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Simple Times: Crafts for Poor Peopleby Amy Sedaris
Very few people could pull off a book like this, but, rest assured, Amy Sedaris has. Featuring craft projects for crab-claw roach clips, countless pompon-related items, and everything in between, this hilarious book is a perfect gift for the DIYer with a fully developed sense of humor.
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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)
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.
"The true joy of this book lies in its hilarious and amazingly well-styled photo spreads, many featuring Sedaris in one of her uncanny disguises...The appeal of this book will certainly transcend the world of crafters." Booklist
"Sedaris often defies description. So does her book, Simple Times, a hyperkinetic hodgepodge of "Crafts for Poor People" celebrating traditional American handicrafts, as well as diversions like keeping pet rabbits and making mint juleps. ...the book's sheer visual exuberance and wide scope make it obvious that Sedaris is a dedicated follower of the pipe-cleaner arts. While Simple Times may not be for the dour D.I.Y.-er to whom crafting is a competitive sport, it has strong potential as a gift for anyone who's ever collected hats crocheted together, or Barbie dolls in knitted antebellum dresses designed to cover an extra roll of toilet paper - or simply for fans of Amy Sedaris and her idiosyncratic sense of humor."--The New York Times Book Review
"If there was any doubt that Amy Sedaris is a kookier, kitschier version of Martha Stewart in the four years since the release of her best-selling, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, get out your Popsicle sticks, toupee tape and clamshells. Sedaris proves her place as a domestic maven for today's irony-loving do-it-yourselfers with her latest book. "Simple Times" is steeped in '70s campiness, with a youthful, can-do attitude walking through an extensive list of projects, neatly indexed in the back, from Acorn Crafts to Macaroni Alien Mask and Yesterday's Newspaper Scuffs. Simple Times is an ideal gift for the crafter who has crafted everything."--The Associated Press
"Imagine a Girl Scout jamboree suddenly overtaken by a band of circus freaks. That's roughly the effect of Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, the colorful new craft book by comedian Amy Sedaris."--The Wall Street Journal
"The funny new book we're loving . . . Had us cracking up from the first page . . .The entire guide is written in that laugh-out-loud style, making it a fun read even for those who have no interest in crafting. But for people who are into crafting, the book is a gold mine of ideas."--Cosmopolitan.com
About the Author
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.
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