The winner of this giveaway is commenter #147, Nancy D, who said her favorite handmade item in her house is “The Afghan my grandmother knit me when I was a kid.”
I’m so happy today to be part of the blog tour for Kelly McCants’ new book At Home With Modern June! The photos in her book look like my dream home. Bright, happy but also vintage-inspired, evoking memories of years past and favorite loved ones.
Kelly McCants is also known as the Oilcloth Addict, and oilcloth and laminated fabrics make a strong showing in this book. It’s not just slick fabrics though. She also uses cottons and vintage linens to create charming vintage-inspired home décor. At her shop, Modern June, you can find a wide selection of oilcloth, laminated cotton and chalk cloth. She also sells notions to go with these fabrics, as well as finished goods for home and baby with the same charming retro style you’ll find in her book.
In At Home With Modern June, she shows how to make 27 handmade projects for your home. She covers every area of the house: Kitchen and Dining Room, Living Rooms – Inside and Out, Bed and Bath, Closet and Pantry, and Creative Space.
This gorgeous shower curtain is one of the projects you can find in this book.
There’s not a single project I don’t like in this book, but my favorite has got to be chicken scratch apron.
Chicken scratch is embroidery done on gingham, using the squares of the fabric as a guide for the stitches. In her introduction to this project, she shares the story of her grandmother she affectionately called Grr. Her Grr would wear an aqua gingham apron stitched with a chick scratch pattern. After her Grr died, her aunt sent her a copy of the pattern that her Grr used to make the chicken scratch design on that apron. She shares that same pattern in the Chicken Scratch Apron project in this book. Not only is this a beautiful tribute to her beloved Grr, her story illustrates the reason why hand items should be in our homes and used throughout the course of our day.
Other favorite projects of mine are the eyelet placemats from chalk cloth, the candy knot guest towels stitched with French knots to look like the sheets of candy buttons, the lined baskets, the ironing table with hanging pockets, and the fold-up sewing supply case.
I’ve got a copy of At Home With Modern June – PLUS a small bundle of chalk cloth that’s enough to make two of the no-sew placemats seen in the book – to give away to one Craft Gossip reader. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here telling me about a favorite handmade item in your house.
I’ll choose one comment at random as the winner. Deadline for entry is Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, April 7th: Stash Books
Wednesday, April 9th: Craft Gossip
Thursday, April 10th: Apronista and Pretty Prudent
Friday, April 11th: Whipstitch
Saturday, April 12th: Craftypod
Sunday, April 13th: Sew Mama Sew
Monday, April 14th: Grow. Make. Eat.
Tuesday, April 15th: The Painted Home
Wednesday, April 16th: Finding Home
Thursday, April 17th: Modern June, the Oilcloth Addict