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, February 9, 2015

Thank you to Early American Life Magazine

For a generous, beautiful, flattering article celebrating our more than 35 year association.   Thanks to Tess and Jeanmarie and Kirk and Linda and all who worked to include my humble nest in the April 2015 issue.  When Jeanmarie said they wanted to "do" this house I asked are you sure?  Her reply went something like this: "So many collectors are hitting the same issue of downsizing and a lot of readers will be interested to see how you have done it."  I do not remember the words exactly, but the meaning is there. 

I am grateful to have around me a collection that tells the story of our years together when Jack and I had great adventures with a small out of the way antique shop for thirty years.  The friendships made and the wild tales of great finds shared are all part of the story.   e


  1. Loved the article Edyth~ tho your bright smile & your wonderful stories & talents could fill it from cover to cover~ xoxoxox rachael

  2. What a beautiful issue, and then to discover Edyth.........am forwarding your site onto my dear friends and family who will fall in love with you too!

  3. Hi Edith,
    We just learned of this article at Brimfield. The shows are nothing close to what you used to experience
    when you came up with Jack. Those were great days.I will say the weather is still as much of a factor as back then . We just had three days of record high heat. Decided to pack up yesterday to avoid thunder storms.
    I am going to send an email soon. All our love, C&B

  4. Cora how good to hear something from you! I think of you two so often, lost your email long ago in a crash. Please do email to me. warmest Love, Edyth


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