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I laughed so hard I craft’d my pants

November 7th, 2010

Recently I was asked if I’d like to have a copy of/and review Amy Sedaris’ new book Simple Times - Crafting for poor people.  I jumped at the chance, JUMPED  [whispering] And it was already on my shopping list.  Score! [/end whispering].  I love, love, love Amy Sedaris and I think she is HILARIOUS.  Here’s a YouTube clip of Amy on a recent Martha visit.
Simple Times - Crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

As soon as Simple Times came, I thought I’d do a quick thumb through… only to have gotten sucked in and I couldn’t put it down. There’s even some recipes in the book. Not that I know how to use that big box thing in my kitchen that gets hot - but there’s no way I can resist a recipe that’s called My Plumbers Cheesecake.  Simple Times - Crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

I’m too chicken to show the Crafty Candle Salad recipe (a banana, a smidgen of mayo, a cherry…), but I can show the Mexican Sugar Skulls recipe - which I want to make yesterday.
Simple Times - Crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

The section on Safety Meeting is something I need to make myself get in tune with.
Simple Times - Crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

Especially after Jana’s pin incident.  The book says there may be tragic results… but Amy has yet to meet Lizzy.
Simple Times - Crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

This killed me: “KILLING JAR - Instructions: The easiest way to kill your butterflies is to use a killing jar. Simply soak… yada yada yada… blah blah blah… A label on the the jar make the whole thing cuter”. Yay… just like Dexter… he’s so darn cute when he follows The Code.  And then there’s the how to make a roach clip with a crab claw - it had me roaring. This is NOT your momma’s crafting book from the 80’s. Now I’m having a fantasy Carol Duval making crab claw roach clips with Gary Collins in my head. Dude. Carol. Dude. Gary. Sweet.

The Healing Power of Crafting… clearly my medicine cabinet needs restocking! Out with the OTC, in with the fat quarters and ric-rac.
Simple Times - Crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

The only downside to this book is that you shouldn’t read it alone - I wanted to read it out loud to my friends. Especially the chapter on, ummm… Ya. That. Again… NOT your momma’s crafting book.
Simple Times - Crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

OMG… so naughty and so funny. Charlie Sheen would blush.

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36 Responses

  1. The fabulous amy allegedly said:

    Dang it, dang it, dang it! I could be enjoying that right now had I been a clever girl at the book store today. Looks perfect! I manage to stab myself in the face with a needle regularly so I will pay particular attention to safety tips. Thanks for the review!

  2. The fabulous Jen in NY allegedly said:

    I was just reading a review of this book in the newspaper today. Your take is MUCH more informative (and hilarious)! Looks like a great one, I’ll put it on my list!

  3. The fabulous Rebecca allegedly said:

    Looks like a hoot. I’m glad you posted about it. Obviously I have been living under a rock because I didn’t know the book was coming out.

  4. The fabulous Liz Boswell allegedly said:

    Amy Sedaris’ book sounds like a hoot! I will have to look for it next time I get to Barnes and Noble. thanks for the flash back to Carol D and Gary C. I remeber that show! I remeber carol used alot of felt, glue and glitter, especialy around Xmas time! (mauh) Liz

  5. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    Saw this book at the bookstore yesterday and was cracking up! My 4 year old wanted to know what was so funny. Oh boy! I needed an adult to laugh with.

  6. The fabulous Inga allegedly said:

    STELLAR review! I still don’t have Amy’s first book (shame, shame, shame on me) and this one is on the shopping list as well! I trust Zombinga enjoyed reading along with you. :-)

  7. The fabulous Natalie VV allegedly said:

    I am sort of tempted to pass along my phone number… just before bed time, you could ring and read aloud to me… what kind of dreams would this build, I wonder?

  8. The fabulous Michele allegedly said:

    LOL! I haven’t heard of this new craft book. Sounds right up my alley! Thank you for sharing.

  9. The fabulous WendyMT allegedly said:

    I had not heard of this book either. Obviously shopping the wrong libraries and/or book stores … totally will have to add this to my book shelf now! Thank you so much for the review … LOL hilarious!!

  10. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    How funny! Amy Sedaris cracks me up. It looks like that just might be added to my Christmas list. :)

  11. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    So… Amy Sedaris is a crafting genius! Who knew?

    Two thumbs up to your review!

  12. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Love the review Monica, guess I’ve got to run off to the book store this weekend, the roach clip thing, ya just never know…whaahahah

  13. The fabulous Nikki allegedly said:

    Hmm, I’ve never heard of this book before. But any craft book that insights a Dexter reference is worth looking into! (We just started watching and so far we are through season 2. O.M.G. I love him. LOVE.HIM.)

  14. The fabulous Jansie allegedly said:

    Ohh, I love her SO much! I have her first book and am definitely getting this one.

  15. The fabulous Tiffany allegedly said:

    Sounds like one I’ll have to add to my list, thank you for the great review!

  16. The fabulous Bobbi allegedly said:

    I just love Amy Sedaris! My book is supposed to be here Tuesday and I just can’t wait! I guess I should set aside a day for it, huh?

  17. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    I see Flat Nat is checking out those sugar skulls too.

  18. The fabulous Sivje Parish allegedly said:

    Oh I totally need that book now. I need to giggle a whole lot right now and have no time to craft at the moment, so I think this book is a must-get! Thanks for the review Monica!

  19. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Hilarious. I ? her.
    and you.

  20. The fabulous Joan allegedly said:

    I love Amy and she is sooo funny. I really liked your review!

  21. The fabulous Julia allegedly said:

    cool…seems a book which is right up my alley…it’s on my list!

  22. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    This too me till this morning to comment because I was linking the book to my friends who would appreciate the humor lol….I have not laughed so hard or squinted so much trying to figure out what the heck the pics were on her site in the previews lol lol lol

  23. The fabulous Stefanie allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh, I almost peed on myself reading your post! Luckily I didn’t because my 4 year old would have scolded me & said “mommy peed in her pants”!

    So I am totally intrigued and I must get this one. You know I love a little bit of naughty!


  24. The fabulous Renee allegedly said:

    It’s on my list now, thanks to you. I loved “I Like You”. I’m assuming there is no caution about drunk crafting: “You should not drink and bake” (Ahnold in ‘Raw Deal’1986).

  25. The fabulous Laurie allegedly said:

    That looks hilarious! I will be sure to check it out…

  26. The fabulous Jenny Limb allegedly said:

    Well, I guess that will be on my xmas list now. If I can wait that long. Dang you.

  27. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    What theee french? I’m cracking up. I want that book!! Amy is so awesome. I’ve been in the clouds lately so I haven’t told you how much I loved your Quilt Market post! It looked like SO much fun. xoxo - Mo to the FO
    p.s. I like turtles.

  28. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    That is THE PERFECT Xmas present for my sister (and me) …… my mother-in-law not so much !!!! (yikes!)

  29. The fabulous Laura K allegedly said:

    That is too funny! My sister would really love it! I see Flat Nat in the background, is she missing Natalie yet?

  30. The fabulous Jill allegedly said:

    I laughed out loud just reading the title of your post. Now I must learn more about Amy.

    “craft’d” - tee hee hee

  31. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    I loved your review & can’t wait to get this book. I have Amy’s first book & it is fabulous. I also must comment that I love all your stickers on your sewing machine, I have been wondering what to do with all my extra “O” stickers…..cute idea !

  32. The fabulous Monica allegedly said:

    I love Amy! She rocked on Strangers With Candy.

    Thanks for sharing her new book. I’ll have to keep an eye for it the next time I’m in B&N.

  33. The fabulous A Forest Frolic allegedly said:

    Oh my goodness, she is hilarious! I want this book for sure…it’s on my Christmas List!!

    Jamie :)

  34. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Ahhh… another must-have to search for in the stores.

  35. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    I love Amy - she is SO hilarious!!!! I’m adding this book to my wish list right now:) And since a couple have mentioned it - I adore Dexter Morgan. Love love love him.

  36. The fabulous get free forex trading signals allegedly said:

    I just added your web page to my favorites. I like reading your posts. Thanks!.

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