Picture1950s Anthropomorphic Bird Salt & Pepper Shakers by RubyMeows at Etsy.com
RubyMeows was our second place winner in our Etsy treasury contest! You can view her winning treasury here.

Tell me a little about yourself....
"I grew up in the Wisconsin woods making dirt sandwiches, climbing trees and occasionally running dolls over with my bike. I was ecstatic to find an old junkyard in these woods and spent many days digging up old glass bottles and parts of Model T's. I've kept digging all these years and even though I've tried to ban myself from rummage sales and thrift stores, it's too much of an addiction."

How do you choose your products?
"I LOVE vintage trinkets, old books and records. I also enjoy saving old record album covers and children's books and upcycling them into "new to you" blank books. "

How did you get started selling on Etsy?
"Unfortunately, my house, which is really just a small fort, has become overrun and I'm starting to resemble a hoarder. Gasp! I thought starting an Etsy store would be a great way to clear out my stash and so Ruby Meow's was born. Sometimes it's hard to part with the silly little things I love but opening the store has been so fun. "

What is your inspiration?
"Having other people love the things I do, and paying me for them to boot, is awesome. I don't mind clearing out my treasure-trove a little bit when my things are going somewhere to be enjoyed....which is really all I'd like to accomplish with Ruby Meow's, to spread some joy! And well, not being a hoarder is nice as well."

You can check out more of RubyMeow's products in her fantastic Etsy shop here.

Vintage kids record album blank book by RubyMeows at Etsy.com
I just recently got the news that I am a hired full-time art teacher! I am quite excited (and a little nervous) and I can't believe I got this job so quickly. Not so long ago, when people asked what major I was and I told them "Art Ed" they practically laughed in my face. You have no idea how many "Oh, well good luck with that" or "Have fun trying to find a job" phrases I heard. Very rarely did anyone say, "Hey that's great! Good for you." and now I can sincerely thank those people that offered such encouragement. It was a long five years in college and I already miss some of it. But I am ready to go out into the real world and see how I fair!

Even though I am pretty much broke until my teaching contract begins, I have already been searching Etsy for those perfect vintage clothing pieces for the art teacher I am. I could raid my own vintage inventory, but I'd rather show off other Etsy finds from other vintage sellers! I've seen so much emerald green and goldenrod on the fashion runways, that I figured I'd choose these two as my Fall 2013 colors. So here we are...a collection from an art teacher's closet in goldenrod and emerald...

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