Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide Review - Simple Times

Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People
by Amy Sedaris
isbn: 9780446557030
pub date: 11/02/2010

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 Review:  When I received this book, I had no clue what to expect as I had no clue who Amy Sedaris was! I was surprised to find that the content of the book was not the typical family crafting time crafts and was laughing hysterically after flipping through the pages for a short time. If you are easily offended by things like nude drawings, this book won't be for you, but if you enjoy a good laugh this book is a definite must. It might even give you a few ideas to pass on to the kids - but I wouldn't recommend letting them read this book. While this book is full of crafty things you can make out of recycled materials, I enjoyed it much more for the humor that runs throughout than the actual craft instructions. A new favorite on my shelf!