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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: February 21, 2019
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

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.

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-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

strawberries

postage stamps (especially UK)

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 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

marclively rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #39 on Feb 20, 2019
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Comment: Thanks, Marc
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Comment: 👍🏻👋🌟🌺💖🌸😊
emilynhr rated for Stuff the Mailbox #13 on Feb 15, 2019
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Comment: 💕💕💕
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card and the recommendation. Although I read many of the books by the Brontë sister Wuthering Heights didn't do much for me. I wanted to bang their heads together! I visited Howarth a few years ago , it kind of explained a lot. Best wishes
pintis rated for Bit of history PC #5 on Feb 1, 2019
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Comment: Really enjoyed this postcard! A nightclub in a cave is a great idea. Thanks!
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Comment: Thank you for the PCs, Sarah!
Swan rated for Reading Postcard! on Jan 25, 2019
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Comment: Great to meet you here on Swap-Bot! Thanks for the card!
denisedecker58 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #13 on Jan 25, 2019
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Comment: Thank you!
SillyTilly42 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #13 on Jan 24, 2019
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Comment: Thank you!
sharmison33 rated for Letter Swap: Beach Themed on Jan 23, 2019
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Comment: I loved reading your letter. It's amazing how much we have in common. The best part was that on the envelope you made out of the map, the beach my family goes to every year is right above my address!! What are the chances!!! I wrote you a letter and I will drop it in the mail soon.
Response: Oh wow, that is really awesome! I'm excited to hear from you!
junemoon rated for Letter Swap: Beach Themed on Jan 22, 2019
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Comment: Enjoyed your letter and the "breach"of an envelope -- I've never been to the NW but have driven some of Hwy 1 up the California coast. I have a little pile of letters I want to answer, I'll add yours.
Response: I look forward to your letter!
Rosa1 rated for Small Stocking Stuffer -- January 2019 on Jan 18, 2019
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Comment: thank you!
Aletta74 rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #38 on Jan 17, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the nice swap
dorcii rated for Questions on Your 2019 Reading on Jan 16, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for your very well written answers :) BookCrossing seems fun, I might try it in the future :) You mentioned you'd like to read others' answers as well, I wrote a blog post about this topic: https://kulturgram.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/my-2019-reading/
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Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers! Thank you for recommending Romancing Miss Bronte! I put that on my TBR list on Goodreads. It sounds interesting! I'll PM you a link to my Goodreads profile so you can friend me on there. Good luck with your reading goals!
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Comment: Beautiful!!
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Comment: Got them! and thank you for the Arkansas post card :) take care, darla
pattiairel rated for Fill My Stocking -- January 2019 on Jan 14, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for a cute swap. I will be happy to use the post its...( Im terrible about saving until Christmas. The suspense kills me!)♥
1koolkrafter rated for Stuff the Mailbox #13 on Jan 12, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the fun goodies!

Rating Overview

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Comments

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

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.

ifzaaras on Jan 19, 2018:

Thank you for leaving the lovely comment on my page, I’m new to this but excited to start! :D

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