Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2019 4:06 pm


Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: June 26, 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?


kittyhahahotbot rated for EJ: Vintage Ephemera Love on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Such a hugh package! I mean the other package......Bruno the Boner ATC. lmfao That "T - note" is really a ad for a 1968 car? Cool! Me loves that! lol 1916 book pages. Ya know, I rip pages all the time and it still breaks my heart. 1963 dental brochure. Darling! Ray-0-Vac. Memories of that battery around. Precious Christmas card. Man, they werent really chatty in that card were they? lol All those newspaper remnants. What is your source BTW? You must have access to quite the little stash, hmmmm? lololol A photo. And let me get this strait: This is not the zine, right? lol And those lovely vintage stamps? Man, they send me to the moon. In fact, I was shopping for vintage stamps yesterday and today. Per chance did you carve any of the rubber stamps you used on the envie? Nooooooooooooo, huh? NOw, I shall lay here and digest your zine.
Response: You're right, that's not the zine. I've spent the last three hours putting it together. I'm halfway there! I forget which stamps I used, but id they look hand carved, they are probably mine. The newspapers I salvaged from a dumpster. They had been used for insulation in an old house in South Minneapolis that was being remodeled. I pulled them out of the dumpster with no shame whatsoever.
AtTheSmithHouse rated for Art Collab #36 add postage on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Hi Dave! I look forward to working on this card. And it's true, there are few things better than entering a chicken coop first thing in the morning! Love my girls!
MamaMangrove rated for NYUP USA Only #49 on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ How do I thank thee? Let me count the ways... (sorry Elizabeth B. B.) I hate to gush, but getting a charmingly decorated envie full of postcard goodness from you is always like Christmas & my birthday rolled into one. The Holmes card alone would have won accolades, but then you add Topsey Turveys & more & more & more. Muchas Muchas gracias, mi amigo.
young46356 rated for Black and White #18 on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful, scenic postcards and nice quilt postcard.
stephiedee rated for 4-from-1 Handmade Postcards on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
banjobraids rated for Black and White #18 on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Yay, bonus card! I love them both. :D The jay is cool, and this steampunk one makes me think of Santa in the off season, lol. THANKS :):):)
Jsereg001 rated for 4-from-1 Handmade Postcards on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Thanks!!!
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #49 on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: So fluffy!!
Comment: Nice postcard. I love the block carving of a sloth. Cute and fun. The paper is nice too. Is that linen? I looked up MBWA. Makes a lot of common sense. Also...good zen quote.
thequilterslink rated for 4-from-1 Handmade Postcards on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the postcard..nice colors.
Shawna rated for 4-from-1 Handmade Postcards on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Your place sounded wonderful for raising a family! And the awesome talent. Love this card! Thanks so much!
misscorina rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #172 on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing selection of cards and reading my profile.I love them all so also the penny, You're the best!
satinification rated for 100 Truths Email on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
tigerlily2110 rated for 100 Truths Email on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: thank you
kittyhahahotbot rated for What Inspires You? Zine on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: DAve, the swap was great but you could do better. lmfao. IM such a tease. lol Hunny, the envie material was sumptuous! Yes, sumptuous. lol YOu had me at the envelope. It was so nice to touch! I dont know if I ever gotten that material before. Is that a thick mulberry paper? Thank you for the napkins. I loved your doggie postcard! Goes into my collection. Before I finish this I gotta PM you.
MissBrenda rated for NYUP USA Only #49 on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: Hi David! Thanks for the Van Gogh PC! Yes, I love it! Having that many MN swappers as partners is way cool! Thanks again! If you would like meet sometime for coffee, let me know! I live by Minneapolis! Have a magnificent day and happy swapping.....
Bavarija rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #172 on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for amazing cards!
AmookIslandCreations rated for What Inspires You? Zine on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks for hosting this great swap! It was a lot of fun to put together and read yours too! I love being in nature and my garden as well. The Lord is my savior so He's the best! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
NRGordon rated for 100 Truths Email on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your answers.

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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 :)

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.

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