Swap-bot Time: May 29, 2023 10:27 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2016
Last Online: May 27, 2023
Birthday: September 7, 1969
Country: Canada
OHM and the secret sources
My Etsy Store
My ebay Store
The Blanket Monster

About Me

I am glad to be back after another whirlwind year in 2022. Our family very fortunately ended up relocating to a different house with a yard for our fur babies and more space for us in general.

For those swap hosts that are looking at my profile, this is the reason for my extended absence. Moving to a temporary apartment, ongoing renovations, moving again and various fixer upper conundrums have taken much of our time, in addition to working. Please message me with any concerns, as I have much interest to complete a few swaps here and there going forward. Now my profile:

I am Canadian born of Japanese ancestry, 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 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 treasure hunting for antiques and vintage items..

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, but also enjoy comedies and sitcoms. Also 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 try to limit eating animals, save for the the occasional chicken and fish dish. I do prepare for my dogs chicken, turkey and veg stew for their daily diet.

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, craft kits, ephemera, miniature items, pressed plants, languages, unique blank sketchbooks and notebooks, Murano glassworks and beads, Art Exhibitions and Installations.


Vishruti rated for LOCAL ENGLISH NEWSPAPER # 1 on May 29, 2023
Comment: Thank you for such a beautifully decorated envelope - you are such an artist. Loved the newspaper and your little notes. Thank you si much
Mem306 rated for Ugly PC Swap #71 on May 27, 2023
Response: Thank you for rating :)
Comment: Thank you for the great swap!! I'm drinking the Dirty Chai now, and will be trying the chocolate bar soon. I will definitely check out the book by Margaret Atwood, I haven't read that one before. Take care :)
Response: Hi! I hope you enjoy the chocolate and glad you tried the Chai. Thank you for rating and for the Heart!! Happy reading :)
Comment: Omgosh girl, you went above and beyond for this one. I gotta tell you - I love JF and I had to check out the whole story with No Frills. Haaahaahahaha 🤣 That definitely sounds like something he would do! What a nerd!! Wednesday eve is my grocery night, so I will proudly be parading around the store with not 1, but 2 kick-@$$ new bags, and I can’t wait! I’ve never been so excited for canned green beans in my life! Lol ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THANK YOU!
Response: Hey! Don't forget the bananas! lol Thank you for rating :)
willowh rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #27 on May 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely teas and beautiful stickers! OMG they are so awesome! I haven’t had espresso tea like this yet, and I am so happy for a cold rainy day today to try them! Yay!
Response: Hi! Thank you for rating and for the Heart. May your cold rainy day be short and warm and sunny days linger onwards!
debbiespoms rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #27 on May 16, 2023
Comment: Hi Diane! Thank you very much for the yummy teas and cute butterfly stickers. Love them! Looking forward to trying them soon.
Response: Hi! Thank you for your rating and for the Heart. I hope you find some good "me time"
Comment: Hi Diane! Oh my, this was such a fabulous package and soo much fun to open! I absolutely loved everything you included and your cute letter as well :-) Thank you so much, xoxo!
Response: Thank you so much for the kind response. I enjoyed putting it together and so am glad you liked it! Thanks also for the Heart :)
Comment: Thank you so much!!!!!! Cann’t wait to try them all! Such a great collection of chocolates. ❤️ Twirls!
Response: You are welcome and enjoy!! Thank you for the rating and the Heart as well. Twirl away :)
lawchick rated for Stuffed envelope craft destash #2 on Apr 21, 2023
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thank you for your rating and Heart! Enjoy the neon, lol.
Comment: thank you so much!!!
Response: Yay! Thank you for rating :}
HelenG6 rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - April 2023 on Apr 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you for your nice floral seed card. I initially though you enclosed seeds, which I don't use. It was a surprise to get nice stickers - thank you!
Response: Hello! and thank you for your rating and the Heart, which is much appreciated. I thought although you may not be planting anything, you could still enjoy the box, which is sometimes better than what's inside, lol. Happy Spring :)
Comment: Hi Diane, oh my I'm sooo excited to try your teas! Thank you so much for the fun package, your envelope is so pretty and I loved reading your letter :-)
Response: I hope you enjoy the tea and thank you for your rating and heart :) See you in the mail again for the next swap :)
Response: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful selection! I can use and like everything! The butterflies are very cute indeed. Great envelope and stamps! 💌 Thanks for all the effort you put into this swap - hugs from Germany!
Response: Thank you for the hugs from Germany and the Heart! I am pleased you liked everything :)
Lolle rated for 🌼 Floral/Botanical Happy Mail #02 on Mar 26, 2023
Comment: Diane, thank you so much for the chunky envelope! I love how you wrote my name and decorated the envelope. I love everything you put in ❤️ The birdhouse was a really nice surprise. Hugs from NZ, Carola
Response: SO glad you liked the birdhouse, I love keeping the birds fed. It was a pleasure making the Happy Mail for you :) Thank you
Comment: Thanks for sending such a big package of floral botanical happy mail! It sure made my day. Welcome back to swap-bot. Happy swapping!
Response: Thank you for your rating and heart, I'm pleased that I still am able to make fun swap packets, lol
bblue rated for 5 Hearts on Mar 10, 2023
Comment: Amazing decorated envelope, and it was so much fun to open this swap and look through everything. It put a big smile on my face.:)
Response: So glad you liked it. Smiles are the best, the bigger the better! Thank you for the heart!!
losewitheloquence rated for De-stash swap #16 on Mar 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the Valentine!
Comment: Thank you so much for a wonderful swap full of lovely goodies! I love everything you sent, but my favorite was the package of beautiful and unique papers. I loved looking through them and can't wait to add them to my art!

Rating Overview

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CageTheElement on May 22, 2023:

As I was starting to cut the label from my package, I just noticed the actual packaging you used for our shopping bag swap - how clever!!! I have a ton of this stuff, and you’ve inspired me with a new way to use it! Lol. Now that’s thinking outside the box! 👍🏼

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!

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