9/28/12

Friday Farm Foto: Taking a break


Trouble is brewing here on the Fraker Farm.... 
Seems as though my computer's hard drive has seen better days.
The poor thing has been freezing up and making a pitiful clicking sound at me lately as if to say,
"Goodbye, cruel world..."
I'm taking a little blog break until I have my computer repaired or get a new one.
Until then, I'll be checking emails as best I can on my cell phone
so feel free to leave me a comment here or send me a note if you wish.

Take care, and I hope to be back soon!

9/14/12

Friday Farm Fotos: Beans and Greens, Quilts and Blooms

One of my little honey bees hard at work....
Can you see the pollen sac on her leg?






A couple of months ago I showed a picture of our little garden spot that Hubby was preparing for some fall greens...












Here is a picture of it now!



Kale and mustard greens are in the middle and to the right; green beans are coming up on the left. When Hubby went to the farm store to buy the seeds he found these green bean seeds on sale, so he bought them and planted them too. I know we are in a race against time for the beans to make anything before the first frost, but at least we're hoping the blooms will give our little honey bees something to work.




Speaking of blooms, here are some more random blooms around here...











This is our resident horticulture expert. 
She likes to chew sticks to determine which type of tree it came from.





Then she gets choked on them and I threaten to take her to the vet to have her stomach pumped.









This is one of my favorite quilts hanging out to dry after being washed... even though it's "store-bought" and not handmade, I still love it because it is so soft and the design is wonderfully simple. 


 It's a full-sized quilt so it is too small to use on our bed but I can't bear to part with it so it is now the "couch quilt"- it stays draped across the couch. In the event a nap comes on suddenly, it's conveniently close by to wrap up in... and it also to helps keep Lily's hairs off the couch so I won't have to vacuum it every day. 
Do any of you have a "couch quilt" or blanket?

(And by the way, Lily is not supposed to be on the couch- she has two dog beds
but whenever she is left at home alone there is evidence to support otherwise....)

Happy Friday, everyone!

9/4/12

Finally, a Rainy Day!


Here in East Tennessee we've been like a lot of other places around the country recently.... 
DRY. 
Although not to the extent of some of my blog friends in the Mid-west, 
but our last decent rain was over a month ago and the grass is turning brown, 
not to mention the trees are losing their leaves because of the lack of moisture.
Sunday and Labor Day we were blessed with a pretty good amount of rain; 
even though we had to endure a pretty hard downpour at first, 
we had a several hours of good soaking rain behind it. 
I took advantage of the rainy day by working in my sewing room and getting some things organized.


  Oh, and someone stayed close by to make sure I didn't take too many breaks along the way...







This is my new "project" table Hubby made for me... I had an old cutting mat I wasn't using anymore because it had a run-in with a hot iron once and the heat made it bubble up on the edge. (You can see it in the picture...) Hubby took an old table we weren't using anymore and used contact cement to glue the cutting mat down where it won't slide around. This table is great for cutting out patterns and fabric and even for drawing so it's a perfect place to "start" a project!






This is my new pressing station- I keep my irons and  accessories here so they can be plugged up easily and allowed to cool down without being in danger of coming in contact with something and accidentally burning or melting it. This works out so much better than having to clear a spot to press something!








 I was also able to move my sewing machines next to the window so I can have more natural sunlight to work in.












This is my computer desk where I work on my embroidery designs... this is also where I blog! :)
Needless to say, I spend a lot of time here.
(And if you look closely you'll see Jojo and Lulu sitting on the top of the bookcase.)



This little chest of drawers is great for keeping fabric scraps, notions, and unfinished projects organized.
I also enjoy having a place to put my embroidery thread on display... there is something about seeing all the pretty rows of color that makes me smile!


Now that I'm a little better organized, I'm hoping I'll be able to work on more than one project at a time by keeping everything in its "place".

Here is something I've been working on recently- this cute Sunbonnet Sue applique quilt for a special little one in our family. I LOVE doing applique, but this was my first attempt at doing so many in the same project. I love gingham and this block turned out to be one of my favorites...



Here is another block- I love the way this one turned out too.



And here is the finished quilt... 
Not perfect, but I didn't think it turned out too bad for my first time!




Next project on my list- time to make some fall pumpkins!
*SQUEEEAL*


But first, I think I'll give myself the rest of the day off from all this work 
before I start anything else.


As for my supervisor....


All this work has her tuckered out, too.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!