Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2019 2:49 pm


Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: October 21, 2019
Birthday: October 9
Country: United States
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Hi everyone. On Aug 12, my wife, username starmccoy here on SB, had a near-fatal cardiac arrest. Needless to say, things have not been normal around here. I know I have missed rating some swaps. If yours is one of them, please message me and let me know. Thank you!! PS Thank God she is alive and recovering well.

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.

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.

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?


MamaMangrove rated for Black and White #19 on Oct 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cool old carnival sideshow card, Dave. Sorry about the grey & drab. It's green & steamy here!
pernie123 rated for Black and White #19 on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for sending nice old card of Heidelberg castle in envelope. Most thoughtful! I was once in Heidelberg, many years ago.
Comment: Great answers, nice to learn a little about you.
Comment: Thank you so much for your mail! Loved to read the answers :)
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for such a fun variety!
Comment: Thank you so much, I love the envelope and postcard!
nannydino rated for FPRU: Free-Ad Card PC Swap on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Hi Dave thank you so much for the Love PC...and your kind words. I knew I'd love my grandson for sure but really I'm smitten beyond words :) how lovely for you to have so many grandchildren :) such blessings. Love the PC Happy October swapping peace love light
Response: <3
dcp0112 rated for Art Collab #37 add postage on Sep 27, 2019
Comment: Got your card, thanks...will add to it and send in next round. I hope your wife is feeling better. Happy Fall!
SeleneW rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #77 on Sep 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your postcards and note!
Angie rated for HCSI: Hand carved and Store bought pc on Sep 26, 2019
Comment: Ha! What a charming little fellow! Thank you for the great postcard. I do like sloths! LOL.
camelsamba rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #77 on Sep 24, 2019
Comment: Nice stamp - thanks for the handmade postcard! (I also appreciate the frog postage :^)
witchieapril rated for A Note about Family on Sep 22, 2019
Comment: The card was super sweet! Thank You!
uiltje rated for FPRU: Cut n Paste #3 on Sep 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your lovely PC, it's intriguing. My greetings to your your fruits and vegetables from your own garden!
blueseabliss rated for HDP URBAN SKETCHING on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Oh Dave, I love this. I am so saddened to hear about your wife, I hope she is continuing to heal. I will keep her in my prayers.
Response: Thanks Kate. That day was a welcome respite. She's actually back in the hospital yesterday and today - a bit of a setback for unknown reason. I think she'll be back home tomorrow and healing can continue uniterupted. I appreciate your prayers.
RockyBeach rated for CC: 3 piece collage portrait on Sep 6, 2019
Comment: A huge thanks for this huge card! :) I think it arrived intact. That's a cool styled person! Oh yes, the summer was super hote here too. Even still last week.
Comment: Thank you! Great work :)
GabySkye rated for Art Collab #40 Add postage on Aug 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard to add to! Iโ€™m glad to hear that your wife is okay!
churlann rated for Scripture Postcard #6 on Aug 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for that scripture. It's very important to lean on Him for our help.

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Lonestarchild on Oct 8, 2019:

Thank you for the fun cards for PTG Sep WTA!

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 2, 2019:


happy october

Angie on Sep 30, 2019:

Sorry to hear Star is having health issues. I look forward to getting your resend for the 3 piece collage portrait swap.

MamaMangrove on Aug 10, 2019:

Big pile of mail awaited me when I returned from New England. I saved yours (for the Postcard Hideout tag) 'til last so I could savor it. Delightful selection of PCs as always & such fun & thoughtful extras. How did you know that having a glass of absinthe is on my bucket list? Thank you for easing my re-entry into steamy S. Fla!

user6937 on Jul 16, 2019:

Thanks for the Postcard Hideout tag and the ones for the PTG WTA game. I love Toulouse-Lautrec and always appreciate map cards!

susieq11 on Jun 19, 2019:

Hi Dave! Iโ€™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.

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