Swap-bot Time: May 22, 2018 2:38 pm


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: May 22, 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 33 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

I ❤️ 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

**The Northern Lights


**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, The Black List, Call The Midwife, Gray's Anatomy, Scandal, Nashville, Chicago Fire/Med, 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, 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 "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!

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!


servingHim rated for ESG: What is in my bag? on May 22, 2018
Comment: This was a fun swap. Thanks for sharing!
littlemissme84 rated for ESG: What is in my bag? on May 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for sharing. Your coin purse is super cute. Lip balm and a glasses cloth are essential for me too!
Response: Thank you - I get a ton of comments on that little coin purse :) So much cuter than the little metal cases that most sales people use.Thanks for the heart!
marinda rated for Scattergories PC Series - R on May 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you! So fun
Response: Thanks Marinda😀
Macw1975 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #100 on May 17, 2018
Comment: Great note card! Too funny that you were headed my way at the same time the mail was! I'd love to meet for coffee some time when you're in the area.
Response: Thanks 😀 one time soon!
basykes rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - April on May 16, 2018
Comment: fun collection of photos. Thanks!
Response: Thanks Bev!
servingHim rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on May 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for stopping by!
Response: My pleasure!
reader44ever rated for ESG: Mother's Day on May 15, 2018
Comment: That is a beautiful tribute to your parents, Ilyse. I love that you posted it to your blog. And your swap, too, was lovely. It makes me happy to know that you have had such a wealth of happiness in your life. Your photos were great! It was fun to see you, your parents, and your kids. :-) Thank you for sharing! <3
Response: Thanks Jen - I know it was a lot to read and I appreciate your kind words❤️
echeveriaLilacina rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on May 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks a bunch for your love you left on my IG :)
Response: You’re welcome, and thanks for sharing.
elkalsa rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on May 14, 2018
Comment: thanks for visiting
Response: My pleasure ❤️
vickysounio rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on May 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the love and comments!! Hugs-Vicky.
Response: My pleasure :)
squince rated for P&M Multi View Postcard Swap on May 14, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating :)
chaari rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on May 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks a lot for all the insta love! If you ever come to Munich I take you to the tram cafe ;-)
Response: YES please!!
pennywhistler rated for ESG: Spend the Day With Me! on May 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the interesting photos. It is nice to see a real road trip. Road trips aren't really a thing here in the UK probably because the country is too small!
Response: LOL! I'm on the road every week...usually at least 1 overnight, sometimes 2 or 3. I enjoy getting out of town, but I love getting home too!
Lazydaisy0104 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #99 on May 13, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness!! I love my letter and my goodies!!! Thank you so much for making my first swap amazing! 💞
Response: So glad you liked my letter :) Thanks for rating, and for the heart!
Comment: Thank You so much for awesome postcard! Love the photos on it!!!:)
Response: Thank you very much, and thanks for the heart. Till next year… 😀
Leanne85 rated for ESG: Mother's Day on May 13, 2018
Comment: I loved reading about your motherhood journey, so much detail and enjoyable to read, loved your pics :)
Response: Thanks so much Leanne 😀❤️😀❤️
Ramya rated for Scattergories PC Series - Q on May 12, 2018
Comment: Hi, thanks for the quote card and great q list! Happy Mother’s Day❤️❤️❤️
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart- Happy Mother’s Day to you too!
Comment: HI Ilyse, Thank you for the great postcard you sent. Happy National Postcard Week, Demaris
Response: Thanks Demaris - same to you!
mb58ca rated for ESG: Spend the Day With Me! on May 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for sharing your day :) Mom looks good and so do you. Food looks good, too.
Response: Oh thank you...sadly, that picture with my mom is from the 1980's, and she passed away in 1995. I miss her so much, especially on Mother's Day weekend! Hope your weekend is a good one!
Comment: Love your NPCW photo collage postcard! Thanks!

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yvonne401 on May 13, 2018:

Dear Ilyse,

Friendship and motherhood are two of the most wonderful things that anyone can experience!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

tcornell on May 10, 2018:

Thank you for the card with encouraging words, it means a lot to me.

MsBellaDonna on May 2, 2018:

Thank you for being an "Angel" for the Scattergories PC Series "F" - you're the best!


mariamichelle on Apr 23, 2018:

Thanks again for the postage stamps. I had just ran out the day they arrived. :)

orneryswife on Apr 21, 2018:

Thank you for granting my April wish for stamps! 😘

MsRose on Apr 19, 2018:

Happy mom

I adore everything you sent me !!! AWG wish 💜 ☮️ Cher

Cgscdy on Apr 18, 2018:

Tysm for my bday card and stamps from AWG. The stamps will definitely come in handy and I absolutely LOVE what you wrote in the card. It has a special place hanging above my workstation !

craftyone on Apr 13, 2018:

Thanks for a wish granted in April! I love the cards and especially the word search you created.

Lonestarchild on Apr 12, 2018:

Thank you so much for all the FAB yellow birthday fun for April AWG! Love all this sunshine! Thank you!

yvonne401 on Apr 12, 2018:

Thank you for the AWG April wish of an awesome Gratitude Journal!



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