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Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF

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Staff Pick

Whether or not you're a member of the DIY community, Regretsy will make you cackle right out of your chair. Based on the popular blog, Winchell's snarky commentary on Etsy's most preposterous crafts (chicken poncho? hummingbird feeder hat?) has acquired a legion of fans. Craft failure has never been so hilarious.
Recommended by Megan, Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"It's easy to be disgusted by people who achieve monstrous overnight success with their little side projects, especially if said projects are based on lampooning others. But, luckily for her — and for us — Winchell is uproariously funny. It also helps that some of her victims are, well... asking for it. It's not enough to be just weird, the items she features need to contain, in her words, a 'mitigating factor that allows me to be an asshole.'" Megan Zabel, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)

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Handmade? It looks like you made it with your feet!

A chicken poncho. A painting of a corn dog. A clock made out of an old mostly clean cheese grater. All this and more await you in the pages of Regretsy, a veritable sideshow of handcrafts gone wrong.

Based on the eponymous hit blog and arranged in categories such as Decor, Pet Humiliation, and Christmas, Regretsy showcases the best of the worst, ranging from the hilariously absurd to the purely horrifying. Each page of this jaw-dropping volume features the actual seller's online listing with a light coat of snarky commentary to give it a good shellacking.

So join us as we descend into handmade hell and gawk, gasp, and marvel at the disturbingly odd artifacts that Regretsy has collected for your viewing pleasure, proving that you can never have too much of a bad thing.

Review:

"A hall of fame for artistic impulses gone oddly awry." Salon

Review:

"Uproarious." Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

The Best of the Worst

Ah, those tacky trinkets that find their way into our suitcases and our hearts…

The Hugo Chavez action figure from a trip to Venezuela.

A bikini-clad plastic flamingo commemorating your favorite vacation to Miami Beach.

And those Mussolini boxer shorts to memorialize your visit to Italy.

Whether you have some of these items scattered on your shelves or you like to poke fun at those who do, this illustrated collection of tacky souvenirs is for anyone who appreciates the finer aspects of off-the-charts kitsch.

Synopsis:

The Best of the Worst

Ah, those tacky trinkets that find their way into our suitcases and our hearts…

The Hugo Chavez action figure from a trip to Venezuela.

A bikini-clad plastic flamingo commemorating your favorite vacation to Miami Beach.

And those Mussolini boxer shorts to memorialize your visit to Italy.

Whether you have some of these items scattered on your shelves or you like to poke fun at those who do, this illustrated collection of tacky souvenirs is for anyone who appreciates the finer aspects of off-the-charts kitsch.

About the Author

April Winchell has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in the entertainment industry, working as an advertising executive, a radio show host, a comedy writer, and a voice actress. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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JEANETTE, April 19, 2010 (view all comments by JEANETTE)
I just have to have this book. That's right. I'm writing a review based on the Google preview. I actually had tears running down my face just reading the PREVIEW! Any book that can bring me to tears reading the introduction has to be pretty damned good. And probably has to be bought and given to several friends as well. Hey, laughter is good medicine!

JeannieJayne, RN
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Woebegone Art, April 13, 2010 (view all comments by Woebegone Art)
This book far surpassed my expectations, and I expected quite a lot. I believed it would be funny, and it was hysterical. I assumed it would be interesting, and in fact I could not put it down. What I had not anticipated was the extent to which this book would be moving. And -- in all actuality -- inspirational.

What makes the Regretsy site consistently laugh-out-loud funny, the brazen humor and bold perspective of author April Winchell, is present in full force. Also delightfully represented are the mind-boggling DIY arts and crafts that serve as fodder for conversation and amusement.

But I believe that the best part of the Regretsy book lies in the poignant, insightful and absolutely riotous personal essays that introduce each chapter. The author's unique insight and candid commentary are hysterically funny and surprisingly poignant. But they don't go on long enough! Leaves me hoping the next book will be coming out very soon.

I also truly enjoyed the Epilogue, and reading from the featured sellers themselves. It was very interesting to get the full picture of the Regretsy experience.

I seriously doubt anyone could read this book without guffawing. It's that funny. Whether you're familiar with or passionate about Etsy, DIY, arts and crafts, or Regretsy, this book stands on its own and keeps you laughing. And, by the time you get through the Epilogue, chances are you'll be passionate about it all.
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Christy Mitchell, April 13, 2010 (view all comments by Christy Mitchell)
Books based upon popular humor blogs are all the rage right now, but "Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF" raises the bar. Supplementing old favorites with new art and crafts from some of the beloved (or infamous, as it may be) featured sellers on the hit blog http://www.regretsy.com, April Winchell's hilarious book is also a great read! Excellently written essays introduce each chapter and repeatedly show why Winchell was voted 21st funniest person in LA (according to Los Angeles Magazine). Winchell's wit, intelligence and heart are what keep people coming back to Regretsy and it's gratifying as a fan of the blog to see her find success with such a screamingly funny first book. Hopefully there will be many more to come!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345523181
Author:
Winchell, April
Publisher:
Villard Books
Author:
Lansky, Doug
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
humor;crafts;non-fiction;diy;internet
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4C THROUGHOUT
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.10x6.20x.30 in. .74 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 176 pages Villard Books - English 9780345523181 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Whether or not you're a member of the DIY community, Regretsy will make you cackle right out of your chair. Based on the popular blog, Winchell's snarky commentary on Etsy's most preposterous crafts (chicken poncho? hummingbird feeder hat?) has acquired a legion of fans. Craft failure has never been so hilarious.

"Review A Day" by , "It's easy to be disgusted by people who achieve monstrous overnight success with their little side projects, especially if said projects are based on lampooning others. But, luckily for her — and for us — Winchell is uproariously funny. It also helps that some of her victims are, well... asking for it. It's not enough to be just weird, the items she features need to contain, in her words, a 'mitigating factor that allows me to be an asshole.'" (Read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "A hall of fame for artistic impulses gone oddly awry."
"Review" by , "Uproarious."
"Synopsis" by ,
The Best of the Worst

Ah, those tacky trinkets that find their way into our suitcases and our hearts…

The Hugo Chavez action figure from a trip to Venezuela.

A bikini-clad plastic flamingo commemorating your favorite vacation to Miami Beach.

And those Mussolini boxer shorts to memorialize your visit to Italy.

Whether you have some of these items scattered on your shelves or you like to poke fun at those who do, this illustrated collection of tacky souvenirs is for anyone who appreciates the finer aspects of off-the-charts kitsch.

"Synopsis" by ,
The Best of the Worst

Ah, those tacky trinkets that find their way into our suitcases and our hearts…

The Hugo Chavez action figure from a trip to Venezuela.

A bikini-clad plastic flamingo commemorating your favorite vacation to Miami Beach.

And those Mussolini boxer shorts to memorialize your visit to Italy.

Whether you have some of these items scattered on your shelves or you like to poke fun at those who do, this illustrated collection of tacky souvenirs is for anyone who appreciates the finer aspects of off-the-charts kitsch.

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