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

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

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

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