its not about me

For the very first time in 40 years of being in business my dad and I were in a court room yesterday to defend our side of a small claims suit filed against us.  I had a hard time with this suit because it was supposed to be business and not personal.  But it was personal, very personal.  The finishing I did on the cabinets was being scrutinized, and I feel I could not have done a better job.  If my finish work is “the worst they
have ever seen,” then I felt I needed to change my job.
Most people would ask me why I would even talk about this (even my dad, so sorry dad), about our business and mention the “unspoken” parts most business owners never talk about.  For me this is a learning process and the more I can share with others about what I have learned maybe you can make less mistakes than I do, or we can help each other. 
I have found myself in deep thought today about all that went on yesterday and how I can take this horrible day and make it into something wonderful.  Firstly,
my verse for the day on my Bible Ap is
Psalm 116:1-2
I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.  Because he bends down to listen. I will pray as long as I have breath!
I love this verse and I thank Jesus for Always being with me, through the good and the bad. 
Before we left for the courtroom I was so terribly nervous and my dad and I prayed many times throughout the day for God’s strength and for His will to be done. 
I can only say that Jesus’ presence is always near to me and that I am so Grateful for……We will not know the outcome of the case for awhile but I can say that His will is what will be done.  And through all of this, Jesus’ love for us and His ultimate sacrifice on the cross for us must be what we focus on. 
I find myself thinking about all this and remembering that it is not all about me, its never about me.  It’s about Jesus and what He has done for me, for all of us because He loves us so much.

your custom cabinet girl

Trying to get in the Williams-Sonoma Catalog!!!! Help!

Trying to get into the Williams-Sonoma Catalog is like trying to get my six year old to open his mouth for the dentist when its drilling time. Let me make it even clearer how hard it is, “MY SON WONT OPEN HIS MOUTH FOR THE DENTIST!!!!”  I am out of ideas………

Its been two years our products have been in the stores and online and every time I contact the catalog department I get the same answer, we always consider your boards and will let you know if we decide to put them in the catalog. 

Haven’t decided yet!! I think it would be a great idea.  I have tried all kinds of different avenues on how we could get in the catalog.  My latest and “greatest” I might add was this; 
I have been privileged to get to know celebrity chef,  Maria Liberati who “loves” our cutting boards. 
Go to her website to learn more here; Maria Liberati
Maria especially uses the chef board below for making homemade pasta.  I

 think that sounds so good and I would love to eat that homemade pasta.  She says the board is a perfect size and built with such a  high quality that she loves to use it for her chopping needs as well. 

So back to my newest shenanigans.  I have emailed the catalog person twice now, to no response about how Maria could  be featured in the catalog because she is a celebrity chef with our cutting boards.  If you get the Williams-Sonoma catalog you would have seen the summer issue which featured many different celebrity chefs and the items they love to use that Williams-Sonoma sells. 
This would be perfect I think, to feature Maria, and our cutting board!  I pretty much handed the idea off on a platter right?  Maybe wrong, I don’t know but since I am getting no response I don’t know what to do next????  Any ideas on how to, “be a pest” would be welcome…… 🙂
your custom cabinet girl

pursuing a new vendor……

I am now pursuing a new vendor, “The Sundance Catalog” aka Mr. Robert Redford and trying to see if we can possibly sell some more designer cutting boards to his wonderful company.
They seem to sell very “original” items and it seems our items might fit nicely. 
I sent an email maybe two months ago and read in the fine print that you probably won’t get an email back and maybe you would, no guarantees…….. Well I got the “unfortunately” letter back which means they actually looked at the email enough to send one back if you want to look on the “brighter side.”  I did get a buyer return email and they told me to send another inquiry again. 
So today was that day!  I sent this nice buyer an email with pictures immersed in the content, one of them is on the left.  Hopefully if they see the picture of the item in their face they might actually read what I wrote. 
I have learned that buyers seem to get a lot of emails and phone calls and everyone says; “look at my great product” and its not always great. 
Can you imagine disappointment after disappointment until suddenly you see something that is actually worth looking at.  So I have got to make that “something” they want to look at “my something.”  If I can do that they might want to be a carrier of my product too!
I can only hope.
your custom cabinet girl 

i can finally say………

After one year of sending emails with no response, a few months of negotiations, back and forth emails of no, no, maybe, and then “YES” I can finally say you are looking at the newest vendor for the Wine Enthusiast Online and Catalog!!!  Well I guess you aren’t looking at me right now, just reading my words but anyway, I am so excited it feels like the day before going to Disneyland!! 
Its been a long road but we did it!  And I definitely say “WE” because if it were not for my dad’s help, Mr. Know-it-All’s “sometimes asked for input”, my moms support, and some crying on my part (OK, OK…. lots of crying), we could not have got it done!  
Wine Enthusiast will be selling our wine bottle cutting board and the Wine Glass cutting board very soon!!
Here they are below just in case you forgot what they looked like……………
I could not be more excited today than if Mr. Know-it-All came into the shop looked into my eyes and said something so romantic…….Yea that will never happen.   Now I just have so many thoughts like, how many cutting boards I will sell in a day, or how much exposure on the Wine Enthusiasts’ website our products will be, and that is nerve wracking, exciting, and just an explosion of thoughts on what is to come! I will keep you updated on the details, but for now I must get back in the finish shop and finish my wood tops……lucky me….
your custom cabinet girl 

woodworking classes this week

I have some returning students from last summer that are attending the woodworking classes and that called for me to figure out some new projects to build.  And I have noticed about myself lately that I am a procrastinator and think I have all the time in the world before the classes start and then all of a sudden its 4 days before the class and I still don’t know what we are going to build. 

Here is my class of five students that are ready to get to work sanding because “drawing plans just isn’t fun” according to one kid. 

And more sanding…..
They all hate me for the sanding, but that is what most of woodworking is all about lots of sanding.
Tracing the pattern for one of the sides of the birdhouse.
 Assembling the birdhouse, my personal favorite because we get to use glue and power tools!
Here is our birdhouse! I love assembly day!  Instead of this huge pile of parts on the work bench we have assembled and made all those parts into something….Tomorrow the kids will paint or stain whichever they choose their birdhouses and start on a new project which is their own custom car.
your custom cabinet girl

just tell me what you want people!

Well we are building some new shaped cutting boards and these are two we have added to our selection.  I really would love your input on these.  Do you like them?  Can you tell the one on the left is a cluster of grapes?  Can you tell they are two different fruits?  Can you tell what fruit it is on the right?  Can you tell that I keep rambling on because I don’t know what else to ask?  I just really need to know if these are worth making or not.  Everything will hinge on the opinion of the one person who comments this blog!!!  Really, just tell me what you want people! 
I have been so blessed to be so busy lately that I can’t keep up with everything that is going on lately.  I have a big secret that I can’t share with you about a possible TV appearance.  Although, if you call or email me I can tell you.  I am just not allowed to post it on the internet……
Talk to you soon, and let me know what you think about the boards!
your custom cabinet girl 

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