Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities. ~ Edyth O'Neill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Details from a Hill Country Collection

Fine New England Antiques  are appreciated by some of us deep in the heart of Texas just as they are by collectors in more traditional settings. A recent party afforded an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful collection as well as a visit with friends I have loved over the years. The few pictures I took give barely a glimpse of this light and spacious home filled with beautiful early Americana. Take a peek here and enjoy!

A cupboard filled with great early redware never hurts to show off!  The thyme in a little iron posnet is a sweet touch I want to copy for my own house.


An unusually nice early table with a great stance!
The drop front desk has a superb untouched surface as do most of the pieces in the house.

I loved the books in a box!
Natural material softens hard surfaces and adds a casual texture.

A bed made by Jack O'Neill blends with antiques.
The Breakfast table overlooks the deck shown in an earlier post above the pool.

Assembling lunch for twenty.

Note the fine little tape loom on the wall. Because the house is uncluttered the depth of the collection only gradually sinks in, as cupboard after cupboard holds such treasures.

Excellent use of high spaces all over the house adds interest in generous rooms. 


The thumb latch and knocker once graced the front door of my own dear cape.    edyth 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday afternoon at Hondo's on Main St.

Fredericksburg is about many things.  Underneath is a descent community of patriotic Church going southerners in a remarkably pleasant mix.  For frosting we have wild flowers and wineries and music and art of all stripes. I was at Hondo's with my brother this afternoon for a pleasant hour and a half.  Always a happy bunch of people, toddlers to oldsters and many with dogs on leash.  Different ones get up to dance as they feel like it. The setting is a series of shady arbors and a bandstand.  It's all right to sing along some.

Music: Gospel with Melissa Weatherly & the Any Given Sunday Band
with a good sound.  The Austin Music scene influences Fredericksburg and vice versa.
Collecting money for the band


I love my town.  e
Thanks to my brother Chale for these pictures!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Three days in the country to paint

Artist friends invited me to paint with them and we had gray rainy days so did not try to paint plein air.  Instead we painted inside their beautiful studio and I had a great time.  Three days, three small paintings for me.  With so many really outstanding art galleries and art events in town, it is daunting to put brush to canvas.

The bottom one of these three is from a Cape Ann photo taken in 2013. as are the following ones I have just finished here at home.

They are all on my breakfast table drying.   e

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Art Class April May

 I paint from photos on my little dell tablet.

Cheryl works from a printed photo in class but at home in her studio she has a nice dell screen in her painting table beside her. 
There were 12 of us painting at the Fredericksburg Art Guild, and a good time was had by all.


Local scenery is not my thing, but it is where I am, so I must try to bloom. e

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A lovely pool for a hill country house.

Snugged in against the deck which lays in the curve of the beautiful stone house, the pool is part of the view from several rooms.  More of this home bye and bye.  e

Contoured to fit in the natural setting, the pool is partially ringed in Texas native plants, many of which bloom spectacularly in season. The land beyond is what I call "managed natural".  Native grasses and small things in among existing trees show the land has not been disturbed. You can never really get it back if you rip it out. However nothing thought undesirable is allowed to stay.  e

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