They like me they just don’t know it yet.
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.
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
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.
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.
Happy Valentines Day 2018! Its hump day and Valentines day! I was at the Wine & Chocolate Festival selling cutting boards at Housley’s Century Oak Winery this last weekend. I had thought I would make some coasters (the square ones), but then I remembered Valentines Day was coming up so I made some heart shaped coasters. I only made three sets of 4 and I sold every set. They were pretty popular. I think I need to make more for next year.
These are made with Cherry lumber and sanded with love 💓
I think i will put them on my website and possibly on Etsy.
I’m also thinking I will make them in different species.
About a week before the wine & chocolate event my sales rep, a.k.a. Mr. Know-it-All told me i needed to make the California shaped boards and that they would sell out so i should make a lot. Well i found some good long pieces of cherry and maple lumber to use and cut out California 4 times. Believe me, if you zoom in on this picture and look at the coast line you should be able to tell that I took a lot of time to cut California out. I used a band saw and very carefully cut out the SF bay.
If you know Mr. Know-it-All you will learn that when he thinks something is going to happen (like selling out of the California boards), and it doesn’t he is understandably disappointed. Results. I sold 1. And believe you me Mr. Know-it-All was “shocked” that they didn’t all sell because he knew they would all sell. The second day he had me put them in a more prominent spot on the table but to no avail it didn’t work. I on the other hand, I thought they might be a hit but I wasn’t sure.
I have found that these types of events are for smaller items, things that people don’t mind carrying around while they are sipping wine and tasting chocolate. I don’t blame John Doe for not wanting to carry California around with his wine glass. 😄 All in all it was a great weekend! I got to meet old friends and make some new ones.
We had a chocolate booth, a gourmet popcorn and chips booth, a booth with pictures taken by Adam Housley, an olive oil booth and me. We were all able to take a photo together at the end of the first night.
all the days i can buy a mint chocolate chip hot fudge sundae…..
1. to build and sell cutting boards and wood products across the globe
2. sell Merillat prefab cabinets (made in the US) to builders with subdivisions.
3. and to create custom cabinetry for remodels and new homes
So in an effort to create more jobs for myself and to make “friends” i have this list on my cork board with 3 names of the people i need to make BFF’s with. i have called, emailed, emailed again, called and called again for good measure. They are all men (which doesn’t mean anything except that i rarely deal with women in this industry), and each one could possibly help me with growing the business.
Then there is C-Dog. He is very nice and wants me to bid every job he has but doesn’t give me said job. Its frustrating. Following up sucks too because it just results in “we don’t have an answer yet” or no response at all!
Can you believe that? No response, i guess they figure if they don’t respond you will eventually leave them alone. It makes me feel sad.
The big issue to me is……you know when someone rejects you or your product you get that well of feelings up inside you and the crying starts and you can’t help it. Its supposed to be business but its personal. Every.Single.Time….
So i know Mr. Know-it-All doesn’t want me to cry and/or even talk about crying when a rejection in business happens. But i just can’t help it…….really the water just comes into my eyes and starts flowing like a raging waterfall after the dam has been lifted up and you can do nothing to stop it.
I have no idea if i will grow out of it. I don’t want to cry, i don’t want those feelings of sadness to come on, but they just do. i am going to take an educated guess and say that this is life.
On a good note, i am thankful always thankful. I am thankful for a healthy family, thankful for the talent my dad has in creating awesome stuff with wood, and thankful for the support i get from Mr. Know-it-All, (even though he doesn’t let me cry), my mom, and dad. I do know that trying to get into something new like, selling cabinets to big builders and selling a lot of cutting boards online all takes time……..and truthfully i guess I’m feeling impatient, and sometimes personally offended when they don’t pick me, (or they say they picked me but they really didn’t), or just when there’s no response at all.
But That’s Ok. Jesus has my back. Always. I was at an event the other day and the speaker talked about God’s unconditional love for me and it hit me…..i am loved not just by people but by my creator. And that makes me feel so good.
So if you are feeling down in the dumps, don’t sweat it, (you can cry though), put on your big girl panties and get to it!
your custom cabinet girl
Well I put them on Amazon and well…..
How in the H.E. DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS! am I going to sell anything if no one can see it???
So for the amazon vs. etsy lets see who wins!
Hopefully its me! 🙂
your custom cabinet girl
Firstly, all I know is God brings me just the jobs I need, when I need them. And all the while he brings along some really cool projects for some cool people.
I was contacted by a company that makes metal boxes for the government. They offer a metal box wrapped or displayed in wood.
Obviously its wood so that’s where I come in…..
The plans for these boxes were very complex with measurements to less than a 32nd. Which is insane, but I knew my dad could build it.
And best of all these boxes are for top secret “secret” meetings! Meaning, when people have a top secret meeting they need to put their cell phones in that metal box and shut the lid. The cell phones are not detectable in the metal boxes. I have no idea what is in the technology because that’s not the wood part, but some type of white noise ensues in the box and tadahh no one can tap in on any conversations, special meetings, nothing.
I am just guessing but it could be the President of the United States!! The President People!
My new friend at Vector Technologies doesn’t even know who this box is for because the person is so high up. So…….who do you think its for?