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everything from plain IKEA tables, thrift store furnishings, blah walls and windows, uninspired lighting, and outdated décor into chic, modern, one-of-a-kind treasures!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!

By Shellie Wilson


31 Comments so far

  1. Yasmin on April 1, 2010 5:43 am

    This is a really neat list, have to check them out! Great giveaway too :)

  2. carmel on April 1, 2010 6:38 am

    i would love to win that book

  3. lisa on April 1, 2010 7:12 am

    Some old favorites, and a few that are new to me…

  4. Vickie Wood on April 1, 2010 7:23 am

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

  5. sharon on April 1, 2010 7:56 am

    i want it! i want it! thanks for the chance.

  6. Susan Spiers on April 1, 2010 8:33 am

    This is a great crafting site! Would luv to win this bok!

  7. Leah on April 1, 2010 8:52 am

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

  8. Shirley AnnE on April 1, 2010 9:03 am

    This books sounds great, would love to win this!

  9. turtle on April 1, 2010 9:23 am

    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!

  10. Meghan on April 1, 2010 10:12 am

    Thank you thank you for all the wonderful blogs and sites!

  11. Tricia on April 1, 2010 11:22 am

    I loved the first book and I’d love to win a copy of the second!

  12. Glenda Hart on April 1, 2010 11:49 am

    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.

  13. Hailey Mann on April 1, 2010 12:30 pm

    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.

  14. Traci on April 1, 2010 12:43 pm

    Oh! some new sites to check out…what a great list!

  15. Robin Beam on April 1, 2010 12:57 pm

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


  16. Sandra on April 1, 2010 1:07 pm

    Thanks for all the links! The book looks awesome too. Lots of reading material now!

  17. Linda Beard on April 1, 2010 1:23 pm

    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!

  18. Leah on April 1, 2010 1:50 pm

    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! ;)

  19. Susan on April 1, 2010 3:06 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and the blog list too.

  20. Melissa on April 1, 2010 5:34 pm

    This is really, cool! Thanks for the chance!

  21. Jennifer Lava on April 1, 2010 9:19 pm

    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.

  22. Lisa on April 2, 2010 7:18 am

    Thanks for sharing your faves! Glad to know they are a lot of my faves too!

  23. Poppy on April 2, 2010 8:40 am

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

  24. Karol on April 2, 2010 8:20 pm

    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.

  25. Jennifer on April 3, 2010 10:15 am

    Thanks for introducing me to Mark!

  26. edie on April 3, 2010 7:12 pm

    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$$!


  27. Justine Wong on April 7, 2010 6:02 pm

    Awesome stuff!

  28. Nikki on April 9, 2010 11:19 am

    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

  29. Mollie on April 10, 2010 11:51 pm

    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.

  30. Shaiha on April 17, 2010 2:25 pm

    Great list! I see that I have more blogs to add to my ,must reads

  31. Denny on April 24, 2010 8:30 pm

    Thank you for all the wonderful blogs and sites!

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