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SUNDAY, AUG. 7, 2011


Art Events this Weekend!

This year marks Coeur d’Alene’s 43rd Art on the Green event! There will be over 135 artists selling their wares at this year’s fair. Look for glass, pottery, metalwork, paper art, and more. I plan on shopping for early Christmas gifts. (Don't forget to bring…

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Homemade vinegar is ready to bottle. (Maggie Bullock)

A Vinegar Update!

Three months later after starting vinegar, I have a batch with a good healthy mother (that large blob at the top--it doesn't look pretty, but it's doing its work) that is starting to taste less like watery wine, and more like tangy vinegar. In fact,…

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Picnic outdoors DTE style. (Maggie Bullock)

Mozart on a Summer's Eve! 

It’s not too late to enjoy Mozart on a Summer’s Eve in Manito Park! Tonight is the last night for the concert, but if you have a free evening, I highly recommend the event. I attended last night with a picnic dinner and it was…

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SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

Strawberry Jam! (Maggie Bullock)

Strawberries Everywhere!

Strawberry jam is one of my favorites—there is not much that tastes more like summer in the middle of winter. With last week’s strawberries, I made three batches of strawberry-vanilla jam and one larger batch of good, plain strawberry jam. Strawberry preserves are next on…

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A flat of strawberries from Siemer's Farm on Greenbluff and garlic scapes from the Spokane Farmers' Market. (Maggie Bullock)

Greenbluff Strawberries are Ready! 

The season of picking fruit at Greenbluff is just beginning, which is good news for all of us. It seems like there is no end to the wealth of berries and fruit available just miles from town. I have a weakness for strawberries and have…

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011


Part of my canning and food preserving library. (Maggie Bullock)

Canning Book Reviews

One of the best ways to learn more and (to be more adventurous with) canning is to pick up a few books. There are hundreds of canning books out there; here are some of my recommendations: Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it by Karen Solomon.…

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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011

Weekend Events

First Friday is tonight! Visit galleries to see great, local art and even meet some of the artists. I love summertime First Friday events--it stays light later and the evenings cool off enough to make a stroll around town quite pleasant. Forth of July celebration…

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Rhubarb Chutney is easy to can and well worth the effort. (Maggie Bullock)

Rhubarb Chutney 

As I said last week, I am trying to be more adventurous in my canning projects, while also trying to be more conscious about preserving locally grown produce (some of which will be harvested from my own garden). The first canning fruit of the season…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Part of the bounty from two weeks of weekend canning projects--not bad, really. (Maggie Bullock)

The Canning Season has Begun! 

The canning and preserving bug has officially hit me. Over the last several summers, I’ve been canning more and more; this year, I’m already surpassing past canning efforts. I even thought of making jars of jam for wedding favors, but vetoed the idea simply based…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011


FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

Beginning a batch of homemade vinegar is a great way to use up leftover wine. (Maggie Bullock)

Homemade Vinegar: Friday's Project #13 

I am on a mission to make more of the condiments and ingredients I use regularly in the kitchen. It is a project that, to me, seems to fit the mission of DwellWell. My first condiment experiment, homemade mustard, was a resounding success. (Soon I’ll…

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Every year I buy a new coffee mug at ArtFest (yes, I have a problem, I know). This is a sampling of some of the mugs I've found from vendors in Coeur d'Alene Park. I love them! (Maggie Bullock)

This is a Good Weekend to be in Spokane! 

Two of my favorite creative events are taking place in Spokane this weekend. If you plan your weekend well, you’ll be able to hit both! I’ve been attending ArtFest every year since I moved into my first Spokane apartment. It is, hands down, my favorite…

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Candles poured in thrift-store teacups are easier than they seem. (Maggie Bullock)

Teacup Candles: Friday's Project #12 

Years ago I bought a candle in a coffee mug at a local craft fair. There is something about candles that have been poured in unexpected containers that makes me smile. A candle in a canning jar or a teacup? Yes, please! This weekend some…

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Weekend Shopping Events! 

It must be the start of summer; I’ve seen approximately 52,000 garage, yard, and estate sale signs this week. In the spirit of repurposing, I am making an effort this summer to tour used-item sales rather than buying new. Take a walk in your neighborhood…

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SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011


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