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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 Pull2 weeks 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 House2 weeks 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.2 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 Aspirin2 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 2 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 Bags2 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 2 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 2 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 Lemons3 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 Bracelet3 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-Pong3 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 Life3 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 Pencils3 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 Hook4 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 Sheets4 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Dryer Sheets

    I'm sharpening up my carving knife as soon as I finish reading & laughing myself silly over all these blogs!

    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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  • Alaskan Bev commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Drunken Gummy Bears4 months ago
    Drunken Gummy Bears

    Oh my goodness! Funny! I may never eat another gummi bear, though...

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  • The Single Most Effective Way to Get Rid of a Sunburn

    Thank you for this very helpful Instructable! I lived in FL during college years, was a natural blond, and sunburned fairly easily despite any preventive treatment (college kids love the beach, right?). My landlady insisted that I apply white vinegar. It relieved the burning sensation, which was not severe, and I did not really turn tan from it anyway. We have lived in AK for 39 years and have no opportunity to sunburn, but I go Outside nearly every summer to visit family, etc. and seem to be more susceptible to sunburning than I was before we moved here. Next trip I'll carry some Earl Grey bags just in case, and them leave them with my sister if I don't need to use them, since she drinks the stuff and I don't. A few summers ago some friends took us out on a large lake and we boated for...

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    Thank you for this very helpful Instructable! I lived in FL during college years, was a natural blond, and sunburned fairly easily despite any preventive treatment (college kids love the beach, right?). My landlady insisted that I apply white vinegar. It relieved the burning sensation, which was not severe, and I did not really turn tan from it anyway. We have lived in AK for 39 years and have no opportunity to sunburn, but I go Outside nearly every summer to visit family, etc. and seem to be more susceptible to sunburning than I was before we moved here. Next trip I'll carry some Earl Grey bags just in case, and them leave them with my sister if I don't need to use them, since she drinks the stuff and I don't. A few summers ago some friends took us out on a large lake and we boated for hours. My lips received an extremely painful sunburn which would even awaken me in the night in agony. Vinegar did not help. Now I always carry Clown White or else zinc oxide ointment to rub generously on my lips if I am Outside in severe sun. As many posters have already observed, prevention is the best cure.Our oldest son's godparents are African American. I have a picture of John pointing at my mild sunburn after a day at the beach, laughing, and offering the classic observation, "I just get tanner! Ha-ha! Today I barely got burned - and you can't tell." I shared my vinegar with him anyway.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Phil B's instructable Uses for Spent K-Cups4 months ago
    Uses for Spent K-Cups

    A few years ago when my husband visited his brother and his family on the other side of the country, he was persuaded to just "have to have" a K cup machine. To accomplish that goal, they figured that all he had to do was to convince me how much I wanted one. Ha! I was directed to go to a particular store in town (25 miles south) to pick up the thing. He was surprised/disappointed to see that it was waiting for him in the unopened box. (I almost never drink coffee, for pete's sake, and only a couple very certain brands of tea.) Now the thing takes up half of the top surface of the butcher block table that he built me decades ago and I have to move everything around to accommodate the dish drainer. (I also do not have nor want a dishwasher.) I don't know how to use a K cup mach...

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    A few years ago when my husband visited his brother and his family on the other side of the country, he was persuaded to just "have to have" a K cup machine. To accomplish that goal, they figured that all he had to do was to convince me how much I wanted one. Ha! I was directed to go to a particular store in town (25 miles south) to pick up the thing. He was surprised/disappointed to see that it was waiting for him in the unopened box. (I almost never drink coffee, for pete's sake, and only a couple very certain brands of tea.) Now the thing takes up half of the top surface of the butcher block table that he built me decades ago and I have to move everything around to accommodate the dish drainer. (I also do not have nor want a dishwasher.) I don't know how to use a K cup machine, either here or at a doctor's office. I guess I was born too soon...sigh...

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on wilgubeast's instructable Thirty Unusual Uses for Aluminum Foil4 months ago
    Thirty Unusual Uses for Aluminum Foil

    I hate rats! Are you afraid of rats? Oh, horrors! There is a rat in separate!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on wilgubeast's instructable 10 Unusual Uses for Tennis Balls5 months ago
    10 Unusual Uses for Tennis Balls

    If only I still had my old (1950s) Chevy... Last night I reminded my husband of something that happened the day we got engaged (like 53 years ago). Bud's mom sent me out to get (top name brand) fried chicken to celebrate. I've forgotten the reason I had to take her car (a newer model Olds) rather than my older Chevy, but when I got back she and Bud gave me weird questioning looks. I asked why. Then one of them asked me when and why I had made a copy of her car key! What? I definitely had not! I handed Bud my keys and invited him, "Here, go start Mom's car and drive it around the driveway." To their great surprise, it worked! Shocked us all! I also, in the 1990's, opened someone else's late model van with My own van key! Our vans looked identical, except that the one I opened b...

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    If only I still had my old (1950s) Chevy... Last night I reminded my husband of something that happened the day we got engaged (like 53 years ago). Bud's mom sent me out to get (top name brand) fried chicken to celebrate. I've forgotten the reason I had to take her car (a newer model Olds) rather than my older Chevy, but when I got back she and Bud gave me weird questioning looks. I asked why. Then one of them asked me when and why I had made a copy of her car key! What? I definitely had not! I handed Bud my keys and invited him, "Here, go start Mom's car and drive it around the driveway." To their great surprise, it worked! Shocked us all! I also, in the 1990's, opened someone else's late model van with My own van key! Our vans looked identical, except that the one I opened by mistake was full of wrapped Christmas gifts that could have easily disappeared! Maybe there's actually a reason that the newest vehicles have such expensive computerized keys!

    You can Google that and watch a variety of vids showing that and interesting related topics (how to break into Your Own car using a potato, a cat, etc.).

    Not keys. A remote. One of the greatest inventions ever. They can even be easily retrofitted to vehicles without one.

    One cannot live long without a liver...

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  • Easily Getting Rid of Dead Spots on Your Lawn, Effortlessly!

    Be sure that the grass in your yard is of legal age to drink. And it can be such a nuisance to have a bunch of drunk grass tripping all over the place...just sayin'...

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Concrete Balloon Candle Holder5 months ago
    Concrete Balloon Candle Holder

    Amazingly beautiful! Having the different light colors is an especially effective touch, rather than all white, all yellow, or whatever. The mottled orange is great, but even more effective because they are backgrounded by yellow and another light color. Looks like time to get busy!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Befferoni and Cheese's instructable Restaurant-Style Salsa5 months ago
    Restaurant-Style Salsa

    I particularly like adding tiny diced bits of fresh celery, leaves and all. Celery makes anything better. I've even been known to add grated bits of fresh carrots, but don't tell my kids! Like spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, salad, etc., one's personal recipe is very accepting of family preferences. This salsa recipe looks awesome, though, and we'll definitely try it. Thanks! Looks as if it could win blue ribbons at the state fair!

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  • 7 Easy Tips to Reduce the Stress of Travel

    I use an acceptably small backpack instead of a purse. It leaves my hands free. I've heard of travelers lining the inside bottom of their backpacks with a small piece of rolled (U-shape) flashing or other metal (with the edges taped and the corners rounded so as not to tear the backpack). This makes it a little sturdier and also prevents sneaky pickpacks (pickpockets who pick backpacks instead) from slicing the bottom of the pack and grabbing whatever falls out.

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  • Ultimate Road Trip Car Conversion (Honda Fit)

    Excellent ideas, great creativity and innovation! Great DIY ideas! Since my husband hates camping and our kids are grown, if I'm camping I'm either with my Boy Scouts and we're in tents, or else I'm back in the woods somewhere in my own tent or sleeping in the back of my Jeep (which can also be "intense" - sorry, couldn't resist...). I am 5' 1.5" so sleeping on the flattened seats is fine, and my gear can take up the other half. Driving a lot of bumpy back roads, the old driving-laundry trick works very well: throw laundry in a 5-gal bucket with some water and a few drops of dfetergent, snap on the lid, drive on, rinse things out at night and hang to dry. Clean and neat as can be! Camp on!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on lowtech's instructable Cub Scout Project: Wood Tool Box6 months ago
    Cub Scout Project: Wood Tool Box

    Is your adjective a pun?...

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on photozz's instructable Techniques for Making a Few Simple Boxes6 months ago
    Techniques for Making a Few Simple Boxes

    This is easily one of my favorite 'ibles. I love being able to learn and laugh at the same time! Your encouragement toward safety is very effective here; thank you.I am here to be entertained and instructed, so please continue offering both of those fine features to all of us who will love and appreciate your expertise! My one comment on boxes is a personal preference, not criticism: I let my wood shop/art students make boxes whichever way they prefer. I prefer the long ends to be on the front and back rather than the sides. I just like the unbroken look of the straight facing side. I retired from teaching last summer (earlier than I intended, but it was the politics of internal administration), but I continue to makes boxes, etc. just for the fun of it. Everyone on my list thinks they ...

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    This is easily one of my favorite 'ibles. I love being able to learn and laugh at the same time! Your encouragement toward safety is very effective here; thank you.I am here to be entertained and instructed, so please continue offering both of those fine features to all of us who will love and appreciate your expertise! My one comment on boxes is a personal preference, not criticism: I let my wood shop/art students make boxes whichever way they prefer. I prefer the long ends to be on the front and back rather than the sides. I just like the unbroken look of the straight facing side. I retired from teaching last summer (earlier than I intended, but it was the politics of internal administration), but I continue to makes boxes, etc. just for the fun of it. Everyone on my list thinks they have been boxed out by now, but I still have a few tricks up my sleeve...Keep writing! Thanks!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on MikaelaHolmes's instructable Make a Custom Stuffed Animal6 months ago
    Make a Custom Stuffed Animal

    This is an easy-to-follow, excellently photographed tutorial. Thank you for explaining your project with such clear details and pictures!Back in the poverty years of grad school I made our firstborn a stuffed sidehill camootus, long lost to the ravages of age. My grandfather, a lumberjack, used to tell me about large deer-like animals that could only eat a very limited diet of something or other that grew on cliffsides near our remote farm in the Catskill Mountains (upstate NY). Their front legs were very short and their back legs were long; they spent their lives walking around mountains, cliffs, and steep hills eating whatever it was that nourished them to live long happy lives and make more sidehill camootuses! (Camooti?) My toddling son's toy probably looked even stranger than the r...

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    This is an easy-to-follow, excellently photographed tutorial. Thank you for explaining your project with such clear details and pictures!Back in the poverty years of grad school I made our firstborn a stuffed sidehill camootus, long lost to the ravages of age. My grandfather, a lumberjack, used to tell me about large deer-like animals that could only eat a very limited diet of something or other that grew on cliffsides near our remote farm in the Catskill Mountains (upstate NY). Their front legs were very short and their back legs were long; they spent their lives walking around mountains, cliffs, and steep hills eating whatever it was that nourished them to live long happy lives and make more sidehill camootuses! (Camooti?) My toddling son's toy probably looked even stranger than the real animals! (No, I didn't really say that...)

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  • All About Coin Rings! Make Your Own!

    From what I understand, it is Not "a criminal offense" to repurpose a coin for other purposes such as jewelry. Have you ever seen those coin-squashing machines in airports, tourist traps, etc.? You put in a penny, push a button, and out comes a big squashed-really-flat penny! It is legal.And thanks for this great tutorial! I've been planning to do this for some time. Now that I am retired, this will move up the priority list!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on jessyratfink's instructable Unusual Uses for Ice Cubes6 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Ice Cubes

    joppenheimer, you must be a very patient person! I don't have the time for patience for removing splinters, so I wear garden gloves or work gloves for yard work. It's a lot quicker and less painful to remove gloves than splinters!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Paige Russell's instructable Doughboys Campfire Recipe8 months ago
    Doughboys Campfire Recipe

    We live in Alaska and I cook outdoors a lot, any time of year. Come on over!

    We've made these on Boy Scout camp-outs forever. I did them as a young Girl Scout, too, back in, say, 1493... We just used the sticks God provided all over the ground - cleaned the ends off some (or not), played around safely with our official Scout knives, and wrapped on the dough. Works well with roasted apples, too, as my son discovered on a Scout camp-out. Drip a little butter into the finished product, add cinnamon if desired...pardon me, time to go outdoors and build a fire - no wildfire concerns in our three feet of snow!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on MakerMAF's instructable A-frame Survival Shelter9 months ago
    A-frame Survival Shelter

    I'm sure it goes without saying, but in many areas of the country it is completely illegal to take down any standing, live vegetation. In a true survival situation a court might allow a little leeway, but don't count on it. On open tundra with only knee-high bushes you'll be glad you brought a solid tarp, good sleeping bag, a closed-cell pad or two, and more good cordage than you'd expect to need. A waterproof bivy sack can be a veritable lifesaver. Along with your cotton balls and Vaseline (mix 'em up before leaving home; they need not be saturated), it helps to have a magnesium striker for starting your fire. If the striker doesn't come with a good steel blade be extra sure to have a good knife! If your striker gets wet it'll still work. Practice with it at home before trekking off in...

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    I'm sure it goes without saying, but in many areas of the country it is completely illegal to take down any standing, live vegetation. In a true survival situation a court might allow a little leeway, but don't count on it. On open tundra with only knee-high bushes you'll be glad you brought a solid tarp, good sleeping bag, a closed-cell pad or two, and more good cordage than you'd expect to need. A waterproof bivy sack can be a veritable lifesaver. Along with your cotton balls and Vaseline (mix 'em up before leaving home; they need not be saturated), it helps to have a magnesium striker for starting your fire. If the striker doesn't come with a good steel blade be extra sure to have a good knife! If your striker gets wet it'll still work. Practice with it at home before trekking off into the distant back-country. Happy camping - or Happy Surviving!

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  • How to Build a Snow Cave for Winter Survival

    Some people are more claustrophobic than they realize. Having an MRI does not bother me at all, but sleeping in a quinzee (one type of snow cave) or a backpacking one-person tent are both impossible for me. I have slept most of one night in a two-person quinzee and vowed that it was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I prefer a well-dug trench with a tarp on the bottom, then a couple of closed-cell foam pads, then my sleeping bag; I've slept very comfortably this way with my Scouts at -39. On another camp-out we had a warm front blow in, it began to rain, and I finally loaded my soggy sleeping bag into my pulk and trekked the mile back to my van and slept comfortably all night in my dry spare sleeping bag. We had perhaps 60 Scouts and close to two dozen adults on that ca...

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    Some people are more claustrophobic than they realize. Having an MRI does not bother me at all, but sleeping in a quinzee (one type of snow cave) or a backpacking one-person tent are both impossible for me. I have slept most of one night in a two-person quinzee and vowed that it was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I prefer a well-dug trench with a tarp on the bottom, then a couple of closed-cell foam pads, then my sleeping bag; I've slept very comfortably this way with my Scouts at -39. On another camp-out we had a warm front blow in, it began to rain, and I finally loaded my soggy sleeping bag into my pulk and trekked the mile back to my van and slept comfortably all night in my dry spare sleeping bag. We had perhaps 60 Scouts and close to two dozen adults on that camp-out and one other adult was aware that I was returning to the parking area. Be sure if you follow the excellent suggestions presented in this outstanding 'ible that you are actually capable of sleeping all night in a very confined space. All manner of snow shelters have saved lives for millennia.

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on oldanvilyoungsmith's instructable Ultimate Altoid survival kit!9 months ago
    Ultimate Altoid survival kit!

    Totally brilliant! I do the same thing for a 20-minute camp-out but I use a size Super-Large-Mammouth ammo can. Lasts almost until I get home.

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  • Finger-Licking Brussels (for People Who Hate Brussels)

    My diabetic husband eats the things several times a week! Yuck! He even steams them for breakfast! I sympathetically share my grandson's aversion to them, however, this recipe with suggested variations (bacon, anyone?) could almost lead me into temptation... Report to follow in a few days.

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  • Alaskan Bev's instructable Inexpensive Gifting!'s weekly stats: 10 months ago
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  • Portable Pocket Friend ( altoids tin panda bear)

    Our kids are grown now, but projects such as this adorable one make me extra-glad to have young granddaughters and great-granddaughters! Now I have a new project with which to surprise them! I imagine one will be a penquin since our daughter has loved them for years. Last year I made her small Christmas tree stocking in the shape of a penguin, open at the top so that it was just wide enough to accommodate a gift card and candy cane. I don't have many pictures but I guess I could try to write it up.In making all these Altoids projects, have you discovered that the recipients seem to think the new toys should be accompanied by Baggies full of - Altoids?!Thanks for sharing this. Great photos! And sure, I'll vote!

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  • Alaskan Bev entered Inexpensive Gifting! in the Homemade Gifts Contest 2016 contest 10 months ago
  • Alaskan Bev commented on offseid's instructable The Incredible Flying Paper Tube10 months ago
    The Incredible Flying Paper Tube

    Great, fun 'ible, offseid, thanks! I had to go to college to learn how to make these! Teaching special ed art, I worked up an actual instructional unit on the Bernoulli Principle and general interesting flight lessons. We concluded with an assortment of paper airplanes; the students really loved this tube one. I'd give them a piece of heavy-weight printer paper and have them decorate it with Crayons or colored pencils, then show them a couple of the tube planes I had already prepared and teach them how to fold their own and then throw them. We had those things flying all over the playground, from the tops of the slides and climbing equipment, etc. Now I do all sorts of paper planes with my grandkids and great-grandkids and they think I'm such a cool Gramma! Thanks for the trip, offseid!

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  • Alaskan Bev entered Wooden Music Box in the Homemade Gifts Contest 2016 contest 11 months ago
  • Alaskan Bev commented on woodumakeit's instructable Toy Lawn Mower11 months ago
    Toy Lawn Mower

    If I make one and attach it to the front of my grandson's yard powered riding toy, I can add just one step to this one and make a powered child-size toy mower! Yee-haw! Awesome pictures, great Instructable! Thanks.

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  • Easy Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

    Great job, Matt - thanks. I love the balanced artful way you set up your first photo.If there's anyone in the world who does not like peanut butter cookies, your photos alone should convince him to give them a try! I like the nice generous cookie size. Eating just one or two of those instead of six or eight small cookies sounds so virtuous and self-controlled!Questions: How many cookies does this recipe make, just the dozen we see pictured? I've never used a recipe that called for milk. What purpose does it serve? One word of caution: many home economists advise against eating raw dough that contains raw eggs due to the salmonella factor. I've only had definite raw egg salmonella one time and it made me extra cautious for life! Of course, many people have somehow managed to avoid it, fo...

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    Great job, Matt - thanks. I love the balanced artful way you set up your first photo.If there's anyone in the world who does not like peanut butter cookies, your photos alone should convince him to give them a try! I like the nice generous cookie size. Eating just one or two of those instead of six or eight small cookies sounds so virtuous and self-controlled!Questions: How many cookies does this recipe make, just the dozen we see pictured? I've never used a recipe that called for milk. What purpose does it serve? One word of caution: many home economists advise against eating raw dough that contains raw eggs due to the salmonella factor. I've only had definite raw egg salmonella one time and it made me extra cautious for life! Of course, many people have somehow managed to avoid it, fortunately. Not every egg carries the infection but you can't see it from the outside. I have made lots of these cookies as our kids were growing up. Somehow it never seemed to matter how many I made, there weren't even crumbs left by sundown. The kids loved it if I added a handful of mini-chocolate chips of mini M&Ms. Have you ever tried that?

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on manuelmasc's instructable DIY Center Finder Tool11 months ago
    DIY Center Finder Tool

    I like it - great job; a very understandable and useful DIY tool!When my students used to want the center of a circle, square, or rectangle on paper or fabric, I'd have them fold the piece (or a pattern piece) in even halves, then fold in half again. One can stick a needle or push pin through the center to mark the real piece of work. If it is not exact to the micron it is still close enough for school art. In working with wood I'd have them trace a pattern piece on paper and use the same technique. I'll be making your center finder, though.Thank you for such clear directions and photos.

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  • Alaskan Bev's instructable Wooden Music Box's weekly stats: 11 months ago
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  • Alaskan Bev commented on VespressoCooking's instructable Naan Bread11 months ago
    Naan Bread

    What a great site for learning! I have never used ghee and will actually have to look it up before I consider buying any. I've also never heard of naan bread and I have no idea what knidding is. I haven't opened the steps yet; they may instruct me further. They look great - well worth trying - thanks!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on DougB89's instructable Magnetic soap holder11 months ago
    Magnetic soap holder

    One thing I really appreciate about this site is the delicious combination of neat new practical and fun ideas combined with the opportunity to laugh at the thought of them! I love the idea of hurling things at walls (I'm rather accomplished at that, actually) and am delightedly entertained by the timely reminder that "hot glue is hot." The only change I'll make to this innovative, much-needed device when I construct a couple of them in our new bathroom (my husband is several inches taller than I) is to add a short (perhaps half-inch) lip around the top three sides. If I use wood to maintain design integrity I suspect I'll drill a few holes at the bottom of each side to allow for water drippage. May it please the readership to be reminded that wet soap can be slippery; this wo...

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    One thing I really appreciate about this site is the delicious combination of neat new practical and fun ideas combined with the opportunity to laugh at the thought of them! I love the idea of hurling things at walls (I'm rather accomplished at that, actually) and am delightedly entertained by the timely reminder that "hot glue is hot." The only change I'll make to this innovative, much-needed device when I construct a couple of them in our new bathroom (my husband is several inches taller than I) is to add a short (perhaps half-inch) lip around the top three sides. If I use wood to maintain design integrity I suspect I'll drill a few holes at the bottom of each side to allow for water drippage. May it please the readership to be reminded that wet soap can be slippery; this would probably instigate nasty Viking four-letter curses as unprotected soap slid off of the soap rest and aimed straight for the tops of my unsuspecting feet!Thanks for this excellent 'ible!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Nikolaiwood87's instructable Simple and Handy Toolbox11 months ago
    Simple and Handy Toolbox

    Very aesthetically pleasing design, understandable directions - all-over great job! Thanks.I made a vaguely similar tool box for a young friend many years ago. I added an optional-use lid as well, with rope going through each end (to avoid leaving it behind somewhere). The rope was long enough to set the lid flat on the ground to provide a stable surface for setting items down. I filled the box with child-friendly tools. He loved it! I wish I'd thought to take pictures.

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  • Tiny House Series: Pt. 1 Exterior

    Right on, Kevinatblinn! Much better to help these youth develop positive marketable skills that can serve for a successful lifetime! Awesome work! Thank you!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on inspiretomake's instructable How to make a Birdouse1 year ago
    How to make a Birdouse

    I have had my students and Boy Scouts make countless bird houses. We often paint them decoratively to look like outhouses, coffee kiosks, pizza places, etc. I give them a couple layers of Varethane myself after school. One thing I've heard is that people sometimes find dead birds inside of them if people forget to extend the perch into the interior, thinking that the birds need a place to perch when they are ready to leave. Does anyone have any further information on this?Nice Instructable; thanks!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable Easy Homemade Butter1 year ago
    Easy Homemade Butter

    Decades ago when we lived in central TX a friend used to give us unhomogenized milk from one of their cows. She told me to put it in a heavy-duty glass jar and shake it for several minutes until it turned itself into butter. I never thought to add a whisper of salt but I'd forgotten how good it was until reading this excellent 'ible. I used a heavy 2 or 5# peanut butter jar and the pre-schoolers & I would roll it back and forth on the floor, then they told their friends how "they" made their own butter. It really is simple enough for a young child to do it. Makes me almost want to go out and buy a cow!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on OutdoorEnthusiast's instructable How to Carry Embers1 year ago
    How to Carry Embers

    Or the shortage of Asia, in my case...

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on Alaskan Bev's instructable Organizing your woodshop1 year ago
    Organizing your woodshop

    Blackcloud161, thank you for these encouraging words. I was concerned that the raw honesty of the first photos might steer readers to run as fast as they could in the opposite direction!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on ZetZetix's instructable How to make Hardtack1 year ago
    How to make Hardtack

    These are surprisingly easy and fast to make - great 'ible, thanks. If you're going to make these in brigade-volume, time could be saved by making a quick hole jig ("jig" being defined as a tool created to save time/work,etc.):1, Cut a thin piece of scrap wood the size of the intended hardtack. Sand it.2. Boil some thin nails to sterilize them.3. Trace around wood scrap for size.4. Design wood hole pattern. Cut out pattern and tape to wood scrap.5. Place wood scrap on another wood scrap to avoid drill bit damage and to provide safety. If you want, you can devise a quick holding jig by tacking or wood-gluing thin holding strips to another wood scrap so that you can hold your new jig steady while drilling your holes, and later, pounding your nails through them.6. With a very thi...

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    These are surprisingly easy and fast to make - great 'ible, thanks. If you're going to make these in brigade-volume, time could be saved by making a quick hole jig ("jig" being defined as a tool created to save time/work,etc.):1, Cut a thin piece of scrap wood the size of the intended hardtack. Sand it.2. Boil some thin nails to sterilize them.3. Trace around wood scrap for size.4. Design wood hole pattern. Cut out pattern and tape to wood scrap.5. Place wood scrap on another wood scrap to avoid drill bit damage and to provide safety. If you want, you can devise a quick holding jig by tacking or wood-gluing thin holding strips to another wood scrap so that you can hold your new jig steady while drilling your holes, and later, pounding your nails through them.6. With a very thin drill bit, drill holes through each hole pattern on your design. Drill all the way through wood scrap, deeply enough into your stopper piece so that you can also drive the nails through your product scrap and still lift it from the bottom scrap.7. Sand off the bottom so there are no wood whiskers.8. Give wood scrap, now a useful tool, a couple layers of Varethene or similar protective coating for preservation and to facilitate cleaning.9. Drive clean thin nails through wood scrap. They should protrude about 1/2". This tool will be very easy to clean after using it.10. Enjoy your time-saving new tool by quickly punching 28 (or however many) holes into each hardtack biscuit with one fast movement! Happy working and eating!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on simonfman's instructable Black Walnut Ink1 year ago
    Black Walnut Ink

    Thank you for this fascinating 'ible. My challenge will be collecting black walnuts since they don't grow where we live (AK). I never thought of making ink or moonshine with them. Then again, I don't drink. When I was growing up, in a small village in the Catskills, my maternal grandmother had the Only black walnut tree in the village. Every time I go back there to visit I drive by to be sure it's still standing. I do see a lot of them every summer when I go back to visit my big sister and we go geocaching. Now I know to collect a couple bags full. Ink, here we come!

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  • Alaskan Bev commented on kludge77's instructable Secret Wood Rings DIY1 year ago
    Secret Wood Rings DIY

    I probably won't make any, but I love the project. Those are unspeakably gorgeous. Oh, and yes, I definitely voted. Great job!

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