OUTSIDE THE SHOP is a monthly recap of everything fun and exciting happening outside of that small and cozy space where I spend the majority of my time (my shop). This is a place to make connections, discuss passions, and reap the rewards of monthly jewelry giveaways.
Welcome to a new month of OUTSIDE THE SHOP!
Is November over already? I’m not sure how I feel about that. I swear I just finished writing October’s recap a quick minute ago.
If this is your first time here, I would recommend glancing at last month’s post to get an idea of who we are. (Warning: You will see cats and babies)
As some of you may be aware, November officially begins the “busy season” for goldsmiths and jewelers alike. This time of year may be great for business, but it’s a little tough on the family.
Brooke recently told me, “It’s like you have the schedule of a doctor, but not a doctor’s salary!” (OUCH, babe.)
She jests. I think we would both choose family time over dollar dollar bills, but sometimes rings get sick, and they need the “jewelry doctor” to make them feel better again…I’m done.
So let’s begin this quick recap of the month! If you make it to the bottom, you’ll learn how to win this month’s JEWELRY GIVEAWAY!
WHAT WE DID // THANKSGIVING
This year for Thanksgiving we made the three hour trek up north to visit my family in my hometown of Bremerton, Washington.
Bremerton is situated on the Puget Sound, nearly due west from Seattle. Although the town seems to be doing just ok for itself, I always love going back. Every turn seems to hold some distant memory of family and friends, and plenty of shenanigans.
The hospital on the hill where I was born. Delivering wonderful babies since… at least 1985.
Let’s just say we had a lovely time, especially spending time with family and friends that we have not seen for quite awhile.
Thanksgiving 2016 Score:
“9.97 out of 10, would give thanks again.”
POLITICS // BASKET OF FRIES
While it is certainly beyond the scope of this website to discuss politics, it seemed wrong to be writing a recap of November and not acknowledge something.
After the election results came down, a sentiment that seemed to be trending across social media was some variant of the following:
“What am I going to tell my kids?”
The answer to this question will undoubtedly be different for everyone. As for me, the thought of actually trying to explain the election result to my babies seemed a tad silly.
So I tried it. I told my toddler about the election and he scatteredly repeated a few words back to me. It may have been a quick discussion, but I totally think he gets it!
In all seriousness though, I do often take pause and reflect on the enormous responsibility I have as a parent to teach my children through my words and deeds. What will I teach them? What will I show them?
I really wish I could go on, but I’m going to need that basket of fries.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOY / /
Leading up to his birthday we would ask him, “Fen! How old are you going to be?”
His enthusiastic response was always,
I love how little kids continually find new ways to be adorable. He has always loved birthday cakes and candles, with the singing that goes along with it. He never forgets to point up at the lights and say, “turn it off!”
MONTHLY GIVEAWAY / /
For November’s giveaway, I decided to make something with CITRINE, the birthstone of the month. Lately I’ve been really into a minimalist approach to jewelry, hence I made this ring with a bezel and a very thin band. The gemstone is ethically sourced and is set into 14kt yellow gold.
HOW TO ENTER
For a chance to win, do the following two things:
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- Leave a comment on this post! Yes, I’m forcing you to talk us. 🙂 Let us know any thoughts you have on this post, or even better, tell us a little bit about yourself or what you did for the holiday! (We reserve the right to moderate comments as needed. Please be respectful to others.)
OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES: Entries will be counted from November 30 through December 5th. Giveaway ends on Monday, Dec. 5th at 6:00 pm PST. Participants must follow the two rules outlined above to be considered eligible. Only one valid entry per person will be counted. Winner will receive one 14kt yellow gold citrine ring with an Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of $150. Winner will be notified via email and will also be posted in the comments section of this page. Winner will be chosen at random. Odds of winning depend on the number or eligible participants. Only US residents over the age of 18 are eligible. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Thanks friends! I will see you again next month for more “OUTSIDE THE SHOP” fun, with more jewelry to give away!
Until then, feel free to check out other goldsmithing projects I am working on.
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