Thursday, November 11, 2010

Review - Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People by Amy Sedaris

TITLE:    Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People [Hardcover] 
AUTHOR/EDITOR:    Amy Sedaris
INFO:    Hardcover, How-To, 304 pages
PUBLISHED:   Grand Central Publishing, 2010
ISBN#:   978-0-466-55703-0
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Hachette Books for Review

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!

MY TAKE:   I really enjoyed Sedaris' previous book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.  It was a real kick with some surprisingly helpful information.  This new book was still really funny, but just not what I was expecting.  I had really hoped to find some new, inexpensive crafts to make but instead, just found myself laughing at her "creations". 

This is not a book for kids as the chapter "Making Love" is definitely for adults, but quite hysterical.  The author states, "The craft of lovemaking is simple to initiate, yet difficult to accomplish.  Even for the amateur crafter, the starting point is obvious:  roll up the sleeves, take aim, and begin poking about the pubicly-tufted fleshy parts."  The photos that accompany this chapter include a man in an extremely short yellow robe which only made me laugh harder.

The photography and instructions can actually be very helpful if you desire to make things such as:  Secret Treasure Box ~ Decorate the outside of a box you're fond of.  Fill the secret box with irreplaceable sentimental treasures and keep in a safe place.

If you'd like to read more about Amy, you can check out her "unofficial" fan club.  Thank you to Hachette Books for the chance to review this creatively funny book!
MY RATING:    3/5

WHERE TO BUY IT:   Amazon, IndieBound, Powell's Books, The Book Depository

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