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. Congrats John! I think I’m echoing many crafters throughout the land in wishing you the very best of luck in your new venture. Now I’m hoping that reading about how you’ve taken the plunge will help me to get a wriggle on and get my little invention perfected so it can be manufactured and ready for sale to stampers everywhere! Crafty hugs XXX


  2. Good luck john, I too am considering doing the same thing and I am in the throws of sorting it all out, so at some point hopefully our paths will cross xxx


  3. Wonderful news John! I am not the only one who will miss your – far too infrequent – appearances on screen, but I look forward very much to hearing all about your new “doings”. You have been a great inspiration to me John and I wish you much success grazing pastures new. Onwards and upwards. Ever upwards! Thank you for everything. Marion


  4. All the very best in your new endeavours, John. Looking at your Caustic work yesterday, I decided to hate you – is there nothing you can’t do !! Seriously though, you have been such a selfless crafter and we all appreciate your sharing ways. If anyone deserves to make a go of it, it’s you and the fact that it scares you will keep the adrenalin flowing and help the momentum. Look forward to following you in the future and noting all your success. xx


  5. Good luck!!! Well done for being brave and taking the plunge to become self employed – something I did 14 years ago. You will love being the maker of your own destiny!!! I wish you well in your endeavours!!!!


  6. John I wish you all the very best for your new adventure. Very exciting as well as scary but you will get there with your talent.


  7. John just had to say that I wish you all the luck in the world in your new venture. You are a very genuine and talented young man I know you will succeed. X


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