Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2021 11:10 pm


Date Joined: April 1, 2009
Last Online: September 19, 2021
Birthday: August 10, 1956
Country: United States
Ilyse On Life
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Nice to meet you!


Hello! My name is Ilyse. I'm 65, have been married for 36 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 look forward to the day we can do so safely again! Till then, I'm happy to meet people via snail mail, online and on social!

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.

I sell software and digital signage for VISIX, and I'm a YOUNG LIVING distributor. I'm passionate about living a healthy lifestyle!

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

10/2020 - I’m back to swapping Friendship Books, Sticker books and Slams. I prefer "High Quality" or "Nice & Neat" FBs -- No sloppy books with jagged edges please. No label bags, lyrics, FSS, etc.. Thanks for sending nice books - I will do the same!

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

Christian themes are welcome. Scripture, devotionals, journals.

Favorite colors: Ocean hues, Jewel tones or Pastels - Bright or soft.

ATC's, Postcards, Pretty stationery.

Anything wine-themed or coffee-themed!

Dogs & puppies, sloths, 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


**Typography and Graphic Design

**Pretty churches, castles and historic buildings

**Children playing


**City skylines

**Handmade art cards welcome

Not a fan of vintage postcards, unless they're from Hawaii.

Favorite Television

This Is Us, New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things, The Rookie, 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.


Please note - I'm very sensitive to cigarette smells and can't receive swaps that have a strong odor.

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.

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 swapping history, as well as rating consistency 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!


sarahmaus33 rated for Fall Profile Deco - September on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the pictures! Have a nice day!
Response: Thank you - You too!
Comment: Hi Ilyse. I love that you included one of the purple mailing envelopes. I wondered where you got those. Beautiful lavender field notecard. Really LOVE the envelope with the neat butterfly on it. I will have fun using the stickers too.
Response: So glad you liked the swap 💜The poly mailers are from Amazon. They're so good for our swaps :) Thanks for the nice comments and the heart.
Comment: Thanks! Diana's wedding was my first thought also :). But, I chose to go with the Beatles first US concert!
Response: Oooh - that's a good one too! Thanks for being part of the swap and for the heart!
Comment: Great answer! I chose math though.
Response: Ha! Thanks.
Comment: I would really love to go to most of the places on your list too!
Response: There sure are a lot of interesting places yet to see! Thanks for rating.
Comment: You've piqued my interest in seeing the movie of your life based on your synopsis! Each decade seems to have had an interesting influence on your life. You do look like Ali McGraw in Love Story! That's amazing! I didn't know your husband is a pastor of 3 churches! He has a full schedule with all of the churches! Thank you for sharing "Can't Find My Way Home." What a beautiful version of it. I really enjoyed reading your swap and listening to your song choices. Thank you for hosting it!
Response: I’ll tell ya… One of the best parts of getting old, maybe one of the few… Is the perspective that I’ve gained. Thank you for always making our swaps so enjoyable. ❤️
Comment: Hey there! I'm so sorry, I had been keeping an eye on my email inbox so I apologize for neglecting your message! It looks like you had an entirely gorgeous August! What breed is your dog? They've got beautiful eyes! Thank you for sharing! Hope your September is even better :)
Response: No worries! Glad you enjoyed the pictures and thank you for the kind comments. Tilly is a terrier mix with some Basenji and American Staffordshire in her.
Comment: Thank you so much for your autobiographic movie. :) And yes, you totally looked like Ali McGraw on that photo :) It looks like you get an award winning cast to play the roles in your movie. :) I can totally imagine the result. :) Very cool swap, thank you :) Also I liked your choice of soundtrack. :)
Response: Very interesting putting it together, and getting your feedback! Thank you for being in the swap and making it a good one!
Comment: thanks for your swap. love the stickers you used and the postcard you chose. i haven't been to india yet, but hopefully someday!
Response: That would be an amazing trip! Thanks for the nice comments and heart :)
Comment: Thank you for all the great pictures! I appreciate the time it took to put that all together.
Response: Thanks ChrisAnne - glad you enjoyed the swap and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Your truths and lie were very interesting! Wow, you've really traveled a lot :D
Response: Thanks Joss! There's still so much I want to see :)
Comment: Enjoyed your answers..... How fun & thank you for sharing.......
Response: Glad you enjoyed the list and thanks for the heart. Good to swap again!
Comment: Happy belated birthday again! And thank you for all the pictures! The little T-Rex on the beach was really fun!
Response: Thanks Vanessa :) I can't believe we're a week into September!
soyprincesa2 rated for SCATTS - D - ROUND 8 - US ONLY on Sep 5, 2021
Comment: Love the desk PC. Good choices for D. Thanks!
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart!
freespirit66 rated for ESG: August 3-2-1 on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Happy belated birthday, Ilyse! I like what you are doing with the 52 Hike Challenge. I should do that next year. It would be fun to explore some new places. What an exciting time coming up with your daughter's wedding! How fun to plan it and be a part of that milestone. Sorry to hear about all the losses you experiences last month. It is so difficult when one person dies...let alone multiple people and having to process all of that.
Response: Thanks for the kind words and wishes Ann :) The Hike Challenge can start any time - no need to wait, if you don't want to! It's been fun and a great way to feel accountable. I hope you have a great September ❤️
AmaranthSpirit rated for ESG: August 3-2-1 on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Wow, it sounds like you had an amazing August. I hope you have enjoyed your hikes, and I am glad that you enjoyed your Birthday :-) Some exciting plans for September soon then it seems ;-) Enjoy! I am sorry to hear of the losses too, I hope the next month is better!
Response: Thanks so much for the nice comments and the heart :) We did another 3 mile hike today too!
Comment: Oh wow, it seems you have had a nice month of August. ☺️ Happy belated birthday 🎂 I'm kind of jealous that you got to go to the beach, I love the ocean but my son and my dog have never seen it to date. Thanks for sharing ♥️
Response: Thanks for the kind words :) I'm ready to get back to the beach - I love it! And thanks for the heart!
Hugsie86 rated for ESG: August 3-2-1 on Sep 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your message! Very sorry for your losses. Wishing your daughter a wonderful trip!
Response: Thanks so much - and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the great answers, and lovely card!
Response: Glad you liked it and thanks for the heart!
Comment: I love the picture of the autumn leaf. Tilly id do cute.
Response: Thanks for the kind words and the heart!

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Fabriqueen on Sep 18, 2021:

Fall Profile Deco - September

Enjoy Fall Hugs, Diane

AZmom875 on Sep 15, 2021:

This is purr-fect weather

AZmom875 on Sep 15, 2021:


draco on Sep 15, 2021:

Fall Profile Deco - September

yvonne401 on Sep 6, 2021:

Wishing you a happy and safe Labor Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

AmaranthSpirit on Sep 5, 2021:

Thank you for sharing your favourite photos with me Ilyse, your beach trip looked magical, and Tilly is gorgeous! I really enjoyed looking through them and seeing how your August went :-) Happy September!

ariestess on Aug 28, 2021:

Hello from the Puget Sound! I hope your August is going well.

Swap: ESG Baby Animals Profile Bling

mchesser12 on Aug 28, 2021:

for: ESG Baby Animals Profile Bling

greenwindow on Aug 23, 2021:

ESG: baby animals !

susieq11 on Aug 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for ALL the postcards for CPG: Two (2) Postcards in an Envelope Tag! They are amazing and you spoiled me!! xoxo

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