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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: January 18, 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.

Lately, I've had some letters postmarked a few days after I've sent them. I live in a private community in NW Arkansas and our mail is not processed here so postmarks may be a couple days past the due date if I sent it on the last day. Please take this into consideration when rating me or any other swapper. Not everyone lives in big cities with mail processing centers. In fact, with so many post offices closing down in the last few years, mail processing centers are becoming regional things rather than common in every city.

I am a 38 year old wife of 19 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 17 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

Québec

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

Sugardragon rated for penpal speed dating on Jan 16, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the card/letter :0) You are already one of my pen pals from a previous pen pal swap. Its always nice to hear from you!! I will be sending my reply soon.
Alishab rated for Write Me A Letter #1 - USA on Jan 16, 2018
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Comment: I really enjoyed your letter. Thank you. I plan on writing back.
Fairwind rated for A Bookworms Letter #2 on Jan 11, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your bookworm's letter. We've actually read some of the same books. Good luck with your reading goals this year. You read a lot! :-)
njstauter rated for Reading Log - 4th Quarter 2017 on Jan 10, 2018
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Comment: Quite enjoyable to read your comments. Thanks
veronicallama rated for penpal speed dating on Jan 8, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your letter, Sarah. I will write back within the month.
mkrick127 rated for Remembering 2017 Writing Swap on Jan 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your letter! I loved the content but I also think you have beautiful handwriting! :)
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Comment: Hi, Sarah! It was very nice reading all about your holiday traditions with family! I also really love how everything you sent was beautifully vintage styled. I'll definitely be taking a look at the website/blogspot you sent me :) and I'll be writing back soon! Happy new year 2018 & happy swapping!
monsbrick rated for penpal speed dating on Jan 6, 2018
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Comment: Thank you Sarah!
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Comment: Received and will pass along. Thanks!
Leekoba rated for Reading Log - 4th Quarter 2017 on Jan 6, 2018
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Comment: I must say, you've read a lot of books that i've never heard of, and from different genres than i'm used to! You've read so many books as well, it's lovely to see another reader's take on a book :) Thank you for the read, happy swapping!
Mindy82671 rated for Christmas Writing Swap on Jan 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the letter. 8 hours opening presents! That took some patience 😀. Your ornaments sound precious. Thank you for the recipe, however, I am Vegan and do not eat eggs or dairy but I will pass it along in a future swap to someone who does. Happy New Year!💖
MusiqueAly rated for Write Me A Letter #1 - Intl on Jan 2, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much for the letter! This is the first letter swap I've done and it was awesome! Happy Swapping!🦉
christy102194 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 49!!! on Dec 25, 2017
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Comment: What a neat PC! Thank you so much for the sweet message - and I sincerely apologize for such a late rating. I’m still trying to figure out how to organize my mail so that I can be a little bit more efficient and timely! Thank you!!
kydestar rated for Welcome Fall Letter and Tea Swap on Dec 17, 2017
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Comment: Hi Sarah, MANY thanks for the lovely letter and tea! Hope you have a great Festive Season.
shtrqueen rated for Lots of Letters Swap on Dec 13, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for your lovely letter and Christmas card. I absolutely adore the recipe cards - they are so sweet! I'll get a letter out to you after the holidays. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Thank you for the great pc. Its getting cold here in Illinois too! Thank goodness I don't live that far from my job cause I walk to work. I would love to be pen pals I will write to you soon!
AnneliesV rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #28 on Dec 12, 2017
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Comment: Thank you
kdm1181 rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #28 on Dec 11, 2017
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jlink rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 49!!! on Dec 11, 2017
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Comment: love the postcard

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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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