“SIMPLE TIMES: Crafts for Poor People” By Amy Sedaris
“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!”
I know I was warned that this book was a bit crude but I really hated this book. I did get some good laughs and there are a few (very few) crafts that are worth actually doing.
The parts I hated the most were the “Making Love” section and the “Teenagers Have A Lot of Pain” and the “Safety Meeting”. The “Making Love” section has some graphic(nothing shown but very close) photos that make it impossible to leave out in my house. And there is a drawing of someone cutting themselves in the “Teenagers Have A Lot of Pain”. And the “Safety Meeting” section shows a lot of “blood” and makes too light of crafting accidents.
I’m all for being funny and taking life a little less serious but this book was worthless to me. Most of the crafts asked for materials I would still need to go out and buy (things not around MY house), and are things I would never use anyway.
This is not a family friendly book, so if you have kids you may not want to have this in your house. I know I have had to hide this book from mine. I am very disappointed.
I was asked to make a craft from this book but due to the fact that, 1. most crafts I would never want in my house, 2. I don’t have the material in my house to do one(making it not cheap) & 3. I didn’t want to work with this book with my kids around- I have chosen not do to a craft. Very sorry.
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