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

Saturday, November 21, 2015

House upside down

I am completely into working over the house for the Christmas Holiday time. I finished the small tree yesterday and the large one is down from the attic and set in place. A table and a footstool and my large rug hooking basket have been carried out of the living room to give more room for people and I have finished the mantel.  For the season, my deer rug hangs over the mantel rather than the Oliver Cromwell ship rug.  Wreaths and garlands and ornaments and sleds and pine cones and on and on must be found.     From year to year I am never sure I can gather myself enough to do all of this, but so far so good. It is further complicated by the fact Jackie died at Christmas, all the while telling me he wanted me to go on living fully after he was gone.    Friend Ruby Lee called yesterday and said what are you doing? I said I am decorating the tree, and have music on, Manheim steam roler’s Fum fum fum comes on and I dance fast around the room til I am out of breath and then Auld Lang Syne comes on and I cry some. Either way I am still living life fully  and passionately. 

Cold damp weather makes it less easy to work but I expect to have the major decorating done soon.  The sun porch is used as a staging area and is a jungle right now, but must be tamed to handle overflow guests on party days.   I plan parties on Dec 6th  8th and  13th.    I will also be cooking a lot this week, which is something I do very little of normally.  I will have company over the Thanksgiving weekend. The town expects 25,000 visitors this weekend so it is impossible to eat out and I must have food here for some of us about four days.   Daughter Beth will have 20 of us in on Thanksgiving day itself. 
My van will be away from me being worked on during some parts of this,  a bummer.   I was run into by a fast running deer last Monday evening right here in my neighborhood.  She ran off fast so I hope was not much hurt. But my dear Vanessa that I have had 14 years had never had a dent before.
I enjoy the bustle of the Holiday season and love our little town decorated for Christmas. Downtown buildings are outlined in light and it is a wonderland.  We have banners across the street saying Merry Christmas and a crèche in the center of town.  We don't have reindeer in our Christmas parade but we do have llamas! My little grandchildren love them!   e


  1. So glad you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of the season. I admire you for hosting three parties! I hope to see more pics of your home decorated for the holidays. Best wishes!

  2. Dear Edyth, I hope you didn't suffer any injuries with your encounter with the deer. I'm sure it rattled your nerves especially when it happened at night! Scary!! Your mantle is so pretty with the white Santas as opposed to traditional red Santas. The Santas among the pine cones and greens, along with your deer hooked rug is simply perfect!! Take care, friend. Warmly, Barbara Stillman in Florida

  3. Dear Barbara, thank you for those sweet thoughts, yes I am fine though it was a surprise as the deer hit right near the driver's side door and went up on the windshield. I had very little speed and that is good. It is amazing how much it cost to repair, I can see that a slightly more serious hit would have totaled my old car which is still running strong and perfectly. My Farm Bureau insurance is very good, but the value of an older car is very small except to me Working on the taller tree now, will add a stocking to the mantel .


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