my story




My name is Barbara Keenan-Bailey and I write this blog (when I can) and operate The Rhubarb Studio.  I was raised in Alaska, lived and attended college in Germany for a while, moved back to the states and ultimately settled in Dayton, Ohio. 
I have two college aged daughters that live in Columbus and I find that I spend a good part of any week there, especially at The Ohio State University, I believe some of the students think I attend there as I am seen often enough with the one daughter.

My first job was in a thrift shop while I was in high school.  It was a dangerous job to have as I kept bringing home such fabulous finds, my days there were like a "treasure hunt" of what little jewel will I find, from textiles, to wooden sculptures, to metal containers, canvas paintings, the list goes on.  I still feel the same way that I did when I was 16 years old-I love the treasure hunt.  After all these years it still doesn't get old for me, and I know that there are others out there that feel the same way as I do and I hope the shop helps curb some of that treasure hunting that we all still have in us.

I started a vintage/repurposing shop in 2005, after I was enrolled in a Masters degree program in business (in Ohio) but instead wound up in the hospital.  Needless to say, the degree got put on the back burner and I needed something to take up my time as I was limited as to what I could do and how far I could go.  I rented a space in an antique mall down the street from where we lived in Waynesville, Ohio, but when we found the home that we are currently living in, that moved us about 40 minutes away from the shop, closed the shop up as the commute was too much.  We bought a 1925 Colonial in a historical district in Dayton that we are restoring.  I took a year off to help get the basics done and knew that I also wanted to get back to my first love of vintage, at which time I start The Rhubarb Studio on Etsy in 2010.  I really enjoy what I do and anticipate that I will do this for as long as I can.

Thank you for stopping and taking a few minutes to read my little snip-its of a blog and for clicking over to the shop and taking a look around, stop by often as there is always something going never know what you will find.