Swap-bot Time: January 25, 2020 10:33 am


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: January 25, 2020
Birthday: August 10, 1956
Country: United States
Ilyse On Life
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Nice to meet you!


Hello! My name is Ilyse. I'm 63, have been married for 34 years and I'm mom to 2 grown kids, who are still my "babies". I've been pen-palling and swapping all my life and love it!

I love to travel and meet people around the world, in person or via the mail!

I live in Virginia, on the east coast of the US...we're 2 hours inland from the Atlantic Ocean, 2 hours south of Washington, DC, and 2 hours east of the mountains.

I recently left my job as a software sales rep, and I'm excited to see what's next for me. I'm also a YOUNG LIVING distributor and am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle!

In case you're wondering...My name is pronounced the same way as 'what you sign when you rent an apartment': A-LEASE. Now you know 😁 us

Things I love

I ❤️ Summer, hot weather, beaches, lighthouses, tropical flowers, palm trees, trade winds, volcanoes and anything Hawaiian.

Christian themes are welcome. Scripture, devotionals, journals.

ATC's, Friendship Books, Postcards.

Anything wine-themed or coffee-themed!

Dogs & puppies, kittens, pandas, giraffes, owls, deer, eagles, sea life, birds and butterflies.

Handmade things with extra love!

Motivational or cute sayings, stickers, ephemera, stationery, planner and scrapbook supplies, journal supplies, Washi tape.

Papyrus, Rifle Paper Company, Lantern Press, Mary Englebreit, Suzy's Zoo, Hallmark, Dayspring, Punch Studio, Anna Griffin, Current, Life is Good.

Other Interests: Scrabble, business networking, computer-geek stuff and photography. I spend way too much time on social media! Look me up!


I ❤️ postcards!

**Beaches and tropical scenes

**The Northern Lights

**Hot-air balloons


**Rock-climbing and hiking

**Lantern Press cards


**Fields of flowers

**Pretty churches, castles and historic buildings

**Children playing


**City skylines

Not a fan of vintage postcards, unless they're from Hawaii.

Favorite Television

This Is Us, New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things, The Rookie, Mrs. Maisel, Call The Midwife, Gray's Anatomy, Chicago Fire/Med, Hawaii 5-0, Shark Tank, Catfish, all the HGTV stuff and House Hunters or Buying Hawaii/Hawaii Life. And, don't ask why, but Married at First Sight, The Bachelor and Bachelorette too.


Kiddie, reward or tiny stickers, poor quality notecards, dark-themed or evil things, out-of-season holiday items, candy or snacks. I don't do Halloween, but I love Fall and Thanksgiving.

Please note - I'm very sensitive to cigarette smells and can't receive swaps that have a strong odor.

I only swap "High Quality" or "Nice & Neat" FBs -- No sloppy books with jagged edges. No label bags, slams, lyrics, FSS, etc..

The Golden Rule

Please rate promptly - I promise to do the same!

When I host swaps, I promise to angel any not received. I check profiles and swapping history, as well as rating consistency before assigning partners.

Good communication is key. If you're going to miss a deadline, let me know. I prefer quality over quantity and believe in accountability. If you don't receive something from me, or if you have a question about a swap I host or participate in, please PM or email me.

Overall, I'm easy to please and almost always enjoy and appreciate everything my swap partners share!

I’m having a lot of fun with ATCs and trying new things and I’m blown away by the talent people share here!

Thank you to all who uphold high standards and who share my values about this great site!


mindy rated for CPG Red/Pink Envie - US Only on Jan 23, 2020
Comment: thank you! It's a delicious and lovely assortment and it was wrapped beautifully! Happy Valentine's Day!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard and sharing your comments with me.
Comment: I like how you say you've "adapted to the milder climate"! Thanks!
Hugsie86 rated for ESG: New Year - New You! on Jan 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the message, especially the quotes at the end. Wishing you success and happiness in 2020!
Response: Thanks for the kind comments and heart :)
basykes rated for SCATTS PC Swap - V - US Only on Jan 17, 2020
Comment: I just realized that I never rated this one. Loved the Van Gogh. Great answers too...if you find a velvet blanket, let me know!
Response: Thanks Bev :) Glad the card made it!
Response: Thank you so much!
Nicollcia rated for ESG: New Year - New You! on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your swap! I hope you can accomplish your goal, wishing you everything best for this year :)
Response: Thank you so much - here's to a great year for us all!
Meisje rated for ESG: My Favorite photo - December on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Hi thanks for sharing What a sweetheart is Salman And your dog, I had a laugh And if you like I love the have the recipe of your Monkey bread
Response: Thanks for the nice comments! I’ll message the recipe to you 😊
me2az50 rated for SCATTS PC SWAP - E - US ONLY on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard of kayaking and rafting. I enjoyed reading your answers. I had a difficult time thinking of something to help me relax..I will have to try essential oils.
Response: Thanks for the nice comments, and I’m glad you liked the card.
Comment: Glad to hear your New Year's Eve was fun! Hope you have a great year as well!
Response: Thanks so much and thanks for the heart.
Comment: What a wonderful post! Loved getting a glimpse into your life during December. How touching that Salman got to choose who he wanted for his sponsors. That's nice that the children are picking who they want versus the other way around. Pica is so well-behaved. Our dogs would have gobbled up that pizza in no time! Your tree is beautifully decorated. I like the monochromatic look. Very elegant. The sunset is gorgeous. The monkey bread looks delicious. I wish my Christmas cactus had as many blooms as yours does. It's doing better this year, but nothing like what yours is like. Your home has a lot of character - I really like the design of it. I was surprised to see no snow on the ground at this time of the year. I always think there should be snow in December. :)
Response: Thanks Ann ❤️ I’m so glad you enjoyed the visit!
AZmom875 rated for Join me in a cup of coffee on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for joining the swap and joining me in a cup of coffee.
Response: My pleasure! Thanks for hosting and for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter! It was great getting to know you better. I hope everything works out with your work. And thank you for the adorable stickers! Happy new year!
Response: Thanks for the nice comments and heart :)
KarenFife rated for SCATTS PC SWAP - D - US ONLY on Jan 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the deer postcard and your interesting answers.🌼 I wrote daffodils too, but I’m much better at growing dandelions.😆
Response: LOL - me too! Thank you for being part of the series and the heart!
RiverTopanga rated for P&M Random postcard 3 on Jan 2, 2020
Comment: Ilyse... what a colorful pc - It's fabulous! I've never been to Vegas. I have set up some ATC swaps for my Group: Artisan ATCs. Love the John Lennon stamp... I've sent some, but this is the first I've received :-). I agree, the world has gotten away from upholding the positives. Where are the good ol' days? :-) Thank you again for the PC. Love it! <3
Response: So glad you got the card and liked it :) Here's to a great year ahead!
myancey rated for 3 Prompts - Dec - International on Dec 31, 2019
Comment: Ilyse, receiving a letter from you is like getting a visit from a really good friend. its like a warm hug.I hate hearing that you were cut from work that sucks. i recently turned in my 2 wk notice in fast food b/c i am burned out. there isnt any advancement and i hate how much work i put into it and receive nothing back it just really is sucky. my mom and dad recently moved out of our childhood home and all the memories that were in that house saddened me the day they moved out. but the memories def live on. thanks so much for a colorful letter (sorry bout the job) & i wish you a very happy 2020! oh and i love the stamp too is that your puppy? take care friend!
Response: Thank you for the kind words Mindy - and here's hoping we both get awesome new jobs in the New Year! I can only imagine the sadness with your parents moving from your childhood home... So glad you have good memories, and here's to making more! 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣will be our year!!
Comment: Happy 2020 and thanks for swapping! Look forward to more mail fun!
Response: Thanks for hosting so many great swaps and all your guidance. Here’s to a great new year!
Comment: Thank you and Happy New Year!
Response: Thanks and Happy New Year to you too!
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcards. Happy New Year!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart - Happy New Year!
myancey rated for P&M Quick Send Postcard 2 on Dec 27, 2019
Comment: I love the quote attitude is everything keep everything positive. I def try doing that often. Thanks so much for the beautiful Christmas postcard! Always good getting mail from ya and so glad to be your friend.
Response: Thanks Mindy - Happy New Year! Glad we're friends too :)

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earthnk on Jan 4, 2020:

Ilyse, thank you for your scatts c, prompts 67&68. Enjoyed your answers and your Christmas newsletter was so nice. Putting my 67&68 prompts in the mail today. Thanks for swapping with me.

Happy 2020!

yvonne401 on Jan 1, 2020:

Hi Ilyse!


On this New Year I wish that you have a superb January, a dazzling February, a Peaceful March, an anxiety free April, a sensational May, and Joy that keeps going from June to November, and then round off with an upbeat December.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Tigerlilyknotwise on Jan 1, 2020:

Belated thank you for my December wish! (AWG) The snowflake stickers are beautiful! :)

yvonne401 on Dec 30, 2019:

You are most welcome! Hope you had a nice Christmas!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

colleenbUSA on Dec 30, 2019:

Happy New Year

CPG New Years Profile Bling

OrigamiGrace on Dec 30, 2019:

All the best to you and your family for 2020! From CPG - NYE Profile Bling


yvonne401 on Dec 24, 2019:

Hi Ilyse!

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

Having you as my friend makes me feel as if it is Christmas every day. Merry Christmas to my dear friend, may this season be filled with joy and laughter for you and your family. A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. Merry Christmas!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Dec 22, 2019:

Hi Ilyse!

Wishing you a safe and happy first day of winter!


"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'"

  • Lewis Carroll

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

bluehairedmary on Dec 21, 2019:

Thanks so much for the cute Christmas card and puppy + kitten stickers! They are adorable! ~AWG December ~ I hope you have a great holiday!

yvonne401 on Dec 20, 2019:

Hi Ilyse! I mailed you a Christmas card today.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

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