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, June 3, 2012

Still moving, getting closer!

That open light airy look, so appealing in an empty new house, is certainly gone!   I asked Jack if this looks like an antique shop. Jack said no but it surely looks like the home of dedicated collectors. And so we are. And our parents before us were the same. 
I am totally taken up with organizing and optimizing the inside, but long to be working out a plan for the yard.  Soon a house builder friend is coming to glass in the covered back porch, closing it in with windows and a door.  Some of the light fixtures have been changed and more are in boxes waiting.  I will post a few photos soon, but getting really settled in will takes months and months. 
In the new kitchen, I have decided how many shelves to allot for everyday dishes and glassware, and am giving the rest to daughters.  Pans for cooking are being cut back also.  Things like that are easy. It is when we wonder where to put treasured furniture pieces that it gets hard.  The bulk of the dolls are going to move to my daughter Beth's house until I see which ones I can keep and which I must part with.   She is making room for several glass cases.  e


  1. Anxoius to see pictures Edith. Take care not to over do it! :~)

  2. We've moved so many times over the last two decades (being military) and this is always my favorite part...the "nesting". You'll make it your own with the beautiful things you've collected--looking forward to pictures.

  3. I'd love to see the pictures too.

  4. As always, you will do splendidly....
    and make a house a beautiful home as
    only you and your beloved can....


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