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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: November 24, 2020
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

Let's all give each other a little grace during these crazy times, shall we? I have had things arrive weeks after they were sent...and some as late as FOUR MONTHS after! Wow! Mail is slow, people are out of their routine...let's show some kindness and patience with one another!

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. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 20 down to 7. 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)

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. 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

bearnbabs rated for Pretty Letter Swap on Nov 13, 2020
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Comment: I just recd your wonderful letter and folder today in the mail. I wish I could give you a dozen hearts. What a beautiful pkg to rec. I love it all. Thank you for sharing. Barbara
Response: Oh I'm so glad you love it all! I had fun!
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Comment: I hope you and your family are all over from being sick.
user2148 rated for Faux Glassine Bag on Nov 3, 2020
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Comment: I love these sweet little bags! Embossing them was a brilliant idea! I had the most issues with parchment paper as well, only sewing would keep mine together! Thank you for all the little inclusions- so much fun!! ❤️
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Comment: Thank you, 2 envelopes arrived on the same day for the same swap, weird! Thanks for the extra postcard in each envelope.
Response: Ha! Yes...I'd been away for 12 days and lost count of what I'd prepared to mail and what I hadn't. I'm glad they BOTH arrived! haha!
bearnbabs rated for Mini Bunting for your Journal on Oct 30, 2020
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Comment: Loved the bunting you made. I have already placed it in my journal . Loved all the hoodies too. Thanks for sharing. Barbara/Phebe
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Comment: Thank you!
bearnbabs rated for For the love of Poetry on Oct 20, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely Emily Dickinson poem.and extra envie. This will find a special place in my journal.The leaves are turning and our Maples are a deep burgundy, This is mt favorite time of year. Hope your enjoying your Autumn days too. Barbara/Phebe
KSENiA rated for Christmas postcard on Oct 20, 2020
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Comment: I was cleaning my desk and found some old unrated swaps. They fell behind the printer... I am so sorry for rating so late. Thank you for the postcard.
user2148 rated for A NEEDLE BOOK for your Workbag on Oct 18, 2020
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Comment: What a sweet little needle book! Loved the beaded heart cover❤️
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Comment: Thank you Sarah, firstly for joining in my swaps, and secondly for your fresh ideas. I hope to see you in my swaps another time. Please take care and say safe.
Autist rated for A letter w/envie from one 6x6 paper on Oct 6, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely little envies and the extra! I had so much fun making these. Cheers!
pynart2 rated for A Recipe for the Ceilidh on Oct 5, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the Dark German chocolate cake recipe, can't wait to try it, sound yummy. Sending you lots of hearts.
Nehalennia rated for VES: VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS #2 on Oct 5, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for your cool selection of vintage photos <3
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Comment: Yes, yes, your PCs arrived today. And I'm happy to send your first round into its next destination.
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Comment: Thankyou so much! <3 Such cool postcards and thankyou for the extra stickers :)
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Comment: I love, love, LOVED every little thing you sent for this lovely swap. Thank you for the thoughtful content and your even more thoughtful letter, which I enjoyed reading. I'm glad to find new friends to bond with over Jane Austen's beautiful works. I appreciate you!
Response: Oh I'm so glad you loved it all!
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Comment: Hi, what a nice surprise! Thank you the extra BC labels!
KaliOya rated for SF- No Rules PC#3- USA on Sep 6, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the card. I like black and white photos that then have on object in color. Happy swapping.
marclively rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #44 on Sep 4, 2020
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Comment: Thanks, Marc
dally rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #44 on Sep 3, 2020
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Comment: Thank you, will pass on asap.

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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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