Win a Tialys Reindeer Tubby – Holiday Season Giveaway

As the season of goodwill approaches I’ve decided to do a little giveaway competition for my regular readers and anybody else who cares to enter.  However, as I have Scrooge like tendencies, I thought I’d make you work a little bit for the prize which is one of my little fabric storage tubs in holiday mood, a Reindeer Tubby, just like this

What do you have to do to win this useful little piece of eye candy for your home this festive season?  Simple, you just have to come up with an idea for a use for one of my more obscure vintage finds so that Mr. Tialys doesn’t make me put it in the bin.

It is an old insulator from a telegraph pole in France.  I have lusted after ones from the U.S. before on Etsy but, because they are heavy, the shipping was a bit of a deterrant.  However, the ones I’ve seen are around the size that you would stand a tea-light in whereas this one is massive.  I had to buy it though as the glass is a lovely turquoise colour, it is free standing, it is a great shape and because it was very cheap. 

Any ideas?  Standing on it’s rounded end, it measures 7 inches high and the bowl shape that is on top is 6.5 inches in diameter.  The glass is very thick and the whole thing is heavy.

Please save the object from a shattering end by suggesting a good use for it and win one of my fabulous fabric tubbies at the same time. 

You have until 5th December to make a suggestion or even just a comment will do if you can’t think of anything – that’s how festively generous I’m feeling.   On the 6th December the winner will be selected the old fashioned way with all entries being put in a hat and one name pulled out by a disinterested party (i.e. any one of my family!).    All welcome – I will ship the prize worldwide.

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  1. #1 by karen on November 18, 2011 - 16:59

    What a great idea!!!!!! It is really beautiful, cant think of anything to use it for right now but i will ´put my thinking cap on and send my ideas soon!!!! Karen

  2. #2 by Anna Aicher on November 18, 2011 - 17:54

    Hello Lynn,

    I would tie a piece of your French monogram ribbon arount the neck of it and put a spool of the ribbon inside of it. You could put a new ribbon around the neck for each season and mini items under the dome to coordinate with the ribbon. ex. Mini pinecones, tiny baby pumpkins, jelly beans, sea shells, etc…
    Looks like a beautiful little item so tell Mr. Tialy’s to please keep it around!!! Anna

  3. #3 by Jan Marriott on November 18, 2011 - 18:15

    how about a nice big glass of wine, its so heavy it would stop you drinking too quickly or too much.

  4. #4 by Anne-Sophie on November 19, 2011 - 10:38

    Oh, quel joli jeu!!! J’ai le droit d’en parler sur mon blog?
    En attendant, l’esperluette va se triturer les méninges… Parce que ne cherchez plus, ce n’est pas la peine, c’est moiiiiiiiiii qui va gagner ce joli renne!
    Joyeuse journée!

  5. #5 by tialys on November 19, 2011 - 11:43

    Hi Karen.
    Sounds gorgeous Anna.
    Anne-Sophie – Oui, vous avez le droit, avec plaisir.
    Jan – you are obviously a woman after my own heart!

  6. #6 by houdini on November 20, 2011 - 03:07

    Erm…a fancy (but un-detachable) cup and saucer?

    A wasp catcher? (sadly you’re going to have to slide a piece of card underneath to move said wasp!)

    Does it stand upright safely? If so, maybe you could melt a candle…and wick…into it and have it as some atmospheric turquoise outside (or even inside) lighting?

    A jelly mould?

    Fill it full of crystals and have it as a light catcher for your windowsill?

    Erm…face down, a bracelet holder for your dressing table?

    Place it over something (e.g. keys) so that you know where they are! A cloche of sorts..?

    A beautiful prop for your Etsy shops’ photographs?

    A paperweight for Mr T’s desk?

    Again, face down, the grooves along the top make it look like a very elegant cigarette holder; when one has finished smoking, one may turn it around and stub it out using the bowl as an ashtray!

    Clutching at straws springs to mind! 😉

    I shall keep thinking…that fabric tubby is tres delicious though!

    • #7 by Jan Marriott on November 20, 2011 - 03:32

      Houdini is brilliant….

    • #8 by Jan Marriott on November 20, 2011 - 03:33

      sorry, lost the page…..a very avant garde jelly mold.

    • #9 by tialys on November 20, 2011 - 18:02

      Al, does your imagination know no bounds? It is rather large though and although I do like a bumper size cup of tea, especially in the morning, even I might be defeated by the size of this.

  7. #10 by houdini on November 20, 2011 - 21:32

    LOL – well it was late!

    I have some pint size mugs though that I use for my bumper latte on a morning! You can never have a cup too big! 😉

    I’ve just showed my beau the photos and his suggestion was 1) a moth catcher 2) chocolate fondue set (the ledge being where the mini marshmallows, strawberries and such like could be stored!) 3) A soup bowl with a difference 4) Hurricane lamp.

    I had also been thinking whether or not you could have used it as a centrepiece of some sort in the middle of your Christmas dining table. Ivy and berries around the edge with baubles / nuts / mint sauce / whatever inside the actual bowl. Or could a big block of oasis sit over the narrow end still revealing the bottom turquoise glass as a coloured base feature?

    I think my fave though is the elegant ashtray! Do you smoke? If not, you may just have to start, to prove your point to Mr. T of course! 😉

  8. #11 by Scribbled Field Notes on November 21, 2011 - 04:47

    No need to enter me into the lottery but there’s someone on Etsy who turns telegraph insulators into table lamps:

    Since you have only one, it might be more easily used that way than as a pendant light.

    You could also use it as a planter; garden decor or a mini bird bath….Or as a centerpiece with floating flowers and/or tea lights?

  9. #12 by UniqueNique on November 21, 2011 - 05:50

    How about making it into a bird bath or bird feeder – although I love chandeliers and that with some pretty wirework would make an awesome candle chandelier just imagine the candle light flickering through the glass. Oh sorry drooling over your find ;~D it is lovely and would probably make a good serving dish for condiments or candies too. Whatever you decide you should keep it, as from the commentary you can see that it is a good talking point and should be kept for that reason alone ;~D

  10. #13 by David on December 1, 2011 - 17:51

    A gorgeous container for floating candles or – if it feels right – rose petals. Add some natural dye to the liquid to match your mood.

  11. #14 by Lenna (veganlenna) on December 4, 2011 - 18:40

    I would use this:
    as a candle holder
    as a decoration with dry rose petals/small stones etc.
    as a decorative bowl for sweetes/dried fruit/nuts
    as an ash tray for smokers

  12. #15 by Joe on December 4, 2011 - 22:16

    How about a planter for a small plant, air plant perhaps?

  13. #16 by Handmade in Israel on December 4, 2011 - 23:47

    Would defnitely use it as some kind of centrepiece. Can see it with a candle in it, ribbon… a bit of foliage. Beautiful glass! tell Mr. T he’s been outvoted!

  14. #17 by Mary Ellen on December 5, 2011 - 06:19

    My first impression of it is a fairy’s home, terrarium style.

  15. #18 by Kim on December 5, 2011 - 16:40

    Votive candle holder, small terrarium or put dip in the center with small dipping tidbits around the center. Hmmm, a bookend or just a lovely piece to admire on a shelf or table. 🙂

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