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Everything started as Horizontal Designs, back in the days when I was in bed (horizontal) and very ill. Happily, many years later aftr a blogging break, I'm on my feet and doing much better! My whole family is in on this little business and blog endeavor we have going, my kids will model stuff when they feel like cooperating, and my husband does much of the heavy lifting and mailing :) You will see pictures of them all over here and in my Etsy shops.
The Gimpy Hooker name comes from the fact that I was a chronically ill and disabled crocheter/crafter, and I found it quite a funny name. I have had to laugh my way through this journey, or I'd end up in a padded room!
I've found much healing and relief from a multitude of chronic conditions using neuroplasticity, you can ready more here about that journey, if interested.
THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON PDF PATTERNS.
For all other items: If there is any issue with your item, contact us within 48 hours and return it for a full refund or exchange (if possible) once the item is received. Shipping is not included in any refunds at this time. One of a kind jewelry items may vary slightly if they need to be recreated. We are not responsible for breakage of any small clockwork parts after 48 hours, please handle your costume style pieces with care.
~Yarn and Care~
All our items are handmade, and we recommend hand washing gently and hanging/laying to dry. Do not iron. This will prevent any stitching from fraying, as is the nature of yarn. Some yarn is technically washable, but we do not recommend washing anything unless specified (some children's items are fine to wash) - especially that has multiple parts, or fringe/poms. We are not responsible if an item is cared for incorrectly.
Feel free to use your finished crochet patterns for whatever purpose you like (it's the law!). Please do not copy and post any patterns and claim as your own, they are copyrighted by Horizontal Designs. Paid patterns MAY NOT BE SHARED, copied, or reproduced in any way shape of form. You may share photos that include the Horizontal Designs text only, and use of photos or altering of photos without express permission is prohibited and copyright protected.
Learn a little about me (Claire!), if you like:
|My baby girl and I, she was about 8 weeks old.|
I am a single Mom of two amazing kids. I love my family dearly, and currently am a stay at home Mom due to the shut down of my successful floral design business when I became seriously ill. I have had a chronic illness that was very manageable for over a decade, but intensified with the pregnancy of my daughter in Dec 2010. I was hospitalized for 9 months, but luckily we both survived, though I'm a little worse for wear, but improving and doing more and more each day. We found out that I have Lyme disease as my underlying cause, and I have started the road to recovery and treatment.
Prior to that, I was a marine biologist, then a science teacher, and then a business owner/floral designer. I've had to adjust and adapt due to my health. This endeavor is my latest adaptation, since over the last years I have had time to crochet and learn to design and make jewelery, since I have been mostly bed/wheelchair bound until the last 6 months. I can still do both when not feeling well.
|Me and my son (now 4) pre-really-sick times.|
I'm very type A, and hate laying around doing nothing, so staying sane has involved keeping busy. I should continue to recover from my daughter's pregnancy and birth, it's just slooooooooow going. But being that I have a chronic condition, it will never fully go away. Making/designing things is very calming and therapeutic for me, it gets my mind off my health, and I just plain love art. And design. And music. And gardening. And a lot of stuff!
So that's it in a very brief nutshell. My other blogs have more info regarding my journey with my chronic illness, parenting, and more:
-From STOP POTS (and Dysautonomia), my blog about my health conditions.
Thanks for stopping by!