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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: August 16, 2022
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?


rainydayangie rated for AM: Memento Mori ATC on Aug 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC and all the extra goodies!
cassie3001 rated for The Letter T on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful T swap! I love the postcards and the tiger! The stickers are great too!
Response: Thank you Cassie. It was my pleasure seeking them out for you. ☺️
elinor rated for Zine-Go-Round; Round Lucky13 on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the extra zine and print, now I need to decide what to add to the zine...
Response: Have fun!
MamaMangrove rated for PH: Famous People #3 on Jul 22, 2022
Comment: Woo-hoo! Great to have you as my partner as I start my re-entry into swapping. I'm doing it on a trial basis. So far, so good. Great cards. You were right about the K. Hepburn affinity, and of course I'm pleased as punch to have the ready-for-framing Dylan. Rules? what rules? :)) Thanks a bunch. More later...
mle rated for Totally Inappropriate PC Swap #8 on Jul 12, 2022
Comment: I really enjoyed that postcard! Thanks! It came to the right person.
Response: 😄👍😉
luluvision rated for Zine-Go-Round Round 12 on Jul 10, 2022
Comment: Ooh! good idea for the zine topic! I just finished adding to it when I realized I never rated you! Thank you so much for the gorgeous flower print! Glad you like my grasshopper stamp, I carved that ages ago! I don't post on flickr anymore, all my recent creations are on IG and I even hashtagged it! #luluvisioncarves in case you want to see. I did not carve those milkweed flowers you mentioned! I wish! I have gotten better with finer lines-I find using an x-acto helps plus the type of block makes a difference!
BookishPenpal rated for NYUP USA Only #81 on Jul 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Very creative 🙂
banjobraids rated for NYUP USA Only #81 on Jul 3, 2022
Comment: What a treasure to receive your artwork!! I was so excited to see it in the mail. The flower reminds me of a thistle which is one of my favorites because they're so tough and resilient yet beautiful. Congratulations on your upcoming grandbaby! 18! You must be a very busy granddad. Thank you for such a wonderful note and card. Happy summer! :):):)
Response: Thanks Claire. I just got your awesome pc today! 😄 Thanks and have s great summer!
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP USA Only #81 on Jul 2, 2022
Comment: Beautiful postcard! I am enjoying summer but it IS too hot! Thanks and take care!
January rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: Love the PC, and love the other PC! Like I said, bonus that I get two:) And that watercolor one, absolutely beautiful!
CARROLL rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: Lovely two color poppy carving card. And thank-you for the extra painted PC with lolly-pop trees!
Comment: Wonderful!💕
MaryCheng rated for AMA: Houses PC -May on Jun 19, 2022
Comment: Hello Dave, received your postcard this morning, and I love your watercolour house! Did you use a 0.1mm ink pen to sketch first? Love how you used the colours. I am still learning about watercolours, working on abstract art works so that I can play with how the watercolours interact wet on wet or wet on dry. Then doodling over them. Following MandyEvansArtist on IG for inspiration. Thank you again for the PC, love it.
Response: Hi Mary. I don't remember for sure, but i probably just used a HB graphite pencil. And thank you for your kind words!
Comment: Some great cards in here -- thank you! (I do struggle with the weather here. It takes some getting used to!)
mcorbus rated for Art Collab PC #102 (USA) on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you. I can't wait to use the coffee papers you sent
mamajoy rated for 3-2-1 Your Choice #3 on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: Beer coasters are way cool. Love the art subjects in business cards and ad cards. To answer your note, I do like some sci-fi. Boba Fett, Mandalorian got me back into star wars. I like X men and Marvel stuff. I could just make a list of your movies. I have seen most of them. Some zazzle is ok. Avon Lake is on the lake between Toledo and Cleveland. Toledo has a wonderful art museum and the best casino in Northern Ohio. Thanks for the goodies.
onthesnap22 rated for Zine-Go-Round, Round 11 on Jun 7, 2022
Comment: So sorry! I thought I rated you already! Thanks for the wonderful zine😀
Vickyen rated for HMPC: Botanical love - May on Jun 4, 2022
Comment: Hi David! I love your botanical love pc! I cannot draw anything or even cute a straight line, so anyone with talent makes me a tad green! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with me as the pc is just beautiful! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thank you for your kind words
suepier rated for WIYM: GREEN POSTCARD SWAP #3 on May 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the nice green postcard and sharing your week with me.
lylanni rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #108 on May 26, 2022
Comment: I can't wait to start on this card, thank you for the extras :)

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DinkySparkle on Jul 12, 2022:

Hello! Just checking in on a great swap partner! Hope you are having a good day. Happy hugs, Allie

BusyB on Jul 10, 2022:

Thank you Dave for the Monet postcards for PH June WTA. I am absolutely delighted to receive your artwork of the watercolor red bird! I also enjoyed your note about your sister. We may move away when we retire in a few years but the PNW is beautiful.

DeboraCreates on Jun 15, 2022:

Thank you for granting my PH: Requests Tag. It is always great to receive zines and PCs from you. I love your zine work!

AJ73 on Jun 10, 2022:

Thank you Dave for the PH April WTA postcards. I apologize for the late Thank you. There is no excuse for my neglect and hope you can forgive this time. I love being part of Swap Bot and want to treat you and everyone with the respect and kindness you deserve. Sincerely, Alma

Rainydancer on May 14, 2022:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

AJ73 on May 6, 2022:

Thsnk you so much for the PH April WTA. It was so nice of you to send the extra postcard, the stickers and the homemade envelope! Please sign up for the PH MAY WTA. May “May” be your lucky month!!!

PrincessLeia on Mar 8, 2022:

AN tag - hello Dave, thanks for the great horse PCs. The grizzlies are very cute! Thanks also for the postage stamps. Hope you AIWs arrive soon.

tcornell on Mar 5, 2022:

Thank you for the awesome MN bird PCs, your kind words and sweet note that you sent me ♥ AN group Intl PC tag

JeanetteC on Jan 22, 2022:

HI Dave! I started a collaboration PC (#32?) in 2017 and it arrived in my mailbox today! Looks like you helped decorate it in round #92 and I wanted to thank you for helping move it along :)

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