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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. Sentimental Valentine's Day Wheel

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    Hundreds of years ago, astronomers fashioned volvelles -- wheels of paper that worked like circular slide rules -- to help track the movement of the planets. This version of a volvelle conceals rotating endearments along with phrases and symbols that convey your affection with a turn of the wheel.

    Valentine's Day Wheel Template

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2003
  3. How-To

    Tissue-Paper-Decorated Eggs

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    Perched on baking-cup pedestals, these plain blown eggs were decorated with cutouts from folded pastel tissue paper. 

    With a hole punch and small, sharp scissors, cut simple shapes out of accordion-folded tissue; dots and teardrops combine well to make flowers. With a small paintbrush, apply craft glue to the egg. Using fingers, press on the cutouts; wipe away excess glue. 

    Keep fingers clean as you work; wet glue attracts dirt. Glue may discolor egg dyes, so undyed eggs are best.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2001
  4. Good Thing

    Tangle-Proof Yarn Case

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    For many of us, knitting is relaxing. But when the yarn inevitably becomes tangled, it can feel more like an exercise in frustration. Here's one way to keep things from getting knotty. Gather empty cookie tins left over from the holidays, or purchase new ones. Apply a coat of oil-based enamel paint in any hue to outside of tin and lid; let dry overnight. Using a grommet kit (available at hardware stores), attach a grommet to the lid's center. Place ball of yarn inside, and thread an end through the grommet before securing lid.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
  5. Fabric Napkins with Stamped Borders

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
  6. Stationery with a Colorful Edge

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    Transform the plainest note cards into cheery, even elegant, stationery with nothing more than a stamp pad. Just run the edge of the paper and envelopes along the pad (use one that's soft and spongy). These bright colors are perfect for spring and summer, but you can swap them out for different shades to suit your mood or the occasion. For a more formal look, try a gold or silver stamp pad.

    Voyage pigment ink pad set, $10, by Martha Stewart Crafts; michaels.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2011
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