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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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  2. Magician Cape

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    All we did to transform a mere 7-year-old boy to a mighty magician was use a fabric marker to draw a tie and collar onto a white T-shirt, affix a fake carnation to his lapel, and tie a black-and-red satin cape around his neck. And lo and behold: a levitating maestro ready to make piles of candy disappear.

    Cape How-To
    This unadorned cape falls just above the knee. You will need black satin and red satin fabric and two 14-inch pieces of red satin ribbon for ties. Make the cape following the basic directions. Stitch the ribbons securely to either side of the neck.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 9 2003
  3. 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

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    The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010
  4. Scalloped Bouquet Wrapper

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    There's a simple way to replace the standard wrapping from a florist with something prettier and more personal -- always a nice touch when giving someone flowers. Cut a length of white parchment paper so it's large enough to wrap around the arrangement. Using scallop scissors, trim along all sides. Lay flowers on a diagonal at one corner of the parchment. Wrap the paper around the blooms. Cut a length of ribbon, and tie it around the bundle to secure.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
  5. Petrifying Potion Display for Halloween

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    Fill old-style specimen jars with water, and add enough food coloring to produce a suitably supernatural tint. Arrange lotus pods, poppy pods, and coneflower heads within. No evil will darken your doorstep with these eerie elixirs on display.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2009
  6. Kids' Alphabet Magnet Thank-You Card

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    Want to inspire your kid to write thank-you notes? Put her on the card. 

    Have your child hold a magnetic board with alphabet magnets that spell out "Thanks for coming to my party." She can write a personalized note on the back of each picture. 

    Magnetic dry-erase board, boarddudesdirect.com, Magnetic lowercase letter set, $11, amazon.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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