I am pretty sure that Amy Sedaris and I have interchangeable craft book libraries and might have been separated at birth. Flipping through the pages of her new book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People is like giving any number of my vintage craft books better pictures and a sense of humor. All that said, I love this book and it fits right in on my book shelf. If I didn’t already have a copy in my hot little hands it would be on the tippy top of my Christmas List! Sound like something you too might enjoy? Well read on because we are giving away 3 copies of Simple Times!
Let me count more ways that Amy and I are probably sisters, in craft at least. There is the James Brown portrait done with items like flax, rice and beans reminiscent of my Black Eyed Pea Owl. There are pine cone and shell crafts like my Parisian Pine Cone People and Mosaic Shell Mirror. Amy makes a milk carton skid row that my milk carton haunted house would fit right in to. Next time I come across some tin cans I am making Amy’s Tin Can Characters and leaving the wallpaper at home. Nuts make more than one appearance in Simple Times, Amy’s are multi colored and have googly eyes while mine set atop yarn wrapped headbands. Do you really need more proof than this?
If you have any vintage craft books in your library you will know what I mean when you read Simple Times. Many of the crafts have a retro recycled feel, but have been updated. However, not updated too much their nostalgia is what makes them so amusing. Not only do I love the silly crafts, I love their silly pictures. I also love the always amusing pictures of Amy as her many cast of characters.
Simple Times is more than just crafts, I’m not sure where the section called Making Love fits into the book, but I have a 70’s copy of the Joy of Sex and the hilarious accompanying photo shoot in Simple Times is pretty spot on. Right down to Amy’s bushy hair and wood paneled walls. Besides crafts and sex, cooking is also covered. Really after those 3 things, what else do you need in life? Coconut Head Cake, tomahawk and saw shaped cookies and Plumber’s Cheesecake are just a few. Yummy!