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Good Things [Hardcover]

Martha Stewart Living Magazine
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April 29 1997 Best of Martha Stewart Living
Culled from the best of the "Good Things" columns in Martha Stewart Living magazine, this book offers a varied selection of wonderful crafts projects, recipes, hints for home decorating, organizing, and gift-giving. 200 color photos.

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Martha Stewart's decorating ideas are deceptively simple. The materials are readily available and the instructions are easy, masking the sophistication it takes to realize the simplistic beauty of a plain white plate with a single maple leaf as a place card. "Good Things" is what Martha Stewart calls the "easy tips" segment of her television show, and, in fact, all of the tips in this book are remarkably easy (at least, in comparison to some of her other projects). Martha's potato, sweet potato, and onion latkes are remarkably good, and are particularly recommended for those who may still doubt whether they can match Martha in their own kitchens.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Martha June 10 2001
Format:Hardcover
In the introduction to this book, Martha Stewart defines what she and her staff consider a "good thing". It must be uncomplicated, useful, aesthetically pleasing, interesting, pertinent, unusual, and done with materials that are easily found. I would say that about 75% of the projects in this book meet those criteria as I would apply them.
The book is well organized into seven sections: entertaining, cooking, celebrating, giving, gardening, decorating, and homekeeping. I found useful ideas in each section - some sections were better than others for me - but even the ones of lesser interest to me were still lovely to look at. At the end of the book, Stewart includes a source guide for most of the materials used in this book.
I especially liked the kitchen tips (in the cooking section); the easy instruction for handmade soaps; tole painting on tin buckets; and the organizing hints which included record-keeping.
Some of the ideas did not appeal to me at all (like gluing live ivy leaves along the edges of a tablecloth, making a linen table-sized mat, making linen basket liners, and constructing wraps for bottles) but then again, they were fun to look at!
The beautiful arrangement of this book and its photos made it worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Martha June 10 2001
Format:Hardcover
In the introduction to this book, Martha Stewart defines what she and her staff consider a "good thing". It must be uncomplicated, useful, aesthetically pleasing, interesting, pertinent, unusual, and done with materials that are easily found. I would say that about 75% of the projects in this book meet those criteria as I would apply them.
The book is well organized into seven sections: entertaining, cooking, celebrating, giving, gardening, decorating, and homekeeping. I found useful ideas in each section - some sections were better than others for me - but even the ones of lesser interest to me were still lovely to look at. At the end of the book, Stewart includes a source guide for most of the materials used in this book.
I especially liked the kitchen tips (in the cooking section); the easy instruction for handmade soaps; tole painting on tin buckets; and the organizing hints which included record-keeping.
Some of the ideas did not appeal to me at all (like gluing live ivy leaves along the edges of a tablecloth, making a linen table-sized mat, making linen basket liners, and constructing wraps for bottles) but then again, they were fun to look at!
The beautiful arrangement of this book and its photos made it worth buying.
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By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
For any Martha Stewart fan, a must. This is a collection of her easiest projects, yet they really pack a punch. Try giving someone a gift wrapped in a paper bag tied with raffia and a fall leaf gift tag with their name written in gold ink. Faster than all that tape and expensive paper, and just see how impressed they will be with such a simple statement. The book is full of ideas like this. And they can be translated from one use to another. (You never entertain and use place cards? Try those ideas for gift tags.) The book is slightly overpriced for a softbound volume, but it it worth it not having to wade through three years of Marth Stewart Living trying to remember what issue that pilow project you are thinking of was in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPRING CLEANING PROJECTS March 15 2001
By JR31
Format:Hardcover
This is my top pick for the coming season. Tackle the spring cleaning and then take Martha's advice and partake in a bit of crafty invention...Just enough to spruce up an otherwise monotonous winter cave - your HOME!
From fancy plate hangings to hanging eucalyptus in your shower, this book of quick do-it-yourself-ers is just the think for a springtime facelift and spiritual revitalizer.
Any of Martha's books are top-notch. This one just happens to be my particular favorite. Go to her website, marthastewart.com, and get tons more advice on weddings, showers/parties, babies, gardening, cooking (an awesome recipe archive), etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The literary bon-bon from Martha Sept. 20 2001
By Amyred
Format:Hardcover
This book puts the best of the best right where you need them. I have used this book so many times I can't even count. My apartment is a testament to Martha Stewart, and when I buy a house, it will be even worse. I can't tell you how the dishwashing soap bottle just improves the look of the kitchen, not to mention using the concentrated stuff and diluting it with water saves money and the environment. Just so many things, I can't count. . .little things, that make it go a long way. See also Good Things For Organizing, which gave me four things to use the night I got it.
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Format:Hardcover
I must admit that this is the best craft book I have ever read! And I should know, I have been reading them for 60 years! Martha includes so many wonderful ideas. She really is a creative and smart woman and should be commended for her genius. She ranks up there with Herbert Hoover and Regis Philbin. She is quite a role model for the ages and this work of literary merit makes it quite apparant. I warn you, the reader, that life will be very difficult without this book. Buy it and you are buying yourself genuine happiness for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, A Bundle of Good Things! July 13 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The "Good Things" segment of Martha Stewart Living magazine and television show has always been my favorite. The book is brimming with concise ways to make life more pleasant. In all, very delightful and beautifully done. From cover to cover, it's full of fresh ideas that can be accomplished in a short amount of time. For the busy woman who wants to take pride in her home, these ideas are just right. The best part is....all my favorite "good things" are now in one place. Thank you Martha, for a very good thing
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cut & Paste Job. Avoid
Rehash of articles in her magazine. Avoid.
Published on Jan. 13 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Good Here But Try....
...these others books that I think are grand:
The New Decorating Book (Better Homes and Gardens(R))
by Better Homes and Gardens, Elegant and Easy Rooms: 250 Trade Secrets... Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the magazine !
If you don't subscribe to Martha's expensive magazine (I don't), then this book is the only thing you need to own. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2002 by Tonyi Thomas Pelham
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Martha!
Another excellent effort by Martha! The photos are pristine in their color and clarity. Her ideas are excellent and, as usual, serve to inspire those of us who enjoy our homes as... Read more
Published on June 11 2001 by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best "MARTHA" book!!! and believe me I've read them all!
This book is fab!!! It contains neat little projects on everything from food to tools!! I f you want a Martha book tht's not just focused on one topic such as gardening or cooking,... Read more
Published on April 2 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars My wife loves it!!
My wife recently became interested in crafts and home decor. The Best of Martha Stewart captures her interests in both areas very well. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, good ideas
I am not a typical Martha lover but am time & time again impressed with what the trademark of Martha Stewart comes up with (I say trademark because she has a staff of like 50... Read more
Published on June 18 1998
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