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  1. Sunburn Solution

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    Outdoors, sunburn can strike even the most diligently lotioned vacationer. An infusion of black tea and fresh mint makes a fragrant sunburn soother. The tannic acid in black tea draws heat from the burn and restores the skin's acid balance; the mint cools the skin.

    To make, pour four cups boiling water over two cups of fresh mint leaves and three or four tea bags. Cover, let stand 10 minutes, then strain. Let cool, and transfer to a glass jar. Apply to sunburned skin with a washcloth or cotton balls. The infusion keeps for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

     

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 4 2002
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  2. Dust Jackets

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    Twenty-inch cloth napkins (or same-size squares of fabric) become protective covers for coats and vests that don't need to be stored in garment bags. Each is pierced in the center and reinforced with a grommet to slide over a hanger.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  3. 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
  4. Home Design with David Easton

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    One of the world's most sought-after interior designers and architects, David Easton is the epitome of luxury living. He first gained recognition in the 1970s and '80s for his classically inspired, traditional interiors. In recent years, his work has shifted to a more streamlined, modern aesthetic that emphasizes simplicity and sustainability.

    Watch Martha and David discuss some of the classic and contemporary homes featured in his new retrospective, "Timeless Elegance."

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    The Martha Stewart Show, October 2010
  5. Fill Planters with Packing Peanuts

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    Don't throw out the foam peanuts or bubble packing material the next time you get a box in the mail; put them to use. 

    When filling outdoor planters, sub the packing material for up to half the soil. The plant won't know the difference, the container will be lighter, and you'll use less soil. Place the packing material in a plastic bag at the bottom of the pot, and cover with the soil.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
  6. Jewelry Palette

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    Ceramic watercolor palettes provide perfect slots for sorting and separating earrings and other jewelry -- with no tangles. 

    Available at art-supply stores (fineartstore.com), they make delightful displays on dressers when filled with colorful gems. They're also small enough to tuck in a drawer.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2010
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