1. I finished writing my book EcoHappy: Three Steps Towards An Earth-Friendly Life, and am getting my crowd-funding Kickstarter campaign ready to publish it in 2014!

 

Icynene insulation in a cathedral ceiling and windowseat Icynene Classic LD-C-50

My living room and new windowseat addition with Icynene Classic LD-C-50 insulation

2. I posted photos of the spray foam insulation we added with our new windowseat addition.

 

Green Living Advocate and blogger Loretta Fontaine at the launch of the EcoHappy Native Tree Project.

Giving away 100 native White Flowering Dogwood Trees

3. Launched the website www.EcoHappyStyle.com and launched the EcoHappy Native Tree Project with 100 white flowering dogwoods on Earth Day – and made front page news!

 

ripe red organic garden strawberries in a bowl

harvest time

4. Grew strawberries in the garden.

 

Whole Living Magazine clothing swap photograph www.wholeliving.com

reuse!

5. Got a great new wardrobe by hosting a clothing swap.

 

Loretta Fontaine EcoHappy Style Blog guest post on earth-friendly houseplants

my easy rules on houseplant in the home

6. Wrote my first guest post  (on houseplants!) for my friend Alicia’s blog.

 

Bison and Upper Yellowstone Falls and soaking swimming in the Boiling River, Yellowstone National Park

trip of a lifetime!

7. Revisited a favorite childhood vacation with my own children – Yellowstone!

 

Loretta Fontaine Jewelry 14K Gold Lucy Earring with Pale Pink Rose

Loretta Fontaine Jewelry 14K Gold Lucy Earring with Pale Pink Rose

8. Got my online EcoHappy Style Shop up and running! (A BIG thank you to those who shopped this year!) Thank you Sarah Greenman and Alicia Hicks for hosting my first jewelry giveaways!

 

New Puppy Loretta Fontaine Cavalier King Charles Spaniel tri color girl

Our tri-color Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Violet!

9. We got a puppy. Welcome little Violet! (And thank you Lauren for posting this photo on Pure Style Home!)

 

Roca W+W toilet green innovative toilet design ecohappy style

Innovative Spanish Roca W+W toliet combines a sink and toilet in one to save water

10. Wrote about and featured fantastic Eco-friendly Ideas and Projects! Grass driveways, Kraft paper gift wrap,  inexpensive organic sheets, wonderful subfloor wood walls, matching colors in eco-friendly paint, free range eggs, elegant water hyacinth baskets,  American Clay walls, DIY pebble paths, Cork Wallpaper and cool water-saving Toilet/Sink combinations, and more!

 

I couldn’t do any of this without all the readers of this blog behind me. Your support, comments and encouragement move me forward! I am so grateful.

What did YOU celebrate in 2013?

Loretta

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Have a wonderful holiday with your family!

Wishing You Peace and Joy!

Loretta

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Here’s the last of six December giveaways – my present to you!

The winner will receive a  Loretta Fontaine Jewelry Maria Ring featuring a photograph of a Pale Pink Rose, a $56.oo value!

To enter, leave a comment below on what is your favorite item of jewelry in my new EcoHappy Style Shop!

For an additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.

For a third entry like my EcoHappy Style Page on Facebook! Leave a comment for each entry!

Three easy ways to win! Winners drawn – December 26, 2013 at noon, e.s.t.

Congrats winner Allison M:“I like the simple custom sterling silver Maria necklace! Great Giveaway!”

Loretta

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Here’s the fifth of six December giveaways – my present to you!

The winner will receive a Loretta Fontaine Photography 8 x 10 print “Tulip Tree Leaf Unfolding”, an $85.oo value! The photograph was shot during a trip to Portland, Oregon and will be one of the illustrations in my new book EcoHappy: Three Steps Towards An Earth-Friendly Life. I’m launching a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter to fund the publication of the book in 2014!

To enter, leave a comment below and tell me where you’d hang this print in your home!

For an additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.

For a third entry like my EcoHappy Style Page on Facebook! Leave a comment for each entry!

Three easy ways to win! Winners drawn December 26, 2013 at noon, e.s.t.

Congrats winner Cindi M:“I would love to have a photograph like this in my front entryway. It is beautiful!”

Loretta

Shop my online EcoHappy Style Shop for unique jewelry and gifts!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Here’s the forth of six December giveaways – my present to you!

The winner will receive a pair of beeswax tapers, a $16.oo value! (I’m hoping to add 100% pure beeswax candles to the EcoHappy Style Shop in 2014! )

To enter, leave a comment below

For an additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.

For a third entry like my EcoHappy Style Page on Facebook! Leave a comment for each entry!

Three easy ways to win! Winners drawn December 26, 2013 at noon, e.s.t.

Congrats winner Robin F: “Gorgeous candles! Thank you for the great giveaway!”

 

Loretta

Shop my online EcoHappy Style Shop for unique jewelry and gifts!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Here’s the third of six December giveaways – my present to you!

The winner will receive my Loretta Fontaine Jewelry Lucy Sterling Silver Necklace with Purple Leaf, a $54.oo value!

To enter, leave a comment below on what is your favorite item of jewelry in my new EcoHappy Style Shop!

For an additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.

For a third entry like my EcoHappy Style Page on Facebook! Leave a comment for each entry!

Three easy ways to win! Winners drawn December 26, 2013 at noon, e.s.t.

Congrats winner Annie H!: “I love this piece of jewelry. And I like EVERYTHING in your shop!”

Loretta

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This package, a painting wrapped to send by artist Takeyce Walter, showed up on my Facebook page this morning. It’s such a delight that I have to share it with you! The hand-cut snowflake is the perfect touch. How are you wrapping your gifts this year?

p.s. Find Takeyce’s oil and pastel work here.

Loretta

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Here’s the second of six December giveaways – my present to you!

The winner will receive two emerald green recycled glass bowls from Fire & Light!

To enter, leave a comment below and tell me what you would serve in these gorgeous bowls!

For an additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.

For a third entry like my EcoHappy Style Page on Facebook! Leave a comment for each entry!

Three easy ways to win! Winners drawn December 26, 2013 at noon, e.s.t.

Congrats winner RL Rabkin!: “I would serve homemade custard pudding, they are beautiful! Great giveaway!”

Loretta

Shop my online EcoHappy Style Shop for unique jewelry and gifts!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Here’s the first of six December giveaways – my present to you!

The winner will receive a customized Loretta Fontaine Jewelry reversible sterling silver Maria Necklace, a $65.oo value!

To enter, leave a comment below on what is your favorite item of jewelry in my new EcoHappy Style Shop!

For an additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.

For a third entry like my EcoHappy Style Page on Facebook! Leave a comment for each entry!

Three easy ways to win! Winners drawn December 26, 2013 at noon, e.s.t.

Congrats winner Michaela!: “What a great idea! My favorite in your shop is the 14K lucy earrings with Pale Pink Rose!”

Loretta

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Let’s stay in touch! Follow me on Facebook and Twitter!

found objects for green christmas decorating

Son H checks out the inside of the church

Tip #1

Any old large treasures in your home? Use them for a big backdrop! Here’s photos from decorating for a holiday party a few years ago. I grabbed the old wooden church my great-grandfather made to anchor the buffet.

 

gather greens, twigs and pinecones for a green holiday display

Son H gathering twigs in our backyard

mix in aloe, twigs and evergreens for an eco-friendly holiday display

a few white roses and stock with gathered greens and twigs

Tip #2

Go outdoors and gather! Here twigs and evergreen cuttings are a green and inexpensive way to stretch a few flowers into a full centerpiece. (I even added some aloe spears from the kitchen houseplant!)

 

fruit and nuts make great holiday displays, says green living expert Loretta Fontaine

pears and pecans, with the old wood church in the background

Tip #3

Fruit and nuts make amazing, edible displays – just dress them up in pretty dishes or with simple ribbon.

 

old wood spools of thead in a green holiday display

my thread box

 

Found objects and toys join ornaments in a holiday display

toys from Aunt C find their way to the table

Tip #4

Think a specific COLOR to find unusual items in the house you can repurpose for display. Here I gathered old toys and ornaments, then was thinking the color “lime green” as I wandered the house. The sweet spool of thread was the perfect find!

Happy Holidays! I’m decorating the house right now, and it’s so easy to go out and buy,buy, buy decorations. It’s much more fun and more personal and “green” to use what you already have.

 

….and an exciting note! This month of December I’ll be hosting a BUNCH of eco-friendly holiday giveaways on the blog, so stay tuned!

Loretta