Title: Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People
Author: Amy Sedaris
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Hardcover: 304 pages
Genre: Crafting, Hobbies
America’s most delightfully unconventional hostess and the bestselling author of I Like You delivers a new book that will forever change the world of crafting. According to Amy Sedaris, it’s often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. In her new book, SIMPLE TIMES, she sets the record straight. Demonstrating that crafting is one of life’s more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Sedaris shows that anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters.
You will discover how to make popular crafts, such as: crab-claw roach clips, tinfoil balls, and crepe-paper moccasins, and learn how to: get inspired (Spend time at a Renaissance Fair; Buy fruit, let it get old, and see
what shapes it turns into); remember which kind of glue to use with which material (Tacky with Furry, Gummy with Gritty, Paste with Prickly, and always Gloppy with Sandy); create your own craft room and avoid the most common crafting accidents (sawdust fires, feather asphyxia, pine cone lodged in throat); and cook your own edible crafts, from a Crafty Candle Salad to Sugar Skulls, and many more recipes.
PLUS whole chapters full of more crafting ideas (Pompom Ringworms! Seashell Toilet Seat Covers!) that will inspire you to create your own hastily constructed obscure d’arts; and much, much more!
Absolutely hilarious as well as practical, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People by Amy Sedaris is a creative, hilarious, and at times irreverent look at almost every topic. The first thing I did upon receiving the book was just to read it. Sedaris is brilliantly hilarious and even if one chooses to make nothing from this book, Sedaris’ writing provides plenty of entertainment. The crafts themselves are well outlined; materials are easily obtained and relatively inexpensive. Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People is a beautiful book about the difficult financial times we live in and how to bring back the art of homemade gift giving, which for many has all but been forgotten. I personally like homemade gifts; they are from the heart, be they elaborate or simple, yet I know time and thought were put into them. It is possible some of you readers may not be familiar with Amy Sedaris, so I will caution up front, no subject is forbidden and she speaks her mind. If one is looking for a traditional crafting book or is easily offended, this may not be for you. However if you know who Amy Sedaris is, are looking for a way to make items and have fun while doing it or simply want a jolly good book to read, then I heartily recommend Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.
AMY SEDARIS has appeared often on screen, both large and small. She’s cocreator, with Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, of Comedy Central’s hit show Strangers with Candy and half of the Obie-winning “Talent Family” playwright team (with her brother, David). Amy lives in Manhattan with her imaginary boyfriend, Ricky, and her pet rabbit, Dusty.
I received a complimentary copy of Simple Times by Amy Sedaris from Hachette to review. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.