GOOD THINGS

Martha Stewart Living - - Contents - TEXT BY ELENI N. GAGE

Flow­er­ing branches that last, Su­per Bowl snacks, valen­tines for the whole class, and more.

Some things of beauty are a joy for­ever, but del­i­cate flow­er­ing quince—a tra­di­tional sym­bol of love and abun­dance—lasts only a week or two. This bloom­ing-good im­i­ta­tion is the ex­cep­tion: Snip pe­tal clus­ters off pink or red freeze-dried hy­drangeas, and craft-glue them to branches. They’ll look fresh well past win­ter, and keep your house­hold in the pink.

HUES TO USE You can repli­cate other blos­som­ing branches with this tech­nique. White hy­drangeas mimic al­mond or orange blos­soms; yel­low ones pass for for­sythia. THE DE­TAILS: Arte Flor nat­u­ral preserved hy­drangeas, in Light Pink, $ 20, gor­geous flow­ers.us. DriedDecor .com dec­o­ra­tive birch branches, $7 per bunch, drieddecor.com.

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