Sunday, January 30, 2005

Knitting Ellen

I'm a knitter and have another blog dedicated to my love of the craft.

Believe it or not, there's plenty of Ellen-related stuff in the fiber world, too.

Check out this lovely sweater, miniature period patterns, line of yarn, fiber farm and knitting poet from 1894.

Cool how I knit all this info together, isn't it?

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Ellen's Eats

When I lived in NYC, I passed by Ellen's Stardust Diner countless times, but never had a chance to stop in.

Even more interesting than the diner itself, was the fact that Ellen Hart was a former Miss Subways. This was a beauty contest held on the NYC subway from the 1940's to the 1970's. Scroll down the page to see a bunch of the former candidates.

Here's how it looked in the subway.

I wonder what the prize was. Probably something really girly, like a free perm or a handbag.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

LA in Shades of Ellen Gray

I live in Los Angeles, where show business is everywhere.

Just running out to buy a container of milk, I might see Tom Hanks or Jennifer Garner or Michelle Pfeiffer.
The dry cleaner has headshots of all of their famous customers. Even the DMV has headshots!!
Some restaurants actually close early on Oscar day and the streets are deserted. Either folks are actually at the ceremony or watching them, because they are connected in some way.

Just found this interesting blog, written by Ellen Gray, who is the entertainment columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. The blog documents her impressions of the Television Critics Association's Winter meetings in Hollywood.

It's nice to read someone's honest opinion of this event, as opposed to the screaming, attack on your senses approach of "Entertainment Tonight" and all of its clones.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Lather, Rinse, Ellen

I love beauty products. Not so much makeup, since most of the time I just wear red lipstick. I love soaps and lotions, not only for the wonderful scents and combos of exotic ingredients, but for the packaging too.

Came across this British company called Original Source whose products I had never heard of, since they're not available here. This review explains the Ellen connection:

"Upon reading the back of the bottle; it provides a cute little history of the Original Source Range. The tale tells like this;
‘The Original Source range of shower products is inspired by the bush remedies of Ellen Wakeman. Daughter of missionaries in New South Wales, she disgraced her family when she ran away to join the Australian Gold rush in 1857. By means left vague in the records of time, Ellen persuaded a barber to take her on as an apprentice. While learning to shave whiskers and pull prospectors teeth, she also discovered the healing powers of the plants that grow in the outback – and became famous for her herbal cures.’ "

Unfortunately that's the only info I can find on Ellen Wakeman. Hope I can find a way to sample the stuff sometime soon.
Sounds yummy.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Home is Where the Ellen Is

The other day I went to my version of Disneyland,IKEA.

I was tickled to see the following:

Check out: the curtains, quilt cover and pillowcases and another pillowcase.

Anyone know what Blomma and Ruta mean?

Monday, January 17, 2005

Up, Up, Ellen and Away!

There are lots of amazing Ellens out there.

Did you know that Ellen Ochoa is the first Hispanic female astronaut?

Years ago, it seemed like we all knew all of the astronaut's names and missions, but now there are so many it's hard to keep up. As a kid I was completely fascinated by the Solar System and had models and mobiles in my room. Not so much today, but the recent pictures of Saturn and the sunspots were pretty thrilling and brought back that old feeling again.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Inventing Ellen

She wasn't wishy-washy, but Ellen Eglui invented something that sort of was.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Ellen the Enthusiastigator

That's how Ellen Hesterdescribes herself.

Based in Georgia, Ms. Hester is a motivational speaker. Her unique approach incorporates sassy waitressFlorence Jean, who wows the audience with her homespun wisdom.

See what folks are saying.
No wonder they're "enthusiastigated".

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Ellen: Fact or Fiction?

At first I was just going to post about interesting Ellens around the world, until I remembered there are some excellent Ellens in books and movies, too.

It wasn't until years after I first saw "Alien" that I discovered Ripley's first name was Ellen. Now that was cool having such a kick-ass hero with my name.

There are tons of links discussing Ripley, but the most interesting thing I found was this book: Alien Woman: The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley. Looks like a good read.

It's no coincidence that as a young girl, I loved Beverly Cleary's Ellen Tebbits. Aside from the obvious, I actually had nothing in common with the character, although I do love a slice of Tillamook cheddar now and then. Hahaha!

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Record Breakin' Ellen

Looking around for Ellens, I found the amazing adventures of Ellen Macarthur over at:
Team Ellen.

The Team Ellen site is documenting Ellen's efforts to become the fastest person to sail single-handedly round the world. She's already five days ahead of the record and has 7500 more miles to go.

Now I'm hooked and can't wait to see if she does it.

Oh and of course, there's another opportunity for more Ellen stuff.

Evil Dead Ellen

The first time I saw "The Evil Dead", I became an instant Sam Raimi fan.
When I saw him walking down the street a few years ago, I really had to contain myself and not blurt out what a genius I think he is.

How funny that I found out that the role of "Cheryl", who was also the first character to turn into a zombie was played by Ellen Sandweiss.

I don't think fellow Ellen actors Barkin or Burstyn have had the pleasure of playing zombies, although Ms. Burstyn came pretty close in "Requiem for a Dream".

Monday, January 10, 2005

Let's get this party started

The most well-known Ellen right now is the funny and dance-tastically talented, Ellen DeGeneres.

Visit the Ellenwebsite.
It's got stuff on her show, but more importantly....Ellen schwag!!

Show your love for the Ellen you know with this.

I don't need no Calvins when I can wear this little number.

Be back soon with more Ellen discoveries.

Sunday, January 09, 2005


I'm Ellen, your blog host. Welcome to my place.

I just had this wacky idea, inspired by meeting lots of other Ellens online, to just have a blog where I'll collect all things Ellen.

Stay tuned!