Swap-bot Time: April 21, 2018 9:57 am


Date Joined: August 21, 2016
Last Online: April 19, 2018
Birthday: September 7, 1969
Country: Canada

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. We work together in Real Estate.

I have been fortunate to recently have changed occupations and lifestyle, and so now have a complete turnaround in life. I have a little more time to spend on "make happy projects", and so have begun my quest to try Swap-bot.

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.

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.......


simonestclair rated for Chocolate! (April) on Apr 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for all the chocolates! You included loads!! I really enjoyed them and your little note and cute packaging! Have an awesome spring! Lots of love from Finland! <3
Comment: Thank you very much for that amazing happy mail! When I saw the envelope with my name and surname so nicely written and these lovely stamps, I knew it would be something special. I absolutely love these handmade postcards! They are so so cute :) Facemask is just for my skin type. Thank you also for the strawberry flavored black tea. I am sure it will be delicious. That is why I love swap-bot. Suprises like that one from you can really made someone's day :) Thank you once again! ~ Agnieszka
Response: Hello :) Dzień dobry!!I am very Happy that you liked everything! I LOVE your name- absolutely! Maybe relax (with the mask), enjoy the tea and write someone special ;}
Leftie rated for Pretty Things in an Envelope Swap #3 on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: 💕💕 Today I received the most beautiful envelope.... Filled with goodies I definitely Love!💕💕💕😍😍💕💕😍😍💕💕😍😍💕💕😍
Response: Wow! Thank you ver much for the great many Hearts! I am glad you loved everything :)
Comment: Thank you for nice envelope! I really like pen and key chain:)
Response: Great! Thanks for rating and the Heart :) Diane
gramsbuttonbox rated for Itty Bitty Teensy Craft on Mar 23, 2018
Comment: oh what a little cutie! love the bunny! - and your decorated envelope was such fun, also - Happy Days! thank you for joining my swap!
Response: Hi, and thank you for Hosting such a fun swap. Glad you liked Bunny! Thanks for rating and the Heart.
inkyplum rated for Doodle me a Flower! PC INT on Mar 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable postcard! I loved the little bunny hehe!
Response: Some Bunny wishes you a Happy Spring! Thanks for rating and for the Heart :}
momto8cats rated for Itty Bitty Teensy Craft on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: The little bunny is soooo adorable! OMGoodnesses! The little one is so adorble! I wish I could give you many, many hearts! I will be wearing this little one with me fora long time! Thank you so much! <3 <3 <3
Response: Awww, You are so sweet to comment in such a wonderful way. I am so glad you liked "bunny". What fun! Thank you for rating and for the Heart. Happy Easter :} Diane
Esthercita79 rated for junk journal supplies - flowers on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great items, they will certainly be used in my new Magpie/junk-journal, 😊!
Response: Goodie!! You Like!! Thank you for rating, Diane
Comment: 5<3 for the envelope AND 5<3 for the contents! Thank you so much! It was beautiful!
Response: From Here to There! FUN Things are everywhere!! Thank you!
PeliKat rated for Scavenger hunt HANDMADE on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: Diane, I loved receiving the packet for this swap! What beautiful decoration you did on the outside! And the card inside with your artwork was a nice surprise as well; so many people just put the items in an envelope and send it off, so it's always nice to see when someone takes the time to add those little personal touches to it. As for the contents of the envelope: I LOVED the cat bookmark with the beautiful blue beads! I'm looking forward to a fancy afternoon tea with Lisa, featuring some yummy milk chocolate! The Canada Dry postcard made me chuckle -- how appropriate to come from you! The maple leaves as well! I like both the real leaves and the punchouts and the handmade envelope they were in. This was a fun package to receive and I hope we can be in some future swaps together. Thanks so much!
Response: Thanks so much for your generous comments. I enjoyed putting this swap together, and glad you liked it! Hope the both of you enjoy afternoon tea, and thank you for rating and the Heart!! Be Well - Diane
Comment: Yay - the coins arrived today and I love them. Thanks for adding to my collection and for the extra postcard. Thanks for the private swap!
Response: Hurray! Glad they arrived AND you LIKE them too! Thank you for Hosting and for the rating and for the Heart!!
Steinway5 rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - Feb 2018 on Feb 24, 2018
Comment: This is the coolest chunk o cardboard I've ever received in the mail!! Love your creativity with the box of tissues and man, that lemon cranberry crumble sounds delicious!!! I loved your drawings and lettering too!! Thanks for such a fun swap!!! Edit: Oh wow!!!! Thank you!!! I was wondering if there was something in the middle but since you didn't mention it on the postcard I didn't want to ruin it to find out. :o) I love all the cute stickers, I will definitely be able to use them in my journals or on my penpal letters!! Thank you, you're so sweet!!! 💛💛💛
Response: Hiya, Thank you for rating and the Heart, I love that you enjoyed the chunk. Did you get the flat surprises in between the front and the back of the cardboard? Slice throught the tape and see :}
Comment: What a neat chunk! And who doesn’t love their nut bars with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of cocoa:D Hope all is well with you!
Response: Nut Bars! Was delish. Thank you for rating and the Heart, be well :D UPDATE: FYI. I forgot to mention, there's a flat surprise in between the front and cardboard side btw, slice in between the two and see... ;}
Lady rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - Feb 2018 on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: I would not have guessed the source of this cardboard!
Response: Achoo! I need a tissue! Nice box, eh? LOL. I hope you discovered whats tucked in between the front and the back-Take a look...use scissors or knife and Surprise!!! Thank you for the rating and the Heart :D
Poohtat rated for Happy Notecard Feb#1 on Feb 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the happy mail goodies and birthday wishes. I really needed this today. Thank you.
Response: Hay! Great you got it! And congrats on the BINGO! I was one word behind...boohoo :{ LOL. Thank you for rating and for the Heart!! Happy Birth Month To You!!
Comment: Ty so much for my card xx I hope you have a great new year. xx
Response: And Thank You! A Great New Year of Health and Happiness to You!! also :)
Fullsteampowell rated for Travelling Sketch Book on Feb 5, 2018
Comment: Just so you know, I’m going to keep the theme going by sketching all of my pets. You’ll probably end up with a sketchbook full of cats and dogs!
Response: That's Great! I Love Pets!! Mine, Yours, they are all Wonderful! Can't wait to see them :) Thanks a lot!
Fieke rated for Happy Valentine's Day on Feb 5, 2018
Comment: OMG Diane !!! Such a great happy mail package ! I love everything! Especially the sock. Thank you so much
Response: I love the socks too - so plushy! Happy Valentine's Day!! Very pleased you got it on time :)
KSENiA rated for Send my postcard back - Week 12 on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Your card on it's way. Thank you for the nice extras :)
Response: Thank you so much - looking forward to it :) Diane
TexyDeb rated for Tea and a Note 3 on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: A package like this makes me want to give a 3> plus! Thank you for the creative/talented way you sent this lovely package. I enjoyed it. I want to save it just the way it is. Never used just to open and look at and admire the creativity and thoughtfullness of it. Thank you! I "give a heart!" PLUS! I fell in love with Greek food as I lived here and learned from my late M-I-L and others.
Response: ευχαριστώ!! -one useful Greek word I know... Your comment is so kind. I enjoyed putting the package together, imagining Greece. Love! Thank you for rating and the Heart!!

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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 :)

justmesks on Dec 19, 2017:

Diana thank you for the nice Christmas card and note paper. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dsweeny on Dec 18, 2017:

What a beautiful, beautiful thank you card for the Chihuly cut gallery cards. You are a sweetheart for not only sending me a card, but the GORGEOUS pin you made me is adorable and I can't wait to wear it for the season. YOU are the BEST!! xoxo

simcoe54 on Sep 7, 2017:

Thanks for the postcards. They will fit nicely in my collection.

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