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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. Adjust as Needed

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    These shelves are positioned to fit the closet's contents, with little wasted space in between. The two center shelves accommodate stacks of folded clothing. On top, a small shelf holds collapsible bags, while the lowest shelf is designated for laundry.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  3. Support Staff

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    Tall-growing orchids need a little extra support to stay upright, but the stakes they lean on are usually an eyesore. For ones that won't detract from the beauty of the blooms, purchase precut 16- to 18-gauge floral-stem wire from a crafts store. Bend into a 90-degree angle 4 inches from the top. Curve the top portion to form a U. Plant the stake next to the orchid, and hook the U around the stem.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
  4. 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
  5. Pots of All Stripes

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    Here's an easy way to give new life to old terra-cotta pots you have around the shed: Paint them to create coordinating stripes. Using masking tape in various widths, mark a simple striped design on the pot. In a well-ventilated area, spray the exterior and the rim (and any accompanying saucers) with weatherproof spray paint; let dry completely. Peel off tape.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
  6. Dan Hinckley's Seattle Garden Tour

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    Renowned author and plants expert Dan Hinkley has traveled the globe in search of beautiful and unique plants for his private garden, Windcliff, in Seattle.

    Situated on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound, the diverse garden was first begun only six years ago but has grown quickly in the lush climate of the Pacific Northwest.

    Highlights from the stunning landscape include tiered Asian dogwoods, colorful hydrangeas, and dramatic bamboo, as well as a vegetable garden and greenhouse where Dan grows lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and other crops.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, November 2010
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