**Hi Friends! Just wanted to leave a note here to let everyone know I'm not going to be hosting my usual swaps for the next few months. I've got several trips coming up---two internationally---and don't want to end up missing a send date because I'm so busy. If anyone would like to host the stocking stuffer or postage bags swaps between now and August, please feel free. Otherwise, expect to see another stocking stuffer and postage stamp bag swap sometime in August.
I've received a lot of mail lately marked "postage due". I find it helps to use a postal scale to weigh my outgoing letters and make sure they've got the correct postage on them. If you have received something from me with postage due, please let me know so I can reimburse you!
Do you love to write letters? Come join the Letter Writing Exchange at The Victorian Letter Writers Guild.
I am a 39 year old wife of 20 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 18 down to 6. 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.
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 CIRCU S 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:
postage stamps (especially UK)
stickers (no school/award related)
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 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.
Pink and green, pink and brown, pink alone :)
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.
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.
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.
**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.
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