Add a splash of color to basic storage boxes. Cut a plus-sign shape out of book cloth, measuring fabric so each side panel covers box with an extra 1/2 inch on both sides and 2 inches on end. (Get the template.) Spread paste on center cloth panel; set box on top. Spread paste on side panels, and cover box, folding excess cloth over top edge, around corners, or under itself to hide seams. Hold in place with clothespins; let dry overnight. Cover lids if desired.
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Two full-length mirrors hidden inside the doors (plus a third along the unit's back wall) provide a tailor's multiview reflection. This area houses items typically donned just before leaving -- shoes, ties, belts, and watches.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
Soothe an insect bite or numb a mild burn without freezing your fingertips by using ice frozen in a film canister. Wash canister with soap and water beforehand, fill with water (allowing room for its expansion), cover, and freeze. To use, run cool water over the canister, then uncap, and gently squeeze to loosen the ice.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 4 2002
For best results, launder bath towels every three to four days using the following guidelines:
- Non-chlorine bleach can be used safely on white towels when they start to look a bit dingy, but avoid chlorine bleach, which eats up towels.
- Do not use fabric softener, which actually stiffens towels.
- Wash white towels on the hottest setting.
- When drying towels, use one scent-free dryer sheet.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, May 2007
Eliminate stray notes and pieces of paper by writing important to-do tasks on an erasable board near the door. Adding a painted wooden picture frame upgrades the standard message board; below it, a "hot box" -- a mesh bin set off by a colorful painted square -- helps you remember cameras, cell phones, and any other small equipment you may need to take with you.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2003
A flowerpot filled with garden supplies, such as a spade, shears, seeds, and gloves, makes a good gift for any friend with a green thumb. As a bonus, attach a gift tag made from decorative paper embedded with wildflower seeds; the recipient can plant it after reading your note. On the tag's front, draw a hint of what's to come.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
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