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! -- Grand Central Publishing
Some of you might know that I like to make crafts. I'm not artistic in the slightest, but I will admit to being kind of crafty. I've gone through a lot of crafting trends in my life from scrapbooking, to knitting, to crocheting, to paper crafts, to sewing ... the list goes on and on. So when I heard that Amy Sedaris had written a craft book for people (well, actually poor people) called SIMPLE TIMES: CRAFTS FOR POOR PEOPLE, I have to say that my curiosity was piqued. I found Ms. Sedaris' last book I LIKE YOU: HOSPITALITY UNDER THE INFLUENCE to be an absolute hoot -- you can read my review here.
SIMPLE TIMES is a very, very funny book with tons of "craft ideas." In fact, each craft is more hilarious than the next! There must be dozens of (if not more) craft ideas -- many of which you will recognize from your childhood. Some of my personal favorites that brought back memories include the "crafty candle salad," the "tin can stilts," and the "stained-glass-effect candles." Of course, there were loads of other ones that made me chuckle. In fact, my husband was next to me when I was reading this book and he kept asking me "what is so funny?"
The book begins with a forward written by Ms. Sedaris that brought quite a few smiles to my face. One of my favorite parts was her definition of crafting because it's so darn true. Just ask my husband...
Crafting, or "making things," has always been a delightful pastime of mine because it requires putting common elements together in order to achieve a lovely something that nobody needs.
In addition to all of the crafting ideas, Ms. Sedaris also offers some valuable crafting advice for beginners (or poor people.) There are sections in this book on crafts for people with disabilities, easy recipes that anyone can make, and gift ideas for shut ins and nudists to name just a few. As funny as Ms. Sedaris' detailed crafts descriptions were, I thought the photographs were just a riot and actually made the book! There are hundreds of color pictures in this book that are guaranteed to entertain craft lovers.
Booking Daughter loves crafts too and was very interested in SIMPLE TIMES. Unfortunately, I had to grab it out of her hands because the book is not exactly appropriate for young kids. While there are some very fun crafts (and ones that she could make), there are also some rather "adult" ones. There is even one chapter called "Making Love" -- with pictures! For the most part, I thought SIMPLE TIMES was very funny and I loved many of the idea and concepts; however, I have to say that I did find some parts of this book to be a little crude. Maybe I'm just a prude, but I didn't always appreciate some of the humor.
It was difficult to pick just one project from this book to feature, so Booking Daughter and I thought we'd share a few of our craft projects:
|Tissue Flowers - pg. 277|
|Seat Shield for Nudists - p. 192|
|Kit Potholders which are "ideal" for people with autism - p. 96|
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this fun book.