Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pietros of Lodi

We were so glad to be able to build and finish this cabinet for the front of the beautiful Pietros Italian restaurant in Lodi, California. 
There was a lot of time into building this one and finishing it as well.  You can see that the square inserts on the outside were made for granite pieces cut especially for them.  And all of the open cubbies were tough to stain and spray laquer on because of the close quarters.  My dad makes it easy for me and leaves the back off the cabinet so I can finish it from both sides. Then I can finish the back side by itself and we can put it on afterwards.  Every time he builds a cabinet he thinks about how he can make it easy for me to be able to finish.  What a nice dad!  I had fun doing this job.  I am also going to have fun going out to dinner at Pietros and looking at it too!
your custom cabinet girl

Monday, April 16, 2012

sales projections

I have never had to really look at sales projections before.  I am a simple girl who is glad when I get an order by email or a customer comes in the door asking for us to build something just for them.  But projections on how many customers will show up and how many dollars I will make???  It just seems like a small bit of insanity in the corporate world but sane enough to allow you to forecast your future for business sales purposes.  If I could do that and accurately it would be a gift.  But guess what?  I don't have it. 
Just trying to predict the future Mr. Smith coming in to purchase a new kitchen full of cabinets is not something I am comfortable with. 
Does anyone know what it means when you don't make sales projections???  I have seen the projections for our sales of our cutting boards for Williams-Sonoma and we have over exceeded them or made them every month until this year in the last three months.  Is that a fluke?  I am so down and downright scared. But I am not sure what I am scared of...... I know if I think about it I will know what I am scared of but, I don't want to know, you know?  What does that mean and how can I make it better?  What do I need to do?  The sad part is numbers do not lie and I don't want to sit and look at the numbers and feel sorry for myself, I just want to make it better.  Any ideas blogger friends......? 
learning one day at a time.......
your custom cabinet girl