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.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Two Star Rug Camp, fall of 2016!

This has been an exciting day in so many ways.  It is for me as for all of you I expect, a heartwarming thing to see and hug people you have known for years and share the excitement of a well loved craft together.  I love seeing what people are making now.  An additional pleasure was seeing friend Linda set up her jewelry for just a tight 45 minute slot to sell in the sales room, and how well her things were received! It was a happy near riot.  Hope you will enjoy the pictures below, it is hard to catch color and creative highs in a small rectangle with my camera.  warmly, e

 Men can hook rugs too.



Linda starting to set out her jewelry

Here come the buyers!

It went so well!

An enthusiastic bunch

Debbie wrote the tickets.

A whale rug from my pattern. He has barnacles on him using spot dyed wool!

Weaver's Lion is one of my favorites.

three examples of pretty wool applique.

 See how muted the colors are for an antique look.



Kay's armadillo is one of her Texas Critters, So beautifully done!

 This rug represents Shake Rag Street in Mineral Point Wisconsin designed and hooked by Sally Kallin

The wool is luscious. 

Maggie is holding her early looking one. I had so many favorites! But this might be my favorite favorite today!  Nina Fletcher Little would have approved I think. This is a very wide cut.   Glad you can be a mouse in my pocket and share this. e

added on Thursday:  Today I bought back the first Bird and Pomegranate rug I hooked in 1982, signed and dated. I will resell it, after a bit.   I sold it very reluctantly in the 80’s provided I could borrow it back for photographing.  But when Joan M wanted to put it on her cover I was denied access to it, the new owner saying no I want it to be just for me!  I was so distressed I hooked a second one just as large!  (Big)  It was pictured and went on the cover. I sold it later for a strong sum when we were buying the red cape and the little farm.  At a later date I hooked a smaller size of the pattern and granddaughter Sarah owns that one which is pictured in my rug book.   I am delighted to see the rug again and that it is fine shape.  It has not faded which is a tribute to Evelyn Newton’s dying, as it is all her wool.   e









Sunday, September 4, 2016

Rachael's lovely hand sewing for my dolls

Here is the dear early girl I bought last week on line, in appalling condition but too interesting to pass up.  I have collected over 60 years and have only seen this head style four times I believe and one of  those may have been the same doll, so perhaps just three times. Her hand sewn cotton twill body appears original except one replaced arm.  I fashioned an under dress for her out of an old one thin as gauze and with shredded sleeves which I hemmed away.  I will find or make drawers by and by.
She is now in a Rachael Kinnison dress and has some of my beads draped over her shoulders until I can get some for her.



I have seen her with glass eyes as well as painted.  A glass eyed example was in the Merritt Museum.  Can anyone else add something about this head mold? 


I love all dolls with the simple covered wagon hairstyle.  I believe this one may date in the 1840's.

Another uncommon papier mache is this Motschmann type with a great snood hair style. I would date her about 1860.  There is no residue or sign she was ever waxed though many of this style were. This  doll also wears a dress made by Rachael.  Although she has a snubbed nose and other wear, I have chosen to leave her as she is.




Please comment, I read every one. e




Art is life at present.

  I have painted so many now that pictures are stacked up and down the hall on the floor with no place to hang them. There is a local show I will possibly put some in this November.   My grown children want some of them.  Some I am attached to and want to keep a while. 
  Several tall easels stand in the sun room where I can dry paintings in progress. I have also learned I can keep some in my car to speed drying as the car stays hot here in the summer.  Friend JoAnne admits to putting some of her oil paintings in the oven the last weeks before our local art show in November.
My usually tidy front bedroom looks like a storm had struck.


Most of my New England paintings more than fill a wall of my studio/library and the lighthouse paintings are in a guest bathroom.

 I started another one Monday of Penny's little model ship.  I want a ship in a bottle to paint.  The beautiful little blue marbleized book in the new painting was bought from Barbara W.  The book is laying on an old map, I hope I can do justice to that. 


Yesterday was varnish day.  The final finish makes the paint look bright as it was when wet and makes the colors more vivid.







I plan to list a few small ones for sale soon. The big ones would be a bear to ship. 

There is a runner's high, which many of you understand who have ever been runners.  There is also something of that sort for people who paint seriously and lose themselves in a state we call the zone. If you become used to painting daily it is like exercise, a pleasurable thing you miss if you skip it.  I feel the lack of it now if I do not do something art connected each day.  Given how limited is my energy for activities beyond simple personal maintenance of my home and yard and self,  it is hard to find time to work on my many doll projects when I am deeply involved in art.    e


Friday, August 26, 2016

Still life paintings

Today is a warm August day in Texas, just what one would expect for our County Fair Parade this morning.  Three generations of my family are sitting on Main street in lawn chairs, with beach umbrellas and coolers and balloons and kids. As Party loving Fredericksburg has an open container allowed policy on the sidewalks, some in the crowd have wine coolers and such set up on the tail gates of their  pickups.   I miss the music and the color but not the hassle of it all.

  Instead I am looking back over recent paintings and considering an arrangement to start another.

 Many more of the dolls are clamoring to be pictured.

 I can remember my mother painting magnolia blossoms when I was a girl. She did lovely watercolors but not many.  I remember her Iris also and was there one with a bird?  Too long ago to be clear. These are from my yard here. 


 The painting of onions above is the only small one.  The rest are all large ones in heavy frames.


I might do another of the ship model with different accessories.    e     


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Baubles, Bangles and Beads.

Fredericksburg is full of interesting people who DO things! There are weavers and writers and potters and dancers and musicians of all kinds and of course hundreds of painters.   My friend Linda designs jewelry, she makes the neatest pieces.    I like to visit there and see what she has completed lately.

I bought the big piece of Amber on beads that Linda has cleverly joined with crochet.

The oversized Nickel would be fun to wear.




 Linda will string the Virgin of Guadalupe pendant on these pretty beads of fire agate for me. The pendant looks to have been made of an old Coin, we can still see UN PESO on the back.

A sister of the Donald has a necklace of Linda's.   Linda says if she gets to be the official White House Jeweler, she wants her studio to be in the closet next to Lincoln's bedroom.  e

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