Happy New Year!!

January 1, 2018 — 41 Comments

Well, 2017 has been and gone – but has it prepared us for 2018?

During 2017 there have been many changes in the big wide world. Some scarey, some confusing. The important thing is that we have all made it through. Yaaaay!

If you read this blog regularly you will know that 2017 brought me many, many changes too.

I completed the All Counties Craft Challenge, got nominated for several industry awards, moved home to a different country (technically and literally), began a fitness and eating program to better my general health and also started a new episode in my life as a freelance creative professional.

Phew! Not really sure there was any other aspect of life left that could have had some change applied to it! For someone that was literally locked in by anxiety a couple of years back, I’d say that there has been progress. :)

Did it all go smoothly? No, Lol! Despite this, and thanks in a large part to you, I am grateful to 2017 for showing me what is possible in life and I am now looking forward to seeing what can be achieved in 2018.

Am I ready for it? I’ve made certain preparations. Will it go smoothly? Unlikely. Will we get through it? Most assuredly my good friends!

Hehehe. I guess this means, yes?

Shall we do it together again? I’ll be hear, nattering on about various things – will you pop back throughout the year too? I’d love to hear from you.

Anyway, I’d best trot on now, I hope that 2018 brings you happiness and many happy memories!

Ciao for now!

J :)

41 responses to Happy New Year!!


    Belated Happy New Year greetings to you John and your followers, lets look forward to a happy, healthy and fulfilling year ahead full of lots of crafting of course, and love and laughter to accompany it all.

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    Pamela Swadling January 3, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Happy New Year John, I wish you everything that you would wish for yourself. xx



    Happy New Year John. I hope you continue to enjoy your life in Scotland, and that all those positive changes and achievements from 2017 will keep you moving onwards and upwards in the coming year. Best wishes from Inverness, Susan

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    Jennifer Beattie January 1, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Just adding my New Year wishes, John – still working my way through last year’s Mandalas! Hope to see some more this year. Warmest wishes from a slightly chilly Glasgow!

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    Hi John Happy New Year to you too. Your journey last year was no small achievement which could have thrown any mere mortal off kilter but you plowed your way through and came out with plans, goals and dreams……wow that’s amazing.
    I always enjoy the start of a new year…..especially here in Oz where the temperatures are in the 30’s with clear blue skies and day long sunshine lol….because I can reboot my life with the many choices I have. Having the freedom of choice is a valuable asset which I am so grateful for each and every day.
    So we can go forward, one day at a time and enjoy the experience and yes I’m with you and l am looking forward to embracing new ideas.
    Keep smiling
    Karen x

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    Happy New year and thanks for all the inspiration and stories. You really are a tonic.



    Dear John, first many thanks for all the time, effort, idea’s and great tutorial video’s you made for us in the past year.
    I wish you a healthy, happy, creative 2018 and may your dreams come true!

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    Wishing you health,joy and new beginnings for 2018



    Happy 2018 John. thank you for sharing crafting with us, long may it continue :)

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    Anna Taylor Nyrud January 1, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Happy New Year and a crafty new Year to you from Norway!

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    Happy New Year John, looking forward to our SnC day in Maidstone on 27th x

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    Hi John, I would like to wish you a happy and healthy 2018. The highlight of 2017 was meeting you and undertaking a craft workshop with you, at a time when I was suffering from work related anxiety and depression. I’ve followed your journey and like us all you’ve had set backs, but with sheer determination you’ve achieved such a lot. Not only for yourself but you’ve increased other people’s awareness of Mental Health and its impact on individuals as well as their families.
    I wish you all the very best 2018 has to offer and wish you continuing success in all that you do. Take care and look after you x

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    Happy new year John. Gd luck in all that you do, all the best for 2018. Let’s hope it’s a good’n!

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    A very happy new year to you John. You’re very brave to have taken such a huge leap. It Just shows what you can do if you really try. Good luck and good health in 2018. Love reading your blog. . Gloria.

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    Handmade By Deborah January 1, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Looking forward to ‘surviving’ 2018 with you John ;) 💜

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    Wishing you a very happy & healthy new year. Love & hugs. Xx

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    Happy New Year John, what an inspiration you are x

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    Happy New Year John..thank you for all your inspiration and hoping 2018 will bring all you are hoping for xx

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    Happy New year John,
    Here’s wishing that 2018 brings all you deserve. You are an inspiration.
    Love and happiness xxx

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    Happy New Year John. What on earths been happening. Since i last saw you at the NEC in March last year.?
    Between hubby and myself weve spent most of the year in hospital or laid up at home. You last gave me cards to colour and post on as you made your way around the country. It seems as if youve made alot of changes that ive missed out on. I need to catch up on whats happened. Hubbys in hosptal again in Jan and i need another carpul tunnel doing but hope to get crafting again soon.
    Please help me catch up and all the very best for 2018 John xxxx

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    Happy New Year John. xx

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    Happy New Year to you as well John. I am so grateful that you have been able to make some changes to your world and to include us all in on your journey. It has been inspirational to me to see that even with mental health issues (I have mine as well) that you can make progress and help yourself with support of others.

    I hope 2018 is a good year for us all.

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    Happy New Year John. I think you need to pat yourself on the back, your achievements are phenomenal, very well done. I hope all goes well for you and your renewed confidence takes you to where you want to be in 2018. Really enjoy your C&C shows too. Best wishes

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    Happy new year may this year be as rewarding as thw last

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    Happy New Year John. You helped me often in 2017, made me laugh, created new things to keep me interested, made me feel as if I wasn’t alone. I am sure, reading comments left for you, that you have done the same for others. I hope in some way, we have been there for you too. Keep on crafting, and demonstrating on Create and Craft. This year is going to be a good one…… xxx

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    Happy New Year John. Not sure what 2018 will bring but I’m counting my blessings each day. I took a huge leap of faith earlier in the year when I returned to work after 20 years of dealing with ME, Fibromyalgia, and severe chronic pain. Still have bad days, but am grateful for all the days I can do the things I love. I now work for a large sew and vac dealership where I teach sewing, software and scan n cut classes plus all that sales stuff. I take each day with a big handful of gratitude, and try not to dwell on those dark days of pain and isolation behind me. Sounds like we both have a lot of catching up to do in this game of Life, so let’s hope that 2018 gives us that opportunity!

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    Happy New Year John, Its a pleasure watching you on Create and Craft.

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    Happy New Year. Look forward to following more of your creative projects and blog posts in 2018!



    Happy new year…. together we raised funds and awareness.. so opening up possibilities for lots of folk whilst grabbing a few ourselves…onwards and upwards : )

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    Happy New Year John I wish you happy crafting.

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    Shirley Woodward January 1, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Happy New Year John. Thanks for all your help and advice. Keep smiling!

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    Happy new year John. Glad you’e settled into your new home – Paisley is a great wee town. Many happy memories of growing up there. Hope it inspires you to even greater things.

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    Happy New Year!! Mx

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    Happy new year John, and best wishes to you for 2018. Looking forward to following your blogs and tv appearances throughout the year x

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    Happy new year john

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    Happy New Year John, look forward to watching more of your shows in 2018.

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    Happy New Year to you, John and can I also wish all crafters a Happy and Crafty 2018 :)

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    Happy New Year John. Hope all goes well for you.

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    EILEEN VILLETTE January 1, 2018 at 12:07 am


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    Happy new year to you.
    Keepup the great work and stay healthy

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