Economic Woes Bring Marital Bliss

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A poor economy can destroy a relationship but this couple found a creative solution - one that has brought them closer together - and given them a whole new source of income.

Cambridge, NY. -- It's well known that many relationships go up in flames in a financial meltdown but this couple forged a working partnership from their collective talents when the hard times hit - bringing them closer together and enriching their lives.

Though highly regarded in the landscape industry with a national clientele, and author of several landscape design books, Keith Davitt' business was slammed when the economy crashed. "There have been slow periods but never like this." Davitt says.

There is still plenty of wealth out there, but as many luxury service and product providers are finding, obvious spending on the scale of installing a new landscape seems not to be in fashion.

With a landscape design costing anywhere from several thousand dollars on up, and implementation easily in the many tens or even hundreds of thousands, ("I did a landscape last year in Florida and the plants alone cost over a hundred and fifty thousand"), says Davitt, professionals such as he must search out other means of surviving. Davitt found his in a partnership with his wife, Jackie.

Jackie's jewelry making business was dragging too. They thought about taking jobs somewhere, "But then it struck me. There are so many things we can do. I work in copper, I'm a potter, a garden designer, we both do enameling, Jackie makes wonderful figurines and other porcelain things and she works with silver. Working for someone else for peanuts is insane." Jackie agreed. They decided to combine their abilities, form a business and work together to make it work. They did. And it did.

They make indoor water gardens, cat fountains, miniature gardens ("Jackie makes a sexy little wood sprite figurine that looks great in one of my wilder gardens"), Zen gardens and other hand-made creations they offer in their online store, http://www.gardenhomeart.com. They have daily business meetings, assign themselves tasks and regularly confer on strategies. "Its great," Jackie says. "Where I'm weak, Keith is strong and vice versa." They often brainstorm together for new ideas and frequently collaborate on new designs. "We're more of a team now" Jackie says. "We actually enjoy our lives more", they both say. "I'm not giving up landscape design and Jackie still follows her own lights, but working together has given us more respect and appreciation for each other." "We rely on each other in ways we never did before." Jackie says, "Its actually helped our relationship. And people really like out stuff. Its great."

Keith and Jackie's on-line business is http://www.gardenhomeart.com.

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