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  1. Bird-Watcher Costume

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    An avid bird watcher keeps an eye on her little owl with a pair of binoculars. Other than the hat and a canteen (available at camping-supply stores), this costume can be assembled entirely from ordinary street clothes: Choose an outfit that consists of neutral, outdoorsy pieces, such as the safari-style jacket and brown pants shown, and don't forget a pair of sensible shoes.

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    Tissue-Paper-Decorated Eggs

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    Perched on baking-cup pedestals, these plain blown eggs were decorated with cutouts from folded pastel tissue paper. 

    With a hole punch and small, sharp scissors, cut simple shapes out of accordion-folded tissue; dots and teardrops combine well to make flowers. With a small paintbrush, apply craft glue to the egg. Using fingers, press on the cutouts; wipe away excess glue. 

    Keep fingers clean as you work; wet glue attracts dirt. Glue may discolor egg dyes, so undyed eggs are best.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2001
  3. Sewing Kit in a Jar

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    With just a little retrofitting, an old-fashioned Mason jar can become a new sewing kit with a built-in pincushion on top. To begin, separate the lid's sealer and screw cap. Trace around sealer on cardboard. Using a compass, draw another circle on linen or cotton, 1 inch larger in diameter than the first. Cut out both circles; make cushion by placing batting between fabric and cardboard. Turn screw cap upside down, and apply hot glue to inside edge of rim; quickly press cushion into lid until cloth protrudes smoothly above screw cap's opening and cardboard is flush against rim. Apply hot glue around edge of cardboard, fold over excess fabric, and press down. Glue top of sealer to cardboard. Fill jar.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2006
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    Simple Pet Pillow

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    It's a dog's life -- and a cushy one at that. This soft bed, suitable for small pooches, can be refreshed with a quick switch of covers. You'll need 2 same-size dish towels, 2-inch-thick foam (cut 4 inches shorter and narrower than the towels), and iron-on Velcro fasteners. Lay towels on top of each other, good sides facing. Sew 3 sides, about 1/2 inch in from towel edges. Turn inside out, insert foam, and iron the fasteners to the open side. For a neat appearance, fold that end as if gift-wrapping a box and use the fasteners to keep in place.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2007
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    Lucky Plant Gift

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    Wish someone an auspicious new year with a jade plant, Crassula ovata. This easy-care succulent is said to bring prosperity. 

    To wrap the pot, place it on a square sheet of decorative paper. Bring up two opposite corners, and secure to the pot with double-sided tape. 

    Fold the other two flaps as shown; tape. Tie gold cord around the pot, and add a tag with a message.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2010
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