One of a Kind {Million Dollar Diamond Event}

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Brad’s and my anniversary had me remembering a lot about our wedding and the planning that went into it. For our 5th anniversary dinner, I wore my wedding shoes and jewelry. It was a special occasion. The thing from our wedding that we both wear every day are our rings.

When Howard’s Jewelry Center told me they were doing a designer jewelry event for people to customize their own pieces, I thought about the rings I wear every day. My rings aren’t “designer” but they are custom. Much like people will be able to create at Howard’s during their Million Dollar Diamond Event (June 17-25), we picked the diamonds for both my engagement and wedding rings, selected the settings and had them made. My rings are a very classic style that we could probably gotten many places, but mine had to be custom made since my fingers are super small.

It’s nice to know that what I wear every day is really one of a kind, made just for me.

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Brad’s and my rings

If you recall, Howard’s Jewelry Center is a local and family owned jewelry store, with four locations in the Greater Cleveland area. Howard’s is dedicated to giving customers beautiful pieces for an affordable price. Howard has been in the business for more than 40 years and is part of the largest diamond buying group nationally. In fact, Howard and his entire staff are GIA certified to provide expert, personal service. Continue reading

Unique Jewelry Gift Ideas

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If you’ve been a reader for awhile, you know that I like giving old things new life, particularly by refashioning them. Which is why Howard’s Jewelry Center, a Cleveland area chain, was a good fit for this post. Howard specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind refurbished jewelry, the one-of-a-kind jewelry that would make a great gift for the person on your list who you want to give a little bling.

Howard and the team are GIA-certified, which lets you know that you’re getting genuine, thoroughly graded diamonds. I think when it comes to refashioning fine jewelry, the professionals are the ones to go with. And the folks at Howard’s pride themselves on providing quality jewelry at great prices.

Although I think refurbished jewelry would make an excellent gift because the jewelry was given new life and already has a history, they also have completely new pieces to choose from. Here are just a few of my favorite pieces from the various collections at Howard’s:

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HowardsJewelryCenter.com also has color-specific collections, perfect for someone who has an obsessive love of a certain color… the way I love green. As a plus, the halo-style setting (available in all the shops) is a classic style. The collections are titled: Blue Mood, Go Green, Red Hot and Hot Chocolate. Continue reading

Weekend Wrap Up: Bricklaying, Cleveland Flea & House Update

We had an interesting and fun weekend, it involved bricklaying, food trucks, flea market browsing, upcycled awesomeness and a trip to the house.

Saturday morning started with the Bricklayer 500 regionals at St. Mary’s Cement Terminal. One of my clients was involved with the event. This particular event is a speed bricklaying competition.

The masons competing were all very talented craftsmen. I got to be a little crafty myself and adhered stone on lath. Continue reading

Birthday Weekend Wrap-Up

My birthday may have fallen on a short day, but the only thing it was short of was time. Thanks to my wonderful husband, I had a fantastic birthday weekend.

Friday

I stayed at work late on Friday to say goodbye to the woman who hired me and until Friday was my supervisor. She has moved on to new opportunities and created a few of them for me as well. Brad ended up ordering Chinese for me to pick up on the way home for dinner.

When I got home, there were roses waiting for me and Stella Artois in the fridge. Stella + sesame chicken + the couch made for a nice low-key evening.

 

Saturday

Being the horrible birthday girl that I am, I had planned to run errands on Saturday. Brad had other plans. He treated me to breakfast and let me squeeze in on errand before treating me to a surprise afternoon.

I was instructed to dress nicely and wear comfortable shoes. Our afternoon birthday adventure included three official stops and a Starbucks break. Continue reading

A little Thursday catch up

First let me assure you that I am okay! I’ve had a very interested couple of weeks and subscribe to the concept of “Live first, Blog second.” Which means at times I end up posting sporadically and now I’d like to catch you all up.

Valentine’s Weekend

Brad took me to lunch on Friday since I had the day off. We went to one of the places near his office that he loves, but is only open for lunch on the week days. It was delicious, but I will save that review for later. I took the rest of the day to run some errands, including a thrift store stop to get two new items to refashion.

The rest of the weekend we opted not the leave the house. It snowed a lot and was cold, so why go outside when you can snuggle up with your Valentine and furry critters? We made filet, roasted asparagus and potato rounds for a special Valentine’s dinner, with Oreo truffles for dessert.

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