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

Friday, April 6, 2012

Downsizing and moving

Jack and I are not looking forward to our coming move, but will make the
best of it, and after we complete it, Jack won't have stairs to climb or a big
yard to keep. This might be about June.

I think we will move over about 6 weeks time, starting when we
have the renovations completed. Maybe first will be my art supplies. Then
large cupboards here can be pictured before their contents are emptied and packed. These can be
unpacked into the new place. I am moving 5 or possibly 6 large antique
cupboards and their contents, so that is a huge task to pack and unpack and get back in place in the new house. I will get movers to handle them. A lot can be
moved piece meal that way. On the day our bedroom contents and kitchen are moved, then we will start to sleep in the new house. Last can be garage
contents and Christmas d├ęcor. What can not move will be sold from the
present home after we are out with all we can carry to the new one. Our new house is 1000 sq feet smaller than our present home. This tells you something.

In the midst of practical considerations, I am thinking also of happy things, and have spotted a short wall by the front door in the next house that will be perfect to paint with a Rufus Porter style mural. A year back, friend Rose Ellen took me to the Rufus Porter Museum in Maine and I got to see so much of his work in person, after loving it in pictures for half a lifetime. I have some nice clippings to inspire a mural for our house.

I went to Walmart on Wednesday to buy plastic bins and boxes to pack and organize my art supplies and sewing supplies. This includes everything from calligraphy to clay modeling and knitting wool. And all crafts in between! So my purchase was a large one and I needed help in the store to get more from a top shelf high above my head or reach. I asked and two workers promised to return but did not. The P A system called out my position and it was over 15 minutes before I got response.

When I told daughter Beth about this, she said "mama, one sure way to get assistance is to find an unattended ladder used for restocking somewhere nearby, and start off with it as though to use it yourself. She has done that twice and says it brings people quickly! The cameras in the office must cause panic there. Beth is a woman of size, and she says she can just imagine the camera watcher saying " Isle 7! OMG Isle 7! " My Beth is great help in all my endeavors. She brings humor and creative solutions to every task. E


  1. Good luck with your move. You make me want to see the Rufus Porter museum!

  2. Oh, that is funny!!! I needed a funny story today. Hugs to you and yours. Dixie

  3. I wish I had a wall here for a Rufus Porter style mural. I love those, too.

    And good for your daughter! I've done that but not often enough to realize the connection. I'll remember her hint!

  4. When life hands you a dilemma, make dilemmanade! You will fit everything you love in your new home. That's the good thing about being a collector, we really learn how to fit things in and make it work. The mural sounds lovely! I love the "Rufus Porter look".

  5. I know what hard work it is to move, but I'm glad for you to have the ability to go a room at a time like this. Good luck with it all, and enjoy the mural painting!

  6. Edyth dear - little by little, inch
    by inch....you will be resettled before you know it..chin up and
    forge ahead in the meantime. Prayers to follow you along the way
    Such a collection is the mark of
    fascinating giftedness.....


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