Friday, November 5, 2010

Simple Times (Crafts for Poor People) by Amy Sedaris

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.

First off, I want to say that this book is a HOOT!! It is a heavy book, very colourful photographs and pictures of different craft projects.  It also has how-to's for most of the projects in the book.

For example:

Simple Times Protector Rod
Protect your yesterdays from the uncivil tomorrows today! Don't dely.
Instructions:  Saw the base off a broom, cutting the bristly sweeping mechanism free, and leaving only the handle.  Decorate according to your perrsonal sense of style.  Place in window diagonally. p 33

Crafting under the influence.  Say what? I didn't expect to see this chapter in the book LOL
There are some cute projects in the book, and it probably will cost you next to nothing to make them - good thing since this book is for POOR People!!  Fireside Sit-Upon - made out of newspapers.  I remember making these back in the day in girl scouts! 

There are tips on becoming a better storyteller, and ha how to make a tampon ghost. Seriously. This book is chock-ful of so much more and you can tell Amy definitely had fun with it! Learn how to make some cheap, off-the wall crafts and be thoroughly entertained to boot!  Great to fit on your bookshelf or for gift giving!!

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  1. This looks like such a gas. Super cute cover!

  2. I'm a new follower from the Hoppin Weekend! I Would love a follow back :) It would be awesome if you could also follow me on Networked Blogs & Facebook too!

    Thanks, Misty


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