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, June 6, 2016

A pleasant informal gathering to welcome summer

Iced tea and cake served on a screened in porch make a perfect little summer party.  Barbara's house was breezy and cool even with the afternoon in the low 80's. She served delicious light treats and flavored tea.

The outdoors seems to be part of every room, light airy and open.

Beautiful little arrangements everywhere show that this is the home of a talented decorator/collector.
Cool light blues speak to the summer of easy soft slow days.

I am proud to have one of my paintings tucked high in a cupboard.

Cheryl has recently painted a portrait of  a dear family pet and it has a prominent place in the house.

Barbara's hand as a gardener is evident all around the house, inside and outside, complete with hummingbirds to entertain us.  Thank you for such a special afternoon! 


  1. This house speaks of summer! I felt it's coolness by looking at the pictures. I have never seen the Texas shaped paintings. Are they only shaped like Texas?? Have you been affected by the heavy rains I have watched on TV? We have been very warm in California.

  2. Hi Mary, thank you as always for your comment! Yes we have had horrific rains in much of our state in the last 30 days. In Fredericksburg the rain we have had has been beneficial so far, and the whole town is a garden. e

  3. Hi Edyth, Glad to hear you are well and haven't suffered from the torrential downpours! Things are blooming here too, but we have had several days in the 100 degree temps.


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