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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. Martha's Greenhouses

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    When it is winter and most plants outside are dormant, Martha loves to spend time inside her two greenhouses, which are packed full of beautiful plants on her property in Katonah, New York.

    The greenhouses hold her tropical plants (plants that live outdoors in the summer but need to come indoors during colder months), larger plants such as Australian Tree Ferns, citrus plants such as Kumquat trees, topiaries, cacti, succulents, and several types of vegetables and herbs.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010
  3. Squeeze More Room Out of Small Quarters

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    In the compact laundry workstation and storage area of a small bathroom, the stacked European-style washer-dryer set economizes space. A shelf between units pulls out for folding items fresh from the dryer, then slides out of sight. A matchstick shade lowers all the way to the floor, gracefully hiding the utility area when guests are expected.

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    Organizing Good Things 2005, October 2005
  4. Baking Sheet Boot Trays

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    Rectangular baking sheets make perfect receptacles for wet shoes and boots. The pans move easily in and out of cubbyholes, taking their contents out of the way. Once the shoes are dry, the pans can be washed and replaced.

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    Organizing Good Things 2005
  5. Plant-Care Markers

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    Return from vacation to find your plants thriving, not barely surviving. Create care instructions for your house sitters. Print a note for each plant (including watering guidelines). Then stick the instructions to wooden plant markers (or chopsticks). If you want to take the extra step of laminating, your notes -- and probably your plants -- will last a lot longer.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
  6. News You Can Use

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    Keep newspaper "logs" on hand and you'll always have kindling. To make rolling easier, wet newspaper, one section at a time, under a faucet. Spread the section on a flat surface. (Use a garbage bag to protect the surface from ink.) Tightly roll the paper into a log, and secure with twine. Prop the tube against a wall (protect it, too); let dry overnight.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
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