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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: November 18, 2017
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 38 year old wife of 19 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 17 down to 4. 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 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.

I LOVE vintage paper office supplies and library supplies: forms, receipts, library checkout cards

I collect: Kewpies, strawberries, postage stamps; vintage postcards; old books; old photos; toile; tea-related items; British or French-themed items; birds; doilies; handmade potholders, especially the doll dress design; Blue Ridge pieces in "Pinkie" design, glass bottle stoppers, kitchen kitsch, frozen Charlotte and other dolls

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

Stevia-sweetened dark chocolate would be an excellent treat!

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

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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

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

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Comment: Postcard safely received to send on, and thank you for the extra card :)
Hugsie86 rated for Reading Log - 3rd Quarter on Nov 15, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for your reading log and sorry it took me so long to rate!
kdm1181 rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #27 on Nov 11, 2017
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Comment: Please pay attention to the swap description, "Please make sure no more than 1 of the bags will be due to be sent home to the originator after your partner receives it. " Both of the bags you sent me are homers..
Response: I feel like a total idiot---I'm so sorry!! Do you want me to send you two bags that AREN'T going home so you have something to swap next time? Obviously, I was in a hurry and didn't even pay attention. Can I help you with postage?
milkiss rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #24 on Nov 2, 2017
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Comment: Thanks!
galadkria rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 1 on Oct 28, 2017
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Comment: Got it today Love the postcard
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Comment: I got the postcards, thank you, including the new one you started despite the coordinator's swap comment of 09/2/2017, and will send both on in the next round.
AnneliesV rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #26 on Oct 21, 2017
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Comment: thank you
kdm1181 rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #26 on Oct 17, 2017
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beaglemom rated for Reading Log - 3rd Quarter on Oct 9, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the great reading log swap!
wm rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #24 on Oct 4, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for your log. I haven't heard of any of the authors you mentioned so I must check them out!
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Comment: Thank you for sharing!
momto8cats rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #25 on Sep 26, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the 2 postage stamp bags!
Slippy8 rated for Summer Reading Program on Aug 24, 2017
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Comment: Wow! Awesome job on the book reviews! A couple are on my to-read list. I've been to Pendleton a few times when I traveled to play poker. Hope you're having a fun summer there!
milkiss rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #23 on Aug 17, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely stamps bag. i enjoyed a lot :)
marclively rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #23 on Aug 16, 2017
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Comment: Mrs. Sarah Coller, thanks for the postage stamps! Marc :)
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Comment: Thank you :0) Sorry for the late rating
AnneliesV rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #22 on Aug 2, 2017
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Comment: Thank you
Toby2017 rated for Summer Reading "Read Four" July on Aug 1, 2017
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Comment: Gorgeous ladybug card!!! Thank you for the in depth reviews on the books! Definitely want to check some out!!!
Candace rated for Summer Reading "Read Four" July on Aug 1, 2017
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Comment: Thank you!

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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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