Heather Spann of Hayden Taylor Designs. The company is named after her two sons. (The Birmingham News / Linda Stelter)
Who: Heather Spann, 41, of Clay. She married to Bruce Spann, and they have four children ranging in age from 19 to 13. She owns Hayden Taylor Designs in Clay, where people give her flowers from a loved one funeral or wedding, for example, and ask her to incorporate them into a piece of jewelry. She and her staff will dry and crush the flower and place it into acrylics or beads for jewelry or decor pieces such as bracelets, necklaces, ornaments or crosses. If the flower is small enough, it can remain intact. She also designs other types of jewelry.
How did you get started, incorporating flowers from special events into jewelry? came from a death in my family. A friend of mine gave me the beads she had made and we started to do it. It came into my life through a hard, sad time. And since then I lost two grandmothers and I lost my dad. And I had things from all of my families occasions.
Heather says that Kelly Tingle at Simply Hair in Springville does her hair. She said she does a good job at cutting long hair. (The Birmingham News / Linda Stelter)
Do men ever save a flower from, the day they proposed, for example. Then, give it to you and ask you to incorporate it into a piece of jewelry that they want to give their bride on their wedding day? Heather said grooms have done this, citing several have been very creative in their wedding day gifts to the bride. They've given them as jewelry pieces and even ornaments. Pettway made 'horrible decision' but followed guidelines to deserve 'second chance,' Alabama's Nick Saban says.