Amy Sedaris could be called many things: actress, comic, playwright, bestselling author of "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence," sister of David, friend of Letterman, esteemed cupcake maker, and professional fake ugly person. Now, with the arrival of her latest
masterpiece book, "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People," Sedaris can now add deranged DIY-er to her list of titles.
Truth is, Sedaris, once described by The [skipwords]New York Times[/skipwords] as “Martha Stewart gone haywire,” is already known for her offbeat home improvement projects like rabbit-proofing her Greenwich Village apartment for her pet bunny, Dusty, decorating with stuffed squirrels, or tending to her Todd Oldham-designed faux fireplace. "Simple Times," co-written with frequent collaborator Paul Dinello, just solidifies her reputation as a crackpot crafter with an eye for unusual upcycling.
I was able to get a sneak peek at "Simple Times" (it hits stores on Nov. 2) and needless to say, Sedaris fans or anyone interested in learning how to make a doorknob handgrip out of an old doll wig or a Jesus wall hanging from old popsicle sticks won’t be disappointed.
We can feel a sense of pride when we turn what most consider ‘garbage’ into an eye-pleasing creation. It would be hard not to feel delight when a neighbor glares at your new front lawn black rubber flower planters, giving you the opportunity to say, ‘Believe it not, those used to be tires!’
Gifts for Your Favorite Aunt
Instructions: Use a sugared peanut can (although any can
with a plastic top will probably do), and punch holes in the
lid with a hole punch. Decorate can with paper, trim, rubber
stamps, sequins, stencils, fringe, or anything you like.
"Simple Times: Crafting for Poor People" by Amy Sedaris ($27.99) Grand Central Publishing
Released Nov. 2, 2010
Pencil Can credit: "SIMPLE TIMES" by Amy Sedaris. Copyright © 2010 by Amy Sedaris. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Publishing, [skipwords]New York[/skipwords], NY. All rights reserved.