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    Jam Jar Salt and Pepper Shakers

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    Place a piece of clear tape over a lid, and use a marker to create a pattern of holes. With a pushpin, pierce the lid at each mark. Remove tape, and head to the picnic.

    Mini preserves, 69 cents each, by Bonne Maman; englishteastore.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2011
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    Fall Garland

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    Create a seasonal garland to drape around the doorway using multicolored decorative dried corn. 

    Space cobs 6 to 8 inches apart on a length of raffia (available at crafts stores), tying it around each piece where the husk meets the kernels. 

    The cobs will hang vertically; if you'd like them to be horizontal (as shown in the center of garland), tie the tip of each cob to the husk of the next using floral wire.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
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    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
  4. Heart-Shaped African Violets

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    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 Stewart Living, February 2009
  5. Kids' Alphabet Magnet Thank-You Card

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    Want to inspire your kid to write thank-you notes? Put her on the card. 

    Have your child hold a magnetic board with alphabet magnets that spell out "Thanks for coming to my party." She can write a personalized note on the back of each picture. 

    Magnetic dry-erase board, boarddudesdirect.com, Magnetic lowercase letter set, $11, amazon.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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