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, July 1, 2009

Wax doll head, with a new body this week

Sometimes I think my own body is worn out too! This large Alice in Wonderland style doll head is wax over papier mache and dates about 1865. Jackie made nice wooden hands and feet like she probably had. The cloth body I have made is stuffed with polyfil and has two rocks to add weight, and a strong dowel up the center for a spine. Her new undergarments are made from pillow cases with old knit lace edging. Alice is 34 inches tall now. I love the big ones, but where in the world am I going to put them all??! I am getting to be the old woman in a shoe! Edyth


  1. Your doll looks amazing!

    A friend mentioned your blog and I just had to add you to my blog list. Reading about the loss of your red cape just broke my heart. I hope to keep in touch as I think you are a marvelous & talented lady.
    I love vintage dolls, but only have a few from my 1960s-70s childhood. But old teddy bears are my first love.
    Have a wonderful week!

  2. Carolyn, I love bears because they always make me smile! I can just be walking by and glance at one and he lifts my day. I also enjoyed making a lot of bears, I used the fake fur linings of children's coats in the 80's, and got so many good textures and different looks that way, altering face patterns, changing legs, etc to get a collection of bears. I live with about a dozen now, most all old. E


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