Since I’ve added more pages to my book EcoHappy, Three Steps Towards An Earth-Friendly Life, I’ve needed more photography to fill the pages. And, since I had originally planned for a black and white photography book, I need more color – especially the color green!

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IMG_4907 IMG_3246 IMG_3253 IMG_4927 IMG_4931_2 IMG_4941 IMG_4967 IMG_4970I’m really excited to incorporate some of these images in my book! I’m working on the layout on the program Adobe Indesign today!

Do you have a favorite?

Loretta

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Aug 13

Happy Summer!

 

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flowers near the front door!

Hope your Summer is bright and cheerful!

What’s you favorite Summer flower? Years ago, my husband choose these black-eyed susans at our local garden center, and I’ve been enjoying and dividing them ever since!

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(Thanks to Austin Iuliano for snapping this shot!)

If you haven’t guessed by looking at my Facebook feed, I’m working on my brother-in-law Ryan Grepper’s Kickstarter right now! His COOLEST Cooler is the hottest thing on Kickstarter, and I am BEYOND proud! (understatement! See Ryan’s interview with Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell on CBS This Morning here!)

But back to my Kickstarter, I’d love to share with you the progress on my book! The day after my Adirondack vacation, I met up with my uber-talented designer Christianne Smith of designsmith studios to go over the layouts she planned for the book!

 

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What was on that computer screen that day at Spot Coffee in Saratoga Springs? Here’s a sample of the page layouts she showed me for my (funded!) Kickstarter project EcoHappy: Three Steps Toward An Earth-Friendly Life.

 

EcoHappyStyleBookLorettaFontaine4Fabulous work! I’m just thrilled to see Christianne’s vision. (And she’s an amazingly NICE person, to boot!)

 

EcoHappyStyleBookLorettaFontaine5 We had a beautiful sunny hour at the coffeehouse to look over the progress she made on the book design.

 

EcoHappyStyleBookLorettaFontaine6 Take a look at some of her sample page layouts!

 

EcoHappyStyleBookLorettaFontaine7 Christianne has a lovely eye for the flow of the book. I just love these split page layouts! What do you think of the fonts she choose? The double-lined font she choose for the word “one” is just lovely!

 

EcoHappyStyleBookLorettaFontaine8 The text is just latin filler now. And this is one of the photos I took last year while visiting my sister Sue in Portland, Oregon. There’ll be a lot of the Pacific Northwest photographs in this book!

 

EcoHappyStyleBookLorettaFontaine9 Let’s end with this layout and a favorite photograph – my husband and a much younger son H walking in Vermont! Those toddler curls are long gone, but I can remember them like yesterday!  What do you think of Christianne’s work so far? I can’t wait for this book celebrating “going greener” to get into the hands of all the folks who backed my project on Kickstarter! Thank you, backers, for making my dreams come true!

Loretta

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Hey! Sorry for the gaps in posting! It’s been a busy last two weeks! I’ll tell you why in my next post 🙂

I wish I could have shared more on the progress of the book! Or should I say OUR book, if you were one of my Kickstarter backers! And if you were, my deepest, deepest thanks! And a huge hug to the insightful Karen Conway, who told me about Kickstarter, way back when! (Karen’s  fantastic interior designer – see her work here and here!) I showed her a first draft of the book at the Delmar Farmer’s Market a little while back.

“THIS,” she said, “is a project for Kickstarter!”

“What’s Kickstarter????” Clueless me!

…and now I know, do I ever know! 🙂

Last week I had a meeting with my graphic designer,  the fabulous, talented and equally gorgeous Christianne Smith of DesignSmith Studios! We meet for over an hour at The Spot on Division Street in Saratoga Springs.

I only took a few bites of my sandwich. Tears were shed. The meeting went THAT well! 🙂

Isn’t it great to see a project come to life?

 

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(Christianne and I, sharing ideas!)

 

 

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I had a FANTASTIC time at the 2014 Beekman Street Art Fair in Saratoga Springs last weekend! So nice to meet so many customers and get out of the studio. What a great day that exceeded expectations! I had my jewelry and photography on display in my booth – thank you to everyone who came out to say hello! Here are some pics from the show:

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After a week of rain – a GORGEOUS Sunday for the Fair!

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Lots of fine art, crafts, music and food!

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…and guess who came by my booth at the end of the day?

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…that’s right – here’s Violet with my whole family!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Tricolor in Saratoga Springs

I was looking forward to seeing these faces! Evie and Violet pose for the camera.

It was Father’s Day – so we packed up the booth and headed out to eat in Saratoga. (We picked a pub with outdoor seating!)

No photos of my booth – Son H decided to “rearrange” the display at the end of the day and I let him do it. He pulled out all my packaging for the jewelry and put it all over the booth. He’s just too cute to stop!

As I was working most of the day we’re celebrating Father’s Day again tonight, with my Dad over and a big “salad bar” set out as our garden is overflowing with lettuce!

How was your Father’s Day?

Loretta

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June is here and there’s nothing that makes me as happy as some fresh flowers on the table, even if we’re gathered round them just to eat leftover pizza. (Like tonight!)

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Pink Peonies in a vase I bought in college – and still love!

These are some beautiful pink peonies – cut from plants of an eighty year old house in Albany. Since super tough peony roots can live for one hundred years – they are often called the “100 year old plant” – I imagine they could have been planted in the 1930’s or 1940’s.

We never had them in our yard growing up – but our neighbor did. I remember as a kid being a bit freaked out as the buds were always covered with black ants! But now I don’t mind ants at all. Maybe it’s time for some peonies in my own yard!

Do you have peonies?

Loretta

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Celery is one of the veggies on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen”  (It’s #4), so it’s one of the veggies we try and buy organically grown.

…and then we root the bottom. It’s as simple as putting the bottom in a clear glass or bowl of water and setting it in a sunny windowsill!

I’ve had mixed success putting the rooted celery bottom into the garden beds last year – this year I’ll pot it in the windowsill in soil for a bit before it goes in the garden.

Have you tried this?

Loretta

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Great news! One of my very favorite interior design bloggers – the amazing Lauren Liess –  is hosting a giveaway of one of my large giclee prints!

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Tulip Tree Leaf Unfolding

Head to her blog Pure Style Home for a chance to win! The print is a 17″ x 22″ giclee of Tulip Tree Leaf Unfolding, printed on archival bamboo paper,  the photograph used on the cover go my new book! All you have to enter do is add a comment on your favorite part of my Kickstarter video. Find the giveaway here: http://www.laurenliess.com/pure-style-home/eco-happy-style-giveaway

I’m very excited to see who wins!

If you’re never visited Lauren’s blog Pure Style Home before, it’s worth a visit! An amazingly talented designer with her own exquisite fabric line, Lauren has been designing spirited, comfortably elegant spaces for years, and has just opened her new Washington DC boutique interior design studio!

Lauren’s blog is a no-holds-barred look at life, passion and floor plans – with an emphasis on life. I’m amazed at how she nutures her clients desires into the most livable, light-filled, joyful distinct spaces. No cookie-cutter formulas here! I’ve learned SO much the years I’ve read her blog – everything from why Federal mirrors have 13 balls, to the best way to age brass, to sighing over a photograph of one of her spaces that makes me appreciate the subtle nuances the shades of green can add to an interior.

 

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Lauren’s dining room. What a serene place to dine! photograph: Domino Magazine

Lauren’s been published in multiple magazines from Luxe to Southern Living, and has just had her home published in latest issue of DOMINO magazine! Way to go Lauren, they are SO lucky to have you on their pages!

 

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Lauren’s kitchen. Love the mix of woods and metals! photograph: Domino Magazine

 

If you win Lauren’s giveaway perhaps you can use my giclee print as the starting point for a gallery wall!

This post here will show you how Lauren does it. (Her tip is to cut cut out tiny pieces of paper to represent the frames.)

 

Lauren Liess Gallery Wall of photographs and botanicals Pure Style Home blog, Fern Star fabric framed ferns

Lauren’s bedroom, scene stolen by her pup Ashby! photo: Helen Norman

Isn’t the gallery wall of photographs and botanicals in her bedroom stunning? And if you’d like to be amazed further, check out the jaw dropping before and afters of this space here, complete with outdoor shower!

…and did I mention today is Lauren’s birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my friend! Head over to her blog to wish her a great one, and enter the giveaway to win one of my prints: http://www.laurenliess.com/pure-style-home/eco-happy-style-giveaway

UPDATE: Congrats to winner, and my amazing neighbor ANDI MANLEY!

Loretta

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Happy Earth Day! Exactly one year ago, on April 22 2013, I launched my new website and blog EcoHappy Style! I guess I can’t call it new anymore! How can a year go so fast!

It’s been a wonderful time exploring what’s “great for you and good for the Earth.” By starting this website and blog, I wanted to change my life and go greener myself, and I feel it’s definitely helped me along the way!

For people who ask how can I come up with something to write about a few times a week, I have to answer it’s easy (coming up with things, that is – sitting down to actually write the posts is still hard!) There are so many ideas and topics I want to explore in design and green living – I feel I’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg. Thank you to all my readers who have encouraged and inspired me to write!

I hope everyone on this day embraces the spirit of Earth Day to reflect on the world we’ll be leaving the next generation, and generations to follow.

Speaking of which, I have something else to celebrate today…

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10:10am, April 22 2005

Rosie is eleven!

Earth Day Baby - all grown up with puppy!

girl and puppy in the Adirondacks this past Fall

Happy Birthday My Beautiful Daughter!

Loretta

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Today I had the pleasure of talking with Scott Sanders. One of the founders of Earth Day Coalition, his group just celebrated EarthFest on April 13 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Why that early when Earth Day is April 22? This year they didn’t want to conflict with the holiday weekend.)

Scott and I chatted about everything from enjoying the outdoors (he’s a sailor and cross country skier), to camping in tents, to zero waste.

zerowasteI’d like to share some of his thoughts on zero waste – striving towards that benchmark is something everyone can work on. And it’s humbling.

(Last night I packed a typical lunch for my kids – peanut butter and jelly, cheese stick, granola bar, water in a reusable bottle. Turns out our school district is having a contest for a “litterless lunch” all week. If a child’s lunch had zero waste they could get a ticket to be entered in a drawing. My lunch didn’t make the cut. The cheese stick was packaged in plastic and the granola bar in a printed foil wrapper. )

This year the Earth Day Coalition’s EarthFest Celebration – the longest continually running Earth Day Celebration in the nation celebrating it’s 25th year in  – had as it’s celebration year theme “zero waste”.

How does the Ohio EarthFest Celebration move toward zero waste? Scott said the data from this year’s celebration isn’t compiled yet. But last year they had 271 vendors and 14 food trucks. 1.9 tons of waste was composted, 1.6 tons of trash was recycled and they were left with a mere 7 bags of trash to bring to the landfill. For a festival of 15,000 people!

Like last year, there were no trash cans on the grounds. Zero waste stations manned with volunteers were set up for recycling. All food trucks were required by contract to compost, and provide compostable containers for food and drink. Volunteers on bicycle rickshaws collected recyclables. Animal waste was collected separately for composting.

“We think this festival is a good model for zero waste at other events, even a large event like the Olympics or big community events can go zero waste,” Scott says, “…and it can be used by wedding, bar mitzvahs, parties, at work and at home. It’s a model of what can be done on any level.”

Scott’s going to send me the vendor and food truck contract (I’ll share it with my local officials)

And those few bags of trash from the festival last year? Scott says, “on inspection we found the seven bags of trash were most likely about 70% compostable!”

Find a list of zero waste tips for your household on the Earth Day Coalition web site at http://www.earthdaycoalition.org/sites/default/files/filepicker/4/zero_waste_tips_final.pdf

..and I’m trying my hand at baking my first granola bars tonight. Ones that will not come in a printed foil wrapper!

Loretta

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