Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2017 1:46 pm


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: July 23, 2017
Birthday: June 21
Country: United States
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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.


Comment: Love Frida! Thank you :)
Response: You are most welcome. I think some of her stuff is a bit crazy, especially her big flowers but that is her. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Created46 rated for 3 Elements on Jul 22, 2017
Comment: I love that you used wood for the base, but I feel you should know for future packaging... that this one was broken in a couple of places during its trip through the mail.
Response: Oh no! I did not think that they would break it. If you cannot fix it please let me know and I will send another. I made those windmills just for you with the daisy as the sun. I hate that it got broken. Thank you for the heart but I feel bad about the broken wood. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Thanks for a lovely card! I was considering a Marie Antoinette image like the one with the boat in her hair!
Response: Marie with a boat would be really funny! This was a fun one to do. So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the wonderful rating. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
isabellasnow rated for GAA: 3 Elements ATC #1 on Jul 18, 2017
Comment: Hi Pat! I love you card and whatever you did to the flowers! The colors are so vibrant and beautiful and I love the lady peeking out brom behind the flowers. Thanks for the foreign language pages and you're right--the tape on the envelope is hilarious! I have noticed that many Asian products seem to have translation issues!
Response: So happy that you liked the atc. I am always a bit intimidated by the gothic atcs. I agree with the translation from China. Sometimes they are hilarious! Thank you for the wonderful words and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
lukeyduke rated for BBB ATC Swap on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Pat, thanks for the great card! I love your background! (and thanks so much for teeny weenies)
Response: I am so thrilled that you liked the atc. The background was fun to do and I thought turned out to work very well. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Winegeek rated for THC: Use Tim Holtz Stamps ATC on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: WOW Pat, this is amazing. Seriously an inspiration and totally my style. Thank you for an inspirational swap!!! Thank you also for the gears, I love them.
Response: So glad that you liked the "Timmy" stamp atc. I loved doing it for you. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
ktk8 rated for Make a Moomin on Jun 26, 2017
Comment: Awww I love Moomintroll frolicking in the flowers......and thanks for the mermaid charms also....great swap!!!!!
Response: So glad you liked my Moomintroll. I had never done one of those before and I had a good time with it. Thank you for the great rating. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
isabellasnow rated for GAA: Mixed Media ATC on Jun 10, 2017
Comment: Hi Pat! Love the ATC you sent to fulfill this swap--you really brought brown to life! Love the inked photo, all the little paper bits, and the key. I'm going to 'borrow' your idea of lining the entire edge with pearls--it really adds a vintage touch. Thanks for the pc's too!
Response: You are most welcome and so happy you liked it. . Thank you for the wonderful rating. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
DorothyH rated for VS - Vintage Skinny w/ a Lady on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you Pat for the steampunk vintage skinny. I am just kinda getting into steampunk stuff, I very much like a light setampunk look - just like you skinny. Thanks too for the charms they will be quite fun to play with. DorothyH
Response: Glad you liked it. It was a fun one to do and make both vintage and steampunk. Thank you for the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Omg I love this ATC, and don't even get me started on extras. I'd give you more than one heart if I chould!
Response: So glad you liked it. I had fun with it. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
deblew rated for EASU: Mixed media circles on Jun 1, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the fun ATC! I love the circles, and the 3D effect! Great job! And thanks so much for the extras!
Response: You are very welcome. So glad you liked it. Thank you for the wonderful rating. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
luvbird rated for Use 2 TH products ATC on May 29, 2017
Comment: Pat, thank you so much for the great Tim Holtz product atc...love all the details. Thank you also for all the darling little owl charms. ..so cute!
Response: Glad you liked the Timmy act. It was a fun one to do. Thank you fortheheart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Summer ATC! I loved the charms as well. Thanks!
Response: So glad you liked it. Thank you for the kind words and the heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
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. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
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. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
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’•

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CurlyTea on Jul 3, 2017:

Happy Belated Birthday!

bjmonroe on Jun 20, 2017:

Have a very Happy Birthday!

bjmonroe on Jun 9, 2017:

Miss you already

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

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bjmonroe on Aug 28, 2016:

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