Archive for Business

Having a Business Account on Pinterest

Pinterest BusinessJust recently, we received an email from Pinterest stating that we were qualified to convert our existing Pinterest page to a “business” Pinterest page.  If you are like me, I thought to myself “I had no idea I didn’t have a business Pinterest page already set up.”  Then I realized that I needed to make sure that my Pinterest is a business account and not a personal account.  Why?  It legitimizes you as a online retailer and as a online business.  It also helps you in SEO (search engine optimization).

So what is the difference between a “personal” and a “business” account on Pinterest? The main difference between the two is that Pinterest requires any account that wishes to use Pinterest for commercial purposes to create a business account.  It also gives us access to the analytics and an entire set of features exclusively for businesses such as advertising and marketing your Pinterest page online.  Check out this blog on the “how to convert” your Pinterest page.

 

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards uses several social media outlets for online exposure.  Pinterest is one of them.  Our cutting boards are very visual.  It is important that you as a customer gets an idea of the look and feel of our boards without touching it.  By showing relevant pictures, it can paint a nice visual for those that may be interested in the future in purchasing one of our boards.  For me, it’s a no brainer that we switch from a personal account to a business account.  You should too.

Kitchen Charm Could Never Be More Simple Than This!

Custom Made Pull Out Wooden Cutting Board

Custom Made Pull Out Wooden Cutting Board

Before

Before

A wooden cutting board completes your kitchen.  Don’t you think?  Your kitchen’s ambience is all your style and charm for sure.  But your selection of what cutting board to use on a daily basis really says a lot about your kitchen’s decor.  It’s the bow that completes the package.  Often times, when you have a gorgeous board, it is used as a decor in itself.  Either hanging or propped up for anyone to see.

Most kitchens already came with a pull out wooden cutting board that came with the kitchen when it was first construct.  And in most cases, they are absolutely gross.  Am I right?  No matter what you do to try to clean it, it still stays icky.  Here’s a few ideas on what to do to spiff up your current pull out cutting board.

1. Use a fine grit sandpaper and sand down both sides of the board.  An electric sander can really speed up the process.  Wash the board before sanding.

2. After sanding, use mineral to coat the entire board.  Prop it up against your backsplash or against your wall with a towel underneath it to capture all the oil that may drip down.

3. Do not paint the board.  It will make it unuseable.

That’s it.  Should be like “new” again.  If you’re still not satified with your new pull out board, have it replaced.

Business Networking – Is it Worth Your Time

Business Networking

Business Networking

I am often asked why do you network for your business? Do you really get any business from it?  Is it worth your time?  I say … ABSOLUTELY!  Don’t for a moment believe that it is not worth your time.  It is SO worth it!  But how do you effectively make it work for you?  Are you socializing or trying to sell your product?

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

It doesn’t matter what business you have.  Take ours for example.  Our business is handcrafting hardwood cutting boards.  We make it from repurposing and upcycling unused scrap hardwoods.  Who wants to buy cutting boards at a business networking event, right?  You would be amazed at the answer.  These are a few questions we are often asked.  Here’s a few tips on how to effectively network for your business.

1.  Have an agenda, a goal.  Here’s an example, meet and collect 10 new business cards to follow up with them.

2.  Do not discount those you meet.  You never know if they may become a customer or may be able to refer you to a potential customer.

3.  Be intentional and sincere.  You are there to meet people.  So meet them.  Get to know them.

4.  Be consistent.  Pick 2-3 networking events you will consistently attend.  It takes time for you to get to know people and vice versa.  This is a community you are building for yourself.  it will pay off in the end.

Want more ideas?  Check out Business Blogging Network.  Great ideas.  Happy networking!

 

Kiss My Old Wooden Cutting Board Goodbye

Cracked Wooden Cutting Board

Cracked Wooden Cutting Board

It is that time!  You’ve been staring at your old wooden cutting board for months and have said to yourself “it’s time to replace it” but you haven’t done it yet.  Lack of motivation? Perhaps.  But nevertheless, I want to give you 3 good reasons why you want to get rid of that old board and replace it with something fabulous.

  1. If your board shows signs of cracking.  You definitely need to get rid of it.  Although wood is a natural fighter of bacteria, it can only combat them on the surface where there is air.  Beneath the surface and into the cracks, bacteria can live.  Yuck!
  2. If your board looks like it’s wet all the time.  That is NOT good.  That means your board is not drying up naturally.  This could cause it to crack or even break at the weak points.
  3. If your board looks like it has been cut up too much.  Signs of knife marks throughout the board.  It’s time.  Although, you can still salvage it but taking a fine sand paper and just sanding off the surface area which is where the knife marks are.
Chalk board made from an old wooden cutting board

Chalk board made from an old wooden cutting board

Motivated now!  I hope so.  If your cutting board means a lot to you, repurpose it. Sometimes, making it into something else other than what is it can be appreciated more in the future.  Like a chalk board.

 

A Better Kitchen with a Wooden Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Let’s face it, a kitchen is not a kitchen without a cutting board, right?  The one essential tool (along side a knife and a pot) that you need in order to function properly in that space.  But having a cutting board shouldn’t just be dull or boring.  Liven up your kitchen with a custom made wooden cutting board.  Not plastic although plastic does have some advantage – can be easily cleaned and placed in the dishwasher, light to carry around from countertop to countertop and inexpensive.

A wooden cutting board is all that and much more.  How much more?  Check it out.

1. A serving platter.  Yup.  Try it out.  I bet you’ll get “wow, never thought of using my cutting board like that before” comment.

2. A decorative piece.  Place candles on top of the board when you are not using it.  Position it center on your dining table and voila!  You have an elegant centerpiece.  Or maybe you just want to spiff up your kitchen with colors.  Just leave your board on the countertop and display it.  Your wooden cutting board is made all the natural colors of the wood that brings out the beauty of the board and your kitchen.

So the next time you’re looking at your kitchen and you think it needs pizzazz, try a custom made wooden cutting board.  Maybe even engraving it to personalize your space.  It will look fabulous!

Another Cool Way to Use Scrap Hardwoods

Repurpose and Upcycle

Repurpose and Upcycle

Repurposing, upcycling and recycling are today’s INs!  Eco-friendly and sustainable are words you will hear a lot too.  Organic and natural … natural … who says that anymore?  LOL.  But of the description above is what I love and what sparks creativity amongst all of us when we see an old item or scrap parts and make it into something really cool.  Here are a few great ideas I came across (thank you Serena Lee from Crafty Creative Gal).

Sunburst Mirror

Sunburst Mirror

1. Sunburst mirror – OMG this looks so good!  Thank you Pepper Design Blog on this fabulous idea.  Take pieces of hardwood planks and make this.  Stain it or leave for the natural color look.  Either way, you will get the “wow” factor when you have guests over.

2. Mail Sorter – made out of used pieces of pallet woods.  Thank you DIY n Crafts for this idea.  Give your room a rustic feel by taking a pallet, break it down and build a functional item.  I love this idea!

There are tons more ideas out there.  Don’t be afraid to seek them out!  Having trouble finding scrap hardwoods?  Check out my previous blog posts on that “Eliminating the Idea of Wasting Scrap Hardwoods“.  You’ll be amaze how easy it is to find them.  Happy DIY!

Tanya Brown – Author and Friend

Tanya Brown

Tanya Brown

I’ve met Tanya Brown in 2010 and I was immediately drawn to her energy, her passion, her kindness, her willingness to teach as well as to learn, her sense of humor and her wit.  We were at a 3-day workshop in Orange County.  I knew no one, but met Tanya.  She purchased a cutting board from me during that weekend.  I was shocked!  I was starting my business off and my first time really asking people “would you like to buy my cutting board”.  She did!

Tanya is well known as the youngest sister of Nicole Brown Simpson.  She has been a vocal and well-recognized speaker against domestic violence. What most people do not know is that Tanya suffered a mental breakdown ten years after the death of her sister, and spent many months in an in-patient and out-patient program.  You would never know that today.  I met Tanya and she was an energy source that you wanted to warm yourself around … like a comfy blanket.  She is calming and angelic.

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

Tanya has released her book “Finding Peace Amongst Chaos” and has a fabulous write up on People Magazine.  She reached out and asked if I could donate a cutting board at her book release party.  I didn’t hesitate!  Anything for this lady! Feeling blessed that she is in my life!

 

Refresh Your Kitchen Space with a Custom Made Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Feeling like your kitchen needs a facelift but can’t afford a full remodel?  No fret!  You can definitely start sprucing up your kitchen with just a few quick and easy fixes that would bring your kitchen back to life.  Here’s a few suggestions:

1. Start with color schemes.  Have a light color paint for the walls … something neutral that way if you want to change your kitchen a bit later in the future, it would be easy to do that.

Mason Jar Love

Mason Jar Love

2. Mason jars – get a few mason jars as your storage jars and replace the old storage containers.  Buy chalkboard stickers bring your creativity to life with your writing.  Check out Mason Jar Crafts for more fabulous ideas!  This website is awesome!!

3. Get a wooden cutting board.  Find one that is unique, multi-color (not stained but the natural colors) and all hardwoods.  Don’t stop there, personalized by engraving what you want to say about your kitchen.

DIY Kitchen Towels

DIY Kitchen Towels

4. Buy kitchen towels that go with your color theme or style.  The little things really bring out your sense of style and decor.  Check out The Country Chic Cottage.  Super cute idea on DIY kitchen towels.

5. Talk your old cutting board and make it into a chalkboard.  Prop it up for display.  Make sure your write something fresh on it everyday.  Gives your kitchen character.  Check out Family Chic on a great tutorial.

How to Make a Wooden Cutting Board

IMG_3675Making a wooden cutting board is easier than you think.  The hard part is having the tools and knowing how to use them.  So if you are a fabulous learner and want to know how to make your very own wooden cutting board, check out this blog tutorial.

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

1. First, select the woods you want to use.  I recommend hardwoods such as walnut, maple, mahogany, cherry and so on.  Please refer to our list of hardwoods that are available.

2. Next use a compound miter saw to cut your hardwoods into strips.  Preferably 1″ thick.  Cut as many pieces you like based on how big you want your cutting board to be.  Think of length and the width of your board.

The making of our wood cutting boards

The making of our wood cutting boards

3. Next glue your strips together.  Use a wood glue that is FDA approved.  We use Tite Bond III Premium wood glue.  It’s a bit more expensive but the quality of the glue is so important especially when you are making a wooden cutting board.  Use high pressure clamps to glue the strips of woods together.  Wipe off any excess glue with a cotton cloth that may have seep out in between the wood strips – front, back and sides.   Let it dry for 24 hours (we recommend).

Wood Cutting Boards

Wood Cutting Boards

4. Next, use a chisel to chisel away any dried excess glue to smooth out the surface.  You will need a bench planer to further smooth out the rough edges of the woods once glued together.  This is an important step before you begin to sand.  Planing your board before sanding means less sanding you have to do.  Use the table saw again to cut out the edges of the board to even it out based on your original measurements you want your cutting board to be.

Drum Sander

Drum Sander

5.  Now you are ready to sand!  A drum sander is always ideal in to make the process of sanding a lot faster, however, if you are just making this board for yourself, hand sanding it will do just fine.  Sand your board until it is smooth.  This requires patience.  However, it is your own personal cutting board.  Sand it down until you are satisfied with it.

Round off the edges to make it a smoother finished look.

6. Last step, apply mineral oil generously.  Let it dry with the oil on top overnight.  You’ll be amazed how much the wood would soak up the oil when it needs it.  We use Howard’s Mineral oil.

Mac Cutting Boards Return Policy

Return Policy

Return Policy

We guarantee our workmanship … no question about that.  Even if the wood has it’s weaknesses or flaws (it does happen).  How you care for the board when you take it home is a whole another story.

Our intention here at Mac Cutting Boards is that you receive goods exactly as described but, if you do need to make a return, our intention is to make it hassle free.  If the product you have received is defective, we will gladly ship you another at our expense.  FOR SURE!  If the product has been damaged in transit, we will provide a replacement.  No questions asked.  For both defective and damaged products, we asked that you contact us within 10 days of the receipt of the cutting board.  The sooner the better, that way we can start making another one for you.  Remember, all our boards are made to order.  Any claims made after 10 days , we can not be accept.

Damaged Cutting Board

Damaged Cutting Board

I mentioned earlier that we cannot guarantee how the cutting board is cared for once it comes home to you.  Please refer to our care instructions.  It is important that you understand how to care for a wooden cutting board.  Putting it in the dishwasher or leaving it under water for a period of time will most certainly damage the board in a matter of time.  It will dry up and crack as shown here in the picture.

 

 

« Older Entries Recent Entries »