Transform an inexpensive flower bucket into a nice-looking umbrella stand by painting the bottom of the bucket with glossy oil-based enamel paint. In addition to providing color, the paint will help disguise any rust caused by dripping umbrellas. Mark the bottom third of a tall galvanized bucket (available at garden centers) with painters' tape; prime and paint this area and the bottom of the bucket. Let dry 24 hours before removing tape.
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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
Dusty miller, known for its velvety foliage, is small enough to be pressed in a telephone book. When dried, the leaf fronts turn silvery white, while the backs go gray. Both are on view in figure-eight garlands, which flank a doorway in the style of architectural moldings.
The leaves are affixed to plum-colored rice paper and laid under glass in inexpensive clip frames.
Clip Frames (23 1/2" by 9 3/4" ), from ikea.com
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2010
Square acrylic organizers give ties and belts their own homes. Underneath, blue acid-free mat board lines the drawer for extra color. Additional trays are cushioned with coordinating felt to protect the jewelry inside.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
Personalize your desk with a free-form stone-shaped blotter; it's a great way to protect the surface or to designate a writing area. Plus it takes just minutes to make: Outline the shape you want on the back of the leather, and cut it out with heavy-duty scissors.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, September 2010
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
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