The current method of defining the schema in ActiveRecord is problematic in the test environment since tables are truncated between tests/specs. It also is creating issues when deploying to Heroku.
I pulled the logic out into a rails generator which should allow for easier and cleaner versioning of the schema. This would solve the test conflicts and deployment issues.
do not create schema in VanityRecord
created vanity migration generator
removed extra templates directory
remove define_schema code
updated README with generator and migration instructions