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

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Hint of Fall

By the time the second group of friends visited from Two Star, I had had time to put out a bit of fall color. 
New tea towels from Trish Travis at Country Gatherings

The warm colors of the Chalk Deer Rug are always ready for this season.
Fresh green in the atrium is a cool contrast to all the warm colors inside. It is seen from the breakfast table in the kitchen and also from the long dining table in the next room.  At night the atrium is lighted and adds drama to candle light suppers! 

The already busy rooms do not need much in the way of color added.  I am searching for some Indian corn to add on the table and on this cupboard. That will be enough for me. 

How many years ago did Irene Gunn teach me to put a lamp always beside a cupboard? At least 40 years back.  There is a lamp beside every open cupboard in this house. 

The pretty candle wreaths come out each fall, they are pleasures bought from Eileen at Chappell Hill.    Homemaking is an acquired joy, the sum of many friendships and experiences.  
In that way also,  I think of beloved family members each time I look through my recipe box.  The faded writings of my mother and aunt are there along with the recipes shared from friends..  e


  1. I truly enjoyed your photos and your post!
    The statement about homemaking would be wonderful on a sampler. I am saving that one! Thank you for sharing. I would love to see all your cupboards up close, and I love Indian corn! blessings!

  2. I wonder if that is annie R ? If so you live near enough to visit. Call and come by, e

  3. Hi Edyth! Because I admire your blog so very much, I have nonminated you for the "One Lovely Blog" Award! Congratulations! You can read about it on my page here, and if you accept it, you can put the award picture on your blog if you'd like! Miss "talking" with you, hope all is well! Helen

  4. Thank you so much for the post about the faded recipes (I have some of those too).........it made me cry...remembering my own mom.


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