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, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving week begins

I am enjoying holiday cooking with my new stove. Decorating and cooking are going forward as I am focusing on Christmas here because Thanksgiving will be celebrated at Daughter Beth's.  Several little dinners and three parties are planned here. This is the day for pumpkin bread and spiced peaches.
Under the tree sits Elvis the second, the first great Steiff bear like this, big as a toddler, was lost and it took me nine years to find another like him.  He got his name because he growls when tipped, with a lovely baritone that I interpret as "I wanna be your Teddy bear!"  
I wish all of you a happy week.  e


  1. Dear Edythe, You have put me in the Christmas mood! There have been several losses for me this year and I was feeling low but this is just what I needed! The Santa and reindeer look interesting. Is there a story attached to them? Thank you for sharing.

  2. The bread looks delicious, I always love making quick breads.
    Love your teddy and tree, I hope you will share more of your decorating.


  3. Mary, the Santa on the reindeer is by Bethany Lowe. Last year there was the same Santa but not as a pull toy. I have larger ones of hers, they are pictured here last year, and I will likely show them again here in other posts. Most of my Christmas things are old, but I cannot resist these! I hope you can have a sweet Christmas, remembering a time before loss. Warmly, e

  4. I'm baking pumpkin bread today (25th) too! ...jan

  5. Love your holiday decorations, Edyth.Elvis the second is very special and your pumpkin bread looks yummy. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Tricia

  6. I will start my decorating the day after Thanksgiving. You have put me in the mood. Your decorations are lovely - thanks so much for sharing. I will look forward to seeing some more of your holiday decor.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  7. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Edyth! I love your blog with all your posts and wonderful photos! You are an inspiration and my mentor! Regards, Barbara Stillman in FL

  8. Thank you, that is such a sweet thing to say. Send photos of what you are doing and I will show some here for all of us to share. Holliday foods are so pretty, every time we are in the kitchen working we have an opportunity to create a still life work of art. Aren't onions and potatoes and apples and such beautiful! Beautiful kitchen towels are treasures. I have three precious ones that my friend Penny hand wove and gave me. I think today's pie is photo worthy! More soon, thank you for writing.


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