Imagine my surprise when one couple arrived toting this:
Now, I've heard of B.Y.O.B. parties, but I've never heard of B.Y.O.T. I quickly assured our friends that we had toilets they were welcome to use (har, har). And as much as a brand spanking new Kohler toilet would have been a great gift, here's what we did get:
WOWZA! Could I love this stuff more? (Answer: Not really.) Some of it is West Elm goodness, and those cork mats will be fabulous for al fresco dining. I don't think you can tell in the photo above, but the candles are a rich, rust color and perfect - along with the fabulous candle pillars - for an autumn display I'll work on this weekend. The silver sand dollar found a home by the next morning, on my nightstand (my grandma's spindly leg table that my godmother recently passed on to me).
I almost forgot to take a photo of this "box within a box" since I immediately stashed it under the chair in my bedroom. (Ed. note: Wow, this digital camera makes my floors look clean.) I think it will be a great spot to store cards and photos and other supplies for my little projects.
Lastly (can you believe there's more?), this amazing baking book (Deb knows I love me some baking books!) was a belated birthday gift (Jeez, I need to see my friends more! Let's just say my birthday was a while back.). I can not wait to dive into some of these recipes!