"Lino printing strikes the right balance of slow, mindful crafting and pretty quick gratification"

This is a guest post by Mike Aspinall, founder of The Crafty Gentleman.

Hello, I’m Mike! I’m a craft blogger living in Nottingham. I’ve been running my blog, The Crafty Gentleman, for 8 years now (has it really been that long?!). Over this time, my blog has grown from a ‘just-for-fun’ hobby into a lucrative side-business, which has been featured in the likes of The Guardian, The Telegraph, Mollie Makes, and more.

My journey into the craft industry is a bit of an unusual one. It all started when I was a young child; I used to spend hours and hours making scrapbooks, cards, decorations and gifts (I was obsessed with crafting, and I still am today!). I then got my very first sewing machine when I was about 17, and it quite literally changed my life. I felt like I had a superpower, it was amazing! It opened up a whole new world of crafting to me, and inspired me to seek out even more ways to build my craft skills.