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Kalloori Kely – My Sister is a Bollywood Movie Star!

Posted by Kyle Design on November 29, 2008

Om Symbol Money Clip Helps Keep Your Dollars and Rupees Organized

Om Symbol Money Clip Helps Keep Your Dollars and Rupees Organized

OK, not quite, but we just found out that my sister Kely is in the major Indian film Kalloori by Balaji Sakthivel and director S. Shankar starring popular actors Akhil and Tamanna Bhatia. Kely’s even in the movie trailer!

This Bollywood, or technically Kollywood, movie has gotten rave reviews (although it has been fairly controversial), but we haven’t been able to find it here in the states yet. We are assuming (hoping?) that it has subtitles so we can understand it if we do manage to track it down.

Cool Create Your Own Business Card Cases - Here Ive created one for movie stars.

Cool "Create Your Own" Business Card Cases - Here I've created one for movie stars.

What is the difference is between Bollywood and Kollywood? Bollywood (Bombay + Hollywood) is for Hindu language films made in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) on the northwestern side of India, and Kollywood (Kodambakkam + Hollywood) productions are Tamil language films made in Kodambakkam in Chenia, India on the southeastern side of the country.

Photographers need to wear their press passes - why not make it a fun one.

Photographers need to wear their press passes - why not make it a fun one.

My sister traveled to India last year. She visited the the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and is absolutely stunning. She just happened to be there when Shankar was filming the movie and they asked if they could photograph her in front of the temple.

We were all exclaiming at Thanksgiving when a friend with whom she traveled informed Kely of the exciting news about the film, so we tracked down the movie trailer, and lo and behold, there she was on YouTube along with my niece.

Drama Mask Switch Plates are a great accent for a home theater, movie room or drama department.

Drama Mask Switch Plates are a great accent for a home theater, movie room or drama department.

Here’s the link to the trailer for those who are interested. (She’s at 48 seconds, the one with the hat and the camera, her daughter in front of her, standing in front of the Mahabalipuram Shore Temple , basking in her one second of fame.):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg5QALirV-I

World Christmas Ornaments make a great way to commemorate a special vacation - you can even have it engraved with the dates and location.

World Christmas Ornaments make a great way to commemorate a special vacation - you can even have it engraved with the dates and location.

Just one of those quirky situations of being at the right place at the right time, only she didn’t realize it at the time, not knowing how famous the actors and director are. (She LOVED her trip to India all the same and wants go back.)

Who needs a whole 15 minutes of fame? One second can be just as fun!

If you’d like to see more of my artistic gifts, please click Om Symbol Gifts, Gifts for Movie and Film Buffs, World Travel Gifts, Actor Gifts or Photography Gifts by clicking these links or the photos above.

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10 Business Reasons I’m Thankful – Thanksgiving 2008 at Kyle Design

Posted by Kyle Design on November 27, 2008

I really appreciate all the positive feedback I receive from satisfied customers!

I appreciate all the positive feedback I receive from satisfied customers!

A Thanksgiving Day Message from a Small Business Owner:

This Thanksgiving I feel I have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to my business. So despite everything that is going on in the economic news, I feel positive and happy about where I my business is.

Beautiful Letter Openers Make Opening Your Mail a Joy

Beautiful Letter Openers Make Opening Your Mail a Joy

Here are ten reasons why:

1. I’m thankful that my customers know and recognize value, and appreciate when they find it.

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2. I’m thankful that my customers write to me every day to let me know how much they love my work and how happy they are that they found my web site Kyle Design.

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Happiness Shows! Whether on your face or your ears, you can express those happy feelings.

Happiness Shows! Whether on your face or your ears, you can express those happy feelings.

3. I’m thankful that I’ve created a working environment that is happy, supportive and fun.

4. I’m thankful that my staff and I are organized and efficient so we can promptly ship personalized orders.

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Applying Ones Artistic Talents to Practical Gifts is a Good Business Strategy

Applying One's Artistic Talents to Practical Gifts is a Good Business Strategy

5. I’m thankful that my wonderful staff cares so much about their work, knows our product, shares my high standards and cares that we send out only the best.

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Bright Ideas and Innovation - Cornerstones of American Business Values

Bright Ideas and Innovation - Cornerstones of American Business Values

6. I’m thankful that my talented parents passed along their creative genes and the value of innovation to me.

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7. I’m thankful that my parents raised me to appreciate art and its importance in everyday life.

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Getting A Good Education Is Important

Getting A Good Education Is Important

8. I’m thankful that I received a great undergraduate business education at the U.C. at Berkeley.

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9. I’m thankful that I’ve designed unique gifts that do well in good economies or bad because they are affordable, practical and high quality.

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Building a Business Takes Hard Work and Determination

Building a Business Takes Hard Work and Determination

10. I’m thankful that I have worked very hard for over 26 years building my business and my company reputation so that I can weather the natural ups and downs of business.

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So this Thanksgiving I feel I have a lot to be thankful for, and that’s not even counting my wonderful husband and daughters!

Natural Business Cycles Have Ups and Downs - Weathering Them Makes a Business Stronger

Natural Business Cycles Have Ups and Downs - Weathering Them Makes a Business Stronger

I hope that everyone has a happy, safe and fun Thanksgiving!!

You may click on any of the photos above to check out more of my unusual gifts and home decor or visit my site directly at Kyle Design.

 

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Twilight Movie Box Office Results Shows Vampires Are Big Business

Posted by Kyle Design on November 26, 2008

Get your own Vampire Christmas Tree Ornament for a very different type of holiday celebration.

Get your own Vampire Christmas Tree Ornament for a very different type of holiday celebration.

Horror films making it hard to sleep at night? Maybe a Movie Director night light will sooth the way for a good nights sleep.

Horror films making it hard to sleep at night? Maybe a Movie Director night light will sooth the way for a good night's sleep.

Number one box office movie ticket sales, mob scenes with the actors, screaming teenagers – Vampires are Big Business. And they are going mainstream!

The film Twilight opened last Thursday at midnight (!), and ticket sales for the weekend reached a whopping $70.6 million, handily beating out the second place finisher, Quantum of Solace that came in at (only) $27.4 million. Kudos to Twilight’s female director Catherine Hardwicke, who had the biggest opening weekend ever for a female director, smashing the $41.1 million record set in 1998 for Mimi Leder’s “Deep Impact”. Just goes to show what big business Vampires are. And I only tuned into this fact a few of months ago!

Vampire Bat Vitamin Case - Dont forget to take your vitamins so you maintain your energy levels while up late catching a film, reading a book or partying.

Vampire Bat Vitamin Case - Don't forget to take your vitamins so you maintain your energy levels while up late catching a film, reading a book or partying.

As I was updating my Halloween web page page, I thought to search on vampires, thinking that they would be a nice addition at some point. Lo and behold, vampires are very popular. But as I was researching, “Edward” kept showing up. I thought, “Who in the world is Edward, and why haven’t I ever heard of him?” And who is Bella? (I only know of Bella as in Bella Vista (beautiful view), the wonderful little Italian restaurant my uncle owned in Hayward, CA, for 20 years – he is a great cook!) Did a little more research, asked around and finally tuned into the whole Twilight book series.

I promptly created a vampire design of a vampire about the bite a woman’s provocatively outstretched neck – Yes! No! Yes! – Bella’s dilemma?

Vampire book readers might enjoy a Bella Swan bookmark as a reminder of a transformation from an ugly duckling

Vampire book readers might enjoy a Bella Swan bookmark as a reminder of a transformation from an ugly duckling

The movie Twilight, based on the first in a series of books, stars Robert Pattinson (you might remember him – he played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as Edward Cullen (the vampire), Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan (the plain girl), Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black (the werewolf).

My tweener girls are just a little to young to have been caught up in the Twilight phenomenon, but two other women I work with have daughters who have read the book series by Stephenie Meyers ( Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn ), with one teenager really big on it. So there has been quite a bit of discussion about it.

Pretty New Moon Compact Mirror - Check your reflection to be sure it is still there!

Pretty New Moon Compact Mirror - Check your reflection to be sure it is still there!

Running a small business requires constant creativity and innovation to stay fresh. I’m always looking to stay on top of popular trends, too, so even though I PROMISED my staff that I wasn’t going to do any more designs this season – 65 was ENOUGH – (so, Kyle, where exactly ARE we going to put all of these new designs??) – I squeezed one more in.

Glad I did!! Turns out that Vampires are Big Business for a Small Business. Because of the ongoing popularity of author Anne Rice (Interview with the Vampire) and Stephenie Meyers, I think vampires are here to stay. Yet, these vampires are flying off the shelves! (And into the trees??) I try to develop design collections around popular themes and have fun with the imagery. Check them out! Unique Vampire Gifts for those who love reading horror books, and Cool Twilight Gifts for dangerous things that come out at night!

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Easy and Delicious Pumpkin Bread Recipe – 40 Years in the Making

Posted by Kyle Design on November 24, 2008

Add a touch of charm to your Thanksgiving Day decorations with this stained glass Pumpkin night light.

Add a touch of charm to your Thanksgiving Day decorations with this stained glass Pumpkin night light.

Celebrate a Special Anniversary, Birthday or Milestone with this 40th Christmas Ornament

Celebrate a Special Anniversary, Birthday or Milestone with this 40th Christmas Ornament

With Thanksgiving coming up in a few days, I thought I’d post my family favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe. This recipe has been in my family for over 40 years and has been tweaked over time to suit our tastes, adjusting quantities up or down to get it to where we think it is just right. (It’s that creative side of artists – everything is fair game!) Everyone loves it and it disappears quickly at parties.

Another note on this recipe: it contains no cinnamon but rather cardamom which we prefer for its more complex flavor. Cinnamon can easily be substituted for the cardamom in the same quantity.

Spice Buying Tip: You can cheaply buy most spices at Indian grocery stores if you have any in your area.

Kyle’ Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Bread is delicious at Thanksgiving or any time of the year

Spiced Pumpkin Bread is delicious at Thanksgiving or any time of the year

5 c. flour
3-1/2 c. sugar
2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 t. cardamom
1t. cloves

2/3 c. oil
1 large can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree

1/2 c. – 1 c. walnuts (optional)

Sift dry ingredients together (I use a large sieve.) Mix oil and pumpkin puree together, stir into dry ingredients just until mixed. Add nuts if desired. Pour into greased and floured pans – 2 bread load pans or 6 small (3” x 6”) loaf pans (nice size for gift-giving). Bake at 350 degrees – large pans for about 75 minutes, small pans for about 60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast for a crowd can be stressful - keep your pain relief pills handy in this Turkey Pill Box

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast for a crowd can be stressful - keep your pain relief pills handy in this Turkey Pill Box

Thanksgiving can be hard on the wallet, but this metal Pumpkin wallet will protect your cards and cash, and look good, too.

Thanksgiving can be hard on the wallet, but this metal Pumpkin wallet will protect your cards and cash, and look good, too.

One Thanksgiving we bought pumpkin pie mix instead of pumpkin puree and used it before we realized our (BIG) mistake. Yuck. None of us likes pumpkin pie, but we all love this pumpkin bread and we were sorely disappointed when the bread tasted like pie!!

BTW, even my daughter who is a picky eater loves this recipe, and I think it is a great way to expand her range by getting her taste buds accustomed to some new flavors.

Click on Thanksgiving Gifts, Pumpkin Gifts, or 40th Anniversary Gifts to see more of my unique gifts for the holidays such as the night light, Christmas ornament, metal wallet or pill box shown above, most of which may be custom engraved.

At Kyle Design, we ship within  1-2 business days, even with custom engraving and personalization with colors and designs so if you’re shopping online and want something special, affordable and fast, be sure to check us out.

Our gifts make great housewarming or hostess gifts, too, because they are practical, useful gifts that are attractive yet still reasonably priced.

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Helping To Find A Cure For Breast Cancer at Kyle Design

Posted by Kyle Design on November 12, 2008

This attractive Pink Ribbon pill box makes a thoughtful gift for breast cancer survivor

This attractive Pink Ribbon pill box makes a thoughtful gift for breast cancer survivor

Microscope Earrings - A thoughtful gift for scientist working for the cure.

Microscope Earrings - A thoughtful gift for scientist working for the cure.

Each October, Kyle Design donates 5% of all sales of items with the color pink or that feature the awareness ribbon design to an organization that is working towards a cure for breast cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year we were very happy to donate $150 to the Endowed Fund for The Breast Cancer Site Researcher at Mayo Clinic. Even better, the Mayo Clinic matches any donation (up to $250,00), so the value of our gift doubles to $300. The Mayo Clinic operates three research hospitals plus more than 50 clinics.  It is one of the world’s preeminent medical research facilities and I thought it was a good choice for this year’s donation.

Last year, we were able to donate $90 to the Susan G. Komen for a Cure organization, so we were very happy to be donating over 50% more than last year to a worthy organization. Ever dollar helps move us toward breakthroughs in the field of breast cancer research.

Pretty Panda Christmas Ornament - A memorial to a beloved family member

Pretty Panda Christmas Ornament - A memorial to a beloved family member

Gardening Stamp Holder - A useful gift for gardener

Gardening Stamp Holder - A useful gift for gardener

I started this program in honor of my cousin Kim, a breast cancer survivor, who passed away last year in her early 50s. It was such a shock to lose a such a happy, vibrant family member who was just a few years older than I am. She was a fabulous gardener (her garden was a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat) and she traveled the world, too.

At the memorial service, there is a wonderful picture of her with a giant panda from a trip to the Giant Panda Sanctuary and Breeding Centre at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in China. I created the Panda Christmas ornament at right as a memorial for her sisters and engraved a message for them on the back.

I’m proud that Kyle Design is a company that donates to organizations that fund mammograms, research causes of breast cancer and develop treatments for the disease. I hope we can one day soon find a cure for breast cancer.

If you’d like to see more of my unique gifts, please visit Pink Ribbon Gifts for Breast Cancer Awareness, Unique Scientist Gifts, Pretty Panda Gifts and Beautiful Gardening Gifts.

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Veterans Day at Kyle Design – New Unique Armed Forces Gifts

Posted by Kyle Design on November 11, 2008

25th Infantry Division Flasks for Proud Members of Armed Services

25th Infantry Division Flasks for Proud Members of Armed Services

Naval Aviator Business Card Cases Hold Credit Cards, Too.

Naval Aviator Business Card Cases Hold Credit Cards, Too.

In commemoration of Veterans Day 2008 I have just created a new collection of cool Armed Forces gift ideas for service members and their families that are truly different than anything else you’ll find.

Gifts include 25th infantry division flasks, naval aviator business card cases, fighter jet Christmas ornaments, 10th ID Badge Holders.

Many of these new gifts for military officers and personnel featured here show our double designs. Using our 350+ designs, you can make unusual combinations that reflect the emblems of many different branches of the armed forces. Have fun being inventive! Double designs are available on business card holders, flasks, vitamins cases and many other items, so you can create your own look for on an affordable, practical gift.

The possibilities are nearly endless. Patterns include American flag, fireworks, stars, eagle, bat, lightning bolt, ocean, yellow ribbon, fighter jet, 10th, 25th, anchor, gears among many others. We have unique gifts for both servicemen and servicewomen, too – hard glasses cases, money clips, ID badge reels, ring boxes and more. We offer personalization in the form of engraving, too, so you can send a heartfelt message to your loved ones bravely serving our nation.

This stunning red, white and blue American flag Christmas ornament is perfect for military families

This stunning red, white and blue American flag Christmas ornament is perfect for military families

Protect expensive eyewear with a crushproof F-15 Fighter Jet glasses case.

Protect expensive eyewear with a crushproof F-15 Fighter Jet glasses case.

Most of our gifts are lightweight (but still beautifully crafted) and so they are relatively inexpensive to ship overseas to troops stationed abroad.

Kyle Design ships to APO, FPO and AE addresses for our standard low flat rate shipping cost if you’d like us to ship directly to a serviceman or servicewoman deployed overseas.

If you’d like to see more of my patriotic gifts for servicemen and women, please click the photos above or check out Armed Forces Gifts for Members of the Military.

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