Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2021 1:53 pm


Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: December 29, 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?


Allegrae rated for Art Collab #76 add postage on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the PC! Here's to a wonderful, safer & healthier new year!
bluehairedmary rated for Black and White #21 on Dec 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
Mimi7 rated for Art Collab #75 add postage on Dec 6, 2020
Comment: Hi David, Very cool art collab, thanks and thanks for the Bethlehem post card and horse postcard. Yes I am a people person and zoom Bible Study sure isn't the same as meeting face to face, but at least the ole gal who is computer illiterate figured it out and zoom it has to be for now. take care and thanks for a great swap
dawnakaulen rated for Black and White #21 on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: Great choice for me, thank you!
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Holiday Season ATC on Nov 14, 2020
Comment: Hello again - I liked your angel carving and the extra special decorated envelope, too. Great Bob Dylan carve!
Comment: A pleasure to receive such a nice lot of postcards from you and note... I really like your choices ❤😁
Comment: Thank you for a lovely and thoughtful swap!
banjobraids rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #16 on Aug 12, 2020
Comment: Wow, perfect swap! These cards are so great and thanks for extras! I love the slug. I always talk to the slug that lives on my porch (he does not answer). Seeing a huge Oregon banana slug is on my bucket list. I love the Guatemalan woman too! I do not miss winter and those long, dark months. Alabama is gorgeous! I try to get everyone to move south, lol. Your envelope was decorated so cool and loved reading your letter. I was cracking up about your rebellious mask-free mail retrieval, lol. I wear one at stores, but claw it off whenever I'm away from people. Your garden sounds wonderful. Time to pickle and can so you can have a taste all winter :):):) THANKS! Have a good one and hang in there.
jessnewson98 rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #23 on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Hey David, I got this swap today and it made my day! Thank you so so much for it all! Stay safe!
Comment: Thank you for the interesting selection of postcards! And, thank you for the extra bird cutout! ❤
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

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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:

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 :)

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