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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: December 5, 2022
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

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 9. 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

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:

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

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Comment: I really love your diversity in books you read! Thank you for sharing!
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Comment: I never really got into The Babysitters Club books as a kid, I sorta went from kid's books to adult books, and skipped that part. I read Harry Potter but that was it for the MG books of the time.
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Comment: Hello, the email properly received! Thank you for sharing your books.
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Comment: Hello Sarah, thank you for sharing your books with me :) The Baby-Sitters Club series sound interesting.
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Comment: Thank you! I love it. I actually heard people made corn husk dolls in the old days, but I had never seen them in real life, only in movies (American). It's no tradition over here, or not in the country I was born and raised in.
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Comment: Thank you!
Begokschaf rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #59 on Nov 30, 2022
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Comment: I really like these swaps and to see unique stamps. Thank you
Begokschaf rated for Themed Destash on Nov 30, 2022
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Comment: Thank you very much.😊
Begokschaf rated for Stuff the Mailbox - Autumn on Nov 30, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much for all the goodies! Loved the Raggedy Ann and Andy die-cut the most! Just wanted to note that there was a tear on the edge of the envelope, so some items might have fallen out en route :/ Some packing tape to reinforce the edges might help :)
suepier rated for ANY CARD AND FOLLOW THE PROMPT #35 on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful bridge postcard.
Steinway5 rated for SECRET WHISPERS swap #4 on Nov 28, 2022
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Comment: So fun!! I haven't decoded the message yet but I wanted to rate you before I forget to! I love all the little details you included - especially the gold wax and the torn edges... Such a nice effect!! I wish mine turned out a little more colorful like yours did!
InstaTangle rated for Stuff the Mailbox - Autumn on Nov 28, 2022
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Comment: Happy Fall, thank you for the fun items you sent.
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: Lit Chat #10 EMAIL on Nov 28, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! That's a cool idea with the red wagon. I've only ever baked a type of cake inspired by a book.
patricia8288 rated for Stuff the Mailbox - Autumn on Nov 28, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap. I
ladyaduial rated for Stuff the Mailbox - Autumn on Nov 28, 2022
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Comment: Thank you! Hope your Thanksgiving was great!
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Comment: Hi Sarah. Thank you for the very nice swap. You are missed at the VLWG.
heidiblooms rated for SCAVENGER HUNT #52 on Nov 23, 2022
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Comment: Love this postcard! I signed up for the bookcrossing.com website advertised on the back and plan on printing some labels to stick into the books I'm gifting for Christmas :)
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Comment: I once read, "for a song called 'Piano Man,' the guy with the harmonica sure won't quiet down!"
MrsSarahMonster rated for TELL ME #9 on Nov 23, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC! Gotta love those 90s! Lol

Rating Overview

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Comments

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.

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! ❤️💐

Doodlefingers101 on Oct 8, 2018:

Thank you so much I loved the cabbage patch kids cards that brought back good memories 😊

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