Swap-bot Time: June 23, 2018 1:17 am


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: June 22, 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.


fairyduster53 rated for VJP: Postage Stamp People on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!!
Response: You are most welcome. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: I really like this square, very masculine. The ruffle on the side is a great idea, will have to try it. Love Tim Holtz but I would need to break the bank in order to buy what I want up here...Thanks for the lace bit also, they are lovely!
Response: So glad you liked my guy journal page. It was a fun one to do. Thank you for the heart and the great comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
lmacdavis93 rated for GAA: Add Butterfly Wings on Jun 4, 2018
Comment: Hi Pat! I love the little guy on my GA ATC wearing the silver butterfly wings and holding a sliver flower! What a cute ATC - your background is great as well. Any time I can put wings on something, I'm happy!! Laurie
Response: Isn’t he a cute little guy? So glad you liked the ATC. Always happy to see that I am sending to you. Thank you for your wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
MsLee rated for VJP: Creative Vintage Collage #5 on Jun 3, 2018
Comment: Dear Pat, thank you for my VJP, the stamped tea bag its such a great idea, I'll give it a try. Great job. And yes, I agree, making this VJP's it's great fun, more space to be creative. Have a great month of June.
Response: Glad you like the journal page. I waited quite awhile before trying the journal page, but have really enjoyed them. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: I love the texture and color you added to the grungeboard! Unfortunately the Eiffel tower charm broke in half :-/ 2018June07 Update: Thank you for sending a charm to fix it, worked out great!
Response: Oh no. I will send another one to you. Lot of steps on that atc, but fun to do. Thank you again for hosting. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
hibiscus rated for AACG: Add a Butterfly on May 22, 2018
Comment: Omg I love this! It transported me to Parisian drawing room in the forties ... that beautifully done (thanks for telling me how you did it!). Background and the lace was so well done and the heart.. so lovely ..thank you for this gorgeous card
Response: You are most welcome. You are a special person to me on swap bot, ever since I started. I appreciate your wonderful comments. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Arabella rated for Faux Silk ATC on May 20, 2018
Comment: Love your atc, Pat! The faux silk turned out beautifully and love the stamp! Thank you so much and for the extra gears!
Response: So glad you liked it. I was not sure if I wrinkled it enough but liked the look. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
djcamp04 rated for EASU: Mermaid ATC on May 18, 2018
Comment: Little Florida mermaid arrived today and she is absolutely adorable!! I love the charms you used on ATC & the mermaids as added bonus!! LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!! Thank you so much. I’m delighted to add this cutie to my collection! ❀️
Response: So happy that you finally got her. She was like a drowned rat in my mailbox when they sent her back, for no reason I might add. Happy that you liked her. Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Kalalinga rated for A.I - A 5 x 7 to do #3 on May 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful 5x7 - it's so great to just keep looking at!! Thanks also for the beautiful butterflies. This was an A+ swap.
Response: So glad you liked it. It was a different format for me so happy that it worked for you. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: I love love love thousand heart this zettiology. ATC. Thanks for the goodies.
Response: Thank you for the thousand hearts. How sweet of you. So glad you liked it. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
toni rated for Man With Wings ATC on May 17, 2018
Comment: Great atc and nice extras! thanks!
Response: You are most welcome. I liked that one also. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Thank you for the nice ATC & all the goodies you spoiled me with. It's always great to have you as my partner. Take care :)
Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. It is always a pleasure making an ATC for you. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
hibiscus rated for AACG :Llama ATC on May 14, 2018
Comment: You are quite the artist ! Not only is he so well done but I love the personality you gave him! I can just feel his curly coat.. of course I always like a bit of metal on an atc as well .. great great atc... thanks so very much for those most excellent charms .. love them and swapping with you!
Response: Always my pleasure swapping with one of my besties on swap bot. So glad you liked the atc. Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
suzwa rated for VS - ATC w/ a 1950's Housewife on May 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are very welcome PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
jannieb rated for EASU: Text Me! ATC Swap on May 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for joining my swap & for all the goodies. I really love the ATC. Happy Swapping!!
Response: Thank you again for hosting a great swap. So glad you liked the atc. That makes my heart happy. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
stephiedee rated for MMPC - Mixed Media ATC w/ a Lady on May 7, 2018
Comment: Very cool ATC - thank you!
Response: You got that quick. Glad you liked her. Thank you for the heart and the praise. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Love your many techniques on this great tag! Thanks for participating:)
Response: It was a fun one to do. Thank you for hosting these fun tags. And thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
DorothyH rated for VJP: Time for Tea on May 1, 2018
Comment: Hello Patricia, I've been out of town for a week, sorry about the late rate. Thank you for your tea journal page. I think spring in Paris with tea would be great!
Response: Spring in Paris sounds good to me also. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
dawnielynn rated for VTH: Vintage ATC with a ticket on May 1, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC Pat!
Response: You are most welcome. Thank you for the great rating. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
choke rated for Stamped hidden images on May 1, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the fun card, it was easy to find them :-D
Response: Kind of hard to hide them, eh? Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•

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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:

debtea2 on Sep 9, 2016:

awesome finish on the Jam thanks

sassafrass on Sep 5, 2016:


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