Thursday, January 20, 2011

crafty book: simple times, by amy sedaris

some people regard martha stewart as the queen of craft. i tend to associate martha with cupcakes and sleek design... and find that the hilarious and ever-crafty amy sedaris is more my style. she is one spunky little firecracker. i'd like to see a craft-off between the two, or perhaps some jello wresting featuring jello made by martha. to go even further, i'd like to see martha stewart cooking hot dogs on a rake, making panty hose lights or a mouse ghetto. i love amy sedaris because she is insane. also because strangers with candy is a super TV show and her brother david writes the funniest damn books, including little snippets of a young amy.

her newest book, simple times: crafts for poor people, written with fellow strangers with candy cohort paul dinello, is amy at her zaniest.

what is crafting and is it right for you?
crafting includes a whole host of activities associated with skillful attempts at making useful things with your hands and resulting in stocking stuffers, grab bag items, and painted rocks.

all crafters must excel at precise high-velocity hand movements not unlike the jaws of a snapping turtle or a lizard's tongue, if that lizard could decoupage with the same agility he uses to catch flies.

the book has plenty of crafts using reclaimed stuff, junk and doodads, for projects on the cheap (free). there are crafts for jesus, a bit of getting craftilicious in the bedroom, unreturnable gift-giving crafts, crafts for mourning, and don't forget the yummy edibles, and much more.

it's more than just the wacky projects in this books, it's also the display.... the photographs of sedaris as many characters, bringing the projects to life. the text offers directions and advice on the crafts. luckily, this book also contains a chapter on safety! and shows the results of messy workspaces and overconfidence. let's not forget about the tutorial on stretching before and after crafting. i need to add that ritual to my routine. (i hear that you get bonus points if you have a leotard as awesome as amy's.)

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