Last week our handy friend Mike stopped by to take a look at the plumbing and brought us this awesome housewarming gift. He found a stone from the Embankment in Jersey City and made it a planter by drilling a hole in top and filling it with a vintage glass beaker and flower buds. I love it and it now has a home on our semi-stripped downstairs fireplace (more on that later). Creative, heart-felt gifts are the best. But so are creative, big-hearted friends.