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McCain Picks Woman Running Mate – More Cracks in Glass Ceiling

Posted by Kyle Design on August 29, 2008

Republicans are Celebrating the Vice Presidential Pick

Republicans are Celebrating the Vice Presidential Pick

In a daring, surprise pick, republican presidential candidate John McCain has selected a woman as his vice presidential running mate. His choice is Sarah Palin, the 44-year old governor of Alaska, who was elected in 2006. She is the married mother of five and is known as strong conservative, fiscally and socially. She studied journalism and at the University of Idaho, was the mayor of the small town of Wasilla in Alaska, and has implemented reforms in Alaska since taking the governor’s office two years ago.

Down Syndrome Blue and Yellow Ribbon Christmas Ornament

Down Syndrome Blue and Yellow Ribbon Christmas Ornament

She opposes abortion, has a baby son with Down Syndrome, is a former beauty queen, and likes hunting and fishing. Her husband is an oil production operator in Alaska, is a former commercial fisherman and is a member of the United Steelworkers Union.

Woman Symbol Business Card Holder For Women Who Break New Ground

Woman Symbol Business Card Holder For Women Who Break New Ground

Palin was quoted as saying, “It was rightly noted in Denver last week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”

At 44, she is one of the youngest presidential running mate in history, paired with McCain, who at 72 (his birthday is today – August 29), the oldest presidential candidate.

White American Flag Night Light for a Glowing Future for All

White American Flag Night Light for a Glowing Future for All

I am very excited that the 2008 presidential election is breaking so much new ground in terms of opportunities for all Americans, black (Obama) and white, young (Obama, Palin) and old (McCain), men and women (Palin).

If you’re shopping online for something unique, please check out my Red Elephant Gifts, American Flag Gifts, Christmas Ornaments, Night Lights, Flasks and Business Card Cases, please click on the links or photos above.

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Obama Accepts on 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Dream” Speech

Posted by Kyle Design on August 28, 2008

I Have A Dream Ornament Features Black and White Beads Around Asian Dream Character

I Have A Dream Ornament Features Black and White Beads Around Asian Dream Character

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s famous “I Have A Dream” speech that he delivered in Washington, DC on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. Today’s anniversary of this moving occasion just happens to be the day that Barack Obama, in a history-making moment as the first black candidate of a major political party, will accept the Democratic Party‘s nomination for president in the 2008 presidential election.

Get Out The Vote Business Card Holders

Get Out The Vote Business Card Holders

Obama, who is both black and white, is expected to deliver his acceptance speech this evening in Denver, CO, during the last day of the Democratic National Convention. A milestone like this was inconceivable when MLK, Jr. gave his speech forty-five years ago. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech as been voted the top political speech of the 20th century by AmericanRhetoric.com. Some of the most famous lines from the Dream speech came near the very end of it and include: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Stainless Steel American Flag Flask in Democratic Blue

Stainless Steel American Flag Flask in Democratic Blue

I visited the Lincoln Memorial this summer and was quite moved by monument and the inscriptions of Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address on the South Chamber wall and his second inaugural address on the North Chamber wall. I got choked up reading the text of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address out loud (quietly) to my two daughters. Americans such as Barack Obama and John McCain continue to serve this nation and further the ideals of our great country. I am proud and thankful to be an American. Please click the following links to see more of my Patriotic Gifts (like the American Flag Flask at left), Political Gifts (like the Business Card Holder above) and Dream Gifts (such as the Christmas Ornament at top).

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Kyle Design’s Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Night Light is Back!

Posted by Kyle Design on August 28, 2008

Dead Heads Rejoice! The Dancing Bear Night Light is Back in Town

Dead Heads Rejoice! The Dancing Bear Night Light is Back in Town

Back In Town: We created this Dancing Bear Night Light for the Grateful Dead a few years back, and they are once again carrying it in their online store and catalog. So for all you Grateful Dead fans who’ve been asking me where they can get one, here it is: Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Night Light. It features a nickel silver frame over light blue stained glass and has a 4 watt bulb.

Happy Feet! Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Converse Shoes

Happy Feet! Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Converse Shoes

As soon as I shipped these night lights out to Grateful Dead Productions, my eldest daughter, who is 12, came home with new Dancing Bear Converse Shoes. She was so excited to show me them and I can see why. They feature about 5 colors of the dancing bears in a random pattern all over the outside (and inside) of the shoes. Very fun, colorful design! Nothin’ too serious going on here….

Design Your Own: Converse now offers the ability for you to create your own sneakers. This is the type of custom service we here at Kyle Design have been offering for over 25 years (!), where we allow you to create your own gifts using the design, colors, metal finish and product of your choice. You might say it is almost infinitely possible to create an artful gift that is unique. (The current rough math: 300 designs x 45 colors x 2 metals x 100 products = 2,700,000. Do you need more choices than that? Well, if so, there is always our custom design services….)

Custom Work: I have created custom pieces such as the night light above where I take a company logo, in this case the happy dancing bear itself, then incorporate that image into a scene or design based on the product shape. I have designed custom bookmarks and business card holders for Yosemite National Park based on a door hinge pattern, developed a line of vitamin cases and money clips for the Top of the Rock Observation Deck Gift Shop at the Rockefeller Center based on their logo, created a custom letter opener for Trinitas Hospital, among other projects. Please visit the Kyle Design Custom Work Gifts page to see more examples.

Bear Letter Opener is Easy to Find, Fun to Use

Bear Letter Opener is Easy to Find, Fun to Use

But if you don’t want to go through all that trouble and just prefer to pick from the nearly 3 million possibilities that we currently offer, then please visit Kyle Design: Cool Custom Gifts for Over 25 Years. Why, we can even ship your custom gift today if you need it shipped that fast. We normally do send orders with 1-2 days, even with custom engraving. Check us out if you want something different

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua Party with Aztec Temple, Dog Pyramid Cake

Posted by Kyle Design on August 27, 2008

Whew! Just survived an over-the-top, really fun Aztec Chihuahua party we threw for our 9-year-old daughter’s slumber birthday party. She saw the upcoming Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie trailer (film comes out October 3rd), with the Aztec warrior dogs on a giant temple, thought it was hilarious and decided that would be a blast for a party of 8 rambunctious girls. Here’s what we did to create the right atmosphere:

Aztec Temple Makes a Great Driveway Center Piece

Aztec Temple Makes a Great Driveway Center Piece

Aztec Temple/Mayan Pyramid: My husband built a huge South American pyramid – a quasi Aztec or Mayan temple – in our driveway. It is 14′ wide at the base and about 11′ feet high. Made quite an impression on the arriving girls as they clamored to play on it and check out the view from the top. The prize for one party game later was a Slinky and we got it to slink down the full set of stairs on the pyramid, sending up a round of cheers from all of us!

Chihuahua Dog Birthday Cake with Mayan Temple Pyramid

Chihuahua Dog Birthday Cake with Mayan Temple Pyramid

Birthday Cake: I created a three-layer stepped-pyramid cake out of alternating vanilla and chocolate layers that I topped with a seated Chihuahua dog. My 12-year-old daughter made a golden headdress for the chihuahua giving it just the royal warrior look we were after. For instructions for making the cake, visit Aztec Chihuahua Dog Cake on Mayan Temple.

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Dressed Up an Aztec Chihuahua Pinata with Golden Headdress

Dressed Up an Aztec Chihuahua Pinata with Golden Headdress

Chihuahua Piñata: For the piñata, I started with a pink pony piñata that I stripped down and converted to a golden Chihuahua. Again, my daughter made a stunning headdress for it out of golden poster board and wrapping paper. At the last minute the kids decided they couldn’t bear to destroy the fancy golden piñata, so we grabbed a Hawaiian hula girl piñata we had planned for another party, quickly spray-painted her Apocalypto blue to create an instant sacrificial Aztec maiden, then let the kids have at it. (Explanation: in the movie Apocalypto, the individuals captured for human sacrifice were painted blue before being sacrificed to the gods. Not that any of the girls (or me) had actually seen the movie, but they’d heard of it.) We filled the pinata with gold foil wrapped chocolates or golden colored candies such as toffee, caramels, Werther’s, Nestle Treasures, etc.

Kids Loved the Aztec Temple French Toast Pyramids

Kids Loved the Aztec Temple French Toast Pyramids

Food: For breakfast, we created Mayan Temple French Toast by stacking up three progressively smaller layers of bread and topped them off with a Chihuahua skewer, strawberries, powdered sugar and maple syrup. Big hit!

For dinner, had the girls create build-your-own personal pizzas. We used the refrigerated pizza dough from Trader Joe’s and let each girl roll out and add toppings to create their personal favorite. For 9-year-old-girls, apparently this, sadly, is still just pepperoni or cheese pizzas….

We served apple juice and sparkling water so the girls could create soda-like drinks that were free of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Entertainment: The girls played on a slip-n-slide until all the children arrived. Pink seems to be the color of the Beverly Hills chihuahua dog, so what movies could be more perfect than the Legally Blonde movies? We rented videos of Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2, which feature heroine Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) and her pet chihuahua Bruiser.

Party Games: Traditional favorites included tape the Chihuahua to the temple top, memory game with 25 assorted items on a tray, and a treasure hunt. The prize for the memory game was a stuffed toy – the Taco Bell Talking Chihuahua Dog that we got from Stupid.com. It says, “Here lizard, lizard”, “I think a need a bigger box” and “Yo quiero Taco Bell” (“I want Taco Bell”). The kids thought it was cute (they don’t remember the original TV commercials), but the adults thought it was a scream. And we actually did scream while watching the Legally Blonde movie when we realized that the commercial was playing in the background of one scene!

The Girls Loved Wearing the Colorful Dog Necklaces

The Girls Loved Wearing the Colorful Dog Necklaces

Party Favors: Instead of traditional party favor bags, I made a choker dog collar necklace with Chihuahuas on it for each girl. Every dog collar was a different color and the girls could pick out their favorite as they arrived. What girl doesn’t love jewelry?!

To see more or larger pictures and read tips and tricks for the fancy dog piñata, games and food, visit Beverly Hills Chihuahua Dog Party. If you love chihuahuas, be sure to check out my Cool Chihuahua Gifts like the Chihuahua Night Light or Chihuahua iPod Case.

"Beverly Hills, Here I Come!" Chihuahua Dog Night Light

“Beverly Hills, Here I Come!” Chihuahua Dog Night Light

Protect Your iPod with a Chihuahua Dog Warrior Travel Case

Protect Your iPod with a Chihuahua Dog Warrior Travel Case

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