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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: September 19, 2017
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 37 year old wife of 19 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 17 down to 4. 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, Hello Kitty 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:

I'd LOVE to have any vintage sewing items including wooden spools, papers and cards from sewing notions, button cards, etc.

I'd LOVE to have some England themed ephemera for my VERY large England travel Smash Book.

I'd LOVE to have some Steampunk "stuff" as it's my newest love.

I'd LOVE to have some address labels with my name and address printed on them. Please use Mrs. Sarah Coller.

I LOVE vintage paper office supplies and library supplies: forms, receipts, library checkout cards

I collect: Kewpies, strawberries, postage stamps; vintage postcards; buttons; sea glass; old canning jars; old books; miniature salt & pepper shakers; Limoges pottery; old photos; toile; tea-related items; British or French-themed items; birds; doilies; handmade potholders, especially the doll dress design; Blue Ridge pieces in "Pinkie" design, glass bottle stoppers, kitchen kitsch, frozen Charlotte and other dolls

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

Stevia-sweetened dark chocolate would be an excellent treat! Any chocolate is fine though, but I really don't like chocolate with fruit. :(

Prefer Hot Chocolate when doing hot drinks swaps. You will NOT be rated down for sending me hot chocolate on a tea swap! :)

Tea: peppermint, English Breakfast, or plain black ONLY; (unless swap is sender's choice, of course! :)

I have no food allergies. I don't drink coffee. I don't like black licorice.

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.

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 Victorian/Edwardian age 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

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

Slippy8 rated for Summer Reading Program on Aug 24, 2017
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Comment: Wow! Awesome job on the book reviews! A couple are on my to-read list. I've been to Pendleton a few times when I traveled to play poker. Hope you're having a fun summer there!
milkiss rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #23 on Aug 17, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely stamps bag. i enjoyed a lot :)
marclively rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #23 on Aug 16, 2017
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Comment: Mrs. Sarah Coller, thanks for the postage stamps! Marc :)
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Comment: Thank you :0) Sorry for the late rating
AnneliesV rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #22 on Aug 2, 2017
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Comment: Thank you
Toby2017 rated for Summer Reading "Read Four" July on Aug 1, 2017
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Comment: Gorgeous ladybug card!!! Thank you for the in depth reviews on the books! Definitely want to check some out!!!
Candace rated for Summer Reading "Read Four" July on Aug 1, 2017
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Comment: Thank you!
Coss rated for State you DON'T live in PC #2-US Only on Aug 1, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard. Good luck on your move!!
Star7Lily rated for Crossed letter à la Jane Austen on Jul 30, 2017
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Comment: What a lovely letter to receive! Full of news and joy. I cannot wait to send back to you. Both letters arrived same day! How lucky am I. big hug, and enjoy your holiday.x
Star7Lily rated for Victorian Nostalgia in an Envelope on Jul 30, 2017
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Comment: Dear Sarah, how wonderful to have you for 2 swaps in a row. I appreciate all your input into this swap. Loved your letter & incentive items to write back :) Thank you
Mamabemus rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #22 on Jul 27, 2017
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Comment: thanks will pass along quickly
KSENiA rated for CL: June Reading log - Paper on Jul 22, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
LivingInSong rated for Handwritten Recipes on Jul 18, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much Sarah for the recipes and the reply to my previous letter! You are very kind. Also, happy anniversary! 19 years is such a great milestone! :)
LadyJo rated for Christian Book Recommendations on Jul 16, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the long list and the reviews! I have the book Living On His Income by Sharon White. Actually I have I think all her books. Love them alot! This will be a great reference for some new books to read! Thanks so much!
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LadyJo rated for Write a Letter About Homemaking on Jul 10, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter! I loved the strawberry stationary! I am sure you will hear from me again! I liked your letter!
Artistic rated for Reading Log 2017 - 2nd Quarter on Jul 8, 2017
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Comment: You did a LOT of reading!
jkendall0023 rated for Reading Log 2017 - 2nd Quarter on Jul 8, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the log you read so many books! Good recommendations!
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Comment: Got the postcards. Will send them on in the next round.
January rated for Ephemera Envelope: June -USA- on Jul 6, 2017
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Comment: Thanks - love the ephemera you included - especially the sheet music and the bits of vintage. Can't wait to use!

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Comments

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!

miablancs on Feb 23, 2016:

From the group Trinket Pen Pals

Swan on Oct 27, 2015:

Nice to meet you here on swap-bot as a fellow Bookcrosser!

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