Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: May 21, 2019
Birthday: December 21
Country: United Kingdom
I'm Anna, wife, mother of a 15 year old son, sister and friend. I'm an American living in England (married to an Englishman) and together we are restoring a Georgian Villa which is hard work but so interesting with all the history we uncover. I'm a life long letter writer, journaller and crafter and enjoy paper crafts like making postcards, stationery, flip books and dabble in making smash books.The art of collage is one of my favourite things and I save every interesting scrap I come across. My sense of humour is a bit quirky and I love sending out-of-the-ordinary letters. Writing is my passion; whether it's letters, journal entries, essays, or sometimes poetry. I wrote a column about correspondence for 8 years called Sincerely Yours and now I have a blog called Billet Doux & Little Mercuries about my adventures in pen palling.
I don't watch much television. Instead, I listen to the radio a lot and read or write. I like travelling but the older I get the closer to home I want to stay. There are so many things to see here in England, I'm never bored. Puttering in my garden or just walking amongst the trees is something I do often. I feed the birds and enjoy watching all the wildlife in my realm. I have an avid interest in herbs and their healing properties and hope to create a physic garden once the house is finally complete. For now I forage at home and in The Forest of Dean when I can.
I have a book collection to rival the local library but I believe there are worse vices in life than collecting books. I'm a history nerd and like reading about the Tudors, Regency and Victorian England as well as Colonial times in the United States. I read a lot of biographies as well, though I do enjoy a good novel. My favourite author is Wilton Barnhardt; I loved all four of his books but especially Emma Who Saved My Life.
I'm a Janeite (Big fan of Jane Austen) and especially love the Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.
Other things I like are:
Handwritten letters, beautiful stationery, dip pens, wax seals
Vintage linens, I collect ladies hankies
Space: Moon, Stars, Planets, Space Travel
Postal/Airmail themed things
Real bandanas (not the craft store kind) especially in dark blue
Halloween, the fun side of the holiday
Tea, tea parties and all the pretty things that go along with them. Mint and Chai tea are my favourite teas, but I like trying new flavours.
Pretty Fish and underwater scenes
Blue and white patterns
Charms and trinkets
Postage stamps, new or used
Crafy bits, washi tape, pretty papers. My son and I collect shaped paper clips.
Beads and sequins
Soft,(but not pastel) blues, greens and purples are my favourite colours but I like a little orange too.
I like miniatures and have a small collection of doll house things and other bits and bobs I've come across. I especially like tiny things that have fine detail the more authentic looking the better.
I have an affinity for trees and love nature
Usually I'm fairly easy to please but there are a few things I'm not all that fond of.
I'm not a big fan of Hello Kitty and that type of thing, and although I like faeries I'm not into Disney with the exception of Tinkerbell.
I would prefer not to get any more notebooks or journals as I have recently gotten so many of them.
I don't collect postcards and prefer non-touristy ones if they are part of a swap.
I like most tea but I don't like Oolong and I'm allergic to ginseng so no teas with ginseng please.
Chocolate as I'm allergic and don't care for white chocolate
Glitter because it gets everywhere and is hard to clean up.
Heavily scented items as they give me migraines.
I've been collecting stamps since I was a child. I collect just about any stamps from anywhere in the world but do concentrate on several countries. If you are sending stamps, here is a quick guide to what I collect:
I don't collect CTOs (Cancel to Order stamps that you can buy in book shops and hobby shops.) These are mint stamps that are just canceled and have not gone through the postal system so they are basically just damaged.
Private stamp swaps are welcome!
I don't sign up for a swap unless I know I can follow through so I will never flake. If you don't get my swap, please contact me before you rate me.
Also, if I haven't rated you, that means I haven't received your swap. I always rate as soon as I receive a swap.
I am a green girl; I choose to reuse. A lot of the packages I send out are in recycled envies as I just hate wasting anything. I try to make everything I send out look attractive.
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