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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat read
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2017
Bought this as a gift. If you like Amy Sedaris, you will enjoy this read. If you don't know who she is, buy this because it's funny. If you don't like Amy Sedaris maybe there is something wrong with you- she is hilarious.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2021
It was a birthday gift for a friend who's a "Strangers with Candy" fan and who loves quirky, witty humor and also enjoys crafting immensely. It's a big book with lots of funny craft ideas, some recipes, funny poems and anecdotes. Idk how Amy Sedaris created craft ideas for everything you could possibly think of and did so with a comedic take, but it was great! My friend loved this gift and basically ignored me afterwards because she just couldn't put it down lol every page was just full funny and fun craft ideas. I highly recommend this.
Seriously, I laughed so hard I peed, probably because it is a combination of the most inane things that I sometimes think and am shocked to see someone else thought too and the fond memories I have of awful 20 year old crafting books my crazy Aunt Caro use to send me every year for Christmas. Love you Aunt Caro! I bought it for my assistant because of our mutual love of Amy's brother, David Sedaris' writing and her love of crafting. When I got home I started to look through it and then read it cover to cover and laughed, cried and peed, the entire time. This can be a book for those who take crafting and themselves serious, but never at the same time and never so much that they can't laugh at either. Just when you think that she has out done herself she has something more outlandish on the very next page. I can't say that after reading this I plan to go out and make any of the crafts she has suggested except for Moses' Comb Sheath! Thank you Amy for making me pee my pants!
If you are looking for an actual craft book, this is not one. I thought this would have actual cute crafts to work on but it is really just funny commentary by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. I'm a big fan of Amy Sedaris, so if you love her humor-which is not for everyone- you will love this book. It's packed with pictures and drawings which are awesome, and of course they are hilarious but if you're looking to do crafts, this doesn't offer much at all. For example, "Love Chimes" for your lover were a bunch of rusty nails strung together! I have the book in my living room and people love to flip through it and laugh - or wonder what kind of weirdo I am. :)
I pulled this book out of it's mailer face down, so the first thing I saw was Amy Sedaris in a crafted indian squaw outfit standing in front of a redskin habitat, holding a pipe of some kind.. I literally was laughing before I even opened the book! What amazes me is the level of detail in the photos! There are very subtle elements that are full on 100% Sedaris, and keep me rolling as I find something new every time I look. I don't know how she does it, but I love it. She can be the envy of any burned out elementary school teacher and a sadistic comedian simultaneously. Bipolar entertainment at its finest.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe format is 100% crafting guide, the content is 100% absurd
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2018
This is very much in the spirit of Amy Sedaris's online show At Home With Amy Sedaris. The biggest joy is the contrast between the format of a familiar craft guide from the 70s with the serious, authoritative writing --- and the absurd nature of the craft projects and inept execution. It's lavishly and lovingly illustrated with photos of tacky recycled bottlecaps, suspicious strips of burlap and lurking acorns, and contains frighting suggestions about what to do with same. For the Pinterest Fail in your heart.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2019
Amy is a crafter who enjoys the process of crafting and doesn’t worry to much about the end result. She expresses her creativity without being scared of what other will think. If like me, you’re trying not to be a square or a perfectionist, this is definitely worth a read. Whenever I feel as though I’m taking creativity too seriously , I pick up this book. The one fault I do have, is that I would like to make the wig/hair lamp but the supplies are too expensive and I am too poor.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2019
Full of irreverent and inappropriate humor, with bizarre "recipes" and hilarious photos. Yes, this is NOT a serious crafting book, as some people in the reviews have observably discovered. It will make you laugh, though!
Einerseits glänzt das Buch durch den Charme der 60er und erinnert stark an die Bücher, die meine Eltern und Großeltern in ihrer Bastel-Bibliothek hatten. Andererseits ertappe ich mich immer wieder dabei mich zu fragen ob das wirklich ernst gemeint ist.
Ich persönlich kann mit diesem Buch nicht so viel anfangen und werde wohl auch nie etwas daraus basteln, aber zum Durchblättern ist’s okay.