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  1. Chinese New Year Envelope Place Setting

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    Giving red envelopes filled with coins is a custom at Chinese New Year (which starts January 26), designed to bring good fortune to the recipients. Here's how to share the luck with dinner guests. 

    1. Rubber-stamp a red envelope with a New Year's greeting -- in any language -- using a gold-ink pad. 

    2. Fill it with change, and then lay it on a folded napkin wrapped with a band of patterned paper. 

    3. Tie in back with gold cord.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  2. Homespun Pumpkin Decorations

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    Assembled from yarn, rope, and foam balls, these homespun pumpkin decorations are simple to make. For each, gently press top and bottom of a Styrofoam ball against a work surface to flatten ends (so ball doesn't roll). Wrap orange roving around ball. Insert a T pin into top. Tie cream or orange mohair yarn to pin and cover ball. Cut a length of rope; place over pin, and attach with a hot-glue gun, pressing to secure.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  3. Candy Cornucopias

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    The Thanksgiving crowd at the children's table will appreciate these candy cornucopias. 

    Heat water in a teakettle, and put pointed end of a sugar cone into spout. Let steam until softened, about 1 minute. Gently curve end 1/2 inch from tip; hold for 15 seconds. Steam 1 side of cone's open end; press to flatten (so cone won't roll). Let cool until set. Dip edge in melted white chocolate, and roll in chopped pistachios. 

    Refrigerate until set. Fill with jelly beans and serve, or store in a covered container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  4. Felt Cozy for Hot-Water Bottles

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    A hot-water bottle is one of life's little luxuries. A soft felt sleeve makes it even cozier -- and a great gift. Cut two pieces of 10-by-15-inch felt, sew three sides, and turn it inside out. Insert the bottle and cinch the top with ribbon. 

    Sources:
    Cashmere blanket, by Umrao Cashmere, from abchome.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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