Disclaimer

Pocket Giraffe Disclaimer:

Products

All products that I use are products that I have either bought myself, had gifted by friends, or received as ‘free gifts’ on the front of magazines (again, that I buy).

Due to my vision loss, I am not always able to identify the manufacturer of a product, or in some cases I do not have access to the information as it has been lost.  Wherever possible, I want to make sure that I credit the correct person, so if you do find a mistake, or know additional information that I do not about a product, then please e-mail me to let me know and I will update the information I have.

Techniques

I am by no means a trail-blazer in the creative world, and almost every technique I want to try has been done before by somebody else.  I will make sure that I credit, whenever possible, the person who I was inspired by.  I DO however have to adapt any techniques used in order to allow me to achieve similar results, but with a vision loss.

Vision Loss

For clarity of any readers who may wish to know, my vision loss is due to Ocularcutaneous Albinism.  It is an inherited condition, and I have had poor vision since I was born.  My current measured vision is ‘Finger Counting’ in my best lighting to ‘Movement Only’ in my worst.  I cannot tell from one second to the next which of these will be my current ‘sight’.

My attempts at crafting on this blog are the result of a lot of hard work on my part, thinking through adaptations to a craft that I know I will love if only I could see it.  My work is likely to have mistakes, I will be very unlikely to ‘colour between the lines’ and I am doing these things over a very long period of time.  One card is likely to take around 10 to 15 times longer than it would for a sighted person.  I hope you can appreciate that in any feedback you may give on my work.

I am a Guide Dog user (a black Labrador, called Niven, who I am sure you will hear a lot about), so that is how I get out and about.  He is a very loyal and energetic little boy (he is 4) who loves to please me.

Mental Health

Alongside my vision loss, I also have a number of mental health conditions: major depression; anxiety disorders; and, OCD.  I am not, and never will be, ashamed of these.  They are part of me.  I would, however, urge you to be mindful of these facts when criticising my work (I do not mind critique, but criticism for the sake of it will not be tolerated.  I may blog about my mental health from time to time, as I do need to learn strategies to be able to carry out any tasks, or hobbies, I want while living with my diagnoses.

Thank you.

Contact

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