Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 4:33 am


Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: August 19, 2019
Birthday: October 9
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, I'm Dave. I live in St Cloud, Minnesota, about an hour northwest of the Twin Cities. I've been married for 40 years to the same wonderful, sweet woman with whom I've raised seven kids.

I've always liked art, both appreciated it and enjoyed creating it. I like to sketch and do collage. I love books and have way too many of them. I buy a new bookcase and it's not long before that one is overflowing and I need a new one. I had a whole garage full of books before we moved.

A couple years ago I started trading postcards - little works of art! It's fun to receive them in the mailbox and it's fun to send a little bit of love out into the world every week.

I swapped ATCs for a while a few years ago. I enjoyed that a lot, but found the small size becoming a little restrictive. But, I'm ready to do more. I just like to create.

See my Postcrossing profile above for preferences. I'll add more as I go along. I'm kind of a hermit by nature, but I am opening up a bit. :-)

I've got a good sense of humor, so don't worry about offending me. I'm easygoing and just appreciate the time and thought that people put into their swaps.

I guess that's all for now. Looking forward to swapping with you.

Spoiler Alert: I post most of my art to my Flickr account. So it will probably be posted there before you get it in the mail.


Hmm. I like a lot of things and styles. I probably lean more toward traditional than modern. I prefer Rembrandt to Picasso. But I love Japanese woodcuts and Chagall, Van Gogh and R. Crumb. Lean more toward dark than cute. Steam punk over Disney.

But I like imaginative, fanciful illustrations, especially pen and ink - Gorey, the aforementioned Mr. Crumb, George Herriman (Krazy Kat). And vintage children's book illustrations.

As far as postcards go, same as above, plus I like:


vintage (especially linen, Curt Teich)


Native American

nudes (especially b&w)


people, especially women, especially Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelite, and Impressionist women.

Not so much run-of-the-mill tourist cards (except linens, those are great), although an exceptionally beautiful scene or historic building is welcome.

I like vintage cards, but not reproductions of vintage cards. Unless they're really unusual, like some tinted Old West and Old Hawaii cards I have.

An update: transportation - trains, planes and automobiles; and old hotel/motel cards. Doesn't matter if they're ugly (think 60's motels), that's why I like them.

I know there are some fabulously artistic and creative people here, so a handmade card is fine with me.

Oh, and mermaids. I love mermaids.

Favorite Music

I have eclectic tastes when it comes to music. I like medieval and Renaissance music; Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi and Handel. I think Pachelbel's' Canon in D is perhaps the most beautiful melody ever written. I like Dylan and other singer-songwriters; roots, blues (Eric Clapton, Lightnin' Hopkins) and alt-country like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, John Prine. I like world music, Celtic, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, most classic rock, r & b and gospel. I don't really care for jazz and can't stand heavy metal, rap, hip hop and don't really care for most modern pop.

Favorite Movies

My taste in movies is almost as broad as my taste in music. I like the Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride; Gone with the Wind and It's a Wonderful Life. African Queen, Casablanca - yes, I'm a romantic. But I also like Get Shorty and Snatch. Silver Linings Playbook, Hunger Games and Men in Black. Spirited Away, The Fantastics, Lion King. James Bond; never thought anyone could compare with Sean Connery, but Daniel Craig definitely measures up. I like most of the Coen Brothers (Minnesota's pride), Fargo and O Brother Where Art Thou are both great, Not to mention The Big Lebowski. I like a lot of foreign films and movies that make you think - Memento, L.A. Confidential, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Well, you get the idea.

Favorite Television

This one's easy. Survivor and The Middle. I hardly watch any other TV. Except during football season. Update 2016 - have to add to this list: Better Call Saul and Naked and Afraid.

Favorite Books

The Bible stands in a class by itself. David's Psalms nourish and comfort me as nothing else can. I read mostly nonfiction - books on writing, art and history. Favorite classics are Lord of the Rings and Big Tiger and Christian. Recent favorites would be Shadow of the Wind, The Kite Runner, and a book of poetry by Hafiz, given to me by my sister, entitled The Gift. Oh, and Anne Lamott! She's written some really good stuff.

Favorite Crafts

As I said above, I like to make ATCs, and now post cards. I do mostly collage and rubber stamps but I'm finally getting brave and doing my own drawing. I also LOVE watercolor, but am just beginning that. I don't know why I don't do more of it?!

I've always loved photography, too. When the kids were young I always had a camera around my neck. I sure appreciate the economy of digital photography, but I sometimes miss my old 35mm Pentax.

I love paper. Ephemera, clip art, vintage, retro, post cards, old newspapers, magazine pages, unusual paper, you name it.

I've recently begun carving stamps. I enjoy that a lot. I would love to see prints of yours, too.

And along with that goes artistamps and faux postage.

I guess it's time to update this. I've been on SB for a couple years now and am doing a lot more drawing. I love to sketch any time, any place. I'm getting better at it, too, but mostly I'm not so worried that it be "good". Thank you, SwapBot!

And zines! I love zines. Check this out!

About Me

P.S. I mark my swaps "sent" as soon as I put them in the mailbox. That could be a Saturday after the mail has been picked up, so obviously, it won't get postmarked until Monday morning. I hope that doesn't bother you. This is supposed to be fun, right?


lemooon rated for Sentence a day July on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for a notebook and mini zine! I really like your sketch! Thanks! I also like decorated with dinosaur on envelope. Have a wonderful week!
blueseabliss rated for URBAN SKETCHING: 5x7 artwork on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: David, I love your urban sketch! Yours is on the way. Thank you for joining my swap, let's do another one soon....be on the lookout!
JenniferJo rated for CPG - Prompt PC #1 - US Only on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Also thank you for sending in an envelope!
Comment: Love the postcard! thanks so much!We've been getting lots of heat and humidity lately too - I prefer to ignore my gardens (when possible) and hide inside in the air conditioning lol
eimn rated for PROFILE BASED POSTCARD SWAP -JULY on Aug 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much David for this stunning postcard of the Northern Lights! I have never seen any but I would LOVE to see them one day :) Thank you again! PS: I love the frog stamp you included!!
Poftoffel rated for Summer Haiku + Free Haiku on Aug 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the envie full of goodness! I love your haiku, very inspiring! And zines are so cool... I want to get into making them, I should really give it a try. Love the drawings in yours!
neva rated for Dicks in Disguise II on Jul 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the hilarious ATC and all the extras. I love the zine and am already putting the ephemera to use. I love how the "tweeny weeny yellow bikini" fits your DiD so well!
Stargazer008 rated for FREE/AD pc SEPTEMBER on Jul 28, 2019
Comment: Wow, this is like traveling in time. I found your postcard yesterday in my letterbox - can't believe it as it is from a swap last year in September. All I can say: THANK YOU for surprising me. And now it's time to get back to the future! Have a nice evening, Joana
Singske rated for MA: Draw a thing ... on Jul 26, 2019
Comment: Nice shoe!!!😍 And the weather here in Europe is terrible. Thanks for asking.Yesterday it was the hottest day ever here in Belgium, up to 40*C. Not normal...going to work without airco was like working in a sauna... But the weekend will bring some rain, I will do a happy dance in the rain! So thanks again for the great pc and the effort you did. HugsπŸ’Œ
NRGordon rated for Not Store-Bought Art Postcard on Jul 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the swap. I like both cards but actually the Lissie Wortham PC most. I like Van Gogh too but was not familiar with Ms. Wortham. There is a story behind the name of the road. Check it out here. http://newenglandfolklore.blogspot.com/2015/02/taking-trip-down-witchtrot-road.html
veronicallama rated for What I Have Learned on Jul 11, 2019
Comment: Great style and substance, Dave! And -I've already visited Paisley Park, last summer. I'll be sending you my zine soon.
starmccoy rated for What I Have Learned on Jul 11, 2019
Comment: You put so much into your work! I love to see into your thinking. You always do such nice work. Thank you! You are my favorite artist ❀️
kittyhahahotbot rated for private zinE on Jul 7, 2019
Comment: DAve dude, your package really is spectacular. Im truly grateful you went to all that work just for me minus he printing. lmfao. Its a star in my collection. And I dont say that lightly! So one hundred hearts!
Response: Thanks Kitty. It was a labor of love. You're welcome.
simcoe54 rated for PH: Letter A (Blank or Naked) on Jul 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the A postcard and for all the extras. I love the puzzle postcard. It is a great addition to my collection.
Response: That makes me happy Maxine!
iheartushi rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #171 on Jul 3, 2019
Comment: Hello David! Thank you very much for the gorgeous post cards. I love them all I can't pick my favorite. Thank you for bringing cheer to my mail box. We are having a lot of rains because of the monsoon season. I hope not a lot of typhoons though. I also grow some cherry tomato and sunflower. My mother and I love plants. We have a small backyard organic vegetable garden and also a flower garden. Have a nice day!
jessnewson98 rated for 100 Truths Email on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your answers! I'm sorry you had to resend them! I hope you have a marvellous week :)
iLoveMail rated for EJ: Vintage Ephemera Love on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great variety & the extras. Awesome hand-carved stamps! Hope to see you in a HCS swap sometime! Thanks for joining my swap 😊
ScrapHappyGabi rated for EJ: Vintage Ephemera Love on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much, DAVE! This is an awesome envie full of great ephemera! LOVE IT!! Thanks SO VERY MUCH!! Gabi
Response: You're welcome, Gabi. Glad you like it all.
kittyhahahotbot rated for EJ: Vintage Ephemera Love on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Such a hugh package! I mean the other package......Bruno the Boner ATC. lmfao That "T - note" is really a ad for a 1968 car? Cool! Me loves that! lol 1916 book pages. Ya know, I rip pages all the time and it still breaks my heart. 1963 dental brochure. Darling! Ray-0-Vac. Memories of that battery around. Precious Christmas card. Man, they werent really chatty in that card were they? lol All those newspaper remnants. What is your source BTW? You must have access to quite the little stash, hmmmm? lololol A photo. And let me get this strait: This is not the zine, right? lol And those lovely vintage stamps? Man, they send me to the moon. In fact, I was shopping for vintage stamps yesterday and today. Per chance did you carve any of the rubber stamps you used on the envie? Nooooooooooooo, huh? NOw, I shall lay here and digest your zine.
Response: You're right, that's not the zine. I've spent the last three hours putting it together. I'm halfway there! I forget which stamps I used, but id they look hand carved, they are probably mine. The newspapers I salvaged from a dumpster. They had been used for insulation in an old house in South Minneapolis that was being remodeled. I pulled them out of the dumpster with no shame whatsoever.
AtTheSmithHouse rated for Art Collab #36 add postage on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Hi Dave! I look forward to working on this card. And it's true, there are few things better than entering a chicken coop first thing in the morning! Love my girls!

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MamaMangrove on Aug 10, 2019:

Big pile of mail awaited me when I returned from New England. I saved yours (for the Postcard Hideout tag) 'til last so I could savor it. Delightful selection of PCs as always & such fun & thoughtful extras. How did you know that having a glass of absinthe is on my bucket list? Thank you for easing my re-entry into steamy S. Fla!

user6937 on Jul 16, 2019:

Thanks for the Postcard Hideout tag and the ones for the PTG WTA game. I love Toulouse-Lautrec and always appreciate map cards!

susieq11 on Jun 19, 2019:

Hi Dave! I’m really glad you like that unicyclist postcard! I had hoped you would like it! : ) Wishing you a great night.

susieq11 on May 21, 2019:

Thanks very much for the postcards for PTG March WTA!! My heart melted over the doe and fawn, so beautiful! Love the clear envelope, how fun!!! xxx

smmarrty on Apr 9, 2019:

Thanks so much for my cool rock 'n' roll postcard. The jukebox and records are the perfect accent!

user6937 on Mar 20, 2019:

Wow, Dave - 11 postcards for the Postcard trading group > Two (2) Postcards in an Envelope Tag? They're all wonderful, especially the Oklahoma Indian Territory one (you know we both have an affinity for these ones). I love 'em :)

thelocalman on Mar 20, 2019:

Hi Dave! Thank you for the postcards you sent me from the PTG WTA February, they're awesome ^^ I can send you a postcard from Bulgaria, if you would like. Let me know, I would love to.

susieq11 on Feb 5, 2019:

Hi Dave - you won the PTG January WTA. Please be sure to message everyone with your address and set up February! Congrats!!!

susieq11 on Dec 12, 2018:

Dave! Thanks a lot for the cool postcards for PTG November WTA! You rock!

susieq11 on Dec 7, 2018:

Thank you for all the fab postcards for PTG: Two (2) Postcards in an Envelope Tag! Really appreciate your generosity!! : )

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