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Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: January 28, 2022
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
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About Me

✈ I'm married to an Englishman and I have relatives and friends in England, Switzerland, Belgium and France. I love traveling but don't love the long flights. I have two stepsons and two grandchildren.

I'm figuring out how I want to lay out a garden and greenhouse on my new property. We have about 10 acres to play with. I'm almost finished building my chicken palace for my four black Orphington chickens. I have dug up herbs and flowers at my old house to bring here.

I love transplanted plants. I have candy-striped amaryllis from an old plantation in Montmorenci, SC. I have Ginger Lilies from a coastal hideaway in McClellanville, SC. I have white irises that were growing in a ditch along the road in Washington, GA. Daffodils and snow drops from a forgotten country farm. My plants tell stories and remind me of family and friendships.

We have one dog: an English Shepherd named Abby. We took over Abby when a friend's father was diagnosed with dementia and had to move into a nursing home. She is 12 and features on my TikTok page often.

I love essential oils and use DoTerra. I've been making small roller bottles for my coworkers with Frankincense, lemon, oregano, OnGuard and Tea Tree Oil to stop passing around all the bugs and virus and yucky stuff at work. Lavender helps calm my dogs, too.

Favorite Colors

I like all colors. I really love blues and browns and colors of nature.

Favorite Post Cards

Unusual, thought provoking, art, architecture, foreign places, vintage, creepy, funny, animals, and recipe postcards.

Not so much into the state postcards or state map postcards.

Favorite Crafts

🌠 I quilt. I am a machine quilter and I use a rotary cutter to cut my material. I typically make lap quilts or baby quilts. I have MANY unfinished projects. I haven't had a lot of time to quilt but find time to sew some small projects. I adore my serger machine I need to find more time to quilt.

I've put my quilting stash to manic mask making use in 2020. Mostly I've been giving them to my employees at work and mailing some off to friends and family. I've probably made 200+ so far but have truly lost count. My stepson set up an Etsy store for me called JavaCatCrafts and listed all of my masks.

🎨 I like to doodle. I like creating envelope art and just starting using watercolor pencils. I think it is a fabulous way to de-stress. I send pen pal letters to my toddler grandson who enjoys going to the mailbox with his dad.

✏️ I love to write and try to keep up with my blog.

Favorite Books

📚 I'm on GoodReads.

Because I commute an hour each way to work, I listen to a lot of audio books. I listen to them on Audible, YouTube and find second hand audiobooks at thrift stores and used book stores. I'm currently enjoying "The Queen's Gambit". My sister started a travel book club on Facebook and I just finished "Anxious People" for February.

I've also started collecting Nancy Drew books - the kind that I had in the 70s and early 80s. My husband and I look through antique stores and thrift shops trying to find the ones I am missing. I would like to read them all from the first book on.

I read a few magazines when I'm looking for something different and shorter than a book. My favorites are Mary Jane's Farm, Garden & Gun and Daphne's Diary.

Things I Would Enjoy

📌Recipes (I love to bake, cook and use the crock pot and my InstaPot). I'd be very interested in any dog food or dog treat recipes you may have found to be wonderful. I enjoy old family recipes, too and the ones from Church fundraising cookbooks. I'm currently translating my great-grandmother's handwritten French recipes.

📌Interesting articles from magazines or newspapers that you would like to share or even magazines (gently used is fine)

📌Local lore articles from your area.

📌Interesting Stickers or Washi tape. I love Lisa Frank stickers, Tim Holtz, Washi Stickers

📌Fun pens - especially for work

📌Jelly Babies or Walker's Eclairs from UK...so hard to find here :)

📌Anything you made: art, envelopes, notecards, crochet, knitted, etc.

📌Herbal Teas / Green Teas or other teas (No loose, please and no Matcha)

📌Unusual stamps, vintage or foreign (used is fine)

📌Sample Essential Oils, cosmetic samples

📌All things Edward Gorey

📌Book or Podcast recommendations

📌Website recommendations

📌A dog toy

The No List

Because I live in the South, be careful of sending things that could melt in the mail...hot months are end of April through end of September.


jeka396 rated for CPG Jan 2022 Senders Choice PC - US on Jan 25, 2022
Comment: Love this Beatrix Potter PC!!
Comment: Love the paris pc - how cool be overlook the Moulin Rouge!! And yep, pot de chocolat is way bettter there than our hot cocoa!!
BusyB rated for CPG Jan 2022 Stocking Stuffer - US on Jan 21, 2022
Comment: Ohh thank you for your thoughtfulness and sending extras too! Can't wait to try the doTerra in my diffuser and the tea is new to me. Saving the wrapped gift for December. Happy New Year! ❤️
Response: You are so welcome.
Comment: Thanks so much for the very London PC! Sticker add was excellent!
Comment: Love the altered pc:) and what a great list of resolutions - sounds a lot like my list:) I'm keeping your pc on my fridge as a reminder!! Good luck with them!!
Comment: You did a beautiful job. I love it! Thank you : )
JKsgranny rated for Christmas Card Swap #2 on Jan 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute Christmas card.
Fabriqueen rated for Christmas Card Swap #2 on Dec 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card! Our kittens wouldn't allow us to put up one tree this year. They kept climbing in and turning it over. LOL! Have a Merry Christmas! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Hi Sarah! What a cute card! I love that it looks like a postcard! Great Santa and reindeer!! I love the note you sent too! Looks like you'll need more chickens ... I give you permission to send the extra eggs to me! Lol. Your new post office sounds quaint! Next year, contact me ahead, I can send any forms and stamps you may want. 😉 Thanks for the great card, letter, and fun word scramble! I hope your Christmas and new year are happy, healthy, and fun! 😃🎄 Till 2022 !
AlinaLos rated for Christmas card with Dogs #3 on Dec 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a lovely card!
HappyMom rated for CPG Dec 2021 Senders Choice PC - US on Dec 21, 2021
Comment: Such a cute card! Thanks Sarah - and Merry Christmas!
bettflow0017 rated for Christmas Card Swap #2 on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: Thankyou!!!
jm3712 rated for Christmas Card Swap #2 on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the card! Hope you had a wonderful Anniversary, my birthday was Dec. 8th!
denisedecker58 rated for Christmas Card Swap #2 on Dec 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome swap!
Comment: Thank you!
jenlovespsu rated for Christmas Card Swap #2 on Dec 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
paperlover rated for Christmas Card Swap #2 on Dec 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas tree card
squince rated for Christmas Card Swap #2 on Dec 13, 2021
Comment: thanks

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Poohtat on Jan 14, 2022:

Thank you for the CPG Nov lovely note card and stickers. Everything is so lovely.

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annanymark on Nov 21, 2021:

I’m happy to hear that you got the Novemberwish and that you liked it! ❤️

bethe on Nov 17, 2021:

I love the Christmas washi stickers and can't wait to try the spiced Christmas tea. Thank you also for the postage stamps!! CPG November wishes

Tricia22 on Apr 26, 2021:

CPG April Wishes- Thank you for the birthday card and stamps. Very much appreciated!!😊

simcoe54 on Apr 25, 2021:

CPG: April Wishes -- Thanks so much for the elastic and kool-aid. I needed the elastic to repair a slipper for my grand-daughter so I will give it a try and hope that it works. Excited about the kool-aid - love it, but we can't get it here. Thanks for thinking of me.

dabellaraquella on Apr 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for the April Wishes!

Swan on Apr 20, 2021:

Thank you for the birthday card and stamp for my CPG April wishlist.

Poohtat on Apr 19, 2021:

Thank you for the LSRUS wish. We have Lady Slippers growing at our cabin. Always exciting to find one out in the woods.

kiddomerriweather on Apr 18, 2021:

Thank you for the April CPG wish. I can always use extra postage. I hear you about not wanting to travel because of your pets. My cat, Johnny Cash, will be 16 this year and I wouldn't leave him for anything. My mom goes to Disney World every month and I always stay behind so I can stay with Johnny.

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