Sunday, 30 August 2015

Summer Picks!

From jewellery to candles and cufflinks, there's great bunch of exciting products at Ellie Ellie this summer - we've picked a few of our favourites to make sure you don't miss out!

Know someone who's graduating this season and want to give them a delightful reminder of their achievements? Our Personalised Graduation Mug , which you can personalised with a name, letters, subject, university and date, is sure to make the new graduate super proud of themselves and their new qualification!

As a delicious summery dessert and traditional sweet, the lovely scent of Rhubarb and Custard is one we'd all want around the house, so pick up one of our Retro Sweet Scent Rhubarb & Custard Candles for an addition to the home for a retro sweet lover. You can also add a personalised message on the back!

A twist on our popular Lucky Sixpence Date Coin cufflinks, the Lucky Sixpence Date Coin Cufflinks Mixed Metal are made using gold-plated genuine sixpence pieces. They make the perfect token of good luck, and a fantastic accessory for a wedding. Pick a special date between 1947 and 1967 to be displayed of the front, or let us surprise you!

With so many pieces of beautiful jewellery in our British Idiom range, it's hard to decide which to choose! One of our favorites this summer has to be the Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining Bracelet. A subtle but stylish piece and a great idea for a gift for someone special, with a lovely touch of optimism!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Family Fun Month - Fruit animals!

For the last few days of the school holidays and bank holiday weekend, we thought you might need an idea for how to keep the kids (and you!) occupied. So for our last Family Fun Month post, we've found a fun-filled creative way to encourage healthy eating!

So how you do you make fruit & vegetables more exciting? Easy - make animals and creatures with them first! From banana caterpillars, and apple turtles, there's combinations you never would've known existed.
The recipe is simple:-

- A varied selection of fruit & veg
- Imagination!

It's a fantastic way for children to stretch their imaginations, and make ears and noses out of healthy foods - you can even encourage a bit of healthy competition - who can make the scariest bear or a colourful fish? Maybe the winner gets to eat it all!

We'd love to see some of your fruit creations! 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

For The Bridesmaids, For The Groomsmen

As the new Mr and Mrs, you might want to give your bridesmaids and groomsmen a lovely little keepsake to say thank you for all their help leading up to the big day. At Ellie Ellie we can create the perfect memento of your wedding, that can be personalised with an extra special touch!

To forever keep the special day close to heart, any bridesmaid will cherish our Map Personalised Charm Pendant. The beauty of our personalised products is that the possibilities are endless and completely down to you and your story, and these pendants are a wonderfully unique gift and token of appreciation!

Sterling Silver jewellery is a beautiful, stylish and classic choice for the bridesmaids. the Tie The Knot Silver Necklace And Stud Set from our British Idiom collection is ideal either to wear on the day of the wedding, or as a memory thereafter! 

What better gift to give the best man or Father of the groom than one that's a reminder of their important role in your big day, along with the map location of the wedding (cut from our beautiful vintage map collection!) With the Personalised Map Location Wedding Cufflinks, the wedding party will know just how much you mean to them, and will never forget the treasured memories between you. Add an engraving to the back of each cufflink with a personal message too! 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

For the Bride, For the Groom

Being well into the wedding season inspired us to pick our favourites for the wedding party! From Idiom Jewellery to Map cufflinks, there's something special for the bride and groom to add a personal touch to their big day.

For the Blushing Bride, a simple but beautiful necklace will help make a sparkling but subtle statement. Our One For Luck Clover Sterling Silver Necklace is a perfect token of good luck for the future for the bride, whether she's your friend, daughter or neighbour!

If you're after something even more personal, look no further than the Map Personalised Pendant Heart. It offers a beautiful treasured memory, whether its the wedding location, where she met her husband, or their honeymoon destination! The possibilities are endless, and with all segments cut from our huge vintage map collection, there's nothing better for an authentic and thoughtful gift!

So what about the Groom we hear you say? Our best-selling Map Personalised Cufflinks range, just like the map pendants, capture a cherished memory to wear!  They come in Nickel and Gold plated and a stunning Sterling Silver. You can have a personal message engraved onto the back of each cufflink too - The date of the wedding or initials of the happy couple. Whichever you choose, it will make the most meaningful gift!

Friday, 21 August 2015

NEW IN: Monogram Initial Watches

Following our much loved Personalised Map Watch collection, we're delighted to introduce the new Monogram Initial Watches! High quality and with a genuine leather strap,  they are designed by and hand customised at Ellie Ellie HQ. Of course, you can add a personal touch with your chosen initial!

For a timeless vintage feel, the Scallop design matched with rose gold plating is a beautiful combination. Choose from a beautiful sky or pearl coloured strap, and don't forget you can also add an engraved message of your choice on the back of all of our watches to make it the ultimate personalised gift!

As a classic timepiece, the heritage-inspired design is a popular choice. With gold plating and either a traditional saddle tan or midnight coloured strap, it will make the perfect gift for any occasion. 

Which design and colour would you choose?

Our Monogram watches are exclusive to our shop! Find the scallop here, and heritage here!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Artist Colour Palette range!

Would you believe it? It's "back-to-school" preparation time again, which gives us a great opportunity to revel in our fun stationery-inspired up-cycled Artist Pencil range!

For the men, a splash of colour and quirkiness can be added to a favourite shirt with the Artist Colour Palette Pencil Cufflinks. They are perfect for an art teacher or craft lover, and each pair is completely unique!

For the ladies who love bright & bold jewellery, the Artist Colour Palette Pencil Necklace, hand crafted from real colouring pencils, is a stunning addition to a wearable collection and a brilliant innovative gift for any art enthusiast!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Family Fun Month - Lost Brighton Tour

Fancy expanding your historical knowledge this summer? Or want to give the kids an educational day out? All Inclusive History's Lost Brighton Tour offers fascinating insights into Brighton's past, giving information on buildings, the coastline, and how it became the popular seaside resort we know today!

There's plenty of additional dates and times added during the summer holidays, and they can accommodate especially the younger history enthusiasts. The A-Z of Brighton tour is perfect for children to make learning fun, with an interactive challenge along the way!

See the Lost Brighton Tours page of the Visit Brighton website for more information and details to contact the tour manager to plan your tour!

Friday, 14 August 2015

Bakewell Baking Festival!

It's not your average summer festival, and it's guaranteed not to disappoint! The worlds first baking festival is now in its third year, taking huge vintage inspiration for its stalls and entertainment - including a custard pie fight and mad hatters tea party for the kids! 

Held in the picturesque town of Bakewell, Derbyshire which is known as the "Spiritual home of baking", the festival prides itself on providing "quintessential English fun" for all the family, and its pet friendly, so why not bring the dog along too? As well as the old British favourites, there's delicacies from all around the world to get stuck into.. but don't forget to head to the vintage marketplace too, offering beautiful cake stands and crockery!

To watch demonstrations from professional bakers, visit a doggy deli, decorate some gingerbread and more, head over to the website to get your tickets!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Ellie Ellie Wears - Let's Hit The Beach

In the midst of the summer holidays, we're in the mood for a beachwear special this week! As always, we love to add a little retro inspiration, and this Chic Swimsuit in fifties-style polka dot print really does the trick! The seasons key kimono with subtle lace detailing will look great over the swimsuit, and we spotted this lovely hand fan from Monsoon to add a pop of colour and keep you nice and cool on the beach!

What about carrying your sun cream and towels around? A roomy beach bag is ideal for the job, with knotted rope handles for a real nautical effect! And when you're away from the water, a Reach For The Stars Mixed Metal Necklace will give you a shimmering glow! A winning coastal look for your holidays. 

Swimsuit - Boden
Beach bag - Animal
Hand fan - Monsoon
Flip Flops - Gandys
Necklace - Ellie Ellie
Kimono - Oasis

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Congratulations Smarty Pants!

It's exam results season, and we've rustled up a tasty recipe using our chocolate smart beans so you can give your friend, sibling, daughter, son or neighbour a big congratulations on their results, and congratulate them on being such a smarty pants.  

There are 8 ingredients in this simple recipe: 
- 345g plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 pinch of salt 
- 250g of softened butter
- 1 large beaten egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 300g smarties 

1. Start by sifting all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, and then set aside
2. Cream together the butter and sugar, until you have a light and fluffy mix
3.Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract

4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients to form a stiff dough
5. Stir in half of your smarties

6. Roll the dough into little sized balls and place on a baking tray (we used baking sheet so they are easy to remove) 
7. Once you have placed your balls of dough onto the tray, push in 3 or 4 chocolate smart beans into each cookie. 

8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, keeping a good eye on them to make sure they don't burn
9. Allow to cool and serve! 

We used this recipe from the Nigella community recipe page. 

Friday, 7 August 2015

Let's Go Fly A Kite!

It is believed that the Kite originated in  China over 2000 years ago - how wonderful to think that we still honour and enjoy the tradition of kite flying today! Festivals and events are held around the world  every year to celebrate it. 

Whether you're an avid kite flyer or are wanting to give it a try for the first time, there are plenty of opportunities of for it across the UK this summer!

We found a great website,, which is frequently updated with all the places and dates you can join in in the world of kits! Some events are focused on professional flyers that provide exciting entertainment with giant kites of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Other allow you to take your own kite along, get flying or meeting others to give you tips and tricks! 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Family Fun Month - Museum of Childhood

August is known as Family Fun Month, so lets celebrate it! We'll supply some ideas of things to do that the whole family can get involved in, so no-one gets left behind or bored during the summer!

At the Museum of Childhood in London, there's endless drop-in activities, arts and crafts and tours every day of the week, but they're also holding Fun Fridays, where on each Friday during the holidays there are workshops, story-telling sessions for all ages, the opportunity to play some traditional board games and a range of toys for the little ones. 

So why not spend the day at the museum for some quality family time - the fun will never stop!

What fun activities are you going to be getting up to this month?