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, January 3, 2008

A house full of Grandchildren

Happy New year. Let me brag and bask in the warmth of our grandparenting for a bit. Having the children out of school gives us time to enjoy them. I am delighted with the art teacher 9 year old great granddaughter Bailey Elizabeth has this year, that teacher opens so many doors for her. Some days she wants to paint and tells me which impressionist painters they are studying and something of their styles as she does her own thing on the breakfast table with my acrylic paint.

Lately in art she has been touching on weaving, so I have set up in the middle of our living room the big upright triangle loom that I made my own shawls on several years back. Together we have begun a shawl for her. We spoke of natural dyes like indigo and butternut and she knew of Cochineal, and she put in that the native Americans made red paint from it, and how to gather it. We visited a friend of mine so Elizabeth could sit at the big 8 harness McCumber loom there, and also see bobbin lace made on a lace pillow, as well as view a great first period Navaho Chief's rug on the wall. Of all we saw she was most in awe of the museum quality rug.

Elizabeth learned to rug hook at age 5. She and cousin Hailey both hook and knit. Now Elizabeth is learning to crochet also. I do not expect many finished projects from all this, but it is so heart warming to me to see them take on a love of fiber arts. Getting to spend time with them like this is pure gold! We are blessed with 6 grands and the one Great grand, all nearby. How many people get a chance to weave with a great grandmother??!! This is the best of the best. Edyth
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  1. Oh Edyth! You are the grandmother deluxe!! I want to be one of your grand daughters and come and do all of those things with you!!You have inspired me to do some art with my own 8 year old daughter-my dear Isabel! We shall pull out the paints and see where they take us!~Annie

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  3. Ohhhhhhhhhh Edyth! YES! YES!!! Truely the best of the best times! I'm so very proud of you teaching the Grandchildren~ if only more adults would slow down and take the time with their wee ones~ spinning, weaving, hooking, sewing and other fine trades are surely dying thanks to nintendo & TV ect ect! Children have such an innocent love to learn, if only given the chance~ Ohhhhhh! I wanna SEE her shawl when she gets it done~ HOW WONDERFUL!!!!

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  5. Oh, Edyth, what fun! I'm so glad that you have the joy of having them all nearby.

  6. What beautiful Grandchildren you have Edyth! They are lucky to have such a wonderful Grandmother to teach them so many things.

  7. Edyth,
    You are truly blessed. Those grands look absolutely adorable and what a great gift you are sharing with them.
    I still remember baking with my great-grandmother and sitting at the table with her and her friends while they quilted....memories like these will last a lifetime.


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