I’m a Landscaping BeaderPosted by Ali on November 08 at 10:09 pm
This fall, Kevin and I decided to do some landscaping in our yard. When we first moved into this house 2 years ago, there were two big, ugly cedar shrubs that literally covered half the front of our house. We tore them out in the spring, so it was time to replace them with something. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, so we got some quotes from some local landscape companies. They proved to be pretty expensive and who was I kidding – us creative types like to do everything ourselves. As I’m sure most of you do, I have a hard time giving up creative control on anything So, we decided to do it ourselves.
I began by marking out the beds and then I went on a search for interesting plants so I could surround the house with focal pieces. I do the same thing when creating a necklace – I have a habit of using more than 1 or 2 focal pieces. Why let one piece get all the attention?
Usually the process of stringing my design is relatively quick. I thought that this would also be true of planting – I had convinced myself that planting an entire yard worth of plants and trees could be accomplished in a weekend. Ha! 1 week later everything is in the ground except my bulbs. I need a day of rest and most of this Saturday has been spent on the couch. It’s that feeling you get after a jewelry-making marathon for a holiday craft fair or trunk show.
I hadn’t planned it, but I found that my creative process for landscaping turned out to be exactly the same as my creative process for beading. Along the way, I realized I was making decisions based on beading experience. Everyone wanted me to plan everything out before I got started, but I just don’t work that way. Whether I’m working with plants and pine trees or gemstones and brass – I like to dump everything out and design as I go.
Has anyone else found this to be true? I didn’t realize that a person’s creative process was so universal, but I’m glad it is!