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, December 31, 2011

2011 out

Our trip to Maine was a highlight of our year for me. I look back on hopes I had for the year at it's beginning, and foremost was Jack's health as he battles cancer. We are blessed with new medication and so can plan future time together. After that biggie, I promised myself I would concentrate on painting more, and have done that! It is a rich pleasure, a celebration of the beauty God has spread before us. (And a plea for it's preservation.) I also hoped I would at last work on my silver jewelry and mend some and make some to replace lost pieces. That happened too! What did not happen was the loss of at least 10 pounds. Sorry about that! So with these thoughts, I am planning to do more in the next year, about organizing and mending doll clothes and bodies, and of course still spend serious study time on art. I put dolls very much on a back burner in 2011, as I find it hard to ride more than one hobby horse at a time with concentration. I seem to do one thing at a time. I wish each of my friends good luck as we all try to balance our needs and interests. Consider how fortunate we are to have too many interests and never have to face being bored! With 3 great grandchildren now as well as lots of grands, Jack and I have full lives indeed. Happy New year everyone! E

Answering a question in comments, yes this photo was made at Ogunquit.


  1. Dear Edythe --- Happy New Year back at you and yours. Also hope that 2012 is a healthy one for you and your hubby. So glad I found your blog - have become a faithful follower ever since.


  2. Happy New Year to you, too. I totally understand the one at a time hobby as I'm the same. My brain just seems to work better that way. I seem to be able to combine cloth dolls with quilting, though. Maybe my brain puts it all together under 'sewing'?

    I also want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Thank you for posting!

  3. Edyth-
    Have enjoyed following your blog this year,your recipes, suggestions, and words of wisdom. Also enjoying your Pockets and Roll-ups Book recently received.Thank you for all--

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  4. Hi Edyth, was this shot taken at Wells Beach by any chance?

  5. Edyth,
    Wishing you and Jack a new year filled with many blessings. I so enjoy your blog and all the things you share with us.



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