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Sunday Salon – April 8, 2012

April 8, 2012

Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon (check out other bloggers’ posts by visiting the Facebook page). It is a stunning spring day here in Northern California with azure blue skies and a crisp feel to the air. Later today I’m cooking up an Easter dinner with plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week.

I thought you might enjoy this photo of Raven with her bunny ears on. She was very good while we snapped many pictures trying to get the right one – but then, once we told her we were done, she ripped the ears from her head and shook the you-know-what out of them!

Last week I told you about some of the books I had read, although I did not have reviews up. The reviews are up now and, if you’re interested, here are the links:

I am also happy to tell you that the publisher (Amy Einhorn Books) for The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye is offering a signed, personalized copy of the book to one of my US or Canadian readers. I’m running the giveaway through April 14th (5:00 pm PST) and you can enter by visiting this post.

I am currently laughing my way through Jenny Lawson’s memoir: Let’s Pretend it Never Happened which is on sale this month. She is so totally inappropriate and outrageous. If you want a taste of her writing, check out her very funny blog. I will warn you, however,  if you are put off by bad language you might want to steer clear of both the book and blog (clearly, potty mouths and inappropriate humor don’t offend me in the least). I hope to have this one read and reviewed soon.

In quilting news, I have now posted my goals for the Finish Along for the second quarter. I gasped a little when I realized just how many projects I am currently working on…but it is all good! And I am really happy to tell you that I managed to finally finish my ginormous Swoon quilt. You can see all the photos here, but I thought I’d also post a teaser:

So, that is all the news for this week in both reading and quilting. I hope you have a wonderful Easter Sunday and a terrific week ahead!


  1. April 8, 2012    

    I’ve been seeing Let’s Pretend This Never Happened all around the blogosphere…I’m definitely curious.

    Raven in bunny ears…too cute!

    Enjoy your day….here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

    • April 13, 2012    

      I’ll be interested to see what you think of Lawson’s book if you get a chance to read it, Laurel. I found it funny…but you have to appreciate her whacky sense of humor!

  2. April 8, 2012    

    The quilt looks gorgeous! Your bunny/dog photo made me laugh out loud. What a cutie!

    • April 13, 2012    

      Alyce: Thanks re: my quilt! Glad Raven gave you a laugh!

  3. April 8, 2012    

    Aw, Raven looks wonderful in that stunning Easter best! :O)

    • April 13, 2012    

      Pam: LOL – she is pretty patient when we dress her up!

  4. April 8, 2012    

    Let’s Pretend…sounds like something up my alley 😀 Such a cute picture, I tried to do it with my cat. Wasn’t happy about it.

    Happy Easter!

    • April 13, 2012    

      Ivana: LOL I can imagine that your cat would not tolerate “dress up” very well (I would be afraid for my life if I tried to put bunny ears on Gizmo!).

  5. Kathleen Kathleen
    April 8, 2012    

    Love the picture of Raven in her cute bunny ears!

    • April 13, 2012    

      Thanks, Kathleen!

  6. April 8, 2012    

    Such a cute pick of your pup! Happy Easter to you too!

    • April 13, 2012    

      Leah: Thanks! Hope your Easter was also wonderful!

  7. April 9, 2012    

    I hope you had a great Easter. We spent it at Anna’s with her family. It was good food and fun. Love Raven with the rabbit ears.

    • April 13, 2012    

      Serena: Glad to hear you had a nice Easter!

  8. paula paula
    April 9, 2012    

    HAHAHA Raven is hysterical! I be she did rip those ears off once you told her she could!

    • April 13, 2012    

      Paula: LOL! She is SO funny – but you knew that!

  9. April 10, 2012    

    The over of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened cracks me up every time I see it. I need to just go ahead and buy the darn thing. Potty mouths unite! 😀

    • April 13, 2012    

      Andi: I think you’ll enjoy Lawson’s book – potty mouths, indeed!! LOL!

  10. April 11, 2012    

    So behind in my blog reading but glad to see that your giveaway was still open! I’m very curious about the book after the raves I’ve been seeing on twitter.

    Jenny Lawson will be at my local bookstore at the end of the month. Trying to decide if i want to try to go or not. I do enjoy her blog from time to time but admit that it can sometimes be a bit too much for me. Glad to hear you’re enjoying her book! Was thinking about listening to it instead of reading.

    • April 13, 2012    

      Trish: Even if you don’t win the book, you should consider picking up a copy – its great! I can see where some people would have a hard time with Lawson’s over the top humor (she is really whacky and out there sometimes). I think you have to be a little “off” to really enjoy her – I guess that says a lot about me LOL!

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