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Happy Black Friday Friends of Earnest Efforts - I just wanted to give you a quick update.  We finally have a Facebook page.  Etsy has created a great way to link our Etsy shop from our Facebook page with an Etsy tab.  It's a simple and convenient way to access our shop!  Our plan for our Facebook page is to keep our friends up-to-date on our newest Etsy items.  Hopefully we will have some new boxes to post this weekend.  Thank you for checking in with us and remember to think like a localvore.
Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh,
Ellie Efforts (aka Heather)

What's New With Earnie & Ellie

Big Leaf Maple in Olalla Valley where we live

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts - Our Saturday Market has officially moved indoors for the next six weeks so we are warm and cozy in our booth and surrounded by the smells of delicious food, the rythms of ecclectic music and the eyes are dazzled by the colors, patterns and beauty of the wares all of these incredible artists create!  The customers are a joy to engage with and as always they are joyful and inspired.  How very fortunate we are.  As we say, "only in Eugene" and it's true!

We have been so busy the last six weeks with store orders for baby rattles and spirit shakers, that it's really nice to have a couple days off to warm up and relax.  We are adding another baby store in a week when we finish their order.  We are thrilled to welcome Classic Kids in Grants Pass, Oregon to our list of stores who carry our baby rattles.  If you live in the area, please visit their store and check out our rattles!

We are also excited to announce that we are in the process of searching for an eco-friendly mailer to ship our orders through the post.  We have found a couple of options and goal is to use a recycled material that does not contain plastic.  We will be able to save a lot of money and reduce our ecological footprint.  And that is what it is all about for us!!!  If you have any input on mailer products you've found, we would love to hear from you.  Thanks for visiting us here and we wish you a blessed day filled with joy.

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

Mommy Moment and Going Green With Noah Blogs Reviews

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

Time has escaped me and I just realized that I didn't post the new blogger reviews of our wood baby rattles.  The women who have written blog reviews of our rattles have all been such a joy to work with and it has been an honor to have them write reviews of our rattles.  These two bloggers are no exception. 

Melanie of Going Green With Noah wrote a review of our baby rattles a few months ago and our Etsy shop sales really started pouring in.  When she contacted us about the review we had no idea that there was such an incredible network of mommy bloggers out there.  What a fascinating world to discover.  Melanie has now written a review of our wood spirit shakers with wonderful photographs!  She has a special talent for photography and I admit I stole her idea for photographing the rattles & spirits in their trees from her.  Thank you Melanie for such glowing reviews!  You can read Melanie's review and enter to win one of our wood spirit shakers at http://jonathanandmelanie.blogspot.com/2010/11/spirit-shaker-earnest-efforts-rattle.html

We contacted Mommy Moment to request a review and Kristi replied that she had a 4 month old daughter who would love to review our baby rattles.  We were so excited to be reviewed at this blog site, because they have a wonderful following and a lovely blog page.  We were thrilled with her review and the response by her 4 month old.  Thank you Kristi for the honor of such a wonderful review.  You can read the review and enter to win one of our wood baby rattles at http://www.mommymoment.ca/2010/11/earnest-efforts-wooden-baby-rattle.html

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

Three New Stores To Carry Earnest Efforts Wood Baby Rattles

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

The past six weeks have been incredibly busy for Earnie (aka Rick) & I.  Our Etsy shop orders have been better than ever and so have the orders from the baby stores who carry our wood baby rattles.  We are thrilled to announce the addition of three new stores in the past week.  So, if you live in their area, please stop by their stores, say hi and play with one of our baby rattles.

169 Throckmorton Ave #4
Mill Valley, California
Aster and Bee
4819 SE Division
Portland, Oregon
296 E. Main St.
Ashland, Oregon

Next weekend our Eugene Saturday Market moves indoors to the Fair Grounds for our Holiday Market.  This is our busiest time of year as well as a festive time.  Although our home rarely gets decorated for the holidays, we are surrounded every weekend for six weeks with the festive energy of the Market through the smells, decorations, music, and beautiful wares of all our neighborhood market friends.  It is extremely hard work to keep up with the work we have in preparation and sustaining the Holiday Market, but every year it ends on Christmas eve with a feeling of success, pride and melancholy at saying farewell to another season of inspiration and sharing.  We wish you all those same feeling of joy that the Holiday Seasons provide.  May you be able to take a moment to breath and enjoy each moment and share your joy with those around you. 

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

Our Last Saturday Market of The Season

Good Morning Friends - This last Saturday we decided we would take the last couple of markets off to get ready for the Eugene, Oregon Saturday Market.  It was a cold and damp day, but we all had some great laughs and time to share with one another.  Great story follows.

I purchased cloth bags from Bzz Bags two Saturdays ago to replace the plastic produce bags that we reuse over and over to reduce our impact on our beautiful mother planet.  I used them the following Tues. while grocery shopping and when I got home I decided to keep the tomatos in Bzz Bags in the fridge.  It wasn't until Friday that Earnie (aka Rick) asked about them.  This is what he said..."Why do the veggies need pajamas?  Are they too cold in the fridge?"  When I told Beth, the creator of Bzz Bags, we couldn't stop laughing.  I just had to share this story and post her picture with her wonderful bags in her booth at our Saturday Market.  You can visit her blog to see more Saturday Market photos and more of her work including fabulous diaper bags at http://bzzbags.blogspot.com/  or visit her website to shop at http://www.bzzbags.com/.  Please remember to bring your bags to shop and help reduce our impact - one small choice can make a difference.

Beth of Bzz Bags at Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon

We wish you a lovely week and enjoy the Fall.
Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh,
Ellie Efforts (aka Heather)