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

musings

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

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Recent aquisitions


Our friend Eula has moved again and downsized, Here is the pewter we purchased from her, we will have some of it for sale here later and on ebay or Ruby Lane I expect. I kept that hen although she has had a hard life! Eula had had it a very long time and loved it dearly. The clay the hen is made of is a red clay. the piece is English. There is plenty of English red ware to be found in collections, and some spaniels are red clay, but I have not had another hen of it. A bright pretty day here, but we are dry, dry. E



Dear Martha, look where the dolls are using the precious rug you made for them! Thank you and Lanie for all the ways you have added to my doll family and their accessories. Isn't this just a smashing little stove! It is a Buck's Junior number 2, and is a big thing, weighing about 40 lbs! The fabulous little copper pans are by Marklin, about 1900. Hope you can come visit soon, lets try for March. Warmly, E

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sometimes I walk there...











We thank Rosie for most of the pictures posted today...Remember to always click the photos on this blog to enlarge them.

The old Kitchen became our dining room...





Our new kitchen was beautiful..






Jack spent months on the woodwork hand planeing and fiting each board one at a time.

The dolls had a room at the top of the stairs...






The little Connecticut pencil post bed was period, as were the spectacular bed hangings. The hangings were from the collection of the noted Ohio dealer/collector Clark Garrett.

My Mothers doll house,





on the back porch of our old house one Christmas. Take note of the circa 1680 table it is placed on! Mercy I am glad that was passed on to a friend before the house fire in 2005. Jack loved it and always kept it in his bedroom, upstairs where those things got the worst of it. Mama took a first place ribbon many years before at the state fair of Texas with the little red house. She made the building before components for such were available to all. The shingles were cut out of cork, She made much of the furniture and quilted the tiny quilts and so on. I come by my love of New England red houses quite naturally. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

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