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 OUTSIDE THE SHOP!
When you are self-employed, the lines where “work” begins and ends are oftentimes very hazy. As a result your family becomes very involved in business life…everything from going on supply runs, to being there when you answer phone calls and emails. Even at this very moment my son Rain is sitting on my lap and trying to reach the keyboard as I type. please stop. 🙂
Truth be told, my family is just as much a part of Modern Goldsmith as I am.
As such, I will probably be referring to them a lot in this monthly series. This first post will mostly be spent with introductions and of course, giving away jewelry!
GETTING TO KNOW US
Hi! I’m Jordan, the founder of Modern Goldsmith. I’ve had many nicknames throughout the years: Jordo, Jard, Jordaniel, but none of them are quite as good as my very first nickname, the one my father gave me as a child: “JB” (short for “Jordan Bud”)
That’s right, I AM a bud! Can we be buds?
I’m like one of those colleges with a 100% acceptance rate…the college of buds. All you have to do is apply…
If you want to learn more about me and how I got into the wonderful world of goldsmithing, I suggest you check out the about page.
This is Brooke! The light of our family, the queen bee, the beautiful young lady who is, in spite of my best efforts, slightly funnier than I am. We are always trying to “out-funny” each other, so I’m happy to take any win I can get.
Brooke’s current passions include cooking, baking, and trying to make our small home as cozy and heart-warming as possible (Think shiplap, blankets, wallpaper, etc.). She is hands down the best thrifter I have ever known. She buys all my clothes.
You may be thinking,
“Fen Lorenzo? Greeeaaaat, another young couple naming their kids strange and non-traditional names.”
Well, you’re right! But honestly, it’s 2016…you can’t just be naming your son “Bruce” anymore. (If there are any Bruce’s reading this right now, I love you).
Besides, we DO have a bit of a theme going with our names. We decided to do a water theme when naming our children since I, Jordan, was named after a river, and a “brook” is a small stream. A “fen” is a type of wetlands, and “rain” is that watery stuff that falls from the sky. So there you have it!
I can’t say myself, but explaining your child’s name to someone is probably similar to how it feels explaining the meaning of a tattoo. It really doesn’t matter…it’s your own decision, but sometimes people ask, and other times you just feel like letting people in on the secret.
Anyway, this is Fen! He loves singing to himself. He turns 3 next month. Send all the presents.
This kid is the happiest child on earth, but if you ever bring your children over for a “play date”, just be aware that Rain will probably attempt to eat your child’s face off. The remedy is simple, just put on some tunes and watch his tush go to work.
KINGSLEY & PRIM
These adorbs kitties are named after characters from Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Before the kids, these were the only babies in our lives, these sweet bundles of furry joy.
We got Kingsley from a co-worker of mine in Utah in 2011 when he was just 6 weeks old. Brooke and I had only been married three weeks, so he was a fun addition to the new chapter in our lives. I don’t think Brooke was quite ready, but the first night we got Kingsley he meowed all night and wanted to sleep in Brookes hair for comfort. I thought it was the cutest thing ever (I grew up with cats), Brooke on the other hand was already wondering what she got herself into.
After we moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2012, Brooke and I were working full-time. Feeling bad for our poor Kingsley being left alone all day, we adopted Prim from the Humane Society in Portland, Oregon. She’s an older kitty and the sweetest lap cat.
So, that’s us! We are the Mantzkes.
In the spirit of HALLOWEEN, I thought it would be fun to make something that had a “spooky” theme, so I chose BLOODSTONES. Theres actually not much spooky about them beyond the name. I love how no two stones are exactly the same, the red splashes make each stone unique in of itself. Ethically sourced and set in 14kt white gold!
HOW TO ENTER
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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. (We reserve the right to moderate comments as needed. Please be respectful to others.)
OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES: Entries will be counted from October 31 through November 4th, Contest ends on Friday, Nov 4th 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 pair of 14kt white gold blood stone earrings 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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