Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“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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“DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas”

With just days to go now until Christmas, there is still time to get creative with holiday gift wrapping, using materials we already have on hand or have right outside our doorstep. So often, we buy gift wrapping and boxes only to see them torn apart and thrown away quickly. This season, try some new ideas instead. For example, turn your cereal and other dry-goods boxes inside out, re-tape them and […]

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“How to Make a Wreath from Nature”

A wreath is an easy thing to make for any season and a great activity in which you can incorporate your kids. To gather the key ingredient for this project, you’ll need to go in search for  the types of vines that are thinner and therefore good for wreath making—wisteria, honeysuckle, and grape are some of the most common. A walk in the woods, a local park, or even a […]

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“Video: Cookie Mix in a Jar”

The holiday season often means festive parties to attend. This homemade cookie mix gift is a delicious idea for a hostess, as well as friends, neighbors and family. You can put it together quickly with items you have in your pantry, it’s economical, and the recipient will appreciate it long after. Watch the step-by-step video here: Great Holiday Cookie Jar  

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“DIY 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? One key reason: Your own product won’t contain the chemical DEET, which — although approved by the EPA — is known to cause a host of problems, from allergic rashes to neurological damage. This recipe for bug spray can be put together quickly. Best […]

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