Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2019 8:28 am


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: September 21, 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 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.


Comment: As always a pleasure to swap with you. Thanks for the "steamy" card.
BluePixie rated for ATCO: Halloween in August ATC on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Such a good ATC!
Response: Glad you liked it Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: Pat: Your gel press angel is beautiful! I love the turquoise and coppery colors that you used ad the angel figure came out wonderfully. Thanks for a great swap and I love the little owl card!
Response: So glad you liked your little angel. It was fun to do. And I was so happy that you received it. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
isabellasnow rated for GAA: 'The Raven' by EA Poe ATC on Sep 11, 2019
Comment: Hi Pat! I loved your raven atc, most especially the background; did you paint those ravens? Very clever, you ;+) Love how you always sign your work, too. Very clever embellishment at the top as well. Thanks bunches!
Response: So glad you loved it.. I did a whole page of ravens and then cut it up for the background. Wasnโ€™t sure anyone could even tell they were ravens anymore. Thanks for figuring it out. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: Thank you for the great swap experience! I really appreciate that you read my profile to see that I like Graphic 45 paper products!
Response: Glad you liked it. Thank you for the wonderful rating. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
hibiscus rated for Zetti with Wings on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: I just won the swap lottery with this card! Your art talent is showing... โ€œdrama queen!โ€ So great to get an atc from a master... thank you so much .. take care and get ready for our gulf storms!
Response: Thank you for your wonderful comments. I have missed you. Back in florida Monday. Cooler here than in southern illinois. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
luvbird rated for VC: Tag Book Page #7 - July on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Hi Pat! Thank you so very much for the lovely July Tag. Represents all the fun things of summer. Very pretty! Love the the metal charms!
Response: So glad you liked it. Hope the rest of the summer is great. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
supersquirrel rated for USAPC: Garden Fairy ATC on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Another BEAUTIFUL atc. Thank you!
Response: So happy you liked my fairy. Thank you for the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
tigermousecat rated for VJP: Creative Collage #17 on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Wow! Now those are some bright colours! I love bright colours, my BFF says I can sure be found in a crowd,lol! The giraffe charm is fun also. Hot here but it comes and goes. These last few days have been warm. Thanks so much!
Response: So glad you liked it. Those bright colors were for you. Have a great summer and thank you for the wonderful comments. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
lmacdavis93 rated for VJP: Graphic 45 Art Journal Page on Jun 12, 2019
Comment: Pat: This steampunk Graphic 45 journal page is absolutely stunning! I do not have this collection but definitely want it now. Such beautiful elements you have blended together and I love the gears you added to her hair. Just wonderful - thanks so much!
Response: So glad you liked the journal page. Thank you for the wonderful comments. We are in southern Illinois for a few weeks and then back to Florida.
sharmison33 rated for VC: Tag Book Page #5 - May on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: What a lovely tag! I love the colors you used. It will be a beautiful part of my tag book.
Response: So glad you liked it. Thank you for the wonderful comments and the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: Very nice journal page, Thanks x
Response: You are most welcome. Thank you for the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Eclectonote rated for VTHS: 1-2-3 ATC on May 18, 2019
Comment: Many thanks for such a charming ATC - I love the vintage look and the texture. I haven't seen script stencils like you used and will have to keep an eye out for them. Thanks also for the library card; into my journal it shall go.
Response: You are most welcome. The script stencil is a Tim Holtz. It looked good in white on that background. So happy that you liked it. Thank you for the kind words. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
donetta rated for VJP: Creative Collage #16 on May 18, 2019
Comment: Pat, thank you so much for the beautiful journal page...wouldn't it be wonderful to honeymoon in Paris? I honeymooned in Southern California (ahem...in 1971), but since I lived in Northern California, it didn't seem all that special. Except, of course, for the company...my new husband! Anyway, I digress. It's beautiful and will be a great addition to my journal page collection!
Response: It would be fun to honeymoon in Paris although it is an awful busy city. Liked it better in the 60s. Thank you for hosting again and the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Anettethhjertnes rated for Zetti on a Red Background on May 16, 2019
Comment: What a lovely zetti, cant wait to put it in my book
Response: Glad you liked her. What fun they are to do. Thank you for the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Quiltbutterfly rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #4 - April on May 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much Pat for the beautiful tag. Just loved everything about it, the lovely soft background. The sparkly butterflies are just fantastic. Thanks also for the cute charms you put in for me as well.
Response: So happy you liked the tag. They are fun to do and I appreciate the kind words. Thank you for the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Comment: Thank you so very much for this swap. And no Iโ€™m not getting sick of seeing your swaps in my letterbox โค๏ธ
Response: So glad you finally got it. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
elflady rated for ATCO: Gimme Texture ATC on May 5, 2019
Comment: Love this ATC.I think the little dragonflies are simply wonderful. I have not seen anything like this down here. also love the colours on the ATC. Thanks for the extras especially the little dragonflies.elflady
Response: So glad you loved the ATC. I also love it, especially the dragonflies. So glad you are enjoying it. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
PaperPassion rated for AACG: Stitches and Layers ATC on May 4, 2019
Comment: Love the Stitches and layers.Just beautiful ,thanks so much.
Response: Glad you loved the ATC. It was a fun one to do. I am enjoying the stitches and layers ATCs. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
mjhaertling rated for VJP: Creative Collage #15 on May 4, 2019
Comment: I received your swap but misplaced it in my car before I opened it. I hope to still find it, but it may have been thrown away. So sorry.... Guess what - I found the swap, I love it You were right about the weather, we had 2 or 3 days of spring & now summer. Lots of rain, I'm sure you are aware of the flooding. Thanks again for the swap & the dragonfly beads.
Response: So Glad you found it and enjoy it. Thank you for the heart. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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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

OrigamiGrace on Jan 3, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


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