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  1. Monochromatic Log Cabin Leather Tote

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    A monochromatic log cabin design in soft cowhide gives the pattern a modern yet relaxed vibe. 

    To make the bag, stitch together an 8-by-5 1/2-inch rectangle and 3-inch-wide strips using a leather needle and heavy-duty thread. Be sure to increase the stitch length to avoid perforating the leather. Add a strap of natural canvas. If you like, you can sew a matching lining.

    Sources: Wyoming cowhide, in Beige, globalleathers.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2011
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  2. How-To

    Stiffened Doilies

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    This project calls for textile, paper, and glassine doilies. You can find them at crafts stores and flea markets. As is the case with snowflakes, variety is welcome.

    Stiffened Doilies How-To

    1. Lay textile doilies on a covered surface. With a foam brush or roller, coat both sides of doilies with undiluted fabric stiffener until just saturated. Let dry overnight.

    2. Press with an iron. Hang from thread or monofilament.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2008
  3. Magician Cape

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    All we did to transform a mere 7-year-old boy to a mighty magician was use a fabric marker to draw a tie and collar onto a white T-shirt, affix a fake carnation to his lapel, and tie a black-and-red satin cape around his neck. And lo and behold: a levitating maestro ready to make piles of candy disappear.

    Cape How-To
    This unadorned cape falls just above the knee. You will need black satin and red satin fabric and two 14-inch pieces of red satin ribbon for ties. Make the cape following the basic directions. Stitch the ribbons securely to either side of the neck.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 9 2003
  4. Leaf Place Cards

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    Direct guests to their seats with name cards topped by leaves that look like they just blew in. To make each card, fold a piece of brown cover-weight card stock in half. Write guest's name with a white gel pen. Cut 1 or 2 notches (about 1 inch wide) in card, at an angle. Slide fallen leaves -- fresh or dried and pressed -- into each notch.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  5. Pinecone Lamp Finial

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    Bring a bit of the forest indoors by decorating a lamp finial with a pinecone, plain or spray-painted silver. If your lamp doesn't already have a basic finial -- the small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp's harp -- you can buy one at the hardware store. 

    Lamp Finial How-To
    1. Sand the bottom of the pinecone to create a smooth surface. 

    2. Dab a bit of hot glue onto the flattened area, and press the pinecone onto the top of the finial.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  6. Easter Candy Parade

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    What was good for Christmas is even sweeter for Easter. 

    Fill glass food jars with bulk candy arranged in colorful layers. Or create an Easter basket effect by nestling a white-chocolate bunny or lamb in green paper "grass." Finish with ribbon and a tag, or attach a note to the lid using double-sided tape.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
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