Sweet Blossom Gifts Asheville, NC - Now That's Fug-ugly
The Barbecue Master family has had a rough year. I wanted to get us something special and plan for a great new start and to get back to my grilling and our other usual fun. (We still will - one awful necklace isn't the end of the world).
I got a blood clot in my leg and then a really bad injury in the same leg on the steps, so our rocking grilling days have been limited due to doc orders to stay off the leg as much as possible. That's hard with a day job and family etc. Folks know about that. You do what you have to do.
I saw this lovely necklace on the Facebook ads. I don't buy from random ads usually, but this was so pretty . . . and seemed like a real wonderful way to get back on track for all of us (or a sign of that).
I even sent the photo to my college and grad school sons and told them that I thought I'd spring for it even though it was expensive at $97. I thought it would be something we'd keep and treasure down the road so thought the high price was worth it to have something to honor our little family (myself and two great sons).
The boys are not into jewelry but like to see BBQ Momma happy (and grilling) so were supportive and encouraged me to get something I'd find special. The rustic look seemed perfect for our grilling family style, and I'd have all three of us there close my heart.
I even watched the mail box (and I get lots of packages), but I was so excited to get this necklace. I knew it could not make magic, but it seemed to offer hope (or a symbol of it) at this big bump in the road. I knew (or thought) it would mean a lot to me. Even if I can't grill for a few more weeks, we're still safe and sound and close, and that matters most.
NOT! (on the necklace)
Am I On Candid Camera?
I opened the necklace box. The stones just hang there. They look to be attached on the sales photo. OK. I can take the blame for not looking much closer, but they do look attached. You can see for yourself in the screen shot.
Sales Page Screen Shot for Sweet Bloom Gifts Mom Necklace
(note that the price goes up if you have more than one child)
I did understand that the writing was done by hand so would vary. I did not understand that they would put the names so close the edge that you could not make out the names well - and could not make out Eli at all (my youngest). How special is that? Not at all.
I also did not understand that the writing would look a first grader did it and that it would appear that the first grader must be drinking alcohol. I am not a professional, but I can make letters you can read at least.
The Really Bad News . . .
They call this custom jewelry at Sweet Blossom Gifts Asheville, NC, so they have a no refund policy. There's NOTHING custom here except the poorly done little circles which they have said they will do over. I did ask if the same person would be doing the writing. They didn't say. If so, I hope they at the very least try this next time.
I don't guess it really matters. That's one ugly necklace no matter what they do to it now. They can fix the custom parts, but there is nothing that Sweet Blossom can do to make this a pretty necklace. I really wish I could show it to you in person.
This necklace is on sale now (which of course I missed out on). I am not surprised. Anyone who saw it would not pay almost $100 for this bubble gum machine looking piece. It really is tacky looking from top to bottom. It most certainly won't be something my family will treasure. It's just junky looking.
We'll be fine. We don't need a necklace or anything else to keep us strong. It would have meant a lot to have received the necklace photographed or rather photoshopped. What we got is an expensive family joke I suppose. I wish it had been something special instead of one of the worst purchases I've made.
I live in North Carolina, so I'll drop Sweet Blossoms and say hi when I'm in Asheville. I'll feed the boys a lot of barbecue first and hope they fart when we visit the company that tricked me and does not stand behind what they sell. That "custom" clause is just the lame circles which are only strung on the beaded necklace. They are not attached to anything, so that's one slick way to stick you with something you can't even use for a door stop.
This would sum up my review of Sweet Blossom Gifts in Asheville, NC.