Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“Homemade Sunscreen”

Many sunscreens contain toxic chemicals that can actually cause skin cancer rather than prevent it. Even sunscreens that are labeled as “natural” contain some of these dangerous ingredients and are produced to be absorbed into the skin rather than sit on top, which means they get into your bloodstream. Homemade sunscreen can be mixed together in mere minutes and can double as a soothing and moisturizing body butter. You can […]

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“Meet the Modern Pioneers: Hazen Jewelry”

Designer Taylor Miller discovered her love for jewelry design at 9 years old, inspired by repurposing her grandmother’s costume jewelry into new creations. Within six months of beginning to make jewelry, Taylor held her first trunk show at the acclaimed store Oxford Floral in Oxford, Mississippi and was named the Mississippi Museum of Art’s young artist of the year. By age 21, she was the CEO of Hazen Jewelry and […]

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“Homemade Bug Spray”

As with many household items, natural bug spray can be made inexpensively and naturally at home. Why would you want to make your own bug spray? Because it won’t contain the chemical DEET, which although approved by the EPA, is known to cause a whole host of problems, from allergic rashes to neurological damage. Yuck. This recipe for bug spray can be put together quickly, and best of all it […]

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“Meet the Modern Pioneers: Dower”

A chef friend of mine recently showed me a photograph of a leather bag and I gasped it was so beautiful. And when he told me they were being made by hand in Little Rock I said I needed to meet this person and get to the bottom of it all. The company is Dower and the maker is Jack Lloyd. We recently visited him in his studio to watch him at work […]

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“Modern Pioneering Video: Homemade Seed Bombs”

Here is the latest installment of our Modern Pioneering series. From The Garden, The Kitchen, The Wild, and The Rest, you’ll be learning recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. In this one, we teach you how to be a ‘guerrilla gardener’ and prove that you don’t need to own a big yard to get your hands in the dirt. I’d love to hear if you enjoy this one, and […]

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“Meet the Modern Pioneers: Blacksmith Lin Rhea”

A few months ago I was doing a photoshoot for a magazine, and the location was in an historic pioneer museum. The most delightful thing about the entire experience? I met a blacksmith named Lin Rhea. Not just any blacksmith, an ARTIST of a blacksmith.  He runs the Blacksmith Shop in the Historic Arkansas Museum as well as his own website where he sells his handmade knives.  I knew that after […]

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“Meet the Modern Pioneers: Electric Ghost”

I believe that the Creative Class is what brings every city to the next level. That is why I’m excited to kick off our series featuring Modern Pioneers across America–those who are on the next frontier, making their creative spirit work in a very modern age. There is no better couple to kick it off with than these two. Shannon and Brooks are the definition of couple goals. They work […]

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“Modern Pioneering Video: Eggshell Seedling Planters”

Here is the latest in our Modern Pioneering video series with Cranford Co.​ From The Garden, The Kitchen, The Wild, and The Rest, you’ll be learning recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. This one teaches you how to upcycle your eggshells and turn them into seedling containers, which you can then transplant right into the ground–the shells serve as fertilizer! I’d love to hear if you enjoy this […]

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“Modern Pioneering Video: 7-Herb Frittata + Upcycled Flower Styling”

I had so much fun teaming up with the crew from Cranford Co.​ to host a Modern Pioneering web series. From The Garden, The Kitchen, The Wild, and The Rest, you’ll be learning recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. This first one you can use for an easy brunch idea and an upcycled table centerpiece. This is a longer-format video than what we’ve done in the past, so […]

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“Video: Christmas Tree Napkin Fold”

An elegant table setting makes any dinner special, but especially around the holidays. In this video you’ll learn a festive Christmas tree napkin fold that is very quick and easy to put together, and will surely delight your family and guests. Supplies ●  Square fabric napkin ●  Optional: candy cane, berries, or ribbon for the top, and a pin Instructions Start with a square fabric napkin and fold it twice […]

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