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Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

by Amy Sedaris

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I hope that I have enjoyed this book less than anyone else who has ever read it.

I thought the idea of this book was funny, but the contents didn't work for me. I expected to be amused by silly descriptions and wry observations, but instead I was bored by the tediousness of even theoretical crazy-person crafting. ( )
  wishanem | Jan 27, 2015 |
I tried with this one, but ultimately just found it rather stupid & annoying, and gave up shortly after disc #1. And that's a shame, because I enjoyed Amy Sedaris' "I Like You" from a few years back. Oh well. I did find the cover art quite colorful & attractive, if nothing else. ( )
  indygo88 | Nov 1, 2014 |
I loved just reading through this book without actually making anything. ( )
  mundanelyput | Aug 21, 2012 |
Oh Amy, you slay me. "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People" was awesome. Amy has a sick sense of humor that you need to love to enjoy her books and works. She just cracks me up. Today I am going to try the penny bookmark because you always have pennies and tape o hand. ( )
  LizPhoto | Jun 6, 2012 |
This tongue-in-cheek guide to crafting is not for everyone. It jokingly gives tips and instructions on how to make various things, but never takes itself seriously, not should it. I loved the Ten Commandments of Crafting, which included, “Thou shalt not fill envelopes with glitter and confetti and send them through the mail.”

There’s one section that discusses “crafting for the hard-of-hearing.” Amy Sedaris literally yells this entire section on the audiobook, which is funny for about.02 seconds, and then it’s just awful. The country music and “woodchuck” parts are incredibly annoying on audio as well.

The chapter on “the craft of making love” was unexpected and unnecessary. I get why they thought it was funny, but it wasn’t really. It just took the book in a completely different direction, which wasn’t funny so much as it was odd.

Though there are some chuckle worthy bits, the overall impression is not a good one. Skip this one and read her other book, “I Like You,” especially if you can get your hands on an audio version.

"More than 8 out of 10 households have at least 4 out of 5 family members engaging in 2 out of 3 crafts 78% of the time. A staggering 98% of this group are homosexual men." ( )
  bookworm12 | Jul 12, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044655703X, Hardcover)

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!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:59:21 -0400)

Sedaris shows how to make popular crafts, such as crab-claw roach clips, tinfoil balls, and crepe-paper moccasins; how to remember which kind of glue to use with which material; how to create your own craft room and avoid the most common crafting accidents; and, how to cook your own edible crafts, from a Crafty Candle Salad to Sugar Skulls, and many more recipes.… (more)

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