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

September 12, 2015 — 110 Comments

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 over 12 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 internet based digital craft shop featuring a range of my own designs, and those of a small group of illustrators and designers, as digital crafting products (digi stamps, digi papers, sewing patterns etc).

I am very pleased to say that this was launched successfully earlier this month. It is called the Digital Craft Emporium.




More will be added as time progresses so please do check in regularly.

To this end all salable items have now been/will be removed/transferred from this blog. I shall no longer be selling directly from here, only the shop. I’d like to get this happy blog back to a land where it’s more about the crafting than the shopping.


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 :)



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


    good for you hun i am sure you will do yourself proud you have the talent you have the inspiration you have a great work ethic you have fantastic contacts and people trust and like you and they belive in you ,you my friend will do it as you will make it happen . its hard to walk away from what you know but that first step is all you need to take may the path you walk fill your heart with love your pockets with money your soul with joy and your spirit with a fire that will blaze newer \and bigger paths that lead to all you have ever wanted and dreamed of this path is your path its part of your destiny follow it be true to it and believe it big love marc



    Good luck John



    So pleased for you John – used to watch you on TV and thought how creative you were so lots of luck to you. I wish you all the success in the world.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx



    Hi John
    Good luck for the future
    You have made the right des ion life is short so enjoy it you are a very talented person whom will succeed in anything you put your mind to
    So enjoy yourself take care & drop by when you can your too valuable to leave us crafters on our own



    good luck in your new ventures



    well done you…I look forward to your new life…Anni



    Congratulations on your new venture. I am 80 now but I wish I had made to same move many years ago. As a charted engineer I took my fathers advise became an MD and time just went by. Hope you will transfer my information to your new company.

    Brian Thorpe



    Wishing you the very best of luck in your new venture John – you know what they say, the harder you work, the luckier you get!!! We gave up well paid jobs and moved away from London to run a guest house in Scotland 4 years ago now, and have not regretted it at all – yes we are poorer, and busier, but much happier and healthier, and get to see mountains and fantastic scenery every day! Susan x



    Well done John. Always follow your dream. My husband and I followed ours when we opened our pet shop 13 years ago; we still love it just as much after all these years and it’s a great place or me to sell my charity cards.
    Good luck.



    Good luck John with your future endeavours. I’m sure you will be very successful. Look forward to hearing more.



    Good on you John, you only get once chance to do what you want in life, its not a rehersal so go with your heart, enjoy, you never know this decision could be the best one you have ever made. I wish you the very best of luck in your new venture and I’m sure we will see lots more of you in front of the camera than behind.



    Good for you John I am sure that all fellow crafters wish you all the very best in your new venture as I do keep up the great work
    Joan xx



    Good for you John! I wish you all the best in your new venture. I look forward to seeing what you get up to xxx



    That is just AWESOME!!! So glad to see more guys getting into crafting. I’m really tired of all the flowers, teddy bear and unicorn stamps and such. Bring on some grunge, gears and wheels!



    Wow! You are really brave! Follow your dreams and instincts – we are all wishing you luck and will support you whenever we can. X



    Wishing you every success in your new adventure, I’m sure you will make it and will continue to follow you with interest xx



    Good Luck .. I sometimes design digi Papers and used to design cutting files and would have loved to do something like that but just did not know where to start .. Hope you have great sucess :)



    Good luck with all your new endeavours John. I am sure you will be very successful. I took the step of moving from a very secure job to free lancing 12 years ago & have never looked back & have enjoyed myself.



    Good Luck John, I am so glad that you are going to be doing something that you’ve always had a talent for and that is expressing yourself in your own unique way, you are a very talented man & I know the path you have decided to take will be a very happy one for you. As I say it’s another page in your book of life and I wish you lots of luck and happiness.



    Wishing you tons of best wishes in all your new ventures :) x



    Hi John! Glad to hear that your talents will now be able to flourish even more and hopefully make you a good living. All the luck in the world to a very talented, gifted man!



    Good Luck John – I hope you succeed whatever road you take – the craft industry need you. xxx



    Good luck John, you are a very talented man



    you are so very loved John, hope your patience will be rewarded. try to keep info coming on here or your blog because you are a ray of sunshine with all that you do. tears are flooding reading what you put, so poignant and loving. take care and God Bless xx



    Good luck John you will be missed on C/C. I enjoyed watching your demos when you were allowed to do them! I wish you everything you wish yourself xx



    Good luck John in your future endeavours.



    Good Luck John, I have no doubt you will succeed with your talent. Looking forward to sharing your new adventure xx



    Good luck to you for everything you do in the future. Exciting times ahead.



    Well done John for taking the plunge. You have only one life and you should live it to your dreams and ideals. At the end of the day if the worst happened and none of it worked out for you – highly unlikely with your talent – then you still have your experience in TV to fall back on. Go for it and enjoy – before you are too old to be able to have the courage to follow your dreams.



    Good luck for your future John šŸ˜ƒx



    Good luck in all your future endeavors, John! It’s been fun reading your posts/blog, and it was a terrific highlight for me to be interviewed by you on the World Wide Wednesday posts. May your working life be full of many more successes and adventures! My best wishes, Linda.



    Oh John ,how exiting for you’ll wish you luck, and hope l will meet you in the future,lm
    Looking to hearing your news,oh and your looking g good x



    Good wishes John for your future



    Best of luck to you John. I am sure whatever you put your hand to will be a big success. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Best wishes xx



    Very best of luck John. I have no doubt whatsoever that your journey will be a successful one and I look forward to following your journey!

    Hope to see you back on TV at some point or otherwise live and in person. I will continue to follow your blog and YouTube work.

    Take care.




    I wish you all the best and I am sure you will continue on the up and up. It must have been a scary moment but to you for doing it – I look forward to seeing your future designs.



    You are incredibly creative and have taken time to show your creativity and expertise to us through your blog. I pray blessings on your future endeavours and think that you will do well.
    I’m not a great fan of the Scan and Cut as I had one I felt incredibly frustrated when it constantly went wrong. I probably do more mixed media art and jounalling. But will look forward to sharing your new business with my arty friends.
    Sometimes we just have to step out of the boat. Well done for the courages and exciting step you have taken.



    Gd luck John in ur new adventures šŸ’•



    John you are a great inspiration to quite a lot of us who haven’t tried something before but always wanted to. I love the things and ideas you produce. Oh to be that talented. Good luck with your challenges and keep on Crafting. Xx


  40. September 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I will miss you but wish you luck in your new venture xxx

    Sent from my iPad




    All the very best to you John for the future.Also for the help you have given me and all the other crafters.Thanks again John.Jackie



    Hi John, I wondered where you had gone. I wish you all the best in your new endevours and just know with all your expierience and tallent you will suceed in all you do. I have tried to branch out and have my own site bumblebeecollars but not expierenced in setting things up. Have a look and see what you think I would like your feed back.
    All the best to you John


    Lorraine Shepherd September 12, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Good Luck in all your future ventures – can’t wait to read about them on here xx



    Fantastic news John I have every confidence in your talents giving you an amazing time with your new venture. very happy for you, look forward to whatever comes next.
    Love Sheena x



    Well done John, I’ve often wondered why we see you rarely doing demo’s on C&C, you are so talented, I’m sure you will do very nicely.
    Love and Light
    Sioux x



    Hi John,
    All the very best with your new ventures. You have all the skills and acumen to be a very successful entrepreneur!

    I look forward to seeing your star rise and rise!



    Carolyn Hodkinson September 12, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Good luck John very brave but I am sure it will work out for you, you never know you might find that work was holding you back



    You’ve done what I’ve been thinking of doing for years.
    Wishing you the very best for the future.



    Good luck John, I am sure you will be a great success! !!



    Good luck John, I’m sure you will succeed in what ever you do as your a very talented mam.


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