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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cutie Pie in Hood River and A February Slideshow

 Good Morning Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

It's always such a joy to be contacted by an indie shop who wants to carry our natural teething rattles, but when they're already familiar with them because their kiddos grew up chewing on them - that deserves a HURRAH!

This morning we're heading to the post with the first order for Cutie Pie Consigment in the beautiful city of Hood River along the Columbia Gorge on the Oregon side.  They first discovered our teething rattles in Eugene where they lived until they purchased Cutie Pie last year.  They have a wonderful following in their community and a newly remodeled shop that is getting rave reviews from their customers.  We look forward to a visit one day and hope if you get up that way you stop in to say hello and shake some rattles!

Flooded Hiking Trail

Season Earnest Efforts Creek

Earnest Efforts Woods

I love the pic of my boots in the water - I'm standing in the middle of our hiking trail.  Myrtle gets a hike every day around our land in Olalla Valley in SW Oregon.  We have created paths that weave through the woods, pastures, along the creeks and up on the hill - over 2 miles in trails.  Although the weather has been gorgeous for the past 2 weeks, prior to that we had some good solid Oregon rain.  It came back last night, so we're back to growing moss between our toes.

Not a picture of Earnie's bloody thumb

In January we were both laid out flat by a horrible flu virus that attacked our lungs.  Terrible, and I saw Earnie sick for the first time in 16 years.  Seriously sick.  I got to learn all kinds of new skills in the shop like overcoming my fear of the router (not the bandsaw).  It's just so horribly loud & powerful and I could just imagine it taking off across the Sawdust Cathedral on it's own.  It didn't and all went well and just when he was starting to feel better - seriously - maybe an hour after he told me that he thought he could go back to work in the morning - he opened his thumb with the lid of a soup can.  (I had vowed to buy a new & properly functioning can opener earlier that week).  For Pete's Sake!  It was really bad and we got to drive to the hospital, 40 minutes, in the dark, pouring rain.  Ugh!  19 stitches later, and I got to practice my routering skills some more :-)

California Redwood Pin
What's new in the world of wood?  After I cut all my long hair off, I sadly realized I could no longer wear my gorgeous hair barrettes, which I often pointed to as an example of our work when someone wanted to know what we create.  My Mom had the brilliant idea of using one of my barrettes as a scarf pin and was getting rave reviews everywhere she went.  So, we bought some pin backs and I started making wood pins.  You can view a handful of them in our Etsy shop

Redwood, Fig, Smoke Bush, Birdseye Maple Burl (from top left clockwise)
I have to say I'm thoroughly enjoying making and wearing these new pieces, because I can use even smaller bits of scrap wood than I was able with the barrettes. 

Eugene Saturday Market
We are just 3 weeks away from the opening day of our Eugene Saturday Market and I'm afraid we have a lot of work to do to be prepared.  We've sold out of nearly all of our market inventory through our Etsy shop and we've been distracted by two rooms in our house...

Our House
...our office and Middle Earth.  Our house was a turkey shed in the 1880's and only became an actual house in the 1950's when the original house burned down.  The details of our house' history are too much to get into now, but let's just say our house is funky, fun and fabulous.  Anyways, Earnie's office has always been in Middle Earth, which is a room in the dead center of the house with NO windows.  The carpet in this room was 60 year old outdoor carpeting that makes me gag to think about.  The office was Hickory's room, so it had PINK carpet!  Double gag!
Middle Earth in the fore & office in back.  Please excuse the mess!

Pano of empty Middle Earth - soon to be a storage closet & guest room
Our new office together!!!
Thank you so much for visiting our site and taking the time to make it this far down in my post!  I didn't think I had much to tell.  Ha!

Take care, be good & kind and do your darnedest to laugh,
Ellie, Earnie & Myrtle Jo The Wonder Dog

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Book Includes Us!

Hi Friends of Earnest Efforts-
I know, two posts in one week?  Ha!  We just realized we ought to share the exciting news that we were one of 21 eco-artists included in this wonderful book created by Julie Rawding of the blog Can or Can Not and her Etsy shop of the same name at

Julie has a wonderful eye for great art and this book is truly a blast for reading & inspiration.  You can either go to her Etsy shop and download the PDF or you can get the paperback copy on Amazon at The Upcyclers USA

We hope you enjoy as much as we did!

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

One Week Until Holiday Market Starts!

Fresh hats ready for new heads
  Dear Friends - It's that time of year when we go full-force until Christmas eve.  Starting next Saturday, we will be at the Eugene, Oregon at the Lane County Fairgrounds, Booth #14, for our Eugene Saturday Market's Holiday Market.  It's exciting and motivating and time that's filled with inspiration and sawdust.  We pretty much have a rhythm down that keeps us from getting overwhelmed which makes it much more fun than it used to be!  I'm going to take you on a tour to let you see what we've been working on, finished and the many piles we've made (along with the added treat of some of Earnie's cathedral wallpaper).  My apologies for any strangely colored photos.  Sometimes photos from the Sawdust Cathedral have a sawdust hue which makes everything a little blurry.  The following are the various stages of rattles, boxes, drawers & barrettes.

Teeter - Queen of the Sawdust Cathedral

We hope you enjoyed the tour.  We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Market, booth #14 along the south wall.

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Earnie, Ellie & Myrtle's Fall in Pictures

Myrtle had her 6th birthday last week!
Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

As we make our way towards the holidays, our world seems to shrink and we become more & more obsessed with creating lots of sawdust.  The lovely rains are filling our valley as I write and one of my favorite things is to listen to the rain falling on the roof of the Sawdust Cathedral and watching the drip, drip, drip of water slipping through the tangles of moss living on the tree not three feet from where we sand.  The following are simply what we've been seeing in our daily life while we work & play at home.

Sawdust horizons inside the bandsaw
Wet moss on the oak tree by the sander
View while sanding
Earnie's boxes in the works

Barrettes in process
Running low on barrettes for market :-)

Thank you for visiting us here and we wish you and all you love joy & laughter in this season of beauty and change...
Ellie & Earnie