What's New In 2024


It's been a while since we've written a post on this page, so I thought I would just post a pic of daily life here in Olalla.  Every day we hike, rain or shine, and we're not ashamed to use our umbrella to keep us a little more comfortable.  We love to  play in the pasture, read books, look for our beavers and dream about sunshine to come.  March is just around the corner, and look forward to making our way down to the Sawdust Cathedral to get that sawdust flying again.  We hope this message finds you well and enjoying your journey from winter to spring.  




Natural Gifts to Honor the Love, Birth, Life Event, and Loss in Your Life

Natural Boxes for Your Proposal, Ring Bearer and Anniversary

Natural Rattles for Babies
Natural Rattles for Babies

Life's Treasures
For Ourselves & Our Friends
Urns for Your Loved Ones
Spirit Shakers to Celebrate the Spirit & Mind

Apple Tree Branch & More to Come

Dear Friends -

Apple Wood Branch Box with Ring
Apple Tree Grew Around Ring
More Wood and More Boxes to Come

This past winter we were fortunate enough to have a crew come out and do some defensible space on our land for fire prevention.  This gave us a lifetime supply of perfect branches to make our boxes! 

I apologize for being absent for so long.  We've been posting on Instagram a lot this year, but neglecting some of our other cyber-spaces.  I'll be working on this more; I promise.  Thank you for taking the time to visit and we send you off with these words...

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


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

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


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 and share the aloha.

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

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