Swap-bot Time: May 26, 2017 12:32 am


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: May 25, 2017
Birthday: June 21
Country: United States
My Flickr Photos
My Website

About Me

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. Yum. One good thing came out of my shoulder surgery this April, dusty came down and made us two ice creams: a coconut rum and a salted carmel. Yum, yum!

We have two dogs. One is a cocker spaniel and one 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. Our cocker, (we all claim all of the dogs), Peppa, stays in Illinois and goes to the law office everyday. Every staff member spoils that dog. She even sits in on staff meetings ( in a chair at the table)!

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.

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. Africa is my next big destination. Happened in November! South Africa was beautiful! Safaris were fun and it was wonderful seeing elephants and giraffes, rhinos, lions and all other animals in their natural habitat. It is a loong way over there.

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,

Weird or unusual stickers,

Shells and stones,


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.


janineureka rated for A.I. - Using a Postage Stamp ATC on May 25, 2017
Comment: I love the ATC you made. Yes, Elvis is one of my favorites and your Elvis is so cute. Ready to sing to me - maybe " Love Me Tender"! My eyes are healing nicely, thanks for mentioning. Just waiting for my new glasses. Love the extras you included, thanks for reading my profile. You are a great swapper!!
Response: Of course it was "Love Me Tender". So glad you liked your Elvis. Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. Pat😍😍
Lucine rated for Chalkboard technique on May 18, 2017
Comment: It is so nice to receive a swap from you again. I also miss our tag swap exchanges:) I have no problem with the stamp image you used. Thank you!
Response: Glad you didn't mind my cutey snake. Do miss our monthly exchanges. It was always a fun challenge. Thank you for the wonderful rating. Pat😍😍
Comment: Hi Pat, thank you so much for the wonderful ATC. Its beautiful, I love it :) and thanks for the cogs die cuts, I am only starting my little collection of items for steampunk themed swaps. These are perfect :) x
Response: So glad you liked your little sewing atc. That was a fun one to do for me. Also happy to hear that you are dabbling in steampunk. It is fun to do. Thank you for the heart PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
donetta rated for AACG: VIntage Gypsy ATC on May 11, 2017
Comment: Oh Pat, she is beautiful! And I love the necklace! You just keep growing and experimenting, and your art shows what a gift you have...I feel very fortunate to have received this beauty! Thank you also for the lovely old foreign book pages...I can never have "enough"!
Response: So glad you liked your gypsy. I was not real sure about her so I am glad you liked her. I did do the beaded necklace for you. Thank you for your kind words and all that you do for Swap-bot. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
georgiafae rated for ATC With String on May 9, 2017
Comment: Yes! I can see the teal and red. I really like how the oxide inks look in person-I had heard about them! Very nice little sewing with string and the cute little charms! Love the collage look! Thanks also for the tissue paper-I enjoy using it on my masterboards which I have a couple coming up! It has finally warmed up here-starting to feel like winter may be over! Thanks again for sharing and swapping!
Response: Glad you liked the new oxides. They almost look like chalk inks. Thank you for the nice comments and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
BeeMGee rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #20 on May 8, 2017
Comment: Thanks Pat. Another of your lovely art pieces. Have a wonderful dayxx
Response: So glad you are happy with it. Thank you for the heart PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
hibiscus rated for GAA: ATC with a Word on May 8, 2017
Comment: I am still trying to figure out how you made this beautiful atc...it reminds me of the old Hollywood style I love ... you know I love those extras .. just my favorite type of embellishment!! I am a very happy swapper... thanks so very much
Response: So glad you liked it. I used mod podge on the edge and the picture. I was going for the old Hollywood look. Glad it came across. Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Shellyr rated for EASU: Zetti Style ATC Swap on May 7, 2017
Comment: Completely hand drawn. Thank you so much. Wonderful. I have a mermaid altered book and will add the charms as a dangle on the side. Love the face stamp too. Thanks for being a great partner.
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Love, love, love this card. Thank you for sending such a fabulous card for my collection. The colors and texture are perfect. Hugs, Mona
Response: So glad you liked it. It was a fun one to do. Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. Pat:πŸ’•πŸ’•
Watsonc7 rated for EASU: Splatter Paint ATC on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cool steampunk ATC! I really love the extra metal bits too :)
Response: I liked it too, but felt I oversplattered it. So glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
123Poggy123 rated for Interactive Element on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: I wish I could give a dozen hearts for this ATC. The work you put into this swap is amazing. I am going to take it to show my stamping friends at club. Thank you for explaining what you did & what you used. This one really is amazing. Thank you for the metal charms for me to use.
Response: So glad you liked it. I had fun with that one. You always have fun ATCs to do and I enjoy doing them. So glad you received one that you liked. Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Thanks for a very nice Spring ATC using Tim's supplies and plenty of flowers for Spring. We have been working on "Spring" things in our front gardens--stringently following deed restrictions. Then we've furnished our new deck with comfy seating--rockers and gliders and a couch for two with an indoor/outdoor rug pulling all together. We have garden art on a couple walls of the deck and on the fence in the raised beds that are shored up by rock wall. I have two plants in the front--part of landscaping that came with the house--but cannot figure out what they are, so no idea how to make them thrive. In front we can only use the given landscaping and annuals for seasonal color, so we've been lucky to have found all of what we assume will meet those rules. The deed restrictions are very rigid---meaning that unless one adds color with annuals and a couple that I'm not sure about, but they pull the color scheme together so well that we are counting on the beauty to mean they won't force us to look like the other "cookie--cutter" front yards. Thanks for the lovely ATC and the little extras that I really will put to use! HUGS!
Response: Sounds like you are enjoying the new house. I am so happy for you. Sounds like the leg is getting better. No more stairs! Thank you for a wonderful rating. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
mrscharlesallen rated for Vintage ATC on Apr 19, 2017
Comment: The ATC is breath taking your work always is. I am always looking for new ideas and I always get them from your work. Thank you for the ATC and your patience . I hope you had a great Easter.
Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments. Had a wonderful Easter doing nothing! I Hope you have had a chance to get your breath. I will keep you in my thoughts. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Ac2052 rated for Wing ATC on Apr 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much!! Sorry for the delay in rating!!!
Response: So glad you got it. I always worry that the ATC will not make it to its intended. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Rabbitfreedom rated for CQ STEAMPUNK THEMED TAG on Apr 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Steampunk tag! Two of the gears fell off during it's travels, but I could see where they needed to be glued on so now it's right as rain!
Response: So glad you liked it. Sorry for the gear failure. I usually use brads but thought I would try glue. Not doing that again. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
BeeMGee rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #19 on Apr 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for 2 fabulous ATCs . I love then both. Love the little skirts. Thanks for the little flowers xx
Response: Glad you liked them both. I just wasn't as happy with the first one but everyone else liked so decided to let you decide. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
courtmm11 rated for Bicycle ATC on Apr 6, 2017
Comment: Oh my goodness... I rated this a couple of weeks ago, and never noticed that it did not stick with the rate box... I luved the ATC...what a beautiful ATC it was... and it was fun...thank you so much for it.
Response: So glad you got it. I have had that happen to me also. So far I have caught it, but one of these days.... Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
donetta rated for AACG: Shabby Tag with Lace on Apr 5, 2017
Comment: I have to laugh at your statement that "shabby" isn't your thing...because this is a very beautiful shabby chic tag! I am impressed with your versatility, and want to thank you for sending me a truly lovely tag...and I'm swooning over the book pages (especially the Arabic one!). xoxo!
Response: So glad you liked it. Thank you for the wonderful comments. I always think you and Kristy are the shabby chic queens to me. Thank you for the heart also. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Watsonc7 rated for EASU: Modeling Paste ATC Swap on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: Cool ATC! You're a pro at modeling paste, all smooth and even lol. I love the gears and the extra buttons are awesome! Thanks Pat!
Response: Thank you. I love messing with the modeling paste. I am a 3-d person at heart. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Gwillisinc rated for VC: Vintage Clock on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: Pat this wasn't my idea of a clock, but I absolutely love it! Not chunky at all. You did a wonderful job, and thank you for the keys
Response: Glad You liked it. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 903 1 1
Completed Fives Threes Ones
951 960 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
1 15 935 0
View all

Currently Hosting

  • the user is not hosting any current swaps


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

sassafrass on Sep 5, 2016:


bjmonroe on Aug 28, 2016:

sassafrass on Jun 8, 2016:


Thank you!! xo

hibiscus on Jun 3, 2016:

loved the corrugated butterflies on that jam!

hibiscus on Apr 24, 2016:

thank you very much for the most special g45 atc...it truly was quite well made.. I am often given to hyperbole but in this case it was just being honest...love it..and thanks

Login to leave a comment now!