Review and giveaway: At Home With Modern June

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.”

Review and giveaway: At Home With Modern June

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.

Review and giveaway: At Home With Modern June

You can see more sneak peek photos here and watch a preview trailer here.

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


  1. Kathy Davis says

    I have a pink gingham apron that belonged to my Grandma who passed away at age 89 in 1980. It has a cross stitch design. I didn’t know it was called chicken scratch. Thanks for the info. Kathy

  2. Julie Henderson says

    I have a lovely painting done by mom, of some wildflowers in a mason jar. I also have a quilt made by her. I also get a grin from an apron I made from my husband’s dress shirt, for my teen daughter. ;-) Thanks for the giveaway & God bless!

  3. Linda says

    I’m lucky to have a very crafty, hands-on family. We have crocheted items, embroidery, sewn items, paintings, wood carvings, weaving, and handmade instruments. We are always looking for new things to learn and make. My current favorite as a beautiful quilt my daughter made me.

  4. Tracey says

    I’d have to say my favorite homemade thing I have in my home right now ia a pair of vintage pillowcases I embroidered. I actually used the vintage embroidery floss the instructions suggested. It was fun doing them and they look so lovely in the guest room.

  5. Callie says

    My favorite homemade craft at home is a wreath I made out of the paper flowers I used as centerpieces for my wedding reception… double homemade! :-)

  6. Emily says

    I love sewing with oilcloth and am currently using some I purchased from Kelly’s etsy store to make zipper pouches to give as gifts to my mom’s mahjong group.

  7. KimW says

    This looks like such a cheerful book – I love all of the color! These days my favorite thing to make is crocheted covers for rocks. It sounds kind of odd in words, but they are so pretty, the contrast between a lacy crocheted pattern and the outdoorsy rock. I am surprised how many people admire them – and then ask me to make one for them!!

  8. Karen in KS says

    I have a bean bag I made for my granddaughter when she comes over. It has been a hit!

  9. Theresa says

    My favorite project is a crocheted lapghan which doubles as my cat’s bed cause she loves it so much. We share it!!!!

  10. alison sinclair says

    I love to sew and love working with new patterns, and LOVE actually having the book in hand to be able to reference. I would love this book.

  11. Dee says

    My home is full of hand made items from table clothes to the table itself. Every room has something handmade. My favourite item it usually the one most recently finished. ;) At the moment that would be a lamp base that I have painted – now I need to do something about a lamp shade…

  12. Gina S. says

    Foot stool i pick up at a thrift shop that i recovered. It’s in my sewing room. I use it to put my feet up when doing hand work or ripping out seams.

  13. Denise says

    I have a quilt made by my great grandma and one made by my grandma. I love them and am thankful I have them. They inspire me in my own quilting.

  14. says

    My favorite handmade item in our house right now is the bookshelf/plant ledge my husband made last weekend. (Pics on the blog if you are curious.)

    Our house is full of handmade things–it’s the best way to add beauty and a loving touch to your home.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Jowyn Jenson says

    My favourite handmade by me, is a simple charm square quilt I made years ago. I use it as a sofa throw, it’s worn well and I love all the different colours that shouldn’t go together, but do.

  16. Peg crescenzo says

    The favorite homemade items are my quilts that I hang and change out with change of season or whenever I decide to change the look.

  17. Elizabethdx says

    I made a bunch of throw pillows, using a different type of fabric manipulation on each. I love seeing them in my living room!

  18. Patricia says

    My favorite homemade items are the embroidered and patchwork potholders I have made for my daughter. They are stained and burned, but that is because they are well used and loved.

  19. Kathy H says

    My favorite handmade item is a cross stitch picture and saying about the sun. My mom did the stitching and my dad made the frame. It is such a precious gift that I have had now for over 30 years.

  20. says

    I love all my homemade Christmas ornaments I put on the tree for the holidays. Many of them bring back memories of when my boys were in grade school. I used to make ornaments for their classmates. When they all grew up I would see one of the classmates and they would tell me how much they enjoyed them. Some have even told me they still have them to put on their tree for the holidays.

  21. Cindy Dahlgren says

    My favorite handmade items in my home are all the doilies my Mom and both Grandma’s made. They are very precious to me.

  22. ten b says

    my favorite handmade item is a quilt my great-great-aunt made for my high school graduation, many, many years ago.

  23. Ellee says

    My favorite handmade item in my home is the clay windchime my son made for me when he was in grammar school.

  24. Bekk says

    Ive made a few animal soft sculptures to decorate my living/work room. Everywhere I look there’s a little mouse or squirrel or dog sitting and looking. That sounds creepy but they’re cute really. :)

  25. Debbie says

    I made a pair of blue printed curtains,for my laundry room window.It’s the first time I made any household decor without a pattern;they turned out perfectly.

  26. Sherril McGann says

    The favorite handmade item in my home is a vintage apron hand made by my Grandmother in the 40’s.

  27. Rebecca T says

    I love my quilts! They are used daily and it just makes me smile to see my kids cuddling under them.

  28. Sue S says

    I have made homemade wreaths that have won blue ribbons at our local fairs. I have made curtains & clothes too. Would love to sew something from oil cloth. Thanks.

  29. Linda says

    My crocheted flowers on canvas… and a framed picture of a vase with embroidered flowers. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Jacklynn Grimm says

    The first handmade, quilted thing I made myself is a Christmas tree skirt that I still use every year. Thanks for the give away!


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