Swap-bot Time: May 12, 2021 2:29 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2016
Last Online: November 14, 2019
Birthday: September 7, 1969
Country: Canada
OHM and the secret sources
My Etsy Store
My ebay Store
The Blanket Monster

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.

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

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 have finally started my Etsy store, and am currently selling found objects of vintage beauty, fun and curiosity. Quite a few whimsical things, check it out if you like.

I enjoy hand made cards and other creations, and if inspired, make them too. I also love making jewelry using found objects.

I adore 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 Czech Republic, 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 and Past Times

Jewelry making, painting, drawing, photography, decoupage, scrap booking, memory/shadow box picture frames making and recently, treasure hunting of stock for my online sales endeavours.

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.


Comment: Best, most creative and surprising chunk I have EVER gotten! I LOVE this and will cherish it forever!! THank you SO MUCH! I love the hidden pocket of goodies too! I will take inspiration from your work and strive to make my chunks more and more creative in the future! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! SO FUN!! xx Hugs and have a great weekend! Gabi
Response: After a long absence, I just signed in to Swap-bot and have found your wonderful rating comment. Thank you so much for making my day. You inspire me! Be well - Diane
Lucrezia rated for Random Acts Of Happiness For a Jar on Jun 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you!!!! =) What a beautiful swap. I didn't read the quotes yet (waiting for all of them to arrive) but they are ready in my jar. Love the papers you chose! You are so creative!!! Thanks for the drawings, stickers and tea =) Listening "OHM and the secret sources" while writing this. Really good! Kudos to Nick!
Response: Thanks so much for your kind words and for tuning in to OHM. I am very glad that it arrived in good time. Be well :D
Comment: Thanks for the awesome chunk!!! Loved the typewriter!!!! Made my day! Plus the stamp wasn’t cancelled:) Hope you’re having a great day!
Response: That Typewriter had your name on it, for sure. Very pleased you liked it :D
Comment: Thank you for everything!! I love the hot chocolate, stickers and all the encouraging words! Thank you!
Response: Hay there, very happy that you liked your swap from me :D Have a good one!
Comment: Just received your swap and added your "happy thoughts" to my jar! I think this is a really great idea and comforting to know a little pick-me-up is right at hand when it's needed. And thank you so much for the extra goodies! The polar bear cards are oh so cute! :)
Response: Hi there, thanks for rating and glad you liked the extras.
dcp0112 rated for Random Acts Of Happiness For a Jar on May 21, 2019
Comment: Can't wait to see what you wrote, thank you so much for taking part in my first Happiness Jar! :)
Response: Hello, what a great swap idea!! I hope you find much Happiness in the Jar and Out :D Thank you for rating and the Heart
Itti rated for Random Acts Of Happiness For a Jar on May 18, 2019
Comment: Look forward to reading them. I had a sneak peek at one or two, I loved the one about the arrow!
Response: Hi, I like the arrow quote too... thank you for rating and the Heart, I hope your Jar will be filled with much Happiness! :D
snager rated for Open When Letters on May 17, 2019
Comment: LOVE this swap, Oni! I was already hyped when I saw all the cute bug stamps you got in canada! then I opened the envelope and realized it was a used calandar page! Thought I was the only one who had thought of that! it's very pretty, this is a keeper/display-er. I opened the 'when you need a clip' letter and put it on my favorite ATC card to better display it at my work station! so cute! then I opened 'when you want to see some creepy crawlies.' I gasped out loud at the AUSTRALIA FROG STAMP ! That's the best thing i've EVER SEEN. USPS is putting out frog stamps soon and i'm bawling. I don't usually get excited over things like this but WOW. The little vintage german animal cards are good and coool, too, and the other stamps. I'm going to open the 'when you're feeling japanese' one, next, but I'm saving it! I like how you spelled my name out in Japanese: I think about this often! Usually when I'm feeling high-weeb, I translate my name from the hebrew to japanese, lol. then translate the meaning of my last name to japanese: θˆΉδΉ—γ‚Š or θˆΉε“‘ which google says is pronounced similarly to how we say it in English.You letters are so creative and mysterious! I can't wait to open the rest, but I'm going to limit myself to one per week for now on! thanks Oni!
Response: Hi, I hope you enjoyed most of the "Open When" items... Thank you so much for your rating, the Heart and your kind words. I am happy that you are pleased... I moved and 90% of my stuff is packed away in storage... I have crawly stickers and things I was waiting for a partner to send to, and now I can't get them::{ I wish to have you as my partner again soon, so they will go to a person who appreciates all creatures small and crawly .Be well, and see you in the mail again :D
RetroChik rated for πŸ“¬πŸŽ¨ Arty Envelope on May 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envelope1 Love the fonts, and you're right, they were perfect for what I am interested in. :)
Response: Thank you for rating and for the Heart! I am so please that you liked it :D
Comment: I love my package which arrived today! The papers are gorgeous and will be used, be assured, along with those lovely Christmas embellishments! I am very spoiled, thankyou so much! All the best, Tracy.
Response: Hi there, I am glad you liked everything. Thank you for rating and the heart :D
marclively rated for Three Coins + a Surprise #2 on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart Marc.
marooter rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - April 2019 on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: Hi Diane - thanks for the "chunk"! Coconut milk is yummy, isn't it? You have such lovely handwriting and I love your little doodles. And thanks for the super cute goodies inside the "secret" pocket! So clever! Happy Swapping! :-) Mary
Response: Hello, glad you got the chunk and liked it. Thank you for the rating and heart :)
Comment: I love these letter sets so much! I love your water color style, and I'm so excited to use these for Penpal Letters! I'm also so excited for the tea you chose. And thank you so much for the extras! <3
Response: I am glad that you liked the watercolours (and all). Thank you for rating and the Heart. Happy penpalling :)
bblue rated for β˜† FULL ENVELOPE #11 β˜† on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: The hand-drawn floral envelope is absolutely gorgeous! The colours, shading, design, and everything. I didn't want to open it, haha.
Response: Thank you, I hope you were glad you did open it :) I hope AB is thawing out as fast as it is here in TO. Take care.
Comment: Thank you so much! :)
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart! Oh... the gross things I've eaten, lol :D
angeness rated for Stickers and Happiness on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: I loved my package of happiness so much! Great envelope, I love Marjolein Bastin, and so many goodies inside. Thank you so much. :)
Response: Hi! I am so happy that you loved your package! The Marjolein Bastin calender that I made the envie from was a yearlong joy. Glad that you got a bit of Happiness! Thank you for rating and the heart. Be well :D
9O96O rated for Recycled cardboard swap---February on Feb 21, 2019
Comment: Absolutely love your postcard. The most creative postcard I've ever received. A postcard with pages and pockets--so much fun. It really packed a punch. :) Your letter was so friendly. To top things off you are a dog person too. Wonderful. Thanks so much Onibah3.
Response: Hi there, thank you for your rating and heart, I am so happy you got the card in one piece! Aren't Dog People the Best :)
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

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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!!! Γ’β„’Β₯Γ’β„’Β₯Γ’β„’Β₯

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 Ò€œA Canadian loves you Γ’β„’Β₯Ò€ 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 Γ’β‚¬β€œ 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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