Demijohns are short-necked vessels used to transport liquid or hold it during fermentation. Missy has seen several ways they've been repurposed: Some folks paint the bottles. Others build small scenes inside (like a ship in a bottle but on a grand scale). Missy took advantage of the metal working skills of a local family to turn her bottles into the large scale candle holders seen above.
Missy does report a degree of amusement from her Italian friends who are puzzled by her use of what they see as trash to decorate her home, but I for one am in love. Apparently the new mayor of Naples is working to clean up the piles of trash by the side of the road which is good for the city but not so good for Missy and her friends who nevertheless continue their quest to save these wonderful demijohns.
(Images: Melissa Ledesma-Leese)