Wednesday, March 18, 2015

the abyss of inquiries, quotes, and hoping for response

In the world of marketing for your own buisness i find it daunting at times and extremely rewarding at others.  Lately i feel like my inquiries go into a black hole.
THE BLACK HOLE.............
This black hole is kind of pretty. I might want to go in there and with my pillow pet, blanket, favorite book, and take a nap.......

Which leads me to think the following;
1. Are my products not interesting enough for a response?
2. Did my email get into their spam? 
3. Do i need to call them up?  i really hate doing that......
4. What do i need to do to get attention?  i only have so many jokes in my aresenal of jokes.........
5. do i just give up now?
And then i read the sign in the office that Mr. Know-it-All gave me.
Then.........someone emails me back! They love my product and want to work with me.  And i feel like Sally Field who just won the Oscar and she says; "You like me!! You really really like me!"  After all this emailing and following up it just might be worth it.......
the marketing guru has rebooted herself!
your custom cabinet girl

Monday, March 9, 2015

crushing stereotypes

Its really fun being a girl in a cabinet shop. 
I get to work in the finish shop.......... 
 I get to work in the wood shop..........
 I get to work in the office............

But i bet you don't know how many times a week i get asked, "you work in the shop?"
Yes i get my hands dirty, and no i don't like it when the stain doesn't come off my skin or from under my nails.  I do love the physical aspect of my job, putting the wood away, moving cabinets from one building to another.  Delivering cabinets to the job site.  The thinking that goes on with creating a custom stain, or building a wood project, is just another aspect i love as well. 
Its been 14 years since i started working with my dad and learning about cabinetry, and i have so much more to learn.  Its amazing how much you can expand with knowledge in a trade and the new products and ideas you can try to make. 

We are expanding our line of custom wood products for the kitchen that will be available shortly on our website.  I will begin to post about each new product and i would love to hear feedback how the product will be helpful to you in your kitchen. 

until the next time when i get to work in the office and blog :)
your custom cabinet girl

Monday, January 5, 2015

melissa is the cream to my coffee.......


Its actually a miracle that i got to help Melissa today with putting the handles on the utensil boxes.  I feel like i am always being pulled in so many directions, phone, email, deliveries, a guy walks into the shop......i really envy those who can concentrate on one task at a time and not become distracted easily.  My job entails a lot of different things which makes it exciting and fresh, but I always feel like i have only got a little bit done on each assignment all the time. 
We were able to soak them all in mineral oil last Friday which was fun because it brings out the beautiful colors in the maple hardwood.  Then we let them dry over the weekend.  And that brings us to today where we were able to put the handles on. 

Its so much fun working with Melissa!  She is the ying to my yang, the cream to my coffee, the butter to my toast, i cannot stay focused without her!  We will be putting a lot of these together in the next couple of weeks and i will keep you posted. 

your custom cabinet girl

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

i always believed in you

My dear friend Bob McGarry went to be with Jesus yesterday afternoon.  As i pulled up to his house to visit i saw a lot of cars in and around his house.  He did have a lot of friends and I didn't think i was going to find out i had just missed him.  He had passed just 45 minutes before i had got there. 
Bob started working with us in 2006 and he stayed with us until he got sick with cancer about a year and a half ago.  After we had to lay off all our employees in 2009 and it was just me and my dad working in the shop, Bob still came in and helped.  We could always count on Bob.  He said i was family and he always supported me.  He told me, "i always believed in you, and i know you are going to make it."  And that was all i needed to just keep going on.  With all of the support i have had from certain special people in my life Bob was definitely one of my top supporters.  He showed me the true meaning of Christianity.  He exemplified Jesus' Forgiveness and Love in his life and shared it with others.  He always said "if Jesus could forgive him and his past, anyone could be forgiven."  I am at peace knowing he is in Jesus' presence and not in pain any more.  I know i will see him again, but right now it just hurts so much.  I don't think i told Bob enough how much i appreciated all that he did for me and my dad at the shop and as a friend. 
When we were building the 2,000 wine bottle cutting boards in 2010 Bob was cutting all the pieces of wood to be glued up while i was in the other building putting mineral oil on the finished cutting boards.  One of the guys ran in and said, Bob cut his thumb!  I knew it was possibly bad, and i ran into the shop and said "lets go".  Bob and i got into my car and i took him to the emergency room.  I waited for awhile hoping his thumb was still intact and then was able to go in and see him after they put the stitches in and his thumb was saved!  I was so thankful. I was never so scared and felt so responsible because he was helping me build these boards and risking his thumb!!
That is the kind of man Bob was, a kind generous man who cared about others.  He cared enough about me to stick around and help.  I will be forever grateful.  What a witness he was!!  I am going to miss him greatly.  Love to you Bob!
your custom cabinet girl