Guest Post and Giveaway – Mark Montano’s top ten fav blogs for inspiration

This giveaway is over. The winner has been announced here.

Editors Note: We at CraftGossip are honored to have Mark Montano present his list of top ten blogs for inspiration. In celebration of this post, we have a copy of Mark’s latest book to giveaway. How to enter the giveaway is presented at the end of this post, so read on!

Mark Montano is a designer, do-it-yourself guru, and the well-known host of TLC’s While You Were Out and 10 Years Younger, We’s She’s Moving In, and Style Network’s My Celebrity Home. He is also the author of numerous books, including The Big-Ass Book of Crafts, and his newest book, The Big-Ass Book of Home décorwhich presents 105 practical, simple, economical and decidedly unboring projects for every space in your home.

Montano’s wizardry—accomplished with masking tape, spray paint, glue, and 99 cent store know-how—transforms everything from plain IKEA tables, thrift store furnishings, blah walls and windows, uninspired lighting, and outdated décor into chic, modern, one-of-a-kind treasures! But where does he go when he needs an inspirational kick in the “big-ass”?

Mark says, “Other than Craft Gossip of course, here my fave blogs for inspiration!”

She’s obsessed with glitter and secretly I love glitter

She makes me want to learn how to knit even though I’m terrible at it!

This site takes current the current trends and show you how to make them at home

Everyone can post here and be a crafty superstar!

She has personality plus and is fun to watch, she just makes me happy

Everyone gets sick of their Ikea furniture and this way you can get inspired to give it a 2nd life

I learn about really interesting products on this site and always want to try them out in my own special way

Since creating is like church for me, this site is my morning must!

I love these guys because they love to sew and sew do I

I dig that you can learn how to make a radio out of a coke can on this site, and all kinds of funky things that you may not think of

To win a copy of Mark’s latest book, The Big-Ass Book of Home décor, leave a comment on this post. A winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. Good Luck!


  1. Vickie Wood says

    I love trying and learning new ways to create, sounds like this is the book to show you how.

  2. Leah says

    I own Mark’s first book and it’s inspiring. I would love to own this one as well!

  3. says

    i’ve missed watching mark on tlc’s show! I hadn’t known he had this book! Seeing we are having to be budgeted with daughters college and being careful what we do on our home with putting it up for sale, this would be fun and perfect!

  4. says

    Mark is so right all of these websites are so great. I love Margot Potter, she is just fun and of course her stuff is fabulous. As for the crafty chica who doesnt live in the land of glitter.

  5. says

    oh would love to get my little paws on that book. We just finished gutting our kitchen and are in the process of putting it back together. Next up….decorating.

  6. Robin Beam says

    Love all of these sites…you go Mark! Kudos on the new book of craftiness!


  7. says

    I also have an Etsy shop – MidwestieLady. I’d love to win your book, Mark! I’m going to check out your top ten favorite blogs! Thanks!

  8. Leah says

    love love LOVE Mark Montano! I’m always inspired whenever I open up my copy of Big-Ass Book of Crafts. I’m definitely getting his new book even if I don’t win this contest, but winning would save me a trip to Chapters! 😉

  9. Jennifer Lava says

    I have Mark’s Big Ass Book of Crafts and it is all marked up. I also regularly read at least 1/2 of the blogs he listed, we must be running on similar inspiration vibes. I would love to have a copy of the new book to keep the inspiration going.

  10. Poppy says

    I’m a big fan of Mark’s. Thanks for turning me onto some new sites for inspiration!

  11. Karol says

    Wow I looked over some of your favorite sites and theyt are very informative. Your friend maggie who gets the whole family involved is a hoot. The ikea furniture recycle idea is neat. The site that makes the radio has alot of ideas you can use with your older grand children. Will be watchin g your blog.

  12. edie says

    one day I will give up reading blogs and devote those hours to Making Things. Oh, wait, this is no longer April Fools day… but I should read fewer and make more. Thanks for kickin my a$$!


  13. Nikki says

    I am always on the lookout for new creativity and look across the internet’s many blogs for inspiration. It’s a lot of fun and always finding new sources for projects is rewarding. Thanks for sharing your favorite blog sites with all of us. The giveaway is indeed a sweet bonus. Thank you! Nikki

  14. Mollie says

    Mark, your BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS IS SIMPLY MARVOLOUS MY DEAR! I love the way you are so simply, yet so elegant! I can’t wait to see what else you come up with for ideas and also I would like to have a ‘go’ at winning your BIG ASS OLE BOOK..CRAFTS are my thing and I love to do just about any craft there is to do. You’re a SUPER DOOPER GUY TOO. Thanks for all you do to support your readers too.

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