Saturday, August 20, 2022

New Holiday Advent Calendars!

 Good Evening All!

As promised I'm back with more!  More Holiday Advent Calendars that is!  Please allow me to show you around...

The Holiday Train

For more information or to purchase the kit for the Holiday Train, please click the link below to go to my shop:

The Tipsy Trunk Advent Calendar

For more information or to purchase the kit for the Tipsy Trunk Advent, please click the link below to go to my shop:

Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar

For more information or to purchase the kit for the Christmas Coffee Advent, please click the link below to go to my shop:

Hope you like the new kits!

Thanks Tons!

The Gentleman Crafter

Friday, August 19, 2022

Haunted Advent Calendar and Holiday Advents! YAY!

 Happy Friday Everyone!

Gosh, it's been awhile since I've actually done some things for me in own my, I've had the best time creating and designing!   I know that a lot of us are already crafting things for the holidays. Getting Ready!  I also know that one of the things I do that you guys seem to like are my annual advent calendars.  SO BOY HOWDY, I've been advent calendar making!

There will be five advents this year.  I will do them in limited quantities, so PLEASE if you are interested let me know.  Starting with a Halloween Mansion Advent full of thirty spaces to count down the day.  It's also fun to go in and grab a treat everyday! Just for you! :)  There is a Christmas Tree Coffee Pod Advent, a travel bottle sized Liquor Trunk Advent, Holiday Train Advent, and for those paper lovers, I'm redoing the front of the advent that I did for the last two years....It's a cool!  

I want to first put out the Haunted Halloween Mansion.  I have all the things for it to start cutting and kitting those and it's getting close!  So I would like to throw all my attention into getting those done fast!

For the holiday advents, I think I will take preorders on those maybe starting tomorrow.  The reason?  TWO reasons...I'm out camping to simply have the peace to finish off the train!  Almost done!  Almost!  Had to go home today to cut a few more detail pieces I thought it needed.  So, the pictures for it may be on a picnic table instead of the beautiful white backgrounds Cesar does for me.  

The main reason is I know there are a few to pick from.  I would like to get an idea of how many pieces of wood, chipboard and accessories I would need to purchase, and the preorder would help me identify that.  So if that's cool with everyone, let me start today with the Haunted Halloween Advent.  I will show you all the others as well exception being the one I do from paper.  Still needs some work, but it's designed.  :)

First up, The Haunted Halloween Mansion...

Haunted Halloween Mansion

This heirloom piece is something you'll be delighted and proud to pull out year after year.  Place 30 treats into the individual slots.  Just in case you are counting ( I know you) the 30th treat slot is right behind the 29th in the Mansard roof.  Cut from Baltic Birch Plywood, which means it's a snap to paint.  Or remember my paper friend folks, you can totally cover it with your favorite scrapbook paper and adhesive.

Approximate Measurements: 24-inches Tall (bottom of base to top of rail on Mansard roof), 7-inches Deep (front of base to back of base), 17-inches Wide (from left side of base to right side of base).  

The pictures below show how I painted it.  Your kit will be unassembled and unpainted.  No fear, as always, there will be a tutorial with a ton of pictures that I will email you when I ship.

For more information or to purchase the kit, simply follow the link below to my shop:

Now for the sneak peeks of the holiday advents that are finished...I will add these to the shop some time this weekend.  So keep an eye out.

The Tipsy Trunk Advent Calendar

Talk about add a little spirit to the holidays.  Count down till the big day with 24 differently shaped slots to add 24 different...Or the same...small travel sized liquor bottles.  You know the kind you get on a plane?  HA! A fun way to celebrate the season.  Wood Cut and covered with beautiful papers.

Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar

This would be my favorite advent in the house!  Fill with 24 Keurig style pods of a variety of coffee!  A new one for each day!  Heaven!  Has a lazy Susan at the base to turn and find the day!

Again, please stay tuned for the Christmas Train Advent and these added to my shop tomorrow.

Thanks Tons For Looking!


The Gentleman Crafter

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

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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

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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