A Little Tea, A Little Project and Little Change

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday's are one of my favorite bloggy days. Lots of fun parties to join. But lately, I have found myself doing 3 to 4 posts on Tuesdays. That's a lot of posting! So, I am going to work on creating an all encompassing post for all my favorite parties on Tuesdays. Hopefully there will be a little something in here for everybody!

I have found some fun thrifty things lately that I really like and wanted to use them on one of my end tables. So, a little redo was called for.

I have shown you most of these thrift finds that I am using however, I just got a couple of new treasures to add to this table and wanted to share them.

All right, this is how the little table has looked for the last week or so. It just isn't working.

However, I do like the two new thrift finds I have on this table. That is the little black and rusty candle holder birdcage which I got at TJMaxx clearanced for $1.50. And the pretty little red and white teacup and saucer. A little bargain set for $1.00. I like having the teacup inside the birdcage with a tealight in it.

Okay, so I want the toile red and gold placemat and my little red vintage book with the birdcage and teacup and saucer set. The Johnson Bros ironstone pitcher is not working so, it is getting removed. My flowers are on their last legs so, I will set them somewhere else. I like the two thrift find cherub candle holder/vase pieces but, they need help.

So, let's see what we can come up with to do with those two items. Okay, a thought is coming. I remember a little tutorial that one of our hostess' today, Mary gave awhile back making a moss covered orb. I loved it. But, I don't have any moss. Hummmm. Let's scrounge the house and experiment a bit.

I do have newspapers, masking tape and Mod Podge. Oh, I have this pretty black toile-like tissue paper I got clearanced at Hobby Lobby recently. I wonder if that will work.

Sorry for the blurry picture.

Isn't that pretty tissue paper. It was clearanced for .49 cents a package. I grabbed the two packages they had!

Okay, let's see what we can mess up....er....create here. Just keep in mind that this is trial and error. I am basically doing this "live". So, it may or may not turn out. LOL

Step #1 ~ Crunch up enough newspaper to create the size orb you want to make. Just remember that Step 2 is wrapping masking tape around it tightly so, it will shirk in size some.

Step #2 ~ Start wrapping the making tape around it tightly.

****First thing I quickly discovered that is a somewhat flaw in this idea is that if you use moss like Mary's beautiful orb, it will hide the lumps and bumps that are showing up here. Oh well, were marching on.

Step #3 ~ I thought I was going to need one full sheet of the tissue paper but, I didn't. I wasn't sure if I should just wrap a whole sheet around the ball, cut strips or tear I started by cutting some strip and covering the ball in Mod Podge and wrapping the strip around it. I also ended up brushing the tissue paper with Mod Podge. This is one sticky project because you gotta get in there with your fingers to smooth edges.

Step #4 ~ finishing it off. once I completely covered it, I didn't like the look of the cut edges. So, for a top coat, I ripped pieces and Mod Podged them on. After all the paper is on, take your finger, dip in Mod Podge and and gently smooth all the edges. then I did a quick coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing.

***A thing to keep in mind is tissue paper is very fragile when it meets up with mod podge. LOL

Okay, now that his orb is drying, let's enjoy a quick break with some tea and cookies!

While I am brewing our tea, let me show you a couple of the other thrifty finds that I recently got.

This urn was a TJ Maxx find also. It was clearance priced at $2.50.

And I just got this beautiful amber glass basket at the flea market a few days ago! Oh, I fell in love with it as I approached the vendors booth. I never thought it would come home with me because I assumed it would be too much. But, he had some other items I wanted at pretty good prices. So, we negotiated and I ended up getting a super great deal on this piece. I had thought about using it on this table but, it's not going to work. but, I just wanted to show it anyway. LOL

The tea isn't quite ready yet, so here is a little bit of info regarding how color is added into glass pieces.

Main article: Glass coloring and color marking
See also: Transparent_materials#Absorption of light in solids

Common soda-lime float glass appears green in thick sections because of Fe2+ impurities.Many glasses have a chemical composition which includes what are referred to as absorption centers. This may cause them to be selective in their absorption of visible lightwaves (or white light frequencies). They absorb certain portions of the visible spectrum, while reflecting others. The frequencies of the spectrum which are not absorbed are either reflected back or transmitted for our physical observation. This is what gives rise to color.

Thus, color in glass may be obtained by addition of electrically charged ions (or color centers) that are homogeneously distributed, and by precipitation of finely dispersed particles (such as in photochromic glasses).[7] Ordinary soda-lime glass appears colorless to the naked eye when it is thin, although iron(II) oxide (FeO) impurities of up to 0.1 wt%[28] produce a green tint which can be viewed in thick pieces or with the aid of scientific instruments. Further FeO and Cr2O3 additions may be used for the production of green bottles. Sulfur, together with carbon and iron salts, is used to form iron polysulfides and produce amber glass ranging from yellowish to almost black.[29] Manganese dioxide can be added in small amounts to remove the green tint given by iron(II) oxide.

Source: Wikipedia

Phew! Did you catch all that? That was some serious scientific stuff! I better set out extra cookies to help calm our brain back down!

Well, our tea today is a mixed up setting. I decided to use a teapot I haven't shown you yet. Also, a set of cream and sugar that I have had for a long time. The teacup and saucer are from the large set Troy got me. They don't belong together but, I think they look pretty.

This is the pattern for both the creamer and sugar bowl.
The teacup.
The saucer. There is only a "Made in Japan" stamp on the bottom of the teapot.

I was also proud of myself for finally getting a couple of wicker trays painted.I had wanted at least one white tray and one black tray. I have had the paint and the trays forever and finally got them finished! Yippee for me!

I am not entirely happy with the orb. I think if I do another one, where the flaws are going to show, I will do the old fashion balloon and Mod Podge technique. I added a little ivory trim and a brass-ish nailhead to the top. Then I set it on some Spanish moss. I am okay with it but, I think it is going to bug me until I redo it. LOL I also want it a little bit bigger.

***Wondering to myself, " Why do I show projects that don't turn out the way that I want them to? And not just to one person. Oh no, to the whole world???"***

The little tabletop still needs something. I am just not sure what it is. I don't want to totally fill the table up because the corner is used to set a cup down when someone sits on the loveseat. Any ideas?

I have a giveaway going on! Don't forget to enter HERE for a chance to win the 18x24 poster!!

Here are the awesome parties I am joining today!

Table Top Tuesday

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays

Tuesday Trivia Tie-In

Lucky Linky Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday

Tea For Two Tuesday

Tea Time Tuesday

Tea Cup Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Tea Time Tuesday

Get your Craft On

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Toot Your Horn Tuesday


  1. Diann, I am absolutely swooning over your toile goodies! I am crazy for anything toile; it's my all-time favourite thing to decorate with. Gorgeous reds and I love the orb you created! Good job and thanks for sharing. Cute tea set too! Thanks for joining me for Tea Time. Hope you have a wonderful week.


  2. Diann
    You know my folly for porcelain, pottery etc.
    Everything beautiful ... everything you put up is wonderful, I am drooling ...
    Tina(Sonhar e Realizar)

  3. Everything on this tray is SO pretty! I go through this ALL the time with things not sitting right and I mess with it UNTIL it's perfect (for me). Your orb is very cool. I would move things around..like switch the ginger jar & the lamp and see how that looks..You have the cutest stuff!! Good luck - JenT

  4. I love how creative you are. I think the table redo looks great. I especially like all the sweet tea things you showed.

  5. Girl you are too clever for words...Thanks for the tea my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  6. Guess you figured out how to join all those parties and more, all at one time! Great job, Party Girl!

  7. That urn from TJ Maxx was a great find...luv the color! Thanks for coming to my party!


  8. I think your tea serving looks so lovely together.


  9. You did very well in your finds. It looked like alot of work in making the orb. maybe rearranging the items around. rose

  10. Hi! I just love the cute little birdcage and the toile accessories you have used and made. Your craftiness shows..I just love your table re-do! Have a great Tuesday!

    Miss Bloomers

  11. Wow, you took multi-tasking to a whole new level. I love it. Your post is so interesting, I had to go back and read it again. Love your tea cups and that whole vignette. I can't wait to see what you will do next week. Blessings, Martha

  12. You sure got some good bargain there! love those tea cup!

  13. Great finds....love toile!

  14. I love toile! You have such pretty things.

  15. Wonderful photos and great tutorial....but the part I really liked was the info on how color is added to glass. Wow...super post.

    My Ruby Tuesday is HERE. Hope you can find time to visit with me today.

  16. Diann, I love it!! Great job! I had to laugh- when I wait till the absolute last minute (as the bread is in the oven) to plan a post, ray will always ask "What if it burns or doesn't rise?? You're going to show 3,000,000 people in Blogland?? Ummmm...why DO we do this?? LOL
    xoxo Pattie

  17. Wow!! You pack alot in one post. You are creative, courageous and a wonderful hostess.
    Thank you for giving great instructions and pictures for your orb. I most definetely enjoyed tea with you this week. I look forward to seeing you next week. Thank you for joining with us at T&TT Tuesday.
    Mister Linky is now functioning. Feel free to return and join. The others will love to see what have have done.
    Blessings, Pam

  18. beautiful glass and bone china displayed. Very nice

  19. I must say that for someone with so much going on in one blog post, you did and excellent job.
    I was delighted to find that I am not the only one who struggles with trouble displays that look better in my mind than on the shelf/table.
    How about just covering a styrofoam ball - it will keep its shape better than even the balloon and doesn't have much more weight. and you can buy in larger sizes
    Your teacup was lovely by the way.
    Thanks for sharing.

  20. You are so crafty and clever! Such a wonderful collection.

  21. Wow I could see you having fun putting your beautiful dish and sipping good tea! Love your teacups and all they are gorgeous! Happy Tuesday!

  22. What a great vignette. I love all of your toile dishes and accessories. The orb is the greatest idea. So clever and I love it. The jar is a wonderful find too. I think the tray looks fabulous. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  23. Wow, that was a lot. I could just picture you rushing back and forth between subjects. I like how the orb turned out. Sometimes a few bumps add character. The information on the glass was interesting, and your tea party is lovely. For your table have you considered a white ceramic bird? Michel’s sells ones with cut out wings or a crackle finish that would look good on the table.. Anyway, take care.

  24. Yay... what a fun post..fabulous creation with the orb and toile..wow!So cool! I also love red toile too..love the birdcage and all! Gorgeous treasures..and so many beautiful photos in this series! I am an amber fanatic..so of course I love your basket-bowl..awesome! have a wonderful day!

  25. Very artistic and creative shots. I always enjoy a trip to the thrift store. You can find such beautiful treasures there. I adore tea cups and saucers, especially the red and white one you have photographed. Very charming post.

  26. You are a very Entertaining Lady, so scientific too ...haha :) Loved the cookies & tea,such a pretty arrangement with the tea pot & cups on the wicker tray with lace,how creative:)Love the toile on the side table!
    Enjoy your day ~

  27. You are an amazing creative thrifter! I love your informative and creative post. Your bargains and art are fab. I love your tea cups and tea pot.

  28. Diann,
    I too am combining several different parties into one post. It is much easier that way especially with working.
    I loved everything you showed us today, the orb came out great, the tea cups and teascape is lovely and I adore all of your new treasures!
    Your table looks charming. I always like to at a hint of greenery for a bit of "life". A plant, faux or real, always adds something. Maybe it will be the something that you are looking for!

  29. My goodness! I wish my shopping sprees were as successful as yours! I'm impressed.

  30. Diann, I like your orb, even if it didn't turn out quite like you'd hoped. Your table looks nice with your orb, birdcage, toile placemat and transferware cup and saucer. You have such good, creative ideas! I also like your teapot and cup and saucer and how you set it up with the white wicker serving tray and lace doily. It looks nice, Diann!

  31. Hi Diann. I like your before vignette and your after vignette. That was a serious science lesson. I had no idea. You find the most beautiful treasures.

  32. I am a lover of toile, so I of course adore everything in your vignette. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Oh Diann, you are such a hoot! I think your orb turned out great. Your whole vignette is so pretty, and I LOVE that pretty teapot. (I'm still laughing over you saying I had trained my wild birds better than you). I get such a kick out of you. laurie

  34. Would love it if you would join me for my 2nd linky party going on right now!!



  35. Hi Diann...

    Girlfriend, I loved looking at all of your pretties! Love your new vignette...of course, anything toile gets my attention! Hehe! I just love that pretty toile tissue paper...never have seen anything like it before! I'll have to look in Hobby Lobby next time I go. I love, love, LOVE the toile orb that you made...it's gorgeous! You know, I never thought about just using newspaper for the orb...what a grand idea! Thank you for sharing that sweet craft with us!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design


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