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, March 5, 2015

Projects, hearts heads and ??eggs?



How do all of these go together?  It has been almost ten years since our house fire. It has been a hard and full ten years, with three moves, much to restore and pack and unpack and downsize and my sweet husband was fighting a battle he could not win.  Jack wove fresh seats in 20 chairs, and I restored a great many dolls. We redid two houses lightly during that time. We managed some very good times in among all of that.  

The garage of my present house holds anything but my old lady minivan, Vanessa.  Instead there are rows of high shelves piled high with boxes and boxes in front of boxes holding yarn or bits of leather and scraps of old coverlets and dozens of things I think I might get to or work on again.  There are skeins of flax (old ones) for doll hair in case I ever make a queen Ann style doll. You get the idea. I am still in a way trying to find my way back to the page where I was when it all fell apart.  Some projects long waiting do get resurrected a bit at a time or discarded to never never land.

I had wanted to make some heart shaped pin cushions for Valentine's day last month. The makings did not come to hand. Today I decided to get the old hen out for Easter, she always sits on the kitchen table or a sideboard. Once she was surrounded by a nice clutch of hand painted eggs to which I added a few every spring or so. I painted them mostly in Quimper designs. All were smoked badly and thrown away except two large ones inside the hen covered dish itself.  Barb Carroll has a couple I gave her long back, she loves that pottery.  I have not painted another in ten years!  Now seems like the right time to remedy that so I went digging  in the cold garage for a long time and gave up, then had one more go at it and wow! there was the box marked eggs and hearts!  How did that happen to be combined? But more exciting for me was a box marked wig heads!  I thought they were long lost!  instead here they are , two nice large reproduction ones ready for me to repaint as I like. I am thrilled to find them after years of thinking them lost.   How does anyone ever get bored?  E, who is in a happy messy house right now.

9 comments:

  1. I'm glad you found your lost items. Your eggs are so pretty. I have a hooked rug kit my daughter gave me for Christmas five years ago that I have not begun. I think it is calling me!

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  2. Enjoy, Edyth. I love the little heart pin-keep.

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  3. Thank you Jan. One year when a group of friends were coming for a February meeting at my house, I made a basket of these in different rusty wools and let everyone choose one to keep. Blanket stitching goes easily and fast, then the backs are stitched on the machine. I should do an Easter egg shape of two colors of rug wool then using yarn make a lazy daisy embroidery in the center of each. At this time I am working full out on a pattern for doll aprons. e

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  4. So great they came back to you, what a lovely surprise!

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  5. I love reading your blog. I also enjoyed the article on you and your home in EAL magazine. I have made several of your rug patterns and the coasters in EAL several years ago. Made lots of them for gifts. I admire your fortitude to go on after losing Jack. You are an inspiration.

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  6. Your garage and my attic have a lot in common! Boxes and boxes of projects & my own stash of flax for just the same reason! Isn't it a treat when your projects resurface, and you finally find the ones you had been looking for? I recently went digging for baby projects that I hadn't gotten finished when my sons were little. With a new baby in the family maybe they will have a chance of seeing the light of day this time around. :) When I located all of the baby things I also found a stash of stuffed hearts I had been working on. Mine are muslin trimmed in heavy antique crochet lace. I'm really looking forward to seeing your papier-mache heads when you have them painted. Please post photos! I am also very much looking forward to seeing your doll aprons.

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  7. Thank all of you for the encouraging comments! Daughter Cheryl may paint a couple of eggs, I will post at Easter. And yes I finished my doll apron pattern. Those of you who bought the first one a few years back may have a copy of this greatly expanded one free if you will email and ask me for it. e

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  8. Edyth your doll apron pattern is every bit as wonderful as all your other patterns are! I just purchased a copy :)

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  9. Isn't wonderful to find a treasure thought lost. Love the Quimper eggs.

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