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

Friday, January 29, 2016

From a private collection

Thank you for sharing with us my friend.











 Colors are far from drab or dull.  The walls show off the collection. The painted furniture and portraits and textiles add even more color.




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More from a great collection














Chinese Export porcelain and other early ceramics set the scene.


What great wall color!





Old Delft my husband loved

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



Monday, January 4, 2016

My Daughter Cheryl Roberts is Artist of the Month


Linda, Cheryl, Beth and I have  just finished hanging Cheryl’s paintings for her art show this month.  We finished in 3 hours.   She has 26 paintings there.  It is a happy occasion for us all!  When we finished Sarah and her baby Ramsey came and sat a little while there too.  I took a press release to the paper this am, hope they will print it.  Here is what it said:
Art Show for Cheryl Roberts at Biedermann’s Ace Hardware 
The paintings of Cheryl Roberts will be featured at Biedermann’s   Ace Hardware  for the month of January.  Studio B, the art department at Biedermann’s,   exhibits the work of a different local artist each month.  Cheryl works in oil, acrylic, and soft pastels and will be painting there a number of times during the month.  
 
Growing up on a small ranch in Hamilton County inspired in Cheryl a lifelong love affair with the natural beauty of the Western landscape along with the livestock and wild creatures at home there.  She and her late husband Glen lived in the mountains of Colorado a number of years and spent many days horseback searching out and photographing the animals and scenes she enjoys painting both from her photographs and from life.
 
Cheryl is a member of Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg and has studied with Olin Travis, Ross Merrill, Clive Tyler, Ron Rencher and Albert Handel.   She invites all interested persons to stop by Biedermann’s at 1102 East Main St. in Fredericksburg.    e
 
 
Cheryl with our hostess Barbi Biedermann
 





 
 

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