All it takes to propagate African violets is a large healthy leaf, cut in half. To turn the leaf into a pretty gift, snip it into the shape of a heart. Using clean, sharp scissors, remove a leaf with 1 inch of stem from a plant, and shape the leaf. Fill a small pot with fresh potting soil, and poke a hole in the soil with a pencil. Insert 3/4 inch of stem, pack soil firmly around it, and water well. (While rooting, the leaf should be covered with a glass jar or a plastic bag and removed from bright light to keep it moist.) A new plantlet should emerge in 6 to 8 weeks.
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Transform reusable bamboo utensils with a few deft strokes of model paint, which can withstand hand-washing.
To create stripes, tape off the areas you don't want painted using painters' tape; then paint, let dry, and ring the picnic bell.
Similar bamboo flatware (#20-2006), totallybamboo.com
Enamel paints, testors.com
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2010
Magazine holders are good for keeping old issues in order, but their handleless backs make it difficult to access them when you need to. For a permanent fix, position a sash lift on the back of a holder, and mark screw holes with a pen. With a hand drill, make two holes in holder to accommodate small bolts. Secure the lift to the holder with bolts and matching nuts.
Brass-hook sash lifts in polished nickel; $11 for 2; Rejuvenation; 888-401-1900 or rejuvenation.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
Embellish holiday parcels with mistletoe made from felt leaves.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2007
Fill old-style specimen jars with water, and add enough food coloring to produce a suitably supernatural tint. Arrange lotus pods, poppy pods, and coneflower heads within. No evil will darken your doorstep with these eerie elixirs on display.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2009
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