Sunday, 28 June 2015

Wimbledon fun facts!

The great British Tennis Tournament that is Wimbledon starts tomorrow, and everyone at Ellie Ellie is excited for it to start (we love a great British tradition) Do you follow the tennis tournament? We wonder who will be crowned Wimbledon Champion 2015!

Some fun facts about the tournament:

Who is your favourite player? Do you know anymore fun Wimbledon facts?

Friday, 26 June 2015

Fruity Summer Treat!

We got into the kitchen this week to muster up a refreshingly summer recipe, which is so simple to make anyone will be able to do it. Using just three ingredients we made some cool raspberry frozen yogurt. All you need to make this recipe is frozen fruit (of your choice, we've heard strawberry also tastes delicious), greek yogurt and a tiny amount of honey.

The method is also very simple too, simply measure out 250g of frozen fruit (make sure your fruit is frozen before making) and 250g of greek yogurt. Also get the honey out of the cupboard, you'll only need 1 tablespoon.

Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl or food processor and whiz up for 30 seconds until all the ingredients are mixed. 

Not only does it look delicious, it tastes delicious too, it's such a quick and easy little snack, lovely to watch Wimbledon this coming week or when it gets too hot outside!

What Summer recipe will you be making? Have you made any yummy recipes using fruit this Summer? 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Recycle Week!

Now in its 12th year, we're right in the middle of Recycle Week! The theme this year is "Recycling around the home". Just having a think about the products you buy and have in your home is the first step to efficient recycling. You can always head over to Recycle Now and simply search for an item to find out how to dispose of it correctly, and if it can be recycled.

At Ellie Ellie, we fly the flag to re-design, re-cycle and re-love. Here are some of the easily recycled materials that are used to make some of our beautiful eco-friendly products!

Wool  - Our versatile Check Recycled Wool Blanket Rugs are made from recycled welsh wool, and have so many different uses, from picnics at the park to getting cosy in front of the fire at home. They are individually spun to create a variety of different designs, so there's a colour to suit everyone!

Glass - The UK currently recycles 50% of glass containers like jars and bottles - once they are crushed and melted, they're molded into brand new ones! We have a whole collection of recycled glassware for your home, including tumblers, mugs and milk bottles!

Plastic - One of the most used and popular materials. It's important we pop it all in our recycling bins to be sorted, shredded, and used again and again! Our Recycled Lunch Box and Jumbo Storage bags are made from recycled plastic, come in a range of prints, and fold flat for easy storing!

Be sure to take a look at Recycle Now's website to find out what you can recycle locally and at home, and help you achieve a sustainable lifestyle!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing, caring, funny, happy and lovely Dads out there today! We hope you are enjoying a great day!

Last week we posted some ideas of what to do with your Dad today, including a BBQ at some lovely National Trust gardens, or a day out at a classic car show. But there's always more relaxed options, like baking his favorite cake or letting him put his feet up while you make the tea!

Whatever you're up to, we hope every deserving Dad feels extra special today!

Friday, 19 June 2015

What to do with Dad!

There's only a couple of days to go til Fathers Day, so we've been having a look for the best activities to do with Dad to make it a memorable one!

You can't go wrong with spoiling him with good food - Sheffield Park in Uckfield, East Sussex has it all figured out. They're holding a Father's Day barbecue lunch in the tearoom garden, and thanks to the local microbrewery, there'll be a selection of beers and ciders to wash it all down with! There's no need to book, and you can take the whole family along. Find out more here.

For the car mad Dad, head to Woburn Abbey for the Father's Classic Day Out! From military, saloon, sports cars to motorcycles and live music from bygone eras (that he might remember!), it's a real treat. In return for any donation, the kids can treat their dad to a Dream Ride, where they can jump into a classic vehicle and be driven through the countryside!

If you're not feeling too adventurous this year, why not just treat Dad to a lunch in a local pub, go fishing, or bake your own scones for a delicious cream tea indoors? Whatever you decide, he's sure to be spoilt rotten!

What are you planning for Father's Day?

Sunday, 14 June 2015

NEW! Retro Style Cufflinks

Here at Ellie Ellie, anything vintage-inspired excites us. So we're delighted with our new Retro cufflink range, and we think you will be too!

From pinhole camera to paper planes, there's a style to suit every hobby or interest:

The Boombox, Jigsaw Piece and Cassette design can also be engraved with your very own special message - add names, a date, or anything personal to you and your recipient. They're sure to make a most memorable gift!

Whether he's a keen photographer, music lover, or a kid at heart, these are Perfect for Dad's this Father's Day, or for the man in your life all year round!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Feeling Rosy

The Rose is the birth month flower of June, and at a time when the weather is heating up, our style often changes to match. But it''s not just clothes that we can adapt to sunnier and warmer days. Giving a shimmery and fresh look, we've spotted a huge jewellery trend this summer  - Rose Gold.

Its the perfect colour tone to go with almost any outfit, and we've got several head-turning pieces of Rose Gold Jewellery within our beautiful British Idiom range!

You'll find something for every occasion in this collection - whether it be an encouraging good luck gift for a friend, a thoughtful token of love for a family member or just a little treat to yourself! View our full British Idiom range here.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Father's Day Picks

There's less than two weeks to go until Father's Day - if you're still stumped as to what to get him, look no further. We have the perfect gift ideas that will make this year a memorable one!

Our Personalised Map Location Father's Day cufflinks are guaranteed to make him smile - choose a cherished location for one cufflink, and add a heartfelt message on the other, whether it's a special date, or a thank you note.

For a handy token of appreciation, this Lucky Sixpence Coin Money Clip will keep all of Dad's notes or tickets together safely. Made with an authentic sixpence set into the front, it has a lovely sense of charm, and you can make it extra meaningful with an engraved message of your choice on the back! If you fancy adding a treasured location to the front instead, have a look at our Map Personalised Money Clip here.

Once your gift has arrived, it will need wrapping (if you haven't opted for our beautiful gift wrapping service)! Our Vintage Transport Wrapping Paper Set is a great choice for a Dad who's into his vehicles. Featuring classic cars, planes and more. It also comes with three matching gift tags!

Our Personalised Father Definition Watch is a truely personalised watch for Dad, and a discreet daily reminder for Fathers of how much they are appreciated and loved. You can personalise the watch by answering a few questions to create a gift he will treasure. 

What are you giving your Dad for a gift this Father's Day?

Friday, 5 June 2015

Celestial inspriation

This season we have been inspired by a trend that is out of this world - celestial motifs! They've been a strong influence throughout homeware and fashion, and now it's made its way to us at Ellie Ellie! It takes us to a world of wanderlust, exploration and mystery, and when it comes to jewellery, the night sky offers endless possibilities.

We've been swept away by the enchantment of the moon and stars in our British Idiom collection:

From Sterling Silver earrings to Rose Gold and Mixed Metal necklaces, the sky's the limit for our celestial-inspired range!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Happy Volunteers Week!

This week celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK each year. Volunteers do a massively amazing job giving up their time to help people and causes in need, and its because of the generous work carried out across the UK that many individuals get the care they need.

To mark Volunteers week last year, two members of the team went down to Brighton beach to take part in the Big Beach Clean. This was such a great event organised by The Argus - it saw loads of people get together, grab a litter picker, some rubber gloves and a bin bag and start cleaning up Brighton's coastline!

Whether you want to help out locally or branch out to other cities and countries, there's always ton of opportunities to get involved with charities and organisations. Here are just a few campaigns you can join this year:

Join In - if you're into sport and keeping active, this is your perfect opportunity to help people in your local town or city connect with sports clubs and groups. Visit their website to find out more.

RSPB - it's as important as ever that we protect nature! If you're interested in residential volunteering or helping out for a week or more on a reserve, check out RSPB's opportunities this summer!

National Trust - From outdoor activities, getting involved with the public to just making new friends, you can be sure to find something to suit you and your interests here! The National Trust offers roles with costumes, houses, and in the Great British countryside - you can even volunteer as a family! Have look at their huge list of events you can join in with.

To read more about Volunteers Week and to get involved, visit the website!