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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: January 24, 2021
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

PLEASE NO GLITTER OR CONFETTI!!! PLEASE NO GLITTER OR CONFETTI!!! PLEASE NO GLITTER OR CONFETTI!!! PLEASE NO GLITTER OR CONFETTI!!!

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

I am a 41 year old wife of 22 years and mother of 9, 8 still at home. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 21 down to 8. 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! :) Vintage or Old World-style "Santas" are preferred over the modern American Coca-Cola style guy.

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)

Amish anything

Jewish/Messianic anything

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.

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:

PLEASE NO GLITTER OR CONFETTI!!!PLEASE NO GLITTER OR CONFETTI!!!PLEASE NO GLITTER OR CONFETTI!!!PLEASE NO GLITTER OR CONFETTI!!!PLEASE NO GLITTER OR CONFETTI!!!

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

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Comment: Thank you Marianne for the lovely letter for my journal, I so enjoyed your note. Send you a few hearts to enjoy.
craftynut rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #45 on Jan 24, 2021
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Comment: Thank you will keep them safe till the next round.
LindaW rated for Get to Know Me Letter Swap on Jan 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the nice letter. Your life seems busy and full with all your children. Have a blessed week.
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Comment: Thank you, Miss Sarah, for the lovely postcard! I will have to reflect on that question and I loved the quote.
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Comment: Thanks for the card & stickers, Sarah.. Good luck with your goals=)
bearnbabs rated for Calling Card Swap on Jan 15, 2021
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Comment: dearest Marianne, Oh what a jaunty poem you wrote. I would love to come for tea. I do love your calling card and its flowers. I look forward til tomorrow . fondly, Phebe
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Comment: love this card and the extras! thank you :)
colleenbUSA rated for BLC 2020 Yearly Wrap-up EMAIL on Jan 13, 2021
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Comment: Great job this year! Thanks for joining the swap!
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Comment: Dear Marianne, what a delight to receive from you, I thank you most sincerely, the flip book is scrumptious. I was especially drawn to the content of your letter my dear, most intriguing. More on this exciting matter to come in the future I am sure of it. Be on the look out with news, my friend. Many stars. Many hearts. Caroline
KSENiA rated for LLU 2020 Yearly Wrap-up on Jan 11, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. I am a huge fan of both Father Brown and original Miss Marple
twileteyes rated for BLC 2020 Yearly Wrap-up EMAIL on Jan 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the email! Several of the books on your list are going into my TBR list.
chelle523 rated for LLU 2020 Yearly Wrap-up on Jan 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you - that was a great wrap-up with lots of books I haven't read! I might just have to add some to my mile-long TBR list! Happy New Year!
FairyLady rated for BLC 2020 Yearly Wrap-up EMAIL on Jan 10, 2021
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Comment: Seems like we're partnered up twice. ^_^ Thanks for sharing, it was a fun read.
FairyLady rated for LLU 2020 Yearly Wrap-up on Jan 10, 2021
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Comment: I love British tv, mainly comedy though. I did see some episodes from Doctor Who, but I prefer thee time travel episodes, the one with Van Gogh is my favorite. I also like Bible reading, it gives me some peace at the end of the day. ^_^ Which Bible version do you read? My condolences about your father in law. :( Is there a way to subscribe to your blog? It looks like so much fun. :) Thanks for sharing.
bearnbabs rated for Ornament Swap on Jan 7, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the ornament.My favorite color blue. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas season. and that your healthy and safe. Best wishes for the New Year. Phebe / Barbara
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Comment: Thank you for the card.
pynart2 rated for Silhouette ATC on Dec 18, 2020
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Comment: Received your lovely Silhouette and wonderful letter. I so enjoy your letters. Sending you many Hearts and a wish for a very Merry Christmas.
jenniann rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 28 on Dec 16, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! Happy Holidays!
hollycm6 rated for Book page ornament, 2020 on Dec 11, 2020
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Comment: Oh my gosh I LOVE IT!!!! Thank you! The images are so fun, too!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 927 149 156
Completed Fives Threes Ones
727 1256 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

BusyB on Aug 26, 2020:

Please check your inbox. Would you let me know if you've received your swap? Thanks!

debtea2 on Jul 10, 2020:

hello I sent you a couple of emails can you let me know if you received them plus the electronic swap

thank you

debtea2 on Jul 10, 2020:

hello I sent you a couple of emails can you let me know if you received them plus the electronic swap

thank you

AnnaM on Dec 23, 2019:

Warm Holiday Wishes, Lady Elizabeth

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! ❤️💐

bluerose3 on Dec 7, 2018:

Thank you for my Fill my Stocking gift

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