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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: May 25, 2018
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 38 year old wife of 19 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, 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:

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 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 (Québec) and New England---would love recipes, history, ephemera, photos, anecdotes, books, anything related to these areas.

Things I Love:

Kewpie dolls

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 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.

Ratings

Froggy2974 rated for Fill My Stocking - April on May 14, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the gift, I'm saving it for Christmas
heatherknits rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #32 on May 11, 2018
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Comment: Fantastic - thank you!
KSENiA rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 6 on May 5, 2018
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Comment: Sorry, I didn't rate you on time for some reason. The card was sent forwatd a long time ago.
pne rated for Adventures of the Traveling Postcard #76 on Apr 25, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the postcards! I'll send them on in the next round. (Just a pity that they were sent late with no prior notice - marked "sent" on 13 April, mail-by date was 10 April. The postmark was a few days later again but that's understandable; I'm going by the user's self-reported mailing date of three days after the deadline.)
Response: Yes, there is usually several days' difference between the day I mail it out and the day it actually gets stamped at the regional post office. I live in a retirement village so we don't have a mail processing center here. Our mail goes to another town to be processed, which is often the case in many US small towns since many of them have lost their processing centers. I figured most people knew that but, seeing as you live out of the country, I can understand why you wouldn't have realized this. I'd appreciate you taking that into consideration and changing the rating--especially since you can see I have a flawless rating score besides this. Perhaps I should put a note on my profile so other swappers know. ETA after your edits: As for my "self-reported mailing date", I suppose it would be wise to click "mailed" the day I mail them rather than waiting until I get round to it. Again, I didn't really expect anyone to be so obsessed as to search out my "click date". However, as I look back at previous feedback you've left, I see that you are quite the pessimistic stickler on many things. So, I'll grin and bear it and know that what goes around does eventually have a way of coming around.
milkiss rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #31 on Apr 22, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for stamp bags =)
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Comment: This was such a fun swap!
MeghanMac rated for Homeschool Encouragment on Apr 16, 2018
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Comment: Thank you. I plan to send a reply asap.
Bridgette rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Apr 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for a lovelyc envelope with such a variety of great things!
kayebubbly rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Mar 29, 2018
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Comment: Ty🙂
Followyourart rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Mar 28, 2018
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Comment: Thanks!
polyk rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Mar 27, 2018
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Ellivlove rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Mar 26, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the vintage stuff!
Gwenerific rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Mar 25, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the swap! Happy crafting!
nolagirl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Mar 25, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you!
pbcquiltlover rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Mar 22, 2018
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Comment: What a fat envelope! Saving to open on my birthday - thank you!
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Comment: Thanks for the card, I received them :) I'll pass them on in the next round
Chaton13 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Mar 21, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! I love the Sarah stickers!
RiverTopanga rated for Fill My Stocking - March on Mar 20, 2018
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Comment: Thank you, Sarah! It's so hard to wait until Christmas to open these little stocking morsels! Only 9 months left :-) Thank you again!! Will love opening the little goodie on Christmas!!
Soapboxgirl rated for Small Stocking Stuffer - March on Mar 20, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful March stocking gift!!! I couldn't wait and opened it!!! I will use the stamp in my planner!! Thank you!!
Foreverfall rated for Stuff the Mailbox #6 on Mar 20, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for everything 🌸

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Comments

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!

Blessings,

Yvonne

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!

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