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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: August 4, 2020
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

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. 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?


Comment: Great set of cards, thanks!!
dorcii rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #106 on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot for the cards, I received them :)
DenaD77 rated for What do you look like? ATC swap #01 on Jul 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the great ATC, nice note and all the extra goodies. It was such a fun swap to receive:-)
Comment: Thank you so much!
brichandra rated for CRAFT ROOM CLEAN OUT on Jul 9, 2020
Comment: Hope you have a wonderful day! I saw on your profile that one of your favorite movies is It's A Wonderful Life, and I agree - it's an amazing movie!
Response: Hi Bri I misunderstood the swap instructions and sent you a message on your profile. Thank you, and you "have a wonderful life'!
lovesreward rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #105 on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for so many lovely postcards, I love Sacre Coeur, as I stayed near there when I visited Paris in 2004. The other cards are wonderful too, thank you for some great choices and a nice note too. I have been following everything going on in MN (and now the rest of the world!) and I watched in horror and sadness as everything burned and was live-streamed at the time. I hope positive change comes soon for all. Take care and be safe.
Comment: Thank you so much, Dave. Such a great swap
Comment: Thank you for the great cards. I love the elephant one. It will get kept maybe even framed and put on wall with another Elephant painting.
Response: Thank you so much. I'm so glad you liked it!
Eulegirl rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #83 on Jun 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely Dr. Who card!
myancey rated for AN: Two x Two PC #11 (US) on May 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks David for the animals pc the nature postcards and the bonus lighthouse cards. Thanks bunches. Have a good day
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely note and cards (and prints!) I would assume Gastown has changed quite a bit too- although it's still got a lot of older architecture I think. I haven't been over to Vancouver in a while so I'm not sure! I'm off work now, but still playing every day- how could I not? Stay safe! <3 Al
Comment: Thank you for the postcards and bonus stickers - one of the PC's was supposed to be of a "bird" but it's okay, I appreciate what you sent. I too miss being able to "go out" but it is a good reminder to not take things (and people and time with them) for granted. Wow - 16 degrees?! I hope it warms up for you soon. It's been what I call "freezing here" - in the 60's, so I am anxiously awaiting summer days of 90-100 degrees! Take care!
tristitia rated for TPS: Mail Art - March 2019 on Apr 21, 2020
Comment: Your little mouse made it after an apparently long trip, a little banged up, but I love him! Thank you!
AmookIslandCreations rated for ZMACS: Haiku Zine on Apr 16, 2020
Comment: Thanks for this lovely zine! The first 2 are so very different from the last one, a huge change in focus and perspective! We have our first case on Kodiak as of yesterday. It will run through this island like a wildfire as the people are all.related to one another and are incapable of staying home. As soon as our batteries for our solar panels are delivered, we are heading out to Amook and staying there for the duration. Please stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
pat5036 rated for ZMACS: Haiku Zine on Apr 14, 2020
Comment: I enjoyed reading all 3 of your haiku as well as the pictures. Thanks! Is that a sketch of you on the last page? Nice drawing! And thanks very much for the rat print. I just ended up with 2 pet rats my son wanted to rehome.
Response: Hi Pat. I'm glad you liked them. Yes, that's a pen sketch self-portrait I did a year or so ago. I remember when I brought home a rat left over from a 6th grade science experiment. My mom was NOT thrilled!
KaliOya rated for Black and White #20 on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. I really enjoyed it. I like the long perspective of it. Happy swapping!
MamaMangrove rated for ZMACS: Haiku Zine on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: Your envelopes with the delightful out-of-the-ordinary rubber stamp images always make me smile & this one was no exception. Your charming zine is a tender & poignant commentary on the seasonal changes & that one BIG seasonal change we all wish would go away! And of course i loved your letter. I'm concerned that my zine & accompanying letter hasn't reached you yet, but the USPS is nothing if not inconsistent. Oh, & I Iove the rat print! Is that a hand-carved stamp you made? Keep on keeping on. Sounds like you've found a nice rhythm of activities to keep you sane during these less than sane times :-))
Response: Hi Linda. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I carved the rat for a Year of the Rat swap
MsBellaDonna rated for FPRU: CORONA Virus 2020 PC on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the "posters and pints" pc, I love it! Sounds like you are staying busy and that's a good thing! I'm trying to make the most of my time at home. Long walks with my dog when the weather is agreeable is very therapeutic. Keep safe and be well!
banjobraids rated for Black and White #20 on Apr 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Dave! I love this postcard of the right whale at the CNHM SO MUCH!!! I miss Chicago. I used to visit there quite a lot when I lived in Michigan. The last time was in 2001, so I'm due for another trip. My SB username is from two of my old goals - to grow long braids and learn the banjo. I did grow braids and then chopped them off. But never learned the banjo. Or at least not yet. The diorama photo in my profile is the one that took 10 years. A friend asked me to make it for her and I was able to deliver it 10 years later, lol. She was thrilled and has displayed it around MI. Interestingly, I couldn't get the image of a basement rec room out of my head as I was designing it and made it like the ones I remembered growing up. She said it was almost exactly the one she had in her house, but I had never even see it! :):):) Hope y'all are well and healthy. Hang in there! :):):) Thanks again!
nannydino rated for FPRU: CORONA Virus 2020 PC on Apr 8, 2020
Comment: David McCoy! Yes it's been a long time since we've been partnered up. Good to hear your doing well. Thank you for the handmade Sloth postcard. Really like it, it's smiling :) And the assortment of postage stamps <3 . Sounds like you are keeping yourself busy and finding some joy in these days of uncertainty. Good for you! I'm afraid my routine is non exsistant but looking to remedy that soon enough. Lots of reading. Making a list for house/yard maintenance. Have a great day. be safe be loved be healthy peace love light

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ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 12, 2020:

Fairydollmilk on Apr 10, 2020:

Hi there! Please check your mailbox. Thanks!

user6937 on Apr 8, 2020:

Hi, Dave, the postcards from the PTG WTA Jan have arrived! Thanks for the minizine; you draw nice!

PineappleTarts on Apr 5, 2020:

Thank you for the postcards from the PTG WTA! I like your selections.

OrigamiGrace on Apr 3, 2020:

Hi, just checking to see if you had sent the 2 pc tag from CPG yet! Thanks!

stiffneck78 on Jan 22, 2020:

Thank you so much for these awesome vintage book pages for the 'CPG Who Likes....Tag'! Very cool!

CrystalZ on Jan 17, 2020:

Thanks for the great postcards for my collection that you sent for Postcard Hideout > Postcard Tag game...all of them were new to me! My favourite is the one for New Oreleans...I would love to visit there one day and it is great to get to see different scenes from there :)

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

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