Swap-bot Time: July 19, 2018 8:31 am


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: July 19, 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!


mermaidery rated for ESG: Favorite Photo - June on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing! Those day lilies are lovely.
Response: I'm so glad you got the swap - Thanks for the nice comment and the heart :)
Comment: Thank you so much
Response: You're quite welcome - Thanks for rating and for the heart!
MiRdLHWY43 rated for CPG: Let's go Shopping! on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: What an absolutely delightful package! Your day sounds like it was wonderful and you described it so well that I felt like I was there with you! Thank you so much for the really neat vintage postage and all the brochures and pictures of your day. I love it all!
Response: Glad you enjoyed the visit! We really did have a nice day…there was so much to see and do. Thank you for the heart too!
Comment: Sometimes its hard to stay humble, but with the Lord all things are possible.
Response: Amen! Thanks for rating and for the heart - God bless!
Leanne85 rated for ESG: Summer Reading Recommendation on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing - shall add your recommendation to my list :)
Response: Awesome - thanks :) Let me know what you think, when you get to read them.
Hugsie86 rated for ESG: Summer Reading Recommendation on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your book recommendations. Isn't it weird how sometimes we read a book written in the past and then something happens in present day and you think to yourself: Wow, it's like in that book! Really makes you wonder how come some things never change!
Response: Right?! Thanks for your sweet note!
HOLDENV84 rated for ESG: Summer Reading Recommendation on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the recommendations. The books do seem interesting and immigration is always a topic I like to read
Response: Thanks so much - have a great rest of winter. :)
dawnakaulen rated for Scattergories PC Swap - B on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: Amazing PC, I love it! Your answers were all great too :)
Response: Thank you Dawna :)
Comment: Thanks for the neat postcard!
Response: You're welcome - Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: I read about the shot state trooper online and while it was a sad story, it made me smile to read that your new friend is living because of this trooper. Transplant receivers are so amazing, I don't think I'd have the will and perseverance to got through the things they handle. Kudos for your new friend!!
Response: Thank you Noora - I haven't stopped being amazed by that story and how life's twists and turns take us places we could never design on our own. :)
Comment: Thank you for such a fun envie and sweet welcome to Virginia. Still learning my way around -- all very new still. Let me know if you're in Lex!
Response: Glad the swap made it - I love the Lexington area :) Enjoy!
littlemissme84 rated for Instagram Junkie on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the instalove
Response: Always a pleasure to see your photos :)
basykes rated for ESG: Favorite Photo - June on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: What fun pictures. I loved the car asking you if you need a break!
Response: Thanks Bev - that car was cool :)
MrsKytes rated for Instagram Junkie on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Thanx! I followed back. :) I really like your outdoor pictures!
Response: Thanks so much, and thanks for the heart :)
elkalsa rated for Instagram Junkie on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks for visiting
Response: My pleasure... thanks for the heart!
user3654 rated for Scattergories PC Swap - A on Jul 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the PC and the great answers - especially Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!
Response: Thanks!
knitterofhats rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #107 on Jul 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely note and teas. I enjoyed hearing about your weekend.
Response: Thanks- hope you have a good weekend too😀
Comment: Thank you! Wonderful story!
Response: Thanks so much!
TraceyHepburn rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE #16 on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: You’re welcome / such a nice journal!
squince rated for Scattergories PC Series - X / Y / Z on Jul 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks!!
Response: Welcome!

Rating Overview

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myancey on Jul 11, 2018:

Thanks so much for the virginia map pc!

bluehairedmary on Jul 6, 2018:

Thanks so much for granting a wish with postcards from Amazon! These animal postcards are great! Very thoughtful of you!

yvonne401 on Jul 4, 2018:

Hi Ilyse!

Make this 4th Of July memorable by counting the blessings and appreciating our freedom.

Happy 4th of July!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Ryleighsmom on Jun 29, 2018:

Thank you SO much for the June CPTG wishes! Ryleigh loved the birthday goodies!! :)

yvonne401 on Jun 21, 2018:


I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Babsmomof5 on Jun 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful paper pack, I can not wait to use these on projects this summer!

tcornell on Jun 5, 2018:

Thank you so much for the stationery and bookmark sets that you sent to me from Amazon for June's AWG wish list. It was so sweet of you to think of me!

goinjenny on Jun 5, 2018:

Thank you for all the stamps for my wish in AWG June!! You were incredibly generous!!

Yakima1955 on Jun 5, 2018:

Thanks so much for the stamps and the lovely Virginia postcards that was so thoughtful and totally unexpected 😊. Virginia totally holds a big piece of my heart. Having so much fun with this swap!!

craftyone on Jun 4, 2018:

Thank you for my AWG wish for June! These mini gel pens are beautiful. It's so awesome of you to order something for me from Amazon. I appreciate you so much! Have the best June!

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