

P.S. Thanks for all of you who voted for me instead of Mr. Know-it-All the TiVo control freak!

Monday, April 4, 2011

i need your votes.............

So we have Direct TV and we record our shows on TiVo.  And in the normal world you would decide what shows you want to watch and then set them up to record.  But, Oh....NOOOO.......not in my house, not on my TiVo.  Mr. Know-it-All has to monitor you and make sure that you are actually watching the shows you set up to record.  And if you are not watching your shows in a timely manner, he has a conversation or should I say "lecture" with you about using up too much of the TiVo "memory."  Did I say; Freak!!!

Now he opens up the list of recorded shows and goes over each one and asking; "are you going to watch _______? You are taking up all the memory in the TiVo and you aren't watching the shows you recorded."  Now I feel guilty if I ask to record a new show. 

So here's the deal, its between me and Mr. Know-it-All.  Who is right?  Does he need to be so possessive over the memory in the TiVo?  Does he need to make everyone else in the house feel guilty about wanting to record a new show?  Do I have to live this way?  Help me out people, he needs to be put in his place.  Check out the survey question to the left and VOTE!

your custom cabinet girl     

Thursday, March 31, 2011

i want to be on Oprah so bad................

So I took all the courage I had in my body, took a deep breath and said to myself; "why would Oprah want me on her show?" And then I called the number.........  I called Harpo studios and said; "Can I ask a question? Are you taking ideas for a show?"  The girl on the other end of the line was in Chicago but she could have very well been right next to me and stabbed me in the heart because she said; "we are NOT taking submissions for show ideas and NEVER call again."  I felt like a little girl again when I thought I was about to get in trouble, and I HATE that feeling.  Don't you?  Its never good to feel like that.  I was redirected to some recording that said I needed to go online and send an email through the Oprah website.  I HAVE DONE THAT ALREADY, MANY TIMES, UGHHH. 

Today at lunch my dad says, "didn't you tell them who you are?"  As in, "I am April I was on the Nate Berkus Show."  My dad is so funny cause I really don't think they care and really they would say something like, "April who?"  Because really who am I?  My intention was to ask if my story could offer hope to others in the same boat as myself struggling in this economy.  I am in "Ground Zero" of the recession according to a Newsweek cover story from 2008 and I am still here!  I don't know why I want to be on Oprah so bad, but I want to be on Oprah so bad!  I need to reinvestigate my priorities....

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, March 25, 2011

dinner is not my favorite time of day

I know most mom's out there LOVE to cook, well I DO NOT!" I actually HATE IT!  I would rather do laundry the old fashion way with a little bucket and a scrubby tray thing, than make dinner.  If any of you reading want to take me up on it, I will gladly trade you laundry duty for some cassaroles. 

It takes imagination, creativity, and someone with time management skills.  I can't ever come up with what food items go together more or less a meal I created on my own.  Everything I make was either invented by my mom when I was little, or I saw it on TV.  I am what you call a copycat dinner maker.  And nothing I make is really creative besides the fact that I live with three of the most picky eaters on the planet.  So if you are wondering what a picky eater looks like, here it is........

Are any of you familar with this look?  Probably not, because I know no one else can cook as bad as me.  I made steak this night and Nathan has the smallest piece on his plate along with 2 little green beans and some white rice.  You might notice the half eaten watermelon which is the only thing he actually ate that night.  So sad, I was NEVER EVER allowed to not eat my vegtables or allowed to even "think" that I could not eat my vegatables.  I don't know how you force someone to eat something, I certainly am very weak at this type of dicipline and I know I have two boys just laughing at me while they sit back and not eat what I gave them for dinner.  Did I say I hate dinner? 

Now I am going to go and paint something out in the finish shop, at least the cabinets can't say no to me and I don't have to fix them dinner!
your custom cabinet girl


Monday, March 21, 2011

i love sarcasm and Heather Armstrong is my new inspiration

I received an email on Friday about a blogger named Heather B. Armstrong who was featured in the New York Times for her being "Queen of the Mommy Bloggers."  I cannot express or tell you enough how easy it is to read her blog posts and how funny she really is!  That is why she is the "Queen."  I have been looking at her blog now for over two hours reading all about her and then some. 

I saw that she has a "style of the day" section so I figured I might tell her my story and see if she would put my cutting board on there, what the heck right?  I have felt dissappointment before, I can feel it again, or maybe not?  Please Heather read my Email!

Go read the article about Heather Armstong from last month here; @ NY Times
And then go to her blog and read it here; 

I dare you to try not and spend 2 hours there at a time if you haven't read it before.

your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

my little free labor boy is now getting paid......

So Jakob is on Spring break from school and of course since we are shipping out our "over the counter boards" this week I need his help.  We have to protect each corner of the cutting boards with cardboard corners.  Each corner has to be assembled and my smart little tyke figured out how to do it smoothly of course, after throwing a few across my office.  He is just like Mr. Know-it-All gets frustrated at inanimate objects when they don't go together perfectly the first time.  Soooo..... much to teach Jakob. 

Well, he assembled all of the corner pieces as you can see behind him and I told him this morning I would pay him $2.  Jakob says, "no mom, $5. And I said, "no $2" and he says, "no $4."  Of course I didn't budge and he says, "$3" and I said, "SOLD, now go do your work."  I told my dad what a little negotiator he was and Jakob says; "I learned it on Pawn Stars."  I guess he has stuff to teach me.

your custom cabinet girl

Friday, March 11, 2011

God Always Provides........

I have been taking this "faith test" it seems every quarter for the last 4 years.  I don't think I have passed it yet, hence the test keeps coming up.  I am not in control, God is and He always provides for all of my needs.  I keep giving him my needs and then taking them back.  All of us think we can do everything ourselves, on our own, but it is just not true.  I was thinking about all of this last weekend and how I could give my concerns and cares away, and not be so controlling.  I am a control freak and I will admit it.  Its not an admirable trait so why can't I just give it up?  Why?  I hope sometime before I die (hopefully many years from now), I will have learned to give it all to God.  Until then I will keep taking the test over and over and over and over again. 

I was at the E-Women Network Fearless Female Event last night and it was so encouraging and uplifting to me.  I told my story to Sandra Yancey the founder of E-Women last night as I sat with her at dinner.  Surprising to me she asked if I would tell my story to the whole group.  And what did I do I started to cry because I was overwhelmed with the love and acceptance from all these women in the room.  I was overcome with gratitude for someone caring about me and my story and wanting me to share it with others.  And I was so thankful that I could thank God for always being in control and taking care of me.

 I have been a member now at E-Women for 2 years and I still come away from the events with fresh ideas and learn new things.  I didn't know I needed a "mastermind" group but I do now and I will be getting one.  I also didn't know about "corporate funding" which I will be looking into today.  So many things to do I had better get to work!
your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

new ideas are slow coming for me

So why are new ideas slow coming for me?  I know why because my little tiny brain thinks in this long narrow hallway of ideas and I don't try any doorways.  Until last weekend, when I realized I should google "how to submit your product to QVC?"  And when I did I got a link on "how to submit my product to QVC."  Voila! You would think I would have figured this out a LONG TIME AGO.  I am so amazed at how slow I am to figuring out things.  Like the time I took the drivers test and they asked me what a blind intersection was.  I said; "isn't that for blind people?" 

Well I submitted our heart shaped board for a start and it just shows you how each company is run so differently by the way each accepts product submissions.  "QVC" will let me know if they are interested in my product or not within six weeks.  So I put on my calendar six weeks from now, to check in if I haven't heard anything.  But with these ideas "slow coming" I actually grasped the whole world of selling online through TV and decided to submit my product to "HSN" too!  Let's hope I have a response of, "We want as many hearts as you can make!"  Whoo hoo!  That would be so exciting........and possibly exhausting, but that's ok because I have child labor and husband labor all for free!  :)

                                                                           your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I was so excited to get an email from one of the producers at The Nate Berkus Show this morning.  She told me about a giveaway-a-day the show started yesterday.  Everyone can enter and try to win fabulous pieces featured on the show decorated by Nate Berkus. 
Win this authentic "Nate Show" door headboard.


Fans Have Chance to Win from February 21-March 5

NEW YORK, February 22, 2011 – The Nate Berkus Show, announces the launch of its first ever “Nate’s Giveaway-A-Day Sweepstakes,” giving fans a chance to win décor created on set by Nate Berkus and his design team. Every weekday from February 21st at 8am ET until March 5th at 8am ET, viewers can watch The Nate Berkus Show (nationally syndicated; check your local listings or visit ) to see which item Nate is giving away that day, then visit to enter for a chance to win an authentic piece of Nate Show décor that has been featured on the daily talk show.

Some of these one-of-kind items include a refinished map chest, a sisal rope mirror, a gold-leafed chandelier, a repurposed door headboard, a coffee table, a replica of a royal tabletop with a custom monogram, and more!

For more details on sweepstakes rules, terms and conditions, visit

Friday, February 18, 2011

does it matter when you don't realize you made a mistake until 6 months later?

Oh boy, today I am trying to work out all the kinks in the books for 2010 and what do I find but a mess.  I entered in checks to the wrong vendor, forgot to enter in bills I never knew existed, and many more things I don't want to mention because "you know who" (my dad is reading this and I don't want him to think I am "that bad" at my job).  I think I have had my mind on so many things at once that I am just too distracted, kids, cutting boards, Mr. Know-it-all, cleaning, cabinets, finishing, scheduling, reading, and other stuff I can't remember.  All of this is so overwhelming, and in fact today when I had the realization that mistakes were made over 6 MONTHS AGO really put me over the top. 

Thanks for all the comments on my new block with the legs.  It is so interesting that a cutting board can bring about so many opinions.  A family friend stopped by and took one look at the board and said, "that is ugly, are you selling that?" Mr. Know-it-all LOVES it and wants one.  Who knew?  Well all the buyers at Williams-Sonoma had different opinions too and we decided to nix the handles, and make the legs ourselves.  Here it is.........
Ultimately the people will decide what they like and what will sell.  People know what they want right now, not 6 months later. 
your custom cabinet girl

Friday, February 11, 2011

trying to find my spot in the cabinet world

So here I am in the office doing paperwork and I don't mind, but after a few days I get restless and need to work out in the shop.  I have been waiting on some items I ordered to make a new decoreative cutting board and they arrived yesterday.  This is my new product I am going to submit to Williams-Sonoma.  What do you think? 
If you can believe it, it took me quite a few weeks to find the right feet to use for this type of design.  And then, I picked out these really neat handles and because they mounted from the back we couldn't find a resourceful way to mount them, so that idea was thrown out. I am not sure about these handles but they were the best I could find for the way I needed to mount them.  I might still be shopping for handles. 
I need input, let me have it!

your custom cabinet girl

Monday, January 31, 2011

i hate rejection, did i say i hate rejection?

On Friday night I had to get a couple of cabinet quotes done and emailed and one I worked on for about an hour.  I drew the plans and figured out the cost carefully only to receive an email back that the price was too high and they didn't like my drawing.  I SO SO SO HATE getting rejected.  A "no thank you" works so much better than a "your drawing lacks character."  What????? That is so wrong to hear when you have been doing this for 10 years.  I don't know but I have put too much thought into it for the last two days and I am over it.  You know why?  Because I got it off my chest.  Thanks for letting me blog it to you! 

Now I can blog about more important things like, rollerblading.......I love rollerblading.  However, I do not love falling on my butt which I do quite a bit because its been so long since I rollerbladed.  Both Jakob and Nathan asked for skates for Christmas and of course Mr. Know-it-All had to put his two cents in.  "Skating is for girls" and I am thinking they are only 4 and 7 years old they don't know skating is for girls so we compromised, we bought rollerblades.  Because according to Mr. Know-it-All, "we will NOT I repeat NOT have boys rollerskating, no way!"  Men are just weird.

Today flew by so fast and I feel like I didn't do a thing, but I know I did something......

your custom cabinet girl 

Friday, January 28, 2011 not time for me, yet.........

I decided to sign up a couple of weeks ago on  I get one email every day letting me know the casting calls that are going on throughout the reality world.  Production companies list their casting calls and let you submit your story if you so choose.  I haven't seen any pitches related to doing a reality show about a family business and I really haven't been looking.  But, last night I got a phone call from a producer in Los Angeles who thought I was a good fit for this new show called, "Battle of the Sexes."  I was literally JUMPING UP AND DOWN listening to her voicemail this morning.  I couldn't believe it, I thought I might be going down south today to be interviewed.  After talking to the producer this morning, she found out that I lived in Lodi, and said, "where is that?"  I was thinking, "its almost 10:30A.M. am how am I going to get down to Los Angeles before 5pm today?"  She says, "oh no, I am sorry to have wasted your time, we need you here today and you are too far away.  My heart sank, such a bummer.  But you know, I have felt dissappointment before and I can definately feel it again. And the more you feel it the less time it lasts, I survived. 

I am just flattered that she thought I would be a possibility to be on that show.  Now I am going to dream some more.

your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

valentines gift for the cook in your family.......

For the cook or food preparer in your family that LOVES hearts we have a beautiful one of a kind cutting board in the shape of a heart.  This is made with maple and cherry lumber and glued in Weber's Cabinets signature end grain style.  This makes it extremely durable and gentle on knives.  You too can have your very own, just stop by our shop in Lodi, California or purchase online at Weber's Cabinets, Inc.                                         your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

i love happy clients, and my new scanner!

Now with my new "technology" (aka scanner) I can scan items that are given to me like this thank you note from Darrell and Jorden.  I have known Darrell since he was really little and I can't believe he is married already, well actually I cannot believe I am married already.  Time just goes by so fast. 
We made this cutting board for them for Christmas and they were so nice to send a thank you note with a picture!  I love it!  I hope they enjoy it for years to come.......

your custom cabinet girl

Sunday, January 9, 2011

dreams and awaiting an answer

I had the craziest dream on Friday night and I woke up all upset and breathing hard like I had been crying.  But when I touched my face I didn't feel any tears.  Those dreams are so strange.  I was dreaming that I had gotten a phone call from a lady who had received pictures of my cutting boards that I had sent over a year ago.  I was so excited and emotional in the dream, like I couldn't believe it was real (which it really wasn't), but anyway she was so excited about my cutting boards and this BIG Company she worked for wanted to sell them.  I was just in complete shock and amazement and a little bummed when I woke up.  So funny, how a bad dream can make you wake up and realize you are so happy it was a dream and then a happy dream makes you wake up dissappointed. 

But I don't expect to be dissappointed for long!  I shipped a new product to Williams Sonoma on Friday that they loved, so now I am awaiting to hear from them. They wanted a board the depth of a kitchen counter with a lip on the end.  This picture of it is what we came up with, the second time.  There are always changes.  I am hoping I get an order for a lot, I mean A LOT!  Here's to hoping.  I will be praying in the morning.

your custom cabinet girl

Sunday, January 2, 2011

pest or pill?

I am trying to stay positive for the New Year and "trying" to "feel" excited but January has always been a hard month for me.  I always look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas and we all prepare for these waaay in advance.  For Christmas we purchase gifts and decorate preparing for 24 hours of bliss, and then its over.  And all Christmas day I am thinking; "savor this, its only one day, its almost over."  I can't even enjoy it.  I know I am a little nuts, but I think Christmas needs to be at least a week long of celebration with all the preparation we do for it.  Thanksgiving is not too bad because when its over I still have Christmas to prepare and look forward to.   
And how can I be depressed when I have these two goofballs around ALL THE TIME.  Children are literally right on you every second asking questions, wanting milk, or just wanting to be with you.  I really want to savor that, because when they get older they won't want to be around me as much.  And with Mr. Know-it-All thrown into the mix I have all the testosterone, mess, and needy boys I can handle. 

My pastor at church today got me thinking about how I can make 2011 more productive for Jesus than 2010.  This really got me thinking and convicted about how I really live my life on a daily basis.  What is my purpose?  I really think when my dad and I pray in the morning before work we need to pray for Jesus to give us our purpose with the cabinet shop.  I think that is where I will start.   

I will be back at work tomorrow thinking about my purpose and getting my butt in gear.  I am trying to get our product into the Williams-Sonoma catalog and  I will tell you right now its going to be tough.  It has to be a perfect fit for the brand, something new, and I am not sure what else, my name needs to be April Williams, just kidding.  I am going to be a "nice pest" is what my dad said.  Are there "nice pests" or just "pests?"  I don't know, maybe I will just be a pill.

your custom cabinet girl