If Peter Pan and Tinkerbell didn't already have dibs on this, we might have snagged it for ourselves at Evergreen! It perfectly describes the foundation and daily operations in our little slice of paradise!
First and foremost, we know that all of our Blessings come from God. It's trying during this first phase of our business some days to keep the Faith that we will grow into a strong and prosperous company, but we Trust in God's plan. We say a little prayer of thanks for each order that comes in and say a little Blessing for each order as it goes to each of our customers - may you all be Blessed!
Like most sisters, we have our share of squabbles, although thankfully they are much less frequent now that we are older. :) But, knowing each other as we do, we decided from the very beginning to divide duties according to our strengths and to keep them separate as much as possible to avoid stepping on toes. And I must say, it's worked out so much better than either of us anticipated! We each have complete trust in the other's abilities - even when we don't always have it in ourselves. I can't tell you how many times Kari's encouraging words and faith in my abilities has gotten me through tough projects that were filled with self-doubt. Think I will get her pom-poms for Christmas - she is the best cheerleader ever!
And while it's good to have Faith and Trust, sometimes you close your eyes and take a leap and rely on Pixie Dust! I probably shouldn't confess to you how many jobs I have said "Yes" to that we actually had no idea how to do - lol! One of my colleagues refers to it as the Sphincter factor - haha - I prefer to envision Tinkerbell and all her friends flitting about our studio sprinkling glittery, magical Pixie Dust! Thanks for always helping our projects turn out just right! Whew!!
I can vividly remember having a keen and quick mind when I was young (well, as long as there was no math involved anyway...lol). There are days when I seriously question just how close senility and I are getting before we completely smash into each other and become one . . .
Here's a perfect example of what I mean . . .
Kari and I decided we needed to pursue some corporate business and were working on sample products to show off. Many of our customers generously agreed to allow us use of their logos, and we had used several of them already. We were trying to come up with a logo that would show well on a tiny promotional item, and didn't have one the right size. So, off to the drawing board we go . . .
<--- Kari had pulled up this graphic, and we were trying to cupe up with a fake name of a bar or restaurant. So I'm sitting next to her and we're both staring at this graphic on the computer screen and I say "Oh - I have a great idea - let's use - oh, what's the name of that big metal hook thing that ships throw overboard to keep them in one place?" . . .
Oh so very slowly, Kari turns her head and just stares at me. Almost simultaneously, I realize just what I said and say - "No! Don't Say it! Say Nothing!"
She starts grinning at the idiot I am and soon we're both laughing hysterically . . .
Anchors Aweigh Ye Glarly Wench - Indeed! :)
Our Blog is called "Calamity Jane Times Two" - and there's a reason it is so aptly named. For absolutely no reason I can discern, when my sister and I are together, we seem to attract amazingly bizarre people and circumstances. Arlington is the perfect example of this . . .
We arrive at our hotel next to the Convention Center and are told at check-in that we have been given a handicapped room so that we didn't have to switch rooms after the first night. I'm sure the clerk thought this would make perfect sense to us, but it was one of those times you just shrug and say - "no worries - I'm sure it will be fine. Smile and walk away . . ."
We get to the room and it really seems fine - the only real difference is that there is no bathtub, just a walk-in shower.
No worries - off to the trade show we go. We get back to the room later that evening and Kari decides to shower. Turns out there's no lip on the shower floor - it's wheelchair accessible so the floor (including the shower) is all one even level. Water, it turns out, runs - A LOT - all over - are you getting a visual here??? Note to Self . . . build a towel dam outside the shower curtain so as not to flood the entire bathroom next time . . .
We are settling in for the night and we have a small fridge in our room making a slight humming sound. And within the hour that little humming sound is trying to drill a hole in my skull and I want desperately to unplug it. EXCEPT there are two pieces of cheesecake in there from the Cheesecake Factory that can absolutely NOT be sacrificed under any circumstances! (There are days that sugar is the only thing standing between me and some jack ass's murder - so no sacrifice!)
Our solution - move the fridge into Noah's Ark in the bathroom. I can only imagine what housekeeping must have thought when they found every towel in our room completely soaked in water and the fridge in the bathroom . . .
Bad Feng Shui for sure . . .
The very first Tile Mirror we did was for our friend Shelley. Her eldest son was getting married and she was very close to his fiancée. It was evident that she wanted to give them something extra special as an engagement gift.
We gave her several options and she chose the Tile Mirror, which we hadn't yet done - no pressure, lol! She provided beautiful photos and they printed perfectly onto the tiles - whew!
She said it turned out to be one of their favorite gifts!
I have known Grady for several years now and it's no secret I have a soft spot for him. One of the things that most impresses me about him is his sharp business mind. He actually started Woodard Cattle Company at 18 and I am amazed. He wanted to give a special gift to some of his clients and decided to go with engraved knives. It was one of our first projects and we love the way they turned out. We wanted the quality to reflect his integrity and professionalism, so it was important they turn out well.
Thanks for believing in us, Grady!
Every once in a while someone will ask how we came up with the name "Evergreen Engraving". While it's true that I just pulled it out of my back pocket, there's a little more to the story that don't usually share . . .
Kari and I both live in a neighborhood called Evergreen, and were both raised for the most part in Colorado, surrounded by evergreen trees. And, of course, we want our tills to be evergreen. And while this seemed like a good enough name, we thought maybe something more cutesy and symbolic would be better.
My sister and I have similar tastes when it comes to TV, books and movies, and we are often cracking ourselves up with ridiculous quotes that hit our funny bones just right. One of our all time favorites is Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Camera Diaz. In the movie, June (Diaz) talks about doing things "Someday" and shares with Roy (Cruise) that Someday she wants to go to the farthest place she can go - Cape Horn.
Well, for several years Kari and I have been looking for a business we could do together and this was the closest we had come to a legitimate shot. So we were knocking around the possibilities of calling it "Someday Engraving" or "Cape Horn Engraving".
So . . . one day I asked my husband - "What do you think of 'Cape Horn Engraving' for a name for the new business?"
His response was "Gay Porn Engraving - why would you name it that????"
Alrighty then. Evergreen Engraving it is. LMAO.