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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: August 21, 2019
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I've decided to discontinue hosting the Stocking Stuffer and Postage Stamp swaps for now, so I can focus on more crafty/creative swaps. If you'd like to host one of these, feel free to use the information I wrote up in past swaps.

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

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

BookCrossing.com Wishlist

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

Elenamarie rated for Tea Tasks on Aug 15, 2019
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Comment: Oh my goodness Sarah! I received your parcel today and it was ever so delightful! I am touched by the care your put into this swap. I am excited to try the berry teas of the Twinnings London edition! The postcards are so beautiful I don't think I can part with them. Rather, I think I will use them to decorate and possibly make tuck spots of them in our Georgette Journal. I appreciate the card with the scripture. It is one I think of often. And to top it all off...I am so impressed by your packaging of my letter in a beautiful pink lace and bird and butterfly napkin with a wax leaf seal! Simply gorgeous! I could not break it apart. I slid the letter very carefully out of it's packaging. I plan to also use this sealed napkin lace in my journal. Lastly, thank you for sharing your experience of having tea in Bath, England. I am a bit envious. I hope to one day enjoy a cup of tea there as well. The blue bird stationary is very much my style. Bluebirds are my favorite! Wherever did you find it?! The only sad thing to report was that the post did not apply enough postage and I had to pay the .32 cents to receive the mail. The post is not perfect and people make mistakes so let's not worry about a few pennies. Thank you ever so much for the time and thoughtfulness you put into this parcel. It is hands down my favorite! I plan to write you as soon as I get a chance. Blessings to you my fellow Georgette!
Response: Oh I'm so glad you loved it all! The tea was offered at our B&B in Bath this past May. The stationery is put out by Peter Pauper Press. I found it at Barnes and Noble. The parcel was weighed before stamping and I did question it in my mind, so I do wish I would have went with my instinct and added an extra stamp for good measure! Thank you for letting me know. I look forward to hearing from you, friend!
Cosychaos rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #42 on Aug 9, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for passing on the bags in a pretty note card, and for the stickers :).
SwedishMum rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #42 on Aug 7, 2019
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Comment: Thanks a lot for the nice collection and the stickers as well
Gatzcat rated for Fill My Stocking -- July 2019 on Aug 6, 2019
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Comment: Thanks
suepier rated for Not my State on Aug 4, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the vintage postcard from New York.
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Countrymom rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 25, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the goodies you sent. Loved it all.
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Comment: Thank you for your card!! 🌞
lynnpinkdaisy rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 18, 2019
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Comment: Wow! What a great stuffed envie you sent. I love everything! It's like you peeked at my craft desk! Lol!
shinyserra rated for Bible Study on Unity on Jul 16, 2019
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Comment: It was very enlightening reading your study. Thank you.
lilmermaid rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 16, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so very very much
warheart rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 13, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the fun envelope!
newrule rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #41 on Jul 9, 2019
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Comment: Ready for the next round! Thanks.
Etoile rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 9, 2019
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AnnaL rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 9, 2019
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Comment: Thanks Sarah for all the fun goodies, I really appreciate it. Have a great week, AnnaL.
patricia8288 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 8, 2019
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Comment: thank you for the cute swap
A127 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 8, 2019
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Comment: Thanks so much for all the goodies!
BeadDiva rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 7, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the goodies.
washingtonmaverick rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 6, 2019
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Comment: Thank You! I like the big smiley face stickers!
USTravelingGirl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #18 on Jul 6, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for all the goodies!!

Rating Overview

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Comments

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! β€οΈπŸ’

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, IÒ€ℒm new to this but excited to start! :D

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