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lostinavalon

lostinavalon
Date Joined: September 8, 2011
Last Online: May 22, 2022
Birthday: October 23, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I sell Pampered Chef!!!! Join my team or have an online party here--->Pampered Chef

Do you love to write letters? Come join the Letter Writing Exchange at The Victorian Letter Writers Guild.

I am a 42 year old wife of 23 years and mother of 9, 8 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! I blog at Classical Homemaking, Belle's Library, and The Victorian Letter Writers Guild.

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 to have anything with the theme of a little red wagon. I have a mobile bookshop in a red wagon.

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:

red wagon (metal, kids type)

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.

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

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

Star7Lily rated for Easter Dyed Thread on May 20, 2022
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Comment: Oh Marianne, what pretty colours your dye experiments provided your threads for the workbag. Your embroidery will look gorgeous. Thanking you for sharing with me, Caroline. Many hearts xx
BalticFox rated for Learn Something New #6 on May 20, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the interesting article, who knew that this game exists!?
junemoon rated for Learn Something New #6 on May 20, 2022
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Comment: Thanks -- I'm delighted at the variety of new information that I'm getting from everyone.
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
KSENiA rated for R&W: April 2022 TBR progress on May 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
KSENiA rated for R&W: What I read in April - EMAIL on May 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
soyprincesa2 rated for Ugly PC Swap #52 on May 13, 2022
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Comment: I got it. Thanks! I wouldn't say it was ugly but not my cup of tea either. Good choice. Thanks.
USAFwife rated for R&W: Journal Pages #1 on May 9, 2022
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Comment: I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap! It can be very disappointing to send out a journal and then have it get lost - I also enjoy the randomness of this type of a set up as well. :) My goodness, you have a full house! Wow! I have 3 children and it seemed like a lot! :) So sorry to hear about the start of your year and the lost of your dad. The quote you shared is very well stated. I lost my parents many years ago, but still miss them often. I hope your May is going well and you were able to enjoy your graduation and the conference. Thanks for sharing!
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Comment: I'm ruthless with my DNfs too lately. I read some crappy books recently so decided it's time to just DNF.
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Comment: Thank you for your in-depth analysis of your books!
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Comment: Thanks for the card! xxMuggleMom
debbiespoms rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #117 on May 3, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the PC Pompei and your hero answer.
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: April 2022 TBR progress on May 2, 2022
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Comment: Wow! That's a lot of DNF's! But you're right you shouldn't force yourself to read things!
USAFwife rated for R&W: What I read in April - EMAIL on May 2, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your list. :) I think I read the Kate Morton book, but I'm not familiar with the rest. You read a different time period than I usually do, so it's interesting to see your likes. :)
Bucket rated for R&W: April 2022 TBR progress on May 2, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for your update!
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Comment: I absolutely love the postcard and the message on it. I also hate when the library is changed. Our library keeps rearranging the bookshelves and it makes me crazy. Thank you so much for brightening my day!
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Comment: I've read London by Edward Rutherfurd and The House at Riverton by Kate Morton and I agree with you - they are great! I've read about 3 of Rutherfurd's epic tomes - they are beasts!! See you around the village of Amberleigh soon, lol!! xxMuggleMom
BalticFox rated for Regift PC Swap on Apr 30, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the truly unique card, I agree with your comments about Kevin C. being a little too much...
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Comment: I've never read The Life She was Given. It has such rave reviews...but I'm glad I haven't read it. I prob will stay away
KSENiA rated for R&W: March 2022 TBR progress on Apr 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.

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Comments

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! β€οΈπŸ’

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.

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