try and try again………

So today I am trying again.  I have been working with “someone” (her name is Jean and she is wonderful), for the last 5 years trying to get my products on to QVC yet to no avail. We have tried a lot of different avenues but the main problem is QVC says cutting boards don’t sell well on TV.  Don’t they know I want to be the first one to “Sell Out” of cutting boards on TV!!
I am trying again.  I am sending these all the way to Pennsylvania and see if its a no or a “GO”!  
What do you think?
Would you buy a set of heart shaped wooden coasters and a heart shaped cutting board set? 
If you will, please call your nearest QVC representative and tell them.  Here is their 800 number if you are so inclined.

1-888-345-5788
Should I ask Mr. Know-it-All to call them too?
I hope you would! 
I hate to get my hopes up only to be taken down but I cannot help it.  The bane of my existence is optimism!
your custom cabinet girl

learning something new

If you know me, you know that I get bored pretty easily and i love to learn something new…..always.  I think that is why I love my job because i am never doing the same thing all the time and I get to experiment with different aspects of the business.  
Such as……..right now i am in a group where i get “lessons” and “tutorials” on how to market my business online.  Her name is Jennifer Allwood and you can visit her site and see what she does.
Weber Company Facebook Page
But basically, I have learned there are so many more sales opportunities online, like affiliate marketing, ad revenue, sponsored live videos, informational tutorials, 1 on 1 coaching, and membership groups!  My head is spinning with all kinds of new ideas, and I feel like a whole new world has been opened up to me! 
The first thing I learned was that I need to post on my business Facebook page 4 Times a day……..I knew when I told Mr. Know-it-All about this he would say something like, “you’re bothering people, nobody wants to hear from you 4 times a day!”  And yes…….yes he did say that.  What I learned was that even if someone is following your business page doesn’t mean they will see your content every time you post.  Actually only about 5% of your followers see any one post.  That’s crazy to me but it also means I’m not bothering anyone per Mr. Know-it-All’s suggestion. 
So I’m good.  
The main idea is that I have (HAVE) to post 2 LIVE videos a week on my page and that is hard to do as I am live so there’s no changing anything that happens, it’s live, and its scary to me.  I want to be sure what ever I am live about its worth peoples time to watch.

I really enjoyed opening my package live and found out that it was not the package I said or thought it was.  It was funny, at my expense and anytime I can make someone laugh is a good day. 
Here’s that video;
Enjoy!
your custom cabinet girl

naked wine story

So it was in April earlier this year i got a random phone call from a buyer at naked wines.  I didn’t know what naked wines was, so i had to look them up and low and behold they sell wine! They sell wine memberships actually….
The buyer told me that he was looking for a type of gift that could fit into a wine bottle case with one wine bottle.  That way they could ship out the wine with a special gift.

So my wheels got turning….and i talk to Dad about it and we came up with these boards.

Dad spent about two hours coming up with these four different styles.  Two of them are just small enough for cutting and displaying cheese and the other two are good to use for holding your wine glass with putting a little cheese and crackers on the board.

So I submitted my photos and he liked them and asked for a prototype.  I sent all four along and then the waiting began.

I waited……followed up……waited some more……followed up and waited some more.

And then I got the “unfortunately” email.  This email is only ok if you are writing it not the other way around.  Anyways we have 4 new different types of wood products to sell and I plan on putting them on the website soon.

 I did follow up with the buyer last week to find out how the vendor they did choose and their products are selling, but they are not to market yet.  I tell you what, he answered my email!  That’s a good sign that maybe he likes me and will consider our products in the future. 
 a girl can dream…….
your custom cabinet girl

 

Wood Sign Making Class for "Fall" Friday October 19th

I am having a sign making class!  Its going to be on Friday October 19th from 6pm-8pm 
@ the shop
 102 Houston Lane
Lodi, Ca 95240
$45 is the cost
We will provide all the parts and paint needed.  You will be able to make a sign of your choice.  This will be a great gift for yourself or a loved one. 
I only have 20 spots and “hopefully” they will fill up fast!
I have a button below for you to purchase your spot.

being a pest wins the day!

Mr. Know-it-All (below in the photo with me on the top of the empire state building), is always giving me advice, and sometimes unsolicited, but he really insists that when I follow up with someone I am being a pest. He says, “April you’re bothering this person and being a pest, if they don’t call you back they don’t want to talk to you.”  Sorry………. but not necessarily….Mr. Know-it-All.
They like me they just don’t know it yet. 
Now I have had my share of people or persons rejecting me and not calling back or telling me they are not interested, (by the way, I hate that part of the job).  But some people WANT to be pursued.  I was just given a compliment the other day for being tenacious and a following up and the first thing I thought of was Mr. Know-it-All and I smiled. 🙂  Now we all know Mr. Know-it-All means well, but it doesn’t mean he is ALWAYS right. 

Before you start thinking about how I might possibly be annoying I want you to know that I don’t like being a pest, or being persistent when someone doesn’t follow up with me.  Its not my style, I have to force myself to do it for the good of the company.  When you have persistence I have found it wins most of the time. 

My dad always says being in business for yourself is like getting hired and fired every day. 
That info really made me want to take over the business. I said, “Where can I sign up? Sounds like fun dad! Why didn’t you tell me this sooner? Lets get hired and fired today!”  I thought wow he must like drama, although he is not dramatic at all.  So now I take a look at being hired and fired as a challenge that I will be hired a lot more than fired. 

I have been pursuing a variety of jobs and one in particular I have been working on for about 6 months of pursuing.  Its a great job!  I am doing the cabinets for 45 houses in Hollister. I am all hyped up about it and super nervous because I do not want to make any big mistakes.  I know mistakes will happen but I would like to prevent them any way I can.  I was given all the drawings back that I drew for the 3 house plans of cabinets approved and signed this morning.  Now I am on to the next step which will be ordering the cabinets and getting my calendar ready for delivery’s and installations.  The purchasing agent for this job told me “thank you” for being persistent and calling her to follow up, it got me the job!”

I really cannot believe this is happening.  I am so grateful and thankful.  Since I lost that job in Stanford (now is two years ago), I have been quoting a lot of jobs similar to that one and this one was picked for me!

Thank you all for your support and love throughout the years.  I am so grateful for you all!  I will keep you posted and hopefully have some great stories of how I can show Jesus’ love with this job. 
And thank you Mr. Know-it-All for always challenging me and causing me to try harder. 🙂

your custom cabinet girl    



how do i show Jesus’ love through cabinetry?

Sometimes I wonder, well ok……… all the time I wonder how do I show Jesus’ love with custom cabinets and woodwork?  Where does He fit in to all of this?  I have always thought that it would be easier if you had the occupation of a pastor or a missionary.  Every day is bookmarked for Jesus.  I think, “am I doing what Jesus wants me to do?” “Am I giving him control today, or am I taking it back?”  I have really been asking that a lot……I want to be doing Jesus’ will in my life. 

And then I read in the bible about work and what it entails in Colossians 3:23 (Amplified Version)
” Whatever you do (whatever your task may be), work from the soul (that is, put in your very best effort), as for the Lord and not for men, knowing (with all certainty) that it is from the Lord (not from men) that you will receive an inheritance which is your (greatest) reward.  It is the Lord Christ whom you (actually) serve.” 

I feel like I am in that valley of life where I am not sure which way I am supposed to go but according to this verse I am to serve God with all I do.
These questions of “what am I doing” really lay heavy on my heart and make me think………How do I be creative in witnessing through cabinets?  I feel like its awkward to say “hey do you love your cabinets? Now lets talk about Jesus!”  By my actions I try to be nice and courteous and hope they see Jesus’ love, and then we can talk about him……… maybe………… I will let you know how it goes……..you know I’m not big into rejection or making situations weird.  Its the delivery I need help with!

Recently I have been able to design some kitchen remodels and its really allowing me to get to know our clients on a deeper level. They are trusting me to create a beautiful and functional space for them.  This is a big task that I do not take lightly and I am asking them to trust me with their space that they live in.  Its a big deal to me, and I so want them to just love it when its all done!! This allows me to get an idea of what they like and do and also maybe an insight into their lives. 

Here are some drawers and doors I have been painting and glazing for a kitchen remodel that we built in the last couple of weeks.

 

It took us two days to install this kitchen.  I have the finished pictures below this is before the flooring, countertops, and appliances go in.

 This is the Back of the island above and to my right is the corner area of the kitchen where the sink, stove, and hood micro will be going.

 This is the front of the island and it has great storage inside with pullout trays.

 
Then we have the display wall where I placed 4 glass doors in the center so she will have the ability to show off any colorful plates, bowls, wine glasses, etc.
 
I am so happy with how this kitchen turned out.  I really enjoyed painting it and installing it.  The client was so happy and I was thrilled, I honestly just told her that I was and am so thankful that she allowed us to be able to remodel her kitchen.  It was a true joy. 
 
If you are able to witness for Jesus’ and talk about Him to your coworkers or clients I would love to know your story.  Write in the comment section below.   
Truly if there is any way I can show people that Jesus’ love for them surpasses all understanding and that He is Always there when you pray, I will do it.  I cannot do anything without His love and support. 
 
your custom cabinet girl

this is a God thing

So without even trying, meaning I was literally sitting at my desk and the phone rang.  I got a call from a wine distributer who would like to “possibly” sell my boards totaling 6,000 of each item! They want a board that is small enough to fit in a wine bottle box. 


I talked to my dad about designs and he came up with four different ones that will fit into a wine bottle box and he did it in one afternoon.    

one afternoon!  my dad is amazing! 

 These are unique and small in that it fits in a wine bottle box with a bottle of wine so you won’t have to ship it separately. 
 
After the buyer said he liked them he asked me to ship them over for the team to look at them.  I had two weeks before they were to decide.  Last Tuesday was two weeks and he kindly let me know that the team didn’t think they were large enough to sell well and didn’t look appealing enough…………..but have a nice day, I can send you a case of wine for your trouble.
I thought it was over. 
I thought, I should have made these with a darker wood……..darn
Then I talked to my friend from QVC.  She said, “no April its not over! you make another one in the darker wood, you put a hole in it, take off 0.15 cents from the price, you finish it off with a leather strap, and you send him jpegs immediately!”  That gave me a little pep in my step and hope.  So I did what I was told, and I cut out another wine bottle out and put a hole in it.
I really think I like these better regardless…..its probably the darker wood, I always gravitate to the darker wood. 
I followed up today and I admitted that I was a “cheery pest” to the wine distributer.  Then I got an email back that no decisions have been made yet, and he would keep me informed of “positive” developments. He didn’t dodge me or ignore me, or even delete me. 
Mr.Know-it-All says I am a pest most of the time when I keep “following up” with people but I just take that as I know what I’m doing.
Well what do you all think?  Do you like these? Would you purchase one?  They will probably retail at $9.95. if they are sold.  If…………
 
your custom cabinet girl