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REVIEW: Simple Times 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!

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.


  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446557030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446557030


This is a craft book for people like me, totally untalented when it comes to hand made items, but would love to try them.  I tried the cereal box bookmarks which turned out to be a little bit unwieldy and thick to actually use, but, hey, it was worth a try.  I did find a use for all of the seed pods in my yard from sweet gum trees...stick toothpicks in them and spray paint them gold and call them stars or asteroids!  Now that is fun!  They would look awfully cute on a Christmas tree and perfect gifts for those people you don't like.  This book is the answer for non parents to make stuff for parents who are constantly giving you artwork from their offspring to pay them back.

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