Synopses & Reviews
Searching for crafty inspiration?
Eager to try some new techniques?
Need some more junk for your trunk?
Well, look no further!
In this cheeky sequel, Mark Montano picks up where his wildly popular The Big-Ass Book of Crafts left off, with even more spectacular—and easy-to-make—projects sure to satisfy crafters of all skill levels. Turn colorful ribbons into a show-stopping scarf . . . transform old cargo pants into a kick-ass carryall . . . a high-drama neckpiece made out of zippers? Absolutely. Along with a host of other wearable wonders, this exciting all-new volume includes sections such as Pillow Talk (fun, comfy, and made from the most surprising materials), Letter Perfect (cool designs to pop into the mailbox nearest you), Hey, I Could Use That (make a big statement with little things from magnets to nail polish), Just Kid-ding (cheery décor made from kid-centric stuff, guaranteed to make you smile!), That’s Shoe Biz (fun fixes that give sidelined footwear and handbags a whole new life), and dozens of other ideas that are inventive, imaginative, and just plain fun.
With his trademark humor and no-holds-barred approach to crafting, Mark will have you tapping into your creative soul and taking simple techniques to a whole new level in no time. We’re not talking plant-hangers and potholders here—the more than 150 handmade projects in this truly unique compendium are artistic, eye-catching, and cutting-edge, from cool brooches and earrings to ingenious belts and bags, from Bauhaus-style furniture to fishbowl lanterns, and so much more!
The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is packed with ideas for sprucing up your living space; concocting fabulous, all-natural body products; designing your own unique stationery; and creating countless other crafts that will convince your friends and loved ones that you're the secret love child of Martha Stewart (only much, much cooler).
Forget crocheted doilies and itchy knit sweaters -- TLC's While You Were Out top designer Mark Montano has created stylish and imaginative projects that range from a Warhol-esque Ultrasuede iPod case to photo-adorned boxer shorts to African mask patio chairs to wooden night-light boxes. Divided into sections that include Outdoorsy (ideas to enhance your backyard), Dishing It Out (decorating plates using different techniques), You've Been Framed (innovative picture framing ideas), and Can I Have a Light? (creating and decorating lamps, lanterns, and chandeliers), it's as entertaining to read as it is endlessly inspiring. With more than one hundred and fifty inventive and fun projects, The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is the perfect activity book for readers of every mood, budget, and skill level.
TLC’s While You Were Out
top designer Mark Montano’s wildly anticipated follow-up features more than 300 easy and fun crafts, with tips and tricks for quirky projects to make at home.
The anti-Martha Stewart, Mark’s projects are fun, zany, bright, and colorful—but most importantly, they’re made for real people with normal budgets. A master of turning easy-to-find, inexpensive objects into incredibly glamorous crafts, like dollar-store woven mats transformed into elegant coffee table covers, bracelets made of thimbles and much more, Mark plays with ideas for home, clothing, yard, and kitchen, with projects for all skill levels.
With everything from an easy and quick jewelry idea to the more complex paperclip chandelier, Mark Montano returns to the formula that made the first Big-Ass Book of Crafts such a success. His everyday chic style has made him a darling of TLC programs and craft fairs alike, and this follow-up book brings more fabulous tips and tricks to a craft-hungry public. Featuring four-color illustrations and photos with step-by-step instructions, and with chapters including “Midcentury Mish Mash,” “From the Mundane to the Insane,” “Wire Wonderful,” “Plantastic,” and more, Mark demonstrates the perfect ways to make your home, clothes, and personal style sing!
About the Author
Mark Montano is part of the design team for TLC’s While You Were Out and the host of TLC’s Ten Years Younger, as well as co-host of the Style network’s My Celebrity Home. He is a contributing editor to CosmoGIRL! magazine, and his weekly column, “Make Your Mark,” appears in more than seventy newspapers across the country. Mark is the author of Super Suite and Dollar Store Décor and co-author of Window Treatments and Slipcovers for Dummies.