Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2018 9:35 am


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: December 7, 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 Cuba In 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 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.


CraftyElf rated for That Crazy Zetti Art ATC on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Very quirky. Love it. Thank you. 💝💝💝
Response: You are most Zetti welcome. Pat💕💕
mjhaertling rated for VJP: Creative Collage #10 on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: What a nice collage. You included so many elements. Thank you for all the nice extras. We did get snow, but only 3". Much better than the possible 8" that was predicted. Fall was much too short.
Response: So glad you liked. It. It was a fun one. Carbondale got one inch, Cape Coral 87 degrees, sorry for. Bringing it up. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Playing Card Journal Spots on Nov 12, 2018
Comment: Hi Pat and thank you for the 2 awesome journal spots! I'd never made these before and they were fun and you did an amazing job on your's. Lovely images and embellishments! We are back in Palm Desert and enjoying some beautiful weather as I hope you are too! Thanks for a fun swap!
Response: You are most welcome. I had never done these before so I was not sure what I was doing. So glad you liked them. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
Comment: Hi Pat! Beautiful work on these cards . . . you put in so many lovely details; I find something new each time I look at them! Thanks so much for creating something so special for me.
Response: You are most welcome. So happy that you liked them. Thank you for al that you for us. Pat💕💕
CheyanneB rated for AAA - Postage Stamp on Nov 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful ATC card! its a lovely addition to my collection :)
Response: So glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
donetta rated for VJP: Ode to Autumn on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: Another beauty from my Florida friend...a lucky day for me! I can see all the work you put into this 4x4, and appreciate each and every detail. You are just a wonderful swap partner, my good friend!
Response: And you are a wonderful person to send my little swaps to. Thank you for your wonderful comments. Pat💕💕
donetta rated for VJP: Creative Collage #9 on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: Pat, I just love the "pretty in pink"ness of this gorgeous 4x4 page. Like you, I love the format, although it took some tie for me to get used to it. Love the details you added...the pink doily, lovely vintage lady, and (of course) the brass key! You are such a wonderful swap partner.
Response: Ah, you are too sweet! Glad you liked the collage. I love making swaps for you because you appreciate the work. Thank you. Pat💕💕
onthesnap22 rated for MAS Steampunk meets Halloween on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: thank you so much! love it :)
Response: You are so welcome. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
mjhaertling rated for VJP: Vintage Halloween Collage on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: I love the grave digger collage, especially the row of tombstones. Sorry for the late rate.
Response: So glad you liked the humor. Thank you or the heart. Pat💕💕
laterdayze rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #29 on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cool Tim Holtz atc, love it! and the little extra goodies you sent are perfect :D
Response: So glad you liked the Timmy ATC. I love working with his goodies. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
Anettethhjertnes rated for Using a dictionary page on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: I realy love it, so beautiful
Response: So happy you are enjoying it. Thank you for the heart. Pat💕💕
Comment: I simply love this ATC. Everything & I mean everything went so well together. Your background turned out wonderful. I am going display this on the shelf in my craft room. It will be the first thing I see when I walk in that room.
Response: So glad you like it. I always worry when I send you one of your swaps that it is not what you are looking for. So happy that it worked for you. You do so much for us, I want my ATC to work for you. Thank you for the wonderful comments and for your hosting. Pat💕💕
lmacdavis93 rated for GAA: Witchy ATC on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Hi Pat and thank you for the great witchy GA I received today! I love the Tim Holtz Halloween goodies and love how you used this skeleton holding the bottle of poison - brilliant! And thank you for sending me some of the great TH die cuts - I will most definitely use those for another fun Halloween project!! We are headed back to California the end of October so get to enjoy some nice fall weather in New England ahead of that!
Response: Thank you for your wonderful comments and the heart. So glad you liked the ATC. Pat💕💕
Camiliann rated for AACG: Summer Pin-up ATC on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: thanks for sending
Response: You are most welcome Pat💕💕
Lantana149 rated for Cracked Glass on Aug 28, 2018
Comment: Great job on the "cracking!" Love, love the ATC...thank you!
Response: So glad you loved it. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Guess I better get ‘cracking’ on another one! Pat💕💕
scrappermama rated for THC: ATC with 3 TH products on Aug 22, 2018
Comment: Love it mz. Pat!! Amazing ATC as always & your fast!! Haven't quite finished mine yet 🤨. Thank you so much!! Keep cool!!
Response: You are most welcome. It is always a pleasure making an atc for you. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat💕💕
Kalalinga rated for USATC: Llama or Alpaca ATC Swap on Aug 20, 2018
Comment: This ATC is just darling!!! I love it so much. You really gave that Llama some personality! Thanks a lot.
Response: So glad you liked her. I am sure she was glad to get out of that envelope. Thank you for the kind words. Pat💕💕
Germanbaby77 rated for Monthly ATCs: Summer Insects on Aug 15, 2018
Comment: thank you so much for this bee-utiful ATC! Love it!
Response: So glad you loved it. It was a fun one to do. I hope they are bee ing good little insects. Pat💕💕
bjmonroe rated for Spirit Dolls on Aug 12, 2018
Comment: Pat, this is the most awesome doll I have ever received! She has beautiful happy colors and heal rocks for my current fight. I have not seen a better use of pins, I know if this had been a contest, you would win the grand prize. thank you for all the time you put into it.
Response: So glad you liked her. She was made with love and as much healing power as I could put in her. Love ya. Pat💕💕
vanneparis rated for VS - Vintage ATC w/ a Birdcage on Aug 6, 2018
Comment: Hi Pat - Thanks so much for the beautiful Birdcage ATC. I love it and I am excited to add it to my collection. Take Care -Vanne
Response: So glad you liked. Was afraid you might be getting tired of pat ATCs! Thank you for hosting and for the heart, Pat💕💕

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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!


bjmonroe on Nov 6, 2016:

Have a beautiful day!

Pandd on Nov 4, 2016:

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