Swap-bot Time: June 29, 2017 7:13 am


Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: June 28, 2017
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

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

I am a 37 year old wife of 19 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 17 down to 4. 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 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:

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! I'm currently enjoying books set in the Victorian/Edwardian age 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

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 beautiful letter. i loved the jane austen look and feel of it. i would love to write back to you :)
Response: I'm so glad! I look forward to hearing from you!
PeggyO rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - O - USA on Jun 18, 2017
Comment: Sarah--what a great postcard for me! I grew (until I was 14) on a tiny town in NE Nebraska. In 3rd grade I remember Nebraska History, especially the Oregon Trail & Fremont Trail going through our state, the Fremont to southwest. I would SO love to follow the Oregon Trail by car so we could see the major places marked for history, etc. I'd also give a great deal to see Oregon a Washington states because all the pictures show them to be beautiful, except the perpetual rain in Seattle perhaps. : - ) So I'd love to be spending the summer in Oregon. That must be a terrific summer for your kids to remember. Thanks for a nice card---Happy Swapping!
Response: Thanks for the nice comment and the heart. Yes, we are enjoying the time spent out here---but definitely missing Daddy and home and our routine!
Comment: I love your envelope. I just finished moving so hopefully I find all my supplies and in a future round, I can make my envelopes. I love the wax seal. I will be replying in the near future. Thank you for everything.
Response: I'm looking forward to our penfriendship!
Comment: Thank you for your letter, I really enjoyed reading it. The stationary is really pretty. I've always loved black paper and so I find it fun to pull out my little used white gelli roll pen! Also thank you for hosting this fun swap!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much!!! :D
Response: Thank you for the heart!
KSENiA rated for CL: May Reading log - Electronic on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Comment: I will write back soon! Thank you for the letter and the goodies!.
Response: Great, I look forward to it---thanks for the heart!
Comment: Yay, Oregon!
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful letter! I enjoyed learning about you and look forward to writing back :)
Response: Thanks for the heart! I'm looking forward to your letter!
Comment: Thank you for my postcard!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: This has to be the fastest letter to reach ireland from the us :) Ty so much for your beautiful letter, It was lovely to hear about your family
Response: Wow, well that's great! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for your reviews. You read an interesting variety of books!
Response: Thanks for the heart. Feel free to send me yours, too, if you'd like. I'm always interested in what others are reading.
Comment: Thanks for sharing, Sarah! I was intrigued by the books you shared, as I don't recall ever hearing of any of them before! So thank you for introducing me to "new" books by "new" authors! :-)
Response: Wonderful! I'd love to see your log, too, if you'd like to send it. :)
Comment: Thanks so much for the letter! I enjoyed it with the lovely touches! I liked the writing paper!
Response: I'm glad! Thanks for the heart!
mimi1004 rated for WIYM: Postcard roulette swap on May 30, 2017
Comment: Hi Sarah, thank you for nice card. I very like it. Have a nice day too :-) M:
Comment: Love it!
Lantana149 rated for Bad Habits on May 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing your bad habits.😉
iamred rated for Letter Swap # 28 on May 22, 2017
Comment: great letter! =) ill get a reply out to you soon!
Response: Great, thanks so much!

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yvonne401 on Jun 19, 2017:

Welcome to Proverbs Women! It's great to have you here!



Lablauri57 on Jun 14, 2017:

Thank for the valuable information. I will definitely follow your advice.

allthingsregency on Jun 12, 2017:

Thank you for the invites to your Regency and Victorian era groups! At this time I plan on cutting back on swapping, but your groups look like a lot of fun! If I decide to be more active on swap-bot I will definitely join. :) Have a wonderful day!

mcovey on May 25, 2017:

Thank you for the Columbia River , my family have traveled across country and seen this beautiful place , but didn't get a post card . Pc roulette swap ! Hope you have a wonderful summer ! Blessing to you also ! Mary

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.

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