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Invisible shelves.

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I saw tons of how-to's on Instructables and other websites for this awesome way to store books. I altered it a bit for my own purposes, but I think it looks pretty much the same, and I didn't have to destroy a book (which all the how-to's I've read had suggested).

What you need:
-A hardcover book that you don't care about too much (I used one of my dad's old French text books and a book I bought at my local library sale for two dollars called "Cat Watching"..hilarious!)
-Other books to be put on the shelf (obviously)
-Stud finder
-One U-bracket per invisible shelf (found these in my garage)
-Heavy duty screw
-Electric drill
-A few butterfly clips
-Elmer's glue

My soundtrack: CCR Greatest Hits (I cannot get enough!)


Step 001
Find a stud where you want to set up the shelves. Mark where you want the U-brackets to be. Pre-drill holes.

Step 002
I opted to use a basic screwdriver to install the U-brackets by hand. Make sure they're level.

Step 003

The Story of Stuff.

Please check out the Story of Stuff. From the website:

What is the Story of Stuff?
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
Watching this was like watching "Super Size Me." After watching that movie, I didn't eat fast food for about five weeks. Granted it didn't turn me into a vegetarian, and I still partake in the occasional Big Mac, "Super Size Me" taught me important lessons about fast food and America's consumption …

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Dinosaur iPhone dock.

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Okay, so HOW COOL IS THIS? I don't even have an iPhone, but I might try to make one of these for my iPod, or maybe make something similar and sell them. I know a few friends who would definitely love something like this. Because honestly, who doesn't love dinos? No one, that's who.

Read more href="http://lifehacker.com/5335467/">here at Lifehacker!

A present from my sister!

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My sister was so happy that I finally got my blog up and running, she bought me a present! Her support is really important to me, and she's always willing to help me out with something (specifically sewing-related issues). Anyway, yesterday she went out shopping and brought me home a present--my first set of my very own pins. They're so cute, and I'm so thankful. I still haven't used them because the packaging is too sweet and I don't want to mess it up, but how great will they look in my Tomato Pincushion? Mad love to Little E.

A craft station and organizer.

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I found this on Craftzine.com today, and am SO JEALOUS. This station is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had enough space for something like this.

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Shark Week cupcakes.

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Since it's Discovery Channel's SHARK WEEK, and I was in the mood for dessert, I decided to make some Jaws-esque cupcakes. Aren't they absolutely terrifying? I cheated a bit and used boxed cake mix and frosting because i was in a hurry, but I plan on making some from scratch for a pool party next weekend.

What you need:
-boxed cake mix and subsequent ingredients
-frosting and food coloring
-cupcake tins and wrappers
-blue paper
-scissors

My soundtrack:
The 7/26 episode of "True Blood"

Step 001
Prepare the cake as per the instructions and dye the frosting to a nice, oceanic blue. I used about seven drops of blue and one of green for a regular-sized container of frosting. Bake the cupcakes and let cool.

Step 002
Frost the cupcakes. Cut shark fins out of the blue paper and stick them into the "water." Serve and enjoy!

I made these cupcakes a little bigger than normal so they're a bit more like muffins. Tip--I recommend putting the frosting bowl on top …

Tomato pincushions.

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I got this idea from Ms. Martha Stewart (see original link here) and am absolutely in love with how it turned out. I crafted with my sister (we each made one tomato--so far), and not only did we make adorable pincushions, we had a really fun time.


What you need:
-a bit of fabric, in either red, yellow, or green (or in any pattern or color you'd like, really)
-felt or another small piece of fabric for the leaf
-batting
-needle and thread
-scissors


Our soundtrack:
Bat for Lashes-Two Suns


Step 01
After choosing your fabric, cut into a circle. As a template, we used a paint tray with a 7 1/2" diameter.

Step 02
With the pattern face down, sew a running stitch around the border of the fabric. As you sew, carefully gather the fabric so it starts to form a pouch. Then, begin to stuff with batting.

Step 03
After you stitch up the opening of the tomato, cut the green fabric into a six-sided star and sew onto the top. For my leaf, I doubled up some thin green fabric and stitched it tog…

Intro.

Hello and Happy Rainy Sunday!

My name is Lu and this is my blog. I'm a recent college grad who's obsessed with organization. I've been spending far too much time on Martha Stewart and HGTV lately, trying to craft as much as I can with resources I already have. I try to limit my projects to things that are functional to my life, and I'm also trying to "reduce my carbon footprint" by recycling things I own into new and awesome creations.

I'm going to update as often as possible. Please feel free to leave comments and to spread the word of A Wild Tonic! Also, A Wild Tonic is on Twitter! Follow at A Wild Tonic!

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-Lu