In short, funny, but a little disappointing. I had not been familiar with Regretsy, April Winchell's website devoted to chronicling the weirdness of Etsy, where the Internet sells its arts and crafts. HILARIOUS. While I wasn't incapacitated by laughter, I found the snark to be exactly the kinds of things my sister would say (I think Winchell and my sister are somehow mentally synced up. I had some great laughs, but best of all, it made me feel extremely talented and mentally stable :-). At least some of them fall into the "So Bad It's Good" category. I liked the little bit of writing in the book (mostly the chapter introductions), and the photos/products were funny as always, but I was hoping for something slightly... more than the site. A huge shame, the comments alone were pure gold! Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. I missed the original Regretsy site so I bought this book. Good option to scratch your Regretsy itch; Unfortunately not as enjoyable as the actual blog. Ever since my sister-in-law sent me a link to a catnip filled penis toy. Supplementing old favorites with new art and crafts from some of the beloved (or infamous, as it may be) featured sellers on the hit blog, April Winchell's hilarious book is also a great read! These are all homemade items that have been offered for sale online. You can custom order a pair of mice, any gender combination, in their wedding finery; I can't wait for one of my kids to get married. Somebody apparently does--maybe you! Readers' Most Anticipated Books of January. This was a birthday present, and very well received . She lives in Los Angeles, CA. . Which isn't exactly saying much seeing as I'm 25 and still live with my parents, but beggers can't be choosers. If you are into handmade items and have a bizarre sense of humor, I highly recommend this book. April's intro to the WTF side of Etsy is educational (I now know about Vulvacraft, for example) and her personal narratives were as well. Putting all that text at the end seems clunky. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2019, Book as described, sent quick, packed okay, a tongue in cheek review behind the scenes on selling on Etsy, I would recommend this book for the humour but not as a 'how to sell on etsy book', Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2015, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2013. Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2014. Some sections only seemed to have 4 or so failures in it before moving on to the next section. Unfortunately, the author has chosen to take the blog down and it is no longer accessible. (Although I did end up showing a customer this book, must to his delight. To see what your friends thought of this book. 1 Early life 2 Career 2.1 Acting 3 Personal life 4 External links Winchell was born April Terri Winchell in New York City, New York on January 4, 1960. If you're ever feeling like you're a bit too weird for the world to handle, flip open this book and you'll feel a tad bit more normal. Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2014. ), including at breakfast. Please come out with another book! Others are just wacky or lack taste. What makes the Regretsy site consistently laugh-out-loud funny, the brazen humor and bold perspective of author April Winchell, is present in full force. This one works. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was that overall I wished she'. Imagine my joy when my neighbor brought my mail to me yesterday and in it was a review copy of Regretsy. Please try your request again later. Also delightfully represented are the mind-boggling DIY arts and crafts that serve as fodder for conversation and amusement. Hilarious commentary on some of the odd and quirky hand-made items to be found on Etsy! She is an actress, known for Despicable Me 2 (2013), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and 101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997). All that material, which was not why I picked up the book nor what I felt like reading, made the actual Regretsy book content feel relatively sparse. April 6th 2010 I also was kind of annoyed. . This book could easily be read in an hour or two, so if you want something light and just need a break from that intense novel, this is the book to pick up. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Some sections only seemed to have 4 or so failures in it before moving on to the next section. The reader responses from Etsy buyers and sellers included at the end was particularly fun. Author, Winchell, tells comedic personal stories in montages to introduce each chapter. On, April 17, 2011, Winchell created April's Army, one of the largest selling teams on Etsy. Regretsy, the popular site that lovingly (but snarkily) poked fun at some of the less than stellar arts and crafts products sold on Etsy, is closing for business. April Winchell, you are a gosh darned genius and I thank you! Buy it. Her website, Regretsy, generated charitable funds through selling of Regretsy merchandise. fish line and sinker. We’d love your help. Please try again. April Winchell was born on January 4, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA as April Terri Winchell. 2 reviews for April Winchell Foley, 5.0 stars: 'I hope this site keeps up with things. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was that overall I wished she'd give more commentary on the actual Etsy pieces she was snarking on. Might be the funniest thing I've read all year! It has information on how to craft sweaters for chickens or how to make brussel sprout art! The Army's members ran monthly campaigns, and all the profits gathered from their store went to a selected Regretsy member who has encountered hardships. The huge viral success caught the attention of Random House, who won a bidding war to publish Regretsy  on April 6, 2010. That's right, the minor Interwebs celeb, L.A.-radio writer/producer/director, ex-Groundling and animated voice talent. Probably not suitable for under high school age though. She was previously married to Mick Kuisel. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. or the kinds of things I'd wish I'd said, but only think up hours later (that is, if this were a real-time conversation, not a months-and-months-to-put-it-together book). As someone who has witnessed and made plenty of horrible crafts, this book make me belly laugh many, many times. Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF by April Winchell (2010-04-06) [April Winchell] on Amazon.com. Read it. I was actually disappointed in the length. If anyone is looking for a birthday present for me, never look in this book. Speakeasy profiled Regretsy last … IT LOOKS LIKE YOU MADE IT WITH YOUR FEET. She has also voiced roles in numerous films, including Antz, Who Framed Rog… I was looking for DIY books. While it's true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the fact is that most of the beholder eyes in this book require greater depth of looking than I can muster. You will laugh. Come and check out awful crafts that don't make any sense at all! Regretsy just posted an update: Despite PayPal’s announcement, it has not been in contact with the Regretsy team. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. While I may not go back and read this book every year (I'll even admit that I may not ever read it again), it stays in the "Keep" pile. Winchell is no-holds-barred sarcastic and cutting in her "critiques" of the Etsy items. The introductions to each section can be a little extraneous, but she is a brilliantly funny writer, and her writeups on each item make the book. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019. The book is a pale imitation of the website. Would make a great gift for the artist/craftsperson on your list. I didn't even remember half of the crafts featured in the book. The best part of the book was that Winchell said she was afraid to check out taxidermy, so of course it did. The subtitle sums it up nicely. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Customer reviews. Recently profiled on ABC's Nightline, April Winchell has become a vocal representative of the fail culture. The wildly funny blog Regretsy, which finds regrettable crafts on the popular do-it-yourself market site Etsy and reposts them with reality-check commentary, is now a book. Then I showed it to everyone else at my part-time job. I've been a lurker on Regretsy for a while now & when I discovered that there was going to be a *book* of some of the various crafts that have been on the site, I immediately picked it up. Seems like it would be lots of fun. April Winchell, Author/Actress/Internet Sensation, to Appear at Elliott Bay Book Company. On, April 17, 2011, Winchell created April's Army, one of the largest selling teams on Etsy. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Unable to add item to List. I still remember some of those people, like Princess Buzzkill Flying Glitter Eagle, the Tarot Cards, the. April, keep reviewing and blasting them! On January 28th, 2013, Winchell announced in a blog post that she will be closing down Regretsy, citing her upcoming lead voice acting role in an animated series by Lauren Faust and Craig McCracken. There were a LOT of pages of credits at the back, which, while I understand their necessity maybe didn't need to be in such a big font / take up so much space. I've purchased a few things from Etsy over the years and have always been pleased with my purchases, but there are certainly a lot of odd things out there and April Winchell has a really witty writing style that suits the bizarre, kooky, and "unique" crafts sold on the website. Something went wrong. And April's introductions to each chapter temper the snarkiness of the individual entries wonderfully. However, the book format is just so different, and I was slightly disappointed that I didn't get as much pleasure from it as I did from the actual blog. Had me in stiches. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. No, Jennie, it wasn't a waste of your money or mental powers, 'cause I can totally see myself going, "That's just like...!" by Villard. Although I remember watching my things get plowed under at the dump - yes, this was not orchestrated, and I never thought demise would be so immediate or symbolic - I am still mesmerized by craft produced by myself and others. Despite the whining complaints of those who think the comments are mean (and miss the points), what is happening here is many faceted. Witty reviews of some of the goofy things you find on Etsy. Winchell's voice is very strong and reading her intros made me smile. There is some profanity in it, but many of the products shown warrant nothing less than expletives. There were very few crafts in here that I remembered, just the horse painting, the corn turd soap, and the bird feeder helmet. If you're sensitive (or easily grossed-out), skip this one. I should have stayed with Geology. April Winchell Foley (born January 4, 1960) is an American voice actress, actress, writer, talk radio host, commentator and comedian. Totally Spies! In addition I have sold on Ebay, Amazon, Ruby and Etsy. If You're Missing the Website, Here's Another Little Fix of the Same, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2018. She frequently does voices for films and television shows produced by Disney. Some of the commentary was amusing. Excellently written essays introduce each chapter and repeatedly show why Winchell was voted 21st funniest person in LA (according to Los Angeles Magazine). How I miss Regretsy the website! In return he introduced me to Cake Wrecks. . While I wasn't incapacitated by laughter, I found the snark to be exactly the kinds of things my sister would say (I think Winchell and my sister are somehow mentally synced up. I really enjoyed those sections because of her sense of humor (a bit twisted, a bit vulnerable, but very insightful). 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