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, December 17, 2015

A small Cone Santa to make

Small spots of Christmas are so much pleasure. You can arrange them wherever you like, a candle and a bit of holy on a shelf  makes a nice note. Antiques glow when highlighted by these touches.  Here is friend Gina's ipad and phone charging station.  I love seeing my little ship mat pattern in the mix.

A little Santa on a cupboard at my house is one I made from faded rug wool and a bit of sculpy or similar clay plus cotton to form a beard.  A simple three piece cone that any crafter can cut is the base.  Front and back are bullet shaped and the base is a circle to fit.  Make that hat tall.  Curved arms without stuffing are inserted in the side seams. The almost flat backed clay face is on with a bit of glue, then a beard and edging are applied with more glue.  The mustache is modeled and painted in the clay face but the beard is applied cotton.

A group of them could be assembled in muted colors and even one in a soft plaid.

When I stuffed  him I added a circle of cardboard inside the base.  Trim for the coat can be cotton quilt batting cut with crisp edges.      e


  1. Edyth ~
    He is just WONDERFUL!
    Merry Christmas :)

  2. Merry Christmas to you, Edith. The santa is precious!
    Melinda Cole

  3. Your Santa is so cute, Edyth! Thank you for the instructions to make one for ourselves. Your post on music appreciation was very uplifting and I agree that music and art feeds the soul. Please don't stop your blogging in the coming year, but if you do, I sincerely hope that you will visit us from time to time and give us inspiration on decorating, art and music, your dolls, antiques, your philosophy on life and above all, how you are doing. Merry Christmas Edyth! Warmly, Barbara S. in Parrish, Fl

  4. Your Santas face is so sweet Thank you for letting us know hows its made Sure Hope you will continue with blogging Yours is one I always check Merry Christmas to you and yours Linda m

  5. I have made cone shaped Santas with fabric appliqued faces but now I want to make one with a sculpy face! Thank you, Edyth, for your inspiration. Maybe I could find a miniature bottle brush tree for him to hold. Now I have many ideas running through my head...


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