Swap-bot Time: February 17, 2019 10:56 am


Date Joined: August 21, 2016
Last Online: February 17, 2019
Birthday: September 7, 1969
Country: Canada
OHM and the secret sources

About Me

I am a close to 50 year old Canadian born female, living with my partner/love of my life (Nick) in downtown Toronto, Ontario.

Recently, due to unfortunate circumstances, such as being evicted from my home due to re-development, and other situations that have accumulated into a bad year, I am cutting back on swaps.

Please check out my YouTube links above if you feel an urge for 80's music and hairbands. Nick, is the guitar player in these videos. Kindly "like" and "share" if you please, and let me know what you think... :D



My dogs at play (aka the blanket monster):


I am a happy personality that loves art and adventure. Art for me, is anything that captures the soul and creates an unforgettable experience through visual, audible or tactile methods. Adventure for me. is any out of ordinary events, whether it be spending some time outdoors (away from the abode), or having a really great day at home, doing what ever.

I love hand made cards and other creations, and if inspired, make them too. I have started making jewelry, and am contemplating an Etsy store (TBA). I love glass, and glass art, painting on glass, mouth blown glass, and favour all thing by Chihuly. I also love painting and drawing, and have graduated within the frivolous field of fine arts.

I love items from the U.K., France, Italy and Germany. I also love African, Indian and Japanese. Indigenous cultures are of an interest to me, especially from North America.

My favorite cities are Toronto, Niagara Falls area, Montreal, New York, Las Vegas, Venice, Florence, Paris, Tokyo and Osaka.The Caribbean islands also find a special place in my heart-St.Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Aruba and the Yucatan Peninsula (though not an island).

I enjoy beautiful things, like botanical prints, flowers, handmade papers, soap, stationary, stickers, post cards and anything that is visually complex and pleasing. I love colours and dimensional perspective in art, alternately, love quaint and charming graphics.

I love gardening, and growing vegetables and flowers, and exotic plants. I also like terrariums, as they keep the outdoors feeling going during our long cold Canadian winters.

I also love baking and cooking, and would love to one day have a quality chef's kitchen with lots
of bells and whistles. Our family loves bread, and due to my baking addiction, we haven't bought many baked things this year, as I finally have mastered bread baking.

I own two smaller dogs, as I have no children, I treat these as my babies. They are spoiled, and I am happy to do so. We walk, play and spend almost every hour of the day with each other, as mostly, I work at home. They are just great to be with. They love squeaky toys made by KONG and small rubber balls made by JW Pets. They love ripping the guts out of various stuffies too.

I love receiving snail mail with beautiful postage, and love being acquainted with interesting people from all over the world. I enjoy when someone takes extra time to make the packaging as interesting as the swap itself.

Favorite Crafts

Jewelry making, painting, drawing, photography, decoupage, scrap booking, memory/shadow box picture frames making.

Music, Books, TV shows, Movies

I love all kinds of music, but Jazz and Blues, Reggae, and Salsa make me happy (70's and 80's music too, embarrassingly). I also like Heavy Metal, classical and Opera.

I like to read books that are of art and alchemy. Cooking, paper crafts, jewelry making, travel and cultural books are adored. I more so like books that have illustrations and photos, magazines suit me well too (except some adverts).

I love watching crime shows on TV, like Criminal Minds and CSI, but also enjoy comedies and sitcoms like Big Bang Theory and Two Broke Girls, and then the news. Always the news.

Movies, I like those which are thought provoking, biographical, documentary, romantic, comical and adventurous...don't have any favourites.

About Me

If you have read this far, thank you, I hope I am getting to the point of what a Swapbotter's profile page should be.

I hope to receive culturally inclined/local items, various stationary items, maps, seeds, international news papers, clippings, magazines, souvenirs and handicraft items. Sheet music for piano would also be appreciated, along with basic foreign language study books. I am not fussy, and trust the judgement of my fellow Swapbotters.

I also like anything unusual, creative and one of a kind.

I collect stamps, coins, maps, vintage epherma, indigenous art, antique picture frames, tea cups (especially made in Japan/occupied Japan), antique furniture.....

I spend time making gifts for friends, whether from scratch, or personalising found objects. I believe in recycling, and being ethical in all ways, so I buy second hand/thrift store/vintage goods, and use reclaimed materials for some projects, by re-using, re-purposing, or re-inventing items.


As for food, I enjoy all kinds of snacks, sweet and salty. I am a sucker for fine chocolate, and will dance for you to get it! I love coffee and tea, but the caffeinated kinds, and usually unflavoured.

I love baking, as prior mentioned, and enjoy creating cakes and pastries, breads and other concoctions.

Favourite flavours for me are quite simply citrus (lemons especially), raspberry, blueberry, coffee, vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate.

Complex tastes I like are: Perilla, Oregano, Fennel, Thyme, Sage, Coriander, Basil, Lavender.

We regularly cook and eat Indian, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese. Anything vegetarian oriented. Also, comfort foods, like Mac 'n Cheese, Stew... We don't believe in eating animals, with the exception of chicken and fish.

I could just go on.......


  • People and to share thoughts and their lifestyle and experiences
  • Inclusion and Acceptance for All
  • Various Mediums of Art, especially Drawing and Painting, Glass, Jewelry Design and Photography
  • Culinary Arts, Baking, Confectionary
  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Music genres-Classical, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Metal: both listening and playing
  • Gardening, Outdoor and Indoor, Fairy Gardens, Terrariums
  • Outdoor activities: Hiking, Canoeing, Bicycle, Motorcycle and Horseback Riding
  • Road Trips!
  • Good Quality Food and Recipes of Distinction

My Favourites Include: My Dogs (Jack Russell and Rat Terrier/Greyhound cross breeds), antique and vintage/distressed items, maps, pineapples and tropical plants, random craft items, ephemera, miniature items, pressed plants, languages, unique blank sketchbooks and notebooks, murano glassworks and beads, Art Exhibitions and Installations.


Dada96 rated for Travelling sketch book - round 5 on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for extra goodies for me :) you are so talented, I was overwhelmed by your painting.. This is so nice swap, all paintings great
Response: Thank you!! You are a sweetheart. I am happy you liked the extras. Happy Valentine's Day :D
simcoe54 rated for 1 Coin, 1 Banknote #2 on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the coin, stamp and banknote. I absolutely love the banknote.
Response: Hi, Very pleased that you liked the banknote. It's a special one. I thought though not exactly as on your Etsy Faves, but good enough. Thanks for the Heart :D
Mark63 rated for Ephemera from Your Geographic Area on Dec 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the interesting package that arrived today. :-) PS: Would you like me to host this swap again???
Response: Hi, I am happy you found the package I put together for you interesting. I hope some things are keepers. And, yes, I boldly ask for you to please host another of this swap theme. I love the idea, and am hopeful to receive more ephemera from interesting places! Be well, Diane
Comment: It arrived today :) Thank you so much!! <3
Response: Very pleased you got it! The postal strike is not making much difference, thankfully. Happy Holidays, and thank you for participating in this swap with me :D
Comment: Huzzah, your book made the journey!!! Love your drawings, and the extra treats. Thanks!
Response: Oh Thank Goodness!! Thanks for rating and letting me know. I was a bit concerned, I am happy and relieved now. You are wonderful. All the best, Diane
Comment: Thank you so much for the cool goodies you sent me <3 Everything is useful x
Response: Hi! So glad you liked everything :} Thank you for rating and the heart :D
samsstuff rated for Travelling Sketchbook - Round 3 on Sep 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Washington is a pretty state, I hope you get to visit it again soon.
Response: Hay Thank You! I would love to visit WA again! and Thanks for the rating and the Heart. Happy sketching :D
1koolkrafter rated for CPG: Let's go Shopping! on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the goodies. I’ll have to visit that restaurant if I ever get the chance to visit your country. I like spicy food also!
Response: I hope you make great Jerk Cusine! Irie Man...Thank you for rating and the Heart :D
kasa rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - July 2018 on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks Diane for the Canada Dry cardboard. A lot of people dont hear much about New Zealand but they have heard of the All Blacks. Pleased that you like them. Enjoy your summer while we are slightly cold. Happy swapping.
Response: Hi! Thank you for rating :D
AnneliesV rated for 4 Coins - Not Your Country on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much, special for the pin.
Response: I am happy you liked the pin, thank you for rating and the Heart :D
Popsicle rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #7 on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envelope and surprises. :)
simcoe54 rated for Private Swap: 5 for 5 Coins on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great coins and the private swap.
Response: Thanks for the rating, glad you liked the coins! Diane
pichuey rated for A Flower Photo on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Received the letter last week and i love it. A very creative envelope and thank you for the stickers and patterned paper you sent me... ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Extra hearts for you.
Response: Awww. extra Hearts - I need them, thank you so much! You are the best ;D
Heatherray72 rated for Retro Treats on Jul 8, 2018
Comment: The package was awesome! Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you for rating.
Comment: Thanks so much for the great envie! Loved the butterflies:) Happy swapping!!
Response: Happy Fourth of July!! Woohoo!!! Thank you for rating and for the Heart :D
tampatha rated for Colour Crazy ~ Red and White on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! What a great envelope of goodies!
Response: Oh. You got it late :{ Sorry, and Happy belated Canada Day, anyways. Thank you for rating and the Heart. I am glad you liked it ;D
riftvegan rated for A Flower Photo on Jun 30, 2018
Comment: Oh my gosh, Thank You! Everything about the mail you sent me, made me happy! The envelope you painted is amazing, your photo of the bumble bee on the comm garden Echinacea is wonderful (and look at all the fun plants in the background)! And the extras are great (seed packet!) and beautiful (notecard!). Thanks for making my day!
Response: Oh great! You got the seeds and we didn't get arrested by Border Services :0 Anyways, Thank you for the rating and Heart! :D
jn6754 rated for A Flower Photo on Jun 27, 2018
Comment: Your package was so much fun! I love it all! The picture is really beautiful. Cosmos are one of my favorite flowers. Thank you.
Response: Oh, I am so happy that you like Cosmos, they are one of my faves too - very optimistic! Thank you for rating and the heart :D
marinda rated for FREE/AD pc June HOTEL on Jun 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you! This is a beautiful hotel. I love your lovely art on the back.
Response: Glad you got it, add it to your bucket list-you never know! Thank you for rating and the heart :D
LadyCyr rated for HP Watercolor PC in an Envie #2 INTL on Jun 26, 2018
Comment: What an absolute cute card I love the look on the little critter. He has the right idea being in the flowers
Response: Thank you for rating and the heart - I love critters (as I am "Diana") :D

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MiRdLHWY43 on Jul 19, 2018:

Thank you so much for the super fun package of Canadian goods. The Rob Ford magnet is a gem that I will treasure forever, I already put the Canadian flag pin on my backpack which comes with on every trip, and I've never hoped to need a bandage before these came into my life, haha. You've really cheered me today and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! La

MiRdLHWY43 on Jul 4, 2018:

You're welcome and I'm happy you liked the tag:) I also have you as my partner for the let's go shopping swap, so more mail is coming! Xo La

MiRdLHWY43 on Jul 4, 2018:

You're welcome and I'm happy you liked the tag:) I also have you as my partner for the let's go shopping swap, so more mail is coming! Xo La

user6937 on Feb 27, 2018:

Diane the PH: PC tag has arrived and I think they're great! I'm going to have to order some; thanks for the intro to them. I also appreciate the die-cuts; I'll be sure to use them in some collage postcards :)

mgallardo68 on Feb 21, 2018:

Dear Diane, I am so surprised! You added a big smile to my face today!! What a stressful days I have had but today was different!! I received your lovely gift!! It did not arrive by February 14th but today is my oldest daughter birthday, this means I am celebrating 30 years since I became a mother and your gift was a confirmation of joy about it!!

Thank you so much for this lovely RAK from the very bottom of my heart!!! ♥♥♥

fluffyjunk on Feb 14, 2018:

Dear Diane,

when you wrote you would send me a Thank You for my RAK, I thought you would send me a card with a nice message. But THIS?!? WOAR.... O_O

The envelope alone wowed me! First I was afraid I forgot that I participated in a mail-art-swap... And the “A Canadian loves you ♥” stamp is just awesome! Absolutely perfect for Valentine`s day! :D Even the stamps! They are so beautiful...

And then the content of the envie... A lot of paper embellishments (with gold and glitter!!!) and photo corners! And those adorably monogram notecards – I have never seen something like that before! And a complete set of spellbinders!!! All this for two simple scarfs?!?

Your card with the cute drawings was also super cool! Your handwriting is sooo nice! I wish I could write in one size and in a straight line... :D

And the secret of sewing is: practice! I have an entire box full of mistakes and unfinished projects. It`s really not as if every sewing project worked. Hey... If you are interested in a private sewing-swap... I would appreciate doing one with you. I just started sewing again after a 3 year break.

A thousand thanks for this surprising package of awesome things!!!!!

MuddyPuddle on Jan 28, 2018:

I received my Norman Rockwell "Plumbers" card back - thanks so much! I love your hand-drawn Canadian flag. :)

piratejimbob87 on Dec 24, 2017:

Diane thank you so much for the lovely Christmas card, I simply love those pins, they are wonderful! Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Leanne x

mgallardo68 on Dec 23, 2017:

@Onibah3 I received my fantastic postcard for the Eyes closed tag tag!! I loved it !!! Happy holidays!

LoveThis on Dec 21, 2017:

i received your card today (eyes closed tag), thankyou very much :)

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