Swap-bot Time: December 12, 2019 5:41 am


Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: December 10, 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 (especially b&w)

nudes (especially b&w)


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

Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker, Betty Page

Not so much into 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.

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?


BLUR rated for CPG ~ Home made PC ~ Thanks ~ USA on Dec 7, 2019
Comment: Dave, Thank you for the lovely painted landscape- looks like MN in lots of places! Fun reading your note! I grew up just down I90 from your high school. Hope the next storm is smaller for all of us! Ha!♡
Lorabora rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #7A on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcards 😊 I enjoy them all. This is the third loon card I've acquired in the past couple weeks. Always reminds me of the movie 'on golden pond'.
vandenyne rated for Watercolor hand made card on Dec 1, 2019
Comment: thank you for the card!!!! it was beautiful!!! and i love it a lot!! and all the extras made me incredibly happy !!!
papercraftkath rated for PH: Non-Touristy PCs #3 on Nov 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for these lovely postcards and sending warm thoughts to you and your family during a difficult time.
simcoe54 rated for Not Your Usual PCs in an Envie #18 on Nov 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard selection.
banjobraids rated for NYUP Vintage PC #6 on Nov 20, 2019
Comment: It is really beautiful! I love the fur coats on some of the people bundled up against the snow. And it's interesting that it's a german print of a japanese woodblock! :):):) thanks!
cherylld rated for 15 Old Book Pages on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: So many cool pages! I will definitely be using these. Thank you!
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP Vintage PC #6 on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Definitely a great view of Venice! I don't mind vintage touristy as much, as long as it's as great a photo as this one! Thanks!
Comment: Wonderful selection of cards! Thanks!
Readergirl rated for Watercolor hand made card on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Great PC! Born in a suburb of Akron; raised in Medina.
marclively rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For Pcs #78 on Nov 9, 2019
debbiespoms rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #80 on Nov 8, 2019
Comment: Why thank you for the awesome selection of PC's you picked out for me! My favorite is the Buck mule deer.
Comment: What awesome postcards you chose for me Dave!!! I love the one with the kids, they remind me of Hummell figurines that my Grandma collected!! The sunflower umbrella will go in one of my journals! Your envelope was awesome!! You are right, not really a change in weather!! Finally got cold on Halloween, for a few days, now we are back up close to 80!! Thank you very much!!
justmesks rated for PH: 1 + 1 Postcard Swap #3 on Nov 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great cards.
IDreamOfAfrica rated for AMA: Sender's Choice-October on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: I love your homemade postcard! You give me inspiration. (⊃。•́‿•̀。)⊃━☆゚.*・。゚ Thank You.
Comment: Thank you. Nice selections.
couchart rated for PC Series - October 2019 on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: Hey Dave, thanks so much for the great selection of postcards you sent me plus the extras! I'm stoked! I can see why you might feel a pang to be parted with some of them. It is a doubled-edged sword to find another swapper who likes the same types of things, because you want to send the person all the cool stuff you've acquired, but then you no longer have the cool stuff yourself! In spite of that, I would be happy to do some private trades with you any time. Best wishes to your wife and I hope she continues to recover. Cynthia
MamaMangrove rated for Haiku Zine on Oct 29, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for your charming haiku zine, for sharing a previous one as well, & of course for hosting this delightful swap. Will PM you with answers to your questions.
AmookIslandCreations rated for Haiku Zine on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for these great Haiku! We are mostly in Larsen Bay for the rest of this year. On calm days, we still will go out as we have some things to do in the greenhouse to prepare for next spring. Plus we have to check trail cameras to see if there are any animals about. Thanks too for the nice note and the Fear God, Fear Nought extra. Also love the stamped envie with your homemade stamp! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
pat5036 rated for Haiku Zine on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Love your 3 Haiku reflections about moments in life! And the drawings, too. Thanks for the extra zine, with more deep thoughts, too. Ah, dealing with life can be challenging at times. I run the tune of Let it be... thru my mind when that happens.
Response: Yes, Let It Be is a favorite of mine, too.

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susieq11 on Nov 27, 2019:

Glad you liked them and the Frida is a new one for you! Have a nice Thanksgiving!!

Lonestarchild on Oct 8, 2019:

Thank you for the fun cards for PTG Sep WTA!

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 2, 2019:


happy october

Angie on Sep 30, 2019:

Sorry to hear Star is having health issues. I look forward to getting your resend for the 3 piece collage portrait swap.

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 :)

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