Amy Sedaris, provider of vodka-soaked wisdom on all things around the home, has a new book out that I’m eager to get my paws on.

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

In the next phase of her helter-skelter home-making life, Amy provides projects, anecdotes, wisdom and, uh, other stuff too. Finding myself on a tighter budget but still wanting to express myself creatively, this book does the trick of adding off-color inspiration in a way that only Amy can.

Amy was recently interviewed for Etsy’s Storque Blog about the book where she provides some more delightful craft tips. In between her wit there is definitely some wisdom, here’s my favorite:

Any thoughts for Etsy readers?

“If you craft, and you should, craft with abandon and don’t judge your work. It’s the process that’s important, not the final product. Remember, for every person who deems your project crap, there is another person who hasn’t seen it. The only person you have to please is yourself, and what do you know about art?”

And Ms. Sedaris’ Ten Commandments of Crafting are worth a read:

The Ten Commandments of Crafting

I. Remember the crafting day, to keep it hobby.

II. Thou shalt not attempt crafting beyond thy intellectual capacity — a nitwit can’t knit.

III. Thou shalt not craft graven images of thy neighbor’s wife.

IV. Thou shalt remember to replace the glue cap so the top of the bottle doesn’t dry out and then thou hast to get a pin to poke a hole but the glue never really flows as well as it did before.

V. Thou shalt not fill envelopes with glitter and confetti and send them in the mail.

VI. Thou shalt remember that popsicle stick crafts only have the illusion of being structurally sound.

VII. Thou shalt not force a mollusk out of its shell by boiling it alive but rather coax it out with a fork when making a shell necklace.

VII. This craft book, which towers above all other craft books, is a jealous craft book. Thou shalt have no other craft books before it.

IX. Remember to honor thy crafting and pastimes for they are a great way to get your mind off all the damage thy parents did.

X. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s crafts, even though those crafts look like they are supposed to, and thouist crafts resemble a random pile of yarn.

Check out the entire interview here and pick up the book at your local book store, or if you can’t find it there, online here. The holidays are coming, perhaps your fellow friend and crafter would enjoy it as a gift!

Happy reading (& crafting),

- Colleen