Tuesday, November 11, 2014

change happens rapidly

I love change.

I get tired of the couch being in the same spot and i change it. 

I move the piano to another room all by myself.

I try to do projects or chores in a different order because maybe, just maybe it will be fun and different this time around..........

The economic out look is changing.  I finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. 

I was able to train someone to work in the finish shop so that it could free me up to do other things in the shop and office. 

But with this change i feel like i am not doing enough or being productive because my work doesn't show in a completed cabinet or a completed cutting board.  I am typing on the computer a lot, printing out paperwork, emailing, and thinking.......lots of thinking, and i have found i have a very short attention span.  I have to concentrate on working on one thing at a time which is hard for me without thinking about the other things i also need to get done.......and then the phone rings......
which i am so thankful for..... 

With these new challenges comes an acceptance of change that i know i can find where i need to be and what i need to be doing.

 I love a good challenge though..........

I am sitting in the office looking at these West Elm boxes and  thinking about how i am going to get another order of 720 done.....   
  

YES!! you read that right!!!!! 720 BOXES                                        How am i going to get it done?????
We have till January 31st to get these done! 
I don't know how, but with God's help its going to be amazing!!!  Maybe i'll make some video of all the craziness....
 
now i need to get back to work.....
 
your custom cabinet girl
 
 

 


Friday, September 5, 2014

this girl gets to meet Lauren Bush Lauren!!

Mr. Know-it-All told me to "dream on."
 
My dad said, "I was up to more shenanigans again."
 
I told myself, there has to be a way I can figure out how I would be able to meet Lauren Bush.  And then this week happened..........
 
 
I was minding my own business and following up with one of Lauren Bush's associates Katy that had emailed me previously.  She wanted to buy some of the FEED Boxes from us to sell on their FEED Projects website. 
I had not mentioned that I wanted to meet Lauren because I thought I didn't have a good enough reason yet.  And then I opened my email and there it was......
A lovely note from Katy saying she was searching for my address and she found my custom cabinet girl blog.  She read it and said she would be happy to have me come to FEED in NYC at any point.  She said I could meet Lauren Bush and that they would be happy to have me meet them!! 
 
I thought, how did she know I wanted to meet Lauren and then I remembered......I had wrote that I wanted to meet her on my blog!!!! Oh my GOSH!!  I did it again, and not on purpose.  Well, it was sort of on purpose but I didn't think it would actually work. 

Now, I just have to get a plane ticket to NYC!!

 Anyone have any ideas???

your custom cabinet girl

 


Friday, August 29, 2014

FEED PROJECT BOXES

So it all started in November 2013 when I got an email from a buyer at West Elm that I had met 10 months earlier at New York at the gift show.  She wanted to see if I would be interested in making these FEED boxes for West Elm.  I was honored and excited, and of course I accepted. 
She asked if I had the capability to engrave the boxes and I said sure, because that's the kind of stuff you figure out later. When your excited like me to be in a new store and make something new, you will try anything!
 
So of course I made all the samples they asked for and my dad did such a great job building and designing the boxes.  They were so well built the buyer talked about how the FEED project people loved them!!  And then I started to think, well who are these FEED project people?  Because to me I thought it was just a line of products designed by West Elm......... I had no idea what information I was about to receive. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FEED is a nonprofit company that was started by Lauren Bush Lauren.  They sell all kinds of products and the proceeds go to feed hungry children.  She is the niece of President George W. Bush!  Oh, and she married Ralph Lauren's son.  I can't believe how small our world is! So our boxes are going into the West Elm stores and part of the proceeds from each sale will go to feed the hungry children right here in the U.S.A. 
 
The box on the left is the utensil caddy for holding your big utensils on the kitchen counter.
 
The boxes below are for holding 6 bottles of wine.  My mom suggested using them in the bathroom to hold towels too.
This is the first project I have spent this much time, effort, brains, love, sweat, tears, and anxiety on...........and I am so happy to be a part of it!!
 
All I have to do now, is find an excuse to meet Lauren Bush and get invited to a family BBQ!! 
Any ideas are appreciated........and I have honestly racked my brain......
 
your custom cabinet girl
 
 
 
 


Friday, May 9, 2014

now what do i do?

I've been working on "Bed Bath & Beyond" as you might have read a few posts back and I finally got a response.  As you can guess from my title its a response that stumped me.  It has the word "unfortunately" in it too.......and i REALLY HATE that word.  Anything that starts with "unfortunately" deserves a deep breath and some "self motivation" before proceeding with the information. 
Anyways, "she" the buyer said that they have a collection set up of cutting boards in their assortment at "Bed Bath & Beyond" and they are not in need of mine, but if i have something new and interesting she would love to see it.  (I did send her something "new and interesting" but nevermind).
So I thought about it, and of course i took her up on it!!  Mr. Know-it-All said, "she has no idea how dangerous it is for her to give me her contact information because i am a pest", but i don't care what he says. 
Anyways, I looked through the assortment at "Bed Bath & Beyond" and i noticed that my walnut board might fit well with their other boards.......
so........i emailed again with the pictures, and how i investigated their assortment, and how my board would be wonderful for "Bed Bath & Beyond."
 
Well, Its a No Go.  Done.  Stumped.  What to do next? 
 
I thought i might tell her that they need to get rid of their entire assortment and just stick with Weber Company boards, but i don't think that will go over well........
 
Any suggestions????
 
your custom cabinet girl