The Holly and the...

December 21st, 2009 in member junk     
TinTinJunkFan TinTinJunkFan, member
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...looks like theyre waiting for snow...
Would you have ever guessed this is an octopus trap from Japan...made of clay...
...complete in all its chipped and barnacle-encrusted loveliness.  (To set the trap, the fisherman sets the pot on its side underwater...the octopus swims in and cant back out....)
Add a french fry slicer from Goodwill...I picked this up before I even knew what it was...I was attracted by its old-fashioned sled lines...and the red handle...
...decided this needed more color than a single replaced with some elves from my vintage collection....these are from the 1950s
...looks like theyre waiting for snow...

...looks like they're waiting for snow...

Another mix and match repurpose....

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, seasonal, vintage, tabletop, container, centerpiece, whimsical, fun, entry, jar, ceramic, rope, holly, clay

Comments (10)

stacia77 writes: I love the display. I collect vintage christmas items, and just love the elves. Staci Posted: 1:20 pm on January 19th
shabbychick writes: Your display is so very creative! An octopus trap (who would have thunk???), AND a french fry slicer, AND your cute little vintage elves - a perfect recipe for some great holiday junk design!

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 2:42 pm on December 23rd
CottageElements writes: Coolio! Love the octopus trap. Even better now that I know what it is! And I always thought the french fry slicers looked like a sleigh. Great vignette!

Lani Posted: 12:05 pm on December 22nd
chippingcharm writes: Very that you saw that fryer as a sleigh! Your little elves are adorable. Laurel Posted: 8:13 am on December 22nd
georgiamoon writes: Wow I can't believe you can put together so many diverse items and make them look like they were made for each other! Fabulous display, Georgia Posted: 7:25 pm on December 21st
MakinItHappen writes: You have some neat things, and they look great put together like this. Posted: 5:07 pm on December 21st
54girl writes: What clever idea with the french fri cutter! It makes a very cute little sleigh! I see them too and never thought of doing that!Love taking vintage things and putting them in with displays like that. And the octopus trap is very cool and different!! Posted: 1:08 pm on December 21st
alicemom writes: Ms. Tintin,
What a wonderful display! I have caught a baby octopus while snorkling..............did not know about the trap! Glad it is holding greens! Poor guys. The potato slicer is the perfect sled!
smiles, alice Posted: 11:09 am on December 21st
monakent writes: An octopus trap??? What a SUPER find!!! It's cool all by itself - but of course with the Holidays, it sure comes in handy for your little Holiday scene.

Love the french fry cutter, too. I have one too (hanging on my kitchen wall), but it is only a round circle with little metal pieces in the middle. You have to push down on the potato and do all the work yourself (I like yours better!!!). gailmarie Posted: 10:32 am on December 21st
oldnews writes: We had a french fri cutter like this when I was a child! It makes a perfect sleigh! And an octopus trap?? I didn't know they even exhisted!! Wow! Very, very creative!! Marie Posted: 10:25 am on December 21st
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