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My nickname in the beading world is Karo (short for Kathleen Rosanne). I’m a two-time cancer survivor who had a career in corporate America for 21 years (after getting a degree in Music!). I’m now permanently disabled with chronic back pain due to two kidney cancer surgeries, and I bead to keep myself sane and to make some extra money to pay off medical bills. My business is called Bead Poetry, and hopefully someday I’ll have a website. Or maybe an Etsy shop. Or both!

I’ve been married for almost 28 years to my wonderful husband, who almost died 9 years ago (anyone ever heard of Legionnaire’s Disease? ARDS?). We hope he’ll be able to return to work someday, but for now he’s learning to make jewelry of his own, which is quite challenging for him since he has nerve damage in both hands.

Our little family includes 4 sweet cats (Aingeal, Dal, Merlin & Skwirl), two chatty cockatiels (Jazz & Jinx), and our beloved mini long-haired dachshund, Sadie. Yes, I’m an animal lover! Without the unconditional love and quirky antics of our pets, both my husband and I would have sunk into despair and depression.

Times are tough, but between the pets, the beads, and some dear friends, we’ll get by.

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  • Karokat commented on the Fresh Pick “To Infinity and Beyond”   5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Very clever, using the infinity link to create an intergalactic pick worthy of Buzz Lightyear! And I just adore the little green alien head!

  • Karokat commented on the Fresh Pick “Seafoam Symphony”   5 months, 2 weeks ago

    This is simply gorgeous! I love the gold-plated ocean elements artfully placed among the seafoam colors. And the Lillypilly mother- of-pearl cabs just put it over the top, and into my faves!

  • Karokat commented on the Fresh Pick “Raku Triangled..”   5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Congrats on POD! This is just too cool!

  • Karokat commented on the Fresh Pick “Peach, Lime and Black Pepper”   5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Beautiful pick – the black pepper corners are very clever! And I love the chrome diopside.

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  • Karokat
    On April 4, 2012 Karokat said:

    Hmm, I tried to send a private message to someone and I couldn’t do it.

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    On March 21, 2012 Poms Forever aka Donna said:

    We have so much in common. We have 3 Poms and bring us so much joy and laughter. I am a new beader and like you hope to at least sell some jewelry at craft fairs. Your picks are alwaays my favorite. Your picks are always so harmonious and beautiful! You are really good at this, and I bet your jewelry reflects your tallent also. Donna

  • Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    On May 4, 2011 Lynn Eileen Chicky LE said:

    Congrats on being chosen as LB’s Featured Picker for this week, Karokat! :D How exciting!!! :D


  • Karokat
    On April 4, 2010 Karokat said:

    Finally got to 81 eggs, but I’m only in the 20’s on the LeaderBoard! I’ve spent about 23 hours searching for eggs on this site and my carpal tunnel is flaring up. Blech!

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