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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: December 4, 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 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?


shellbede rated for AMA: Blobimals Mail Art on Dec 4, 2021
Comment: I completely dig the Goggled Grass Skier Blobimal. :) And the zine is fabulous. Thanks!
Comment: You picked out some great cards! Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter. I really enjoyed reading your answers. You did an amazing job with your self portrait! Happy Holidays!
Ace330660 rated for Postcard Bag Round 5 on Nov 19, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcards and the vintage playing cards! Will gladly pass the bag along.
tatntole rated for Art Collab PC #92 (USA) on Nov 18, 2021
Comment: Great idea making an envelope from an old calendar page! Thank you for the bookmarks.
Comment: Thank you for passing the zine along!
derakisu rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Nov 10, 2021
Comment: What a fun zine to display you carved stamps ! I love the fish immensely. And I can understand why the happy sloth is one of your favourites, he is adorable ! I love your group and swaps, I'm glad I joined. ^_^
Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you did, too!
samsstuff rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Nov 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the very cool zine and the book pages!
camelsamba rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Nov 4, 2021
Comment: Great stamps and great zine - thanks for running these swaps!
9O96O rated for Hand-Carved Zine on Nov 3, 2021
Comment: Fantastic zine full of great images. And fantastic swap. Inspires me to do some more carving for the next time. 😊
Response: Yes, we have to have a next timeπŸ˜„
Eclectonote rated for Hand-Carved Zine on Nov 2, 2021
Comment: Wow great zine. I really liked the carves and the colors. Good work on making Dylan recognizable with so few lines. Happy sloth and fish are a lot of fun; the main images and the backgrounds work really well together. Summertime is a mellow still life and one of my faves in the zine. Your self portrait is very cool. Well done!
Response: Thank you, Amy, for the kind words. I really appreciate it
elinor rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Nov 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great zine, and the extras :)
Comment: Thanks for these two great zines! Hope I can do justice to #7! We are officially back in Larsen Bay for the winter. We do still go put now and again to check on the house on beautiful, calm days. We are not having a day lime that today though! LOL! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
AmookIslandCreations rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Oct 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for this great zine! I love your stamps! I get restless this time of year too, but my wanderlust is much worse in the spring! Prepping for winter takes a lot of time and effort. Always great to swap with you! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry. Thanks for hosting and beautiful envie too!
pat5036 rated for Hand-Carved Zine on Oct 28, 2021
Comment: Beautiful hand-carved zine! I like the way you used several colors when printing. Very nice face carving on the back page. I need to try doing a face in the future!
Comment: (sorry for the late rating - thanks for the fun zine!)
jay9 rated for Raw Materials PC swap #2 on Oct 23, 2021
Comment: Thank You dvmac, It's an interesting assortment; I'll get to work on a post card for you. ☺ I enjoyed your zine. I do carve a few stamps here and then. Happiness and Peace
luluvision rated for Hand-Carved Zine on Oct 23, 2021
Comment: Fantastic carvings! I really enjoyed your zine and no need to apologize for the delay. I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday!
Comment: Awesome postcard! Thanks!
Comment: Thanks, Marc

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Cgscdy on Nov 29, 2021:

Ty for the mini zine copy. It came out great! Yours I painted was an original I done different things for each zine. Hope we get a chance to swap again!

myancey on Sep 25, 2021:

Thanks @dvmac

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.

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