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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: December 10, 2019
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

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

I am a 40 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

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

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Comment: I'm so sorry, I just realized I didn't rate you for this one. My apologies. Thanks for the swap!
samsstuff rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 17 on Dec 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for sending along the cards & for the extra!
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Comment: What a nice surprise today in the Post. Thank you so much for all the lovely items and sweets. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
bearnbabs rated for Quilters Chocolate swap on Dec 3, 2019
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Comment: Love Love the fabric. When I get something made I'll send you a photo. Love the fabric from South Africa. Hope your feeling better every day and do have a Happy Christmas Season. bearnbabs
Star7Lily rated for A Georgian Charm on Dec 3, 2019
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Comment: Dear Sarah, what a gorgeous delicate charm and so beautifully wrapped and presented. I feel so special to receive such a little treasure and my bracelet will look authentic with the Georgian colours. Thank you so much. many hearts dear one,
smadronia rated for CL: August Reading Log - Paper on Nov 24, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for your swap[, sorry for the late rate!
user2148 rated for A Signature for our Home Book on Nov 24, 2019
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Comment: Absolutely beautiful! So worth the wait ❤️ Continuing to keep you in prayer!! Thanks for the amazing swap! ❤️
pynart2 rated for Quill or Pen and Ink Letter on Nov 23, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and extras, Love them all. Hope your feeling better. HAPPY Thanksgiving.
bearnbabs rated for English Hexagon paper Piecing #2 on Nov 23, 2019
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Comment: Love Love Love the hexie fabric you sent. It will look lovely in my grandmothers garden coverlet. Thank you so much. I am glad you are feeling better. Do have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Barbara bearnbabs
soccer8s rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Nov 21, 2019
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Comment: Thanks and I will pass this one on in #36. Thanks too for the extras! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Amyncognito rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Nov 17, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty cactus card!
LoveCollections rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Nov 17, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. It has been a lovely autumn so far in AZ!
squince rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Nov 14, 2019
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Comment: Cute card!
denisedecker58 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Nov 12, 2019
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Comment: Thank you!!
Sagerie rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 106! on Nov 12, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely covered bridge postcard. I've wanted to see one as well.
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Comment: Dearest Marianne, What a beautiful invitation you have created for the ball. I think the dress you have chosen is simply gorgeous and I know you will look stunning wearing it. I shall tell you all about my trip to Bath when next we meet. With affection, Elizabeth
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Comment: Thanks Sarah for the 2 pc’s to pass on and the extra one for me😁 I’ll send them on in round 35!
pynart2 rated for Harvest in Amberleigh on Oct 25, 2019
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Comment: Love Love the Corn Dolly and post card.Can't wait to taste your Tea.
petaluda rated for Christian Penpals Around the World! on Oct 24, 2019
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Comment: I loved both the letter and the extras I am a happy swapper today ! Have a blessed day 🌷

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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! ❤️💐

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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