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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: October 22, 2021
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?


Wanda rated for Hand-Carved Zine on Oct 21, 2021
Comment: Dave, I love your wonderful zine! Amazing carved images! Thanks so much!
Comment: Thanks for sharing all these postcards! I really appreciate the bonus stickers, too. Thank you!
Comment: Love the pictures and images you picked for your undersea creatures ! I hope we'll have more chances to swap. :)
Response: Thanks Derakisu. I'm glad enjoyed it.
starmccoy rated for Zine Go round #5 Sept 2021 on Sep 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you sir!
Comment: Nice pictures in your zine. Thanks!
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Non-Touristy PCs #7 on Sep 6, 2021
Comment: Great variety, thank you!
Paintcraftart rated for Art Collage Postcard on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: Hello! Greetings from India. Thankyou for the collaged postcard thankyou โค๏ธ And For adding leaves to it ๐Ÿ˜„ Now I have little Usa with me at home :)
primaveratime rated for Summer postcard #3 on Aug 18, 2021
Comment: Hi thank you so much for that lovely postcard. It brought back some happy memories for sure. Take care
Comment: Oh i love that we are swap partners again! I loved reading your letter! Iโ€™m really happy you liked the last postcard i sent and i love all the stuff you sent. I think making stamps sounds so cool. I do want to try it some day and i like the crane and postman stamps that were on the envelope. The postcard says are great and i love the art you sent. The bookmark is perfect i use it for my work time book which is the book i keep at my desk during the week to read on my breaks. Iโ€™m reader of all types, i love hard copies, ebooks, and audiobooks. Stories in general keep me going. Thank you again for such a lovely envelope of goodies! Hopefully we become swap partners again and i can return the favor! Happy swapping :)
becait rated for Summer postcard #3 on Aug 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for joining my swap! We must have similar interests to join the same swaps but no worries I love seeing Ive gotten mail from you! and I do so love the postcard, the art is beautiful, the sketchy style, and muted colors are perfect! Thank you again๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•swap with you soon!!
KristenCat rated for Zine Go round #4 August 2021 on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the zine. Can't wait to work on it! Also loved the card you sent and the note inside. I can't wait to get back out into the world and travel! But keeping it domestic for now.
camelsamba rated for Zine Go round #3 on Aug 4, 2021
Comment: got the zine; now gotta get to work :^)
Comment: What a great little piece of mail! Thank you so much! Also, this is the first zine Iโ€™ve ever received. I wasnโ€™t really sure what they were. :-)
NatalieW rated for Museum Art PC swap on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard from one Mn person to another.
mariewilliams810 rated for Museum Art PC swap on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
samsstuff rated for ZMACS- Haiku Zine on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great little zine! It was worth the wait.
Ariaya rated for ZMACS- Haiku Zine on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely zine! I really enjoyed the Haikus
camelsamba rated for ZMACS- Haiku Zine on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Fun zine - thanks! (Will send a copy of mine as requested :^)
Comment: Looking forward to adding to this one!! So many options it will be hard to bring it down to just one!! Love the postage stamp. It would be great in a piece of mermaid art if it wasn't covered in Ink! I need to order a set of those! Thanks for hosting these!! I'll try to do a good job!
suepier rated for Positive Postcard Swap #3 (PPS3) on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and positive thought.

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myancey on Sep 25, 2021:

Thanks @dvmac

debbiespoms on Jun 11, 2021:

Hey there Dave ! Received the B&W postcards today, via Postcard Hideout group PC tag. Thank you so much and for the 2 extras as well! Loving them!

user6937 on Apr 28, 2021:

Whoops, opened the pressed penny afterwards - a nice extra surprise!!

user6937 on Apr 28, 2021:

PH March WTA - wonderful pc's, Dave (the penalty for early withdrawal made me LOL - reminds me of the RSP's we're forced to contribute to, then get taxed on). Thanks very much for all of them! Glad you're getting "back in the groove" and having a happier mailbox, ergo, you. ;)

Soph on Apr 20, 2021:

PTG: March WTA - Thank you so much for the great postcards I received from you. I love your selection!

DaisyNY on Mar 7, 2021:

Hi Dave - this was mailed out but here is the link to the zine on Flickr: Linkie

Front cover:

What I Learned

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 31, 2020:

MamaMangrove on Oct 9, 2020:

sorry for the duplicate messages. Please delete!

MamaMangrove on Oct 9, 2020:

Happy Birthday, Dave! I had hoped to have something in the mail to you for the occasion & to respond to your thoughtful postcard of Star's lovely acrylic pour art. But my life has been topsy-turvy these last months & my to-do list runneth over. I thought I was growing old gracefully, then whammo- the universe let me know it had other plans for me. I'll try to fill you in soon. Meanwhile, enjoy your day, year, life. It all passes so quickly.

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 12, 2020:

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