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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: February 15, 2020
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

Do you love to write letters? Come join the Letter Writing Exchange at The Victorian Letter Writers Guild.

I am a 40 year old wife of 21 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 20 down to 7. My husband and I homeschool our kids, a job that is mainly mine since he works full time as a software programmer. I love studying History and English literature, and I enjoy reading historical fiction and most nonfiction. I also like sewing and all kinds of crafting. I love anything tea-related and pink, cottage, shabby chic styles. I love Steampunk, botanicals, and dolls. My favorite time periods are the Regency, Victorian and Edwardian eras. My favorite artist is the painter, Johannes Vermeer. My favorite holiday is St. Patrick's Day. We spend a lot of time at home and have a pretty relaxing life! I blog at Classical Homemaking, Belle's Library, and The Victorian Letter Writers Guild.

Seasonal note: I don't celebrate Halloween so please don't send Halloween things...Fall-themed things are great! Pumpkin stuff is fine...just not Jack O' Lanterns...thanks! :) Although we love to celebrate Christmas, we don't "do Santa" so I don't have much use for Santa-themed items. However I do like the vintage or Old World-style "Santas" where he looks more like the actual St. Nicholas may have and less like a cartoon character.

Currently Into:

Right now I'm really desiring letter writing supplies such as stationery paper, washi tape, wax and seals, and clear stamps and ink pads. I'd also love a few more dedicated pen pals. Let me know if you'd like to exchange letters!

I'd LOVE a French Canadian cookbook or anything related to Quebec, French Canadian history, or northern France.

I'd LOVE to have some England themed ephemera for my VERY large England travel Smash Book.

I'd LOVE to have some Steampunk or CIRCUS themed ephemera and supplies.

My heritage is French Canadian (Quebec) and New England---would love recipes, history, ephemera, photos, anecdotes, books, anything related to these areas.

Things I Love:

Kewpie dolls

circus

strawberries

postage stamps (especially UK)

vintage postcards

old books

old photos

toile

tea party

England

France

birds

frozen Charlotte

dolls

Quebec

New England

Victorian

stickers (no school/award related)

postcards

maps

stationery

Arkansas

Oklahoma

Oregon

pretty napkins

paper doilies

Favorite Crafts

I love doing most crafts! My favorite themes are Circus, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian era art, Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, Kate Greenaway, vintage styles, shabby chic, cottage style, children, flowers, and places in Europe like England or Paris. I love to do paper crafts and anything "girly". I love to do altered art and would like to learn to paint roses and other flowers. I am a pretty skilled seamstress and love to make my daughters dresses from different time periods.

Favorite Colors

Pink and green, pink and brown, pink alone :)

Favorite Treats

Tootsie Rolls are great for sending chocolate to the hot and humid South!

Tea: mint, lemon, caramel, vanilla, berry, English Breakfast. I don't usually like green teas.

I have no food allergies. I don't drink coffee. I don't like black licorice. I don't like cherry flavored things.

Favorite Scents

Candles: cinnamon, "baked" things like apple pie, pumpkin pie, etc.; eucalyptus, fruity; most Scentsy bars

Lotions & Bath Products: lavender, rose, lemon verbena, almond, light florals

I have no allergies to scents. I do not like the scent of cherry.

Favorite Books

Paperbackswap.com Wishlist

I'm a BookCrosser...are you? Let me know! I'm currently enjoying books set in the Tudor/Victorian/Edwardian ages of England and America's Gilded Age, as well as nonfiction about these subjects. My favorite genre is Classics---anything 1940 or so and earlier. I've especially enjoyed work by Henry David Thoreau, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wilkie Collins, Louisa May Alcott. and the Brontes. I enjoy some Christian fiction, some nonfiction, and art books. I like non-murder cozy mysteries but have a hard time finding them. I love to read about art history.

I DON'T read romance novels, sci-fi, murder mysteries, anything involving graphic violence, sex, or any sort of negativity toward children.

Things I Won't Use

**Please DON'T send:

quotes school/awards stickers advertisements (sometimes these come on bookmarks or postcards :( )

I won't use stamped images. I might use home computer-printed images but only if they are good quality and relate to my profile likes.

I won't use skulls, dead stuff, zombies, angry/scary/rude humor, etc. In fact, I'll probably just throw those things away.

I won't use those kids craft foam stickers. I don't mind kid-type stickers for decorating envelopes, but not the die-cut foam ones used in kids projects.

Ratings

user2148 rated for A Floating Tag For Our Journal on Feb 19, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous tag and all the wonderful little bits! So much fun!! ❤️❤️
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Comment: Thanks for all of these great PC's! I will send them forward in round 98! Thanks too for the extras! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
suepier rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Feb 2, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard.
galadkria rated for Whats on your Reading List? on Jan 27, 2020
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Comment: Sorry for the late rating, but thank you so much for the swap
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Comment: Thank you for the extra card. :)
StargazerHM rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Jan 7, 2020
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matt319 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Dec 27, 2019
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ShabbyJules rated for Journal Inspiration Package on Dec 15, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much very sweet collection
christy102194 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Dec 15, 2019
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Comment: thanks! :D
Star7Lily rated for Quilters Chocolate swap on Dec 13, 2019
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Comment: Sarah what a lovely thoughtful envelope i received. Thank you so much. The african fabric is very unusual and my daughter will snaffle the sunflowers I just know it! I wish you a merry christmas and thank you so much.
fairyduster53 rated for Secret Sister Ornament Swap on Dec 11, 2019
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Comment: Sweetly done!
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Comment: I'm so sorry, I just realized I didn't rate you for this one. My apologies. Thanks for the swap!
samsstuff rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 17 on Dec 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for sending along the cards & for the extra!
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Comment: What a nice surprise today in the Post. Thank you so much for all the lovely items and sweets. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
bearnbabs rated for Quilters Chocolate swap on Dec 3, 2019
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Comment: Love Love the fabric. When I get something made I'll send you a photo. Love the fabric from South Africa. Hope your feeling better every day and do have a Happy Christmas Season. bearnbabs
Star7Lily rated for A Georgian Charm on Dec 3, 2019
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Comment: Dear Sarah, what a gorgeous delicate charm and so beautifully wrapped and presented. I feel so special to receive such a little treasure and my bracelet will look authentic with the Georgian colours. Thank you so much. many hearts dear one,
smadronia rated for CL: August Reading Log - Paper on Nov 24, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for your swap[, sorry for the late rate!
user2148 rated for A Signature for our Home Book on Nov 24, 2019
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Comment: Absolutely beautiful! So worth the wait ❤️ Continuing to keep you in prayer!! Thanks for the amazing swap! ❤️
pynart2 rated for Quill or Pen and Ink Letter on Nov 23, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and extras, Love them all. Hope your feeling better. HAPPY Thanksgiving.

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Comments

AnnaM on Dec 23, 2019:

Warm Holiday Wishes, Lady Elizabeth

institches on Jan 14, 2019:

Small Stocking Stuffer Swaps - I'm just getting my gifts opened today. I would like to thank you for all you sent to me over 2018 and for participating in the swaps.

washingtonmaverick on Jan 7, 2019:

Thank You for mailng back my post card that I sent in STMB #13. I am moving in the next 8 months or so and wanted to use these up!

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!

Stephanie

AnneliesV on Dec 15, 2018:

Thank you Sarah, for returning my stampbag.

DaiziDruke on Dec 11, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending my Traveling Postcard home! It was the first I have had returned...such a sweet surprise to find it in my mailbox! ❤️💐

bluerose3 on Dec 7, 2018:

Thank you for my Fill my Stocking gift

Doodlefingers101 on Oct 8, 2018:

Thank you so much I loved the cabbage patch kids cards that brought back good memories 😊

ReadMoreBooks33 on Aug 3, 2018:

bstrong on May 25, 2018:

Received my stamp bag today, thank you for sending it home.

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