Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2021 4:56 am


Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: June 16, 2021
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?


suepier rated for Positive Postcard Swap #3 (PPS3) on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and positive thought.
pahasiga rated for HDoP Toned Paper Challenge on May 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the picture! I couldn't draw a portrait to save my life (at least if it was in the hands of the original).
Comment: What a wonderful portrait! This will be challenging for me but that’s ok πŸ˜€
Comment: Received your swap today and thank you so much for the wonderful postcards! Plus 2 extra! I love the dog, fox, horse, and angels! The angels one is beautiful & that's a keeper!
kizzlets rated for Non-Tourist Postcards #26 on May 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the variety and thank you for the playing cards, will be using these for swaps!
kizzlets rated for HD/HP ATC swap #7 USA Only on May 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much, sea turtles are fascinating creatures! Used to snorkle with them when I lived in Hawaii every other weekend with friends
Cellolady rated for Positive Postcard Swap #3 (PPS3) on Apr 27, 2021
Comment: Great quote and beautiful PC. Thank you!
montigneyrules rated for It’s in the cards on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: Thanks! Severn, MD is quiet. Nicely outside of Baltimore and above DC, we get the fun stuff in a short drive but the peaceful lifestyle and nice large parks.
lovesmail rated for It’s in the cards on Apr 17, 2021
Comment: Your swap put a great BIG smile on my face!!! Loved your zine!!! Love the fun cards and extras too. :))) Blessings to you and yours!
Arhel rated for HDoP Spring Postcard on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great drawing, I like the style!
justmesks rated for Postcard Destash on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: Love the cards. Thanks so much!
user6937 rated for NYUP: Purveyor of Foods & One More on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: I laughed at the wine "connoisseur" explaining that she "didn't remember the name, but liked the taste" - that's me, too! I had a taste of an Australian wine that I loved but can't remember the name of it, so haven't had it since. And, good old Rock Hudson - I always thought my dad looked like him. Thanks for the great letter, Dave - I'm happy to hear about Star's recovery. All the Best (we're all in this together, blah, blah, blah). :)
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. What a sweet story. The Billy Graham quote made me laugh.
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!

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debbiespoms on Jun 11, 2021:

Hey there Dave ! Received the B&W postcards today, via Postcard Hideout group PC tag. Thank you so much and for the 2 extras as well! Loving them!

user6937 on Apr 28, 2021:

Whoops, opened the pressed penny afterwards - a nice extra surprise!!

user6937 on Apr 28, 2021:

PH March WTA - wonderful pc's, Dave (the penalty for early withdrawal made me LOL - reminds me of the RSP's we're forced to contribute to, then get taxed on). Thanks very much for all of them! Glad you're getting "back in the groove" and having a happier mailbox, ergo, you. ;)

Soph on Apr 20, 2021:

PTG: March WTA - Thank you so much for the great postcards I received from you. I love your selection!

DaisyNY on Mar 7, 2021:

Hi Dave - this was mailed out but here is the link to the zine on Flickr: Linkie

Front cover:

What I Learned

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!

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