Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2017 2:47 am


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

Nice to meet you!

Hello! 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.

Things I love

• 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!

• 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!

• Motivational or 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. All postcards are appreciated and these are the ones I love:

• Beaches and tropical scenes

• Mountains

• Lighthouses

• Fields of flowers

• City skylines

• Pretty churches, castles and historic buildings

• Rock-climbing and hiking

• Children playing

• 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!


pinkpikachu96 rated for School Memories - Email swap on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: Loved seeing your answers! Thank you!
Response: Glad you enjoyed the answers - always fun to reminisce, isn't it? Thanks for being in the swap, and for the heart!
MissMiniNinja rated for School Memories - Email swap on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved reading it x
Response: Thanks - fun to reminisce, especially when I used to love school :)
Comment: Always nice to see you as my partner! I loved your pictures, you seem so happy :) also, those throwback photos are 10/10, love the jacket!!
Response: Thanks Noora! I love seeing your photos too and getting to know you thru SnapChat :) Thanks for the heart as well!
pattiairel rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail: August 2017 on Aug 12, 2017
Comment: thank you so much for a nice swap. I liked all of it, too!!! ♥♥♥
Response: Thanks Patti - have a great weekend!
Katiekay rated for WPS - Writing Prompt Postcard #8 on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard
Response: You're welcome, and thank you for the heart!
Marcie24 rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #65 on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great letter. I'll write back. And, my daughter lives in Richmond so I'm well versed in that awful 95 traffic.
Response: Thanks- glad you liked my letter and sorry you "get" I 95!
Vickyen rated for WPS - Writing Prompt Postcard #8 on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Hi Ilyse! Love the flowers on the pc and what a great way to pick your user name! I was not so clever! LOL! Hope you are having a Happy Birthday and it is always nice when we are partners! Hugs, Happy Birthday and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thanks Vicky! Fun birthday - just got home from dinner 😀
kweandee rated for AFBSI: 3 n/n FBs "Flowers" on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Awesome will get these moving ;)
Response: Thanks! And thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you so much! I really enjoyed getting to know you a little better. You and I actually had 2-3 answers that were very much the same. Maybe we're sisters and didn't know it! Heehee! Hugs, Diane
Response: I am not at all surprised! It's easy to feel connected and fun to get to know you little better. Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Kraftylady777 rated for Decorate a Postcard USA #5 on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much !
Response: You're welcome - glad it finally got to you. :)
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks for checking out the photos and for rating with a heart :)
Tinker60 rated for P&M Big City Tourist Postcard on Aug 3, 2017
Comment: Great PC of Chicago - I've only been to Chicago once on business and unfortunately it was during the coldest time of year. Luckily I was brought up in South Dakota so I knew how cold it could get but the wind was brutal! Thanks again for the great PC for this swap ~~
Response: There aren't many places colder than The Windy City, but I'll bet SD is one of them! Glad you liked the card, and thanks for the heart!
tifftastic rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #64 on Aug 3, 2017
Comment: It sounds like you had a busy and productive weekend! Thank you so much for a great letter and I adore your handwriting. :)
Response: oh my goodness - I think my handwriting is sloppy! You're very sweet - thanks for the heart!
Miamorswife rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #61 on Aug 1, 2017
Comment: ugh! i'm super jealous of you! my house is in desperate need for organization, but i'm so bad at it (unless it's my books. all 5 of my bookshelves are perfect). thanks for all the friendship sheets. i will always take any that you don't want. i'm addicted to the sheets and books. i also like making books and sheets.
Response: LOL - Don't be jealous - really. It's short-lived at best around here :) Glad you liked the swap and thanks for the heart...and thanks for offering to take the excess FSS - I'll send more next time!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely notecard and extras!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Perfect! I would absolutely LOVE visiting the Poe museum. One of my favorite authors--I used to teach American Lit. and when we finally got to Poe, I was always so happy! Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad you got it! And I knew you'd like the Poe Museum card. Have a great week :)
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #62 on Jul 20, 2017
Comment: Hi Ilyse! I so enjoy when we are partners! Your weekend sounds like it had some issues - yikes! Hope that Pica is feeling better - poor baby! Also will add your hubby to my prayer list - you do not sound insensitive - I have lived for years with my hubby saying he was not going to live to see 50, he is going to be 55 this year! As you said, nothing is definite except we all know we will not get out of this life alive, so enjoy each day like it could be your last because you just never know!! Sending big hugs for you my dear friend and hoping this week has been much better!! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Hi Vicky - thanks for the prayers and good wishes - Pica is feeling a lot better and it's been hard to keep her down, which is good and bad - LOL! I really appreciate your encouragement and friendship :)
Comment: Well, I got it today! Thanks so much for the neat postcard! I liked it! Have a happy summer! I hope you get to do all those things!
Response: Thanks Jo - glad you got the card! Hope you get the one from June too :)
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome!
justmesks rated for Easy Postcard Swap US #13 on Jul 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the very nice card of our nation's capital. I just read your profile and we DO have an awful lot in common! Have a great weekend and happy swapping. Look forward to being partners again.
Response: Thanks Sandy - hope to swap again soon!

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tcornell on Aug 10, 2017:


Fenix825 on Aug 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the birthday card with the address labels and pretty papers from my AWG August wishlist!

kaypendragon on Aug 9, 2017:

Thanks for the address labels! They're wonderful!

LaurenPappas on Aug 7, 2017:

Thank you for granting my wishes for my August wishlist!!!! I appreciate it so much. You put a smile on my face.

~~August AWG~~

CurlyTea on Aug 4, 2017:

I love my new set of Twistables! Thank you so much for AWG

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Aug 4, 2017:

Thank you so much for the birthday card i see yours is the 10 of Aug hmmm.....

CurlyTea on Aug 3, 2017:

goinjenny on Jul 14, 2017:

anrtist on Jun 20, 2017:

THANK YOU so much for the Lovely & Thoughtful AWG June wishes! :-)

For the nice order of jewelry wire you sent my way! So Thoughtful! Thanx & Blessings, cc

Babsmomof5 on Jun 19, 2017:

Thank you so much for the fun bandaids for my AWG wishlist! It was so kind if you to grant a wish to me, and this one made all of my kids so excited!

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