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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Extended Family


Before there were real Walker dolls here in Edyth’s doll family , there was Mattie.  Mattie is short for Martha’s Dream.  When Martha Chase made dolls around 1900, she made them very close to how she remembered her own childhood doll, an Izannah Walker doll.  Edyth was so hungry to have an Izannah Walker doll, that she did a very naughty thing, she repainted a ragged and dirty little Chase child and named her Martha’s Dream.   The Doll’s Aunt Dixie made an awful fuss about it, but  still it happened, even if not a very nice thing to do.  And now Mattie plays with the Walker dolls and their other cousins and has tea with them sometimes.    


  1. Ha ha ha. "Awful fuss" sounds like I had a tantrum. ;-) I like Mattie in her dress. She looks good in the family.

  2. You have given me such an idea, Edyth. (No I won't be painting any Martha Chase babies...don't want Dixie to throw a tantrum. ;~)

  3. I LOVE Mattie- she has the sweet and perfectly beautiful rendering that speaks so well of your hand and heart! Hugs to you!

  4. I think Martha would have approved. Enjoy your Izannah's real and dreamed.


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