About Me

Tacoma, WA, United States
I am an artist, gardener, and mama of three wildly sweet little boys. Snapdragon used to be my little shop on 6th avenue. In keeping with the theme of playful color and practical product, I am busy stitching up gypsy skirts and other girlish frocks in every bit of free time I can snatch. Visit my etsy shop to see what's what. snapdragontacoma.etsy.com

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tacoma is For Lovers!

I spent Sunday at King's Books with a lovely group of Tacoma artists and crafters. I love the excuse to get behind my sewing machine and make a bunch of new dresses! It is also so inspiring to chat with the other crafters and see their creative work.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Apparently I am not super-human, it seems there are not enough minutes in the day to craft and then blog about the crafting. BUT the fact that I manage to craft at all at the moment seems almost wonder womanish to me.
So here is my friend Maxine again. This week she was my muse as I was sewing up some new skirts and dresses. Doesn't she make getting dressed look like a party? She has definitely demonstrated that the twirl factor for the gypsy skirts is off the charts.
After snapping this photo, I then .... huge drum roll ... dove into photoshop and made some new banners for my etsy site. Yeah!!!! Just thinking about it totally makes me feel like wonder woman.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Elephants Make Us Happy

Another fun onesie from my mom's collection.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Garland and Glitter Painting

Here are the results ladies craft night. Above is my glittery button flower, which I think will be made into a ring by Christmas. As I was hunting for a spot to take it's picture I discovered that it would also look incredibly cute attached to the side of a pair of baby Uggs. Not sure I could get away with that one, there are too many bigger boys looking out for Abe to let me dress him in girls clothes:(
Below are the "Glitter Painted" photos, it wasnt exactly as easy as Martha made it out to be, but it was definitely a fun theme for our girly night of crafting.

It's not that I haven't been crafty...

Practical crafts are taking over the house!
We ran into a bit of an ornament dilemma while decorating the tree this year. And by dilemma I mean Finn taking ornaments off the tree and oops! smashing them to smithereens and then lecturing us all about how fragile they are. Of course I never lost my cool and banned all boys from even thinking about touching the tree. I just decided to put every ornament that I care for on the top third of the tree, and have been busy stitching up these sweet little birds for the rest of it. I might mention that it took about a week to decorate our tree, and not because I had to sew the ornaments, but jeeze! it is hard to decorate a tree and care for the needs of three small humans at the same time, especially when two of those humans are trying to inadvertently destroy the tree you are decorating! The next holiday challenge will be to get a picture that captures the handsome sweet natured perfectness of the boys for a christmas card. I am having a bit of guilt about not making a formal birth announcement for Abe. The Christmas card is my chance to make up for it. Wish me luck.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Oh Baby!

Baby Boy has arrived on the scene and blogging has hit the back burner, shoot! But really I have been using every spare moment of baby napping to sew sew sew! I have a million dresses made that just need snaps attached and they will be posted hopefully tonite on etsy! My first holiday craft fair is on Friday, yippee, I love it!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Felt Stories

Leo is back in school this week, which means less entertainment for Finn, which means a little less crafting for me. But as Fall starts to show it's colors I am hoping to find some time to pull out my bag of felt and pick up where I left off last Spring with these felt stories. This one is just called Bird.
Leo's little kindergarten yard, they call it Greenwood, inspires a whole different avenue of cozy crafting for me. All of the toys inside and out are natural wood or cloth, lots of colorful felt and seasonal animal or nature themes. It is so gentle, it smells so good, and the kids really use their imaginations to build on the simplicity of the toys.
I have a couple more of these stories that aren't quite finished, but eventually they will fold up and tie with a piece of yarn or ribbon.