Meet Julia Hosack of Linden Tree Photography, a creative mom from Vancouver, Washington who makes and sells photo cards, handmade dog toys and more.
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Tell us the story behind your shop.
We have 3 online stores -- Linden Tree Photography, where I sell my original photography, mostly on handmade cards; Recyled Arts is a shop run by me and my daughters together where they make and sell journals, dog toys and cat toys made from recycled products; ZhuZhu's World is a fun shop where I sell all of the other fun stuff that I make, mostly for pets and children
Lindentree Photography is named after my second daughter Linden (Several years ago I was doing custom quilting and named that part of the business Jeannequilts after my older daughter). The girls named Recycled Arts themselves, and ZhuZhu's World is named after my pekingese dog ZhuZhu.
How many children do you have?
My oldest daughter is Jeanne, and she is 12. Linden is 7. Currently we also have an exchange student from Japan living with us.
How much time do you spend crafting every week?
I spend a portion of everyday doing something craft-wise. I always at least have a bag of knitting I take to sit at karate classes.
How do you make the time to craft while being a parent?
Photo from Julia HosackI spend a lot of my time while the kids are in school or at their karate classes. We also spend time together making things for their recycled arts store
Do you have your own craft room or do you share space with your kids?
I have a huge craft room that I share with the kids. One end has toys, books and video games; the rest is my room. Jeanne has her own sewing machine and table and frequently will work on her own projects when I am upstairs sewing.
What are your favorite craft blogs and/or shops?
I love quilt stores, fabric stores and craft stores. Places that I currently frequent are Michael's, Craft Wharehouse, JoAnns and Fabric Depot in Portland, Oregon.
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