Warm someone up by adding a handwritten note to a tea bag. Cut two hearts out of red construction paper using a heart-shaped crafter's hole punch (available at crafts stores). Use a metallic pen to write a short message on one of the hearts. Next, remove a tea-bag tag and, at the end of the string, affix two hearts, back-to-back, using double-sided tape or a stapler. Package bags to give as a present, or steep one in hot water and serve.
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Magazine holders are good for keeping old issues in order, but their handleless backs make it difficult to access them when you need to. For a permanent fix, position a sash lift on the back of a holder, and mark screw holes with a pen. With a hand drill, make two holes in holder to accommodate small bolts. Secure the lift to the holder with bolts and matching nuts.
Brass-hook sash lifts in polished nickel; $11 for 2; Rejuvenation; 888-401-1900 or rejuvenation.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
You won't have to bother washing your paint pan if you line it with heavy-duty aluminum foil before using it. This trick is especially helpful if you're painting with different colors -- for each new hue, throw away the old foil (after pouring excess paint back into the can), and put in a fresh sheet, molding it to the inside of the pan.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2004
Evoke a Victorian Christmas with place cards that resemble elegant paper scrolls. To make them, cut a 1-by-8-inch strip from heavyweight paper, and trim the ends at a 45-degree angle. Write a guest's name on top, centering it on the strip. To curl the ends, as shown, wrap them around a smooth-sided pen or pencil. At every place setting, lay a scroll atop a sprig of holly.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2007
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.
Cashmere blanket, by Umrao Cashmere, from abchome.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2011
If you can peel and stick, you can bring a natural note to your home office with coordinated wood-grain accessories. All it takes to make a matched set of mouse pads, file boxes, and straight-sided glass jars is self-adhesive shelf liner.
Cut the paper just larger than the surface you want to cover, apply, and trim excess with a craft knife.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2011
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