Thursday, November 28, 2013

Summer's gone-Holidays are coming

I spent the summer gearing up for a busy fall and holiday season. Before all the work my husband
Lance and I went on a cruise up the East Coast to celebrate our 50 th anniversary. I called it the Lobster crawl. We started in New York  City and ended in Montreal, Canada. We had wonderful food-I actually got tired of lobster and we saw beautiful port after port. We had carriage rides and I even did some shopping for Design Imports. I found some fabulous Santas in Sydney, Nova Scotia. They're made from recycled furs and doll faces. I have never seen more beautiful!!

    Well I had a hicup!!! Thought I had a pinched nerve in my neck and was having small strokes. At least I didn't need help in Newfoundland. on Oct 13 I went to the hospital where I stayed for 9 days.I had vascular surgery then my heart decided to act up!! So I have spent the last few weeks resting at home.
I had a booth at the new Christmas cash and carry show but I wasn't able to go so my great associates, Alex, Lori and Linda filled in for me. Thanks ladies!
My next show is Dec 7-8 as a vendor for the Holiday Look Inn
I am home and if you need to do some holiday shopping just give me a call 626-799-2233. I will give you wholesale prices as long as you can come here and shop on the dining room table.
Happy Holidays to all of my clients, friends and family-Jane

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 2013 Gift Show

Whew!!!! The July Gift Show is over! And a very sucessful show it was. For the first time we had 4 people working at one time. My sincere thanks to Alex ( my right hand and more), Linda ( our newest  recruit-she is so easy to work with), Lance Bird (grandson extraordinaire-credit card guru and all round great help) and Elizabeth ( my daughter who came on Sun with sandwiches from Phillipes and stayed to work.) Behind the scenes are my husband Lance who helps us move in, set up and tear down. When he isn't a teamster he is an architect who is very busy. Yoal (Alex's friend also helped with set up etc.)  I would not be able to do this show without all this support. I hope you all know that and I love you all.
Now on to my clients! You are all so much fun, so loyal and patient.I know sometimes you have to wait for help and our credit card machine gave us fits but I hope it was worth it. I am so happy with the size of our booth and with 20' of showcases you can all look while you are waiting.  I want you to know I am working almost every day to bring you great silver at good prices. I will be off to Taxco before the next show so there will be lots of new pieces.

Bonita with her new necklace
Ladies from La Quinta

Alia with me

The next show is a New one
 Los Angeles Christmas Cash and Carry Show
 LA Convention Center-Kentia Hall
 Booth 330-332-my usual booths
 Nov. 8-10, 2013
I hope you will join us in this new venture with Urban Expos-A great time to fill in your stock for the holidays. I promise to have some great stocking stuffers for your stores!
Thanks again to Lance who did all the work getting me my new sign-next show I think we will have 2 of them . He is a great photographer and I do appreciate all his help. Also a second thank you to grandson Lance who helps me with this blog. You are the best!
Please let me know if you need more silver or milagro art. I am just an email or a phone call away 626-799-2233.
Have a great summer-remember to have some fun-Love, Jane

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Presenting the Jane Bird Collection

June1, 2013  I am proud to announce the First piece in the Jane Bird Collection of sterling silver
 Produced by hand in Taxco, Mexico-Manos Amorosas

              I found this design on a trip and believe it was made in the 30's or 40's in Taxco. I bought the vintage earrings for my personal use and Lightbulb. They are too fabulous to keep to myself  so my collection has been born. I am having them made for me in Taxco and they will be available for the first time at the
          California Gift Show-Los Angeles
           Design Imports
           July19-22 Booth 330-332. 
I hope to bring you more exclusive pieces in the near future. Jane

Jewelry Can Make the Difference

Showcasing one of my most popular designs, The photo of me wearing a Lemichol sterling necklace was taken in Ensenada, Mx at a party given by my friend -Alex-and sales associate for her son's First Communion. It is artculated so that it lays flat on anyone and very lightweight. There is a whole collection so if you haven't seen or bought it take a look. I love it.It is hard to find a good picture these days.Jane

Would you like me to have a show at your house?

Thank you to Jill for hosting my very successful show at her home. I met so many interesting woman and reconnected with a few old friends and clients.
If you are interested in hosting a show at your home let me know. I would love to do this more often.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Coming Up!

Coming up! May 16 I will be doing a show at a private home in Pasadena. If you are interested in Coming let me know. July 19-22 California Gift Show-LA Convention Center Hope to see all my clients and hope to meet lots of new clients. This is a wholesale only Show and my best show of the year

Del Mar

Del Mar was an experiment or marketing event for me. While billed as an Antique Show I had done it once before and thought I would give it another go-well don't think it is the show for me. I had a large booth near the front, Lisa came to help and we did meet some very nice ladies but attendance was low and it is hard to sell when you don't have live bodies. Lance came down on the train to help us pack up and drive me home. The weather was beautiful-had some great meals but adios to Del Mar-at least for now.I am including some photos of beautiful and happy clients-thanks for buying and posing. Jane

Another happy client!
New copper jewelry!

Palos Verdes Art Center Palos Verdes Art Center April 12-13

As I drove up Hawthorne Blvd I didn't recognize the Art Center. After several years and several million dollars the center is open and fabulous. I have done this sale for 10+ years. It is a home tour, luncheon and boutique. I have always done well but I really must thank all my clients-now friends for their support. As my business has evolved they have followed, taken my lead and embraced my beautiful silver from Taxco. The silver is perfect for their sophisticated, yet casual lifestyle.  Thanks to my right hand Alex for making the long drive and selling her heart out. Thanks to Gail, Liz, MJ and the entire committee for all your work and encouragement. I love doing this show.
A big thank you to the ladies who bought the wonderful frog necklaces. You created such a buzz and sense of fun for the ladies in the room. Note the smiles on the faces of two of the frog owners. Thank you all again and I will see you next year. Jane

Two happy frog owners!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Coming Up!

My next show is at the Palos Verdes Art Center -April 12-13. This is a home tour show with a luncheon at the newly renovated art center. There is an exhibition of Plein Air paintings in the center. Design Imports will be one of four vendors in the patio where the luncheon is served. I have done this show for many years-maybe 15? I look forward to seeing my friends innPalos Verdes and if you love home tours and Cali. Plein air paintings you can buy tickets on their website.

April 19-21 I will be in Del Mar at the Del Mar Antiques and Collectables show at the fairgrounds. I will be in booth 406 (a nice big booth) and would love to see my San Diego friends.The show is a little of this and that and I enjoyed it when I did it a year ago and I hope to make this a regular show.The show is from 11-7 so you will have plenty of time in the morning to drive down or do errands and have fun in the afternoon. They have all kind of food trucks at the venue-ever tried fried artichokes-yun!

Hope to see you at one of these shows but remember -If I am home I am working -so feel free to call and come by if you want to shop.  Jane

ASD. Las Vegas March 2013

Have you ever gone somewhere and not gone outside for 6 days? Welcome to ASD Las Vegas-3,500 vendors! I drove from Pasadena to Las Vegas with my new assistant Lisa. We spent Fri. night with my brother and sister in law Bob and Flo Bird. We had a delicious corned beef dinner and enjoyed a restful afternoon and evening. The calm before the storm! We arrived at the Sands Expo by 10 and spent Sat setting up our booth and checking into the hotel. We stayed at The Venetian which is attached to the Expo center. The suites were beautiful and very large for one person. The show ran for 4 days and we didn't leave the buildings until we checked out and headed home on Thursday. We figured it was 1mile from our room to the expo and we never saw daylight. A different world! The Expo was busy -my credit card machine gave me fits-and I came away with the realization that I don't want to be gone so long away from Pasadena and home. I met a very interesting woman from Albuquerque (Marsha Heyman) who I believe will be a good friend and client. Adios Las Vegas I won't return. I need sunlight. Thanks to Lisa who worked really hard and who will be joining Alex as a regular assistant.
Welcome, Lisa!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Las Vegas Show! March 17th-21st

Official ASD Las Vegas Exhibitor:
Design Imports
Jane Bird
(626) 799-2233
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We are proud to exhibit at ASD Las Vegas March,
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wow! What a show! Once again the California Gift Show has connected me with so many of my faithful clients. I would like to thank my clients (now friends) for making us feel like we are bringing you the product you want to see. We love being so busy we can't sit down. Thank you Sharon from The Folk Art Gallery, Corrie from Mission San Luis Rey, Paula from Moondancer. There are too many to list and lots of new stores also. Our double booth allows us to see you all and a special thanks to my right hand lady Alex and our new saleswoman Linda.
One of my new animal pieces. 
I am now gearing up for the ASD show in Las Vegas March 17-20 at the Sands Expo Center which is attached to the Venetian Hotel. This is the jewelry cash and carry. The rest of the over 3,000 vendors are at the Las Vegas Convention Center,  We are Booth 755. Please come by and see us if you are at the show. This is my first time at this show so wish me luck.
On Feb 15 I will be going to Baja to pick up more jewelry and art for the March show.
Please check out the photos on my blog. I am adding some new ones-not a website but for now the best I can do. Let me know what you think--Adios, Juanita!
Part of my Asian art collection.
A new animal piece in my collection.