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, May 8, 2011

Passionate Peafowl!

Good morning Gail! A gorgeous morning here, we have enough water to keep our yard, but around us the area is dry dry. We will be up to 95 today. Flowers and phone calls and cards and a dinner at a daughter’s tonight. Yes we left Ruby Lane, it is a good place to sell, we just never put enough time into keeping more listings going. I have tons I need to let go, much of it quite nice, but I no longer focus a lot of my time that way on selling and packing. Dixie Redmond has made us a nice blog we can sell on, when I get some listings there I will link here from our Red cape blog.

Glad you approve of the dear little table! It is beside my bed and is precious there! This am I topped it off with an orange red doll buggy from the Merritt museum auction, pretty paint and shapes. The bed hangings are Brunschwig and fils La Portuguese, a wild print containing peacock blue and strong rust reds. See this fabric pictured in an earlier post, March 12, showing doll quilts by the bed. As an example of how one can change a commercial fabric to suit your own eye, This fabric originally had a very prominent wide stripe of purple recurring all across it. Yard by yard, hour by hour, I seamed and trimmed and pressed that purple stipe out of it! And then sewed the hangings and window treatments.

Here is the paint can formula: Our peacock blue

neutral flat base 1 qt latex
blu 1 y 12.5
mag 19.5
wht 13.5
yel 18.5

Jack began with a flat coat of soft red latex. Then a coat of the above. Next a very thin black wash (flat black latex watered way down.) Then dabbed over it again with the peacock shade. Various rubbing and scraping to let the red show through a little on the edges as wear. Do all of this on sample boards to see what you do like and don’t.
As a variation of the above, one can use a milk chocolate very light brown latex as the base coat instead of red. Some painters might like crackle finish on the first coat of peacock color. Jack does not use those products, but it makes a pretty effect with the red showing under the crackle. Good luck with your project. Best, Edyth

1 comment:

  1. I like the red showing underneath. What a story of redemption! Beautiful.


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