Swap-bot Time: December 12, 2019 7:38 am


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: December 9, 2019
Birthday: June 21
Country: United States
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About Me

I finally hit a thousand fives!

My name is Pat Covington. I am a RETIRED university art professor and administrator ( note the word retired)!

I live in Florida 9 - 10 months of the year because I like to be warm and hate socks. I have to live by water and all that goes with it. I have a home on a salt water basin and love watching the manatees play. We have been having dolphins lately playing and fishing in the basin. Such fun to watch.

I still have a home in southern Illinois (Carbondale/Murphysboro). It is on a lake and quite hot there in the summer. Much hotter than Florida! I go up there in June to remodel anything that I feel needs it and to meet up with our third golden girl. There are three of us. Jamie ( known in swap-bot land as jamnj), dusty, a lawyer who will never retire, and myself. We go everywhere together except dusty stays in illinois in the winter to practice law. She retired as the university's lawyer and now has her own firm. She will be in trial until the day she dies. She is also a big foodie and makes ice cream with liquor in it. We are heading down to Cuba In November for a foodie cruise. I tore my Achilles’s tendon so I will not be walking much. Guess I will be looking out from the balcony! I did watch from the balcony but I was able to get into Havana. Loved it and the people. Would go back in a minute. Spent the entire day in a classic convertible. What fun!

We have two dogs. We lost our cocker suddenly last September. That was a very sad week. I found a Bichon frieze puppy in October. His name is Teddy and a sweetheart. He went up to Illinois to help that broken heart. Dusty, the lawyer, took the cocker everywhere and she was so sad and depressed after her death. Teddy has helped fill that sadness for her. He is such a sweet boy, just what she needed and of course he goes everywhere she goes. Our other dog is a yorkie- poo that thinks she is a Great Dane. The yorkie-poo, Guinny, named because she squeaks when picked up, lives in florida most of the year.

Back to art! I love good design. I am a paper maker but have not done much since I retired from the university. I have been flipping houses and building houses so I have been getting my creative juices working in a different way. I am always remodeling so everyone calls me Sarah Winchester. Interesting character in her own right. She was always remodeling her house to keep ahead of the spirits. There is a recent movie about her.

I love the unusual and the mixing of unlikes is always of interest to me. Natural things are always part of who I am. I also love whimsical applied to normal items. The unexpected is always appreciated. Steam punk is also a favorite. I have degrees in anthropology and art history, so my art takes a slant towards Native American images. Not the typical images, mostly symbolic.

I have been having fun with the ATC's since it is so different than what I use to do. I find myself being whimsical on the ATC when I never would have gone there with my huge paper sculptural pieces. It is good for me. I am also having fun with steam punk and skinnies.

I went to school in Albuquerque and grad school in southern Illinois where I was a professor and an administrator for 33 years. I retired at 56 and have been having a blast ever since. I would recommend retirement to anyone! ( I was a very young professor).

I have had cancer twice, the first time was at 50, the next time I was 63. The second time was from the medicine I took for the first one! They now know that I should never have been given that medicine, but that is how they learn. I am fine except for lymphadema which I control fairly well. Neither cancer was past stage one so I feel very lucky and appreciate every day. I had both knees replaced at the same time almost ten years ago and I am doing fine. Would encourage anyone to do it. My knees were attacked by a drug I took for an infection from breast cancer surgery so they had to be replaced. Don't you just love those drugs! Some are great, others not so much. I had my left shoulder replaced in December 2014. Had the right shoulder replaced in September 2015. Glad all of that is over. Well, it was not over, had to have the left shoulder replaced again, this time with a reverse replacement this April 2016. Going thru security at the airports is interesting to say the least.

I have a great sense of humor and most people laugh at my quick wit (roommate's words). I am a happy person and enjoy doing whatever. I find enjoyment in most things except shopping. I get what I need and I am out of there. My roomie, Jamie, could shop for days . I can wait in the car and keep myself busy! The other roomie, Dusty, goes to the grocery store everyday! Now that is just wrong. We have another roomie, Lynn. She is my brother's ex girl friend. They were together for over twenty years. It is getting crowded here.

I enjoy movies when there is a good one. I travel and have been lucky enough to have seen a lot of the world. Sure does make me appreciate home.

I like card games, dominoes and trivia, word chums and yes that stupid candy crush!

Favorite Crafts

ATC s, Jewelry, metals Paper making, paper clay Making objects from found materials, Actually there aren't too many crafts that I do not like. I am not a knitter, is that a word?

My environment

Love whites with color accents. The house in florida has reds and warm woods with lots of white. I actually love all colors. I find the mixing of two unusual colors interesting and fun. Pastels are my least favorite.

Likes and dislikes


I love steam punk items,


Papers of all kinds,

Beads, metal embellishments,

Weird old photos,

Magazine photos,

Native American imagery,

Anything that can be used in ATCs,

Old ATCs


I am not into girly , whimsical is fine, Nothing too religious, No food, teas or coffee


I pledge to send my swaps before the deadline. If you do not receive a swap from me, it is lost. I always mail my swaps, so if you do not receive one, please pm me so I can get another one out.

I pledge to rate as soon as I receive your wonderful swap. I love to see what others think of the swap that I sent, so I figure others want to know also. I make my swaps for others, so I believe feedback is the most important aspect of swap-bot.

I do not require extras to give you a heart. I believe that when swappers put their heart into their creation they deserve the same from me.

I will read your profile and will do my best to make the swap about you when I can.


Pikkis rated for VJP: Creative Collage #20 on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: Oh my, what a beautiful journal page :)! Love everything on it, not to mention that I LOVE Graphic45 (but I guess you knew that). These papers are pretty rare here and all the new arrivals I never even know of, but I´m so happy you decided to waste this novelty on me. That blue color is so beautiful and you´ve composed the page so nicely + the lace on top is just fabulous! Thank you so much for making my day!
valentina22 rated for AaA Fairy house on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: Love the fairy house you created with the fairy charm! Lovely addition to my collection of atcs.
Comment: Pat, thank you so much for the beautiful ATC...I love that you tried something different, and that it was so successful! My favorite part of all is the note you wrote; thank you so much for being a wonderful swap partner and friend...I love hosting swaps, and it means so much to me when you join. Let's keep on keeping on for the new year!
Arabella rated for APCs Only - Xmas/Winter on Dec 6, 2019
Comment: Great wintery apc, Pat, love it! Thank you!
luvbird rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #11 (November) on Dec 4, 2019
Comment: Pat, thank you so very much for the darling November tag! I love the bold fall colors and the pretty gold butterfly. This will definitely look good in my tag book!
Response: So glad you liked it. This series was fun to do. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat💕💕
onthesnap22 rated for ETHP: TH Products ATC on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC. the stamp is one of my favorites as well and I dont have some of those paper dolls!! thanks :)
Response: So glad you liked the ATC. My favorite thing to do is to use Tim holts products. Thank you for the heart and the wonderful comments. Pat❤️❤️
tigermousecat rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #10 (October) on Oct 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for a fun Halloween tag!
Response: You are most welcome. It was a fun one to do. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
Comment: Hooray! I got this one and it is very nice one too! Love all the details! Thanks also for the vintage looking Halloween postcard-love the black kitties as I have one! I appreciate you resending!
Response: So glad you liked it. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat💕💕
donetta rated for VJP: Creative Collage #19 on Oct 8, 2019
Comment: Pat, thank you so much for this adorable homage to autumn...I adore this season, the colors, the cooler temperatures, the smell of the air! it is always a special pleasure to see a swap envelope from you.
Response: You are always so generous with your wonderful comments. Pat💕💕
Comment: Lovely tag Pat,Thank you so much.Great addition to my book.
Response: So happy that you liked it. It was a fun one to do. Thank you for a wonderful review. Pat💕💕
Comment: Pat, this is spectacular! I LOVE the background that looks like spiderweb leather, your traveling witches, the amazing seeing-all eye and that little skeleton hand on a chain! This one's got it ALL! So well put together with such interesting elements. Thank you for always being such a lovely partner.
Response: So glad you liked it. I used a spider web stencil with transparent texture paint. It worked really well for Halloween. Thank you for the gracious comments. Pat💕💕
Comment: Oooohhh....these are cute! I love everything about them, especially those sweet hanging elements on each. Such sweet Halloween images on each! My absolute favorite is the bat with the red eyes--spooky! Love that twine--it looks like jute but I've never seen it braided with colors. Thanks so much, Pat, for always sending something special.
Response: So glad you liked it. You are a special gal who deserves special. Pat💕💕
Comment: Hi Pat! Thank you so very much for the pretty ATC...love the flower...so pretty! Thank you also for the great extras. Very nice swap!
Response: Glad you loved the crazy flower. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat💕💕
Christopherpines rated for Altered Key! on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely key, I love the collection of charms you added!
Response: Glad you liked it. Sorry it was broken. Pat💕💕
Comment: As always a pleasure to swap with you. Thanks for the "steamy" card.
Response: You are most welcome. So happy that you liked it. Pat💕💕
BluePixie rated for ATCO: Halloween in August ATC on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Such a good ATC!
Response: Glad you liked it Pat💕💕
Comment: Pat: Your gel press angel is beautiful! I love the turquoise and coppery colors that you used ad the angel figure came out wonderfully. Thanks for a great swap and I love the little owl card!
Response: So glad you liked your little angel. It was fun to do. And I was so happy that you received it. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat💕💕
isabellasnow rated for GAA: 'The Raven' by EA Poe ATC on Sep 11, 2019
Comment: Hi Pat! I loved your raven atc, most especially the background; did you paint those ravens? Very clever, you ;+) Love how you always sign your work, too. Very clever embellishment at the top as well. Thanks bunches!
Response: So glad you loved it.. I did a whole page of ravens and then cut it up for the background. Wasn’t sure anyone could even tell they were ravens anymore. Thanks for figuring it out. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat💕💕
Comment: Thank you for the great swap experience! I really appreciate that you read my profile to see that I like Graphic 45 paper products!
Response: Glad you liked it. Thank you for the wonderful rating. Pat💕💕
hibiscus rated for Zetti with Wings on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: I just won the swap lottery with this card! Your art talent is showing... “drama queen!” So great to get an atc from a master... thank you so much .. take care and get ready for our gulf storms!
Response: Thank you for your wonderful comments. I have missed you. Back in florida Monday. Cooler here than in southern illinois. Pat💕💕

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janski48 on Aug 21, 2019:

It was a pleasure helping out donetta. She’s such a sweet friend, and I’m glad you like the page! We really do need to do a meet up sometime. Mandymo is here too and she could join us. She’s a high school teacher over in Murphysboro and we’re neighbors in Marion. Take care my friend! Watch out for the hurricane season!

CurlyTea on Jun 21, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

bjmonroe on Sep 26, 2018:

1000 5s. Wow Congrats

AZmom875 on Sep 11, 2018:

What a super Fall ATC Jam you set. Thanks for working on it.

CurlyTea on Jun 22, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

supersquirrel on Oct 6, 2017:

Thanks again for the finished jam :)

supersquirrel on Sep 28, 2017:

Thank you for the finished camera ATC jam. I'm not experienced enough to know what to expect back - I haven't been disappointed yet !! Thanks again =)

hibiscus on Aug 15, 2017:

Loved the jam finish with the tiny postcard and the little soldier.... as always, an amazing finish !! an

Mimi7 on Apr 29, 2017:

thanks for the gypsy finished ATC jam. Donna

OrigamiGrace on Jan 3, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


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