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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: May 17, 2022
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 45+ 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.


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

Street art - Banksy

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. UPDATE: I wrote this 6 years ago. Thanks to SB I do lots of drawings now. I also have begin carving my own stamps, which I really enjoy. 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?


cassie3001 rated for The Letter S on May 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap, David! I love the postcard, thank you for parting with it, The stamps are really great; so many different interesting stamps!
Response: You're welcome. It was fun picking them out for you
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcards. Yes, PNW started blooming in Feb :D The rest is all out and happy now in May..by mid July it'll be baking instead of pretty.
Comment: Wow! What a really cool sampler of your stamps. The sloth is super cute...and a self-portrait!?! Holy cow!! Amazing. Also...thank you for the postcards. I laughed at several of them. Great mail.
Response: Thanks Kristi. Your kind words make me happy 😊
cassie3001 rated for The Letter R on May 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcards and stickers! This is such a lovely swap!
cassie3001 rated for The Letter Q on May 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the postcards and the sticker! I love them! The Alice postcard is my favourite!
Response: ❤️
Comment: Great variety of post cards. Thanks for sending. We are having great summer weather this week. Hope you are too. (added this... I LOVE how you stamped the envelope. I am keeping it in my artist collection)
DaisyNY rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #107 on May 9, 2022
Comment: This has a super-ominous vibe to it so far. I have ended one card early just because I thought it was finished. I really like the tiger print (linocut?) Thank you.
Response: Hi Cecily. Thanks. Yes. I carved it myself, but on that pink rubber carving material. Have quiet graduated to lino yet
Comment: Hey there! What a great swap from you! You sent SO many awesome cards! I loved each one. You asked where Pleasant Prairie was. Its right on the border of IL. Kenosha county. :) I hope you receive some awesome cards in this swap!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap! I love the colorful ad cards. Thank you for the extras! Pinup and Frida postcards, small B&W vintage photo and Spam packaging! I do like spam (especially Wasubi). I will be sending it out as a Chunk O Cardboard postcard. I also ♥️ the Twin Cities. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome, Garci. It was fun choosing all those items for you
Comment: youre very, vanilla. Yes, vanilla. LOL And funny. "You cant mail your naked p.c naked.". Cute play on words! KittyHellohaha? Whos that? LOL Im surprised I even recd it. We have a rotating batch of incompetent mail carriers. No one wants our route and I have no idea why. My name is MIss KItty Hello. Kitty Hello haha will confuse the carriers. LOL
Comment: So funny story about this.. on Friday a girl knocked on my door saying my mail got delivered to her house and she just had a baby so was JUST now dropping it off. It was this swap. So if you sent a resend, I can send you 5 cards in return to make it even.
Comment: Wow Thank you so very much for all the amazing postcards. I did not know that about Winnie the Pooh. I am in love with that postcard. Thank you again.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Flamingoloon rated for 3 Blind Vintage Postcards #3 on Apr 20, 2022
Comment: The cards are great! I enjoyed them all, especially the Staple Diet in Alaska.
Response: That is a cool card, isn't it? Thanks. I'm glad you liked them.
Comment: Thanks for the great variety of postcards. You are very talented!!
Response: Thank you! I'm glad you like them. Happy Spring🐰💐
lrm1980 rated for Art Collab PC #100 (USA) on Apr 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sending this lovely pc! I’m so excited to finish it and send it home. Thanks also for the awesome art you sent! I really love your work! I have carved a few stamps, and I really enjoyed it! Mine are super simple, but I love using them with my gel plate to create back grounds.
Response: Thank you for the kind words. Carving is probably my favorite form of creativity at the moment. I'd love to see the finished card if you can higher out how to post it. Lol. I'm not sure i could.. Thanks again
camelsamba rated for Zine-Go-Round, Round 10 on Apr 16, 2022
Comment: Got the zine. Thanks for the bonus postcards inside - love your tiger print!
Response: Thanks Trisha. I must admit, I like the way that guy turned out, too.
Comment: Thank you for the postcards! I especially loved the night sky one and the librarian one! You picked such great cards for me!!
Response: Thanks Rachel. I'm glad you like them. It was fun choosing them for you.
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Water Postcard on Apr 16, 2022
Comment: Fantastic artwork - a moody, serene night sea. I like how the top and bottom ink fades out and also how the the coffee dyed paper adds so much atmosphere. This is my favorite mail art in a long time. Thanks, and Carve On!
Response: Thanks Amy. That means a lot coming from you. I was excited to have you as my partner for this swap. I agree, the paper really adds so much to it. I'll be keeping that in mind for future projects. Thanks again
Selewis91 rated for Postcard Bag #09 on Apr 15, 2022
Response: Thanks for the heart. Glad you liked them

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Rainydancer on May 14, 2022:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

AJ73 on May 6, 2022:

Thsnk you so much for the PH April WTA. It was so nice of you to send the extra postcard, the stickers and the homemade envelope! Please sign up for the PH MAY WTA. May “May” be your lucky month!!!

PrincessLeia on Mar 8, 2022:

AN tag - hello Dave, thanks for the great horse PCs. The grizzlies are very cute! Thanks also for the postage stamps. Hope you AIWs arrive soon.

tcornell on Mar 5, 2022:

Thank you for the awesome MN bird PCs, your kind words and sweet note that you sent me ♥ AN group Intl PC tag

JeanetteC on Jan 22, 2022:

HI Dave! I started a collaboration PC (#32?) in 2017 and it arrived in my mailbox today! Looks like you helped decorate it in round #92 and I wanted to thank you for helping move it along :)

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kittyhahahotbot on Dec 26, 2021:

DAMN Im drunk and I cant see the scene anymore and Im liking it. LOLOLOL

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