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  1. Putting Down Roots

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    Step aside, pumpkins -- here's an unexpected and inviting accent for the dinner table. We used daikon radishes and turnips, but any root vegetable will work. Using a knife, slice off enough of the leafy top to create a flat base. Insert black-headed pushpins to form eyes; for the mouth, cut a half-moon into the vegetable with a paring knife, and fill it in with a black marker. Arrange several in a shallow bowl, varying the heights and the shapes.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2007
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  2. Retro Father's Day Clip-Art Labels

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    He'll go nuts for personalized pistachios -- or pickles or hot sauce. In fact, these retro labels make it a cinch to turn any of Dad's favorite foods into a custom gift for Father's Day.

    How-To
    1. Download our designs. Print them onto plain or self-adhesive paper, enlarging or reducing the size as desired. 

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
  3. Paint-Pan Liner

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    You won't have to bother washing your paint pan if you line it with heavy-duty aluminum foil before using it. This trick is especially helpful if you're painting with different colors -- for each new hue, throw away the old foil (after pouring excess paint back into the can), and put in a fresh sheet, molding it to the inside of the pan.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2004
  4. Grassy Place Card, No Mowing

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    Celebrate the new season with place cards that resemble tufts of grass. Cut a 3-by-4-inch rectangle from green card stock. On 1 short side, fold under 1 inch to create a base. Stamp or write a name on the place card. Using scissors, cut a series of grass blades, as shown, stopping about 1 inch from the bottom. To finish, make angled cuts along the top.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  5. 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. 

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

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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