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

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

note to a sweet friend this morning

Dear Anita, How wonderful to hear about you and how things are going in your life. Thank you for writing to me! Glad you like the blog. I have ideas for more I want to put on it. I have been collecting shots of my rugs (many are gone, lost in the fire or sold since etc) Many of the remaining ones are darker in color from the smoking and cleaning. So good fresh photos like we used in our book will go on the blog as a slide show soon. I have also been collecting photos from friends of the old house interior, and I want to do a slide show of cape shots. Ditto some of the antique dolls. I have the 2 blogs, and enjoy hearing from people so much. I miss old friends!
We are well settled in a modern house in town, but looking always to downsize some and have a one story that we can treat with more warmth. This one has the high ceilings and white tile floors and so forth. We put the yard in after we bought it, this is our third spring here, and the yard pleases me. There were no trees at all, and of course what we have planted does not ever get the cozy old treed look. But we are working on it! Bird feeders and blooming things and healthy tomato plants are joy. When God put man and woman in a garden, He had me in mind! Have a great day, Edyth

1 comment:

  1. Dear Edyth,
    Your lovely blog is a joy....I am grateful to have recently discovered it. May I just welcome you to Texas? After suffering the heartbreaking loss of your little red house and so many of the precious treasures that it held, you have forged ahead. Those of us who have survived losses and hardships understand the impact of such trauma, and we applaud your courage. Edyth, in 2000, my home (a garrison colonial filled with a lifetime of collections) had a hidden waterpipe leak that resulted in dangerous mold. The "professional" remediation crew that our homeowner's insurance sent in very nearly destroyed our life as we knew it. My wonderful antique quilts, coverlets, bears, furniture etc. were neither properly handled nor cleaned as had been represented. The damage was, and still is, devastating. Some items remain in boxes - 8 years later - because I cannot bear to survey the toll. But life goes on, and things are just things...sigh. But I have found that happiness lies in kindness toward others. And, like you, I view tending my garden as a higher form of therapy. Just try to embrace your new home with some of the love bestowed upon your former one.
    Sharon Ruggerio


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