Swap-bot Time: April 7, 2020 3:17 pm


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: March 31, 2020
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.


scrappermama rated for VTHS: Two on a Tag on Mar 28, 2020
Comment: Hey Pat! Thanks for the tag. Pretty kewl as always... I received it yesterday. Looks like it had been in the mail for awhile πŸ™„ Hope your taking care of yourself. Keep safe
Response: Glad you liked the tags. They were a fun swap to do. I hope they were not torn up from the mail. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
watercolorgirl rated for SG - Fairy Skinny on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful fairy skinny. I'll add it to my collection. Stay well.
Response: Glad you liked her. Thank you for the nice comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
PaperPassion rated for Zetti Animal with Wings Plus on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: Hi pat and a big thank you for the great Zetti you made for me .I love it.I appreciate all the time and effort that went into it.
Response: So glad you liked it. They are always fun to do. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
lmacdavis93 rated for AACG: Layered Mini-Tags on Mar 21, 2020
Comment: Hi Pat and thanks for the three lovely layered mini tags. Your little jeweled embellishments are so pretty and love the bird stamps!
Response: Glad you liked them. I hope you are staying close to home and staying well. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: An amazing work of art! Actually I expect nothing less from a true artist... what a mind you have...I really admire the dimensions, the technique of crackling and the image of a modern Mina Lisa! Ps I love the way you bugged it! Thanks as well for those super gears! Great swapping!
Response: Glad you liked it. Fun one to do. I was so happy that you were receiving it. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
debtea2 rated for VC: Embellished Safety Pin on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Wow that's a huge pin..lol and so beautiful. Thank you very much. Love the tea too..
Response: Glad you liked it. Do you want me to make you a smaller pin? PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Pat, thanks for so beautiful card. :)
Response: You are most welcome. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Wow! I just love it when you are my partner. Thank you so very much for another beautiful page for my 5x7 journal. It is perfect!
Response: Glad you liked it. Was happy it was going to a southern Illinois girl. Thank you for your praise. Stay warm. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
tigermousecat rated for VJP: Creative Collage #22 on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: Love this paper! Thanks for a lovely page!
Response: It is great paper. Glad you liked it. Thank you. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Eclectonote rated for ZMA-Zetti ATC on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Oooh I love this ATC! So much textural variety along with the striking image. The gold glitter paper dress is very fashion forward. I'm actually completing this swap on the last day, tomorrow, and I'm happy to have the inspiration. Thanks for the Zetti fun!
Response: So glad you liked her. A fun one to do. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: I do not use this word very often but, it just fits for this ATC. It is PERFECT. I love everything you did.
Response: Gosh, thank you. Makes me happy to make you happy with my work. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Hello! Thank you so very much for the wonderful journal page. I love it so much that I think I am going to make it the cover of the book I am starting. The embellishments are wonderful and I adore the color scheme. It must be nice being in Florida. We had a beautiful weekend but mostly gray and icky.
Response: So glad you liked the journal page. It was a fun one to do. I was happy that it got to go to southern Illinois. Dusty said it was horrible today in Cdale. Stay warm. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Very fine gentleman indeed. I like that you used "timmy" products for this swap-he too is a fine gentleman-Thanks for sharing!
Response: So glad you liked the fine gentleman. It was a fun one also. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Eclectonote rated for Zetti With Book Page on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Great going on this ATC - unmistakably and charmingly Zetti! I love the teeny writing and message.
Response: So glad you liked the zetti. I enjoy doing them because they are so freeing. Thank you for your wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
PaperPassion rated for Zetti ATC on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Great Zetti.Thank you for joining the swap and thanks for a wonderful Zetti
Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments. They are fun to do Hope to swap with you again. Also thank you for hosting. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Thanks so much for the great puzzle piece.Love what you did with it.
Response: Thank you. It was fun to do. I hope to do others in the future thank you for all of your work. PatjπŸ’•πŸ’•
tigermousecat rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #12: December on Jan 15, 2020
Comment: Hope you had a safe and peaceful Christmas. Right now we are having a "snowmageton" here in Vancouver. Thanks for the Christmas themed tag!
Response: Had a wonderful Christmas, family and friends. Weather warm here and I love it. I love Vancouver, wish it were a bit warmer. Thank you for the heart. Rating. Swap with you soon. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
donetta rated for VJP: Creative Collage #21 on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Pat, it’s such a pleasure to receive journal pages from you...I can clearly see how much freedom you give yourself lately, and the joy you take in the process is also clear. I just love swapping with you! Let’s continue creating and swapping all through our new year!
Response: So happy you liked it. Love doing these pages.. thank you for hosting them. I plan on swapping with you. I love this group because everyone cares about their work. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Love this ATC. you have done a lovely piece of art. Thank you so much.Thanks also for the extras. I love Tim Hotz dolls. elflady
Response: So glad you liked it. I thought it turned out well. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
ellie rated for SG - Senders Choice Skinny on Dec 31, 2019
Comment: thanks
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart.

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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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