Book Review: Simple Times (Crafts for poor people)

From the Publisher: 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!


This book is definitely an adults eyes only book. There are no nude pictures but there are pictures that will have the kids wondering or asking questions depending on the age. There are also some very nasty wound pictures. Simple Times reminds me a lot of 70's crafts and knick knacks. I found it more of a fun read then a craft book but as I say that I also found a few crafts I do want to try. One I want to try with the children for Christmas its the marshmallow stars (use toothpicks with glue and glitter and poke the marshmallows with them to make stars). Another is tin can characters and the great crafts with popsicle sticks. Loads of fun for the kids one afternoon. I will post the crafts as we do them.

I really liked how Amy Sedaris used herself throughout the whole book to show the crafts etc. Simple Times is defiantly a book to use to make unusual crafts and even gifts or gag gifts. If you have a twisted sense of humour this is a great read, if you are easily offended please do not read this book. With Christmas just around the corner this would make a great Christmas present (for your ugly family and friends!) :)

Where to Buy: Visit $20.05 or $21.11

How to Connect: Visit Amy Sedaris to learn more about about Amy, her books and where to keep in touch with Amy.

~*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hachetter Book Group and Anna Balasi for review purposes. All opinions on my blog are that of my own.*~


  1. Hi this is Nicole from Colies Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I really like your blog, and am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.

  2. This one has been on my wishlist since the first time I saw it reviewed! I love humor and crafts, so a combo would definitely work well for me! Thanks for the review!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries


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