For the last four months I’ve kept my word for the year at the center of my decisions and I have been learning so much through it. The lessons haven’t been easy ones, but it’s been my experience that the best discoveries come through the hard stuff, so I’m okay with that. My true priorities have become so much more clear since I’ve been making the conscious decision to flourish, and that feels like a tangible reward from all the work I’ve been doing. I’m feeling more comfortable in my own skin too, which is something that I wasn’t even aware I was in need of. I tell ya, it’s amazing what God can do with one little word!
I’ve had so many plans for this space and the things I wanted to share through my journey of flourishing, but it turns out that wasn’t God’s plan for me. Shortly after the year started I was given the opportunity to start working as a freelance designer for a design firm that sells products, including faith based art, to national retailers. It’s hard for me to put in words the blessing that this is to me. I love being able to create my own designs and custom work for my clients, but being able to create work that glorifies God to be sold in stores around the country…well, it makes my heart want to explode with joy!
When I first began this new journey I thought I could still do it all, but then I remembered my word, and I realized that was the wrong way to look at it. In just a few months time both of my children will be in school all day and I will have more hours to design, write, create and share. Until then though, I’m going to take a little break from this space and my Home Made Lovely series so that I can keep blooming in the life the Lord has given me. I’ll still be posting on Instagram and working on new design projects & custom sites for my clients, but for the next few months I’m going to give myself permission to let the archives of this space be enough. And I’m going to keep my word at the center of it all, so I can keep soaking in all that God has planned for me.
See you soon friends!
P.S. My custom design calendar is currently full through the end of May and I’ll be taking the month of June off, but if you would like to be notified when I begin accepting new projects for July please let me know.
Hello folks! My name is Kelly McCants, otherwise known as Modern June, the Oilcloth Addict. I’m the owner of Modern June, the Oilcloth Addict. My team and I make handmade housewares with specialty fabrics such as oilcloth, laminated cotton and chalk cloth. I’m a pattern maker, designer and author of two sewing books too.
In honor of my second book, At Home with Modern June, I’m going to take you all on a little tour of my 87 year old home that my husband and I moved into almost 16 years ago. When we bought the house it had been a boarding house for almost 2 decades–calling it a fixer-upper, i.e. hot mess, wouldn’t do it justice. What I like best about my older home and my retro style is the act of preservation, taking something sad and turning it into something bright and delightful. My style is just a mix of everything I love–old and new colliding. Deco bedroom furniture dukes it out with the 50′s. 1960′s Danish Modern mixes it up with current pieces. If I were on Design Star I’d call it Retro Eclectic. Fancy, right? Nah, it’s just home!
In, 2011 Hurricane Irene dropped a massive tree on the back of our house. The fallen tree stretched from our backyard, over the roof to the front of the house. The fallen tree was so big, that as it lay on our roof, you couldn’t see our home from the back alley. Do you know what happens when a tree like that is removed? You get lots and lots of home repairs done. Home repairs require new paint, and new paint means make over!
So for the next year I went from room to room, sewing up this and that, all the while writing patterns for each project. Thus my latest book, At Home with Modern June,was born. Come along with me while I show off some of my sewing projects that now update and my little retro home. In the photo above, you see part of my milk glass collection that sits upon 3 very cool shelves from CB2. The shelves were a present to myself when the contractors were almost done. The reno took seven months, so as you can see, I needed/deserved a treat!
In my new book, I walk you through how to make simple cafe curtains to fit your windows. But why stop there? I was inspired to apply a collection of vintage pot holders to my curtains, when I saw a display of these crocheted beauties in an antiques dealer’s booth. A few were hanging on a rack for sale, and I loved the way the light flickered thought them. Hunting for more was half the fun!
My kitchen is filled with presents, handy-downs and found objects. The bread box is the same bread box my grandmother-in-law fed my husband from when he was a tyke. When it came to us, it needed a little bit of love, so I gave it a coat of red paint to make it my own. The Gripstand bowl was given to me by my betrothed many years ago–it came filled with fresh strawberries for Valentines Day. That was the first time I’d ever had strawberries out of season. And my little ceramic apple is a new acquisition.
I am totally in love with old feed sack prints, and large pieces of the vintage fabric can be pretty pricey. But thanks to Etsy and eBay, you can find collections of feed sack fabric in small cuts. These bits of fabric were great to use with my pot holder pattern.
I have a secret, I’m addicted to kitchen linens. Old or new, handmade or purchased, I don’t discriminate. I have about 50 cloth napkins and tea towels that are in constant rotation. I pretend it’s a “Green” thing but I just like them. A lot!
For years I’ve been collecting vintage trays. One day when my hubby was safely at work I went to work hanging them on the large dining room wall. Since we have a picture rail we (the royal we) have a no nail policy! Whatever!
Our dining room table was a real score, my MIL found it at a local shop. She was really surprised that I talked the guy down to 1/2 price–she hadn’t seen how scarred the table top really was or how wobbly the silly thing is. But, it had good lines and it was cheap.
When it came time to take photos of my chalk cloth placemats I finally had a reason to paint the old tired brown table a fresh bright white. What a difference a few coats of paint makes. I also treated myself to the mod blue chairs from Target.com.
I love fresh flowers, just simple bouquets from the local grocery or florist are fine for me. My vast collection of milk glass bud vases are great for daisies. And, the mid-century pitcher that we got as a wedding gift is perfect for heavy sunflowers.
I believe in using what you have when you get a creative urge. Sure, I could go to the hardware store and by the right kind of wood and a can of chalk paint, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, I used a big piece of particle board from our shed, a staple gun, and a whole lot of chalk cloth, which I sell at modernjune.com (shameless plug). You can see the how to make your own chalk cloth board at my blog.
The photo above is from my oldest childs last birthday. Sweet 16! As part of her special day, I made strings and strings of the felt dot’s that frame the chalk board to hang in her bedroom.
Here’s a recent project: I found some tiny succulents that I knew would fit into my MIL’s vintage egg cups, where I topped them off with a little bit of sphagnum moss for a more polished appearance.
The vintage tray my new plantings sit on is new to me. I bought it off of Instagram from a great dealer. Isn’t it funny to shop on IG? But hey, I scored a great deal and I love it.
My living room is adorned with fun fabrics, some of which I designed myself through Spoonflower. In At Home with Modern JuneI show you how to make custom drapes and pillow covers. As I write about my furnishings I realize that my Mother-In-Law, Jackie has really helped shape my home. In the 60′s she was the only one of her friends that was into Danish Modern. She was a New Yorker living in a small town in southeast Virginia. You know she must have ruffled some feathers. The cabinet was from that home–I’m thankful that she stored so many pieces and has handed them down to us.
Nothing makes me happier than a good staple project. For the three tables above, I’ve used laminated cotton from Riley Blake to cover the tops of these vintage nesting tables. It’s amazing what a 1/2 yard of wipe-able fabric and a staple gun can do. My 13 year old son uses these daily, so it’s nice to be able to clean them up easily. Really nice!
The antique light fixture in the corner was a Christmas gift from Jackie. She gave it to us when Don and I were first married, my new father-in-law completely rewired it. As you can see, my living room furnishings are not fancy or high end. Between our cat and the two teenagers, we decided to stay on the cheap end. Here, a 1950′s chair from a preschool auction, and two Klippanloveseats from IKEA fill the bill for now. But trust me, when these kids are gone, I’m off to Crate and Barrel for some serious shopping!
Laying on the chair is one of my top ten possessions, a 1970′s crazy quilt that my Grandma (Grr) won at a church bazaar. She sent it to me for Christmas my first year away from home. It’s the inspiration for the quilt I made for the book (see below). We call this the family quilt, if you sick you get to cuddle up in the quilt. If your sad, you get the quilt. It has definite healing powers!!
This laminated cotton pouf is a free tutorial on my Oilcloth Addict blog. This one is made with random scrapes left over from making pretty things for Modern June. I love using up every last bit of fabric. It’s a lesson my Grr taught me when she told me about living though the Depression.
And how silly are the twinkle lights in the fire place? The chimney is a total mess so we can’t use it, so I’ve made due. Someday we’ll treat ourselves to getting the old girl working again.
A mix of new and old prints and signs are in heavy rotation on this wall. Several are Asian etchings from the 1960′s, and the great bird print is from local artist Susannah Raine-Haddad.
I’m a homeschooling mamma, so you know we have lots of books. I recently culled a ton of books and we still have all of this–and these are just the school books! While I was at it, I had fun and color-coded them too. I keep my magazines in the old egg basket at the bottom of the steps. When the basket is full, it’s time to donate.The bottom row of white magazine bins are great for hiding away school supplies. I couldn’t live without them!
My art deco vanity is the first piece of furniture I ever purchased. I bought it right after college in my home town of Kansas City, Missouri, just before I moved to Virginia. Sadly, the original mirror was broken and replaced (twice). Beyond the mirror are more projects from the book. The crazy quilt, pillows and a roman shade pattern are all within my new book.
Here is my very cute son wrapped up in my new crazy quilt. I used scrapes that I had been saving for the last seven years to build this new quilt. Almost all the fabrics were used for making Modern June aprons, so it’s a real memory quilt for me.
My bedside table is filled with little bit and pieces that I’ve collected over the years. This cathedral quilt runner is one of my prized thrift finds. I just love all the bits of vintage fabrics. The cagy handbag was the first thing I bought at Bygones, the best vintage clothing store in Carytown. It cost me $45.00. I was so poor at the time that I had to put it on layaway.
I have started a small collection of bird bowls from Tasha Mckelvey. The are perfect for holding necklaces and hair band and pins that I take off at bedtime. In the studio I have another one (OK, two) that hold dress making pins.
Milk Glass + Fresh Flowers = Love
Here is one of my most favorite patterns from At Home with Modern June! This laminated cotton shower curtain is amazing! It really brightens up the space and has worn very well, I use a plain white shower liner underneath to keep the laminated curtain looking fresh (and clean). I like that this outer layer doesn’t get dirty–it requires very little upkeep.
Also in my new book, I walk you through how to line baskets with laminated cotton. I use lined baskets in every room in the house–they are terrific! If your make up or art supplies make a mess, all you have to do is wipe it clean. Easy-peasy is the name of my game.
We live on this oilcloth cover settee in the Spring and Fall. The pattern for this project is in my first book, Sewing with Oilcloth. Our front porch is the perfect place for a small party and homework.
Here, a little oilcloth coaster makes the sweetest mini placemat for this coconut covered cupcake!
I hope you enjoyed a peak into our home. I wish you and yours a happy spring!
Lauren of Lauren Jean Photography met all the girls outside as they arrived for the workshop and took photos of them in our super cute photo booth that Lesley chalked for us. The pretty paper fans are from Shop Sweet Lulu.
There are so many more photos I want to share with you guys, including some from a little party I hosted at my home the night before, but I feel like I’m reaching that magic picture number in this post, so I’ll stop for now.
The day was just so full of crafty and kind hearted goodness, and I truly hope every woman that attended left with a happy heart. I know I did.
P.S. There just might be a SWAG sponsor giveaway over at the Be Crafty blog, running Monday through Wednesday.
hello & welcome to our home! i’m natalie, the blogger & maker behind natalie creates. last year i took you on a home tour of our rental house in town. it was a sweet home with lots of charm, but my husband & i knew we were meant for farm life.
in july, we bought a small hobby farm three miles from my husband’s family nestled in the hills of fayetteville, arkansas. we named our little place freckled hen farm. here we raise free-ranging chickens, a herd of goats & tend to a garden. our home is a relatively small, ranch-style house with a simple layout. we renovated it for a month before moving in, re-painting every single wall in the house & scrapping popcorn ceilings for days.
since moving in, i have been surprised by how my thoughts have shifted from renting to owning our first home. at times, since owning our home, i have felt like i have fallen short or i don’t have enough. in all honestly, i often feel like life would be perfect if we just ripped up that darn carpet or bought that certain thing that i think we need.
you & i both know that isn’t true. home-improvement projects are exciting & fun, but they’re not the center of the home. it’s about the meals you place on the table & not the table itself. cultivating a home is about the people you love, the memories you create & the journey of contentment. so i invite you to grab a cup of coffee as i take you along our home tour. i am so happy you are here!
we don’t really have an entryway so as you enter, you are immediately in the heart of our home- the kitchen & dining area. we spend most of our hours in this space breaking bread & sharing in conversation with family & friends.
i purchased our table with five chairs from a yard sale for $30. i sold the chairs for $50 so i guess you could say i was payed to take that beautiful, handmade table off of their hands.
all of the furniture in our home has been purchased second-hand from yard sales or thrift shops. every item in our home is well-loved & has a story to tell. that chalkboard & church pew are two of my favorite finds.
i love picture. i strung some yarn onto our chalkboard & used mini clothespins to display recent photos of friends, family & the farm.
i splurged on our 100 year old, faux fireplace mantel in our dining area. i knew i wanted a place in our home to hang christmas stockings & display favorite items. my husband used free pallet wood for the wall.
i purchased the glass hutch from a yard sale for pennies & painted it. we have very little storage in our kitchen so this hutch holds linens. the vintage ferris wheel was purchased from a craft show.
our kitchen is small & cozy. this is where you will find me most of the day. this kitchen has been a labor of love! it took me 18 hours to paint our kitchen cabinets. because this space is so small, i removed the doors from the upper cabinets to give it more of an open feel. the black area above the window is a painted chalkboard for writing kitchen love notes. that window looks out to our back patio & pond.
i have a thing for jars. i collect them for housing bulk goodies in our kitchen.
when we moved into our home, i knew we needed more counter space. we are so grateful to live among a community of artists & makers. my friends of noble dwelling built this kitchen cart from salvaged & upcycled materials. it’s often covered in vegetable scraps & the makings of dinner. it also doubles as extra storage. it’s my favorite piece in our home.
i also love a good canister or coffee can – an inexpensive storage solution for kitchen bits or a planter for succulents.
i found this shelf at a yard sale & it’s the perfect solution for added storage. i love having my aprons on display hung from the bottom hooks.
the pendant light is made from a kit found at lowe’s & an old basket. i am so thankful to have such a handy husband.
i was inspired by a recent home made lovely tour to create a coffee bar. we are often hosting guests & little get-togethers at our home. it is so nice to have a bar for guests to easily serve themselves if they want a cup of coffee or tea.
we also host events out on our patio. so much of life happens on our farm. i love that about this place.
i collect the vintage metal chairs. i am working on having one for each color of the rainbow. i have a self-imposed rule of only paying $5 max for each chair so it’s taken me a couple of years to find the ones that i do own from yard sales & estate sales that fit the bill.
you will often find goats & chickens free-ranging by our pond. it’s a happy view from the kitchen window.
i knew i could call this place home when i saw the wood burning stove for the first time. it’s one of my favorite features in our home. there’s nothing like spending the evening cuddled up with a quilt by the stove.
the wooden wall was built by my husband from upcycled, free pallets. it frames the brick of our wood burning stove. i love the different textures & colors of the wood.
this corner is full of vintage treasures. i picked up that old wooden chair for pennies & painted it a mint color. the seat was gone so i placed a metal tray on top to make it functional. that yellow chair was found for $30 at an estate sale- love it.
i have big plans for this little corner, but for now it houses all of our books & our bird chair. i’ve got a thing for quirky, cheap chairs.
our guest room is a work-in-progress. don’t move around or you might trip on a box of junk. i am smitten with our chalkboard wall, though. when guests come & stay with us, i write a little greeting on the wall for them. the duvet cover was from my parent’s home.
this is our bedroom. in our other houses, i have thrown together whatever i could find for our bedroom. in this home, i wanted to create a space that was relaxing & cheery.
the chenille bedspread was thrifted. the pillows are from home goods & craft shows. inspired by ashley of under the sycamore, i made her paper flowers & attached them to our wall. i picked up the side tables from a thrift shop & painted them yellow.
i love our dresser that i purchased from a yard sale. i painted it white with the same color of yellow to match the side tables. the mannequin, a gift from a friend, displays some of my favorite necklaces.
our master bedroom is quite large so i added a sitting area. i picked the chair up at the thrift store & made a pillow for it. the metal side table was picked up for next to nothing at a yard sale & spray painted.
i love the natural light that comes pouring into our bedroom in the morning. the metal “love” pendants are from a craft show & the lamps are from home goods. the little alarm clock was picked up an estate sale.
i hope you enjoyed touring our home! thanks for visiting freckled hen farm!