Swap-bot Time: March 23, 2018 5:44 am


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: March 23, 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 32 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, 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!


uconn rated for Scattergories PC Series - J on Mar 23, 2018
Comment: Great J choices, thanks for the Jack's Pass card
Response: You’re welcome- thanks for rating!
ariestess rated for ESG: Fantasy Vacation on Mar 21, 2018
Comment: What a great idea for a vacation! Thanks for sharing!
Response: Thank you!
AmericanHeiress rated for FOPS: Easter Goodies on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Omg my package arrived I can’t wait to dive into this bad boy!!!! Feels like Xmas but it’s Easter lol thanks so much Ilyse I can’t wait
Response: Woo Hoo! Everything's wrapped separately, so it's ok to open the box - the temptation would kill me! LOL! I had so much fun putting it together :) Happy Easter!
Comment: Ilyse, thanks for the nice card! Marc
Response: You're welcome Marc - thanks for the heart!
nsciambi rated for Scattergories PC Series - I on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I wonder how many of us chose 'Ice Cream' for the food/drink.
Response: LOL - probably all of us :) Thanks for the heart!
AmyIsMe rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #91 on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable card (I loved the envleope too), AND the extra added postcard! It was great to hear about your weekend and I hope you've recovered from the Winter weather :)
Response: Glad you liked the swap and my note - Feeling much better here, and still anxiously awaiting Spring! Have a great weekend :)
judee0624 rated for WPS - International Postcard #2 on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Wonderful card from theland of my ancestors - thank you!
Response: Nice! Thanks for the heart :)
KarenFife rated for Simply an Animal Postcard USA on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute postcard. My grandma always had chihuahuas and I never cared for that breed. Haha. I like big, furry, and cuddly.
Response: I'm the same way, but they're all so cute!! Thank you for the heart - have a great weekend :)
Comment: I adore pandas! I would love to go see the ones in DC. We've grown up with the ones in San Diego and it feels like family when we go to see them. Silly, huh?
Response: Too funny! I feel the same way about "my" pandas in DC! Thanks so much!
TrishaLSmith rated for Scattergories PC Series - H on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: Love the postcard. I actually found thus same postcard a few months back in a second hand store in Colorado. So it was neat to get another in the mail.
Response: That’s cool -funny there aren’t more duplicates! Glad you liked it.
angelasunshine3 rated for 30 Questions on Mar 11, 2018
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart.
bellanonna rated for Scattergories PC Series - F on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: I'm so sorry Ilyse. I inadvertantly pressed the "...do not wish to rate at this time.." choice! I distinctly remember your card, because it had "Frito's" as a choice.... my favorite. That's what happens when I get in a hurry! So sorry, again! 😟
Response: No worries! Just following up - glad you got the card! Thanks 😀
neecie rated for 50 Random Questions EMAIL Swap on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: hello happy mom! very pretty name/would not have guessed the pronounciation ... love your look into the future (#31), hee! that's about what my anticipation is for me, too ;) interesting having a *travelling* job & hope all your roads are smooth & clear > enjoy staying home whenever/happy friday!
Response: Thanks neecie!
Kathy821 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #90 on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Wow, you really blessed me! I am going to write you back if that's ok. The card is front & center on the fridge. I have literally cried all week, but you definitely made me smile. Isn't God THE best!! The recipe sounds great & is on the menu for next week.
Response: So happy you liked my card and letter - prayers continue!
sushma rated for 50 Random Questions EMAIL Swap on Mar 8, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart!
MeghanMac rated for Scattergories PC Series - G on Mar 7, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Sorry to hear you've been sick! But also good to hear you're getting better :) Your son and his girlfriend look so happy! That salmon looks delicious and Scrabble is one of my favorite board games<3
Response: Thanks for the great reviews, and especially the get well wishes!
Comment: The egg beaters is so cool! I just love vintage cooking tools. I always keep an eye out at goodwill for cool things like that egg beater! Thanks for swapping with me!!
Response: LOL - that makes me happy! Of all the heirlooms :)
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. x
Response: Thank you - thank so much! ❤️
Comment: Wow You really found some Great Items. Thank you very Much... Love Everything You Sent...Smiles from my Heart ! ! !
Response: So glad you liked the swap!

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reader44ever on Mar 19, 2018:

Ilyse! I got your Fantasy Vacation swap and I'm in love! Iceland in winter to see the Northern Lights? That's on my bucket list, too!

If I ever do get to go to Slovenia (my Fantasy Vacation destination), I probably wouldn't go for two weeks. I'd likely go first to Iceland, then to Slovenia, and from there back to Russia (possibly after first stopping in Romania and Bulgaria). I'd likely spend a few days in Iceland, a few days in Slovenia, and anywhere from two weeks to six months in Russia. :-)

Since we were talking Fantasies, though, I'd love to be able to dive into a country's culture and food, so staying in one place for two weeks would be divine! :-)

Thank you for sharing your trip with me! <3

yvonne401 on Mar 17, 2018:

A good friend is like a four leaf clover. Hard to find but lucky to have.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

CurlyTea on Mar 15, 2018:

goinjenny on Mar 9, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards and note cards in AWG March

ReadMoreBooks33 on Mar 8, 2018:

Thank you for the birthday card and casserole recipes!


CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2018:

angelgram on Mar 5, 2018:

☼ ☺ Gõť ťħě Ģeť Ŵęľľ Ħăƥƥγ МάιL ☺ ☼

Such a lovely TK Lighthouse greeting card. So nice of you to take the time to mail me get well wishes. It was a day brightener and smile maker. Thank You!

☼ ☺ Gõť ťħě Ģeť Ŵęľľ Ħăƥƥγ МάιL ☺ ☼

zurdoswifey on Feb 27, 2018:

Many many thanks for the very generous package you sent for my Feb wishes in AWG...I was blown away at your generosity...ty ty ty these will come in handy and they are all so nice

ginny19590 on Feb 23, 2018:

Thank you so much for Amazon Ephemera you sent me for AWG. I loved it........=)

Fenix825 on Feb 18, 2018:

Thank you very much for the lovely notecards from my AWG Feb Wishlist!

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