Saturday, April 2, 2011

Week Ten: Everybody Loves Crafts

"Crafting, or 'making things,' has always been a delightful pastime of mine because it requires putting common elements together in order to achieve a lovely something that nobody needs." - Amy Sedaris, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.

So our Border's bookstore is going out of business and everything is 50-70 percent off. Perfect excuse to buy a useless/hilarious book. Amy Sedaris is like a snarky Martha Stewart. Her book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People is useless AND hilarious. For example, one featured craft is a Kitty Tea Cozy. Instructions: "self explanatory." I plan to put this on my bookshelf right next to my Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts.

In addition to releasing the book, Amy also created several funny "how to" videos demonstrating some of the crafts in the book. Here's one:

In case you have any doubt how funny Amy Sedaris is. Here's a clip from NPR's "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me," where Amy plays the game "Not My Job." (class note: I hope this counts as a "type" of content...) Her brother, David Sedaris is a regular on This American Life, another favorite show on public radio. I highly recommend both Amy and David's books if you are looking for an afternoon of snarkiness, but only if you think you need to learn to stretch before and after crafting.

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