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, September 23, 2013

A Dollmaker's Studio

After a trip to the health food store, like no other I have seen, Peggy stopped in Gloucester for me to reserve a space on the schooner Thomas Lannon next Friday for a cold sunset sail just around in the harbor two hours.

This was a day at Peggy's house watching her make a bonnet for a doll that may be mine if I am very lucky. Her fingers worked the straw braid deftly, and by and by, there was the brim of an 1840 style bonnet. Then Dennis made a fire and we ate by the fireside. How sweet it is to be in a dear early cape for long lovely hours. Surely there cannot be many to whom it means so much.  I appreciate beyond words that Peggy and Dennis share this with me.

One of Peggy's dolls is pictured below. You can see why I want one.


  1. Oh my, I would love one of your friend's dolls too - so very lovely! The fire looks so inviting, I could see myself right there on a cold morning, sipping tea and planning my day! Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos.

  2. Oh My Gosh!-My mouth is watering over your photos of your trip to Maine! I can hardly contain myself. I wish I could be a bee in your bonnet-. Give your friends a hug and THANK YOU from me for being so nice to you. Keep the good news coming, & Let me know when you arrive home---A transfusion of your blood and excitement might do me good! Love from Virginia who really loves you!--Granny Virginia Munroe


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