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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: February 4, 2023
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

Just want to add my annual "heads up". We live on a steep hill in a part of the US that doesn't usually get heavy snow. On snow/ice days, our mail doesn't pick up and we are unable to get off our hill. So---if things are postmarked a bit later than they should be, this is likely why. I will also send a message to let my partners know if I know that the mail has been delayed here. Thanks for being understanding!

I am a 43 year old wife of 24 years and mother of 9, 7 still at home. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 22 down to 10, and one new grandson! My husband and I homeschool our kids, a job that is mainly mine since he works full time as a software programmer. I am a Torah Observant follower of Yeshua Messiah (aka Jesus). Yes, this means I am a CHRISTIAN by colloquial standards (there's been some confusion here) but I wanted to specify that I am a Hebrew believer in case you are too and we can connect!

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. We do not celebrate most common Western holidays but instead observe the Biblical feasts as Torah pursuant Messianic believers. Please don't send holiday related items. We spend a lot of time at home and have a pretty relaxing life!

Seasonal note: I don't celebrate any common holidays like Halloween, Christmas, or Easter. Instead, I observe the Biblical holidays and feasts. Please only send Biblical/Jewish related holiday items. Thanks!

Currently Into:

Right now I'm really desiring POSTCARDS! I've revived my Postcrossing addiction and need more to send out!

I'd love a photo of your surroundings and/or info on your part of the world. I'm a geography junkie!

I'd LOVE to have anything from or about Israel.

I LOVE friendship bracelets! I've worn them since the 3rd grade and will as long as I live!

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

circus

strawberries

postage stamps (especially UK)

Amish anything

Jewish/Messianic anything

postcards

England

France

Israel

birds

frozen Charlotte

dolls

Quebec

New England

Victorian

stickers (no school/award related)

maps

stationery

Arkansas

Oklahoma

Oregon

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.

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, hibiscus, caramel, vanilla, berry, English Breakfast. I don't usually like green teas.

Please nothing containing pork or pork gelatin. 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

**Please DON'T send:

non-Biblical holiday related items, loose glitter or confetti sprinkled in the envelope, 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

AnneliesV rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #61 on Feb 1, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the stampbags
FieryCanuck rated for Handwritten Recipes on Jan 31, 2023
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Comment: thanks for everything! I can't wait to try these treats out! :)
Pandagirl805 rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #61 on Jan 30, 2023
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Comment: I got the stamp bags!
spacefoxsupreme rated for 2022 Year in Review - ABC's! on Jan 30, 2023
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Comment: Wow, thank you for the long letter! I do not mind at all that you typed it, imagine writing this much by hand, omg. Thanks for your thoughtful answers. You seem like a resilient person, but I wish you much strength going forward into 2023 and that this year is treating you well!
KSENiA rated for BLC: December What Did You Read? on Jan 30, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: I loved your list and synopsis! I hope that you review books for a living because you write well and I loved reading your thoughts of each of these books! <3
Response: How kind, thank you! I don't review for a living but I do a lot of freelance writing. Hope you have a great year of reading!
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Comment: Thanks for your thorough descriptions! Baby-Sitters Club was my absolute favorite. I wanted to be cool like Stacey & Claudia!
pernie123 rated for BLC - My year in books 2022 on Jan 19, 2023
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Comment: Informative! Thank you. I shall write to you.
Cindymt rated for Reflection Writing on Jan 18, 2023
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! It sounds like you have an amazing husband and congratulations on the birth of your first grandchild! I am not a mother, let alone a grandmother (maybe one day), but I heard being a grandparent is so much more fun than being a parent!
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! I don't think I've ever read that book, but I don't read many "classics"
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Comment: Thank you! It sounds like a great read!
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Comment: Hello Sarah, thank you for sharing your read! I plan to read 12 classic books this year and I am kind of lost of how to choose them. This one seems like it would fit the bill, so thank you once more for a tip :)
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Comment: Wow, you read a lot of classics! Thanks for sharing!
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Comment: Thank you for sharing :D
Apelser rated for End of Year Questions. 2022 Edition on Jan 9, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for your email. I enjoyed reading your answers. Sorry to read about the passing of your dad, but congratulations on the birth of your first grandchild. May he be a blessing to you.
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Comment: I love how similar we are. Thank you for sharing
photovivie rated for Travelling Book Card #53 on Jan 3, 2023
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Comment: Thank you!
colleenbUSA rated for R&W 2023 TBR Planning on Jan 1, 2023
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Comment: Good job on taking the time to organize everything and thanks for sharing!
Jjean rated for R&W 2023 TBR Planning on Jan 1, 2023
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Comment: Nice blog..... good luck on the books.

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Comments

mariewilliams810 on Dec 28, 2022:

Thanks so much for sending home my card from the Adventures of the Traveling postcard series! Its so fun to see all the places this card has been!

yvonne401 on Dec 12, 2022:

Thanks for the invite to Christian Housewives! It's great to be here.

Blessings,

Yvonne

mkaylee455 on Oct 22, 2022:

Happy Early Birthday!! <3

MuggleMom on Jun 22, 2022:

Thank you for the extra vintage tourist postcard! xxMuggleMom

AnnaM on Oct 24, 2021:

Happy Birthday Sarah!

Have a wonderful day!

MarHelene on Aug 13, 2021:

Thank you for sending my traveling PC, full, back! It's been traveling for almost 2 years! Thanks!

AnnaM on Dec 23, 2019:

Warm Holiday Wishes, Lady Elizabeth

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.

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