Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The Ellie Ellie Blog has a new home!

The Ellie Ellie blog has found a new home on our website! 

We've moved house but our blog will still be giving you super events, gift ideas and sneak peeks at our new gifts and jewellery! 

Visit us in our new home >

We look forward to seeing you there and hope you love our new look! 

A gift for the globetrotters..

Embarking on a new adventure around the world or even closer to home is an exciting opportunity. We've got the perfect gift for someone who's going traveling on a gap year, or about to spend some time in a brand new place.

Our St Christopher Sterling Silver Travel Pendant features the Patron Saint of travel on the front and a beautiful image of a boat, train and aeroplane on the back - ideal for any voyager.

The pendant is a lovely symbol of good luck and safety for the recipient, a thoughtful gift to treasure before a happy and positive send off on their travels!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

National Pumpkin Day!

One of the best things about Autumn is celebrated around the world tomorrow  - Pumpkins! Whether you love to eat, carve or decorate yours, there's so many ways to enjoy them.

As well as being part of a recipe for several different foods such as soup and pie, pumpkins can be used in ways you might ever have imagined!

Why not try a a Pumpkin face mask? Whisk together 150g of Pumpkin and one egg, then add a splash of honey, mix all together and its ready to slather on. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse. The results will be a refreshed and healthy complexion!

Pumpkins can come in handy too - they can be used as an alternative flower pot! Lovely for autumnal flowers and they make a great decoration during Halloween.

Have you discovered any unusual ways to use a pumpkin?

Friday, 23 October 2015

Flashback Friday - Pumpkin Carving evening!

With all the excitement of Halloween approaching, we've been looking back at last year's activities which included a Pumpkin carving evening at Ellie Ellie's haunted HQ!

We began the evening by getting into the spirit with some yummy pumpkin soup, then rolled up our sleeves, got into teams and stuck in to the carving...

...after lots of hard work and concentration, these were the results - we think they're rather impressive! Which one is your favourite? 

If you've already been pumpkin carving or have one from past years that you're proud of, we'd love to see them!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Simple Halloween party treats!

If you're hosting a Halloween party this year, you might be looking for some ideas for fun and interesting snacks for your guests. Not only do they get everyone in the spirit, they make a great addition to the theme and decorations!

Here are some of OUR favourite, easy to make spooky nibbles!

Banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins: With all the trick-or-treat sweets around, it's good to have a healthy option. They will only take a few minutes to put together. Simply chop up some bananas and add chocolate buttons and drops to give them ghostly faces! With clementines, just peel and squeeze a small stick of celery into the top!

Doughnut spiders:  Grab a few mini doughnuts from your local supermarket, and carefully use a knife to cut the curves off of a few pretzels, then just stick them into the doughnut as legs and add a couple of orange Chocolate Smart Beans for eyes!

Freaky Marshmallows: All you will need for these is some marshmallows, skewers, and a food decoration pen (whichever colour you like, but we think black or red will work best!). You can creative as you like - draw ghostly faces, mummies or zombies!

Do you have any recipes for spooky Halloween treats?

Friday, 16 October 2015

EE wears - Autumnal Seventies Style!

You might have already noticed some of the trends that are popping up this season, but one in particular strikes us. A nostalgic nod to the seventies is all the rage, and our Ellie Ellie wears this month is getting on board with the fun and quirky boho revival!

A mix of geo and floral print on this dress from Monsoon sets the mood perfectly for this look, and the right jewellery will look great against it, including our lovely Farthing Coin necklace!

In the Autumn chill, a floppy hat is the ideal accessory. Put on a pair of Wills ethically made brogue shoe boots for a stylish finishing touch to this folklore-inspired outfit!

Dress - Monsoon
Watch  - Ellie Ellie
Necklace - Ellie Ellie
Shoes - Wills London
Earrings - Ellie Ellie 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Slindon Pumpkin Festival

There's only two weeks till Halloween, and a popular family tradition around this time of year is going out to find the biggest and best pumpkins to pick!

This year, look no further than Slindon in West Sussex - known as Britain's pumpkin capital!  At their annual festival we're sure you'll be impressed with what they have to offer...

The village is well know for its autumnal displays, and adopts a different theme each year to create fun and interesting collages using over 50 different types of pumpkin available to purchase! The late Ralph Upton grew pumpkins and squashes here for over 40 years and his son has since taken over, keeping the impressive pumpkins growing as strong as ever! 

It makes for a great family trip - the kids will be spoilt for choice with all the different shapes and colours! Halloween may just be once a year, but in the tiny village of Slindon this wonderful variety of pumpkins is celebrated at a huge scale, and now is the time to go! Find out more here.

Where do you go to pick your pumpkins?

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Make your own simmering Potpourri!

As we approach Autumn and the weather gets chillier, it's nice to feel warm and cosy! We've found a great activity to get in the mood for the season.

Firstly, think about some of your favorite scents during autumn, whether it be fresh apples, oranges or cinnamon. With these, you can easily make your very own delightful simmering Potpourri!

Here's a sample recipe to make a lovely blend of fragrances:

- the peel of one orange 
- one thinly sliced apple

- 2 large cinnamon sticks 

- 1 tablespoon of cloves 

- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract 

- 1 tablespoon of almond extract 
- 1.5 cups of water plus plenty more for refill 

Simply mix together your chosen ingredients to a saucepan with some water and simmer throughout the day, spreading a lovely seasonal scent through your home. You can reuse the mix for three days, storing it in the fridge in the meantime!

You can also make a dried Potpourri to display all the colours and textures of the ingredients. Mix together some dried fruit, cinnamon sticks and pine cones (maybe go on a family nature walk with the kids to pick the best ones!) and add a splash of essential oils. It's then ready to sit in a bowl or jar as a decoration and for you to enjoy the heavenly smells!

Have you made your own Potpourri? We'd love to hear your recipes!

Friday, 9 October 2015

NEW: Monogram Initial Pocket Watch

Do you know a groom-to-be or looking for a special gift for a man who has everything? We're delighted to have the beautiful new Personalised Heritage Monogram Pocket Watch now available! A classic timepiece with a charming vintage feel, they're the perfect accessory for the groom to have on his wedding day (to make sure he's on time!)


A stylish and memorable gift for any occasion, personalised with an initial to make it extra special! Also available in silver, they're fully working an d come with a clipable pocket chain - just like the originals!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

10 reasons why we love Autumn!

It's one of our favourite seasons, so we've been super excited about everything that Autumn brings! From log fires to feeling the first hints of Christmas, here's our top 10 reasons why we love this time of year:

The colours - Filled with reds, oranges and greens, Autumn colours make spectacular views and beautiful scenery!

Crunchy leaves - we still love stepping or running through a big pile of them!

Big cosy jumpers and scarves - the lovely feeling of wrapping up warm when the weather has become much chillier, and it's great excuse for a shopping trip -  you can never have too much knitwear!

Halloween - the spookiest part about October, but the most fun too! Finding a scary outfit, trick or treating with the kids and pumpkin carving!

Roaring fires - the best way to keep your home nice and toasty on cold evenings.

Chai lattes - a delicious and comforting hot drink goes a long way in chilly weather!

Blankets - when you're on the sofa and just a need an extra layer, a big wool blanket will always do the trick!

Home cooked meals - Stews, casseroles and soups, the possibilities are endless when it comes to delicious home cooking.

Orla Kiely's new shoe collection - Autumn is a great time for fashion too, with stunning new Autumn/Winter collections hitting the shops - we're loving seventies nostalgia this season!

Christmas - last but certainly not least, Christmas is only a couple of months away! We can start sipping on mulled ciders and begin basking in all the festive glory.

What are your favorite things about Autumn?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Bake, Bake, Bake Off!

The final of The Great British Bake off is fast approaching, and we've been busy cooking up some new fantastic products to celebrate it! From personalised aprons to mugs and plates, there's something for every star baker..

Do you know a Meghan Trainor or Taylor Swift fan who's a whizz in the kitchen? Our kitchen range combining the well-known catchy lyrics and baking emojis will be the perfect gift for them! Each lyric is available on both mugs and plates, and the mugs can be personalised with a message on the back too - make it extra special for the lucky recipient!

We don't think you can ever have enough tea towels, so why not grab one of these (both lyrics available) and add a name to it too! Ideal for a housewarming or "just because" gift for a Great British Bake Off fan!

  Will you be watching the final tomorrow? We'd love to hear who your winner is!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Classic Car Boot Sale!

Much loved by the British, car boot sales are a great way to buy and sell some goodies! But how about the idea of the finest vintage fashion, homeware traders operating from the boot of their lovely classic vehicles?

That's right, the Classic Car Boot Sale is back in London! After huge success over the past couple of years, this weekend it's setting up at Lewis Cubbit Square in Kings Cross, where the collection of vintage cars, walkabout entertainment and selection of yummy food on offer is expected to be its most impressive yet! Tomorrow and Sunday. over 100 exhibitors are expected to park up their classic cars.

Expect to hear a fabulous selection of vinyl-only music, played on an open-air routemaster!
From Classic car enthusiasts to those with an eye for retro furnishings and fashion, or anyone who just enjoys a fantastic, friendly atmosphere to have a browse around, there's something for everyone!

Head over to their website for more exciting details.