Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2017 2:11 am


Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: September 25, 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.


dawnielynn rated for EASU: It's About Time on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC, love it! Sorry for the late rating!
Response: It sounded as if you might be a bit busy and having fun I hope. Thank you for the wonderful rating. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
purple24 rated for C.I. ~ Let's make an ATC on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC! I absolutely love it. Thank you for the extra charms.
Response: So glad you love it. Makes my heart warm. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
PrairieKittin rated for C.I. ~ Let's make an ATC on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: What a cute ATC! Love the glittery birds and flowers! Thank you!
Response: So glad you loved the glitter. One never knows. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Germanbaby77 rated for Blended Stains on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful y! Great Job blending the stamp and the drawing!
Response: Glad you liked it. Thank you for the great rating. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
123Poggy123 rated for Marbled Stains on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: I love the colors you chose to use for this technique. The hand drawn buildings & Tim Holtz's man with an umbrella really, really worked so well together. Great ATC.
Response: It was a bit silly but fun. Thank you again for your kind words and wonderful swaps you host. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
rngstgstll rated for CC: Moon postcard on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Fantastic postcard, I became excited about the solar eclipse all over again and hung it up right away. Thanks so much!
Response: You are most welcome. We are ground zero and everyone is getting very excited. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
123Poggy123 rated for Add a key on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: What an amazing background. The stamped hand with a paint brush that is painting your hand drawn key is very clever. I love that you gave the key hole a patina look & even gave it a hole for the key to go in. I love your work & respect the time & effort you put into your work.
Response: So happy that you liked my little hand drawn key. The background techniques were a lot of fun to do. Again one of your techniques. Thank you for the heart and wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
123Poggy123 rated for Add Washi Tape on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: The Washi Tape you used for this ATC was just spot on. It was perfect. I love the whole ATC. I feel so lucky when I have you as a partner.
Response: And I feel lucky when I get to do one of your swaps. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
PeggyO rated for THC: Alcohol Ink Splatter Background on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Pat, your backgrounds are beautiful--I do love alcohol inks and need to use them more often. The colors are so bold and unique. Is the eye a stamp or your drawing? I like it very much. I know I didn't draw it but expect that you certainly can. Thanks for a lovely swap. These need to find a home displayed in my little art room.
Response: So glad you got them finally. Thank you for the wonderful comments. By the way that was two different swaps...the same but different! The eye is a Tim Holtz stamp with additions. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
marlak2008 rated for Wrinkle Free Distress on Aug 4, 2017
Comment: What an absolutely beautiful ATC! I love it! I also loved the message on the note card and the charms. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! PS - How awesome that your town is in the path of the eclipse. I'm totally jealous! :)
Response: So thrilled that you loved the atc. It was a fun technique to do. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Comment: I love the ATC you made, the background came out prefect! Beautiful colors! You put everything together so well! Thank you for the wonderful extras!
Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments. So glad you liked it. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Mustluvdoggies rated for VS-Vintage Americana Skinny on Aug 2, 2017
Comment: I love the skinny you made! So many neat layers. Those stars are awesome! Thank you for the charms, can't wait to use them!
Response: So glad you liked the skinny. They are a fun size to do. Thank you for the great rating. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
graciepie49 rated for EASU: Measuring Up on Jul 31, 2017
Comment: Hi Pat :-) . . . What a cool ATC. Thanks so much! And thanks for the oval frame charm and the super bee charm!!! I love them!!
Response: Glad you like the ATC. It was a fun one to do. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
LizzyJo rated for BMAG: senders choice ATC on Jul 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATC. It means a lot to me when what is sent reflects my likes listed on my profile. And I like the charms too. I can't wait to add them to something.
Response: Glad you like the ATC. I try to make each atc I make relative to that person. That is my fun. It makes it much more challenging to make it for someone else and their tastes. Thank you for the wonderful comments. They warmed my heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Vintage Collage ATC on Jul 29, 2017
Comment: Hi Pat! I really love this one. I love the pink (of course) but I thought the composition was so pleasing! I'm in love with that little green ivy leaf and the unexpected eye at the top is really quirky and fun. Thanks, also, for the little Halloween goodies and the vintage Asian-language book pages. I love to use those on the Asian swaps we create. Hope you're having a great summer!!
Response: So glad you loved the ATC. I am not the best at vintage but I am working on it. Everyone here is getting ready for the total eclipse. We are at ground zero, the longest total, so they are expecting hundreds of thousands people here in Carbondale/ Murphysboro. Thank you for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Arabella rated for AACG: Photo Booth ATC on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: Absolutely love this atc, Pat! Makes me wonder what the woman is thinking and why she isn't smiling! I think she has just had a breakup with someone and hence the sad "memories"! Thank you so much!!
Response: You are more than welcome. I love it when folks see emotions in the ATCs. Thanks for the wonderful comments. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Arabella rated for AACG: APC with a postage stamp on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: Another great atc from one of my favorite artists! I love your atc - that photo could be one of my family only with two additional kids (at the time ours was taken!) And you know I love the skeletons! Thank you, dear Pat!
Response: You are most welcome. I love making ATCs for people who appreciate them thank you for the kind words and heart. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Ganell rated for A.I. - Use a playing card APC on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: Pat thanks for the very unique ATC and the charms! It is very beautiful and the most unique one in my collection! I looove it.... thanks again!
Response: So glad you looove it. It was a fun one to do. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Made my day PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
raven rated for Zetti atc swap on Jul 24, 2017
Comment: Love your amazing work,,a great take on a zetti card...great addition for my collection...Thank you
Response: You are most welcome. So happy that you liked it. Thank you for the wonderful comments PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
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’•

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hibiscus on Aug 15, 2017:

Loved the jam finish with the tiny postcard and the little soldier.... as always, an amazing finish !! an

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

sassafrass on Sep 5, 2016:


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