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