Purses are stuffed with acid-free tissue paper so they maintain their shape when not in use. The bags are kept in flannel sacks (top right of closet) to protect them from light and dust.
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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").
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 13 2004
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.
Clip Frames (23 1/2" by 9 3/4" ), from ikea.com
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2010
Metal mailboxes offer a stylish way to organize a front hall or a mudroom. The magazine hooks provide a perfect perch for raincoats, scarves, and umbrellas; hats, gloves, and mittens fit nicely inside the box. Available inexpensively through online auction sites, these boxes get a crisp look when spray-painted white. A bonus: They're magnetic, so you can easily adhere favorite images and notes to them.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2009
Gutter strainers -- the wire cages that filter leaves and debris washed off the roof -- also make great orchid pots, providing the plants with excellent aeration and drainage.
Buy an inexpensive copper strainer at a hardware store. Using a pair of light pliers, bend the spindly legs of the strainer into decorative loops around the top (the loops also offer a way to hang the orchid if you like). Soak sphagnum moss (available at garden centers) in water, pack into the strainer, and then put in the orchid. Pack with more moss for a snug fit, and give it a hearty watering in the sink. Let the moss drain completely before placing the plant in a bowl.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2008
The utility of the classic metal watering can goes beyond the sprinkling of H2O onto thirsty plants -- it also makes an attractive vessel for cut flowers.
For a spring arrangement, fill the container with peonies, white lilacs, ranunculus, tulips, stock, and/or narcissus.
The bouquet cleverly nods to the life-sustaining function of the watering can, and it makes a great gift for any gardener or flower fan.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, April 2011
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