Sunday, 4 July 2010

The Dinky Donuts

So, the very day I get my lenses sorted out for fine sewing I go into my needlework box and, at the bottom of it, I find a tiny piece of cross stitch I did many years ago (I think the chart was from Jo Verso's World Of Cross Stitch


It looked a bit lost and unloved, so I had a think about what I could use it for and I decided to add it to a page about donuts and to give that page a 4th July theme. I have other stories about donuts (which of course I should be spelling doughnuts, but sometimes you run out of "g"s, you know?) because round here we know them as "gravy rings" and...but that's for another day. Today's page is dedicated to my American readers with wishes for a Happy Fourth July. Have a good one!

26 comments:

Ruth said...

I love what you've done with this! And I'd like to know more about gravy rings ... I could tell you all about curly cake.

alexa said...

Wonderful, Sian! Love that bunting too, and your little piece of cross-stitch has found a perfect home! Gravy rings - ahh, yes, remember these. Never knew why they were called these. I never ate mine with gravy in the middle, but hoping you are going to tell us in a future post one day!

jennifer said...

I like the blue doiley paper in the background! And the doughnuts look delicious.

Amanda said...

Sweet little cross stitch I think I have that book too. Have you got some new doilies?

Cheryl said...

Love what you have done with your cross stitch. Intrigued about gravy rings !

scrappyjacky said...

What a wonderful,inventive way to use the cross stitch.....love it.

Suzy said...

Love the way you have used your cross stitch on a layout and love your bunting. I had a wee go at putting some bunting on a layout at my crop yesterday - I think I need a bit more practise though

Suzy x

PS Do tell about the gravy rings

tea_bag said...

I love what you have done with the cross stitch and love the page I just got some new doilies to use on cards and LO's fab alma xx

Ally said...

Yet another fabulous LO Sian. Love it!

JO SOWERBY said...

what a feb story. jo verson's book was the first cross stitch book i ever bought. i used it to design my parent's 25th wedding anniversary sampler. the sampler was bought but i adapted it to show things personnel to them like my dad being an engineer, my mum being a seamstress. there were little babies for me and money for my sister's job, i did a Tor for Glastonbuty and apples and cider. the most detailed thing i did was a merchant navy cap badge cos my dad was in that while they were courting. it still hangs in their dining room so we see it at sunday dinner.
Jo xxxx

Deb said...

I love that you used the cross-stitch piece on this layout, Sian! And the navy blue lace/doilies underneath everything is great too.

Thanks for the well wishes for the 4th. We're headed to my in-laws for a barbeque and celebration. :o)

Karen said...

What an inventive way of using your little cross stitch - but would we expect anything else?

Maria Ontiveros said...

Sian,
This is one of my all time favorite layouts of yours. I love the background paper, the cross stitch, the doilies, the flags - everything!
Rinda

debs14 said...

No wonder your eyes are wearing out ... look how intricate and TINY that cross stitch is! This is a wonderful layout Sian and very appropriate for today. Loving the look of those donuts - no matter how you spell it, they still taste delicious!

Ann said...

I love the layout Sian. Very imaginative and appropriate for today too!

Cheri said...

How very patriotic! Love the layout and the cross stitch piece just seems to "fit". Happy 4th!

Tinkertaylor said...

MMMMMM donuts...... Fab LO love those stars

Lizzie said...

Hum... that reminds me of a few mini cross-stitch items I have stashed away...
Love the layout. The little cross-stitch man looks rather "Uncle Sam" and the spelling of "Donuts" is just right for a US-themed layout.
"Gravy Rings" is a bit intriguing though...
The navy doileys, red stars and bunting title all look great with the embroidery and donut photo - especially on that "accountant's paper" background.

Genevieve said...

Another fabulous layout! I love how you've incorporated the cross-stitch embroidery...so appropriate for the 4th! And those donuts look delicious :)

Clair said...

Okay, now not that your cross-stitch and layout aren't awesome, but I can't take my eyes of that dinky little rocker!

I just love your photo styling for this post x

Alana said...

Oooh! Donuts....I feel hungry now. Fabby LO, I can almost smell them.

Carrie said...

Great idea. And gravy rings, hmmmm....

Denise said...

Lovely layout Sian,and that cross stitch looks very intricate- am very intrigued about the gravy rings now !

S said...

Great page, and a great "frame" for your little cross-stitch. Thanks for the good wishes, we had a great day, which hopefully will end up on a layout soon.

humel said...

Yes, we need to know more about gravy rings.... Gorgeous layout, love how the stars draw your eye across the page to - yummy do(ugh)nuts!! xx

Micayla said...

Yes, please share more stories about the Gravy rings....what a funny name!
Glad to know you can now see the smaller details, what joy for you Sian. The layout is just gorgeous, so very American! Love all the little stars!!
Good idea about the postcard, I may have to try that one. I am really excited to get the camera out and play with it again. I agree it is so exciting to get the batch back from the developers!
xx

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