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Two is Better than One

Posted by Kyle Design on February 24, 2012

When it comes to cookies, friends, vacation days, and 100-dollar-bills, I’d say 2 is better than 1. At Kyle Design, we understand that sometimes, one is just not enough. That’s why we have Double Design Gifts. Use two designs to convey a unique gift message. Get creative! Let our “Lucky in Love” compact mirror, “21st Birthday” flask, and “Family Practitioner” business card holder inspire you. Another fun idea is to pick out 2 letters for someone’s initials and add them to a custom double design pill box, bookmark, or decorative metal cell phone case. With over 500 designs there’s a lot of great combos out there! What will yours be?

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Design Your Own Compact Mirror

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Custom Cigarette Case from Kyle Design

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Personalized 21st Birthday Custom Flask

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What 2 designs will you put together?

Design Themes include sports, occupations, animals, foods, hobbies, and more!

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Double Design Custom Christmas Ornaments

Double Design Custom Christmas Ornaments

Custom Silver Eiffel Tower Eye Glasses Holder

Off to Paris Dual Design Glasses Case

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Decorative Metal Business Card Cases

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Does Giants Pitcher Randy Johnson Need 300 Win Business Card Holder?

Posted by Kyle Design on June 6, 2009

Livermore’s Randy Johnson joins baseball greats with win 300 this week pitching against the Nationals and guess what, Kyle Design has just the thing to mark this achievement: our Number 300 Business Card Holder. Know someone else who needs a special business card holder with a significant 3 digit number? Have a friend who bowled a perfect 300? Met a personal goal? Loved the movie 300? Want to commemorate a major (league) milestone with a special gift? Now you can with Kyle Design’s new Three Icon Business Card Holders with any “Big Unit” up to 999.

Pitched a 300 win? Bowled a 300 game? Number 300 business card holder says it all.

Pitched a 300 win? Bowled a 300 game? Number 300 business card holder says it all.

You design it, we make it: I’ve created these cool new biz card cases so you can put together three numbers, letters, sports, professions in any combination you want. How about two initials and the symbol of a favorite pastime? Or a three letter monogram? MLB? Company acronym? An initial and a birthday number? The letter “I” plus a heart plus whatever it is you love? You get to be the designer using a business card case as a canvas with images I provide. (Hundreds of choices! It really is quite fun to put them together!)

Hey all you MLB players who like fresh, clean pieces of gum: Baseball chewing gum holder keeps it appetizing!

Hey all you MLB players who like fresh, clean pieces of gum: Baseball chewing gum holder keeps it appetizing!

And speaking of knowing Randy Johnson, he grew up right here in Livermore, CA, and went to Livermore High School (Class of 1982) with the best man at my wedding. So what does that make it in the Human Web: two degrees of separation?

Being about the same age as Randy Johnson, I think what he did is pretty darn impressive. To maintain that level of skill and fitness is amazing. I’m sure he has worked very hard and so deserves all the accolades coming his way. Congratulations!

So if you’re a MLB baseball fan or knows someone who likes to play ball, be sure to check out Kyle Design’s Baseball Gifts where you’ll find some really cool items you’ve never seen before. Honest.

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Hey Artsy Smartsy Types! Maker Faire for Creative Tech Arts This Weekend in San Mateo, CA

Posted by Kyle Design on May 30, 2009

The coolest fair ever, the Maker Faire – science masquerading as art, high tech passing as toys, creative solutions to world problems pretending simply to be fun – is this weekend, May 30 and 31, 2009 in San Mateo, CA.

Get yourself a creative business card holder that reflects both hands-on and high functioning.

Get yourself a creative business card holder that reflects both hands-on and high functioning.

Any of you (and your kids) who love crafts, computers, music, making, DIY, tinkering, technology, recycling, building, inventing, collaborating, this is THE place to be. You’ll come away inspired, informed, invigorated and happy. Find suppliers of really unique crafts and tech materials for future projects, websites with cool things to do, and entrepreneurs who have turned hobbies into fun businesses. A “DO NOT MISS” for families.

This year’s theme is Re-Make America, in keeping with President’s Obama‘s  call to action for “the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things” to help re-invent the USA. This is the fourth annual fair, and in past years things that captured my family’s attention were the crazy parts bikes, the motorized giant cupcake-mobiles, Fiddlesticks bendable fabric building sticks, the computerized elaborate egg decorating machine.

Robot Memory Box in Wood - A creative way to store memories of fun events.

Robot Memory Box in Wood - A creative way to store memories of fun events.

I’ve always loathed the term “artsy fartsy” because it seems intentionally disrespectful to those are trying to do something different. If you never try, you’ll never succeed! So I much prefer the term “artsy smartsy” because it better represents what inventors, designers and artists are all about. It certainly sums up this show. Bright ideas and creative execution. Really smart, funny people who express that humor in their art and technological products. I love being an artist and I LOVE this fair!

The Maker Faire website describes the event as “The ultimate DIY festival – It’s county fair meets science fair meets farmers market meets burning man for families! Maker Faire will showcase individual creativity and grassroots innovation in the largest festival devoted to DIY culture and technology in the country.”

Have a crafts room or workshop? This Building Tools DIY light switch plate is the perfect finishing touch.

Have a crafts room or workshop? This Building Tools DIY light switch plate is the perfect finishing touch.

The fair is open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the San Mateo County Expo Center.

Maker Faire Tips:

Buy your tickets off-site or ahead of time online. The crowds keep growing every year and I can only imagine what it will be like this year. Chronicle story in the paper yesterday about it, too.

Come early – lines are long just to get into the parking lot, let alone the door.

All you black sheep out there who are making a living in an unexpected way, here's a wallet that reflects your independence!

All you black sheep out there who are making a living in an unexpected way, here's a wallet that reflects your independence!

Bring food if you don’t like fried, (keep it in an ice chest in your car). Plus you can, once again, avoid long lines. (Although I am hopeful that there might be more of an emphasis on good food with the suggestion that there will be a Farmers Market.) This fair is so fabulous you will be tempted to starve rather than miss anything waiting in a line somewhere!

Wear a hat: Half the events and projects are outside, although this year it looks like it will be overcast most of the day.

Take a quick peek into each building first: Each building has a different theme and you can get stuck in any one of them for hours, so see which one looks like it is most interesting for you and your kids before getting involved. You WILL run out of time and not be able to see or experience everything.

If you appreciate creative approaches to life, please check out Kyle Design for unique gifts and home decor. We have switch plates, business card holders and practical gifts for those interested in robotics, crafts, science, music and more.

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Last Minute Gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day – Cool Practical Gift Ideas for Her Special Day

Posted by Kyle Design on May 2, 2009

It’s almost Mother’s Day – have you gotten your Mom anything special yet? Looking for unique last minute gifts? If not, Kyle Design can save the day for you with our unique, useful gifts for moms. If you just get some silly, frivolous impulse item from the mall at the last second, your MOM WILL KNOW. There is still time to get your wife, mother or mother-in-law a special gift that shows how much you really care. A present from Kyle Design quietly screams, “A Truly Unique Gift Custom Made for You!”

Mom Rules! Even when things get dramatic! Let her know with a cute Comedy and Tragedy tape measure.

Mom Rules! Even when things get dramatic! Let her know with a cute Comedy and Tragedy tape measure.

Artistic Gifts Made To Order – Mom will not have seen anything like a gift from Kyle Design before, and better yet, we custom make each item to order with her favorite color, design, silver or gold metal finishes and personalized engraving of choice. We ship within a day, too, and even the same day if you ask, so we can help you get her gift there by Mother’s Day. Can’t beat it!

Fast, Easy, Safe: Mom doesn’t need to know that shopping online at Kyle Design was faster than getting in the car and driving to the mall, easier than searching through racks at a dozen stores (unless you really wanted to get in that 5 mile walk at a noisy mall after work), and a whole lot safer than being around crowds during a swine flu outbreak.

Fresh, Practical Gift Ideas from Kyle Design

So here are just of a few of our many new, useful gift suggestions that might work for your mom:

Give mom a goddess purse hook - then shell know just how amazing you think she really is.

Give mom a goddess purse hook - then she'll know just how amazing you think she really is.

Purse Hooks – New on the scene, these really practical holders for handbags are a hot item. When mom does have time to get out, make sure she can really relax and have a good time without having to keep an eye on her purse. Handbag holders get her purse off that disgusting restaurant floor, keep her handbag right where she can see it when sitting at a bar. So easy to use – just slip the purse hanger over the edge of a table, bar or desk and hook the purse strap over it. Great for holding umbrellas, digital cameras and shopping bags, too. No more worries! That is the best gift you can give any mom.

A floral business or credit card holder makes a beautiful gift of flowers for mom on Mothers Day.

A floral business or credit card holder makes a beautiful gift of flowers for mom on Mother's Day.

Credit Card Holders – Our slim, feminine credit card and ID holders are the perfect place for mom to stash her wallet essentials without the bulk – driver’s license, credit cards, ATM card, business cards and a little cash. Keeps mom streamlined and organized. We have hundreds of designs, but if you select a card case with flowers on it – roses, irises, sunflowers, orchids or hibiscus – you’ll be giving mom flowers that last! No need to water, either. This special gift reminds her daily to stop and smell the roses, too.

Bookmarks – Ah, to take a few minutes to read a favorite magazine or a good book – there’s a real luxury in our busy lives. A beautiful book mark that says “I Love You” is a wonderful way to let mom know  you love her even when she is taking a break from all the cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands and whatnot required to keep her share of the household running smoothly. Maybe give her that latest best-selling paperback book she’s been wanting to read along with the bookmark and she’ll know you really mean it.

Give your mother a unique bookmark that says I Love You every time she looks at it.

Give your mother a unique bookmark that says "I Love You" every time she looks at it.

Make Mom Happy with a practical gift from Kyle Design that she will really use and enjoy. If you’d like to see more of my fun gifts ideas for mom (available in 100s of designs), please visit Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom where you’ll find so many unusual, innovative gifts made exclusively by Kyle Design. We’ve been in business since 1982 and are known for our beautiful gifts and excellent customer service, so you can be assured that we’ll help you take good care of your Mother. Give us a call at 800-551-5953 between the hours of 9:00-5:00 PST if you’d like any help at all choosing the right gift.

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California Independent Film Festival CIFF in Livermore CA

Posted by Kyle Design on April 20, 2009

Film Festival Holiday Ornament - Great Gift for Movie Directors, Actors, Screenwriters

Film Festival Holiday Ornament - Great Gift for Movie Directors, Actors, Screenwriters

Hurry! Today is the last day of the Califronia Independent Film Festival here in Livermore CA and there are still tickets available at the door for some great cinematic treats. (Vine Theater at 1772 First Street right in Downtown Livermore.)

Sunday Morning Festival Schedule

This morning you can catch nine Comedy Shorts from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Theater #1 (scroll way day to view really short Video Clips of Shorts here – is that a joke, too?). Titles include Cost of Living, HiBi-Chan, Just In Case, Rolla Saor (Free Film), The Green Film, The Mix Up, Three-Fifty, Ticket for Success and Wrong Number.

The 2009 Best Documentary Slate Award in being held in Theater #2.

Football Switch Plates would look great in the den of football fans, players and announcers.

Football Switch Plates would look great in the den of football fans, players and announcers.

Sunday Noon Schedule

The Shorts: Program C is showing in Theater #1 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with six films. This section is sponsored by Goal Line Productions. Goal Line Productions is the full service sound stage company of Joe Madden (son of football player, Raider’s coach John Madden – who on Friday just announced his retirement from sports broadcasting after 30 years) and Jonathan “Sketch” White, who is the company’s studio manager. Again, you can view shorts of shorts More Video Shorts of Shorts. Films scheduled are Akira’s Hip Hop Shop, The Fenceline, The Miracle, Ruïne and Fertilize.

Award Winning Pill Box - Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Great way to encourage a filmmaker, writer or videographer to keep going for it!

Award Winning Pill Box - Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Great way to encourage a filmmaker, writer or videographer to keep going for it!

Over in Theater #2 in the Sapporo Short Fest Program that is sponsored by Kaori & Derek Zemrak (the lowbudget movie director and producer). International films showing in in this section include The Pond, Spoorweg (Losing Track), Auf der Strecke (On the Line – winner of over 50 international awards), Lumen, AlpTraum (Final Kick), Lui and Lone Rider.

Sunday Afternoon Schedule

From 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., you can catch the feature film Rock Slyde in Theater #1, sponsored by Livermore Valley Florist.

Over in Theater #2, the festival is showing Shorts: Schedule A. Movies include On the Road to Tel-Aviv, Red Letter, Black Rose or How Mr. Fossenrath Tried Not to Change the World, Next Floor, The Border, Silent Lake, Limpiando Sapos and Ping Pong.

Sunday Evening Film Schedule

The feature film Camille, starring David Carradine, James Franco and Sienna Miller about a couple on their way to their honeymoon at Niagara Falls, will be showing in Theater #1.

Reach for the Stars! Movie Star business card holder will reflect your professional attitude toward a challenging, creative career choice.

Reach for the Stars! Movie Star business card holder will reflect your professional attitude toward a challenging, creative career choice.

In Theater #2 will be Shorts: Program B, again sponsored by Goal Line Productions. Films scheduled are Pluzman, Collector, Dudley’s Raft, One Little Step, La Lili à Gilles and Editing.

Sunday Night Film Schedule

The last film showing during this festival is War Eagel, Arkansas which runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It looks like a very moving, poignant moive that is based on a true story.

Be sure to check out Kyle Design’s unique gifts, business card holders, switch plates, pill boxes and Christmas ornaments. Click any of the photos to see more interesting gift ideas for actors, directors, movie stars, videographers, writers and more.

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The Purse Hook – Hot “Design Your Own” Handbag Accessory

Posted by Kyle Design on April 18, 2009

Purse Hooks are the latest hot accessory for women who carry handbags!

Purse Hooks are the latest hot accessory for women who carry handbags!

Familiar yet with handbag holders, those strong hooks that hang over the edge of a table or bar to keep purses close and germ-free? Here at Kyle Design we’ve added our own twist to these up-and-coming must-have accessories that are turning into the coolest new gift idea for women of style.

Unlike other sites that offer you a dozen or two popular images (purse, cat, flower, spiral, shoes, etc. – yes, we have those, too), Kyle Design offers over 400 patterns. Specialized designs include professions, sports, musical instruments, more unusual animals, monograms,  games, crafts, Chinese characters, alcoholic drinks, fruit, trees, desserts and so much more.

Better yet, you decide what color you want, you decide if you prefer silver or gold. Literally, you create the look, we create the purse hook. No need to have a generic handbag hanger, no fear of two women whipping out the same exact holder. And we’re fast. We typically ship within a day or two – even for custom items such as these designer handbag holders.

Do Comedy and Tragedy describe your dating experience? Then we've got just the purse hook for you!

Do Comedy and Tragedy describe your dating experience? Then we've got just the purse hook for you!

Choices, Choices: How many possibilities are there? Currently, 440 original designs x 2 metal choices x 19 gorgeous colors = over 16,000 possible looks! How many friends do you have on Facebook? How many of them carry handbags? More than 16,000? I think that the chances are pretty good that you won’t show up at a restaurant or bar with the same purse hanger.

Simple? Yes! They are so easy to use. Simply set handbag holder disc on the edge of table and hook on a purse strap. That’s it!

Interested in Safety? These purse hangers are perfect for holding designer handbags, shopping bags, digital camera, tote bag strap, umbrellas or backpacks where they stay clean, safe and convenient – right next to you at a table or bar. No more worries about forgetting a purse on the back of a chair, an umbrella on the floor, or being distracted and forgetting to keep an eye on your wallet.

We have great designs for professional women such as this purse hook for a pharmacist.

We have great designs for professional women such as this purse hook for a pharmacist.

Single? These designer handbag holders are great conversation starters, too! They provide a small window into your world that someone new could run with. Although popular in Europe for years, purse table hooks are new enough here in the U.S. that most people I run into are curious about them.

Support American Designers? California artist Kyle McKeown Mansfield creates all the fun designs and unique patterns found on every handbag caddy. You can be the designer when you design your own purse hook – we’ll make it for you right here in our art studio and promptly ship your personalized purse table hook to you in a velveteen pouch.

Show your creative side, have fun, express the real you! Select a purse hook design/color/metal grouping that is a true reflection of who you are! They make wonderful gifts for her including professional women, working girls, dating singles or the handbag queen.

Want to see more? Check out our full collection of Uniqe Purse Hanger Designs. We also have really cool gifts for professionals like pharmacists, attorneys, doctors, dentists, nurses, scientists, mathematicians and others.

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Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacob – Book Group Reading Selection

Posted by Kyle Design on February 28, 2009

This Knitting Tape Measure is a cute gift for knitters who enjoy other crafts as well.

This Knitting Tape Measure is a cute gift for knitters who enjoy other crafts as well.

Our book group selection was The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacob. Overall we all liked it and were able to have a good group discussion, a big plus. Each member of our group related to a different member of the Friday Night Knitting Club – I naturally related to Georgia, the skilled craftswoman with a small business and a 12-year-old daughter who likes to cook, because that is exactly my situation. (But unlike Georgia, I also have a husband and 10-year-old daughter.) A talkative member of our group was the first to volunteer that she saw herself in the outgoing K.C., others responded to Anita, Georgia’s supportive, older friend.

Pretty Cooking Ornament - A great way to acknowledge a girls budding culinary interests

Pretty Cooking Ornament - A great way to acknowledge a girl's budding culinary interests

It was fun discussing how Darwin, the doctoral student writing a thesis on what a throwback knitting is, evolved over the course of the book. (If it’s fun, enjoy it, and don’t be intimidated by others who have different interests. It wouldn’t be a skill that is still practiced if it were true drudgery – anyone prefer to wash clothes on a washboard?) Knitting is meditative, it feels good in the hand, you can immediately have a sense of accomplishment and it’s practical – what’s not to like?

Learn to accept the twists and turns ones life takes with a River Name Badge Holder

Learn to accept the twists and turns one's life takes with a River Name Badge Holder

We discussed the fact that most characters in the book did the opposite of what was expected of them and whether this was realistic. I think the group was mostly against it in the beginning, but came around to the fact that this not unlike real life in many cases. If you think about what you were like in high school and what you thought your life was going to be like in future and compare, well, you too may discover that there definitely were unexpected twists and turns. Not everyone leads a predictable life, and quite often you don’t end up where you thought you’d be.

Fairytale Castle Bookmark - A lovely gift for the young reader who is enchanted with books

Fairytale Castle Bookmark - A lovely gift for the young reader who is enchanted with books

Even the ending of the Friday Night Knitting Club was not predictable, and this was a refreshing change from so many books one reads. It gets to the point when reading other books that half way through you’ve already figured out where it is going, know the neat tie-ups that are coming – that someone will keep a baby, get married to a long-time friend, be successful in business or whatever feel-good, fairytale endings the author comes up with. Not with this one. I think the characters have stayed with me for that very reason.

Maple Leaf Pill Box in Fall Colors - Reminds transplanted Canadians of home

Maple Leaf Pill Box in Fall Colors - Reminds transplanted Canadians of home

BTW, she was born and raised in Canada, which may account for why she comes across as such a nice, friendly person with whom you could quickly become good friends. Her characters, too, are quite believable that way.

Monogram Money Clip with the Letter K - for Kyle or Kate or Knitting! At Kyle Design, we now have gifts with all letters of the alphabet.

Monogram Money Clip with the Letter K - for Kyle or Kate or Knitting! At Kyle Design, we now have gifts with all letters of the alphabet.

Side note: Kate exclaimed when I said my name was Kyle, because that was what she had intended to name a female character in her latest book, Knit Two. But she was discouraged from using it by her manuscript readers as being not believable. So now she said she’s inclined to use again if it fits a future character.

So, the bottom line – good book that I would definitely recommend for book groups in particular.

If you’re shopping online for unique gifts, please visit Creative Knitting Gifts, Enchanted Castle Gifts, Gorgeous Monogram Gifts, Inspired Cooking Gifts and Meaningful River Gift Ideas. You’ll find a huge selection of distinctive Christmas ornaments, tape measures, name badge holders, pill boxes, bookmarks, money clips and more.

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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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My Favorite Homemade Cherry Peach Rum Ice Cream Recipe

Posted by Kyle Design on July 14, 2008

Ice Cream and Sweet Treats ID Badge Holders add some fun when you have to wear a name badge.

Ice Cream and Sweet Treats ID Badge Holders add some fun when you have to wear a name badge!

Ice cream, it turns out, is still a very, very popular treat with Americans, especially kids. According to research by Mintel International as reported in the news, 91% of adults and 98% of kids ate ice cream in the last year. But apparently the frozen dessert market is actually stagnant: there was only a 1.8% increase in inflation-adjusted sales for 2006 and 2007, and there is only a 0.5% increase projected for 2008 and 2009. Hmmm. Hey America, time to get out of a rut with a new old-fashioned ice cream flavor?

Fresh Cherries Light Switch Plates add a dash of color and fun to kitchen or dining room.

Fresh Cherries Light Switch Plates add a dash of color and fun to kitchen or dining room.

I grew up with homemade ice cream. Our family favorite was Cherry Peach Rum Ice Cream (see recipe below) that we would prepare at our mountain cabin that my dad was building. We had no electricity and so would make it in an old-fashioned, hand-crank ice cream maker.

Mom would whip up the mixture in the kitchen using fresh peaches and pour it into the canister. All of us kids would take turns sitting on it to help hold it down for an adult or strong teenager to crank. We always made it at family reunions and parties. It was a activity that involved the whole family and was so much fun. (It is a great activity for any family to try!)

Mountain Night Light Lets You Dream of Fun Summer Vacations

Mountain Night Light Lets You Dream of Fun Summer Vacations

The hand-cranking men (usually) would compete to see whole could last the longest, the kids would get switched out for slightly older, heavier ones when the stiffening ice cream caused the maker to start jumping around too much. Mom would start setting out spoons and bowls for everyone as we all salivated and worked up a sweat.

And the result was just the taste of summer to me. Mixing up a batch nowadays takes me right back to those warm, wonderful, lazy (for the kids, at least – my school teacher dad was busy 12 hours a day building the cabin) summer days in the middle of nowhere where the only noise was the sound of wind moving through tree branches, and the hammer pounding nails….

And it just seems that when you have to work for something, it is that much sweeter when you get it.

Cabin Favorite Cherry Peach Rum Ice Cream Recipe

2 c. half & half
1 c. milk
3 eggs
Dash of salt
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. rum
1 ripe peach, chopped fine
5 cherries, (fresh or Marischino) chopped fine

In a cold saucepan, beat and mix together the eggs, vanilla, salt and sugar until thick. Then pour the half & half and milk into the mixture of eggs and sugar while stirring. Turn on burner and heat gently, stirring until the mixture thickens. (Do not allow the mixture to boil or it will curdle.) Remove the pan from the heat when a film forms over the back of your spoon. Allow to cool. Stir in chopped peaches, cherries and rum. Transfer to canister and begin freezing in ice cream maker.

The time really got away from me writing this post – guess I just drifted off into happy thoughts of my childhood and the minutes just melted away…. Time to get back to work!

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