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  1. Surprising Garden Pots: Electrical Boxes

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    Steel utility boxes from the hardware store make sleek, modern pots. Choose a range of shapes and sizes. Turn so that the side with holes is at the bottom, and plant with low-growing succulents, such as Echeveria 'Black Prince' (left) and Sempervivum; top with gravel. (We used no. 2 grade grit.) For an exotic centerpiece, arrange several in a tray filled with grit.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2006
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  2. Caring for Leather

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    If you love playing polo or riding horses, keep your leather boots and saddles clean and beautiful with these simple steps.

    Boots
    1. Wash with water and a sponge to remove sweat. Let dry.
    2. Polish with cordovan color shoe polish.

    Saddles
    1. Clean with water and glycerin soap after riding to keep leather supple and shiny.
    2. Apply cerasoline to saddle with soft cloth once or twice a month.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, January 2010
  3. Kitchen Tip: Cleaning with Baking Soda

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    Little, if any, scrubbing is needed to clean even the dirtiest pots when you use baking soda -- and it is nonabrasive and environmentally friendly.

    Fill pot with 1 to 2 inches of water, and add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda simmer 15 minutes, then scrape tough spots on bottom with a wooden spoon, as needed.

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    Everyday Food, April 2004
  4. Surprising Garden Pots: Chimney Pots

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    These stately pedestals, made to fit over a chimney's flue, help prevent drafts and add a distinctive note to rooftops. Though pricey, they also make a grand spot to prop up plants. Choose antique or new pots -- find the latter at masonry yards -- and place a plastic pot liner inside each. (For fit, you may need to trim top of liner, then cut down the side and overlap edges.) We filled ours with purple cordylines, silver tradescantia, and rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor).

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2006
  5. Put Reminders by the Door

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    Eliminate stray notes and pieces of paper by writing important to-do tasks on an erasable board near the door. Adding a painted wooden picture frame upgrades the standard message board; below it, a "hot box" -- a mesh bin set off by a colorful painted square -- helps you remember cameras, cell phones, and any other small equipment you may need to take with you.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2003
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