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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Martha chats about the creation of her latest book, "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts."
A comprehensive visual reference for beginners and experienced sewers alike, the book covers the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects.
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Get a sneak peek at a selection of fun projects from the book.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, March 2010
These frames are a snap for kids to make. Take photos of guests with an instant camera. Kids can mat them to precut card-stock squares, then embellish the borders. Add self-adhesive magnets to the back for hanging on the fridge.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 17 2005
Warm someone up by adding a handwritten note to a tea bag. Cut two hearts out of red construction paper using a heart-shaped crafter's hole punch (available at crafts stores). Use a metallic pen to write a short message on one of the hearts. Next, remove a tea-bag tag and, at the end of the string, affix two hearts, back-to-back, using double-sided tape or a stapler. Package bags to give as a present, or steep one in hot water and serve.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2005
Plants make an ideal gift at this time of year, but foil wrappers can detract from their earthy beauty. Instead, cover plastic pots in a neutral-colored fabric such as muslin or burlap.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2009
While you have your eraser and fabric paint at the ready (after making game boards), why not give some plain-Jane napkins a little personality? Stamp a bright border in any pattern and palette you fancy.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2010
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