Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills

My 5 Secret Gardening Tips and Tricks

Being in the garden is time that I treasure most, where I connect with my roots and those that have worked the land before me. So today I’m sharing My 5 Secret Gardening Tips and Tricks. I’d love to hear about your own gardening adventures. Click over to my latest YouTube episode and leave a comment with your own favorite gardening memories, tips and tricks. And be sure to give […]

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Making a French Butter Keeper on the Pottery Wheel

I’ve been told by my readers on Instagram that my Instagram stories of me trimming my pottery are hypnotizing. I’ve also had a lot of folks ask about the French butter keeper that I make. So I thought I’d show you how I do it in case you want to try your hand on the pottery wheel. My dad coined the term ‘manual literacy’ that I often use, and since […]

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Tips for Beautiful Window Boxes All Year Round

I have been working on a window box project for a friend and thought these tips would help you too, so I added a video on my YouTube Channel for you to see our progress. Window boxes can seem intimidating because they don’t always last, and can look tattered and worn quickly. So these are my tips for beautiful window boxes all year round, with evergreen elements, beautiful scents, and […]

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Outdoor Survival Guide – 5 Tips & Skills

I just released the latest episode in my Modern Pioneering series. I love hearing from you and having you share your tips as well, so please be sure to click over to the channel and leave a comment as well as subscribe so we can keep in touch and share with each other. Outdoor Survival Guide | 5 Tips & Skills In this YouTube episode, Outdoor Survival Guide, I have […]

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DIY Homemade Tea Bags

In this episode of #ModernPioneering, I’m going to show you how to make your own homemade tea bags, it is the perfect DIY homemade gift, and you can use it to brew your favorite medicinal teas. Remember if you like these videos to please be sure to subscribe to my channel. DIY Homemade Tea Bags: Do you ever make your own tea bags or homemade gifts? Let me know in […]

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Make This Garden Tool Caddy

Today our guest contributor Thad is sharing a wonderful DIY design for your gardening adventures–make this garden tool caddy for yourself or a friend this season! Have you ever spilled your seed packets when planting the garden? Me, check. Do you grab a bowl out of the kitchen to collect your harvest? Yup. Do you take multiple trips to and from the garden transporting tools, started plants, or harvest? I […]

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How to Make Mason Jar Candles

Beeswax is Nature’s natural air purifier. Here’s a simple, thoughtful gift idea that you can make at home in under one hour! So let me show you how to make mason jar candles. You can use many types of mason jars, but opt for ones that are short and wide mouthed. You’ll also want to opt for beeswax pellets instead of blocks because they will fill the air pockets better […]

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Forging a Steel Striker: A Visit to The Blacksmith

On a recent Saturday morning I paid a visit to my friend Lin Rhea, an extremely talented blacksmith who is keeping an ancient tradition alive. He specializes in historic blacksmithing and makes the most incredible things with fire, metal, and strength–from forged scissors, to pliers, to the most stunning knives. I decided to share a live demonstration on my YouTube page, which features all kinds of pioneer skills. I hope […]

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How to Make Sugared Flowers

This spring and summer, decorate your cakes with beautiful natural edible sugared flowers. There are so many out there that you can make use of. In this episode of my Modern Pioneering series, I show you how to make sugared flowers from nature. And if you’re not sure which ones are edible, check out my list of edible flowers to grow in your garden for tips on what you can […]

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How to Cut an Onion Without Crying

I don’t know about you, but I can’t cut an onion without major tears running down my face. But I love cooking with onions, so I decided it was time to get to the bottom of it and find a solution. In this latest live episode on my YouTube Channel, I tried four different methods for how to cut an onion without crying to see if any of them worked […]

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