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

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Soft spot out of harm's way

My new Dell tablet came today. Yes I know apples are better in many ways and we have several in the family. But this will be easily compatible with my other computers and I am thrilled at having a new toy. For a painter it offers so much!  I like to paint en plein air , but almost everything I do is really done from a photo carried home and painted here inside.  The cameras on the tablet let me see large what the photo will be and carry it right to a spot beside my easel where I can sit and paint in comfort.  How wonderful the blend of handicrafts and traditional arts with technology that amplifies our efforts!  Quilters use the latest technology certainly, and doll makers swap notes and designs almost in real time across continents and oceans. How great is it that we can visit this way!?
So as I looked for a safe place to charge it for the first time tonight, the new tablet landed in the lap of dolls in an old cradle. A fitting picture of how my life is now, loving the gentle old things and being on the edge of great new possibilities in the communication of ideas.   It is still about color and design and texture, no matter what means we use to say it. e


  1. That's a wonderful use for a tablet. And how appropriate for it to rest on the dolls' laps!

  2. You'd best watch Abby, though...she likes to tinker with stuff. :~)

  3. I love having a tablet and I did get a drawing program. I am so used to pencil drawing that I find it hard to draw on them, I just can't get the flow and feel that I get on paper.


  4. Great picture! I hope those girls behave this evening with your new tablet ;-)


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