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  1. Good Thing

    Bucket Umbrella Stand

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    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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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
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  2. Botanical Door Border

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    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.

    See More Plant-Pressing How-Tos

    How To Build a Plant Press

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    Clip Frames (23 1/2" by 9 3/4" ), from ikea.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
  3. Job Jar

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    In summer, the mere mention of chores can evoke reactions usually reserved for dentist appointments and haircuts. To make tasks less tedious for everyone, print them on strips of paper, color-coding to distinguish "grown-up jobs" from "kid jobs." On chore day, have everyone draw and complete a job.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 1 2001
  4. This End Up

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    Tame your T-shirts by folding them into thirds and arranging them folded-end up in the drawer, rather than flat (this is an overhead view). Metal bookends, painted blue and outfitted with rubber surface protectors, hold the shirts upright, letting you see each one.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
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    Longer-Lasting Blooms

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    When using daffodils in mixed bouquets, place them in separate bud vases. The stems contain a poisonous sap that causes other flowers to wilt quickly.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  6. A Tall Story

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    Paperwhites are a favorite for the season -- until they grow too tall and flop to one side. To rein them in, root the bulbs in gravel with a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol and 10 parts water. They'll stop growing at about two-thirds their usual height.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
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