Let me tell you a little bit about myself and Make Be-Leaves. I married and had my first child when I was 27. My husband served in the military and then on the fire department for 22 years. We realized early on that we yearned for a more creative environment for ourselves, and now our two children as well. I remembered when I was dating my husband and he picked me up from college, we had noticed a yard with artificial plants. As far as I was concerned, I thought they were hideous, but I never forgot the street, and periodically I’d drive by and look them over.
“Hi I am Susie Ameche and today I want to tell you a bit about myself and Make Be-Leaves. I come from a very artistic family, and I’ve always enjoyed being creative. Being a Studio Arts major at Loyola Marymount gave me a taste of different artistic mediums – but what really blew my mind was when I first saw a beautiful artificial Ficus tree built on real wood trunks. It was like a portrait of Mother Nature’s finest work. Plant Art – with no maintenance -which intrigued me, since I had a “black thumb”.
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“Create artificial plants, flowers and trees that Mother Nature would love” – is the inspiration for Make Be-Leaves!
As fate would have it, my husband decided not to stay with my vision, or me. I found myself a single woman and I needed to make money. I couldn’t set down the inspiration for Make Be-Leaves. Thinking there are so many people who love nature’s design – trees, plants, florals, and landscaping, yet they couldn’t take care of them – they didn’t have a green thumb or the weather made growing plants difficult. Could there be a way to enjoy all the world’s plantscapes – and not worry about maintaining such things year-round? Inspired I found the answer to that question when I realized that I could do it myself – I was so excited!
By this time, I had already started a small office where I was learning fast. I promised myself that I would never make anything that Mother Nature would not approve of. I have never given up on that vision. To this day, three decades later, Make Be-Leaves’ products are the most beautiful in the industry. My kids are all grown up – and they are magnificent. By the way, you might ask yourself how did the name of Make Be-Leaves come to be? There is some disagreement on that, but for me – heaven made it up, and I think it’s cool.
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Faux foliage for commercial design projects, living spaces, building structures, restaurants, and interiors.