Friday, February 18, 2022

Brand New Mary Engelbreit Shadow Boxes

Good Chilly Afternoon Folks!

I am proud to announce another collaboration between Mary Engelbriet and myself.  The Spring Shadow Boxes!!  You guys, your creativity and imagination is the whole thing behind these kits! Build the kit in minutes and then use your amazing craftiness and make it your dreamy art piece!  

There are three different Shadow Boxes, The Woodland, The Rose Gazebo and The Flower Arbor.

The Woodland Shadow Box Kit

For more information on this kit, please click on the link below:

The Rose Gazebo Shadow Box Kit

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The Flower Arbor Shadow Box Kit

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Thanks so much for coming by to look!  Stay Warm!

Jim R. Hankins

The Gentleman Crafter

Thursday, December 30, 2021

FINALLY! Mary Engelbreit Cottage Kits are Here!

 Hello Everyone!

As you know by now Mary Engelbreit and I have collaborated on some amazing new wood kits.  Mary sends over her fantastic sketches and I turn them into 3-D wood kits.  They have done amazingly well.  Good Grief!  The first batch sold out in five hours!  I just sent her a second batch and I'm thinking they are gone again.  So I thought I better squirrel away some time and cut some for myself.  Well, I finally found some time to cut kits for my shop and today is the day...HAHAHA!

Under the pictures you will find a link to the shop where you can find them.  There are three houses in the collection.  Hope you like...

Cherry Tree Cottage

Slant Roof Cottage

Double Roof Cottage

All the cottages can be found by clicking the link below:

Thanks for coming by to look...


The Gentleman Crafter

Thursday, November 18, 2021

It's Back- 2020's Advent Calendar!

 Hello All,

Just a quick post...I have been emailed by some folks who never had the chance to get the advent calendar last year and wanted it.  I am truly honored to say that I sold out twice in 2020.  It really is a cool project.

Anyway, I have made a few more kits for those who are interested.  Please know I'm not trying to be a hard core sales person.  It's just not me.  Here's the deal.  I'm completely out of chipboard and will not be able to get it back in stock in time for these to be cut again before advent.  So, if you are all interested, please get your kit now.

I've spent the last couple of days cutting and kitting these.  They are ready to go out the door tomorrow!  NO waiting!  They will ship, as always, 2-3 Day Priority Mail.  You should have plenty of time to get these done before the big day.

For more information or to purchase the Advent Calendar please click on the link below:

Thanks So Much!  Happy Thanksgiving All!


The Gentleman Crafter

Friday, October 29, 2021

More New Holiday Kits!

 Hello Everyone!

Yep, there is a reason I have a sign on my wall that reads, "SANTA'S WORKSHOP".  I'm in the zone!  I've created a three more projects for the holiday season.  

The first project, I'm so proud of.  I love clocks!  You may have noticed as I have created a ton of them in the past.  I once did a really cool cuckoo clock from chipboard, then this year, I've decided to do one in wood.  Believe it or not the wooded one was so much easier to do.  Hence, my happy smile right now.  I hope you like that project.  The Cuckoo Bird sadly doesn't come in and out, nor does it "Cuckoo".  Knowing myself, I would have been delighted to figure out how, but then I thought it would complicate things.  So...NO JIMBO NO!  

The Cuckoo Clock is offered two ways.  One with a digital chiming mechanism.  (It sounds really good I think.) and one without.  Both have swinging pendulums.   Don't let this one intimidate you.  It may look large, but I guarantee you its not hard to do.  Hope you like it... 

Christmas Cuckoo Clock

For more information or to purchase the kit, click on the link below:

With Chime-

Without Chime-

The Wooden Christmas Stocking

A fun project to create in an afternoon to help decorate the house or to fill with goodies and give as a gift. All engraved and ready to be assembled and painted...

For more information or to purchase this kit, click on the link below:

The Deer and Trees Decoration

And a one last fun, fast and easy Christmas decoration to help dress up the house for the holidays or a special gift you made to give as a cherished gift.  A beautiful deer walking through a forest of trees.  Love this!

For more information on this project or to purchase the kit, click on the link below:

Well, that's what I have this week!  I really hope you like the project.

Thanks so much for coming by!

The Gentleman Crafter

Saturday, October 23, 2021

New Book of Christmas Cheer and Fall Hay Wagon!

 Hello My Friends...

I have been working on a few projects lately.  This is so my time of year!  I love creating any and everything!  I have even found myself getting up early to run into the studio to make and design.  Love it!  

Today, I wanted to share something I honestly have enjoyed making which, as we all know, crafting takes us to a different place.  A warm cozy place.   This is my warm cozy dream Christmas place all magically hidden inside a book.  I call it, A Book of Christmas Cheer.  Since the Halloween Spell book did so well, I thought I would do a Christmas version.  Some may think it's a bit early for Christmas but it's never to early to get going on making Christmas goodies to be ready to decorate with.  This is so fun to make and decorate!

Here's A Book of Christmas Cheer...

For more information on this project or to purchase the kit please follow the link below:

The Fall Hay Wagon-Large

Some of you may recall I made a kit called Fall Hay Wagon in years past.  For Thanksgiving years ago, I made my mom a larger one as she always decorated her dining room table with anything seasonal.  I never released this version but made a few for gifts.  I decided to share the new larger kit as it's awesome to place anywhere anytime of the year.  Now when I say large, It's not HUGE! For Fall decoration,  it's perfect to place a 4-inch potted mum and some small pumpkins.  Instant Fall decor.  Again, such a great container, if you will, to place all kinds of things to display.

For more information on this project or to purchase the kit please follow the link below:

That's what I've created so far...I hope you like the projects.

Thanks for coming over for a look!


The Gentleman Crafter

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

New! Halloween Book and Fall table Decorations

 Good Afternoon Everyone!

Well, when the mojo comes you have to roll with it.  Again, this is my time of year when I just get all juiced up to create, create and create!  I love it and hope you feel the same.

This week, I've finished a really fun Spell Book.  When you open the book you find a very sweet witch standing in front of her pantry of potions. On the back of the book there is a hatch that holds a micro LED battery operated light switch that illuminates the cabinet and also backlights Helga and her cat.  Make the easy to assemble kit, paint or paper the book and fill the cabinet with your own magical goodies.  I purchased little screw top jars from Hobby Lobby and used the smaller Tim Holtz vials.  I filled them with a bunch of seasoning from the kitchen and a few fount things from outside for a cool effect.  The book is completely cut from Baltic Birch Plywood and has a built in cut hinge on the spine.  It is perfect for paint, stain, ink or even to cover with your favorite patterned paper.   FUN FUN Project!

Spells Book

For more information or to purchase this kit WITH glue follow the link below:

For more information or to purchase this kit NO glue follow the link below:

Chair Place Card Holders

Now, moving into fall and entertaining I came up with some some of the cutest little chairs, if I do say so myself.  HA!  I just think they are cool.  You can use them as place card holders for each place setting and then allow the guest to take their chair home as a remembrance of the event.  Or keep them and reuse them around the house to set a votive on, or use the cut slot in he seat to place a photo.  Set of Six different chairs. Seconds to put together...

For more information or to purchase the kit please follow the link below:

Words of Thanksgiving

Another idea a friend shared with me is the use of words of Thanksgiving to incorporate into a table setting.  You could use these words anywhere, to decorate the house, to make a beautiful little sign or to simply place onto a plate to help decorate the table.  Again, you could allow the guest to take it with them as a remembrance of the event.  Sold in a set of six different words cut from wood.

For more information or to to purchase this set please follow the link below:

Thanks so much for coming over to look!  Have an awesome week!


The Gentleman Crafter

Friday, September 3, 2021

New Fall Projects and Jewelry!

 Hello My Friends!

Somehow I know fall is coming even though today's feel like or heat index is between 104-108 degrees!  I can't say that I wasn't a bit jealous when my nephew in Washington, DC sent a screenshot of the 60 degree weather from his phone!  Oh well it's coming...

I'm in the mood!  I even started having thoughts of Christmas!  Halloween seems to kick off the holiday season for me and there is nothing I love more than to start doing some major crafting during these upcoming months.  I've designed a few things for Halloween and started stringing some new Fall bracelets.  There's not a lot of those...But, email me and I'll see if I have enough goodies to string more.  Anyway, on with the Fall Projects...

Halloween Themed Victorian Peepshow

"Paper peepshows had their heyday in the mid 19th century, at a time when optical devices were all the rage. The trend began in Austria and Germany, and quickly spread to France and England. Often produced cheaply, they would be sold as souvenirs at popular travel destinations or as substitutes to experiencing the real thing. For the viewer today, they are playful and interactive time-travelling devices which highlight the kinds of attractions that thrilled people at the time."  -Victoria and Albert Museum Online

You simply open the box, accordion it out and look through the peep hole on the front of the box and view the spooky scene...A great Halloween treat for a friend or excellent compact Halloween decoration.

For more information on this project, please follow the link below:

Complete Kit-

Basic Kit-

Out for a Midnight Ride

An awesome Halloween project and great decoration, this cat carries an old witch out for a ride on his cart for a spooky midnight stroll.  

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Fall Bracelets

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Well, That's it for now!  Happy Upcoming Fall Y'all!


The Gentleman Crafter