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

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I have spent a happy day working on the elephant, he was oxford gray to begin with before the fire. I have him painted back to an approximation of that, just a tad darker. On one ear see the little hole where he lost his precious steiff button? He had it when we bought him. I made him a new blanket of my rug wool and a bit of paternayan yarn to chain stitch and briar stitch the trim. I like the way his eyes are mounted, black shoe buttons on a little circle of cream colored felt. Now he will go on top of the doll cabinet, and be out of the gloomy storage room, a happy thing indeed! Edyth


  1. Ohhh he looks like a happy fellow Edyth! I can just hear him....'Oh~ a little more here please...you missed a spot there~ dont forget under my trunk....and my tail! Dont forget my tail..and could you give me a goode scratch while your there?' I bet the girls were happy as ever to see him again! you did a great job~ looks like you dry brushed~ excellent!

  2. I am so glad that I stopped by to see what you were up to while I was away. What a marvelous job you have done on this big fellow! He could not have looked more grand the day he was born.

  3. I have been enjoying your blog so much!! I love seeing all of your dolls!!

  4. This is a great site! We enjoyed visiting with you and Jack and seeing what new projects you are undertaking.

  5. He is a beautiful elephant, thanks to your tender care.


  6. what a wonderful site you have created. I will visit often to see your beautiful creations and family. I have been a big fan of your rug hooking for a long time.
    blessings to you & yours,


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