Swap-bot Time: June 27, 2017 5:16 am


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: June 27, 2017
Birthday: August 10, 1956
Country: United States
Ilyse On Life

Nice to meet you!

Hello! I'm already in my 60's, 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. 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, Hawaii 5-0, Shark Tank. And, don't ask why, butMarried 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.

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 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 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! 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!


slckad rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #58 on Jun 26, 2017
Comment: So sorry for the late rating. I loved reading your TGIF note and am looking forward to getting the next one!! I did send a reply to you also!
Comment: Illlyse, thank you so much for the great lighthouse postcard. Shirley
Response: So glad you liked it Shirley! Have a great week!
KSENiA rated for ESG: 100 questions 2.0 on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Response: You're welcome and thank YOU for the heart!
goinjenny rated for WPS - Food Postcards #6 on Jun 21, 2017
Comment: Looove this PC because I looove me some peaches! Thank you sweet friend!
Response: Yum! Me too! Always happy to be partnered with you ❤️
moosemama rated for WPS - Food Postcards #6 on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: I wish I had some of those Yummy Georgia Peaches!
Response: Me too! Thank you for the rating :)
piratejimbob87 rated for ESG: 100 questions 2.0 on Jun 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing! Really enjoyed reading x
Response: These are fun, aren't they? Thanks for wading thru my answers and for the heart!
Judy84 rated for AFBSI: 3 n/n FBs June on Jun 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you :-)
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for letting me know the swap arrived safely - and thanks for the heart!
junemoon rated for Swaps ~ Getting To Know You #4 on Jun 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks I appreciate you promptly sending this. May you visit Hawaii often!
Response: Thanks June - These are always fun to do :)
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #57 on Jun 15, 2017
Comment: I loved your note, thank you!
Response: Thanks - and one more day till another weekend arrives - Yeaaay!
liveve308 rated for Share Some Photos! on Jun 12, 2017
Comment: This must be one of my favorite swaps thus far! I really enjoyed looking through your post, your kids look just like you and NO WAY you're 60+ :O I'm sorry that you lost Kiwi but Sonny and Cher seem like a good pair ;) Thanks so much for sharing!
Response: Thank you for the kind comments. I don't usually 'feel' 60, but there are days I do! LOL! Thanks for the heart too - I enjoy seeing everyones' photos too.
Comment: Thanks for sharing as always :) My niece had a ballet recital last month and while they really don't do much else than run around the stage it's still so darn cute :D Congrats on your weight loss, that's amazing!!
Response: Thank you Eve - Glad you liked the glimpse into my little corner of the world. I love watching little girls "dance" too -- I miss those days!
Eudaimonia rated for Share Some Photos! on Jun 12, 2017
Comment: Dear Ilyse, thank you so much for sharing a bit of your life! The name happy mom is choosen correctly ;-)
Response: Thank you for that sweet comment! Glad you enjoyed the photos and thanks for the heart!
Miamorswife rated for Round Robin Pen Pal #16 on Jun 10, 2017
Comment: i'm still reading thru this, but i wanted to rate it now before i forget or anything!
Response: LOL - Thanks! I love how these journals come together :) They're so much fun.
Comment: Oh yes, Maui is the perfect spot for your picture to be taken Ilyse!! I'm a firm believer that if you can visualize it and believe it will happen then it will :D Do you have your flip flops ready? hehe xoxoxo
Response: Right?! My flip flops are ALWAYS ready 🌴❤️
phenley rated for SBPC: Texas on Jun 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard!
Response: You're welcome and thank you for the heart!
smadronia rated for QUICK 5 postcard swap #208 on Jun 8, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the awesome postcards, and the notes! I'll give Mr Mozzie a pet for you :)
Response: ❤️ Love Mr Mozzie! Thanks for the heart!
kathiann rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #56 on Jun 7, 2017
Comment: Wow, your weekend sounded really busy! I hope this one coming up can be more relaxing for you!
Response: Thanks - I hope so too! LOL!
Comment: Thank you for sharing! Congrats on the weight loss, that's a huge achievement! And it was so sweet of your son to surprise his girlfriend by visiting!
Response: Glad you liked the pictures and thank you very much for the sweet comments :)
Aske rated for Aske's FB Swap # 7 on Jun 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for the swap and especially for adding some cute stickers!!
Response: You are quite welcome - glad you liked the swap and thank you for the heart :)
Bargnoffle rated for Easy Postcard Swap US #12 on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: Happy Memorial Day to you too! I enjoyed the postcard and love that pot of gold stamp!
Response: Thanks so much :)

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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!

bbsporty on Jun 8, 2017:

Thank you for the wonderful wish you granted of notecards and stickers! The notecards are beautiful! I especially love the happy one's!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Jun 7, 2017:

Thank you much for the wish package of green which arrived today! (AWG) I see several pieces that will work for my collage, and a few I will use for other things too. Fun! 😁

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

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