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

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Long Hot days, mostly inside now sewing or reading

With the warmer weather, early mornings are the time to pick a few tomatoes, change the water in the bird bath, do the small things outside.  I am out again late evening, to walk and enjoy the neighborhood.   Now there has finally been time allotted to arrange a sewing nook.    These pictures look like I am sewing in a dark place, not so, it is a matter of my camera's auto setting which picks up and tempers the brightest light. 

I want to find a little model 20 singer to add to the shelf above my featherweight.  I have two of the featherweights in very good shape so that if one is off being serviced, the other is here to use.  
There are so many stitches needed to care for a doll collection and the accessories one displays with it.  I sew some of the smaller accessories in place for safety.  Miss Greiner is quite please with her new old basket.  I took a few stitches by hand to make a loop around her arm to secure the basket.

There will be company here next week to share the dolls with during the UFDC convention held in San Antonio this year.  I have been a member off and on for 55 years!   e


  1. Your sewing room is very sweet. I don't have a dedicated space anymore in my tiny townhouse, and I do miss that sometimes. I do remember how hot it was in Texas when I lived there!

  2. Have read your posts for years and enjoy everyone of them. Please keep them coming, Love you house tours including your own. You are such an inspiration.

  3. I love your sewing nook, and the colors of your cloth are so lovely and bright. Your dolls are pretty as can be, and Miss Greiner 's basket is just too cute. Is she and her friend getting ready for a picnic? I can only imagine what she's placed in her lovely basket! Thank you for sharing... you've put a smile on my face today! (((Hugs)))

  4. What a cozy sewing nook! You have beautiful fabric (so neatly organized). Thanks for sharing. Mouse


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