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

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Once Upon a Christmas Time Part Two

Note if you are just reading part two you are missing it!  Be sure to read part One. you can refresh the blog banner and it will give you the whole thing I believe.  e
Individual arrangements all over the house with groupings of old Christmas treasures showcase a decades old collection, added to and refined through years of focus..

The baby tender used as a tree base shows the great "out of the box" thinking of this collector.

 Items left out all year round become festive with the addition of greenery and a Santa.
Again a touch of greenery and pinecones change the season.

This was a beautiful day to make priceless memories.     e


  1. What amazing homes and collections! Thank you for sharing the holiday spirit!

  2. Thank you for sharing such beautiful homes decorated so lovely for the holidays Linda m

  3. Glad you are enjoying this. With luck there will be another one next week! e

  4. I love the paint colors in this house. And the baby tender as a tree stand? Brilliant.

  5. Thank you, Edyth, for the Christmas tour of homes! You take really good pictures! Looking forward to more Chtistmas photos. And thank you for the chocolate pecan recipe which I plan on making.
    Warm wishes from Barbara S. in Parrish, FL

  6. When showing homes of friends I do not usually show the front of the house, the location or the last name for the sake of safety and privacy.

  7. Wonderful! Thank you so much for including us in your holiday cheer! Love the stone fruit! And the doll collection is divine! Jack was an artist with wood. Partial to blue in a decorating scheme too. You are lucky to have such a talented group as friends (but you already knew that, I'm sure).


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