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

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Christmas Past

Our big house in Stoneridge decorated so nicely for Christmas.  Click on links to go look. I am thinking of Christmas things here now, and wondering how this will go for me. This little house has so much in it, more might make it visually too crowded if I put in a lot of greenery and fruit and such. . I will give it a try, starting with one small tree.





  1. We do a three foot table tree, and a few small displays on mantel and shelves. I'm wondering how the cat will behave--this is her first holiday with us. All that new and tempting shiny stuff to bat around!

  2. Oh Edyth dear, what lovely
    inspirations were renewed in viewing your past Christmas settings. Thanks to you, our
    antique sled is set upon the
    kitchen island and "filled" with
    greenery and fruit just as you
    created....it has become a central
    tradition each Christmas. Do hope
    you will continue to mount that
    lovely vignette. No matter how
    much space you have, I know you
    will spin antique-edged Christmas
    magic in your home.
    Bountiful blessings for Thanksgiving.....

  3. I know you will do a beautiful job on your new home and make wonderful new memories.


  4. I loved your photos! The cupboards, cabinets, the sleigh, everything just looked so wonderful. The Santa sitting with his fabric beard, how wonderful he is, and the boy doll looking out of the corner in the glass breakfront. He seemed ready to come out and play! Thank you so much for sharing!


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