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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 Design “Starry Nights”   1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Beautiful earrings! I’m sorry you broke your hip, but at least it had a bright side! The gold demi-rounds in with the navy beads is just the perfect touch!

    I always do beadweaving in my recliner, as I can’t sit upright for very long, and it does require some adjustments if you’re used to beading at a [...]

  • Karokat commented on the Fresh Pick “Frosted Meadow”   1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the lovely comments! Since I posted this pick, we had two days of rain, and now the snow is all gone. I even have daffodils poking their leaves up, and a few crocus blooming!

  • Karokat shared a new Fresh Pick: “Frosted Meadow”   1 month, 4 weeks ago

  • Karokat commented on the Fresh Pick “Batty for Picasso”   11 months, 2 weeks ago

    What a bright, cheerful collection! Thanks, I needed to see this!

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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.

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    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

    Lynn

  • 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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