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, December 20, 2015

Once upon a Christmas Time Part Three

Here is a friend's house to share.  The spaces are gracious  and ample for large groups, but warm and inviting for our small collectors club also. Our hostess chose to set several small tables in her kitchen area for us to gather around and then let us wander and enjoy the treasures everywhere.  Discussion for the meeting was decorated boxes and some nice ones were shown.

This tree is decorated with old cotton fruit ornaments.

An informal arrangement on the piano brings it into the decorating theme nicely.  The hooked rug shown here is a taste of the fine collection of them.

There are many lovely portraits and beautiful old theorems all over the house.  


A precious old trundle peeks out from under.


The collection of old ornaments by itself would make a lovely post to study!

A nice touch on an old spoon to enjoy year round.  e


  1. Breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to share.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank You so much for sharing another Beautiful Home Everything is Just perfection Have a Merry Christmas And a Blessed New Year

  3. Beautiful home and pictures reminds me of a time long ago sifting through the pages of Colonial Home magazines. Thank you for taking us back with your superb photography. Merry, Merry, Christmas, Edyth! Blessings to you from Barbara Stillman in Parrish, Fl

  4. Beautiful Home! I sure would like to know more about the hooked rugs!

  5. Love it all, Edyth! That stripey rug caught my eye! Love the old Santas too. Merry Christmas, Edyth! I have so enjoyed your posts! Thank you for allowing us to immerse ourselves in the Christmas's of olde!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful home with us!

  7. What a beautiful home. Thank you for taking us along with you to this delightful party!
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I want to thank you for your wonderful blog. You are a inspiration to me both with the dolls and antiques. I study each new blog and still research the old ones. I love antiques and need a little help displaying them. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures and interest. I have followed you for years. Thank you. Judy


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