Swap-bot Time: May 25, 2017 1:13 pm


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: May 25, 2017
Birthday: August 10, 1956
Country: United States
Ilyse On Life

Nice to meet you!

Hello! I'm 60 years old, married and mom to two young adults. I've been pen-palling and swapping for over 40 years 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! If you'd like, enclose some of your address labels with your swap, and I will 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!

• 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, especially map-style and "Greetings From" postcards! Thanks for adding to my collection! All postcards are appreciated and these are the ones I love:

• Beaches and tropical scenes

• Mountains

• Lighthouses

• Fields of flowers

• City skylines

• Pretty churches and historic buildings

• Castles

• Children playing

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

I also collect miniature water globes, Willow Tree figurines and Tervis tumblers.

Favorite Television

This Is Us, The Black List, Call The Midwife, Gray's Anatomy, Scandal, Nashville, Chicago Fire, Downton Abbey, Hawaii 5-0, Shark Tank. And, don't ask why, but 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.

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. Thanks!

I really dislike non-raters or people who don't communicate well. 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 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 very 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! I hope we can swap soon!

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!


mermaidery rated for ESG: Add me on Snapchat on May 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the add! Looking forward to seeing your snaps. :D
AdP rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #10 on May 24, 2017
Response: Thanks for the rating - I enjoyed your photos!
kbaver rated for TGIF Weekend Note Card #54 on May 23, 2017
Response: I hope you enjoyed my letter, and thanks for rating.
willowsmarika rated for ESG: Add me on Snapchat on May 23, 2017
Comment: YAYYYYY. Thanks for joining this swap, I honestly thought no one would. But it's so much fun getting to know you guys a little. So, thanks again!! ❤
Response: Thanks again! I'm thoroughly enjoying it too!
paraxparaxnoia rated for ESG: Add me on Snapchat on May 23, 2017
Comment: You're doing good with your snapping, who said you weren't good with technology! I love seeing people's lives around the world :)
Response: Back at ya Noora! I'm enjoying your snaps!
Liiskah rated for ESG: Add me on Snapchat on May 21, 2017
Comment: Thankyou for the add :)
Response: Thanks for helping me figure out the app - LOL!
spicemom rated for Swaps ~ Getting To Know You #3 on May 18, 2017
Comment: Hi llyse Thank you for your answers I enjoy reading it Spicemom
Response: Glad you liked my answers - these are fun swaps! Thanks for the heart too :)
Comment: Cute card!!!
Response: Glad you liked it - I sent one to me too, cause I thought so too :) Thanks for the heart!
Comment: What a thoughtful postcard! Thank you for sharing your son's work with me! I enjoyed reading about your pet peeves--well, as much as one could, lol :)
Response: So glad you liked it :) Yes, I am a proud mama...can't help it! Thanks for the heart!
schaefchen87 rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #10 on May 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for visiting me on my instafram profile and leaving some lovely comments :-) I really enjoyed them.
Response: Thanks - I enjoyed the pix!
widelo123 rated for SBPC: Fruit or Vegetable on May 16, 2017
Comment: Illyse, thank you for the postcard of the pineapples. I am ready to go and harvest some with you right now. A little expensive for one pineapple, but it might be worth it. Shirley
Response: Nothing like a ripe and super sweet pineapple! YUM! Glad you liked the card and thanks for the heart!
reader44ever rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #10 on May 15, 2017
Comment: Wow, Ilyse! Thank you for all of the many "likes" and your comments. I hope I saw and replied to all! :-) Thank you so much for enjoying my dog, too. Just . . . THANK YOU! <3
Response: Max is awesome and I love these swaps! Thanks for the heart too!
dorcii rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #10 on May 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the nice comments and the likes :)
Response: My pleasure! Thanks for the ❤️,
vickysounio rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #10 on May 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your comments! ❤
Response: Loved the photos! Thanks for the heart 😀
Comment: Fantastic pictures as always. Callie looks gorgeous !
Response: thanks Vishruti!
basykes rated for Mother's Day - About Your Babies on May 10, 2017
Comment: I loved reading about your kids and seeing their photos. Happy Mother's Day!!
Response: Thanks Bev - Happy Mother's Day to you too!
kathiann rated for Mother's Day - About Your Babies on May 10, 2017
Comment: Loved the pictures of your "babies"!
Response: Thank you! Seems like yesterday..... Thanks for being part of the swap, and Happy Mother's Day!
Lexidh rated for QUICK Pet Photo swap #5 on May 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the sweet photos =) I got your first e-mail, but my inbox has been flooded with work and other types of nagging, so it's taken a while to get back to the bottom where I was a week ago! I miss having birds around, they are cool. But wouldn't last more than a few minutes at our house...
Response: Thanks - It's odd how oblivious the dog is when I let the bird out of the cage! Loved seeing your kitties too :)
zurdoswifey rated for QUICK Pet Photo swap #5 on May 6, 2017
Comment: Very pretty dog...I love all the speckles ...and your parakeet posing for a pic haha ...thanks for sharing your pets with me
Response: Glad you liked the pix - I loved seeing yours too. 😀
marinda rated for WPS - Transportation Postcard #4 on May 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I love boats. We don't have any around here.
Response: Oh my - no boats? I love being close to water! Glad you liked the postcard :) Thank you for the heart!

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yvonne401 on May 13, 2017:

Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day!


Your friend, Yvonne

ShyAnn64 on May 9, 2017:

Thank you so very much for all of the wonderful wishes that you sent to me for 'A Wish Granted USA/May!' You spoiled me completely rotten! ((Hugs)) Carol Ann


yvonne401 on May 4, 2017:


Your friend, Yvonne

chaari on May 4, 2017:

Your friendship brightens my day as well! So sweet ♥ Thank you ♥

Tigerlilyknotwise on Apr 29, 2017:


luckycharms on Apr 15, 2017:

happy easter

yvonne401 on Apr 14, 2017:

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!



Mugsie on Apr 11, 2017:

yvonne401 on Apr 10, 2017:

Thanks for the Easter wishes!



Scrybe on Mar 2, 2017:

Thank you for your "A Day in My Life" swap and sharing with me. I enjoyed it. Thank you for your comments on my swap.

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