Amy Sedaris proved she’s a deliriously entertaining hostess with her bestselling first book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, which included tips on everything from removing vomit stains to avoiding awkward introductions. While it was light on crafts, it was not light on side-splitting laughs.
The riotousness continues with her latest release, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, and the handmade movement will never be the same. Amy’s book tackles such questions as “What is the quickest way to obtain feathers from a bird?” and “Why is there a half-naked man wearing a short yellow robe on page 250?” Here are her answers to our interview questions that have nothing to do with the half-naked man.
Besides the obvious difference in craft content, what makes Simple Times stand out from your first book, I like You?
I Like You is more personal, and I was a lot more controlling in the process of making it. Crafts are expensive. They take a long time to make and wear you out physically. Because of this, I sat back and pointed a lot during the making of Simple Times. It felt really good, too, because I trusted everybody involved in the process. I wanted the crafts in the book to come from all over the place. I thought it would add to the craftiness of it all.
I included a small craft section in the back of I Like You. I wanted more crafts, but I didn’t have the room, which is why a lot of the crafts in it lacked instructions. So I always had in the back of my mind that I would do a total craft book.
What is your favorite craft material or technique and why?
I like hand-stitching with felt, because it’s easy. My favorite material is packing tape, I use it on everything. It seals the deal and just makes everything look 10 times better. I love construction paper. I think it makes the perfect card. Just stick some foil stars on top, and fold it over.
Was anyone harmed in the making of this book?
I was. I was trying to make a mobile from a tuna can lid. The tuna I bought was cheap, so the lids were flimsy and razor sharp. That’s why we included a chapter with graphic photos of likely crafting injuries.
What do you do in your free time?
Read. Rock in my rocking chair. Massage my rabbit.
Of every profession you’ve had so far, which is your favorite and why?
I miss waitressing. I enjoyed working with the public. I enjoyed working around food and loved making tips. I liked having a manager and hanging out with the bus boys.
What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?