Swap-bot Time: August 14, 2022 12:00 am


Date Joined: August 16, 2009
Last Online: June 8, 2022
Birthday: October 13
Country: Australia
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About Me

Hi, I'm Diane. I'm an artist, designer and crafter living near Wollongong, Australia. I'm back on Swap-bot after a very long break.

Wow, my last profile update was in 2015 and boy has a lot changed in my life since then!

I've deleted old things that are no longer relevant to my profile and added some new things.

I'm not sure what the profile trends are these days, what to include and leave out.

Since I was last here I took the creative inspiration that Swap-Bot stirred in me and ran with it out into the world as an exhibiting artist, gallery committee member, and curator.

I went to Japan in early 2019, and it was amazing! Just before the world was truly changed.

I am now at the tail end of my Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree and working on my design business whilst being an official guide and workshop volunteer at the local regional art gallery.

I've missed crafting on small projects and I've started organising my supplies and hand-making cards again. I've also started thinking about designing craft supplies in the future, what a dream that would be!

In my house, it's just me, my husband and our cat. We both work from home. We have lots of books and lots of art. We love meeting and supporting local artists.

I'm a big fan of op-shops (thrift stores), mending things that can be fixed and donating things I don't need to someone who will use it. I get a lot of things I need and give away a lot of things I don't through a local 'everything free' group on Facebook.

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Profile last updated 1st May 2022

Stuff I like:

  • Favourite Animals: cats, giraffes, owls, seahorses.

  • Bright happy colours. My favourites are blue, teal, turquoise and purple.

  • Japanese stationery, paper and washi tape I've been to Japan twice now and loved it. Such a rich culture and an intriguing mix of traditional and ultra-modern. I still want to get back there again and spend more time in Kyoto and explore other places I haven't seen, like Hokkaido.

I love everything from the Kawaii, that is cute and so full of joy. Geishas are beautiful embodiments of living art. Temples and Shrines are such special places, and also beautiful. Their gardens are amazing. I need to get back to Harajuku with a bigger budget!

Symbols and creatures I return to and still love: - The Moon (my namesake), - Cats, - Teapots and tea cups, - Realistic/unconventional unicorns and dragons (less sweet and glittery more artistic, also other animal forms).

Authors - Brene Brown - Paulo Coelho

Favourite places to re-visit and explore more - Japan - Florence - Venice - New Zealand - Malta - Melbourne (Australia)

Places on the bucket list - Peru - Serengeti - UK to trace my mother's family history - Uluru - Tasmania

My Kind of Swaps

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Hand-made arts and crafts
- Art Journals and pages
- Altered Journals - Altered Playing Cards
- ATCs hand drawn/painted
- ATCs other media
- Zines
- Skinny Cards
- Drawing I love my Derwent Inktense, Graphic and Watercolour pencils.
- Painting (Acrylics & Watercolour) - Embroidery and textile printing - Screen Printing - Digital art and design - Long letters!

What not to send:

  • I'm allergic to chilli and paprika.
  • I am gluten and lactose intolerant. This means no dairy, chocolate or anything with milk powder in it.
  • I am allergic to chilli, paprika, capsicum and anything peppery or spicy. This is not a taste preference, this is a physical allergy.

  • I don't have pierced ears. Please don't send me earrings.

  • I have asthma and eczema. Anything that smells like smoke will go in the bin. No soaps, perfumes or skin creams, please.

  • Due to Australia's strict customs regulations DO NOT send any raw plant/animal material if you're sending from outside Australia. See the link at the top of my profile for more info....... This includes pressed flowers, seeds, feathers, beeswax, and some tea (with any flowers, like hibiscus, nuts, seeds or fruit pieces or peel). If you do it will either be sent back or destroyed (and that would be sad). Processed packaged food is OK so long as it is heat-treated, sealed and has a list of ingredients. (Usually, plastic/vacuum/foil-sealed).

  • Please keep your religious and political views at home unless this is specified in the swap.

  • I'm telling you this because I think you want to send me something I'll really like, not because I'm fussy and don't appreciate your efforts. :)

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Swapping Info

  • Ratings I expect that a swap rating is for what the swap description states and ratings should be based on that. I do not like being told to put in extras to buy a heart. It is not what I believe swap-bot is about.

  • Late swappers If you are friendly, communicate with me and let me know why you're running late you can still earn a heart.

  • If you don't receive a swap from me, please contact me before rating. I will always resend.

  • I reuse packages, envelopes, etc as we all need to be kind to the earth.

  • I will re-gift swap-items, if you send me something which is perfect for someone else I may pass it on. Please don't think, I don't like the items you sent me. I will never take credit for your work.

  • You are more than welcome to re-gift or swap anything I send you - even if it is handmade. If you think it's good enough for someone else then please share, but please do not claim my work as your own. My artwork is protected by copyright.

I Pledge to Rate

In the company of ANGELS:

The Angel Honour Roll

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Ethony rated for Banshee ATC (Folklore ATC #5) on May 31, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for everything in the swap you sent and your really cool ATC!
Response: You're welcome. Glad you appreciate it. :)
AmirainOz rated for Button Fairy Anyone? on Feb 6, 2016
Comment: Thank you SO much for my gorgeous button fairy Diane ❤️ You did a great job.. i love her!!! ❤️ xxA
Response: Glad you like her A, sorry it took me a while to respond. I've been off swapbot for a while. :)
HOLDENV84 rated for 12 months of letters and love on Jan 18, 2016
Comment: Well do I feel a bit spoilt looking at all my letters and gifts. Thank you so much. The postman was that excited to deliver it to me that he beeped me twice before I could rush out and get the present. I can't wait to get to know you over the next 12 months. Thank you thank you thank you :)
Response: Glad you're excited as well. If you ever want to write back you're welcome to. 😊
Keruka rated for Pocket Letter December on Jan 9, 2016
Comment: WOW! Thank you so so much for this pocket letter. It was so thoughtful. Thank you for being so considerate with this swap, I'll cherish this very special pocket letter :)
Response: You're welcome. Glad you appreciate it. :)
Comment: thankyou for your package I received this morning the things look interesting so thankyou . enjoy xmas take care
Response: Thank you. Hope your Christmas was lovely too.
peachynook rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 18, 2015
Comment: Thankyou for your cute card I received yesterday take care have a lovely xmas .....
Response: Thanks for your rating and the <3
smokeandmirrors rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 17, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the card for my whole family (including the cats!!). Merry Christmas!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for rating :)
HOLDENV84 rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 16, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas Card. I love the message about good books for the year ahead as I have already started to plan what I want to read!
Response: Thanks for your rating. :)
neca84 rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 16, 2015
Comment: gorgeous baby wombat card, (my mum raised a baby wombat from hairless baby to full grown adult, we all loved her) thanks Di xx
Response: So glad I chose the right one for you :)
mellyrose89 rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 15, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the card :)
Response: You're welcome. thanks for rating :)
neca84 rated for Pocket Letter Swap September on Oct 14, 2015
Comment: thank you for the wonderful swap, and an extra thank you for the cheer up items I really appreciate it, I love that you have gotten back into swapping and so well as well!!!
Response: Thanks Carol. I'm glad I could bring you a smile. Thanks for the encouragement. Xx
nowweare8 rated for Pocket Letter Swap August on Sep 6, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the pocket letter. I love the colour scheme and how you made the cards. It's too pretty to pull apart and use :) Thanks again, Cassie
Response: Hi Cassie I'm so glad you appreciate my work. I really enjoyed that pocket letter swap. :)
fairypretty7 rated for Theme in a ziplock ~~~~~ ReD on Aug 13, 2015
Comment: Thanks for all the great items.
Response: You're welcome :)
caz50 rated for Surprise my partner on Aug 11, 2015
Comment: Thank you from my over half he loved the gifts.<3
Response: That's great to hear :)
Giddyanni rated for Crappy Ribbon De-stash on Aug 3, 2015
Comment: Hi Diane and thank you for the lovely selection of ribbons! I particularly like the pram one and the black/greenly blue one.. it will be going onto a card I'm making for a friend. Thanks again, they are all lovely!
Response: So glad you can use them :)
chelle523 rated for ISS: July Goals Postcard on Jul 30, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard - I think many of us have some of the same goals (especially cleaning out our craft rooms!) Take care :)
Response: Glad you liked it, thanks for the rating. :)
peachynook rated for CARD MAKING Challenge #16 on Jul 29, 2015
Comment: thankyou for a very nice card I loved the quotes thankyou take care ......
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating :)
helo rated for Pocket Letter Swap ---------------JuLy on Jul 29, 2015
Comment: yay lovely pocket letter. thanks so much
Response: Glad you liked it :)
neca84 rated for material patterned atc on Jul 29, 2015
Comment: gorgeous, thank you, I love touching it, very tactile person so it suits me
Response: Thanks Carol. It was fun to make. :)
moM rated for That Was a Crappy Trip! on Jul 21, 2015
Comment: Holy Crap! What a fun package to go through. I have to agree, any trip to Italy and Switzerland would be pretty crappy. LOL. Loving every bit and piece in the envelope. Duncan has already claimed a spot amongst my "favorite things" wall above the computer. Glad to hear that you used tongs to feed the tigers. Hope they were really long tongs! Thank you again. I wish I could give fifteen hearts!
Response: Glad you liked everything so much! I thought Duncan was pretty cool too. :)

Rating Overview

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4.9922 223 39 44
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CurlyTea on Oct 22, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

RyeRye on Aug 28, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

AmirainOz on Jan 31, 2016:

Hi Diane, Im your partner for the fairy button swap...so looking forward to receiving your little fairy and getting to know you..please do send a little note telling me about yourself so we could be friends xxAmira from Perth

neca84 on Dec 24, 2015:

Merry Christmas, thanks for being a part of the best group on Swap-bot, Active Aussie SWAPaholics :)


lasciviouskisses on Nov 3, 2015:

Thank you so much for the WTA September!

Keruka on Nov 3, 2015:

Thanks so much for my November wish I love it! <3

smokeandmirrors on Sep 4, 2015:

Thank you for the postcards and envelopes for the Aussie August wishlist!!

Keruka on Aug 17, 2015:

Thank you so much for my August wishes! I especially love the postcards <3

nads on Aug 11, 2015:

Recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.” ~ William A. Ward

Good luck with your exams

smokeandmirrors on Aug 4, 2015:

Just wanted to wish you good luck for you upcoming exams!


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