Swap-bot Time: May 19, 2019 1:25 pm


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: May 19, 2019
Birthday: August 10, 1956
Country: United States
Ilyse On Life

Nice to meet you!


Hello! My name is Ilyse. I'm 62, have been married for 34 years and I'm mom to 2 grown kids, who are still my "babies". 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 😁 us

Things I love

I ❤️ Summer, hot weather, beaches, lighthouses, tropical flowers, palm trees, trade winds, volcanoes and anything Hawaiian.

Bullet Journals - still new at it, and far from the fancy ones I've seen, but it's fun and challenging.

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, Life is Good.

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

**Hot-air balloons


**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, Manifest, New Amsterdam, Tidying Up, Mrs. Maisel, Call The Midwife, Gray's Anatomy, Chicago Fire/Med, Hawaii 5-0, Shark Tank, Catfish, all the HGTV stuff and House Hunters or Buying Hawaii/Hawaii Life. 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!


Comment: Wow thanks so much for your amazing letter, and all the extras!
Comment: Got it!! Thanks again!!
AZmom875 rated for ESG: Mid-month Motivation - May on May 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the link to the video. Very new concept to me. I enjoyed it.
Response: So glad you liked it! More to come!
Lonestarchild rated for CPG: By the Ocean PC - US Only on May 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Beach girl here too -- bring on the sand!
Response: Yes! Even with the humidity, i’ll take the heat anytime 😀☀️
cynaemon rated for Scatts PC Swap - T - US Only on May 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for yours too - we've been partnered a bunch lately :)
Comment: What an awesome card...
Response: Thank you and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Love the card beautiful photo. Thank you!
Response: Thank you very much and Happy NPCW :)
Comment: Thank you for the ocean view!
Response: You’re welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: thanks so much
Response: Thanks for posting the rating and for the heart - Nice to swap again!
CaseyErin rated for Scatts PC Swap - S - US Only on May 8, 2019
Comment: Such a beautiful card, HappyMom. Thank you for sending such a nice one to me!
Response: So happy you liked it :) Thanks for the prompt rating and the heart!
skinny52 rated for P&M Spell it out postcard swap on May 6, 2019
Comment: Nicely done, thanks!
Response: You're welcome - Enjoy!
JossieAyame rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - April on May 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing! My favourite photo is the one of your son rock climbing! I am terrified of heights, so I have a lot of respect for people who can do things like that!
Response: Thanks - I could never climb myself, and I love seeing him excel at it! And thank you for the heart!
matt319 rated for Daily Postcard Swap- Sign Up By 1/3 on May 5, 2019
Response: Thanks for rating this one ... from 2017 😂😂😂
jenmcjen rated for Scatts PC Swap - R - US Only on May 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful and colorful postcard! On both sides. I just got a HUGE set of gel pens so I can write colorful stuff like this, too. Richmond sounds much warmer than Little Falls. Haha, reading sounds much easier and cheaper than remodeling the bathroom! I misread this at first and thought you wrote that they didn't have relaxing rain in 1900, so I laughed because I'm such a dork! Thanks for a great card!
Response: So glad you enjoyed the card - and thanks for the heart!
BTim rated for ATC - Free Themed #6 (USA) on May 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card!
Response: You're welcome :)
kittyfun rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #143 on May 2, 2019
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart.
valleychic rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - April on May 2, 2019
Comment: Lovely pictures. The sunset is gorgeous and the flowers are lovely. You have a beautiful family. I'm afraid of heights so I have great respect for your son, but that would be a nope from me. LOL.
Response: Thanks for the kind words ... and I'm with you on the climbing!
Comment: Cool postcard!
Response: Thank you - glad you liked it :)
Comment: Thanks Ilyse!! That would have been the perfect card to send to my partner if I had it. I put Jack Johnson as one of my singers/concerts. He comes from Hawaii. You had a good list of bands you’ve seen. Thanks for sending.
Response: Glad you liked it, and thanks for the heart!
squince rated for Scatts PC Swap - Q - US Only on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thank you :)

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goinjenny on May 17, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome pens in AWG May!!

AZmom875 on May 17, 2019:

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” – H. G. Wells

AZmom875 on May 16, 2019:

“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” – Anne Frank

yvonne401 on May 13, 2019:

Thank you for my AWG May wishes of tea bags, Christian notecards, birthday cards and thank you card!



Artistic on May 8, 2019:

AWG: Ilyse, thank you for the beautiful birthday card, stickers, and the post card quotes. Adore them all. And thank you so very much for the item for Mom.

Lonestarchild on May 2, 2019:

Thanks so for the AWG MARCH treat of mags! They went to my moms and I will get them from her shortly -- just in time to go in the backpack for summer travels!! Thanks so much and my apologies for late response!

susieq11 on Apr 27, 2019:

Thank you very much for the CPG Pick 2 - US Only tag!!! The address labels are soooo cute and I love the stamps and postcards. You totally spoiled me. Thank you thank you!!!!! XOXO

PineappleTarts on Apr 27, 2019:

I see you like the beach so I hope you will enjoy this quote:

"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea."

-E.E. Cummings

ESG: Post a Positive Profile Message

9O96O on Apr 21, 2019:

Hello HappyMom. This is for the:

ESG: Post A Positive Profile Message Swap


I see that you like handmade things, me too. :) I'm posting an image of a postcard I made. I painted the background using acrylics, scanned the painting, then used photoshop to add the George Bernard Shaw quote.

rSmith handmade postcard

craftyone on Apr 16, 2019:

Happy florals! Thank you for A Wish Granted in April. It was such a nice surprise!

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