Happy Birthday Tessa!
I bought these really cool votives after Christmas on clearance last year at Pottery Barn in Nashville. I totally forgot about them until I found them while cleaning out our coat closet earlier today. They are numbered 1-24 and are intended to be used during Advent. Way back when I bought them, I thought how cool they would be on birthdays as well. Thank goodness I found them before my last child turned 24, and it would be too late! And thank goodness I remembered my initial thought about using them on birthdays! And thank goodness today was Tessa's birthday so I could use them before I forgot about them again.
When I took them out of the box, everyone groaned, "Are you going to light ALL 13 of them?" To which I answered, "That is what makes them fun!" Good grief, where did I get this bunch? And I was sooooo right. It was fun!
And just for some added fun, I tried every setting on my camera in an effort to get the effect that I was looking for. Unfortunately, when you do that you don't know which ones you actually want to avoid in the future.