Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

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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 ...
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Overview

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!

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Editorial Reviews

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If you have ever been tempted by the urge to decoupage every available surface, Amy Sedaris' hilarious new book on craft obsessions will either set you straight about life or give you innumerable new ideas about what you can do with pipe cleaners. In fact, Simple Times will take you to a dizzying new plateau of creativity: Have you ever, for instance, pondered the possibilities of crepe-paper moccasins? Editor's recommendation.

J. D. Biersdorfer
"Crafting is putting ideas into action and then holding them together with an inexpensive adhesive," Sedaris writes…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 made from flattened beer cans 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
The New York Times Book Review
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 Associated Press
"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."
InStyle
"A wildly cheeky guide."
The Wall Street Journal
"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 Miami Herald
"Hilarious."
Cosmopolitan.com
"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."
The Boston Herald
"Will leave readers in stitches . . . Her hilarious and hilariously illustrated guide has sections on crafting while angry, crafting for the criminally insane and crafting while amped up on amphetamines."
Instinct Magazine
"In step with her hilarious how-to debut . . . provides a jolt of laughter that anyone can use in simple times like these."
The Tucson Citizen
"In this laugh-out-loud book, Amy Sedaris, one of the funniest humans on the planet, confronts the hard-hitting craft questions that other books refuse to even acknowledge . . . With the hectic holiday season almost upon us, this nifty book could be your lifeboat to sanity, or maybe not. Regardless, it is fun and every bit as amusing as Amy's previous bestseller."
Bookpage
"Sedaris crams 21 chapters with wickedly funny projects, sage counsel and painstakingly detailed photographic spreads."
The Buffalo News
"Hip and hilarious."
The Wichita Eagle
"Recommended . . .The humorist, satiric hostess and hilarious disguise artist offers left-field crafting tips for weird costumes, irreverent samplers, and more for these, our lean economic times."
The News & Observer (NC)
"Just like her previous book, "Times" is colorful and instantly funny. It's perhaps the only book you'll ever read with tips on how to make both good love and good sausage. Separately, of course."
Madison.com
"Amy Sedaris proves she has her finger on the pulse of the domestic-arts world - especially for those on a budget- with her latest book . . . it's vintage Sedaris, combining sweet intentions with gross-out humor."
The Orlando Sentinel
"A subversive, hilarious take on the made-by-hand movement."
Library Journal - BookSmack!
Kookiness is great because you know everything's going to be okay when things get kooky. Kooky chicks are even greater, because they tend to take off their clothes. Think Phyllis Diller/Ruth Buzzy, even Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Sedaris, author of I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, manages to bring "kooky chick" to an entirely new level, somewhere near "Holy crap." I think the Pulitzer Committee will concur with my declaration of this as the most important work since Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies and is as kitschy, satirical, and imaginative as Nancy Eha's Off The Beadin' Path: Discovering Your Own Creative Trail of Bead Embellishment is sad. Sedaris poses in a series of crafty tableau with the falsest sincerity imaginable. If you need to make an unreturnable gift, see handcrafted statistics on handcrafting, or see a lot of painted rocks and Popsicle stick cities, this is the perfect book. It shows readers the special warm-up and cool-down stretches you need to craft successfully, and the chapter on sausages is certainly the finest in print. Warning: neither eat nor drink while reading, as a spit take is assured. Pointedly tasteless, gaudy, garish, this book now counts among my favorite things. (See LJ's original review, 9/15/10.) — Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes," Booksmack! 1/6/11
Library Journal
Comedian, actress, and author of I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, Sedaris here addresses topics like "Crafting for Jesus," gifts for shut-ins, pre- and postcrafting stretches, and even the "Craft of Lovemaking." Through the "Healing Power of Crafting," readers learn that a Rusty Nail Wind Chime is the perfect gift for those suffering from bipolar disorder. Some projects include instructions; some don't. Making a Tea Cozy Kitten, for example, is "self-explanatory." Included with the handicrafts are recipes for treats like sausages, Damn Its (macaroons), and other baked goods. This book is a visual delight—kitschy projects are displayed with wonderfully garish sets, costuming, and illustrations. Sedaris isn't afraid to go from lovely to whimsical to wildly unflattering in her wardrobe, hair, and makeup. VERDICT Sedaris is actually quite crafty and known for her baking. In her latest irreverent take on home economics, she provides a fun, complementary balance to recent "serious" books in this genre. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/10; eight-city tour.]—Meagan Storey, Virginia Beach
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446557047
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 217,765
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Sedaris

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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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Definitely a do not judge me by my cover book! Sedaris delivers situational irony at it's best.

    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.

    From the start I loved the wit and humor in this book. I certainly was expecting a seriously boring crafting book on how to glue popsicle sticks together correctly. I was very surprised and found my way laughing at times out loud. Then at other times thinking, is she really serious? This book is fairly large and I must say I found a need to take a break here and there to compose myself. Especially when I got to erotic chapter on fornicrafting;) Believe it or not there are some useful craft ideas and recipes in this book. Give her credit as Selaris does keep within theme of the title of her book "Simple Times" with her theatrical scenes and costumes.

    The illustrations alone are entertaining and keep you turning to the next page to see what comes next. This book is certainly not for everyone and you might find yourself hiding it the closet away from your children and mother-in-law. It is adult humor that gives a break from the sometimes mundane world of crafting. I must say some would find this book highly offensive, if they let it get under their skin. I however laughed and shared with my husband wacky art and ironic ideas that left us feeling we are glad we don't take everything seriously, while feeling sorry for those that do. Life is too short for that. The title alone should clue you as to the satire and irony in this book. A book not for everyone, but if you would find it fun to make a doorway curtain out of candy corn and string for Halloween, then this book is for you. The candy corn curtain however is my idea and not in the book, so don't get to excited. Just a little ironic inspiration that came to me after reading Simple Times.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    Crafting for Humor

    I found myself smiling and chuckling aloud as I read through this book. Almost every page contains color illustrations and photographs showing comedian Amy Sedaris' wacky sense of humor. She tells the reader how to: "make something that doesn't exist and nobody has ever thought of or even dared to dream about. An object so exceptional that it cannot be described by words because there is nothing of this earth to compare it to." The inclusion of some chapters left me perplexed. "Crafting for Jesus" and "Making Love" appear to be inserted only for shock value. I did not find them at all funny. There's a dress code for craft clubs which includes "elastic is good" and "no straw hats." It seems they cause fires! Real recipes for fudge, cookies, and sausage are included. You don't need to be a crafters to enjoy this book. Note: contains profanity. Thank you to Karen Ukraine at Hachette Book Group for my copy.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This is a humorous book for adults and not a "how to" book for kids. People, look inside a book before you give it to a child. Titles are frequently written with tongue-in-cheek and especially so with a comedian such as Amy Sedaris.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2011

    horrible!

    this is NOT a craft book and should not be "advertised" as such. Do not allow your children to see it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    not up to expectation

    I adored Amy Sedaris' bizarre guide to entertaining I Like You and expected the same brilliance with Simple Times. Maybe the crafting world doesn't lend itself to the same wonderful silliness but I was disppointed in Simple Times.

    It is beautifully produced and the recipes will be tried but overall I'm not as impressed as I was with I Like You.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

    A Rollicking Good Time from Cover to Cover!

    I'm almost never compelled to write online reviews, but I feel like I need to write one for Simple Times because it's an absolute gem! If you enjoyed Amy's first foray into the world of how-to, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, you will love Simple Times. Everything that made I Like You such an immensely entertaining romp is back with a vengeance! It's comprised of the same kind of humor and the exact same kitschy, homemade style that makes I Like You such a blast. Take the brief crafts chapter at the end of I Like You, and imagine if it had continued. That is exactly what Simple Times is: A sequel to--a continuation of--Amy's first book. There are a couple differences, however. I Like You is a very real hospitality guide (in addition to being my go-to cookbook) and contains a lot of very real information and useful tips in between the jokes. The informational/text portions of Simple Times, on the other hand, are mostly jokes. You will garner some real information from it (particularly the chapters on rabbit care and making sausage, if you're into those things), but by and large, the text is humor. I read it cover-to-cover and was constantly busting up laughing. As far as the crafts go, think of crafts you made in scouts or Bible school as a kid. This is mostly what you'll find in Simple Times. Some are jokes (i.e. using a plastic sandwich bag as a condom), but most are very real, and if nothing else, will act as a springboard for inspiration and ideas... which leads me to the instructions. When flipping through the book, make sure you don't skip reading the craft instructions. Many of them are uproariously funny! Some of the instructions are vague, but that's kind of the point of Simple Times--not necessarily to teach the reader step-by-step, but rather to inspire ideas and imagination. Visually, Simple Times is identical to I Like You. Colorful photos jump off of every page, and Amy portrays an array of characters, from Jesus, to a hormonal teenager, to [my personal favorite] a crotchety old candyman, all with incredible costumes and special effects make-up.

    If you're buying Simple Times with the expectation of a serious, Martha Stewart-esque tome that will teach you how to create extravagant centerpieces for your perfectionist sister's wedding, you will be completely foiled. But that would just be your own fault, because if that's the type of book you're looking for, then what on earth are you doing with an Amy Sedaris book in the first place????? Notice how this book is listed not only in the crafts & hobbies section, but also under PARODIES. Sure, Simple Times is a crafts book, but mostly it's a rollicking good time.

    The only other thing I want to mention is about the audiobook. The audiobook is FANTASTIC. Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello read on it together, and it is crazy entertaining. That said, if you're looking at purchasing the audiobook, make sure you get the hardcover to go with it. Simple Times is all about the visuals.

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