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, January 28, 2017

Painting an early Texas spring.

Just outside my doorway, a white flowering quince is budding out. I have had that plant for many years through several house moves. It sat in front of our Red Cape for a few years.

Weather in the 70's and even 80's has me painting flowers, some home grown and some purchased. If it is this warm now what will we suffer in July?!!

10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas panel    "White Tulips"

Today I am painting from some very disappointing white roses, instead of opening the poor things are turning brown just two days from the store!  I will try to paint a freshness they never really achieved.   e


  1. The hat stands painting is an amazing design and so well done from the positioning of the stands, the coloring,the other items depicted, and richness of it's "feelings". A worthy painting! Unfortunately I do not have the budget for this but whoever does purchase this will have a true treasure!

    Karen in NC

  2. Your paintings are lovely! Now that I'm retired I wonder if I should add painting to my long list of things that I want to learn. I was wondering if you could tell me where there is a source for patterns for doll clothing? I'm especially interested in tiny (8 inches) clothing patterns. I even have a doll that's only 3 1/2 inches. Do you have any that are this small?

  3. Somewhere on this blog, is an explanation for making tube dresses, a good way to dress very small dolls. This is how I sew for my 8 inch ones. Search under tube dress and see if you find it. I just now used the search at the top of the home page and it did come up for me.
    If you are interested, by all means paint some, it is a joy, with more to discover every day! e


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