Display bits of fabric that you like instead of keeping it in a box. Fabric is art in itself. You can find embroidery hoops all the time at garage sales and thrift shops! Maybe even paint the hoops to give a little color to the fabric hoop wall!
I can do this with the Sharpie idea. Sharpie design on mug, bowl, plate, or any other oven safe glass object! 350 degree oven for 30 min, and there you have it! Instant art to display your tea + coffee + yummy food in.