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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: September 18, 2018
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 38 year old wife of 20 years and mother of 9. I have 4 boys and 5 girls aged 18 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, 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

DaiziDruke rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #35 on Sep 17, 2018
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Comment: Hi, Sarah, the stamp swap bags arrived. I’ll happily send on in the next round. Thank you for the extra fall goodies and the info on the blog. ❤️
Susang7 rated for Small Stocking Stuffer - Sept & Oct on Sep 17, 2018
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Rosekoala02 rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #35 on Sep 14, 2018
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Comment: they are cute! thank you!!
spicemom rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Sep 12, 2018
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Comment: Hi Sarah Thank you I liked the goodies Spicemom
Chrissiemeade85 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Sep 8, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much
1koolkrafter rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 27, 2018
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tigermousecat rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #28 on Aug 27, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely card and Canadiana! Too funny as I often get American themed items sent my way... The card you wrote in is also so lovely I think I will salvage parts of it for future cards!
Response: I'm glad you're happy with it all!
jenmcjen rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 27, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for such a generous swap. I have to apologize, I had written out a long thank you mentioning the specific items that were my favorites, but I was doing a whole bunch of those, since I just moved, and before saving, hit a button combo unintentionally that just erased all that. I hit Ctrl+Z but then it just exited me out without saving. Grr! But trust me, it was a glowing report of things much loved, thank you! Ooh, the main one I think was your envelope - lovely! And I'm going to head to the letter writing blog.
Response: I'm so glad you were happy with it all!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 27, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much! This is such a fun envelope full of goodies!!xoxo ~ Gabi
christy102194 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 26, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the goodies! :)
groundhogstamper rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 24, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for all the goodies you sent. I definitely will be sharing this cute little duck with my youngest granddaughter.
Poohtat rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 24, 2018
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Comment: Lovely items, Thank you! The tie-dyed piece is awesome!
ChristieAnn566 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 24, 2018
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Comment: Ty for the envie full of goodies
LisaLisa3 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 23, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the great stuff!! : )
patricia8288 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 23, 2018
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Comment: thank you for the great goodies
jinxspinx rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap! Love the repurposed Wheres Waldo envelope you used and the postcards were BEAUTIFUL! Also, the sea themed playing card was so thoughtful, as i collect/love sea things. Thank you very much!
Response: I'm so happy you liked everything!
JennaZ rated for Fill My Stocking - August on Aug 22, 2018
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Comment: Thanks! Love the cat wrapping paper!
tlemon4 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for a great swap:)
ladyaduial rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the goodies. Love the envelope!
crochetjunkie rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 22, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you!!

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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

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!

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