Swap-bot Time: December 16, 2017 6:52 am


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: December 16, 2017
Birthday: August 10, 1956
Country: United States
Ilyse On Life

Nice to meet you!

Hello! My name is Ilyse. 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.

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 knowπŸ˜€.

Things I love

β€’ 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!

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

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

β€’ Anything wine-themed or coffee-themed!

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

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

β€’ My favorite animals are dogs, pandas, giraffes and butterflies.

β€’ 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:

β€’ Beaches and tropical scenes

β€’ Mountains

β€’ Lighthouses

β€’ Fields of flowers

β€’ City skylines

β€’ Pretty churches, castles and historic buildings

β€’ Rock-climbing and hiking

β€’ Lantern Press cards

β€’ Children playing

β€’ 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!


Comment: Thanks for sharing and so so sorry for the late rate x
FunsizeSteph rated for Visit me on instagram on Dec 15, 2017
Helena8664 rated for Visit me on instagram on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the warm & wonderful insta-love! <3
Response: You're Insta-welcome!
tamtamlee rated for ASimple Woman's Day #30 on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Love the paper! Merry Christmas!
Response: Thanks Tammy :) Glad you got the swap so fast! Thank you for the heart too.
chaari rated for ESG: My Favorite Vacation on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Aww what a cool trip! I love that picture of you and the dolphin! β™₯
Response: Thanks πŸ˜€ The dolphin was sooo cute!
katjl rated for Visit me on instagram on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the showing me love and your kind words! 😊
Response: Loved your photos! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
SugaredMoon rated for 1 more Christmas Card! on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Merry Christmas!
Response: Thanks and same to you!
JazD rated for 1 more Christmas Card! on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card and PC.
Response: You're welcome - thanks for rating, and for the heart :)
Fabriqueen rated for P&M any postcard swap 3 on Dec 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful quilted PC! Hugs, Diane
Response: You're welcome and thank you for the heart :)
marinda rated for WPS - Snow Postcard #2 on Dec 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the very pretty card. Merry Christmas!
Response: You're very welcome - glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart :)
Kellpepper rated for TCHH ~ New Year, New You? on Dec 9, 2017
Comment: This may seem silly, but I have been seeing butterflies everywhere. Way to go on the lifestyle change, I am down 7 # myself.
Response: Glad you got the swap - and congrats on the weight loss too! Merry Christmas :)
mylove4craft rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #82 on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: What a great note and little notebook! Thanks so much!!
Response: Glad you liked it and thanks for the heart!
schaefchen87 rated for ESG: My Favorite Vacation on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing your trip with me. It looks so great, would love to visit the DR someday too. Looks like paradies! And a hot tub on the lanai WOW! (At first I had to google what a lanai is ^^) My fingers are crossed that you will win again. Mexico sounds so great, it is on my travel bucket list too!
Response: Thanks for the good wishes...I hope you get to the DR one day too. Or any tropical island! ❀️🌴❀️🌴
Response: Thanks for rating and for the ❀️ - have a great December!
LadyJo rated for TCHH ~ Seal & Send ~ Christmas on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the items you picked. I do the same thing too, I wait and than try to pick things for the persons profile! The stickers are so cute!
Response: Glad you liked the swap, and glad I'm not the only 'rule-breaker' - LOL! Thanks for the heart :)
emilynhr rated for WPS - Fall Postcard on Dec 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome :)
Comment: Thank you. Happy Journaling.
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart. Happy journaling to you too!
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I've never worked out how to fold a fitted sheet - I just roll them in a ball and stick them in the wardrobe!
Response: LOL - right?? It's actually not hard, but I never knew how. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! Thanks for the rating and the heart :)
Comment: So many amazing pictures ;) Beautiful Christmas trees. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!
Response: Glad you enjoyed the pictures and Merry Christmas to you too :) Thanks for the heart!
Comment: What a pretty postcard!
Response: Glad you liked it - thanks for rating :)

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yvonne401 on Dec 13, 2017:

Merry Christmas!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

bbsporty on Dec 11, 2017:

Thank you so much for the AWG awesome wish of the Pentel pen set! It's perfect!

Butterfly1974 on Nov 28, 2017:

Thank you for my November AWG! So many beautiful Christian cards. THANK YOU!!!

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

Tigerlilyknotwise on Nov 17, 2017:


Hey, Mom and other sis got the mail you sent them for Nov AWG. Thanks again! Sarah said to tell you she especially loves the food with faces stickers :)

CurlyTea on Nov 14, 2017:

Thank you @HappyMom for the purple ephemera and embroidery goodies in AWG.

BasketWorks15 on Nov 12, 2017:

Holy Wishlist haul Batman! What a wonderful selection of goodies for my November wishes from AWG! Wowza! The Christmas green stamp pad is perfect! Thank you so much! 😻😻😻😻😻

Margothecat on Nov 10, 2017:

Thank you for the Christmas postcard for my Nov wish list on AWG. Have a blessed Christmas!

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

Ryleighsmom on Nov 9, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely card and stamps granted via AWG Nov. wishlist. Your mail sure brightened my day! ❀️🌻

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