Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year! New Changes for the New Year...

{Portland, Oregon Spring 2012 Loretta Fontaine}
A New Year!

I'm thinking of some changes here at APPLESandRUBIES, namely a name and focus change.

When I started blogging in 2010, APPLESandRUBIES was a great name, as my life was a balance of my jewelry design business (the rubies) and everyday happenings (the apples!).

{Portland, Oregon Spring 2012 Loretta Fontaine}
Now in 2013 with ALL three kids in school, (Son H is in first grade), I have more time to pursue some goals that I've always been kicking around in my head.

I've written a book on Eco-friendly living, (Eco-Happy: Three Steps Towards an Eco-Friendly Life) and am developing new products (not just jewelry anymore!) in my studio that are earth-friendly.

{Portland, Oregon Spring 2012 Loretta Fontaine}
I'm in the final stages of editing my book: photo selection and placement, page layout... I realize this could take forever and need to give myself a good firm deadline to just get it done so the book can get into people's hands! (That is the goal, right?)

...and I've already developed and finished a new eco-friendly product - recycled paper notecards that feature photography from my book. I had them printed last October and brought them to the local craft and farmer's markets here in Albany, New York. The new recycled notecards came out beautifully and... Sold Out! I will be ordering more, soon and hope to do a recycled paper notecard giveaway on my blog as soon as I get them!

It was SO much fun to develop a new product, and I have lots more eco-friendly products in my head.

{Portland, Oregon Spring 2012 Loretta Fontaine}
So where does that leave APPLESand RUBIES? Okay, I LOVE the name, but think it's time to change the name of the blog to relate to what I'm doing NOW. I reserved a "new" blog name on both Wordpress and Blogspot and am going to work to get a new blog up on both platforms and choose my favorite.

Meanwhile, I'll keep writing on APPLESandRUBIES until the new blog is ready for a big unveil.

Do you have big changes for the New Year?


p.s. Do you have a preference for a Blogspot or Wordpress Blog? I think Maria of Colour Me Happy and Camilia of Effortless Style switched to Wordpress. I would love some advice here...


  1. Loretta, You have so much energy! Can't wait to see the new changesin 2013 and can't wait to read your book. Happy New Year to you!

  2. Wow congratulations on your book!! I hope that this New Year brings you and your sweet family an abundance of God's blessings.

  3. I adore your photographs in this post! Especially the first one as a true "path" into the new year. You are a talented photographer. I will look forward to what you will do - i know it will be amazing and will love to see what the new blog looks like

  4. You are such a goer - wish i had half your energy. Love the idea of your photos on recycled cards and love these particular photos too!


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