Eugene Saturday Market

Good morning Friends of Earnest Efforts - I really wanted to get this image posted, so this is just a short note.  Saturday we all expected rain all day, but it turned out to be a fairly lovely day with quite a few customers.  We actually had a better day than the week before when it was beautiful.  There's no rhyme or reason to a market day, and that's what makes it exciting!

Fall & Fish at the Eugene Saturday Market
photo by Paula Gourley of Lilyhouse Studio Editions
My friend and Market neighbor and soap maker extraordinare, Paula Gourley of Lilyhouse Studio Editions took this photograph.  It is the backside of three Market booths with the Fish Fountain in the foreground and the beautiful colors of fall in the back.  What a spectacular photo.  I just had to share it with you all! 

Paula and her lovely soaps at Saturday Market

Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh,
Ellie Efforts (aka Heather)

New Baby Rattle/Spirit Shaker Photos on Etsy

Good morning Friends of Earnest Efforts -

New Walnut Baby Rattle Photo

I've finally posted some new pictures of the baby rattles & spirit shakers on Etsy.  I actually got the idea from Melinda's blog review of our rattles in Going Green with Noah where she has a beautiful photo of one of our rattles resting in a tree.  So, I've placed the rattles & spirits in the same type of tree the wood originated from.  I've also placed photos of the trees with the relative woods.  I would love to know what people think about the photo with the label on or should it be left off?  I thought it gave the rattle more dimension, making it easier to visualize the shape.  I would love some feedback.  Here's wishing you all a beautiful and joyful Fall day,
Ellie Efforts (aka Heather)

New Blogger Review & New Store for Earnest Efforts

Good morning Friends of Earnest Efforts - We are thrilled to announce the addition of a new store to carry our wonderful wood baby rattles.  Hip Baby has two locations in Vancouver and Victoria, BC.  They will be receiving their first order of walnut and cherry rattles late next week.  Check out their website at for more information about them.  We are so pleased to be doing business with them.

Jen Carlson of of Beah and Bubbas Blogspot at has posted a new review of our wood baby rattles and it is wonderful!  There are the most adorable photos of her daughter - Leah - playing with the rattles.  My favorite is a picture of Leah rubbing two rattles across her face.  Apparently she loves how smooth they are on her skin.  Jen has graciously offered to post a giveaway of one of our rattles, so if you would like to enter to win one of our rattles please visit her blog, read the review and follow the guidelines to win.  We are very grateful to her for taking the time to write this review and grateful to Leah for reviewing the rattles!

We have also posted some new boxes on Etsy, so I thought I would share them here.

Alder Driftwood Box

Black Walnut Drawers with Tagua Nut Knobs
Thank you all for following our blog.  Here in the next month we will be hosting our very own wood baby rattle giveaway, so please check back with us.  We look forward to any comments you would like to share.  Let us know if there is something in particular that you would like to know about us.

Have a joyful day and...
Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh
Ellie (aka Heather)

The Handmade Marketplace Book Review

Good morning Friends - I wanted to share with you all this wonderful book that I recently found at a little bookstore in Bandon, Oregon on the coast.  It's called The Handmade Marketplace - How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally & Online written by Kari Chapin and published by Storey Publishing 2010.  If you are an artist and looking to start selling your work this is the book to read!  The book covers everything from Etsy, Blogs and Festivals to branding your business and promoting.  She has filled this book with
wonderful tips by fellow artists who have been successful in selling their wares online and at festivals. I found so many wonderful ideas to improve our business that I can hardly keep up with myself. 

I've just passed the book onto my dear friend Felice.  She is my inspiration especially when it comes to Etsy.  I wouldn't have been able to get started without her as she patiently explained each step and was always honest in her opinion of our store.  Please check out Felice and her husband Nick's Etsy store at to see their beautiful jewelry and shawl pins.

I wish you all a beautiful and prosperous weekend and don't forget to laugh.

New Spirit Shaker & Box Sets

Good morning Friends of Earnest Efforts - It is a wonderful and joyful day here at Saturday Market in Eugene.  People are in high spirits and looking forward to a prosperous day filled with sharing, good food, people watching, and the delights of this amazing market.

Pacific Yew Spirit Shaker & Box Set
Last week we started posting our beautiful Spirit Shaker & Box sets on Etsy.  They are made from one piece of wood and the spirit shaker fits perfectly inside the box.  When we cut our boxes, the core of the cut box is saved and used to make another box or rattle or spirit shaker.  We posted three sets and sold all three in less than a week.  We are thrilled, so next week we will be posting more.  We will also be posting our Tooth fairy box & baby rattle sets as well.  They are made the same as the spirit & box sets, but the rattle inside is our baby rattle shape.  We look forward to your response to these two new items.

Thank you for checking in with us and we look forward to any responses you would like to share with us.  We wish you a day filled with awe and joy!

Ellie Efforts (aka Heather)