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

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Exciting Magnolia Pearl shop opening in Fredericksburg TX

Photo copyright Robin Brown, Robin on the right. 

Robin Brown designs and produces a very successful line of outrageous clothing, with equally stunning price tags.   Go see Magnolia Pearl in Fredericksburg on Google or Face Book.  Some of the pieces make me feel like a princess and some like a chimney sweep.  It runs from silly to beautiful but all of it brings a smile to the wearer as well as to the beholder.   Her clothing is enjoyed nation wide and is all made here in Fredericksburg using unusual fabric, much of it from France, including beautiful linen in greige and sand and neutral creams.   I love the  few pieces of it that I have in my own closet and it is fun to see it about town, always worn with a dash of elan.  Each piece is eye catching and the bold label sewn on the outside makes it unmistakable. 

Today on Hwy 290 East of Fredericksburg, the winery road,  Magnolia Pearl opened its newly expanded retail outlet in a huge three story post and beam barn.   It was a fun occasion with people looking at each other as much as at the clothing in the shop.  Wine was offered, I had water, and the crepes with peaches were divine!  Rebecca Rather reined like the celebrity chef she is, in a well appointed kitchen open for us all to enjoy.  It was a lovely party!
I added one wonderful sea foam green linen shirt that looks like an artist's smock.









 Carol Hicks Bolton in the center.


 Rebecca in the center wielding a spatula.



I stopped at my favorite peach stand on the way home, for Fredericksburg Gold.  This was a perfect summer day.  Yes that pale pink ruffled top has the MP label on the back.  E


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! 
 
 
 

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