Swap-bot Time: March 26, 2019 9:24 am


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: March 25, 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.


janski48 rated for AACG: Stitches and Layers ATC #2 on Mar 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much Pat!! I love the card and the extras you sent!! I am really jealous of the weather you’re having though. Lucky you!! Enjoy❀️❀️😘
Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments. And about the weather up there..you know the saying β€œwait a couple of hours, it will change”. It was 85 here today! PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Winter White Tag on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: Pat, this is G O R G E O U S! I can't believe all the lovely bits of lace you used--I'm absolutely CRAZY for the snippet with the pearls and bugle beads. Love those sweet dragonfly accents, too. I feel like this should go in someone's trousseau! Thank you so much; I will treasure the tag.
Response: Glad you like it. I thought it turned out pretty also. I made one very similar for Donetta. Two of the best people on swap-bot. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Pat---I rated this once but now find it vacant, so not sure what happened. Your tag was excellent--I liked the use of the embossing folder with the silver tape. I've not tried that--I under-use my embossing folders and die cuts. It inspired me to try it on my tag and I loved the results. Thanks for joining the swap--hoping more will jump in with future swaps!
Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments. It was a fun one to do. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
PaperPassion rated for Senders Choice #4 on Feb 28, 2019
Comment: Pat thank you for the resend and the very kind words.
Response: Thank you for hosting and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
donetta rated for USAPC: Tag with Lace Snippits on Feb 27, 2019
Comment: Oh Pat! This snippet tag is amazing! So many beautiful beautiful lacy snippets (which remind me of a swap I owe you, as yet unmailed...:-( )...and the sweet little golden dragonflies are the perfect finishing touch. I really do wish I could give you multiple hearts. Since I can't, just know that I would!
Response: So happy you liked it. I thought it worked out pretty well. I know you love those lacy snippets, so I gave you a bunch. Thank you for the kind words. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Arabella rated for ATC Challenge #1--2019 on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: Love your atc, Pat! All the parts fit so perfectly together! And I love how all the parts are Timmy's! Also, what a hilarious notecard!! Thank you so much, dear friend!
Response: The card was funny! Glad you liked it. That means a lot coming from you. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Pikkis rated for VJP: Creative Vintage Collage #13 on Feb 21, 2019
Comment: Oooh, your page is gorgeous :)! Thank you so much for making this lovely page for me and reading my profile with care. I LOVE everything you put on the page; Graphic45-image, the Mother Goose-theme, the lace and all the beautiful embellishments. The page is perfect on both sides.
Response: So glad you liked it. I made it for you and hoped that you would like it. Than you for the Wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
PaperPassion rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #27 on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Great ATC I love what you did with it and the TH products you used.Thanks so much.
Response: You are most welcome. Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
PaperPassion rated for Add a ticket on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Love the ATC you made for me thank you so much.
Response: You are most welcome. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Pat, this is a beautiful journal page! I love it! Especially love the background, the way you incorporated the pattern paper, the big pretty bow and ALL the little cascading flowers. Thank you so very much for the lovely swap.
Response: You are most welcome . So glad you liked . You do such beautiful work I appreciate the wonderful comments from you. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
ShabbyJules rated for VC: Snippet Roll on Feb 6, 2019
Comment: I adore this gorgeous snippet roll i love it so much thankyou for a beautiful piece
Response: So glad you liked the snippet roll. It was my first. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Hi Pat! Wow . . . this is the prettiest charm. I've never seen one like that. What a beautiful centerpiece on your card. Love he colors and those lovely gold-dipped flowers. I know EXACTLY what you mean about the pearls not cooperating. Yours look great, though! Thanks bunches ;+)
Response: So happy you liked it. You always do beautiful work and I wanted you to have something you liked. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Thank you Pat for such a very pretty Gothic Arch. It is so very pretty.
Response: So glad that you were happy with the atc. It was a fun one to do. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Pat, your journal page is ah-mazing...it does my heart good to see the beautiful embellishment clusters we've all made. And...the Tim Holtz book...oh MY! I couldn't put it down until I'd read every page, and now I keep going back to some pages, shopping for ideas and inspiration! You are incredibly generous...just the most wonderful swap partner and friend!
Response: Glad you liked the journal page. I had never made an embellishment cluster on purpose but I realized I make them all of the time. It was fun. So glad you liked the book. I find his books inspirational. I really wanted to take your mind off of that cold weather up there. The next time I am in Chicago I should drive up and see you. Thank you for your wonderful comments and the heart. You are so generous with your time, there is nothing that I could do to make up for generosity and the time you give to swap-bot. You are a wonderful friend. PAtπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Pat, I love to get your work! The page is the most glamourous ever...and the gold touches, wow! I really like that paper. Thanks so much!
Response: So glad you liked it. It was graphic 45 paper. I was in the mood for something a bit different. Thank you for the heart and the wonderful words of encouragement . PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: I love this journal page--browns are on of my favorite colors just now. I used to love them and then grew more interested in reds, blues, and greens. But I've come back to the warm of browns; they can sometimes be so rich as in your journal card! Thanks for a great swap. Still waiting with very little and infrequent hip pain, so I've not done it before holidays because my kids and spouses (note absence of grandchildren still) are actually coming HOME to their mother's for Christmas. My daughter is moving from Dallas to Des Moines for hubby's new job--she come full circle back to where I began which is interesting, My son is in central Wisconsin about 1500 miles away. I haven't even seen him since Memorial Day in 2017. I've only met his fiancee once--that weekend. They are both chefs and she is a dynamite baker! So Christmas foods are in good hands, Jenn will be 1000 miles away from us in Des Moines and Paul in Wisconsin, I'm ready to move to eastern edges of St Paul, but hubby (Les) has always lived here and I have stayed with him and his family, so now I'm working to get him to realize he only has 2 sisters, one an invalid we've helped care for. She is now living in a basement apt. at her son's home---she grandma to my Nate and Rissa. The other sister is currently held hostage by an abusive adopted daughter, Jade, who is now probably 30 yrs old but uneducated and physically and emotionally abusing her "mother," Les's sister. We can only contact her via a work associate and must be certain Jade never knows she's contacted us. We have the last of her inheritance from parents hidden in an account with Les's name. We never see here, not even at her mother's funeral in Jan. 2009. So, everyone is taken care of--we can handle Julie just as easily from Minnesota as from Texas. We might even be able to get her to escape and head to us while Jade assumes we are still in Houston. Time will tell whether we move---however, I refuse to be 1500 miles from a grandchild, not after waiting this long! Have a great Christmas and hope that Achilles Tendon stuff finally heals!
Response: Oh my! I hate to hear that the kids are so far away. And still no grandchildren. It doesn’t sound like there is a lot holding you in Houston. We did the caribbean last month including three days in Cuba. Wonderful people and wonderful art and music. Russia pretty much left them with nothing but they are very resourceful people as seen in their classic cars. I had reserved a classic convertible for 6 hours with a driver and a guide. What a wonderful tour we had. Must go back some day. I took my scooter and got around fairly well. Will be here for Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
donetta rated for VJP: Creative Vintage Collage #11 on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Pat, your journal page is simply beautiful...I adore Tim Holtz's "paper dolls" and have used them in many different ways. Your layering! It's fantastic! Thank you for sending me such a wonderful page, and also for the great extras...j'taime the French book pages so much! (The grammar in the previous sentence is atrocious!)
Response: I have come to love doing the journal pages and thanks to you for hosting. Thank you for your wonderful comments. Have a wonderful Christmas. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
CraftyElf rated for That Crazy Zetti Art ATC on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Very quirky. Love it. Thank you. πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’
Response: You are most Zetti welcome. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
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. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
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. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•

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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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