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Archive for June, 2010

Lakers Gloat After Winning 12th Battle in Historical Rivalry with Celtics

Posted by Kyle Design on June 21, 2010

Cool Los Angeles Hometeam Lakers Buiness Card Holder Case for Avid B-Ball Fans.

6 Oz. Polish Boston "Big Three" Celtics Stainless Steel Flask for Avid B-Ball Fans.

Though the Celtics may have lost this battle, the war is not yet won. Toast good luck to your favorite team as they begin to strategize for the next Basketball season.

I’ll admit, while I’m not the most well-versed person in the basketball realm, I know enough about basketball fans to know that losses – similar to that of the Boston Celtics in last week’s Game 7 – can crush a fanatic’s faith in both justice and the world at-large. On the upside, clinching an NBA Title basically guarantees a lifetime of bragging rights for a champion team.

Case in point: the LA Lakers celebrated their recent triumph to the tune of a $2 million victory parade that took place in downtown Los Angeles this morning. Gloat much?

“Humble” displays of NBA Finals victory aside, I have to say that I admire basketball fans for their blatant passion, generally manifested in loud, overt displays of shouting profanity at televisions, radios and random passersby. Every team also has a sentimental story, as evidenced in the great Lakers-Celtics rivalry, and here basketball seems to have evolved into a coherent way of life for many. Said best by the late-great John Wooden:

It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.”

Got basketball on the brain? For those who can’t stop dribbling day and night, check out our Hip Hoop Dreams Gifts and B-Ball Accessories to show off your athletic spirit.

Gift shopping for a basketball coach, MVP or team captain? See our First Place Championship Keepsakes and Memorable Gift Collections for Coaches and Athletes to find a winning gift that’s sure to be a slam dunk!

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“Fresh As A Daisy” – New Flower Power Daisies Gifts for Hippies

Posted by Kyle Design on June 14, 2010

daisy-earrings

Daisy Earrings

As a kid, I used to love making daisy garland chains and plucking petals off of daisies to the tune of He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. I guess this was fitting since I spent my childhood in the Flower Power era of Hippies, where these friendly flowers represented peace and goodwill towards others. Still a perfect symbol of playful innocence and youth, the Daisy remains one of my favorite flowers today.

Interestingly enough, daisies also played a part in my humble beginnings as an artist. When I was about 6 years old, I created a large daisy flower design with crayons. My dad, a talented artist and woodworker, took this design and converted it into 4″ (!!!) daisy earrings made out of wood inlaid with white and yellow polyester resin.

Aside from the fact that these earrings were the size of fists, I was so proud and excited that he liked my design well enough to translate into a real set of jewelry. The earrings were, and still are, a unique keepsake– in fact, my mom would wear them with a bright yellow dress decorated with white pompom fringe along the bodice and the hem. A true 1960s classic!

Impress your nature-loving friends with a lasting gift they’re sure to love: Pushing Daisies Business Card Holder Case, Designer Daisy Flower Money Clip or Fresh As A Daisy Decorative Holiday Ornament. Or visit our Fantastic Flower Furnishings and Gifts in Bloom page to see our flowered gift collections.

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Gifts for Soccer World Cup Fans

Posted by Kyle Design on June 11, 2010

2010 World Cup Flask

Cheer your friends as you watch the matches with our original 2010 6 ounce World Cup drinking flask

Soccer Flask

It has been four years in the making, the 2010 FIFA World Cup is finally here!

The first match began early this morning, and they will continue until the 32 countries dwindle down to just 2, facing off in the final match on July 11th in South Africa.

This world wide event is enjoyed by millions in countries all over the world. I will be rooting for USA tomorrow in their first match of the event against England.

Who will you be rooting for?

Do you have any devoted soccer fans in your life, or perhaps you are one yourself? Our Soccer Money Clip is the perfect way to hold the money you will be betting with.Give your favorite soccer coach our Soccer Business Card Case. Surprise your soccer playing son or daughter by decorating their room with our Decorative Soccer Balls Switchplates.

Or take a look at all of our Cool Soccer Gifts.

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Knit In Public Day 2010

Posted by Kyle Design on June 11, 2010

Knitters Flask

Great gift for the detailed knitter who hates mistakes – Rip it! Rip it! Ribbit! Ribbit! With a little help from your frog knitting flask, ripping out your mistake might not be as unpleasant

Tomorrow {June 12th} is the 5th annual Knit in Public Day!

I’ve compiled a list of locations in the greater Bay Area that will be participating in this world wide event. To find a location near you visit the WWKIP Day website.

Albany

Hosted by: K2Tog

Location: K2Tog 1325 Solano Avenue at 1:00pm

Hercules

Hosted by: Denise Whitehead

Location: Starbucks, 3700 San Pablo Avenue at 1:00pm

Modesto

Hosted by: The Urban Shop

Location: 1508 10th Street from 10:30am-4:00pm

Knitting Needle Gauge

Our Knitting and Crotchet Guide has inches and metric measurements to count stitches, plus holes to check knitting needle or crochet hook sizes

Morgan Hill

Hosted by: Megpie

Location: Farmer’s Market, Caltrain Station Parking Lot at 11:00am

Novato

Hosted by: Llama Llama Knit

Location: 1202 Grant Avenue at 1:00pm

Santa Rosa

Hosted by: Village Knitters

Location: Montgomery Village on the benches in front of Cafe des Croissants and Starlet at 1:30pm

Sonora

Hosted by: Studio 49 & By Hand Yarn

Knitting Gift Pill Box

Store your pills and vitamins in our distinctive Knitter’s Pill Box

Location: Courthouse Square on Washington St at 10:00am

Walnut Creek

Hosted by: Jeanee and Jeanine Owner of Fashionknit

Location: 675 Ygnacio Valley Road B102 from 10:30am-5:00pm

knitter-earrings

Contemporary knitting needles and yarn earrings

Bring your latest knitting project, as well as your favorites to share. Great opportunity to mingle with fellow knitters, and inspire those who walk by. It’s going to be a hot weekend, so don’t forget lots of water and sunscreen!

For more unique knitting accessories and gifts, try our Knitter’s Measuring Tape, our Eyeglass Case for Knitters, our Knit and Nip Vitamin Case, our Crochet Money Clip, or our Knitting Night Light.

New to knitting? Follow our finger knitting how-to, also great for kids!

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Gift Solutions for Petroleum Engineers Oil Spill Headaches

Posted by Kyle Design on June 11, 2010

Petrochemical Engineer Large Pill Box

A pill box designed for a petrochemical engineer, perfect place to keep the Advil needed to relieve the headache caused by this tragedy.

Like you, I am deeply saddened over the tragedy of the BP Oil Spill. It has been more than a month and a half since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, triggering the vast oil spill 5,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico’s surface.

Custom Fisherman Money Clip

Give the gift of financial aide to the fishermen affected by the halt of the fishing industry in the Gulf Coast with our Fisherman’s Money Clip

Despite the placement of the containment cap over the leak, which will prevent 15,000 bbl. a day, 10,000 bbl. will still leak out. Oil will continue to bubble out until August when the relief wells will finally contain the spills.

There are already over 1,000 people working to clean up the spill, along with more than 32 ships and several aircraft’s. What a headache!

Fishing and boating has been halted until the oil is cleaned up, crippling the fishing, shrimping and crabbing industry in the gulf coast. BP is issuing checks to all the furloughed fisherman in an attempt to make things right. However, it is only a fraction of what they would have made had they not been cutoff for the summer.

Perhaps the saddest effect of the oil spill has been the harm to the wildlife due to he oil spill. So far the casualties are at 444 dead birds, 222 dead sea turtles and 24 mammals {including dolphins}.

Giant Sea Turtle Night Light

Our Sea Turtle night light is a great way to commemorate the many sea turtles lost due to the oil spill

Even though we are going to be feeling the effects of this disaster for a while, there are things we can do to help the environment.

Going Green Christmas Ornament

Now is the perfect time to start adapting a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Here is hoping to a quick solution, and a restored Gulf Coast!

What steps can you take today to live more green?


For more marine life gift solutions try our sea otter book mark, our dolphin table purse hook, our crab badge holder reel, our tropical fish metal wallet, our shark desktop business card holder, or our whale business card holder.

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Tea Party Political Gifts

Posted by Kyle Design on June 11, 2010

Political Flask

Our Tea Party Flask makes a clever, creative gift for politicians, political activists, voters and of course, Tea Party members

Show your passion for the electoral process with our Vote Stamp key chain

With the recent “Mini” Super Tuesday Election results in, I’ve been feeling more politically charged.

Congratulations to all of you who voted this week! It is important to exercise this right, whatever your political beliefs may be.

With the addition of a new political party, the Tea Party Patriots, I have created a new design to mark their emergence into the political spectrum. The Tea Party Patriots stand for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. They organized themselves over the shared philosophy of ending excessive government spending and taxation.

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work to give to those who are not.” — Thomas Jefferson

Stamp Holder for Roll of Stamps

For more political gift ideas try our Republican Elephant Flask, our Democrat Business Card Case with Donkey, our A New Dawn Christmas Ornament, our American Flag Pill Holder, or our Voter Money Clip.

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I Look Out My Window and What Do I See…

Posted by Kyle Design on June 9, 2010

Convenient Travel-Sized Pill Box with Turkey Design.

Pill boxes: the accessory of choice for traveling, wanderlust turkeys.

Wooden Tea Chest

Our decorative wooden boxes are the perfect place to keep and beautifully display your favorite tea bags.

This morning we were shocked with a bizarre sighting seen outside of the studio windows. A turkey! Just walking down the side walk, enjoying his morning. After our ears stopped ringing from our shrieks, and our heart rates slowed to normal, we could not stop laughing about our strange visitor.

What is a turkey doing wandering around a business district?! We joked he must have been on his way to the nearby Starbucks. He needs a lot of caffeine to keep him alert enough to dodge traffic. We decided our new Turkey Friend’s coffee shop drink of choice must be a Chai Tea, he prefers the autumnal drinks.

If only we had our camera ready to capture his adventure. We are keeping it handy in case he decides to every stop by again. You never know!

What interesting things did you see outside of your window today?

Dreaming of Thanksgiving? Get a head start on your turkey holiday by picking up a Stained Glass Turkey Nightlight, Harvest Feast Turkeys Ornament or a Cold Turkey Business Card Holder Case.

Feeling guilty about your turkey sandwich? Consider going green with our Vegan and Vegetarian Green Living Gift Ideas.

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What Does Your Dog Say About You?

Posted by Kyle Design on June 4, 2010

Our dog is always on the prowl for something to do, some mischief to get into. There's never a dull moment with Milano!

Mutts may not always look like their people, but we’re 100% confident that our dog DOES look like us, right down to the hair and facial expression!

Have you ever heard the myth that dog owners supposedly look and/or act like their dogs? A fun concept, but something I’d never seriously considered until now. Or rather last week, when I caught a news story featuring the success of a US study to prove this uncanny fact.

Specifically, a survey conducted at UC San Diego has found that people tend to choose dogs that resemble them on some level, so they often select purebred dogs because what they see is what they get. Unfortunately, the same study found inconclusive results for mixed breeds as a hybrid dog’s physical growth is unpredictable, so there’s still a looming question mark over whether or not this applies for us mutt owners. Dang it.

Although lacking in size and so low to the ground, Wiener Dogs never seem to acknowledge their limited size constraints!

Dachshunds are a symbol of endearment here at the studio – with a number of us being doxie owners, we love to trade unique and hilarious stories about our long little dogs!

I guess, regardless of my bearing resemblance to my dog or not, the underlying importance is that every dog owner thinks his/her dog is the greatest. In fact, this idea rings all too true around the studio where every staff member’s desktop is decorated with pooch pictures and mementos of their mongrels. Even I myself am guilty of promoting this animal-friendly atmosphere since one of our latest designs comes in the form of a Dachshund, totally fueling this pet loving attitude.

This particular design has a special place in my heart as it’s largely inspired by my own Dachshund-Papillon mix (Papshund?), Milano, whom my husband and I affectionately refer to as our “coach” since we walk him — or does he walk us? — 7 miles a day. Having been a part of our family for over three years, we’ve gotten to know the in’s and out’s of Millie’s eccentric personality; if we try to slide on walking him, for instance, he “chases” us by hopping around on two feet and nips at our legs, so we do what we can to make him a happy camper.

My pedometer unfortunately won't keep up Milano's pace, but please do let me know if you know of one that can!

As our very own “personal trainer,” Milano keeps us in shape with 7-mile daily walks.

Sometimes, I’m even convinced he says “Waaaaalk” in his low, warbling dog voice. Other times, it pretty much sounds like distressed whale talk to me.

The musings of Milano aside, a “Weenie Dog” design has been a long time coming since several of us at the studio have (or have had) dachshunds, so it seems to be the dog of choice here at Kyle Design.

In search of the perfect gift idea for dachshund owners, breeders and rescuers? Consider a Long Little Dog Business Card Case with Dachshund Emblem, Engraved Doxie Dog Money Clip or Handy Wiener Dogs Pill Box for a beautiful keepsake your loved ones are sure to love!

Thinking of becoming a new dog or pet owner? Commemorate your pet adoption with eye-catching Dog Lovers Gifts, Kitty Cat Decor and Accessories or Fantastic Fish Gifts and Furnishings for a truly one-of-a-kind animal lover gift!

Recently lost a beloved furry friend or companion? Honor your loyal pet’s loving memory with a beautiful wooden Remembrance Box adorned with an etched metal Dog, Cat, or Dragonfly design image.

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