Swap-bot Time: March 18, 2018 4:36 am


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: March 17, 2018
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 Panama the first of November for a foodie cruise. I tore my Achilles’s tendon so I will not being walking much. Guess I will be looking out from the balcony!

We have two dogs. We lost our cocker suddenly in 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 movie coming out 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.


Comment: AWESOME ATC!!! Love the design, thank you as well for the extra gears.
Cgscdy rated for EASU: Light It Up ATC on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: Love the atc such a unique stamp! Love the Hello Kitty magnets as well. And the die cuts! So many goodies love love the gears especially! Thank you for such a great swap.
Response: Glad you liked it. Thank you for the kind words and the heart. Pat💕💕
hibiscus rated for AACG: Altered Tea Bag ATC on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: This perfect atc just gave me an idea...thesignature made me think this is truly a little work of art...I am getting a big frame and arranging "artistically" my most impressive atcs ... the cards that are just art to me... so thanks for this and the wonderful charms!
Response: Thank you for the kind words. I have always felt I am trying to create little works of art. Glad you saw that, but of course you would. I have another one to send you. Pat💕💕
djcamp04 rated for Stencils Background on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: OH MY GOODNESS!!! Amazing ATC! I don’t know what you used but this is awesome. I love the look, the colors and style. Thank you so much for a beautiful little work of art to add to my collection. I also love that you sign your atc’s on the front.
Response: So glad you loved the atc. I try to make my atcs little pieces of art. Thank you for the kind comments and the heart. Pat💕💕
Artstamper rated for AACG: Mini Junk Journal on Mar 6, 2018
Comment: This is such a lovely journal, Thank you so much. I can see you put a lot of work into it. Love vintage.
Response: I saw that you loved vintage so that is what I went with. I am so happy you liked it since I had no idea what I was doing. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
hibiscus rated for A.I. Torn Papers ATC on Mar 4, 2018
Comment: This atc turned out beautifully! My first thought was I need to book Viking cruises... the white edges were just right ... I like to use that .. just a super atc...thanks you also for the amazing coir pieces . I am loving the back of them and the purplish tint on some of them... can't wait to use them!
Response: Glad you liked the torn paper atc. It was either going to be a winner or flop. I get so many of those catalogues and when the torn paper atc came up I thought it might work. Thank you for the kind words and the heart. Pat💕💕
luckycharms rated for MAS: Mixed Media on Mar 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the great ATC you made for me!!! I love how you used a bird and bird cage on the card!!!
Response: Glad youl liked your bird and bird cage. I try to make the atc about the person when at all possible. It makes it more fun for me. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
JenniferB rated for APCs - First swap! on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Pat, I just love your APC, as I do Tim Holtz and the grunge look, love love love! Thank you so much, for the butterflies also! Cheers 💜😉😍
Response: So glad you loved it. A great way to start the APC group. Pat💕💕
Airam rated for ATCO: Ephemera ATC on Feb 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you! It's beautiful.
Response: So glad you got it. I was worried it had drowned in the great pond. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
Comment: Pat, I am so sorry for the late rating. I'm just not myself lately, and unfortunately I've taken my swap partners to the dark place with me! I love your January ATC, with it's very Holtz-y vibe...you are one of the very best when it comes to this type of ATC. Thank you so much for always being a wonderful swap partner.
Response: I am so sorry you are not up to your sunny self. Too much winter? You do so much for us on swap-bot you are probably worn out. I so appreciate your time for all of us, you are a saint in my eyes. Thank you for your kind words and the heart. Pat💕💕
Comment: Wow, They are lovely, funny and weard at the same time
Response: I know..really weird I thought so also. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
Comment: Sweet page!
Response: Glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
Arabella rated for VS - Skinny Card w/ a Circus Theme on Feb 13, 2018
Comment: I love this circus skinny, Pat!! Also love the "Blockhead" man on the back!! Looks a little painful, tho!! I don't know why you worry about your swaps, cause you always send me such beautiful, thoughtful artwork!! Thank you so much for being such a caring and amazing swap partner and friend!
Response: Thank you for the kind words. For years I made huge hand made paper embossed works. I mean really huge, sometimes 4 by 8 feet. So going into a very small format and areas like vintage, is all new to me...a different world for sure. I appreciate your comments because I so admire you and your work. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
artchild rated for VTHS: Altered Bingo Card on Feb 12, 2018
Comment: Lovely card, Pat and thanks for the washi tape,, somethiing I really like to receive!
Response: Glad you liked your ‘bingo’ card. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
Crafter71 rated for White Foreground on Feb 9, 2018
Response: Thank you for my heart. Glad you liked it. Pat💕
Arabella rated for THC: 100% TH - ATC on Feb 7, 2018
Comment: Another beautiful atc! I love adding your artwork to my collection! The colors are perfect and I love the Paris theme! Thank you so much!
Response: You are so welcome. Your comments mean a lot coming from you. I so respect your opinion. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
DCasey rated for THC: Add one TH element on Feb 3, 2018
Response: Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
Poeprincess rated for That is just crazy on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Pat--loved my rhino gentleman & I agree, this was fun! Thank you, also, for the stamps.
Response: Thank you for theonderful comments and the heart. Glad you liked the humor. Pat💕💕
123Poggy123 rated for VTHS: ATC - Fantastic Plastic on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Great ATC's AGAIN. I really like both of them but the snowman is my favorite. Thank you for sharing both techniques with me.
Response: You are more than welcome. I figured you would like to see how both worked. The snowman was mine also and the easiest one to do. Thank you for the heart. You are a dear. Pat💕💕
tigermousecat rated for GAA: Triptych Free Theme on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Steampunk is one of my fav themes. I am so loving this! Thank you for a great card!
Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments. I loved that triptych. It was fun to do. Pat💕💕

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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

CurlyTea on Jul 3, 2017:

Happy Belated Birthday!

bjmonroe on Jun 20, 2017:

Have a very Happy Birthday!

Mimi7 on Apr 29, 2017:

thanks for the gypsy finished ATC jam. Donna

OrigamiGrace on Jan 3, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


bjmonroe on Nov 6, 2016:

Have a beautiful day!

Pandd on Nov 4, 2016:

debtea2 on Sep 9, 2016:

awesome finish on the Jam thanks

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