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The Big-Ass Book of Crafts Paperback – February 19, 2008
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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.
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Some of it assumes you either have unusual supplies laying around, or that want to spend a lot of money finding them in order to make something "unique" just for the sake of making something unique or personalized.
The instructions are usually clear, but not with some of the longer, more detailed projects; the instructions for those start to get confusing.
Some of it isn't so much crafting as it is DIY home decor/furnishing. Which I'm okay with, actually -- that's why I used to watch She's Crafty with Wendy Russell (which is how I found out about this book in the first place).
There is a lot of "Mark" in this book. I think there may be more opinion than there is actual craft instruction; it starts to seem like it's all about Mark instead of all about the crafts. For those of us who don't think the center of the world is New York City, it gets annoying after a while -- and I'm not really sure I'd want to clutter my glorified-walk-in-closet NYC apartment with most of this stuff (I say that having been known to claim furniture from alleys -- I have a slate topped oak coffee table I got that way).
I think I'd rather decorate my two bedroom (for 1/5 the rent cost of a walk-in closet in NYC) with more elegant craft/decor projects from Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts. Plus Martha put a lot less of "her" into her book, than Mark put of his opinions/style/outlook into this book.
I'm glad I bought this used at a reduced price. I'm really glad I didn't pay full price for this book, new.