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

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dear Virginia, I miss seeing you but enjoy your letters so I can keep up with you. Mostly I am sewing on doll bodies and doll clothes. I like to have a nice display of the dolls and old toys at Christmas and this year I will be able to again. This week I am mending on a fragment of a beautiful old log cabbin quilt to hang in the back of one of my doll cases.
My doll collector friend JoAnne came by yesterday for the first time in several weeks, she can see I have been working on the dolls and decorating their cases. Breaking one this week really reinforced the need to have more of them behind glass. And of course dusting them is a problem when there are so many out loose running around the house.
There is a hint of fall now. The purple lab lab bean, Mr Jefferson's vine is blooming. Our back yard is small, but I enjoy it hugely! I have a fall wreath on the front door and an arrangement in the dining room and some pumpkins here and there. Barb Carroll and Julie Marie Smith and a few more rug hookers are coming to see us this weekend, I will have pumpkin bread and Choc sheath cake made.
Our Grandson Tyler loves my baking!! We are enjoying him so much. He is studying Lord of the Flies. I had missed that so am learning of it too! I suspect that having him around is going to be like another ticket through life!! Catch the brass ring and go around again!
This morning at 6 am Jack was explaining to me what nano technology is because Tyler is interested in that, and then when Tyler was up we had a discussion of Pele the Brazillian soccer player, and then we told Tyler we want him to pick up a good knowledge of 17th and 18th century American Decorative arts while he is living with us. His friend Josh has a band and the prospect of a drum set looms. All of us love music. Drums??!!!! Our life is a many splendored thing with this bright young person in our home. Now if I can just keep him fed!! My bisquits just evaporate at the table, and milk goes down by the gallon! He is 5'10" and 180 pounds at age 14, and needs lots of fuel! Take care and keep in touch, Best, Edyth

1 comment:

  1. Hello,
    I found your blog from another link.
    I am a doll lover too. I make cloth
    dolls and antique porcelain reproductions. I love paper maches even though I do not own one. A lady friend made me one with an apollo knot on top of her head. I am loving all your beautiful rare dolls and thank you for sharing them with me. I
    understand you had a fire from reading your post. How long ago? I will be back to visit such a wonderful place.


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