Hi everybody! I’m Joan Donovan, and Hailey’s Cottage Designs is my maiden voyage into the world of jewelry design. I have always been creating in one form or another – I’ve done a lot of sewing, cross stitch, slipcovering, reupholstering, etc. etc. etc. I love making things and preserving old things, and I’m always looking for something new to pique my creative interest. One day I was tooling around on YouTube and I was fortunate enough to stumble across a tutorial by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques – and I was hooked!
Here is my current workspace – I have taken over our little sun room for the time being.
This is our dog, Sophie. She likes to curl up in the corner when I’m working out here. She is always available for petting when I need to take a break.
I have a room upstairs that has always been my studio – this year I decided to pull everything out to reorganize and paint. That was last fall – Yikes! Everybody is getting sick of looking at this mess!
Here’s a cool shelf unit I scored while flea marketing last summer, can’t wait to press it into service!
What is my inspiration for trying my hand at jewelry making? One is definitely my Mom.
She loved her jewelry! She could be found most days watching QVC and ordering Joan Rivers, Judith Ripka, the Jackie Kennedy collection, and anything else that struck her fancy. We just lost her last fall, and I miss her dearly. I think she’s watching me go through this process and enjoying it – she certainly would have loved my B’Sue bling!
My husband and I recently took a trip to Savannah, Georgia for our 25th wedding anniversary. We were both drawn in by its charm, history and architecture. The city, particularly its Victorian architecture, is the inspiration for my theme.
We toured a bunch of historic homes. I’m sure many of you already know this, but the house on the upper left belonged to Jim Williams. In the early 70s, Savannah was a dangerous place – many of the once beautiful homes were abandoned and ready to be demolished. A renowned collector of antiques, Mr. Williams could bear to see the marvelous homes disappear forever. He became a pioneer in the Historic District – purchasing a rundown mansion and restoring it to its former glory. He went on to be instrumental in saving many other homes that would have otherwise met the wrecking ball. It’s due to his foresight and perseverance that we are able to enjoy them today.
We also visited the Bonaventure Cemetery – a haunting yet beautiful place. Many of the monuments were carved by well-known artists during the Victorian era.
Of course this was in the days before modern medicine, so there are many children’s graves – sad, touching and beautiful.
The cemetery is also the burial-place of Johnny Mercer, the famous song writer and producer. He enjoyed a good party as much as anybody, and had a bench built in front of his grave so that friends could relax and stop for a drink when visiting!
My line will be representative of the Victorian era, and will be (tentatively) entitled “Midnight in Savannah”. I plan on using a lot of dark ox pieces, possibly mourning-type for some, and then segueing into pieces with more color. I hope to symbolize the darker and lighter sides of the city – as well as its rise from the ashes after years of dedication by a lot of very cool (and wealthy!) people.
Here’s some pics of the components I plan on using – lots of B’Sue components and some vintage items as provided by my friends at Etsy!
So there you have it. I’m excited to see where this will lead! Thanks for reading, and I’ll “see” you all back in class!
1. Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box
2. Diana Buynak – Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio
3. Irene Hoffman – Heartsdezirebyirene
4. Clare Wells Nemeth – Creative Magick
6. Marcia Tuzzolino – Aurora Designs
7. Elizabeth Wilks – Wearable Art by Lizzie
8. Jeanette Rose Belmont – One Canvas at a time
9. Lyn Joy Reeve – A Journey from Jewels to Jubilation
11. Beth Trubman – The Journey of Jewelry
12. Carole Carlson – Beadsophisticate
13. Jann Tague – Clever Designs by Jann
15. Susan Bolton – Fern’s Place
16. Chris Kemp – NoodlePie Bracelets
17. Barbara Kelley – Angels’ Keep
18. Susan Bowerman – Woodside WireWorks
19. Pamela Anger – Novegatti Designs
20. Joan Donovan – Hailey’s Cottage
21. Alison Huie – Ally’s Baubles
22. Sharon Palac – Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
23. Erica Olmos – Beeb’s Closet
24. Erin Whitacre – Shattered Time Jewelry
25. Fran Sitton – Sitton Up Front
26. Ginger Hammond – Lynn Leigh Designs
27. Paula Gaskill – Lovely LaylaBug Jewels
28. Mary Katherine – The Rose Sword
29. Renee Webb Allen – Small Stuff Design
30. Valerie Tilghman- ArtJewelsandGifts
31. Chris Cravens Vintage Cravens
32. Leslie Carver
33. Donna Parry, JewelryDonna
34. Gina-Marie Hammer – Tangles, Twists and Treasures
35. Kelly Wymer Winged Wisdom Enchantments