Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2017 11:08 am


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: October 20, 2017
Birthday: August 10, 1956
Country: United States
Ilyse On Life

Nice to meet you!

Hello! I'm in my 60's, married and mom to two young adults. 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.

Things I love

• Friendship Books (n/n, regular only - no FSS), Postcards and ATCs! Send some of your address labels with your swap, and I'll be glad to make some FBs for you!

• Summer is my favorite season, and I've always wanted to move back to Hawaii!

• I love beaches, lighthouses, tropical flowers, palm trees, trade winds, volcanoes and anything Hawaiian.

• Anything wine-themed or coffee-themed!

• Motivational or Cute sayings, stickers, graphics, etc. Rifle Paper Company and Papyrus always make me happy!

• I enjoy nice stationery, note cards, fridge magnets, stickers and scrapbook supplies, kitchen gadgets, towels and pot holders. Christian themes are welcome.

• My favorite animals are dogs, pandas, giraffes and butterflies.

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


I collect anything from Hawaii - I'm obsessed with the islands!

Postcards from the states and around the world. All postcards are appreciated and these are the ones I love:

• Beaches and tropical scenes

• Mountains

• Lighthouses

• Fields of flowers

• City skylines

• Pretty churches, castles and historic buildings

• Rock-climbing and hiking

• Lantern Press cards

• Children playing

• Giraffes, pandas, butterflies, puppies, owls, sea life

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. 😘


Please don't send kiddie or reward 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 swap "regular" or "nice & neat" FBs -- No sloppy books with jagged edges, No label bags, slams, lyrics, FSS, etc.. Thanks for sending items I'm happy to pass along. If I sign up for an FB swap, please try to send FB books, not sheets. Of course, I wouldn't rate down, but I sure do appreciate the books. Thanks!

I love swapping, but it's discouraging to have to chase down ratings. Please rate promptly - I promise to do the same!

The Golden Rule

When I host swaps, I promise to angel any not received. I check profiles and the FOPS database before assigning partners.

I also rate promptly, and always give people the benefit of the doubt, though there shouldn't be any doubt! I freely give out hearts when they're deserved, but will hold swappers accountable for not honoring the spirit of a swap. 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. Communication is key!

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!

For the holidays

If we're partnered in a Christmas-themed swap of any kind, I welcome Christian messages. To me, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, not snowmen and sleigh bells. But I'm happy with cute, whimsical, vintage-style and homemade Christmas themes too. Thanks and Merry Christmas!


reader44ever rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #12 on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Instagram love, Ilyse! My favorite comment of yours was when you said "Max is the most well-read dog ever!" :-) Thank you so much!!!!
reader44ever rated for ESG: Musicals Q & A on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing your musical memories, Ilyse! My favorite song from your list is arguably Footloose. I too love the original film. But I don't think I've seen the reboot! (The original, for me, is THE film!) :-) Thank you so much for sharing!
Response: Thanks Jen!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your home. I love the quality of your photos and especially love the color of the walls in your office.. such a tranquil blue.
Response: Thanks Melissa :) The blue is both calming and energizing for me. I think that when I'm in a good frame of mind, I am relaxed, but productive. Glad you liked the photos, and thanks for the heart!
ginico rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #12 on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the instagram love you left me
Response: Loved your photos - thanks for the heart!
sakura15 rated for ESG: Musicals Q & A on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for joining the swap :) I really enjoyed listening to some of my favourites and finding a new one I liked too!
Response: That was so much fun - thanks for hosting :) And for the heart!
mellyrose89 rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #12 on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your comments!!!!
Response: Thank you! Always good to swap with you!
chaari rated for ESG: Musicals Q & A on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for your list! I have never heard of the Sound of Music, but it was mentioned quite often in this swap - so I will watch out for it :D
Response: Oh it’s one of the best!
pennywhistler rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #12 on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks for your comments!
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your happy pictures for the month :) What a great shot of your brother, it made me laugh!
Response: Thanks—he’s a character for sure!
mermaidery rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #12 on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the 🖤!! Bitty Kitty [ her full name is Bitty Kitty the adventure buddy lol] was inspired by flat Stanley in a way. Just not sending her around for others to take photos.. I went to about 5 stores and felt countless blind bags to find her in mermaid form. Im not chancing losing her, lol.
Response: That’s so cool! I wish I had done that when I used to travel a lot more😀
kathiann rated for Fall-theme postcard - US only on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: I miss the fall leaves. Thank you so much for sharing with me!
Response: Glad you liked the card. Thanks for the ❤️!
littlerobyne rated for QUICK ATC swap #245 on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you. It took awhile to arrive but well worth the wait!
Response: I'm glad you received it! Thank you for the rating and the heart :)
Kskollections rated for ATC#5 - Month of October on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: So very cute! Love it!
Response: Glad you liked it - I had fun and I'm looking forward to collecting all the months :) Thanks for the heart!
Mimiadpi rated for Lantern Press Postcard Swap on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Very lovely card. I live the sun rays. I have always love VA. We stay there whenever we visit D.C. Happy posting! Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked the card :) I'm heading up to northern VA tomorrow as a matter of fact! Thanks for the heart!
SnailerAH rated for 4 Sticker Sheets on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: I ❤️ The pandabears
Response: So glad you liked them! Thanks for rating, and for the heart!
Comment: I wish your son all the best for the new career, that van looks amazing! Some people are just so good with their hands, its amazing :) also great to hear business is picking up and the kitchen is coming together, can't wait to see it fully done! You and your hubby look dashing, I didn't know he's a pastor! :D you are totally right, it's nice to get to know people a little better by these swaps :) I noticed for once I didn't have you as a partner for sending so feel free to check my blog (n00r4.blogspot.com) fr my latest post for this swap :) I'll see you on Snapchat and here again :) take care!
Response: Thanks for you sweet comments - I always enjoy hearing from you and I love our picture exchanges :) I enjoyed your blog too - thanks for the link. Love and hugs to you and your sweet nephew - my heart is feeling a strong tug right now. ❤️
libbymayecu rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #73 on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter! Your kitchen is looking lovely!
Response: Thanks! Definitely a work-in-progress...taking a break this weekend! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the letter. I hope you get back someday. We are heading nback it Nov 6th. I will send you a post card!
Response: Jeally!! I'd Love a postcard -- thanks :) Hope you have a wonderful time!
Response: Thanks for doing a private swap and for the heart rating!
Comment: What wonderful postcards! Also love the decorated card you sent them in. Thank you!😀
Response: You're welcome - thanks for hosting a fun group and great swaps :)

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Bohochick on Oct 12, 2017:

Thank you for the beautiful fairy mail notecards!!

DarkSkullMistress42 on Oct 12, 2017:

Love the pretty fall towels, going to enjoy using them. Thank you for thinking of me in the A Wish Granted group.

Lonestarchild on Oct 11, 2017:

Thank you for the fab non-touristy cards! Love the old cowboy one! These are fun -- thank you! Oct AWG

bbsporty on Oct 11, 2017:

Thank you for the AWG October wish of notecards! They are all so pretty!

kaypendragon on Oct 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the amazon box! I love the washi and Squid is going to adore the blocks!

goinjenny on Oct 10, 2017:

Thank you for the PCs in AWG!!

hollycm6 on Sep 25, 2017:

I'm sorry, I thought I had acknowledged receipt of your lovely wish gift... THANK YOU!! The socks are great... nope, not too low at all... and I loved the stickers, too (the Charlie Brown ones are my favorite. We watch the great pumpkin every year after trick or treats and roasting hot dogs on a fire out back! But the kittens and puppies will have to go to my granddaughter!) Thank you, it was a very thoughtful wish!

pyneapplequeen on Sep 16, 2017:

Hello!! Thanks for swapping with me in the ESG: quick friendly comment swap! I really enjoyed reading your profile! I live in VA too! And love both their beaches and mountains. We're pineapple trees everywhere in Hawaii? I love pineapples!!

ginny19590 on Sep 14, 2017:

Thanks for the awesome swap cards. I loved them and needed them so badly.........=)

Paige1900 on Sep 14, 2017:

Big Huge thank you for the fantastic varieties of teas you sent for Sept Wishes - AWG.

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