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  1. At Ellie Carlisle Gifts we are always delighted when we source a new product which has been Made in Britain.

    As Lord Digby Jones, Mary Portas and Deborah Meaden make every effort to promote small British manufacturing companies, which create jobs for British workers - who in turn pay taxes which provides funds for the running of hospitals, schools, pay for old age pensions, teacher's, nurses, doctors salaries and countless other social benefits which we are so lucky to enjoy in this country, we like to endorse that ethos by show-casing Made in Britain gifts in the Ellie Carlisle Gifts Online Shop.

    There are now several British companies whose gift products are listed in the Online Shop - the family company of GH Hurt & Son Ltd. whose beautiful Made in England baby shawls have been knitted on framework machines in Nottinghamshire since 1912 and have been endorsed by celebrities and Royalty alike for several years. The latest Royal baby to be seen in one of the baby shawls was Prince George when he came out of hospital wrapped in a lovely Merino wool baby shawl, similar to the one that Prince William was swaddled in as a baby.

    English Trousseau, whose base is in Derbyshire, are another supplier of beautiful baby gifts - quintessentially English, with many of the gifts hand-made with love and care by a small team of local workers. We are delighted to showcase Trousseau's latest range of Baby Celebration Gifts of hand-made Sheffield Pewter - the Dashing Hare Collection - beautiful gift sets with English Pewter plates, tankards, egg cups and keepsake boxes all come with linen gift bags which are embroidered with a Hare motif.  These stunning gifts sets are entirely made in England - even the packaging!

    Carrs of Sheffield Ltd. - another family run company and manufacturer's of the highest quality silver gifts, based in Sheffield, England,have a wonderful array of Silver Baby Gifts which makes perfect presents for a new baby, Naming Day or Christening.  

    All these companies supply products of the highest quality and give such a wonderful customer service, it makes it a pleasure to order goods that are made in this country.

     

     

  2. There have been some glorious days recently with hot sunshine, cloudless blue skies and azure seas - a rarity on the North East Coast of England!

    In fact the weather has been so lovely that we have been able to go down to the beach for a picnic on several occasions. We still use the melamine Flower Fairy plates, bowls, mugs and glitter beakers , (which are to be found in the Little Girl's Gifts Category at  Ellie Carlisle Gifts Online), and although the little girls are getting older they are still enchanted by these pretty Columbine Fairy plates, bowls and cups. The melamine is so durable and light to carry, so hopefully we will be using them for many years to come.

    Collecting sea washed glass is the girls very favourite thing to do along the sea-shore - there used to be an abundance of coloured glass to be found even just a few years ago, but it is becoming very rare now - probably washed way out to sea by winter storms. Some two hundred years ago when the Alum Works up on the cliff tops was in full production, the workforce drank copious amounts of gin, mainly to eleviate the strain of working under such terrible conditions which existed in the factory. These gin bottles were cast aside and have become broken down and washed by the sea over time and have become faded and almost frosted - lovely enough to make pretty pieces of jewellery - which we always intend to do, but never get round to!.

    Jet is also to be found along this coast-line and is far more valuable. A large piece of fozziled piece of Monkey Puzzle tree, only found along this stretch of coast, can be used in jewellery making which became popular in Victorian times when Queen Victoria wore it in mourning for her husband, Prince Albert.  However, valuable as it might be, the girls still prefer the sea-washed glass and have now amassed quite a collection which is displayed in a glass bowl - it makes a lovely, interesting ornament in it's own right.

    Further up the North East Coast on the unspoiled beaches of Northumberland sea washed glass is also to be found. If you are looking for an individual piece of jewellery made from these beach treasures try  - The Strandline - www.thestrandline.co.uk  - where a wondrous array of handmade jewellery fashioned from sea glass, shells and beach pottery are enhanced with freshwater pearls and sterling silver charms.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  3. Having attended a seminar at the Home & Gift Fair in Harrogate yesterday, which gave invaluable business insights on digital marketing and 'what you need to know about Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

    The consultant giving the seminar advised posting four times a day on Twitter, once a day on Facebook and updating your Blog once a week.

    This made me realise that I haven't updated the Ellie Carlisle Gifts blog since last summer!

    Remiss of me, I know, but the reason is that we have been so busy, listing new products and packing and posting orders, that the blog side of the website has been neglected.

    It's always a pleasure to go to be at the Home & Gift Fair in Harrogate. The atmosphere is wonderful and there are always so many fabulous new design-led gifts, beautifully displayed to give ideas and inspiration.

    The journey to Harrogate was also a pleasure - the roads between York, Wetherby and Harrogate - which was the route taken by the Tour de France the weekend before - still had yellow bicycles displayed on farmhouse gates, garden hedges and pub walls. The beautiful countryside was so lush and verdant - what a marvelous impression the millions of spectors must have got of the county - Yorkshire at it's best!

    Well, this is a start to what I hope will be a regular blog spot - will keep you posted with events and new products on the Ellie Carlisle Gifts website more often! 

     

     

     

     

  4. We have had such a busy and enjoyable year here at Ellie Carlisle Gifts that there has been very little time to update the blog.

    Throughout the year the we were kept busy with orders for Christening Presents and Naming Day Gifts and in July and August we had an exceptionally busy time fulfilling orders for the Lace-Knit Merino Wool Baby Shawl by GH Hurt & Son Ltd.  Prince George was wrapped in this lovely shawl when he came out of hospital and the ensuing publicity in Hello magazine, The Daily Express and on You Tube, meant that everyone wanted the 'Prince George Shawl' and the staff at the family company of GH Hurt and Son had to work overtime for several weeks to keep up with the demand!

    We have also introduced a beautiful range of Girls Christening Jewellery which we are going to develop further as it has been amazingly popular. The collection is still not complete - however we are looking forward to adding more keepsake jewellery pieces to this range, which will hopefully be available by April, 2014.

  5. Recently we have started stocking the East of India Gifts ranges of lovely hand crafted items for Engagement, Weddings, New Baby, Christenings and much more.  These beautiful products fit in perfectly with the Ellie Carlisle Gifts Online Shop and it's great to be able to chose  gifts for such lovely occasions.

    Over the years, there has been a definite pattern of buying for different occasions.  Sales of Engagement presents are at their strongest in January - after a New Year's Eve proposal, I presume, and then again in mid February, following St. Valentine's Day. Most Christenings take place between April and September and the most popular month for Weddings is August.  However, Wedding planning starts much earlier and  Wedding Planners Books and Journals are popular at any time of the year. New Babies are coming along all the time - so here at Ellie Carlisle Gifts we will be increasing the East of India Baby Gifts range, so that we can offer more choice of these  fabulous individually made products.

     

     

  6. Recently we have had several customers urgently needing a Christening Shawl as they have been unable to find a family heirloom shawl which had been put away in readiness for the next Christening. Sometimes the missing shawl had been knitted by a Grandmother or Great Grandmother, and as the laceknit baby shawls we have in the Ellie Carlisle Gifts Online Shop are Made in England by traditional methods, they make an ideal substitute for the lost heirlooms shawls. We always ensure that there are good stocks of these shawls available and are able to despatch quickly to ensure that they arrive in good time for the Christening occasion! The lovely feedback from the grateful and delighted customers has been very pleasing to receive!

    The wool  and cotton lace-knit baby shawls are of the highest quality, made in Nottinghamshire by the family company of G.H. Hurt & Son. which was established in 1912 and still have in use some of the looms of a model which originated in 1590.