Gentleman Crafter

Me, Myself and I – That’s That, What Next?

A few months ago I made a very hard decision to resign from my role as a TV Producer at Create and Craft TV.

Having been involved in the channel for many many years, from day 1 in fact, it is definitely like saying goodbye to a dear family member.

The choice to leave a steady income and become reliant on my own abilities in order to generate an income has been an incredibly scary one. Plagued with self doubt I have on numerous occasions thought about just finding any old job, just to pay the bills however I had a word with myself (actually in the mirror) and have told myself that I can and indeed should do this.

It’s now or never.

So I have popped my diving goggles on, pinched my nose and taken the plunge.

Things are a little more settled now but it has been a frantic and nervous time with product pitches, late night tinkering, list making, email sending, phone calls and endless coffee of a hopeful young (sort of) man.

I have many things running around in my head and I hope to be able to tell you more in the very near future, as and when things start to come to fruition.

The first project that is now up and running is my own collection of SVG cutting files featuring a range of my unique and exciting designs.

I am very pleased to say that this was launched successfully earlier this month. It is called Digital Craft Emporium and you can see all of the available files on this blog by visiting the SVG Cutting File Shop.

New Digital Craft Emporium Logo

On top of this I shall be offering my services out in a number of freelance avenues so you never know, I may even pop up at a craft event near you soon … ?

There is much more in the pipeline, and with an active brain like mine, you can be sure that next year is going to be equally as exciting for both you and I; indeed, plans for a UK tour are already underway!

I also plan to return to university, at some point in the not too distant future, and study contemporary crafts. This is something that I have wanted to do for many years as I never did complete a degree.

The blog and YouTube channel will continue but please bear with me whilst I deal with the choas of the above taking over my life – I will continue to post but it may only be once a week or so for now.

On that basis, I am still going to try and continue with my ATC challenge as it’s more important now than ever that I take the time out to continue to enjoy what inspired my career at C&C and what continues to inspire me now.

I really hope that you will continue to share the love that you have shown me already and will help spread the word about my efforts to become a self-employed creative business owner …

Many thanks for reading this and I look forward to hearing from you (or possibly even meeting you) all in the future.

Love to all!

J :)

111 thoughts on “Me, Myself and I – That’s That, What Next?

  1. Hi John

    Just wanted to wish you all the best in the future, I’m sure it will be a success, and say thank you for all your tutorials and information you give us all.

    Jenny xx


  2. Hi John
    You deserve it it was always a pleasure to watch you when they let you show off what great talent you have in craft and sewing ,also anything really you try do.So go for it and very good luck. l wish l was younger l would have loved to acheive what you are trying to do.
    Love Helen :-)


  3. John, I would like to say the best of luck in your new adventures. I haven’t been able to play as much with my Scan and Cut as I would like to but I hope to be able to change this in the future. I remember your post about the Scan n Cut and I learn something each time.
    If you were ever thinking of doing a Series of online classes about the ScanNCut I would definitely pay for them. I have paid a lot for this machine and it is still getting the best of me.


  4. I think you are brave and great to watch. If you ever hold a craft day for brother scan n cut, I would definitely put my name for it. I would love to learn more from you.


  5. Hi John
    well done go for it you have helped me in the past with your replies to my emails when the cloud of doubt descends up on us but watching your video’s and Tutorials you give people the confidence to carry on Crafting So take a bit of the confidence you have given us and head for the moon but just be prepared to play among the stars for a while
    Thanks for your help Kind regards Diane


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