Swap-bot Time: August 9, 2020 4:22 pm


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: July 29, 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 Achillesโ€™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.


ChristineMartinez rated for VS: Top Hats on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful card. Thank you! I love it.
ginny19590 rated for VS: Vintage Hot Air Balloon on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice ATC!!!
Comment: Thanks for the bird collaged background! I love the fact that you added some butterflies. I canโ€™t wait to use it in a journal. Stay safe!
elflady rated for Zetti Journal Page #3 on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Love, love this zetti page. Thank you so much for this creative page. i will love to include it in the completed book. elflady
Comment: Pat, this cover is absolutely beautiful. I can't WAIT to add some pages to it (swaps in process) and create a lovely little "Summer Romance" journal! Thank you for always being the best of swap partners!
Response: Glad you liked it. I made it a bit more simple than normal but felt the cover need not be so busy. Glad it is working for you. I am so happy when you like what I send you because I so appreciate you and want the best for you. Thank you for the great comments. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: So beautiful! Thank you. This is a very inspiring Zetti!
Response: So glad you liked it. That makes me smile. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
marymary914 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #29 on Jun 15, 2020
Comment: Beautiful ATC!! Thanks so much!
Response: You are so very welcome. Thank you for the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
watercolorgirl rated for SG - Skinny Card with a Map on Jun 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you fro the wonderful skinny. I really like the folded up map you added. Keep safe. Happy swapping.
Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Arabella rated for AACG: Bee, Butterfly, Beetle Tags on Jun 1, 2020
Comment: Great Spring tag, Pat! Love the bees! We have so many bees around our flowers right now - big ones and tiny ones! Love them! Thanks for the beautiful tag! Take care!
Response: Glad you liked the springy card. It was a fun one to do. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: I love Graphic 45 paper line too. This is a very pretty garden page. Thanks for sharing. It's good to get out a little now as some of the shops are slowly opening. Take care!
Response: Glad you liked my little garden. Thank you for the heart. Stay safe. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: Love the flowers you used. The soft colours work well with this card. Thanks so much!
Response: You are most welcome. Hope you are not getting tired of my workpat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
tigermousecat rated for AACG: Blue and Brown ATC on May 29, 2020
Comment: As always, a pleasure to swap with you. Is the background embossed? Hope you and yours are well and safe.
Response: Yes, the background is embossed. Thank you for the great comments. So happy you liked it. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: Such a beautiful, romantic journal page...and how amazing that you found a background paper that had the "My Darling, Remember This" already on it! It's just amazing, with the lace and the beautiful bridal lace motifs...spectacular! Thank you, my friend.
Response: Glad you liked it . Actually i wrote the remember this on the page. Glad it looked good to you. I try to make things perfect for you because you do so much for us. I appreciate you. Thank you Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
MamaD rated for USAPC: Glue Book Page #5 (Ancestors) on May 25, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love the glue page! Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ’™
Response: You are very welcome. So happy that you liked it Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
monsbrick rated for MMPC - Steampunk ATC on May 23, 2020
Comment: Hi Pat! Thanks!! Superb ATC!!
Response: Glad you liked it. I love doing steampunk. Thank you for the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
warheart rated for VC: Vintage Postcard ATC on May 16, 2020
Comment: Lovely card, thank you!
Response: You are most welcome. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
donetta rated for VJP: Creative Collage #23 on May 12, 2020
Comment: Such a stunning journal page...I adore the layers of vintage gorgeousness, and the dapper gentleman with his books and his pipe! This one is very special, Pat...thank you so much!
Response: A bit different but so happy that you liked it. I hope i did not overwhelm you with three swaps at once. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: Another beauty from my Floridian friend! Love the vintage bride...there's something timeless about them, don't you think? And the gorgeous lace, like a veil...just the prettiest thing. Thank you for being the very best imaginable swap partner.
Response: Glad you liked it. I thought the veil of lace was clever but wasnt sure anyone else would get it. Thank you again for your encouraging words. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
donetta rated for 5x7 Shabby Chic Journal Page on May 12, 2020
Comment: Pat, my friend, thank you for sending me such a beautiful journal page! Oh...that embossed background! /the gorgeous bridal lace! And then...the lovely vintage bride in a frame...so lovely. Thank you for sending such lovely works of art my way!
Response: So glad you liked it. I hope it was shabby enough! Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: Wonderful job! I love all the little bits and bobs on the inchies! Thanks so much
Response: You are so very welcome. So glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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georgiafae on Jun 13, 2020:

Thanks for finishing the Jam Starter set that I had started the Steampunk theme. It turned out super!

janski48 on Aug 21, 2019:

It was a pleasure helping out donetta. Sheโ€™s such a sweet friend, and Iโ€™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. Sheโ€™s a high school teacher over in Murphysboro and weโ€™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

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