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, August 4, 2013

One sweet Flower

When Jack and I had just moved into this home last year, Jan and Bill Borron came one day bringing a Little Gem Magnolia plant.  Both Jack and Jan were gone in December without ever seeing the plant take hold well.
The terrible hail storm this May left it stripped of every single leaf and much of the bark!   The broken branches drooped and  I felt it would make more sense to take it out than to try to prune it and keep it going. But because it was Jan's I could not do that.  I shaped it as best I could.   A bit at a time a few small leaves started to return and the life force in it grew and gained and then it gave me this one exquisite bloom.  What a lesson in hope!  e


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