Sometimes the perfect thread for a sewing project comes on a spool that's imperfectly sized for your sewing machine. The solution: Place the spool in a heavy mug, and position it on your work surface directly underneath the spool pin. Take hold of the thread end, and hook it over the spool pin before threading it into the machine as usual (the thread should form a 90-degree angle); the thread will unravel smoothly as you work.
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The space above these built-in drawers includes a magnetic message board, made by wrapping linen around a sheet of galvanized metal and then framing it. A nearby tray serves as a catchall for watches, keys, and other everyday items.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
If you love playing polo or riding horses, keep your leather boots and saddles clean and beautiful with these simple steps.
1. Wash with water and a sponge to remove sweat. Let dry.
2. Polish with cordovan color shoe polish.
1. Clean with water and glycerin soap after riding to keep leather supple and shiny.
2. Apply cerasoline to saddle with soft cloth once or twice a month.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, January 2010
Formal but not at all fussy, ivy topiaries are living decorations that appeal to just about everybody. Andrew Beckman, gardening editorial director for Martha Stewart Living, showed how to assemble one on "The Martha Stewart Show."
For step-by-step instructions, see our Ivy Topiaries How-To.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, December 2009
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2006
If your upholstery has an unpleasant odor, fluff it up and air it out, or have it professionally cleaned (ask for a "chemical-free" treatment).
Before allowing pets on your furniture, cover it with towels. Change and wash the towels frequently.
SourceHealthy Home 2008, Spring 2008
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