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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. Square-Patterned Eggs

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    Bright colors and geometric designs make modern-looking eggs. Here, we've displayed a trio of square-patterned eggs in a graceful vintage wirework holder.

    To create the pattern, pieces of electrical tape are shifted slightly between two dips in dye. For chicken eggs, we used 1/2-inch squares; for goose eggs, slightly larger squares as well as rectangles. When layering hues, start with the paler one and move on to the darker one.

    Learn How to Make Shapes Using Electrical Tape

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
  3. Rescued Ribbon Tree

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    Give bits of ribbon left over from gift wrapping a new life as merry tree ornaments. The ribbons' colors and patterns don't need to match exactly, since their simple shape will tie the look together. Begin by knotting scraps into basic bows around a few inches of floral wire. Next, twist the wire to secure the bows to tree branches, indoors or out. To remove the ornaments, untwist the wire, and store flat between layers of tissue paper.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005
  4. Spirited Service

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    Ever the loyal servant, the butler ladles out punch for guests. (He passed away some time ago but never really retired.) We photographed the room and the butler separately, then digitally pasted him in midair, with his legs fading away. Black turnips and mini-pumpkin cups help set a ghoulish party scene.

    Punch Bowl Prop How-To

     

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2006
  5. Sewing Kit in a Jar

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    With just a little retrofitting, an old-fashioned Mason jar can become a new sewing kit with a built-in pincushion on top. To begin, separate the lid's sealer and screw cap. Trace around sealer on cardboard. Using a compass, draw another circle on linen or cotton, 1 inch larger in diameter than the first. Cut out both circles; make cushion by placing batting between fabric and cardboard. Turn screw cap upside down, and apply hot glue to inside edge of rim; quickly press cushion into lid until cloth protrudes smoothly above screw cap's opening and cardboard is flush against rim. Apply hot glue around edge of cardboard, fold over excess fabric, and press down. Glue top of sealer to cardboard. Fill jar.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2006
  6. Ghost in the Mirror

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    Even if you tend to be scared of your own shadow, you'll still smile at your reflection, thanks to this friendly spirit on your mirror. The cutout is made of frosted-glass window film, which adheres easily and (like ghosts everywhere) disappears without a trace. Download the template, trace onto the film, cut out with a pair of scissors, and apply.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2010
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