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Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: December 17, 2018
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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I've received a lot of mail lately marked "postage due". I find it helps to use a postal scale to weigh my outgoing letters and make sure they've got the correct postage on them. If you have received something from me with postage due, please let me know so I can reimburse you!

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

I am a 38 year old wife of 20 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 18 down to 5. 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-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 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

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 would like to try a good quality oolong.

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.


DaiziDruke rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #37 on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Just received the stamp bags to pass on in the next round...thank you! Have a wonderful Christmas!
Comment: Thanks for the cards :)
Comment: Thank you so much! Yours was the first crossed letter I ever received and it was confusing at first, but so much fun :-)
Comment: Thank you
newrule rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #36 on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: Thanks for returning mine! Others ready for next round!
RooBaRoo rated for CL: Traveling Book Card Round 11 on Oct 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for adding to Melanie's Postcard. I'll add my reco & pass it along :) Thanks for the Bella Vista Postcard too! & I appreciate your upcycling the book page to envelope!
Stacy97 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #11 on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!
Aletta74 rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #36 on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: thanks
Followyourart rated for Stuff the Mailbox #11 on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you, I loved the goodies you sent.
spicemom rated for Stuff the Mailbox #11 on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Hi Sarah Thank you I liked the goodies Spicemom
ladyaduial rated for Stuff the Mailbox #11 on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you!
HannahF rated for Stuff the Mailbox #11 on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: Then you for everything, and for the information!
Moonchaser84 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #11 on Oct 10, 2018
beth619 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #11 on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Cute goodies.... love the doggie stickers!
wm rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #32 on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Your post FINALLY arrived. Unfortunately it only contained the two stamp bags - and that in an envelope from the SAPO, stating "Found open/damaged & officially secured". Hope they didn't lose anything else you'd sent.
Response: Oh no! I for sure sent three stamp bags...can't remember what else. Too bad! I wish I knew whose bags I sent!
soccer8s rated for Stuff the Mailbox #11 on Oct 8, 2018

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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

TIDBITOLOGIST54 on Jun 30, 2017:

jane austenesque

TIDBITOLOGIST54 on Jun 30, 2017:

victorian girl I thought you might like this one. I t would look nice in a journal....

yvonne401 on Jun 19, 2017:

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



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