The Little Red Owl

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If you have known or followed me (especially on instagram lately) you know I love vinyl and that I love my vintage record console.

You may have even seen this old post about my record console.


The color and glaze you see above did not last. It just didn’t match my style and the wall paper was too fancy for me, nevermind that the picture is blurry.

Soon enough, this console got another upgrade.


I got lucky and was gifted this 1968 record console from a great friend and I love it more everyday (no joke, not trying to be corny).


I painted the console and added the stained wood speaker covers (the old material was worn and needed replaced). The wood speaker covers are wood cutouts I purchased at Michael’s and stained myself. Then I super glued them onto the console.


I love the combination of wood and vibrant teal, plus the color adds a modern touch to this mid century piece.


Husband noticed a few months ago that the player in the console was just a tad slow and so we removed the 48 year old player (it did it’s job well) and put in our very own vintage record player.

Our vintage $10 thrift find record player finally died after 17 years of faithful service. Husband is sad but we have a new one on the way and this vintage console won't be empty for long #vibrage #vinyl #vintagelife

This did involve taking the back off the console and removing the inner’ds.

The new record player came so we spent the afternoon reworking in innards if our vintage console #vintage #vintagelife #vintagedecor #upcycled #upcycledfurniture

(phone taken photo, sorry)

With all the new found space we were able to put our speakers (the console player speakers were not of use anymore) into console and other random eye soars (modem, router, plugs and cords, hard drive, and more!). And, since the console sits against our front wall right now there was need to add a new back (we of course kept the old one in case) or figure out anything new for the back. Bonus!


See all the cords and messiness under the old version?

We are so happy with our teal music box with built in storage.


record console before and after

What do you think? Any questions?


Hello folks!

It is no surprise that I love vintage and vintage that holds memories is even better. I have acquired quite a little collection of vintage handkerchiefs. I have purchased some of my handkerchiefs from thrift stores and estate sales and some have been graciously handed down to me from my grandmother and from my Aunt’s mother who was like a third Grandmother to me.

I LOVE having items that belonged and were used by people I love. I love thinking that these items were in a home of love and happiness and brought joy to their owners for years. The quality is great and their are all so beautiful.

Alas, most of the handkerchiefs are silk which is great but, for lack of a better term, slides around a lot. I do not wear accessories in general anyway and with my straight, fine hair I have almost no hope of keeping the scarves in my hair for cute vintage styles. I have been holding onto these handkerchiefs for what seems like forever and to me-that is torture. Everything in my home has a purpose and a place but I was struggling with these beautiful handkerchiefs. So what to do?

Well, it finally hit me one day! Tie backs!





I have done this in my bedroom, bathroom, and living room. LOVE IT!

How do you repurpose vintage or free items?


Unwittingly, I have started a little children’s vintage book collection.


Possibly to my own detriment I am going to share my secrets¬†(don’t buy up all the books before I have a chance).

  1. thrift stores- Salvation Army and Goodwill seem to be the best thrift stores (at least in my area) to find vintage books
  2. friends of the library book sale (my fav)- this is held at my local library and happens every 2 months. The sale is well organized and all the books are inexpensive. They even have a local section and a rare and old section. The sale also has a (non-shady) backroom where you can fill a bag and everything in the bag is $1.00!!!! The sale has a free section and a few boxes of vinyl each time I go. –I go and spend $5.00 and come home with way more than I can carry
  3. put yourself out there- this is more advice than where to buy books but I’m counting it :) Everyone in my life knows I value “old things” and so many times, things are given to me. A guy from work, a neighbor who was moving, aunt and uncles, my grandparents, and friends. I LOVE free and I always welcome it. I figure, I can always donate something if it doesn’t fit with my style or brand, so I rarely refuse free
  4. when in doubt-Etsy. If there is something specific you are looking for (like a book theme, certain era, or color) Etsy is a great, inexpensive, and fun way to find things

Here are some of my favorites from my collection:










Good hunting!


“What should I read?” was a question recently posed to Husband and myself by a friend and it made me want to share some of the wonderful I have read so far this year.

These are in no particular order:

  • Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

This was released in 2012 and is written honestly and genuinely-2 things I greatly appreciate. I do not have any kids so I was skeptical if I would like this book but I thoroughly enjoy it. I love the way Pamela writes and I learned so much from this book. Whether that knowledge gets applied to my own children, others kids, or simply in life in general is fine by me.


  • Cheap Chic by¬†Caterine Milinaire

So I got this book on a random “vintage” search at the library ( I literally type in vintage on the libraries online search and check out things that come up). I started reading this book and I was immediately awestruck. The information, ideas, and practicality in this book are as true today as they were when this was released in 1975. Unbeknownst to me, this book was just re-released with a forward by Tim Gunn.


  • French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

So after I read “Bringing Up Bebe” I searched the library for more “french living” books. This one came up and the title was so hilarious that I checked it out. No joke-this book as changed my life. Her practical and no-nonsense approach to being healthy really struck a nerve with me and I have made many adjustments in the my life due to reading this book. I am trying new foods with an open mind, drinking more water, getting more rest, learning to enjoy every morsel I put in my body and generally just feeling a lot better. I highly recommend this book if you need a little extra incentive to live what you already know to be the best for yourself.


  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I read this book after I saw it on a random list of “top feminist books to read”. This book is sad and beautiful and short. The perfect read for a plane trip or before bed. Written in 1899 this book was wonderfully descriptive and I really enjoyed it from beginning to end.

the awakening

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book was also on the “top feminist books to read” list and it was on my radar to read. The book came out in 1985 and is wonderfully and darkly imaginative. I could not put this book down. I recommend this to everyone.


  • How the States Got Their Shape by Mark Stein

So Netflix had a show available from the History Channel called “How the States Got Their Shape” and it was hosted by Brian Unger! Bonus! I loved the first season of the show but it quickly derailed, so I got the book it was originated off of and, no surprise, it’s amazing. This book is relatively short and has a chapter on each state and how it came to be. It is fascinating and so fun to learn more about the country I am native of.


  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

I am sure you have heard of this book if not already read it. I am a big fan of Lena Dunham. I like Girls and Tiny Furniture and she is the only celebrity I follow on Instragram. Lena is so honest, vulnerable, and hilarious. She is so wonderfully human. I loved the book.


  • Written in 1943 this book is super descriptive and I felt transferred into this world every time I picked it up. The book is dense and real. A story of a family and in particular a little girl called Francie. This book seems to have no agenda and is simply the story of life.


What books have you been reading lately? Anything you recommend? I like reading books by female writers and I am not afraid to learn :)


Hello world!

Here is what I (and The Little Red Owl) have been up to lately:

  • local summer fleas

Lots for sale @thecityflea come on down! 10-4pm @washingtonparkotr

We are @thecityflea and #theoffmarket today. Come to one, come to both. Great deals all around


  • zoo trips


  • local farmers market shopping
  • neighborhood walks with Husband


  • new medication bringing my PMDD down a couple notches-woot!
  • a new nephew! (no photos to be shared yet, family eyes only :))
  • a turn towards selling more upcycled vintage
  • trying new foods
  • attempting to make pom-pom’s with a fork (I don’t recommend it)

Improvement #diy #patience #husbandhelped

I am ready for fall and loving the change in seasons. How bout you?


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