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My husband spoils me! I spend my life covered in sawdust and paint - I'm the luckiest person in the world!

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  • Alaskan Bev followed Education, Home Improvement, Tools, Reuse and 50 others channel 21 days ago
  • Alaskan Bev commented on tattoogirl's instructable Grocery Bag Sunglasses21 days ago
    Grocery Bag Sunglasses

    Awesome job!!! Any patient person could make them. Great write-up and photos, too. All-around winner! I have Rx sunglasses and don't see a lot of sense in popping them out of their expensive commercial frames, but I do have some old sunglasses with broken frames. Next rainy day project... Thanks!

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  • Brown Sugar Storage Science

    Good 'ible, Matt, as always. I have had great success with the airtight container method of storage since Noah stepped off the ark. Question: you mentioned marshmallows. I have a couple bags of marshmallow bullets! They're ok in hot chocolate, etc. Is there a way to keep those from turning into weapons?

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  • How to Make a Polished Aluminum Foil Ball

    What an interesting project! I don't believe I am that patient! Great photos and instructions, thanks! Question: a few gentle readers mention throwing the ball into the dryer for a few minutes to shorten the process. Does that leave black aluminum marks inside the dryer or on whatever is in there with it? The black rub-off on the pictured hand is pretty formidable!

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  • Simple Delicious Pound Cake

    Matt, that looks criminally tempting! Great Instructable, sir (as always!) - good photos, very understandable and user-friendly directions. Now if I can convince our son that next week's birthday deserves this instead of our old family standby (Norwegian cream cake), I think we'll all be happy!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on makjosher's instructable Secret Book Light Switch6 weeks ago
    Secret Book Light Switch

    This is a super-nice 'ible with great photos and write-up, but holy cats! Those 12 steps will surely take a minute! Not knocking DIY projects; I do lots and lots of them. But if you're short on time or tools, there's an inexpensive alternative (and no, I am Not on commission!). I wanted a remote switch for turning on/off my bedroom reading light so I did not have to get up to turn it off when I was more asleep than awake. I went to a big orange store and explained that I wanted a remote switch, etc. The nice man took me to the expensive aisle first, of course, where what I wanted cost just under $50. I said it would be cheaper to just buy a new lighting system and where were the less expensive remotes, please? He then took me to a different aisle where I got just what I wanted for under...

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    This is a super-nice 'ible with great photos and write-up, but holy cats! Those 12 steps will surely take a minute! Not knocking DIY projects; I do lots and lots of them. But if you're short on time or tools, there's an inexpensive alternative (and no, I am Not on commission!). I wanted a remote switch for turning on/off my bedroom reading light so I did not have to get up to turn it off when I was more asleep than awake. I went to a big orange store and explained that I wanted a remote switch, etc. The nice man took me to the expensive aisle first, of course, where what I wanted cost just under $50. I said it would be cheaper to just buy a new lighting system and where were the less expensive remotes, please? He then took me to a different aisle where I got just what I wanted for under $8! It's easily moveable so the remote can be used in another part of the house if you wish. The fun part is carrying the remote in my pocket, turning a light on or off with great gesticulations with my other hand, and confusing and amazing my grandchildren, who already think I am magic!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on david0429's instructable How to Tap/Thread Wood2 months ago
    How to Tap/Thread Wood

    I've always known this as cyanoacrylate. I don' know if this is the same thing as raphan's cyanolicrat or not. They could be just a molecule or two different. Great Instructable! Good photos, easy to follow. One thing I'd add is that when doing this sort of project I always use thick scrap wood under the wood I am tapping/drilling just to avoid holes in a surface where they are not desired. I then make sure to firmly clamp down the being-worked-upon wood (with a spacer block between the project and the clamp to avoid unsightly circle marks!) so that the project doesn't start spinning around and possibly whack someone or something! In ten+ years teaching intermediate/high school art with a lot of woodworking, I never had a single shop accident that required so much as a BandAid! I am an ...

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    I've always known this as cyanoacrylate. I don' know if this is the same thing as raphan's cyanolicrat or not. They could be just a molecule or two different. Great Instructable! Good photos, easy to follow. One thing I'd add is that when doing this sort of project I always use thick scrap wood under the wood I am tapping/drilling just to avoid holes in a surface where they are not desired. I then make sure to firmly clamp down the being-worked-upon wood (with a spacer block between the project and the clamp to avoid unsightly circle marks!) so that the project doesn't start spinning around and possibly whack someone or something! In ten+ years teaching intermediate/high school art with a lot of woodworking, I never had a single shop accident that required so much as a BandAid! I am an absolute stickler for shop safety and my kids have always learned a lot, had a great deal of fun, and turned out admirable projects. Thanks for sharing this project.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on bekathwia's instructable Beaded Wrap Bracelet2 months ago
    Beaded Wrap Bracelet

    Thank you for the clear instructions and great photos! Easy job all the way around; good on ya! I've done beadwork all my life and have made assorted bracelets and other projects but I haven't done any quite like this. I'll add this to my ever-growing list...

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Secret Book Switch2 months ago
    Secret Book Switch

    My husband, bless his heart, has said that my worst habit is reading in bed (then falling asleep with the light on and sometimes scaring the cat as I drop the book...). A switch system such as this would have helped me, but it occurred to me that there must be some sort of remote switch so that I could turn off the light without having to get up. I found just what I needed at a big box electrical store (orange). The helpful lighting expert began by showing me $50 remote light switches, then we worked our way down to some that are $6-7! I just got one and it solved the problem! However, I am going to have to follow your easy-looking 'ible and make a switch like this just for the fun of it! Great photos - thanks!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Duct Tape4 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Duct Tape

    Hi, AKOldman! Alaskan Bev again. Our oldest son lives in Wasilla. He borrowed our trailer a while back and I finally had to go retrieve it. Oh, no! One of the two wires on the connector to my rig's light system was broken and the hitch lock was gone. I stopped at Wal*Mart, bought a roll of camo duct tape (to complement my couple dozen assorted rolls at home!), taped the wires together, then wrapped several loops of it around the trailer hitch to keep it from unhitching itself all the way down the highway. Worked fine. Yea, Wasilla Wal*Mart!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Yonatan24's instructable 8 Unusual Uses for Tweezers 4 months ago
    8 Unusual Uses for Tweezers

    All good ideas, thanks! I bought a large pair of bamboo tweezers for using in/with the toaster. I also have a cute little pair of tweezerish rubber-coated tiny hands for the toaster, but they are more effective as a decorator touch than they are functional. Another 'ible on this site shows how to make toast removers with popsicle sticks. I found tongue depressors to work better than those, though.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on ShakeTheFuture's instructable Tin Can Hole Saw4 months ago
    Tin Can Hole Saw

    I just can't visualize your explanation for the Sharpie/countertop method of finding the center of the bottom of the can. What I used to have my students do was firmly hold the can against a piece of paper positioned so that they could trace all the way around the can. Then draw a manageable-sized box around the circle, cut out the box, and it's easy then to carefully cut out the circle. Fold the circle exactly in half, fold the half in half again, giving a quarter-circle with a point. The point should be very close to being the exact center of the can. Tape the circle to the can if necessary, then push or pound a tack or small nail through the exact center and proceed from there. It doesn't take long, and helps kids reinforce good uses for common skills.Great Instructable!

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  • Secret Library Shelf - the Book Spines Slide Away to Reveal Hidden Storage!

    Thank you for teaching me a new proper term. And thank you for your service!Great Instructable, BTW!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Giuseppe Portelli's instructable Home Made Book Rebinding4 months ago
    Home Made Book Rebinding

    I have four of my grandmother's old Bibles (written in Norwegian and dated back into the mid-1800s) that desperately need rebinding. I've been scared to death to do them, although I have rebound other less important volumes. Thank you for all the encouraging, user-friendly ideas! Good on ya!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on kludge77's instructable Cotton Ball Bowl4 months ago
    Cotton Ball Bowl

    Unbelievable! I really love the looks of this great project. I don't have access to a lathe so I'm going to have to think about this some, but I definitely want to try it. Thanks for sharing this - good on ya!

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  • How Make Chicken Salt, Australia's Best Kept Secret

    Wow, John, I'll definitely be trying this! I never even heard of chicken salt, and did not know there were differences in paprika! Sweet paprika? Hmmm. According to some of our grandchildren, the only thing to put on fries is ranch dressing. Ha! I'll show 'em! Thanks for this great recipe, photos, and video. Easy to follow and user-friendly.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Duct Tape4 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Duct Tape

    AKOldman, if you are a geocacher we may know each other. I live in a small community between Wasilla and "town" (Anchorage). If you're not, you can look me up on the geocaching website. I've run some cash through that Wal*Mart and have even bought duct tape and electrical tape there! I had no idea that this store bears the distinction you mention. It's fun to stand at those counters and discuss tape uses with strangers! I've even gotten some great new ideas there. We use the stuff all the time.Great Instructable, Mike, as always! Thanks.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable 3 Ingredient Fudge4 months ago
    3 Ingredient Fudge

    You're right; it does look enticingly simple! Chalk up another marvelous creation from Matt the Master! Gotta try this one!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Random_Canadian's instructable Miniature LED TARDIS Throwaways5 months ago
    Miniature LED TARDIS Throwaways

    Eee, thank you for this critical reminder! Even just a bad stomach ache can be trial enough, but as this article points out, Death can result from swallowing just one of these attractive, tiny batteries!!! Dewny, even bright little kids often put things in their mouths (so please don't be snarky).And Random Canadian, excellent Instructabl4e - thanks!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on timberanew's instructable Sofa Arm Table5 months ago
    Sofa Arm Table

    Your Instructable is very clear and easy to follow, with great photos. Your point about the hard wearing varnish is right on. I often use polyurethane and have been happy with that. Thank you for a job well done!I know your friends will happily receive years of good use and plenty of compliments on the addition to their sofa. I made one of these sofa-shelves years ago but it was a much easier build because the end arm was more vertical, therefore more comfortable and serviceable.Keep those 'ibles coming! Carry on!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Mimikry's instructable Easy Pyrography Ornaments5 months ago
    Easy Pyrography Ornaments

    Well, great 'ible, Mimikry! I love foxes, too, and draw them endlessly. (I'm a Wood Badge fox!) Now I have one more project to add. There's no reason anyone should ever be bored for a minute with all the wonderful things to do in this world. Thanks for sharing this one with us.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on KarenK116's instructable PVC Pipe Rain Stick5 months ago
    PVC Pipe Rain Stick

    This is totally beautiful, KarenK116! Great 'ible with excellent photography and user-friendly directions. I never really thought about needing a rainstick (even though I am a musician) but now I see how incredibly I simply must have one! I love giving homemade gifts. Once I build my prototype I guess at least half the people on our list will be receiving them. I'm going to experiment with sizes, etc., and will let you know in a few weeks (or months). Thanks for your work and sharing.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on ClenseYourPallet's instructable Our Reclaimed TreeHouse5 months ago
    Our Reclaimed TreeHouse

    You did some very outstanding work, CYP, especially with that gorgeous door! Thank you for the great photos and fascinating write-up!When I was a little older than your son I built a pseudo-treehouse in a couple of beech trees up in the woods. They towered over the spring that furnished our spring water through a very l-o-n-g pipe down the hill to a holding tank in our cellar. (This was in the Catskills of upstate NY.) One day when I was sitting up there whistling and playing my (first) three-octave chromatic harmonica, I heard a rustling in the bushes below. There was a very tiny baby skunk all by herself, whining and looking for support. I skittled down from my treehouse, picked up the little thing, carried her home, and raised her in my bedroom. There are countless Kris stories, all ...

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    You did some very outstanding work, CYP, especially with that gorgeous door! Thank you for the great photos and fascinating write-up!When I was a little older than your son I built a pseudo-treehouse in a couple of beech trees up in the woods. They towered over the spring that furnished our spring water through a very l-o-n-g pipe down the hill to a holding tank in our cellar. (This was in the Catskills of upstate NY.) One day when I was sitting up there whistling and playing my (first) three-octave chromatic harmonica, I heard a rustling in the bushes below. There was a very tiny baby skunk all by herself, whining and looking for support. I skittled down from my treehouse, picked up the little thing, carried her home, and raised her in my bedroom. There are countless Kris stories, all beginning with that treehouse.My husband and youngest son, then around 14, built him a tree fort 7' up in some huge back yard cottonwoods. The floor is 7' X 7' and the ceiling is 7' up. It's 20 years old now and still holds some of his childhood treasures, but I think the greatest treasure of all is all the time they spent together producing something that provided so much enjoyment for them both. I wish your family many, many happy years in your beautiful treehouse! Thanks for the great 'ible!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on jessyratfink's instructable DIY Gold Slime6 months ago
    DIY Gold Slime

    And I have a precious granddaughter turning ten next month...I'm sure I need to add this to her arsenal of gifts. She's one of the youngest - seems as if she was just born the other day! Pictures to follow...

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  • Cockroach Donuts (Boston Cream)

    Great Instructable! I voted, BTW. But I'm still not sure I'd eat one...

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on bekathwia's instructable Paracord Zipper Pull6 months ago
    Paracord Zipper Pull

    They're great for key fobs, watch fobs, stocking stuffers, and easy identification of backpacks and suitcases. These are great beginning projects for kids because they're small and can be made in one class period (the teacher or other adult may have to do the final end-melting). If they enjoy these projects they can go on to longer ones, such as watch bands and belts. You're correct about the melted ends being Hot! Hang them out of reach for a couple of minutes. Kids (of all ages!) also enjoy making the little dolls with this type of pattern. Great 'ible, thanks!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on eamonwalshdiy's instructable DIY Log Cabin Bird House6 months ago
    DIY Log Cabin Bird House

    I've had my students make lots of birdhouses from scrap wood. I did allow them to use power sanders and power drills, as well as hole saws. We added science (bird studies), math (measurements), community safety (where to hang the nice new birdhouses), and of course, Art! Those kids did some awesome work!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on DenseJungle's instructable Emergency Candle.8 months ago
    Emergency Candle.

    You're melting down brand new candles to make another candle. I like to make assorted candles using 25-cent huge partly-used candles I find at thrift stores. People donate them all the time and one can often find huge bags of them for just a dollar. You can use all the same color or mix them up for interesting effects. Have fun with it! Since these are "emergency candles," who cares what color they are? You don't see the color of the candles in a tin unless you look at them from the top, anyway.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on wilgubeast's instructable 9 Unusual Uses for Aspirin8 months ago
    9 Unusual Uses for Aspirin

    "Drunk as a monkey" is a new one on me. I've always heard "drunk as a skunk." Regional expressions, I presume.

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  • Underwater Wrist Thruster 1.85 Mph!

    What happens if you kick your feet up and down as in a regular swimming manner? Does that add to your speed or interfere with the action of the machinery?

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on zrotholz's instructable Flarinet- a DIY Musical Mouthpiece 8 months ago
    Flarinet- a DIY Musical Mouthpiece

    Thank you, garnetshaw. I just tried that once and firefox won't go there for me. I'll keep trying.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags8 months ago
    Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags

    I can't show a picture of this because it is summer and it's a long drive from our house to old snow! When a little kid gets hurt (not enough for EMTs!) but wants the attention of being cared for, I've been known to slip some snow into a ZipLoc (Freezer style) bag, let the crying injured child pick out a sticker or two for the bag, then hold the bag over the injured area. Either hold it over the clothing and bandage, or wrap in a towel to keep it from compounding an injury by freezer burn!

    Stores that sell geocaching supplies have them, too, or you can order them online from geocaching websites.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on zrotholz's instructable Flarinet- a DIY Musical Mouthpiece 8 months ago
    Flarinet- a DIY Musical Mouthpiece

    If a person is mass producing them - say, for a dozen kids in a neighborhood band - would they have a uniform sound if done as uniformly as possible? Can the tones be matched so that a C is a true C or an A-flat a true tone? If I decide to make these, or have my students make them with me. I want to be sure that we'll be reasonably able to play music that will sound good together and be recognizable! (Otherwise it's not an actual band, just a bunch of kids squawking together!) Nice Instructable, thanks.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Nelimare's instructable "Pencil Through Ear" Earring 9 months ago
    "Pencil Through Ear" Earring

    At first I thought it was done with those tiny magnets, which I've used to make all kinds of weird earrings, but I like your idea as well or better. I can think of all kinds of applications... Thanks for the intriguing Instructable and great photos!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Paige Russell's instructable 10 Unusual Uses for Lemons9 months ago
    10 Unusual Uses for Lemons

    We always used vinegar for invisible writing. Less expensive and most homes have it around all the time. Use white vinegar, obviously.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on emilyvanleemput's instructable Hexagon Bracelet9 months ago
    Hexagon Bracelet

    -Beautiful results and excellent tutorial and photos. I like the wire wrap look, although I may try one with mixed colors of embroidery thread just for the fun of it. Thanks for this attractive, easily understandable instructable!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on tomatoskins's instructable Personal Ping-Pong9 months ago
    Personal Ping-Pong

    U Rock, tomatoskins! I am SO making a couple of these as Christmas surprises! Thanks!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on geotek's instructable Folding Sandpaper for Longer Life10 months ago
    Folding Sandpaper for Longer Life

    I was given a generous supply of different sized wood dowels. When I'm sanding wood with curved valleys, as in your photo, I find a short length of the dowel that best fits the curve, wrap a small piece of sandpaper around that, and sand evenly and efficiently.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Paige Russell's instructable 10 Unusual Uses for Pencils10 months ago
    10 Unusual Uses for Pencils

    "'Tis a constipation devoutly to be wished." (apologies to Shakespeare)

    A few more: 1) I save the short ones to add to small geocache containers. 2) I've used short pencils for emergency dulcimer string sliders. 3) Short pencils are handy for wrapping with a few feet of duct tape to throw into a backpack or camping gear bag. 4) I've taken a small wood block (different sizes) and wrapped wide rubber bands tightly around it with a pencil on each side. It lets kids write with two pencils at once! For angled drawing, place one pencil a little longer than the other. Kids who sometimes refuse to buckle down and work will often jump at the chance work differently than normal.Question: Many of us have used pencils for rubbings (Crayons work better for making respectful! rubbings from tombstones), as well for as with coins, leaves, etc. I used to make rubbings of...

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    A few more: 1) I save the short ones to add to small geocache containers. 2) I've used short pencils for emergency dulcimer string sliders. 3) Short pencils are handy for wrapping with a few feet of duct tape to throw into a backpack or camping gear bag. 4) I've taken a small wood block (different sizes) and wrapped wide rubber bands tightly around it with a pencil on each side. It lets kids write with two pencils at once! For angled drawing, place one pencil a little longer than the other. Kids who sometimes refuse to buckle down and work will often jump at the chance work differently than normal.Question: Many of us have used pencils for rubbings (Crayons work better for making respectful! rubbings from tombstones), as well for as with coins, leaves, etc. I used to make rubbings of the backs of assorted coins and then have my students add up the amount. Amazing how quickly they will race it! I like doing rubbings of different leaves; has anyone tried using different colored pencils? Is it successful? I'm going outdoors to gather up some right now.

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  • How to Cook Breakfast in Bread (Egg Bread Bowl)

    This looks so much like an extraordinarily delicious variation of breakfasts that I've made countless times camping with Scouts, camping alone, or just cooking out in the back yard. I'm glad to be reminded of it; thanks. Great job! I add thin slices of red onions, very thin sliced green and black olives, and whatever else needs to escape from the refrigerator. Finely minced garlic is also an interesting addition, and I sometimes add sliced celery and/or carrot coins. I don't care for sausage but shredded pre-cooked moose or caribou is great! Let's make breakfast! Yum!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on GuthrieM1's instructable D.I.Y Grappling Hook10 months ago
    D.I.Y Grappling Hook

    I geocache as Alaskan Bev and have many times wished for a grappling hook; I've even mentioned it in cache logs. Now I know how to make one - the world will never be safe again! Thank you, kind sir! Cache on!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on jessyratfink's instructable Unusual Uses for Dryer Sheets10 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Dryer Sheets

    Mice are not native creatures to our state (Alaska) but we do have shrews. Lord, have mercy, do we have shrews! They don't seem to mind dryer sheets a bit, either - bring 'em on, baby!Since I don't use dryer sheets, so you know of any suppliers for used ones? (snark...)

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