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

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter week

 I asked my oldest daughter today if she remembered coloring Easter eggs together when she was little. Yes!  Now my granddaughter is coloring eggs with my great grands.   
Sarah's four children
Hunting eggs is serious business, holding her mouth just right.
Found a good one at preschool egg hunt.
I painted a few eggs yesterday to go around my old hen in the kitchen. All but two of the painted eggs I used to have burned in our house fire, It has been 10 years this spring and I am just now getting around to replacing some!  The two large eggs are dated 1999. Amazing how time rushes by.  I hope I will paint some more bye and bye.

To glaze them (or a doll head) I use Liquitex medium, either gloss or matte plus Ceramcoat burnt umber liquid acrylic.  For inspiration I used to borrow pieces of my mother in law's lovely Quimper. Now I go easily to Google images and pull up hundreds of pictures. 
When Jack and I married, I had a nice small collection of old Staffordshire hens. He took a dim view of them as they were not old enough for our furniture and not American either.  I let all go but the one large one shown above. She lives behind a cupboard door out of sight except at Easter.  However Jack did later buy for me a red and white one at an auction in Pennsylvania, styled after the earlier Chelsea hens with peeps. I treasure these two Staffordshire hens, I would be afraid to buy more now because the date of manufacture varies so widely. There were a number made in the 1950's and 60's, sold at Adele Hunt's in Dallas for one example.  They are so good I would not be sure, particularly if they had been crazed in a dishwasher. 

Four Generations


Hinged basket handles cause lots of issues!

There were 12 of us to say Grace in a circle before a beautiful brunch. e


  1. All the children are beautiful!
    I missed hunting eggs with my son today, he is now 22!
    I loved those eggs, just so lovely.
    The hens are fabulous, the brown one would look
    beautiful on a hooked rug with those colors.
    Bless you!

  2. I love your post. Thank you so much for sharing. Beautiful eggs. It's the simplest of times that are the most precious. , What a lovely family you have, Edyth!

  3. Wonderful photos of your family and I love your painted eggs.
    I do frakturs, so next year I am going to get some eggs to paint with fraktur designs.


    1. Debbie they will be wonderful! I love to do fraktur designs also. In the 1970's I made several hundred a year and Jack made frames for them which I paint grained. I used india ink, but not watercolor. The paint that was always easiest for me was and still is oil. I diluted the oil paint with a copal oil medium, later removed from the market for health reasons. Some of my fraktur designs morphed into my first Hooked Rug patterns when I learned that craft in 1978.

  4. Beautiful family. Thanks for sharing :)
    LOVE your eggs.


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