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  1. Pinecone Lamp Finial

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    Bring a bit of the forest indoors by decorating a lamp finial with a pinecone, plain or spray-painted silver. If your lamp doesn't already have a basic finial -- the small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp's harp -- you can buy one at the hardware store. 

    Lamp Finial How-To
    1. Sand the bottom of the pinecone to create a smooth surface. 

    2. Dab a bit of hot glue onto the flattened area, and press the pinecone onto the top of the finial.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
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  2. Cutting Woven Fabrics

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    Use this tailor's trick whenever you need to cut a straight line through a woven fabric such as cotton or linen. Tease several threads loose at the point where you'll make the initial cut. Then gently pull out the threads to create a trail of perfectly aligned holes in the fabric, which can then guide your shears.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
  3. Sunflower Place Card

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    From the Sunflower State of Kansas, here's a way to welcome guests to the table with a great big hello. Trim sunflower stems short, so they fit into juice glasses. Cut paper into petal shapes and write guests' names on them. Then add the extra petal to the flowers with dots of tacky white glue.

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    Marguerite plate, $71, johnderian.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2010
  4. Amaryllis Candle Centerpiece

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    With the help of these candle and flower centerpieces, the whole table will shine. For each one, use candle wax to attach a small floral frog to the center of a shallow bowl. Push a taper into the floral frog to secure. Pour water into the bowl. Clip amaryllis blooms (or other large flowers) from their stems, and arrange them in the bowl around the candle.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
  5. Book Page Placeholders

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    Sometimes bookmarks fall out and you're left thumbing through page after page, trying to remember where you left off. Or you have to look up that often-used recipe in your favorite cookbook because its ribbon markers already hold the places of other tried-and-true dishes. Avoid these annoyances with placeholders that fit onto the corner of any page. 

    To make one, cut a bottom corner from an ungusseted paper bag (the kind card shops use) or a colorful envelope. Ours is about 2 inches long from corner to cut. Create several to track your best-loved recipes or when planning the menu for a special dinner.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2009
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