Sunday, 30 March 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the glorious and wonderful Mums out there!
We hope you enjoy your day!

One way to celebrate today is by enjoying an afternoon tea, with scrumptious scones and layers of glorious jam and cream (see our recipe in last weeks post)!
Our Strawberry's and Cream sweets are the perfect companion too!

What are you up today?

Have a great day everybody! 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Crafty and Creative's Fundraising Raffle!

The Crafty and Creative Collective is a group of crafty individuals that are all linked through our love of things that are unique and beautiful! We also all sell through Not on the High Street, which is how we have all come together for this great cause! To raise some money and donate some beautiful goodies!

Along with other brilliant and creative sellers, we have donated our favourite Ellie Ellie products to offer this amazing raffle prize, and we are also doing a big prize auction on Ebay too!

All the gifts that are part of this raffle are made by individual sellers and most of these items can be personalised!

We really want to raise as much money as we can for such a great cause which does so much work to help people in the UK and around the world!

Donate to this raffle to be in with the chance of winning some lovely prizes, such as a personalised print, Ellie Ellie personalised map cufflinks, personalised drinks measure and much more!

One lucky winner will be picked on Friday the 4th of April, so get donating now!

Visit the Just Giving page for this amazing raffle!

Or see our Ebay page to win a great bundle of goodies too!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide!

Ellie Ellie's Gift Guide for Mother's Day! Our pick of the best gifts for the best Mum this Sunday.

1. Our Retro Sweets Jar Mother's Day Mix, full of scrumptious sherbet lemons, strawberries and cream and rosey apples sweets for a lovely mum with a sweet tooth! 

2. Jonny's Sister Personalised Garden Trug, perfect for a mum who loves getting stuck in in the garden as Spring arrives

3. The Green Gables Hearts Bunting Notebook, makes a super gift for a mum who loves her notes and journals in this pretty heart pattern.

4. Our Artist Pencil Heart Necklace is the perfect gift for any arts and crafts lover mum, who enjoys art and unique pieces of jewellery!

5. Our Map Personalised Location Pendant is a beautiful gift for mum for her to remember a special place that holds lovely memories for her! 

What will you be getting you mum for Mother's Day? 

View our new Mother's Day cards and gifts at 

Personalised Garden Trug: Jonny's Sister
Hearts Bunting Eco Notebook: The Green Gables
Mother's Day Sweet Shop Mix, Artist Pencil Heart Necklace, Personalised Map Location Necklace: Ellie Ellie

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Afternoon Tea for Two!

To make this Mother's Day extra special this year, i got in the kitchen to make my mum some yummy scones (her favourite). I wanted to prepare something nice for her and decided a tea for two would be perfect!

What are you doing this Mother's Day?

Before starting the scones i looked up an easy scone recipe and gathered all my ingredients, here is the recipe i used!

Start by getting all your ingredients ready, and all the equipment you need to for recipe, you will need scales to measure the flour, butter and caster sugar!

1. Start by measuring the flour and putting it in a large mixing bowl, and add the salt and baking powder! 
2. Add in the butter, and rub it into the flour with your fingers until the mixture is like fine crumbs and stir in the sugar.

3. Put the milk into a jug and heat in the microwave until warm (not hot) and add the vanilla and lemon juice, set aside for a moment and put the baking sheet in the oven to warm.
4. Make a well in the fry mix and add the milk mixture and combine it quickly with a knife

5. Spread some flour onto your chopping board (or work surface) and tip the dough out, dredge the dough and your hands with more flour and fold the dough over 2-3 times until it's a little smoother.

6. Pat into about 4cm deep ready to cut

7. Take a 5cm cutter, with a smooth edge, and plunge into the dough to make as many scones as you can
8. Press whats left of the dough and spread out again to make some more from the off cuts

9. Brush the tops with the beaten egg and place onto the hot baking tray

10. Bake for 10 minutes until risen and golden on top - serve with jam and clotted cream! 

Here are our finished scones, and they taste delicious! All ready for afternoon tea with Mum this Mother's Day!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Ellie Ellie Wears

Spring is not far off but unfortunately we still have time to wait until we get our shorts out from the cupboard! Until the weather warms up (hopefully) this spotty blouse from Topshop will keep us warm, add these jeans and tanned boots from Hudson, which will look brilliant teamed with a dress or shorts as well! Our Recycled Aluminium Initial Star Pendant adds the finishing touch! Which you can personalise with any initial for that special touch.

Spotty Shirt - Topshop
Skinny Jeans - Topshop
Tanned Leather Boots - Hudson
Initial Star Pendant - Ellie Ellie

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

My Visit to Borough Market!

Last weekend i went up to visit a friend in London and discovered a oasis of delicious food, drink and culture at Borough Market. Borough Market is just by London Bridge train station, and is thriving with food stalls and people milling around deciding which food to delve into next!

Deciding what i wanted to eat was a challenge, we walked around the market taking in all the lovely smells and the choice of food was amazing. There was everything from burgers, falafels, gluten free food, wheat free food to cheese, bread, pad thai, paella and much more (i could go on and on).

I finally decided on paella, one of my favourite dishes (i did spy some calamari being made on the same stall but had to resist) and it did not disappoint! I got a great portion filled with prawns, chorizo, squid and peas and it was delicious! I accompanied my paella with some homemade lemonade, which had just the right amount of zesty lemon flavour.

After filling my bag with tasty treats to save for later we sat down and took in the sunshine and atmosphere of the market, which is brimming with chatter and overall happiness. I didn't want to leave and wanted to try out more of the delicious food.

For a cheese lover this market is heaven too, with an array of stalls showcasing the best !

Find out more about the market and how to get there on their website! 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Some fun Redesign!

Commonly known as upcycling, our Redesign part of our Ellie Ellie ethos takes something that's been unloved and gives it a new lease of life with a little TLC! Redesigning forgotten treasures into something new, current and lovable!

Find out more about our 'Redesign, Recycle, Relove' ethos!

Here are some great redesign ideas for turning unused things in your home into something loved and useful again!

Adding crayons to a simple lamp will brighten any room!

These wine shelves made from old palettes are genius and would look good painted too!

Using an old jar as a light fitting adds an interesting twist on a normal light, mix it up with different coloured jars!

Using old maps or atlases for bunting is great for an event or if you want to add a new feature to your home!

Have you redesigned any of your things so they have a different use?

Friday, 14 March 2014

Vintage Loveliness this weekend!

After a successful October car boot, The Classic Car Boot Sale is back this Spring (tomorrow, Saturday the 15th March, Sunday the 16th March) at the Southbank Centre in London, if you are wondering what marvelous activity you can amuse yourself with this weekend, this is a great idea!

The Classic Car Boot Sale is not an ordinary car boot, full of retro bits and pieces, the car boot sale is jam packed of more than 100 traders, who all come along to sell their retro goods. Wonder round all the stalls while tucking into some yummy food and quality drink too!

If you are lucky enough to own a vintage vehicle, you can register for the car boot to sell from your boot, basket or trailer! Be ready to spot an array of vintage wears, accessories and household goods and make a good ol' day of it!

Find out more about the car boot here!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Fun Lego Storage Ideas!!

Our new Lego bricks are a stylish and fun piece of storage equipment for your home! Perfect for your children's room, playroom or in fact anywhere in the home! Whether you use it to keep the children's little Lego pieces (which can get everywhere) or their toys, or arts and crafts materials! 

They also stack, which means you can get different colours and keep them tidy!

Our new Lego Storage head is a fun and happy piece of storage too! With a smile on his face he will always keep your bits and pieces in one place! 

These Lego lunch boxes, mini snack boxes and mini boxes are perfect for just about anything, not just your sandwiches. The mini snack box and mini box can be used to keep all kinds of things in, such as your paperclips and pins on your desk or dips and healthy snacks for lunch time!

Ava likes to us her mini snack box for her grapes! A super way to keep a little snack if you get a little peckish! 

Find all our new Lego storage bricks and lunch boxes at Ellie Ellie!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Interesting Facts about March

As we arrive March (can you believe how quick January and February have gone) we've found some interesting facts that maybe you didn't know about this month!

  • It is one of seven months that are 31 days long
  • March starts on the same day of the week as November every year, and February in common years only.
  • March ends on the same day of the week as June every year
  • The name March comes from the Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture
  • March was the beginning of our calendar year. We changed to the new style or Gregorian calendar in 1752, and it is only since then we begin the year on January the 1st.
  • All through lent the traditional games played are marbles and skipping
  • The last three days of March were said to be borrowed from April
  • One of the flowers most associated with March is the narcissus (Wild Daffodil)

'March winds and April showers
Bring forth May flowers.' 

Who else has some facts about March?

Friday, 7 March 2014

Danielle's Map Story!

When i started making Ellie Ellie's Personalised Map Location Pendant back when i started the company, the first necklace i made was one for myself of Sussex. I really wanted a necklace with where i grew up and it was also a chance for me to create something for myself and see how it looked!

Sussex is the place where i have grown up and subsequently set up Ellie Ellie in 2010, so it's very special to me. I love everything about Sussex and it was a great place to grow up and set up my business. Ellie Ellie has a very strong connection to Sussex and our ethos of 'Re-design, Re-cycle, Re-love' is very much a part of our 'Sussex by the Sea' location! 

What location did you get for your map pendant?

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

My Map Story!

Our Personalised Map Location Pendant is the perfect way to keep a special location and memory close to you. I chose Cornwall for my pendant as it is a place i have grown up, had long summer holidays and made great friends since i was little.

As well as enjoying summer long holidays near Falmouth in Cornwall as a child with my family and friends, i now visit with new friends and create new memories which i will continue to look back on! After living in Cornwall and spending so much time there you never tire of the surroundings and the views of the harbour and beaches. If you've never had a chance to go, it is really worth a visit, even if just for a long weekend!

Share your stories of why you chose your location for your personalised map pendant with us, we always enjoy reading our customers stories!

Taggie! Marketing & PR Assistant at Ellie Ellie

A bit of Milk, Eggs and Flour is all you need!

It's Pancake Day!! Also known as Shrove Tuesday this day is associated with the day preceding Lent because it meant you could use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before the fasting season of Lent for 40 days!

Pancakes are so easy to make and only use 3 simple ingredients, flour, eggs and milk. Simply put all of these ingredients into a bowl and whisk together until you get a smooth batter, cook your pancakes in a frying pan for 1 minute each side and serve them with an assortment of toppings. 

Our favourites in the office are chocolate and strawberries, nutella and bananas and the favourite lemon, sugar and syrup! 

What's your favourite topping?

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Celebrate British Pie Week!

British Pie Week starts tomorrow and it’s the perfect chance for pie lovers to celebrate the great British classic food. There are a million and one recipes available to make the perfect pie and we are giving you one of Ellie Ellie’s favourite recipes. The Traditional Apple Pie!

What are your favourites?

Traditional Apple Pie:


  • 1 pack Jus-Rol Sweet Dessert Pastry 375g
  • 500g cooking apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 75g caster sugar (plus a little extra sugar for sprinkling 

1. Divide pastry in half and roll out one half to line a 18 cm shallow pie plate and chill whilst you prepare the apples.
2. Peel, core and thickly slice the apples, toss with grated rind from the whole lemon and juice from half, flour, sugar and cinnamon. Pile into the pastry base.
3. Roll out remaining pastry and use to top the pie, using trimmings for decoration as desired
4. Brush with water and dredge lightly with remaining sugar, bake for 20-25 mins until pastry is golden brown.
5. Serve warm with either cream or ice cream.

Visit the website for more pie recipes! 

What pie will you be making to celebrate British pie week?