Make the most of your cupboard real estate by adding another level of storage for glassware. Cut a piece of nonskid shelf liner (available at home-supply stores) to line a serving tray and a cupboard shelf; this will help glasses stay put and protect the rims. Place glasses used less frequently upside down on the shelf, set tray on top, and arrange everyday glasses upside down on tray.
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Wool scarves and mittens are ready to wear from one season to the next when wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and slipped into labeled craft boxes (available at organizing stores). The boxes are then stowed inside shallow drawers.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
Whether they're from the North or South, birds love Alabama's state fruit, blackberries. If they're enjoying yours before you get the chance, set up this low-tech line of defense: Drive bamboo stakes into the ground around the perimeter of the berry patch. Perch flowerpots on top, and cover with bird netting, which you can find at garden centers.
Use bamboo stakes that are taller than the berry bushes and you, so you can move around underneath the netting. Make sure the netting drapes all the way to the ground.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2010
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
Here's a way to display a favorite quilt and provide your bed with a new headboard. Purchase a wooden drapery rod, two brackets, and hanging hardware from a home-supply store. Paint the drapery rod and brackets to match the bedroom walls, and let dry. Install the brackets above the bed, positioning them at the desired height, and put the rod in place. Drape the quilt over the rod, lining up the bottom edges so that it hangs evenly.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
Put a kitchen shaker to work in your garden; its a great tool for dispersing horticultural-grade diatomaceous earth. This nontoxic pesticide, which has sharp edges that kill slugs and bugs without chemicals, can be difficult to spread. But a shaker lets you dust an even ring on soil around plants.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2009
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