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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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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011

Events the Weekend!

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, here are some great local events to visit. Craft Fair: If you’re in or near Pullman, be sure to stop by the Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival at WSU’s Beasley Performing Arts Center. Admission is free…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011

Paper flowers made at an aNeMonE workshop. (Maggie Bullock)

Paper Flower Classes at aNeMonE

This summer I treated myself to a paper flower making class at aNeMoneE. I’ve been making my own paper flowers for years, but have always admired their work. The detail of their flowers is incredible. (Their creations actually look like real garden flowers, where mine…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011

Six pints of homemade ketchup! (Maggie Bullock)

Homemade Ketchup 

Last week approximately 48 pounds of tomatoes made it into my kitchen (from our own garden and the farmer’s market) and were either eaten fresh, or transformed into something delicious and safely canned. Twelve pounds of those tomatoes became ketchup. I’m not going to lie,…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2011

Finished bouquets ready to pack and take to the wedding. (Maggie Bullock)

Building Fresh Flower Bouquets

I know that summer has passed and fall is well on its way, but while I can, I thought I’d post about building fresh flower bouquets with pictures. Whether you need to build bouquets en masse, or are working on a single bouquet for the…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

Zinnias ready to be cut for bouquets: growing wedding flowers is worth the effort.  (Maggie Bullock)

I'm back (with wedding flowers)! 

Sorry for the hiatus, readers. Thanks for sticking with me. I’m now married, a little less crazy, and back full force with all sorts of Dwell Well crafty goodness. I’ve been asked recently if I could post more of the DIY projects Ethan and I…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2011

Spokfest--this Sunday

Some of your (dare I say) favorite bloggers will be downtown in Riverfront Park at the Down to Earth booth for Spokfest on Sunday. Come visit the booth and get some information about Down to Earth, say hello, and enter giveaways. I’ll be at the…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2011

Pickling spices from left to right, top to bottom: garlic, red pepper flakes, black peppercorns, yellow mustard seed, brown mustard seed, dill seed.  (Maggie Bullock)

Pickling Spices Unveiled!

I promised a post about pickling spices in this post and here it is. Again, pickling is easy to do safely as long as you follow the USDA standard formula for the brine ratio (equal parts 5% acidity vinegar and water) and process according to…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 5, 2011

Jar Scrabbles just out of the oven--breakfast made fast and easy (for a week anyway). (Maggie Bullock)

Jar Scrambles! 

I have a busy couple of weeks in front of me (and am also trying to eat well), so I just (as in they just came out of the oven) whipped up a batch of what I call Jar Scrambles, inspired by a post on…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2011

Funky Junk Jennifer's Car-turned-bench. See it at the Funky Junk Sale in Sandpoint! (Maggie Bullock)

Food and Junk this Weekend! 

Food and junk are two things that make me happy. (No surprise, I know). This weekend is Pig Out in the Park in Spokane and the Funky Junk sale in Sandpoint. I rarely need an excuse to eat and hunt for treasures, but if you…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Dilly beans and pickling spice ready for brine. (Maggie Bullock)

Canning Post: Dilly Beans! 

My mom and I have been making dill pickles for nearly as long as I can remember. The recipe we use is one my grandmother handed down (she learned it from her 9th grade home ec teacher in 1936) and is the best dill pickle…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011

SATURDAY, AUG. 13, 2011

Boozy cherries galore! (Some more alcohol-infused than others). (Maggie Bullock)

Preserving Cherries (with booze) 

I meant to post this a few days ago, but a wedding snafu (we lost our caterer because her business was closed down by the IRS--good times!) became a priority. But! Spokane has a great big heart, and we're on our way to finding a…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2011

MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

DwellWellNW

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 mebullock@gmail.com.