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DwellWellNW archive for Jan. 1, 2011

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Write notes on brown paper and tie it with baker's string, then place one note in each stocking. (Maggie Bullock)

Advent Garland, Part 2 

The next step for the advent calendar is filling the stockings. Most advent calendars are filled with chocolates or other candy treats; the joy of making your own calendar is in personalizing the insides. Whether the one who checks the stockings is an adult or…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2011

Finished advent garland--tiny stockings made from old sweaters. (Maggie Bullock)

Stocking Advent Garland, Part 1 

When I was a kid, I had an advent calendar every year, and each year it was about the same… I opened little perforated cardboard door every day to find a molded waxy chocolate behind each. I loved the calendar and the anticipation of the…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 26, 2011

Individual pumpkin pies baked in mason jars are easy and fun. (Maggie Bullock)

Pumpkin Pie in a Jar

There has been a bit of a fad in the jar world: baking individual pies and cakes in 8 ounce, wide-mouth jars. They are quite cute, but I had no real reason to try the project, until this week. I wanted Thanksgiving on the go,…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

Pomanders are a natural air freshener and quite pretty as well. (Maggie Bullock)

Weekend Project: Making Pomanders 

I haven’t made pomanders (clove-studded citrus) since I was a kid. I don’t know what inspired me this week, but I feel a pomander kick. I mentioned making place cards by studding oranges with cloves in guests’ initials in this post. After that project, I…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

 (Maggie Bullock)

Farm Chicks 2012—Free Tickets!

Today, Serena Thompson, of Farm Chicks fame, announced that she has a pair of early admission tickets to the 2012 Farm Chicks show to give away. Entering is easy and takes almost no effort, so I thought I ought to share the chance with you,…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Sustainable Table Setting (Maggie Bullock)

A Fall Table

My dining room table is not always clear…to be honest, it often becomes cluttered with school papers, and for several months the whole room was given over to wedding storage. It feels good to have a dining room again, so I am celebrating. Table settings…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2011

Paper White bulbs are easy to force, and will bloom indoors mid-winter. (Maggie Bullock)

Forcing Paper White Bulbs

Fresh flowers in the middle of winter are a rare and welcome sight. If you plan ahead (and you don’t even have to plan much in advance, really), you can bring spring into the house as early as you wish. Forcing bulbs indoors is quite…

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Christmas Craft Events

It’s the time for craft fairs and Christmas lists…and Spokane is bursting with opportunities to shop while supporting local artists and crafters. This Christmas, gifts recieved from our house will be local and/or handmade. Where are you shopping? November 12: Jefferson Elementary Craft Fair (37th…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2011

Apple Cranberry Jam (Maggie Bullock)

Fall Canning: Recipe Round Up 

The craziness of the canning season is slowing, but I’ve found a few recipes that are not only worth a try, but absolutely delicious and make your house smell like Christmas. Apples, and even some pears, are still widely available from local farms, and don’t…

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MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011

Felted wool acorns: natural fiber, natural decor.  (Maggie Bullock)

From Halloween to Fall Decor 

This is a project I’ve wanted to try for quite awhile, and these acorns were my first attempt at needle felting. (No, I do NOT need another hobby, but people do amazing things with wool, and I wanted to give the process a try). I’m…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2011

 (Maggie Bullock)

Paper covered Jack-o-lantern Jar

If glass etching isn’t your cup of tea, here’s another project that converts a standard canning jar into a jack-o-lantern. For this project, I covered the jar in paper, using standard decoupage techniques. I used a paper sack that had been reused several times and…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 2011

A simple mason jar can be transformed into a Halloween candle with a little glass etching. (Maggie Bullock)

Etched Glass Jack-o-lantern Jar

This week marks the one-year anniversary of my writing on Dwell Well. I love this work; I find myself paying more attention to the world around me as I think of ideas, projects, and events to write about—which is always good. To celebrate a year…

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Artist and crafter Maggie Wolcott writes about craft events in and around Spokane, as well as her own adventures in creating and repurposing. Her DwellWellNW posts include project and decorating ideas, recipes, reviews of events, and interviews with local artists. Maggie spends her days as an English professor, and when she’s not grading papers, she can generally be found with a paintbrush or scissors in hand. She can be reached at

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