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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: June 16, 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?


Joeanniee rated for 100 Truths Email on Jun 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing! I love my greens and blues too!
MissPaula rated for Art Collab #35 add postage on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Oh, my goodness, Dave! Happy Mail for me, so timely, too! The Zebra is sweet and the 1930's newspaper is outstanding! Love this fabulous envie of goodies. Thanks for a Great swap!
penelopesamuel rated for What Inspires You? Zine on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful zine, Dave! Many of our inspirations are similar -- nature, gardens, art. I especially love the sloth stamp :) I do not think poetry is a dying art, but I do think the audience is shrinking :( The book pages are fantastic, and I am very excited to use them in upcoming projects :)
JadeFan rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard- May on Jun 9, 2019
Comment: Lovely paper you used!
postedparcels rated for Playing with watercolor on Jun 4, 2019
Comment: Beautiful garden painting!
Comment: Wow! You carved this stamp? It is awesome. I love it. That is so cool! Thank you!
ktk8 rated for Art Collab #34 add postage on May 29, 2019
Comment: What a FUN FILLED envelope you sent me David.....wOw..... I love the Art Collab to work on and ALL the extras..... wowzers many Hearts to YOU.....
Poohtat rated for Not Your Usual PCs in an Envie #17 on May 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcards. I love the sloth!
Comment: Always delighted to see one of your artfully stamped envies in my mail because I know I'm in for a treat. This time was no exception. I like every one of your postcards, but I'm over the moon about the match box label one! I collected match box labels when I lived in India because of the great graphics. I didn't learn about Redstone's matchbox postcards until they were long out of print, but kept hoping to find some. Yours is the 1st to come my way :)) The girl on the alligator is spot on too, and of course I love the origami paper & the gorgeous octopus napkin. Thank you so much for your thoughtful generosity, Dave. ♥♥♥♥♥
Response: Is it any wonder I love to swap with you? We should be able to give hearts for ratings!♥♥
banjobraids rated for EJ: Scavenger Hunt Postcard on May 16, 2019
Comment: What a COOL card, I love it! You put this together so seamlessly and I studied it for a long time looking at all the different elements, so great! Also love the stamps and the decorative writing of the address. So very artistic! I hope your spring weather is arriving and your garden flourishes this summer! :):):)
Response: Thank you for your kind words. I really enjoyed making that one, so I'm very happy that you liked it.
Journeyoften rated for PH: 3 Postcards/2 Partners #5 on May 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your choices of postcards and the extra ones for this swap! It was a great envelope to receive and also your note you enclosed was nice to read! Thanks! Blessings!
HelenG6 rated for I Can't Believe It's an Ad Card #9 on May 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the illustrated card for "Loring Park Art Festival." It's nice and cute. I got lost in a park recently and saw the back end of a skunk this morning. I'm lucky it didn't see me, or would have a fragrance hard to get rid of, LOL! Enjoy Spring!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful choices! I love them all!!
Comment: Dave, thank you for the Boston's Trails to Freedom. I have been to quite a few of the sites, but never made them all. Shirley
Lonestarchild rated for WIYM: spell RAIN with pcs on May 2, 2019
Comment: What a great bunch of very different cards! Love the variety and the vintage!!
Comment: Great envelope! Terrific postcards that suit me well and thanks also for all the extra cards and vintage kids book pages. Paris, Yosemite and Pooh - just lovely additions to my collection! You send such wonderful swaps!
Response: Thank you Shirley. I had lots of fun choosing them for you
Tverne05 rated for Art Collab #31 on Apr 18, 2019
Comment: That’s funny that you had to send it back to me. Thanks for the extras.
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous postcard. It is an amazing stamp cut. I did one or two many years ago and recently purchased supplies to try again. Your card is truly a piece of art. Sending a little bit of spring your way! Mona
Cariboocarol rated for MARK'S WEEKLY SWAP-WK 13 (BEER) on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Hi Dave! Thank you so much for the beer card, a souvenir from your trip to Duluth! Love the history of those old breweries! Happy Easter!
Vickyen rated for Art Collab #28 Add postage on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: Hi David - I just received your card as you had Waterloo, IA instead of IL - all is good now and I love your base! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

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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!! : )

OrigamiGrace on Dec 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for all the cards from PC Tag US!! Happy Holidays!

kittyhahahotbot on Oct 31, 2018:

I've got a bag with 5 hands and one foot waiting to go to the post office. They better not give me any crap either about mailing these "naked" either. lololol NOt one single grave was decimated in the making and taking of my plastic limbs. Bwahahahahhaha. snort, funny.

dvmac on Oct 31, 2018:


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