Swap-bot Time: April 29, 2017 10:32 am


Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: April 23, 2017
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a 36 year old wife of 18 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 16 down to 3. 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, Hello Kitty and dolls. My favorite time periods are the Regency, Victorian and Edwardian eras. My favorite artist is the painter, Jan 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 http://www.classicalhomemaking.com, as well as http://www.belleslibrary.com, and also host a weekend link-up party for crafters, homemakers, etc. I'd love to have you come link up your blogs and show off your stuff! I

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:

I'd LOVE to have any vintage sewing items including wooden spools, papers and cards from sewing notions, button cards, etc.

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

I'd LOVE to have some Steampunk "stuff" as it's my newest love.

I'd LOVE to have some address labels with my name and address printed on them. Please use Mrs. Sarah Coller.

I LOVE vintage paper office supplies and library supplies: forms, receipts, library checkout cards

I collect: Kewpies, strawberries, postage stamps; vintage postcards; buttons; sea glass; old canning jars; old books; miniature salt & pepper shakers; Limoges pottery; old photos; toile; tea-related items; British or French-themed items; birds; doilies; handmade potholders, especially the doll dress design; Blue Ridge pieces in "Pinkie" design, glass bottle stoppers, kitchen kitsch, frozen Charlotte and other dolls

Favorite Crafts

I love doing most crafts! My favorite themes are 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 am starting to build a collection of "found items". I 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. Right now, my oldest daughter has got a pretty good collection of Revolutionary War era dresses that I've made.

Favorite Colors

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

Favorite Treats

Stevia-sweetened dark chocolate would be an excellent treat! Any chocolate is fine though, but I really don't like chocolate with fruit. :(

Prefer Hot Chocolate when doing hot drinks swaps. You will NOT be rated down for sending me hot chocolate on a tea swap! :)

Tea: peppermint, English Breakfast, or plain black ONLY; (unless swap is sender's choice, of course! :)

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

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.

Favorite Books

BookCrossing.com Wishlist

Paperbackswap.com Wishlist

I'm a BookCrosser...are you? Let me know! Jane Eyre is currently my favorite book. My favorite genre is Classics---anything 1940 or so and earlier. I haven't read a whole TON of Classics so if you've got a recommendation, send it my way! I've enjoyed work by Henry David Thoreau, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott. and the Brontes. I enjoy some Christian fiction, some nonfiction, 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

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.


Comment: Thank you!
KSENiA rated for 2017 Reading Log - 1st Quarter on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Happy reading and swapping.
Comment: Yay it took a very long detour but today your envy arrived!!!
Comment: Received PCs and will send on in next round. Thanks for the pretty notecard, too! Have a lovely day!!
Vickimac rated for Fill My Stocking - February on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: Waiting for Christmas, but thanks for the GORGEOUS wrapped present. So pretty!
KSENiA rated for 2016 Reading Log - Quarter #4 on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Happy reading and swapping!
kittymojo rated for Geek Letter on Feb 8, 2017
Comment: This was so worth waiting for! I actually 'squeeeed!' when I realised you were geeking out over Jane Austen, made my day :D
Response: Oh I'm so glad!! Ha!
mellyrose89 rated for 2016 Reading Log - Quarter #4 on Feb 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: My pleasure. If you happen to have a copy of yours saved, I'd love to receive it by email. Always excited to get new book recommendations!
Victorianna60 rated for Fill My Stocking - January on Feb 2, 2017
Comment: Thank You so much for the great pens ! I will put them to good use !
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful vintage card too. Will pass on both your and Alicia's cards in the next round (63) as they just missed R62. Happy 2017!!
Comment: happy to keep these moving!!! pretty vintage notecard, thank you:)
Comment: Hi Sarah! The pcs have made it safely! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
juliedro rated for 2016 Reading Log - Quarter #3 on Oct 23, 2016
Comment: thank you for the swap! I still have to read from your letter, but I saw something at the end about Lewis Carroll,so I am intrigued. I do not jump pages, so I will have to get there first :P just that the name popped up in my view :P and wanted to rate fast. thank you!
alexismargt rated for Top Ten Things I Am Grateful For on Oct 21, 2016
deesides rated for 2016 Reading Log - Quarter #3 on Oct 21, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the carefully put together log! I got some more titles to add to my ever-growing To Be Read list :D
Response: Oh, I'm glad! This is one of my favorite swaps!
lagemaz rated for TCHH ~ Seal Now, Swap Later ~ K on Oct 9, 2016
Comment: ♥♥♥♥♥Love it all! So excited about the kobucha tea! I googled tea that starts with K, but no one near me sold kombucha! Now I can try it! And I love the photos and cards! Can I say I love it all again?♥♥♥♥♥♥
Response: I'm so glad---enjoy!
dannitheawsome rated for Notebook Paper Letter on Oct 2, 2016
Comment: I loved your letter. It looks like we have a lot in common! Working on a reply so look in the mail for it soon!
Sessalouise rated for Make a new penpal!! on Sep 30, 2016
Comment: I got your letter. Thank you so much for writing! I'll answer soon! Have an amazing day!
KSENiA rated for CL: June Reading Log - Paper on Sep 3, 2016
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Happy reading and swapping!
Comment: Thanks for the alice in Wonderland atc

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jukejan on Sep 25, 2016:

Somerset Fall Flavor swap is up, come on & JOIN!

RyeRye on Jul 12, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

miablancs on Feb 23, 2016:

From the group Trinket Pen Pals

Swan on Oct 27, 2015:

Nice to meet you here on swap-bot as a fellow Bookcrosser!

thisismeAXiD on Oct 18, 2015:

Thank you

Johanna51 on Jun 4, 2015:

I LOVE the swap Adventures of a travelling postcard. I started in round 22, and after 20 rounds the postcard was send back to me, with 20!! names. So it never misses a round. The adventure of my travelling postcard: From NL to Germany, USA Florida, Taiwan, USA Hawaii, USA California, USA Idago, Australia, Germany, Australia, Canada, USA New York, Netherlands, USA Alabama, Usa Ohio, USA Missouri, USA Virginia, Malaysia, USA Illinois, USA Florida, USA North Carolina. See a photoof the postcard at my FBpage. Posted June 4, 2015. Facebookaccount Nolleke Muizelaar-Filippo.

Katti on Jan 13, 2015:

Hello! There is a new 339 Instagram swap! Come and sign up for it! It's fun!

ema819 on Dec 30, 2014:

HAPPY HOLIDAYS =D Thank you for joining the Used Post Stamps swaps!

Zoebolt on Dec 3, 2014:

Welcome to One Stamp Swaps!

TariK on May 13, 2014:

Favorited your Etsy shop. do you have an instagram profile? came to click follow and can't find it.

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