Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2019 7:12 pm


Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: October 22, 2019
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I've been hospitalized unexpectedly so please be patient with me on ratings. I will get to them as soon as I can.

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

I am a 39 year old wife of 21 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 19 down to 6. 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



postage stamps (especially UK)

vintage postcards

old books

old photos


tea party




frozen Charlotte



New England


stickers (no school/award related)







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.


Comment: Thank you for the extra!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely post cards and book recommendations. I love classics too. 🙂
suepier rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 102! on Oct 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the Jane Austin pc.
user2148 rated for Surprise Antiqued Envelope Swap on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: What a darling “envelope” you sent - se very clever!! The treasures within are beyond my expectations and absolutely marvelous!! Thank you for such a wonderful gift and exquisite letter, you’ve made my week!! ❤️
Response: I'm so happy you love it all!
Comment: Dearest Marianne, I received the fabric hexagons you so kindly cut for me and they compliment my quilt colours very nicely indeed. Thank you for all your kind compliments. I shall seek you out at the ball and thank you personally. My best regards to your family. L. Elizabeth.
Response: Enjoy, my friend!
denisedecker58 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 102! on Sep 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
matt319 rated for Postcard Purge USA # 2 on Sep 28, 2019
pynart2 rated for Whats on your Reading List? on Sep 27, 2019
Comment: Love the Book mark and Book list Looking into several of the books.
Joeanniee rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 102! on Sep 25, 2019
Comment: Loving the round table!
Comment: My dearest Marianne, I must say how excited I was at receiving your post this day. What a beautiful Belly band you created. I have the perfect page in my Journal to place it. . I just loved the little pocket of extra surprises; how creative you are.Thank you for your generosity. I was sad to hear James was feeling poorly. I do hope he is feeling better. A bad headache can put you down. May this post find you both well. My best regards,Phebe (Barbara)
christy102194 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 102! on Sep 22, 2019
Comment: haha! I miss Blues Clues!
Response: I had that postcard for 15 years...bahahahaha! I miss it too!!
Comment: Thanks for the extra pc!
AmyMarie rated for Whats on your Reading List? on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the reading list and nice note. Some new-to-me authors to check out. :)
BluBerry rated for Stickers and a Sketch - August on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you Sarah.
ButterflyLover rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 102! on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great card. I actually used to live not far from Tustin :)
squince rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 102! on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
marclively rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #43 on Sep 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Gatzcat rated for Fill My Stocking -- August 2019 on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sending! Can't wait till Christmas.
pynart2 rated for Is anyone Out there? on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Loved your note and goodies. Will write soon.

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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!


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.

ifzaaras on Jan 19, 2018:

Thank you for leaving the lovely comment on my page, I’m new to this but excited to start! :D

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