With an eclectic background in marketing, design and retail, coupled with an insatiable creative drive (and a fondness for power tools), Melissa left the work force in 2012 to create her own job. Besides freelancing as a graphic designer, Melissa recently opened an etsy shop, Gypsy Bee Vintage Emporium, which features her handmade upcycled creations for women, kids & home, along with vintage-inspired digital downloads. She also runs Gypsy Bee Vintage, selling women and kids' clothing, plus funky vintage finds for the home. She recently opened her own studio, where she plans to host upcycling workshops and Moms' crafting nights out beginning in early 2014. A born-and-raised Maryland girl, she now resides in the coastal town of Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband and daughter, and enjoys the extended blue crab season there (don't worry, she's showing those Southerners the ways of steamers and Old Bay)!