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Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  902 ratings  ·  110 reviews

A chicken poncho. A painting of a corn dog. A clock made out of an old “mostly clean” cheese grater. All this and more await you in the pages of Regretsy, a veritable sideshow of handcrafts gone wrong. Based on the eponymous hit blog and arranged in categories such as Décor, Pet Humiliation, and Christmas, Regretsy showcas
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Villard (first published 2010)
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"I still don't understand what would motivate a person to macrame an owl."
Jennifer Grant, creator of The Chicken Poncho

About twenty years ago, you couldn't stumble out the door of your home without smacking into a craft show. They were everywhere! Malls, schools, gas station parking lots...all were appropriate settings for the vending of fine, handmade merchandise, such as crocheted potholders, praying hands bookends, toilet paper cozies, and psychedelic ceramic snails. But over the past several
Loki (of Smartassgard)
Wow... just wow.

Show of hands, who wants the following items:
- Phallic crocheted chapstick cover
- Bedazzled hand felted tampon finger puppet
- Michael Jackson as the Virgin Mary, holding Emmanuel Lewis as the Christ child

*crickets chirp*

Yeah, it goes there. This just hilarious!

Oct 07, 2014 Goose rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
Oh man, Regretsy.

I was a huge lurker/occasional poster back when that blog was active. Nothing breaks my heart more to hear that the whole site has since come down. Now I'll never be able to relive the Whimsicle Fuckery.

Lucky, there is a book still around. Obviously it doesn't capture the full "glory" of the blog if you will. There's a few classics that were missing I would have liked to have seen in there and it's just too short, especially with no site to refer to (granted, the blog was still
It's a blog, no- it's a book! It's a blog in a book. This one works. The introductions to each chapter are snarky and warm at the same time. Winchell's voice is very strong and reading her intros made me smile. The crafts themselves are... well, there just aren't words to cover all of them. Winchell's commentary on the crafts is hilarious. My favorite part, though, was the end, where the crafters got to speak their pieces.

Highly recommended for the snarky and the crafty and the thick-skinned.
Mostly just an "ok" book but I must admit to giggling hilariously at a few parts. The pictures make you wonder what the artist was thinking that would inspire such a bizarre creation but the best parts are the comments by the author for each item.
Books based upon popular humor blogs are all the rage right now, but "Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF" raises the bar. 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! Excellently written essays introduce each chapter and repeatedly show why Winchell was voted 21st funniest person in LA (according to Los Angeles Magazine). Winchell's wit, intelligence and ...more
April Winchell enjoyed searching Etsy for out-of-this-world crafts. She thought it would be fun to start a blog, Regretsy, featuring her finds with added commentary. Little did she know, her blog would get so much attention. This books features her favourites. I had some great laughs, but best of all, it made me feel extremely talented and mentally stable :-)
Judy Lindow
Where Do It Yourself meets What the Fuck. I loved this book. Probably because I have a foot in both camps. I have a boxes and bags of fabric samples, books, magazines and embarrassing 40 yo photos from "pieces" I turned out as a Fine Arts major, in my last 2 years at Berkeley. I should have stayed with Geology. 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 ...more
Amber Koppenhofer
This book is ROTFLMAO HILARIOUS!!!! If you are into handmade items and have a bizarre sense of humor, I highly recommend this book. Author, Winchell, tells comedic personal stories in montages to introduce each chapter. 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.
I've been a fan of Regretsy for a while know. Ever since my sister-in-law sent me a link to a catnip filled penis toy. I was hooked. fish line and sinker. This book is just as great as the site. April's witty humor and fabulous tag lines compliment the items highlighted perfectly. And I just might have to buy those serial killer pillowcases.
May 01, 2010 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
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. Oh, and you might just laugh your ass off! The posts that this book features are funny, sure, but what makes them fall-down hilarious is the author's take on them!
Cherdan Helena
Just loved it. 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. I would definitely read anything she comes out with.
Regretsy is the substance in my life that gives it meaning. Which isn't exactly saying much seeing as I'm 25 and still live with my parents, but beggers can't be choosers.
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. Then I showed it to everyone else at my part-time job. Let's just say that for the next hour everyone spent more time giggling over the contents & less time actually selling books. (Although I did end up showing a customer this book, must to his delight. In return he introduced me to Cake Wrecks.)

April Winchester and her army of reviewers on regretsy dot com and in this book put some depth into what it means to be snarky. Despite the whining complaints of those who think the comments are mean (and miss the points), what is happening here is many faceted.

There's a lot of good, beautiful, genuine handmade stuff on Etsy, the site that Regretsy is mainly focused on. Or at least there was when first it started out. Over the years, some crazy stuff has been creeping into the offers at Etsy, st
Kristina Jo
My sister got this for me for Christmas last year. 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. Really. Bluetooth just for the snarkitude.) 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). While I may not go back and read this book every year (I ...more
Stewart Tame
Before reading this book, I was unfamiliar with the Regretsy website. Seems like it would be lots of fun. The title is great fun, very clever! The subtitle sums it up nicely. These are all homemade items that have been offered for sale online. 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. At least some of them fall into the "So Bad It's Good" category. I have read similar book ...more
One of The Funniest Books Ever. After checking it out from the library I bought one for a gift and one for myself. Probably best for those who make or collect, but still darkly funny for anyone who can laugh at other people. WHY would one spend money any time making these things? And then try to sell them on Etsy?? It's just not right.
I think Winchell should open up a museum featuring all the crafted items in this book...just like the Museum of Bad Art. I alternated between Huh?, Eeeee-uuuuu, and LMAO. Very entertaining but not for those easily offended.
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. Quite a humorous little book, and it sparked me to bookmark the site. 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 webs ...more
Rachel G.
I'm a big fan of Regretsy and April's writing on the site, so I decided to try the book, since I think Etsy is such an interesting manifestation of American culture: an obsession with consumption to the point of being ridiculous, and the DIY concept. 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. (I also found it a bit short). I also was kind of annoyed ...more
Reading this book was like having a two hour conversation with an asshole! Unpleasant! I think the idea is an all right one, as far as blog-to-book ideas go, but honestly, the snark levels were unbalanced to me. I wasn't even going to write a review about how I think April Winchell comes across as an asshole, but then I read that god-awful epilogue about how it's her goddamn duty to tell people about how they're fucking stupid, and I was just like, "Man, you're right, I have to go write a review ...more
Joanne Seitz
This is hilarious and well done. Every time I pick it up, I laugh again. The author finds amazingly strange, but genuine, things for sale on Etsy.
I really wanted to love this book -- heck, one of my creations is in it. Published at close to the peak of Regretsy's initial popularity, I had high hopes but April's trademark foul mouth and cutting remarks had been toned way down for publication to a potential wider market. It's still a pretty good look at some of the key types of stupid crafting that started sprouting up in DIY marketplaces like Etsy (and others) but without the full impact of the sarcasm and, frankly, mean-spirited comments ...more
Jane Lebak
I read this while sick in a doctor's office, which I think was the perfect place to read it. :-) I really enjoy the Regretsy blog, and this maintains the feel of the blog. It's divided into sections for different types of crafts-gone-wrong, and each section begins with two or three pages by April Winchell. I really enjoyed those sections because of her sense of humor (a bit twisted, a bit vulnerable, but very insightful). The only reason I didn't give it five stars was that overall I wished she' ...more
Words cannot even begin to describe how sad I am that this blog no longer functions. April Winchell is an American Treasure.
Pretty funny, but it felt like there wasn't much there. Reading the chapter lead-in essays took much longer than reading the chapters.
What a DUD! I thought this would be like cake wrecks. What a disappointment. I don't know how this got published.
Eh. Really? A book about the weird crap people make?
laughing while knitting a fake fur cozy....
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