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

Saturday, February 26, 2011


I need a hearing aid, I really really do NEED a hearing aid, and I know this. So resolutely I went to a nearby hearing center to learn about them. After a few minutes I dared to ask how much? $7000 was the unblinking answer. I looked at the woman and wanted to say, do I look crazy enough to spend that on a hearing aid? $7000 would on a good day, buy an izannah Walker doll! ( $7000 will not buy a very good one.) On the other hand the lady facing me would have thought me crazy indeed to spend that on a worn out rag doll!

Thank all of you for your comments on this!! (added March 5th) Edyth


  1. Forget the hearing aide! Buy an Izannah doll! It doesn't matter if you can't hear what people are saying. Their words can't possibly be worth $7000. Maybe you could find get one of these on Ruby Lane: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/techniques/hearingaids.aspx

  2. I am with You buying a doll is more enjoyable! Their beautiful dolls I can only dream of. I love your pictures and postings. It is so nice you share your photos with us, Cheri

  3. Oh how funny! Not the needing a hearing aid part, but the part about spending $7000 on an Izannah Walker doll instead. I completely get what you are saying. I would much rather spend it on something as dear as Izannah. :)


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