growing pains

Its the last day of the first month of the year and I can’t believe how fast it went.  We were working on two different kitchens and one was put in the second week of January and the other was put in last week. 
The first one was painted cabinets with a glaze in the routing. We made the doors a style with grooves in order to have a place for the brown glaze.  I did have fun using a tiny brush to put the glaze in!   All the photos are close up because the counters, flooring, and appliances are not in yet. 

I wanted to make sure that the glazing was also able to be in the frames of the cabinets in various areas so I put fluting in when I could.  That is the three grooves on the right side of the drawer fronts in the pictures.  It gives the cabinet an extra something!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The island was special too! It was made with Knotty Alder and stained a light brown. 
 
Next I have the second kitchen which is not all the way done….just the cabinets are in. 
This kitchen was made with natural birch lumber and stained a brown espresso.  I just love it! 
This is the cabinet where the refrigerator will be going.  I did a variance of heights on the upper cabinets to give the room some dynamics. 
 
I can’t wait till all these are complete….and I will be able to get final photos. 
Both Kitchens are in Lodi, California and I loved working with both families.  It was my pleasure. 
 
*Update on my last post about the “big” job I have been waiting on an official answer to.  I was told that they decided to use another vendor.  They said they would keep me close in case this vendor doesn’t do well…….well if you know me you know what I was thinking. Um. No. Please don’t bother keeping me waiting in the wings…..I will fly on to other green pastures. 
I actually wasn’t that upset, and I was proud of myself….no crying……..until I called Mr. Know-it-All.  Big Mistake.  He always has my back and he was upset about their decision.  He made it real and said, “what!! they led you on for a year! Blah Blah Blah…..” and then the tears flowed….
But, now that its been a few days I am better and more rational and I believe what I have said all along, “If God wants me to have the job, I will have the job. He knows what’s best and what I need.”
 
growing pains…..aren’t they fun?
your custom cabinet girl
 
 
 

new year, new perspective

Do you ever wonder if what you are doing is in God’s will?  Do you ever worry that you are not doing what you’re supposed to do?  
After all the worrying i decided to go on Twitter and saw this great quote from Gianna Jessen: “God is holding on to you. Tell him what’s in your Heart.  It matters to him.”
I realized that Yes! God does want to hear about my cabinet woes, yes he wants me to put him first and trust him completely, and yes he thinks i matter.  That was the big one, I matter.  It makes me emotional every time i hear it because sometimes you just don’t feel like you matter and what you’re doing is not that important.  
I was going over a job I quoted a little over a year ago on Friday and i am supposed to hear back this week.  Its one that i mentioned before that i was supposed to be hearing back in March 2017, then April 2017, then June 2017, etc. etc.  Am i really going to hear back this week?  I really hope so and i want to……….
It made me realize that God is in control, if he wants me to have the job i will.  He knows what’s best. 
But of course I was panicking about this very thing Monday & Tuesday and it really shook me.  Am i doing God’s will? Then my nightly (try to do every night 😉 bible reading), God shows me this little number:
1 Corinthians 10: 31
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 
Well didn’t that just answer my question.  As long as I am doing everything for God’s glory i am in his will.  I am super excited about that, and i am grateful for the opportunity he has given me. 
And i think this year is going to be the BEST.EVER.
I am planning out my calendar……
all the days i can call people back, and bother them 
all the days i can update my sales online of the cutting boards
all the days i can blog…..ahem
all the days i can update the website
all the days i can make measuring appointments
all the days i can buy a mint chocolate chip hot fudge sundae…..
are you still reading?
Not kidding, i really want a hot fudge sundae, maybe i will get one….for dinner. 
I am hoping i will have an answer today or tomorrow and if that’s the case i will be blogging again to give all the details of this new job and what it entails cause seriously its the BIG ONE. Not to get over excited or anything.
So now that i got my wondering under control and i got all this off my chest i can go on to other things……like following up or what Mr. Know-it-All calls “being a pest.”  
I think i could be the nicest pest in the world though. 😊
talk soon,
your custom cabinet girl

my 3 BFF’s

In looking at my vision for Weber Company i have two goals;
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.  

The first BFF, (we’ll call him J.S.).   I sent J.S. a cutting board with his company logo on it.  With an idea that i could convince him that he could sell my cutting boards on QVC.  Well you haven’t seen me on QVC so you know how that has worked so far.  I think i called him too much because he never returned my calls, so i would wait the few days before i would call him again…..still no answer.  The last time i called it went straight to voicemail.  That means I’m blocked.  How’s that for a BFF?  
Next is (S.K.).  Now i have been conversing with S.K. for the last 10 months.  I first met him back in the end of December, during the week of Christmas, (when no one wants to work), and took my time to quote for several buildings with a few hundred apartments.  This was exciting and i thought i might find out if i got the job in March……then it was April……then it was June……then i was told for sure July…..August…….September and now its November and i still don’t know. But you know what i did find out?  That these finance/budget guys that get all the numbers for the project can be vague.  I was told i have the job, verbally but there is still no contract.  Another company could have been told the same thing, and they’re still waiting on someone else to bid and bid lower than me.  I really just don’t like the game because its dirty, brutal, and cutthroat and i am not familiar with any of those tactics because its not right.  But who am i anyway?

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

amazon vs. etsy

VS.
Do you ever feel stuck?  Like you have been trying for the same result in many different ways yet you remain to get the exact same result no matter what you do?  Does it make you feel like reinventing yourself will make you have a different result only to get the same result……..
Its like going in circles with no end.
 
Its not fun….so I must be learning……….
 
For the last 7 years I have been trying to figure out this internet sales thing.  Trying to get people to see my website and buy my products online.  It makes me feel like a failure.  Its really hard for me.  If I could just get someone to tell me I will fail at it, then I will do my best to prove them wrong.  It works every time.  So please, someone give me some criticism.
All the while, instead of searching how to do SEO work I invent ideas like, selling my product on QVC in order to gain recognition so people will go to my site and then….. well you know…
PAY DAY!!
 
Don’t get me wrong, I have not given up, I am just a little frustrated.  I think I am allowed to feel frustrated…………..
my Grandma Weber told me how frustrated she was all the time, while I was jumping on the couch with a bag full of popcorn, laughing and screaming in her house.  She was a very patient lady. 
 
So back to my internet sales, I have been told for the last few years (by Mr. Know-it-All), to sell my boards on Amazon.  Everyone will buy them on Amazon he said……. You will have sales beyond belief he said……I will be able to quit my job and eat pizza all day he said………
Well I put them on Amazon and well….. 
Amazon allows you to pay to put your product on the front page….  But…and its a big one… if you have not sold anything you can’t put your product on the first page, not even the second page.  You have to sell an unidentified number of your products and get a huge amount of reviews on Amazon BEFORE you can PAY to put your products on one of the first pages. 
How in the H.E. DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS! am I going to sell anything if no one can see it???
I paid Amazon 39.95 each month for three months while no one looked at my stuff and/or bought it and still was not allowed to advertise because I basically have no credibility (according to their policy). 
I have since cancelled my seller account and taken my boards off Amazon indefinitely.
 
Now to try ETSY.  I have been registered on ETSY since 2011 but have never really done anything.  I have just started to add my products onto my page and I am going to be promoting them on Etsy.  I think this will give us better exposure so people will be able to go to my website as well.  I have a lot of reading to do for the advertising part but I don’t mind.  I love to read, not necessarily advertising stuff…….but I will try.  
Etsy seems to be a positive place to sell my products and its really user friendly.  If you want to visit our Etsy shop go to Etsy homepage and type in WeberCompany.  We are on there. 

So for the amazon vs. etsy lets see who wins!
Hopefully its me! 🙂
your custom cabinet girl

i’m just guessing……

 What is this you ask? 
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 company, Vector Technologies found me on the internet and asked if we could do such a thing…… and of course I said, “yes I can!” 
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. 

 
So this got me thinking.  Who would have such a meeting that works for the government and has to put their phone in a box because they’re talking about top secret “secret” stuff? 
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?

your custom cabinet girl (future secret box builder for the stars 🙂
 


will he find out i’m right?

Its entirely possible that I am wrong, but just go with me for a minute.
I called the rep for Corky’s BBQ so many times that I think he blocked me.  True.Story.  I have never been blocked before and it is a new kind of rejection that feels weird.  I’m not crying, and I’m not sad, so I think I have entered into the phase of; “I don’t care.” Or maybe its just I’m delusional.  I thought and still think my boards would sell well on TV.  Do you??? If you don’t, then don’t tell me. I always say the most intelligent person said this phrase, “Ignorance is bliss.” I have to keep trying.
Here I am with our “Bread” shaped boards in Walnut!
 
 
In all of History of selling on TV cutting boards have never sold well.  This is fact, and I want to change that.  I just have this gut feeling, I just know…..(you know when you know), that I could sell my boards and wood products on QVC and people would LOVE THEM!!!
 
So I have a new idea, what if I try to sell “bread shaped” toast boards with someone selling a toaster?  If toaster’s are sold on TV?  I do not know but I am going to look that up now, and then propose it to my favorite buyer who hasn’t blocked me yet. 😉
 
My gut is telling me another thing, when someone tells me I can’t do something I  always say, “watch.”  I hate it when I have to prove people wrong….sometimes I prove them right but this time I want to be right.
So……. what to do next with the BBQ thing?  I am not sure.
I do know that I am making a lot more custom cabinets and selling pre-fab cabinets to builders which is super exciting.  I get to measure all the jobs and when we put the cabinets in, they fit! That’s a plus.  So that’s my positive for today. 
I am looking forward to finding out how, and when, and what, I will do next. 
talk soon,
your custom cabinet girl

crazy idea update……..

So….I talked to my rep from QVC and she gave me a better idea than the one I had before.  She suggested I make a cutting board with Corky’s BBQ engraved on it and send it to the guy in charge.  He would love it and want to sell it on QVC with his great BBQ!  Well, maybe….
Nothing in QVC goes quickly I’ve heard and you have to be patient. 
I feel like I am on the edge of the cliff with my handmade product in my hand shouting, “Let me make these for you…please…I can do this job!”
 
I contacted the “head honcho” and he talked with me once and it sounded promising.  I have since followed up with him several times with messages;
“Remember Me?”
“It’s your new best friend again…”
“My name is Inigo Montoya….you killed my father…prepare to die” 
“me again!! call me….call me…call me……”
“It’s the pest!  Call Me!”
 
Hence, no call back yet, but I was given some good advice, to leave him alone for awhile and follow up in a few weeks….
 
If Mr. Know-it-All knew that I had called that many times and left that many messages…….he would give me the advice to just leave him alone.  But I can’t. You know why? 
I won’t give up.  That’s why!
I know that our boards need to be on QVC and they won’t regret it!
until next time,
your custom cabinet girl