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  1. How-To

    Stiffened Doilies

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    This project calls for textile, paper, and glassine doilies. You can find them at crafts stores and flea markets. As is the case with snowflakes, variety is welcome.

    Stiffened Doilies How-To

    1. Lay textile doilies on a covered surface. With a foam brush or roller, coat both sides of doilies with undiluted fabric stiffener until just saturated. Let dry overnight.

    2. Press with an iron. Hang from thread or monofilament.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2008
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  2. Knitter's Gauge Cards

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    Whether you're new to knitting or a seasoned veteran, keeping track of yarn sizes and needle gauges for each project can be a complicated affair.

    Stay organized with Knit Gauge Cards -- simply fill out a card with color, gauge, pattern, and other relevant information for each project and store cards together in an easy-to-access place.

    Download the Knit Gauge Cards

    Source
    The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010
  3. Ring Storage

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    It's hard to keep track of small hardware such as washers, grommets, and nuts. Here's a handy way to organize them by size and type: String them on shower curtain rings. Hang the metal rings on a board above your workbench so the loose hardware will be even easier to spot.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2006
  4. Pinecone-Embellished Gift Tags

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    Add extra charm to your holiday packaging with a little help from the great outdoors. Simply attach tiny pinecones -- pristine or spruced up with metallic floral spray -- to store-bought tags and cards using glue. The pattern can be anything from a mini wreath to a pretty cluster. For the pine-needle tree, use a fine paintbrush to coat the needles with craft glue; then place them carefully with tweezers.

    Sources
    Tags and mini envelopes, from Paper Presentation

    Tamarack pinecones, from Winter Woods

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
  5. Heart-Shaped African Violets

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    All it takes to propagate African violets is a large healthy leaf, cut in half. To turn the leaf into a pretty gift, snip it into the shape of a heart. Using clean, sharp scissors, remove a leaf with 1 inch of stem from a plant, and shape the leaf. Fill a small pot with fresh potting soil, and poke a hole in the soil with a pencil. Insert 3/4 inch of stem, pack soil firmly around it, and water well. (While rooting, the leaf should be covered with a glass jar or a plastic bag and removed from bright light to keep it moist.) A new plantlet should emerge in 6 to 8 weeks.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2009
  6. Felt Cozy for Hot-Water Bottles

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    A hot-water bottle is one of life's little luxuries. A soft felt sleeve makes it even cozier -- and a great gift. Cut two pieces of 10-by-15-inch felt, sew three sides, and turn it inside out. Insert the bottle and cinch the top with ribbon. 

    Sources:
    Cashmere blanket, by Umrao Cashmere, from abchome.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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