Thursday, September 17, 2015

Earnest Efforts Natural Woodworking


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Myrtle in the Sawdust Cathedral

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

This sunshine season has fueled our inspiration and the sawdust has been flying!  The following images are a small sample of what's inspired us and the results.

In memory of our dear friend Timmy

Wishing you all kind hearts, peace, prosperity and much Laughter! 
Earnie, Ellie & Myrtle

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Hardy Welcome To Fern & Sycamore in Washington, Missouri!

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

Fern & Sycamore

It's hard to believe that we are here again, so soon, to announce that we have another location where you can find our teething rattles.  Fern & Sycamore is an indie shop located just blocks from the Missouri River in historic Washington, Missouri.  Washington looks like a beautiful community in the heart of wine country and only 50 minutes from St. Louis.  The next time we drive back to S. Indiana to visit family, we will stop in say hello and enjoy the American made wares found in this special shop.  You can visit their Facebook page to see what they are currently selling at Fern & Sycamore 

Thanks so much for visiting here and we just want to say...
Take care, be good & kind and do your darnedest to laugh,
Ellie Efforts


Friday, May 15, 2015

Aloha to Kiko, LLC. on Kaua'i

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

When I saw this photo of the inside of Kiko I thought, now we have yet another good reason to go back to Hawai'i!  What a peaceful and lovely looking shop - both inside and out...

Kiko will be carrying both our teething rattles and some of our spirit shakers.  They are located on the west shore of Kaua'i just north of the airport in Kapaa.  Their Facebook page has great photos of the unique items you can find in their shop.  Next time you find yourself on the glorious island of Kaua'i, please stop in to Kiko and share the aloha.

Mahalo & take care, be good & kind and do your darnedest to laugh,
Ellie Efforts

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Moon Voyage in Wicker Park, Chicago

Moon Voyage Store Spring 2013 

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts - 

It's so exciting when an indie shop owner contacts us.  When Susie Lee, one of the co-owners of Moon Voyage contacted us, we were thrilled to know that we would be one of their first products in a new line of baby gifts for their uber-chic boutique in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.  How fun that our modest teething rattles would travel from our hands, part way across the country, to be found in the bright lights of the big city.

You can visit Moon Voyage in Chicago at 
Kitty-corner to Big Star
Mon-Sat 11-7
Sun 12-6
or online at Moon Voyage

Please tell them that you read about their boutique on Earnest Efforts blog :-)

Take care, be good & kind, and do your darnedest to LAUGH,
Ellie Efforts

Friday, April 3, 2015

Show Us What You've Got

Nannie's Oregon-Myrtlewood Drawers

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

I had a fun idea pop into my head this morning.  It's not that often that we get to see our work after it goes home with you.  We often tell folks that a little bit of us travels with everything we create, so it's nice to know where we're going.  Now we'd like to see where we've gone.

Do you have one of our creations?  We would LOVE to see 'what you've got' that was made by Earnest Efforts over the course of the last 30 years!  Do you wear it?  Does it hold something dear to your heart?  Is it riddled with teething marks?  Do you have a story about it?

Please send us a pic and a story and we will enter your name in a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate in our Etsy shop or our booth at the Eugene Saturday Market or Coos Bay Farmer's Market.

Here's how:
Between today and 31 May 2015 'Like' us on Facebook (if you haven't already).  Then share your entry (limit 2 entries per person) on our Facebook page at:

We will choose a winner at random (by the hand of my Mom) on 5 June 2015 and we will announce the winner on our FB page that evening.

Hurrah!!!  Can't hardly wait to see...

Take care, be good & kind and do your darnedest to laugh,
Ellie, Earnie & Myrtle Efforts

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Heartfelt LLC in Minneapolis, MN
Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

We are very excited to share that we have a new indie shop in Minneapolis that will be carrying our natural wood teething rattles & a few spirit shakers.  The concept behind Heartfelt is wonderful.

"Heartfelt is a cozy one-of-a-kind shop nestled in the Linden Hills neighborhood near Lake Harriet in Southwest Minneapolis. Heartfelt stocks a unique selection of natural gifts, toys and crafts, as well as offering inspiring and unusual craft classes. Vibrant colors, interesting products, comfy chairs and a large table for craft classes make the shop intriguing for adults and children alike."  It sounds like an amazing place and one that every community should be so lucky to have.  If you live in the area, please stop in for a visit and next week you can start shaking our teethers/spirits!

Treehouse for child play & large crafting table

Thank you for visiting and Happy Spring to you & yours,
Ellie Efforts