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Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: May 26, 2020
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 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



postage stamps (especially UK)

vintage postcards

old books

old photos


tea party




frozen Charlotte



New England


stickers (no school/award related)







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.


Eulegirl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on May 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail! The recipe is especially nice.
Ciciwow01 rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Apr 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your likes and comments on instagram
MsBellaDonna rated for Bit of History #11 on Apr 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sending me the Heppner 1903 flood postcard. There are always people who will risk their own lives to save someone else's. We had a devastating flood in my town in 1955. As tragic as these events are I think it is good to remember them. Stay safe and be well!
NRGordon rated for Bit of History #11 on Apr 12, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice PC and note. We are planning an Missouri, Arkansas road trip. It was going to be next year but we postponed this years trip so I'm not sure. Maybe both next year. I'll add Pea Ridge to our list.
CajunLady rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 20 on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you.
captkristi rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Apr 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you
shalvorsen rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Apr 4, 2020
sojourner rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing the love around. this has been so much fun.💕
lovetherain rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Apr 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the Likes and your sweet comments ❤
Comment: thanks
Comment: Thanks for the postcards! I love the extra one you sent. Happy swapping! I also wanted to thank you for the nicely decorated envelope! I love the 4 leaf clover seal and its gorgeous green color. Just lovely!
Response: OH I'm glad!
kayebubbly rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the items :]
smadronia rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 18 on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
JewelThief rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much! Loved the sequin heart!! Happy swapping!
1koolkrafter rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the goodies!
smadronia rated for CL: November Reading Log - Paper on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the late rating! Thank you!
mamarochat rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you.
Mandaloolee rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 3, 2020
patricia8288 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great swap
Wingsofgossamer rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Feb 29, 2020
Comment: The Garfield notes made me laugh!

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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!


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.

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