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  1. Twisted Newspaper Fire Starter

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    Using newspaper to get a blaze going usually results in just another flash in the fireplace. An old-fashioned solution: these newspaper twists. 

    Make a Twisted Newspaper Fire Starter

    Tightly roll a sheet of newspaper, bend it in half, twist the ends together, and fasten with twine. Keep a basketful by the hearth and you'll always be ready to heat things up.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2011
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  2. 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
  3. A Better Stake

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    After pruning trees and shrubs in the yard, save the trimmed branches to support returning perennials, such as lilies. They'll be free and plentiful, not to mention more natural looking than metal or plastic spikes. Look for branches with lots of little twigs, and stake three to five of them around each plant. As the plant grows, its foliage will gradually wind around the network of twigs.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2006
  4. Good Thing

    Custom Makeup

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    Is the pink on that perfume label your perfect shade of rouge? Then send a photograph or other representation of the color you love to Three Custom Color Specialists, and they'll blend an eyeshadow, blush, or lipstick just for you. The company also sells a bridal line. 

     

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2009
  5. Sewing Repair Kit in a Binder

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    Where's an extra button when you need one? Find sewing supplies fast in this three-ring-binder repair kit. Add zipper pouches and a felt needle holder (use spray starch to make felt sturdier). 

    Mini three-ring binder, $16, russellandhazel.com. Zipper pouches, $3 each, containerstore.com (punch new holes as needed to fit binder).

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2011
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