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. ~ Edyth O'Neill

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Classic Blue and White Waverly updated

The blue and white of old delft in the living room is repeated in the front bed room  The lovely blue and white bed hangings were sewn by Penny and now used on this bed Jack made some years ago. The fabric was given to me by friend Jeanie after our house fire burned all the ones we had at that time. I was not able to make them however and so gave the great fabric to Penny, with Jeanie's blessing.   Now they have come back to me as Penny makes changes and is sewing some lovely bed hangings of crewel embroidered fabric for her home.   Cast your bread upon the waters!   I will lay the old handwoven bed tick and two shams on the foot of the bed to add interest. Note the weaver's red initials on the white sham.

The major pieces in this room reflect Jack's taste for furniture that reveals a cabinets maker's skills using choice woods in glorious grain.  Jackie spent so many happy times in the old homes of Historic Deerfield, studying the 18th century furnishings by renowned Early American cabinet makers.  The earliest pilgrim century furniture to which I was drawn spoke more to him of England, the mother country.   A few generations later the Americans had reached a confident mastery of their art and this is the furniture that resulted.
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7 comments:

  1. I once heard someone say, "If you give by the spadeful with no expectations, you get it back by the truckload, just when you need it most." Can't wait to see pictures.

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  2. Happy Birthday, Edyth! Hugs, Dixie

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  3. Happy Birthday to one of the most inspiring people I know (through blogland, of course).

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  4. Love the indigo - looking forward to seeing your progress. Take care - have a nice birthday!

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  5. Dear Edyth, i hope you had a very Happy Birthday!! you are a delight and an inspiration :)))
    hugs...Marian xx

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  6. Belated Birthday Greetings and Best Wishes to you Dear Edyth! I love your indigo printed fabric. I have good toile fabric cut and ready for curtains in all my bedrooms: black and white, crean and bugundy and a green, but no indigo and white- which I consider to be my favorite!

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