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, January 28, 2016

Eighty Five is a Blessing!

My birthday was a happy occasion, Beth baked two pound cakes and served cake and berries and whipped cream and tea to eleven of us.  For the sake of safety she used 5 candles instead of 85 which would have set off the smoke alarms!  I enjoyed the company of my little ones as ever. 

The two strands of turquoise I am wearing here are gifts from Linda who makes wonderful jewelry!

The next morning, my real birthday,  I had a few friends in for cake and tea at my house and we visited and had a great time. Barb Carroll told how she went to a local resale shop here last week and bought two good Jacquard coverlets, one with cows in the border!  Others of us discussed great finds but none could top that.   All in all a happy bright day, one to count my blessings.  I spent a little time starting a new painting.

My beloved minivan is getting on up there, she is 14 now.  Since the deer hit us on the side, she has had a number of issues, but looks great again. Vanessa is home now with a new radiator and her door lock redone.

Yesterday at the thrift store I bought a pretty rug to go in the back so she feels all dressed up. The back end was originally fitted with a third seat which Jack discarded in favor of more room for antiques, but we were left with the grooves for it. So a pretty rug looks good plus when I am hauling painting supplies the van herself is protected somewhat. She is silver outside and Copen blue inside. For an old girl she does very well.  I dress so much in denim and silver so we match.  She and I both know that one day our motors will stop but for now we are happy and looking toward spring. E


  1. Happy, happy birthday, Edyth. May you be blessed with many more years of health and happiness.
    Hugs :)

  2. Happy Birthday! I love the rug in your van. Why not?!!

  3. Happy Birthday! Love seeing the photos of the kids, grandkids are the best, they keep us young.


  4. Happy Birthday!
    Wonderful photos, and cute kiddos!
    Hope this year will be a wonderful one for you!

  5. Happy Birthday, Edyth--I wish I were there to give you a hug.

  6. A very happy birthday wish for you, Edyth. ...jan

  7. Wishing you a very happy birthday with all the things that bless you.

  8. Happy birthday, Edyth! A friend of mine just retired from teaching 4th grade at 99 years old! She wanted to try something new! So you are just a youngster. Enjoy yourself!

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MANY MORE! Loved your picture and the sweet faces of everyone, children especially. Looks like you all had a good time, and I was here feeling sorry for myself (no, not really). But it would be nice to be present at least one time at one of your birthdays. I could take pictures and talk too much and eat too much and...just be myself. You all look like you like to be yourselves too. The cows on the coverlet sounds so great. What an idea! I am so drawn to farm and farm animal motifs--it is in my DNA. Cheers and love, Ron (praying for you and family every day) The Lord is so good to let us share our lives with each other.

  10. Thank you dear Cousin Ron! I too wish we did not live across the continent from each other. Have a great day, warmly, cousin Edyth


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