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Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

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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.
Recommended by Megan, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

Demonstrating that crafting is one of life's more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Sedaris reveals how anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters.

About the Author

Amy Sedaris has appeared in several movies and television shows, and, with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, is a co-author of the novel Wigfield. She also co-wrote Strangers with Candy, the hit show on Comedy Central. She lives in Manhattan.

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tortilla-by-the-sea, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by tortilla-by-the-sea)
Amy Sedaris' Cindy Sherman influenced self-portraits....so catchy, yet so depraved!
And oh, there are crafts to make from junk you can find around the house.
This is the funniest book I have read all year.
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onebookshy, November 9, 2010 (view all comments by onebookshy)
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". It is NOT a book for kids.

The chapter "Making Love" is 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 are 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.
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tyme4tyme999, October 25, 2010 (view all comments by tyme4tyme999)
I haven't read this yet, but I loved "I Like You." Everything she writes is hilarious but also very useful: tips on how to act as a host/guest and things to eat and do while you're together. Can't wait to see her in PDX!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446557030
Author:
Sedaris, Amy
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
General
Subject:
Form - Parodies
Subject:
HUMOR / Parodies
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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Product details 304 pages Grand Central Publishing - English 9780446557030 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , Demonstrating that crafting is one of life's more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Sedaris reveals how anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters.
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