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, September 11, 2011

September in a lovely setting

Dear Friends. we still suffer in central Texas from drought and fires, but the heat is under 100 mostly these afternoons, and I have put fall wreaths in the dining room. I visited with a group of friends this last Thursday for lunch and a discussion of early treenware. It managed to be a good party, even though one of the fires jumped across a barrier and into the very subdivision where we were! And again that evening after guests were gone! It is a large development on a former ranch of considerable size, so my friend's home was not in the action.

I made the penny wool coaster for Phyllis more than 20 years ago, I love to see that she still uses them. The softly faded colors looked much this same way then I think. She has laid this one near an exquisite little papered box and a nice early Rush light.

Note the stunning hooked rug of a stag over the bed. My husband made the poster bed years ago.

Ann took some great photos for her blog, (A few of Ann's own interior are mixed in ) go see them here: http://hillcountryhouse.blogspot.com/


  1. Sounds like you had a great time, Edyth. I so enjoyed the photos!

  2. Love your kitchen, wonderful and comfortable feeling and those jugs look wonderful on the bench shelf. I know in my house, that set up would not last, I have to put things up high;)



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