Swap-bot Time: January 17, 2018 10:09 am


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: January 17, 2018
Birthday: August 10, 1956
Country: United States
Ilyse On Life

Nice to meet you!

Hello! My name is Ilyse. I'm 61, married for 32 years and mom to 2 millennials. 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.

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😀.

Things I love

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

• I'm new to Bullet Journals and completely hooked.

• 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.

• 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

• Mountains

• Rock-climbing and hiking

• Lantern Press cards

• Lighthouses

• Fields of flowers

• Pretty churches, castles and historic buildings

• Children playing

• Animals

• City skylines

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

Favorite Television

This Is Us, The Black List, Call The Midwife, Gray's Anatomy, Scandal, Nashville, Chicago Fire/Med/Justice, Hawaii 5-0, Shark Tank. And, don't ask why, but Married at First Sight, The Bachelor and Bachelorette too. 😘


Kiddie, reward or tiny stickers, 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 "regular" 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 the FOPS database 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!

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


e2java rated for First PC swap of 2018 - US Only 🎉 on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for hosting and happy 2018!
Response: Thanks so much!
iheartletters rated for 10 FBs WK 31 on Jan 14, 2018
Response: Welcome back and thanks for posting a rating for this swap!
Inez rated for ESG: My Favorite Vacation on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Hi! Thank you for your email! I loved the pictures and the story! That must have been an awesome vacation! Sorry for the late rate!
Response: Thanks my friend!
Comment: You aren’t that far away from little old leesburg, that’s sort of rare, I’m enjoying the momentary ‘warm’ until it gets normal 30’s again, *knock on wood* just hope there’s no heavy snow this year!
Response: Thanks so much...I'm in Leesburg a few times a year for my work. I like your area. It's just getting there that stresses me out! LOL!
Comment: Hi Ilyse! Always fun to have you as a partner! I would not have expected a snow pic from HI! That is a hoot! I have never been but it is on my bucket list! I am ready for summer - it has been too dang cold! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Yes - it had been a few weeks! LOL! Here's to a great year of swaps and friendship ❤️
Comment: Thanks for the postcard, love the quote from Buddah, will use that in the future. Stay warm!! : )
Response: Thanks and HNY - it’s finally above freezing here!
Comment: Hope you'll get to do more things you love! Happy New Year!
Response: Same to you 😀 Thanks for rating!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. A family reunion sounds amazing. A lot of my family are in the USA and Canada and there was a big reunion but this was in August 2016 and I couldn’t go. Hopefully I can make the next one. Good luck with your goals x
Response: Thanks so much :) I hope you make it to your next family reunion too...it's getting harder and harder to get everyone together!
Jjean rated for ESG: Jan/Feb To-Do List and 2018 Plan on Jan 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing....wow, you will be busy....love the idea of "buy nothing" will try to check it out futher.......
Response: Thanks Jean - Hope you have a Buy Nothing group in your area! Happy New Year :)
cricketsarge rated for Quick Letter & Christmas Card! on Jan 6, 2018
Comment: Your card and letter was lovely...I really like the stationary! So Christmas! When I get a chance, I would like to send a letter back. Happy New Year!
Response: Yeay - so glad it finally reached you :) Would love to hear back from you too. HNY!
Comment: Thank you for sharing the lovely photos! I think your kitchen looks absolutely gorgeous! I hope you had a lovely New Year's Day! :)
Response: Thanks so much! Happy New Year to you too 😀
Comment: Thank you for sharing your photos. The kitchen is looking fantastic, it makes such a difference having somewhere you enjoy cooking in. And that tree is huge!
Response: Thank you so much :)
Comment: thank you for sharing....your new kitchen looks great.....
Response: thank you very much! And thanks for the heart too :)
mermaidery rated for FS: Christmas Card, USA only on Dec 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card and the little update on whats going on your world. Hope you had a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!!
Response: You're welcome - and thanks for the nice note and heart :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card and plethora of extra goodies! I love the PC with the photos you took! Where is the cemetery located that's in your photo? And the soap smells amazing!
Response: So glad you got it and liked what I sent :) I came across that cemetery in SW Virginia on one of my work trips. I go through some really quaint small towns and find fun stuff. Happy New Year!
Comment: Thanks.
Response: thanks Shirley :)
Lorellie rated for ESG: Your Christmas Tree on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: I love your tree. Your daughter did great! Happy New Year!
Response: Thanks ❤️ When she moves out, I’m in trouble!
TC rated for FOPS ~ Retrocactive Resolutions on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Wow, you did some great stuff in 2017. I'm especially envious of the kitchen remodel and debt-free status. Congrats on the weight loss! I followed the same eating concept in 2015 and lost 60 pounds and feel so much better. :) Here's to an even better 2018!
Response: Thanks TC! KUDOS to you too on losing 60 pounds! That’s fantastic!
Lonestarchild rated for WPS - Animal Postcard #34 on Dec 26, 2017
Comment: What a funny card -- thank you!
Response: Glad you liked it :) Happy New Year!
littlemissme84 rated for ESG: Your Christmas Tree on Dec 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Your daughter did an awesome job on your tree.
Response: Thanks :) Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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CurlyTea on Jan 14, 2018:

Thanks for the wonderful treasures in AWG!

Lonestarchild on Jan 12, 2018:

Thank you for all the wonderful BLUENESS for Jan AWG. Can't wait to use some of this!

Margothecat on Jan 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for the business cards and Christmas postcards! Awesome! Loved the snowflakes - how did you make them? AWG January wish list!

MsRose on Jan 5, 2018:

😇Thank you so much for granting my wish /AWG It really made my day !☮️

crochetjunkie on Jan 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for my January wish for AWG!!! I listed those on there as a long shot, but you spoil me!!! Thank you so very much!!!! ❤️

luckycharms on Jan 1, 2018:

New year

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Babsmomof5 on Dec 28, 2017:

Thank you so much for the two gorgeous lantern press postcards, rhe birthday card for Matti, and the truly touching Christmas card. You have made my heavy heart fill with joy at the love you have sent my way!

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