Fabulous New Boxes on Etsy

Ash Driftwood Box
California Buckeye Box

Hi Friends of Earnest Efforts - We posted a handful of new boxes on Etsy yesterday.  Thought I would post a couple pics for you.  You can view more at our Etsy shop at http://www.earnestefforts.etys.com/
Pear Branch Box
If all goes well, we should have some more Spirit Shaker & Box Sets on Etsy by this evening.  We are now able to post new Etsy items directly to our Facebook page, so if you aren't already a friend of Earnest Efforts, come visit and befriend us.  We can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/people/Earnest-Efforts/100001918516145
We wish you a most joyful day and
Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh,
Ellie Efforts (aka Heather)

Lil Fish Studios Spirit Shaker Review

Acorn Mushroom Tutorial
Lisa's Felted Mushrooms

Good Morning Friends - We had a nice little surprise this morning when we checked our messages.  Lisa of Lil Fish Studios Etsy shop has written a nice little review of our spirit shakers on her blog at Lil Fish Studios Blog.  When we joined the Eco Etsy Team just a couple of weeks ago Lisa, also a team member, was our first customer from the team, which made us feel even more welcome than we already felt.  She makes the most precious felted wood goodies.  My favorites are the felted mushrooms & acorns.  Lisa's blog is a wonderful collection of ideas and instructions for making all kinds of wonderful items from nature, and her photography is exceptional.  Her blog is probably the first I have visited that has made me want to slow down my early morning hike to collect some of mother nature's finest materials for a fun little project.  Please visit her Etsy shop and blog page to find your inspiration.
Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh,
Ellie Efforts (aka Heather)

Hip Baby Blog Review

Dear Friends - This week Hip Baby Blog, which is written by the Hip Baby Stores in Vancouver & Victoria, B.C. wrote a lovely little review of our rattles.  Our rattles were Jenna's favorite toy 16 days before Christmas.  Please visit their blog at http://hipbabynews.blogspot.com/2010/12/these-are-few-of-my-favourite-things_09.html to read this lovely review.  Both locations of Hip Baby started carrying our rattles just a couple of months ago.  If you live in their area, please stop in and say hi and shake some baby rattles.  Have a joyful weekend and...
Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh,
Ellie Efforts (aka Heather)

Earnest Efforts Makes A Pledge

Earnie & I take our responsibilities as stewards of our beautiful mother planet very seriously and we are dedicated to making conscious decisions about what we buy, eat and who we support.  In an earnest effort to further reduce our ecological footprint we would like to take this opportunity to announce our pledge to plant at least twenty native trees every year.  We live on 27 acres in the beautiful Olalla Valley with woods, two creeks and our small organic farm and have always planted trees as a small offering to this amazing land.  We thought it would be beneficial to share our pledge with all of you in the hopes that we might inspire someone else to do the same.

We give you these words to carry in your hearts during the holiday season and always - Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh,
Earnie & Ellie (aka Rick & Heather)

New Member of Team Eco Etsy

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts - We are so excited to announce that we have been accepted  into Team Eco Etsy.  This is a wonderful team made up of nearly 300 Etsy shop's dedicated to eco-friendly practices in their art, business and personal life.  Team Eco Etsy has a blog that you can visit to learn about the different team members, their art, and what members are doing to reduce their ecological footprint on our beautiful mother earth.  We are greatly honored to be a part of this wonderful team.  Visit our Etsy shop to discover other artists we have met since joining the team and view their work by clicking on favorites.  There is a link to the Eco Etsy blog on the right hand side of our blog page.  Thank you for visiting our blog and have a joyful day.

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

New Mailers for Earnest Efforts Shipping

Good Day Friends of Earnest Efforts -
We are excited to announce that we finally found some eco-friendly mailers to use instead of the typical bubble wrap filled mailers.  These mailers are made from renewable resources and made from 90% recycled materials and 50 % post consumer materials and recyclable.  They are also made in the USA!  What a relief to have this wonderful alternative!  Have a beautiful day and take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh.  Ellie Efforts (aka Heather)