Cover Band vs. Tribute Band

Great drummer gifts.

Great drummer gifts.

I just love it when I learn something new.  On the way to work I listen to K-Fog.  This morning they were interviewing Scott, a member of a band called Zoo Station and asked him if they were a U2 cover band or tribute band.  Scott explained that a cover band is  one which performs the work of

Cool guitar design on lighter.

Cool guitar design on lighter.

many other bands, a tribute band dedicates themselves to sounding and appearing like the band to which they pay tribute.

Scott is the drummer of  Zoo Station.  He is especially excited about the new U2  release “Get on Your Boots” because it has so many drum riffs.  He is hoping that the entire new CD coming out will have the same sort of sound.

Get on your boots!

Get on your boots!

I am not a U2 fan, groupie or whatever, but the new single is fun to listen to.  If you are a fan, or know a fan, we have lots of designs and gift ideas for music lover and even a sexy boots design!  Take a look at our gift ideas by clicking on any of the links.

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NEW WOOD AND METAL BOXES ADDED TO KYLE DESIGN

Colorful wood boxes with glass and metal.

Colorful wood boxes with glass and metal.

I tease Kyle sometimes because we talk a lot about new ideas she has and then months later  I find out she has added it to the website when I see the actual new product  come up for me to pack!  Or I read about it when I am checking out her blog.

That is what happened when she finalized the new wood boxes with glass and metal overlay.  This design allows you to use any of our over 400 designs on our wood boxes.  the design is integrated into a metal overlay on a colorful piece of glass and with a flash of our iridescent film under the design.

glass color chart.

glass color chart.

There are nine color systems available on the 6.5″ x 6.5″ x 2.5″ high boxes which are made of rosewood stained ash.  The boxes are hinged and  the bottom of the inside is lined.  We can ad an engraving plate to the inside or outside of the box.

A smaller version of the overlay box will soon be

Smll box coming soon.

Small box coming soon.

available in black.  Hopefully Kyle will let me know when that happens and I can post information on that box!  Pictured here ia a sample of that box.

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

A flask for your sweetheart.

A flask for your sweetheart.

The theme is love.   Valentines Day is an opportunity to express your love.  a love for humanity, an individual or family.  At Kyle Design we have so many designs and items to put them on, there is no end to your opportunity to express your love in a very personal way.

If your love is your #1, your cupcake or

Cupcake arrings in gold or silver.

Cupcake arrings in gold or silver.

your monkey.  We can help you show that.  If hearts and flowers are her thing – got it.  Candy?  that, too.

If he is your rhino, your  big dog and he lights your fire – you can get a gift

Colorful Poker Magnet Clips.

Colorful Poker Magnet Clips.

for him here.

Is she a fan of romantic vampire novels?  Is he a math geek?  Does she love ladybugs?  Is he your rock star?  Do you wine and dine together?   Does he promise you the stars? Did you meet in the rain?  Like to walk on the beach?

Do you enjoy candles and champagne?  Or beer and baseball?    Does she spend her days in the garden?  Is his nose always in a book?  Will you  love her until

You are my #1.

You are my #1.

the end of time?

Does she make lemonade from lemons?  Does he shiver your timbers?  Can he fix anything?  Has she knit you some socks?  Maybe he is the cowboy of your dreams.  She holds the key to your heart.

Do you love to dance the night away or

For your teddy bear.

For your teddy bear.

snuggle in front of the TV?  Does he have the heart of a lion?  Is she busy as a bee?  Is she your princess?  Will he slay a dragon for you.  Does he live in a castle?  Is she from another world?

Is your honey your funny bunny?  The cherry on top?  Your angel from heaven or your stinky little skunk?

Red glass photography night light.

Red glass photography night light.

Express it on a flask,a pill box, a badge reel or a bookmark.  Large and

Ornament for your goddess

Ornament for your goddess

small tokens of your feelings.  A lovely jewelry box,  a shining night light.  A business like card case, a sparkly earring. A keepsake ornament or a magnet for the refrigerator.  So many ways to express yourself .

A letter opener and a love note or a key chain for her purse.  A money clip for his cash.  Case for  her lipstick.  So many gifts, so many choices!

Let Kyle Design help you celebrate Valentine’s Day and find the perfect gift.

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2008 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TRENDS

Just taking a minute out of our busy day of processing and packing orders to

hourglass timer

hourglass timer

mention some of the shopping tends we are seeing.

With the economy in an uproar it was hard to know how people would react and if they would

Big bow Badge Reel

Big bow Badge Reel

be shopping.  We feel that we have the perfect kind of gifts – practical, beautiful and unique.  Well,  we are happily busy filling orders.

Fibonacci sequence earrings!

Fibonacci sequence earrings!

We are seeing that our math and science designs are doing well, as is the vampire design – thanks to all the Twilight fans!  We are seeing lot’s of sharks and squirrels, too.  Things we are getting low on are the stockbroker design, the fashion design and sewing- so people have really been buying based on their hobbies and professions.

Frosty beer pill box.

Frosty beer pill box.

We have had fun seeing what people have been using the alcohol and caffeine molecular designs for!   Our new double designs are becoming popular and it is great fun trying to decipher the meanings – we had one that appears to have been for a DUI attorney!

Sports remain very popular.  Lacrosse, rowing and our new athletic shoe are almost as popular as the swimming design.  There are also a LOT of ballroom dance fans ordering.

Round interlinking hearts pill box

Round interlinking hearts pill box

The one that we have sold out is our interlocking hearts – so Kyle is gearing up and we will have plenty of that design in time for Valentine’s Day!

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HOLIDAY BAKING – COOKIES vs CUPCAKES

Round cupcake pill box.

Round cupcake pill box.

I was reading in the paper that a cupcake only bakery in LA has been going after other cupcake bakeries for infringing on their name and polka-dot motif – good thing our little cupcake design isn’t all about the sprinkles!  Cupcakes are very in.  There are cupcake cookbooks, jewelry and  giant

Cookie lovers pill box.

Cookie lovers pill box.

cupcake cake molds.  which sounds a bit unclear on the concept of a

cupcake!

Lot’s of people love to bake and cupcakes offer up a lot of opportunities for creativity.  Plus, who doesn’t love a little portion controlled sweetness?

Fun in the kitchen ornament.

Fun in the kitchen ornament.

This time of year baking becomes an obsession for many.  My daughter is testing cookie recipes for her holiday give-away plates.  I have been asked to share a recipe in an online cookie exchange.

I have never been able to master candy making, but I am a cookie making machine during the holidays.  this year, though, I may jump into the cupcake frenzy.

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PILL BOXES MAKE PERFECT GIFTS

Medical symbol pill holder.

Medical symbol pill holder.

Kyle and I were talking about pill boxes the other day.  I mentioned that I have several of them – she laughed at herself, because here in the studio we have hundreds of pill boxes of all sizes and shapes, and she only has one that she tries to remember to move from purse to tote to luggage, etc.  It’s the old “cobblers kids have no shoes” thing.

I always say that pill boxes are a great gift because everyone can use one or two.  so even if they already have one – one more just makes life easier.  I have a seven day pill box on my bathroom counter.  I have the bubbles design like the one shown.   It is much

Seven Day Pill Organizer

Seven Day Pill Organizer

nicer to look at than a couple of prescription bottles sitting out (and for me, out of site is out of mind.)  I fill it with my morning and evening doses for the entire week.  Then if I get off routine, or I am not sure I remembered to take my meds, I can look at the compartments and see.

I also have one in my purse.  That one is a large round shape with the spiral design.   I carry OTC pain medicine with me all the time – it’s just a mommy thing to do.  I also have a back-up of my daily prescription in case I forget to take it or I decide to run off to Fiji or something.  I have another pill box in

Large divided pill boxes come in 300 designs!

Large divided pill boxes come in 300 designs!

my gym bag with the same stuff.  I frequently occasionally go to the gym in the morning before work and I need my prescription and my vitamin with me.

You would think with that many pill boxes I would have enough, but no!  I also have a square one in the tote bag I carry to the kids games, the farmer’s market and all those places where I don’t want my purse, but I need to carry “stuff”.  That one is the peace symbol design with our pretty apple color behind it.

Sports themed pill boxes.

Sports themed pill boxes.

Each one of my pill boxes is different.  Different designs and colors and sizes and shapes.  I have also given pill boxes to my parents and to my kids.  They have them in their sports bags, their desk, luggage or back packs.  My youngest carries antacids in hers.

Is the fire design perfect for your antacids?

Is the fire design perfect for your antacids?

Pill boxes are practical, but also personal.  You can choose a design to match the use or personality of the person carrying one.  Pill boxes  can also  be engraved, so they are very personalized.  So consider a pill box as a gift this year.  They are  a great size for a stocking stuffer for more grown up people, and make a perfect gift.

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THE RIGHT GIFT

Dollar sign tree ornament for accountants and financial planners.

Dollar sign tree ornament for accountants and financial planners.

I know a lot of people are still unsure how the economic downturn is going to affect how they celebrate their holidays.  We typically say we will spend less during the holidays than we actually do.  The last few years it seems that retailers have started discounting in November and having blow out sales in December – which always seems to motivate people to spend more than they planned.

This year for me it is going to be about getting the right gift – not the best deal.  Deals can be exciting – but more and more I see that the deals are not really such a deal.  The size of the package has shrunk.  the number of items in the box has been reduced.  The “free” shipping is made up for in the “handling” charge.  The quality of the item is not what it once was.  It all just reminds me of that old adage about no such thing as a free lunch.

So – the right gift.  Not one that has been marked down, not one that might fit.  Not something they might

Customized Dragonfly pill box.

Customized Dragonfly pill box.

not already have.  The right gift for everyone on my list.  And how will I do that?  By choosing things that are really personal and useful.  Things that tell the person that I put a lot of thought into their gift.  By selecting , say, a pill box (useful) and putting a dragonfly design on it (personal) with aqua iridescent color (shows you know their taste) and their initials engraved on the back (keepsake).  And I can do that for each person on my list.

I have lots of nieces and nephews.  For each one no matter what age I can find a gift and make it really thoughtful and personal.  Bookmarks are one example, I

Happy Graduation 2008!

Happy Graduation 2008!

can choose one with a peace symbol in pink, another with dogs in purple and another with a graduation cap in cobalt blue – have them engraved and I have 3 gifts that match the interests and personalities of those kids.

Looking through the list, I see pill boxes, money clips, business card cases, contact lens cases, magnets for the fridge, a flask or two, a metal wallet and  and, of course, tree ornaments that would all be just the right gift for my family and friends.

So get out your list, sit down and spend some time on our site and I am sure you will find the right gift for everyone!

X bookmark X busioness card case X contact lens case X custom gifts X desonger X dragonfly gifts X Engraved gifts X flask X functional gifts X gifts bad economy X graduation gifts X keepsake X magnets X Meaningful Gifts X money clips X ornaments X persoanl gifts X pill box X purse X right gift X thoughtful gifts X useful gifts X wallet

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IT’S FALL

Fall leaves decor on dimmer knob.

Fall leaves decor on dimmer knob.

Our studio is located in a very nice business park.  We have lots of big shady trees that are turning color.

A pumpkin or other fall themed night light adds to seasonal decor.

A pumpkin or other fall themed night light adds to seasonal decor.

we can look across to hills which are slowly being covered by grape vineyards.  When I am driving too and from the studio I go past a field which is planted at various times of the year.  Just now they are harvesting pumpkins.  Down the road is a very famous corn maze.  They usually have pumpkins and farm animals and similar attractions for kids.

A round pillbox with a turkey makes a fun hostess gift.

A round pillbox with a turkey makes a fun hostess gift.

A couple of years ago we looked out the window to see a flock of turkeys walking down the street.  Someone must have called the folks at the corn maze and they rounded them up and took them back, but one turkey had eluded them and lived in the “wild” of the business park for a couple of years.  We saw her several times a year strolling around, but she has either been captured or otherwise occupied lately.

The farmer’s market is full of crisp apples and tall sunflowers, but I miss the

Give a sunflower Christmas tree ornament.

Give a sunflower Christmas tree ornament.

strawberries…there are still lots of bright green veggies in the market and last week I still found some fragrant basil.  The market gets smaller as the fall goes on.  My daughter likes to go with me to get cupcakes and other baked goodies.

Christmass tree ornaments for cheer team.

Christmas tree ornaments for cheer team.

And there is football, and cheerleaders and Homecoming dances.  That is the stuff my daughter is enjoying this fall.  My husband and I took a long bike ride Sunday and enjoyed the late blooming  roses in the park. A cool wind blew from behind as we took the trail home.  Tom thinking of having a beer and me a nice bubble bath.

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GIFTS FOR FANS OF THE TWILIGHT SERIES

Bite me! pill box.

Bite me!

My daughter has been reading and re-reading the Twilight series books (Twilight,

The apple is a symbol of choice - bookmark for your Twilight books.

The apple is a symbol of choice - bookmark for your Twilight books.

New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn) for a couple of years now.  She has encouraged me to read them, which I will as soon as I get through my monthly book club book before the meeting day.

She has outlined the stories and told me bits and pieces about Edward, the handsome vampire and Bella the smart and not so beautiful girl he loves and the

Prowling (were)wolf pill box.

Prowling (were)wolf pill box.

danger she is in from his enemies. Her best friend, and Edward’s rival for her affections, is Jacob, a werewolf. They all live in Forks, Washington. These vampires don’t have fangs, and can be out in the daylight. All the vampires have different powers and are all beautiful. Their skin sparkles like diamonds in the sunlight. The story of these lovers is highly romantic, but fairly chaste compared to most romance novels of the day.

A flask full of blood?

A flask full of blood?

The author of these hugely successful books is Stephenie Meyer, an Arizona mom of 3.  She started writing based on a dream she had. The books have sparked such a huge following that websites have popped

Entwined hearts for fans of romance.

Entwined hearts for fans of romance.

up worldwide for fans to discuss, sell merchandise, fantasize and obsess. The fourth book, Breaking Dawn, was meant to be the last of the series as told from Bella’s point of view, but Meyer had stated on another book, Midnight Sun, told from Edward’s, point of view. When stolen pages began to appear online, she stopped the project.

In the meantime, fans around the world, and in my house, await the movie version of Twilight opening on

Christmas tree ornament for movie lovers, click here.

Christmas tree ornament for movie lovers, click here.

November 21, 2008. We have put together some of our designs which relate to the Twilight characters and some of the symbolism and imagery of the books.  We have the sun and moon,  apple, chess pieces, diamond, entwined hearts, a sunset and cool mountain designs.   These designs are not based on the book, but we had fun thinking of which ones related.  Let us know if you see more possibilities!

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THINKING ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA BALLOT INITIATIVES

Pillbox for voters.

Pillbox for voters.

California voters have a lot to think about this November when it comes time to vote.  The presidential election is on the minds of everyone, but we have 12 more propositions to vote on.

Proposition 2 has to do with our farm raised food and requires calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn

Cow lovers night light.

Cow lovers night light.

around freely.  Aside from the animal rights perspective, the concerns are for food safety, environmental impact and also helping smaller, family farmers be competitive as larger “factory” farms are more likely to practice these confined methods.

Proposition 3 is basically a bond measure which authorizes $980,000,000 in bonds, to be repaid from state’s General Fund, to fund the construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping of children’s hospitals.  Proposition 6 is a criminal justice initiative for tougher punishment for gang crimes, drive-by shootings, meth distribution and victim intimidation.

Props 7 and 10  are two ballot initiatives focusing on alternative energy, Prop 10 on fuel and prop 10 on wind and solar which would  require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025.  There are major concerns that the proposition as written will cause established, small renewable energy companies our of business, and that it is poorly written and so complicated that it could hurt the cause of renewable energy in the state.

Same sex couple gifts may be found by clicking here.

Same sex couple gifts may be found by clicking here.

Proposition 8 would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. The California Supreme Court unequivocally held that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry under the California Constitution.

Proposition 11 is called the Voters First Act, it creates a citizen’s commission  to make independent decisions leading to legislative boundaries based on fairness and the public good and not political aspirations.

Proposition 12, a Veterans Bond,  authorizes issuance of $900 million in bonds to create a fund that assist veterans who are purchasing farms, homes and mobile home properties.

Voting is patriotic!

Voting is patriotic!

A lot to think about and read about and become an informed voter.  Remember to vote, November 4th!

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