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, December 11, 2014

Friends in for a Christmas gathering

After touring Penny's and Barbara's homes, about a dozen friends made a stop by my house.  Most had far to drive home so it was brief but pleasant.







Steiff Friends

The wire wrapped blue glass bird is the only ornament I added this year.

Republican Bears with their Elephant Friend, supporting the Second Amendment.  The boy doll is a Voit of about 1845, wearing a red wool suit dating to civil war years.




Helen and I played dolls a bit, discussing Tansy/Tabby she made years back, and little Phoebe, a doll of Helen's making which I showed in a recent post. Helen had several outstanding dolls with her, among them a huge Queen Ann  bust.  Some will call this one a Georgian.  She is a rare early doll to see and enjoy. She told me many things as I photographed her on my sun porch. I wish I could hear and understand all of her stories!  This doll has seen history happen!   e

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