Meet, Bobbie Beauchamp of Union Star Primitives. You can find her art pieces for sale on www.TDIPTMercantile.com and occasionally on eBay. Bobbie has been happily married for 35 years with five grown children, three wonderful daughter-in-laws, three grandchildren, and two more on the way.
Thank you Bobbie for sharing these wonderful pictures of your lovely home.
This is a view from my entry way. The dry sink was purchased in Ohio last summer. The hanging cupboard is from the early 1900's. The blue, red, and mustard colored coverlet was purchased in Ann Arbor at the monthly antique show. It is originally from Warren county, Ohio and is dated 1847. It is not a perfect piece..it has wear and tear, but it hangs nicely on an old ladder. I stitched the sampler hanging on the wall in 1990 on primitive linen. It is a family tree of sorts. My children do not really care for any of my antiques, but they all want that sampler! My boys still remember me stitching it in the evenings
This is my living room. It's not real big, but very cozy. I am hoping to have pinewood flooring installed within the next year. But I have been wishing that for the past five years!
Another view of the living room. The spinning wheel in the foreground, was made by hand from my wonderful neighbor. Art was 84 when he made it. He had cut down his maple tree in the back yard and didn't know what to do with the wood..I teased him and told him I would really like a spinning wheel or a bucket bench. He didn't know what a "bucket bench" was, but he would try a spinning wheel. I thought he was teasing...four months later, he calls me over and here is this most beautiful piece of art from Art!! It works wonderfully...everything on it is made of the wood from his tree. There are no metal screws or bolts...everything is a wood turning. My good friend is now 92 years young, not working in his workshop anymore..but he still gets around!
Although my kitchen is not very primitive, I do have one of the walls dedicated to early kitchen wares. I have a collection of early, black tinware from the 1800's. I also have a small collection of buttock baskets from the late 1800's also. The blue calico apron was handmade in 1908. It has a handwritten note card attached..who it was made by and who it was given to. I don't know how anybody or family member could have parted with it!
I love my kitchen. It is nothing fancy or "primitive", but it is a warm and inviting room that welcomes me home everyday. The coffee is always on!
This a gathering of pincushions, some antique and some reproductions. The porcelain head dolls are from the 1800's. I bought them quite some time ago. The make-do spool holder and pincushion hanging on the wall was purchased from antique shop here in Michigan. The dealer thought it was from early to mid 1800's. The pincushion is of wonderful old, uneven, handwoven nubby homespun and stuffed with a flax-like substance. I just love it! This is one I will not part with!
What do you enjoy most about primitive folk art?
I love the individualism in creating pieces. A person can really create something beautiful, for a small amount of money, just by using their talents.
What is your favorite medium and what inspires your creativity?
My favorite hobby is rug hooking, followed by cross stitching, penny rugs, and then needle punch. I have also enjoyed folk art painting, Rufus Porter style on furniture and other antiques, but I really got burned out on it because of all the craft shows I used to do in the late 90's.
My inspiration comes from magazines, websites, eBay, craft shows, etc. My family is not into the primitive art forms, so they really do not appreciate the simplicity or beauty of the art.
Do you have a favorite artist or artists that inspire you?
My first intro into rug hooking and penny rug making was an article in a quilting magazine that displayed the art of Kindred Spirits from Kettering, OH. Sally and Alice have such a unique way with fabrics that is truly amazing.. You cannot help but be inspired when entering their shop. It is a fiber artist's dream! Another artist that I dearly love is Lori Brechlin, from Notforgotten Farm. She is another person that is so amazing with her creations. I was fortunate enough to go to her shop this year...it is wonderful and well worth the trip!
Tell us about your workroom.
This is my favorite room...my "wool room". As you can see, I have enough wool to last my hooking needs for quite a while..but it doesn't stop me from buying more! I like to call it my "Wool Room", since it is filled with wool and hooking items. It is in one of my spare bedrooms...my "retreat". It is peaceful and quiet.
Do you have any organization tips for us?
I work ten-hour shifts in a community hospital (I am a nurse). By the time I get home, I am usually way too tired to create anything or start a new project. I just plug along working on something I have already started, hoping to finish in the near future. I probably spend about one to three hours a night, but not every night.
For storage, I utilize the primitive pieces of furniture that didn't quite fit into my living room or dining room anymore. Rather than sell or get rid of them, I use them to store my extra fabric and wool. I have a pie safe that I have stocked with small wooden boxes, like the ones that strawberries came in years ago. These little boxes are perfect for fat quarters. I have them organized by colors first, then textures, etc. I have a couple of tall wooden cubbies for my wool and have them organized by color also. My husband's grandparents table, an old wooden one with a beautiful darkened oak top, is my work table for designing. I have an old cabinet that I keep my magazines, books, patterns, etc in. It is easily accessible.
What would your ideal workspace look like?
I would like to have much better lighting, preferably natural light with larger windows. My room is on the dark side and I am always turning on lamps. Sometimes it is really difficult to distinguish colors.
What do you enjoy collecting?
I love to collect primitive boxes (small ones), antique primitively made sewing items, and I seem to have a thing for antique tables... the more primitive the better!
Tell us something about yourself that you think might surprise us!
Well, I don't really have any big surprises, but my kids think I am kind of weird because I listen to opera (which I love), but then I will switch to Aerosmith (which I love). My kids also think I have OCD because I use an egg timer when I do my housework. I don't have a lot of time to clean, so I limit myself to 35-40 minutes per room....ding, ding...on my egg timer! Hey....at least I get my house clean!