Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tea Time, Old World Eggs, and Scrappier Sparrows

We like our tea around here.  Green, Earl Grey, Chai, Ginger Lemongrass, Jasmine... and even Blueberry flavours are a part of our collection.  So it was about time that I tried putting our teas to good use around here {other than drinking it}.

I tried my hand at dyeing some plain white paper...  and I am really pleased with the results.

Here's the how to...

Put pen to paper.
An ultra fine tipped permanent Sharpie marker is perfect for loose and loopy writing.  I used legal sized paper.

Bubble, bubble, boil and bubble.
Place a tea bag {I used Earl Grey} into a bowl and pour in boiling water.  Let cool.

I chose a small bowl... not exactly sure why... maybe because it took up less of our small kitchen?

Dip the tip.
Start by wetting the one end and then the other.

Moisten the Middle.
Fold the paper in half and wet the centre.

Scrunch it.
Crumple the paper into the tea.

Squeeze it.
Remove the paper and squish all of the liquid out.  Gently unfold.

Hung out to dry.
Either lay out or hang up to dry.  I just used my laundry drying rack.  Here's a look at my new vintage looking paper all dry...

I stored them under some heavy books for awhile.  Then I made these...

This Book Page Egg tutorial from Lemon Tree Creations showed me a great way to Mod Podge plastic Easter eggs.  I picked up a package of 6 large eggs for .94 cents and already had the little ones.  I love their aged look and I especially like that they're not screaming EASTER in bright pastel colours.

The little cloth bird was made the same way as the Scrappy Sparrows that I made earlier this week.  Instead of using scrapbook paper, I used fabric.  Well, actually I used these...

I was originally thinking of using burlap or drop cloth material.  But when I found these shop towels for less than $5 for a 10 pack, I couldn't resist.  And one bird uses up only half a cloth.

Once my bird shapes were cut out, I glue gunned around the perimeter, leaving an opening at the bottom.  Next, I stuffed the inside with cotton balls {That was my Mom's idea}.  Then I glued the opening shut while adding the paperclip legs.  Add some cloth wings, fray the edges a bit, and there you go... an even Scrappier Sparrow!

While I was working on my crafty projects, Oliver was working on his own little project...

...lunchtime finger painting on his chair tray.

Well, I think it's time for a cup of tea.  

Thanks for stopping in.


  1. Those eggs are gorgeously elegant - your loopy handwriting really makes them! Thanks so much for the tea staining tutorial. I can't wait to try it out!

  2. Andrea, I have enjoyed looking through your blog. You have been featured on the Weekly Blend this week!


  3. I've just recently discovered your blog and just love all of your ideas.

    this one is a keeper

  4. ooo you did a great job with that!! Your handwriting is fantastic!! I think when I attempt it,I will use old dictionary pages or something pre printed! lol!

  5. Oh, Andrea!! Those eggs are divine - LOVE that idea and must give it a! You're handwriting really is beautiful :O)

    Have a lovely weekend

  6. This is so wonderful! I love Sharpies and can't wait to try this! Your beautiful handwriting makes this!
    A new follower here! Can't wait to see more.

  7. This is such a great idea!!! They came up perfect:-)

    You are so inspirational!!!!!!!

    Thank you:)

    P.S: Your handwriting is gorgeous

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Wow, you have such wonderful ideas...and i absolutely love the paper and eggs!
    I'll be following you :)
    ~ Jill from 'Just Dream, Jelly Bean!'

  9. Love your eggs! Did you see that It's so Cheri is having a Decoupage party? These would be perfect for her party. I love that you tea-dyed the paper first. Thanks for sharing.

  10. These are gorgeous!! I love them! I tried dying some paper in tea and it just looked kind of funky, but yours is really lovely!! I agree about loving them not screaming Easter with pastels and everything. That look is sweet for some people, but it's nice to have some neutral alternatives!

    So glad you liked the eggs and tried them out!! Thanks for linking back to me!!

    Have a great weekend :)


  11. This has to be one of the most genius ideas ever. Your handwriting is gorgeous but add it to paper... wow! LOVE the egg idea too!

    I shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 77. :)!/photo.php?fbid=10150220263611141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater


  12. I can't believe your handwriting! Those papers turned out fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh I absolutely adore the hadwriting on the eggs! You should sell copies of your handwritten papers for those of us who have horrific script lol. I hope you can stop by and link this up to my VIP party today!

  14. I'm following you now as well =)

  15. You have beautiful handwriting! What a neat idea!

  16. These are super sweet...very vintage and shabby chic. I have some fabric eggs that I made, which are posted about four posts back from the current post. You might like them, as they have a vintage look, as well

  17. Cute idea! Your script is super fabulous and looks like real old-time handwriting.

  18. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing this. I love your handwriting! People don't write cursive enough anymore, I think.

  19. PS, I'd love to have you link this project up to our Wicked Awesome Wed party this week, if you get a chance. :-)

  20. Fantastic tutorial! I am definitely inspired!

  21. um - your penmanship is to die for! i completely want to take this project on - but my writing looks like that of a 15 year old. bubble letters and all. so great! :) thanks for finding me.

  22. I found you at At Home With K. I'm now a follower. Absolutely love the vintage paper.

    And you made a great tutorial. You should give tutorials on how to make good tutorials!

  23. I love this vintage paper look!
    Thank you for linking with us on Show Off Your Crafty Side Blog Hop.

    Have a great day!


  24. What a beautiful idea! I love the vintage look. I'm a new follower!

  25. Well first of all, I wish I had handwriting like yours! Wow! And I am a fan of tea dying so love this project you did with the paper and then egg. Great job. Love the little birdies as well. :)
    Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  26. Wow this was great! I love your writing... your handwriting was so perfect for this project! Great job, thanks!
    Susan @

  27. I LOVE this idea...I actually love it so much it's becoming onr of my projects today...Thanks a bunch for inspiring me...I'll post them to my blog in a day or two.....

  28. Gorgeous inspiration. I just adore the dyed paper- definitely going in the files for next year:)

  29. This is great!!

    I'm thinking I could use this technique with some of the kids' writing as well! I got all those used notebooks that my son used all year long when school ended and this could be a good way to memorialize a sample of handwriting. Hmmm, but what would I cover with the paper?...Hmmm.. Maybe I could just frame it. Ideas will come from this!

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