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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. Vacation Outfit Bags

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    For easy dressing on a family trip, pack a child's suitcase full of ready-to go getups. Put outfits in separate resealable plastic bags; use stickers to label with day or type of outfit (such as "for rain" or "for special occasion").

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 13 2004
  3. Botanical Door Border

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    Dusty miller, known for its velvety foliage, is small enough to be pressed in a telephone book. When dried, the leaf fronts turn silvery white, while the backs go gray. Both are on view in figure-eight garlands, which flank a doorway in the style of architectural moldings. 

    The leaves are affixed to plum-colored rice paper and laid under glass in inexpensive clip frames.

    See More Plant-Pressing How-Tos

    How To Build a Plant Press

    Sources
    Clip Frames (23 1/2" by 9 3/4" ), from ikea.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
  4. Hollister House English Garden

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    Located stateside in the charming town of Washington, Connecticut, is a true gardening wonder: a quintessentially English garden.

    Hollister House Garden, named after the 1760 house around which it is built, was created by art and antiques dealer George Schoellkopf in the manner of such famous English landscapes as Sissinghurst and Great Dixter: formal in its structure, yet rather wild in its style of planting.

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    For more information, visit hollisterhousegarden.org.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, May 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. Window Screen Labels

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    Prevent confusion the next time you make the seasonal switch from storm windows to screens. Use a label maker to identify which room and specific frame a screen or storm window fits, or write the information on a strip of painters' tape with a permanent marker. Stick the labels to a top corner of each screen or window.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
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