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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Just family pictures if you want to skip

This time of school year end has so many special happenings.  My granddaughter Hailey graduated from Texas State University with her major in psychology.   I am so proud of the young woman she is now. She will go on to take a masters in Social work.  It is a joy to watch them all grow up and we hope they will make a difference in our world. Hailey's older brother Jacob  is a young trauma surgeon now.
Hailey with her dad, Carl.  Her mother, my precious daughter in law, was behind the camera on this one.  One of the traditions there is for grads to leap into the Blanco River, heavy gown and all! Carl got a video of that, a real swimming affair with significant current, not just wading.

Last weekend there was a nice dinner at the home of my daughter Beth and her husband Gary. We celebrated mother's day and also Gary's birthday.  I heard from all four of my grown children on that day, and also from several of the grandchildren.  Beth's new kitchen is sparkling white with color notes of Talavera pottery.  She set a 12 foot table in fiesta style and served from the kitchen counters where everyone could make their own ensalada or tacos or fajitas.   Wonderful Tex Mex.

Rooster Cheryl painted is right at home in the kitchen now. 

 Chicken and beef very lean, marinated then grilled by Gary.  Taco seasoned beef in crock pot was tasty too.  Pico de Gallo for those who like it hot.

Learning to eat black beans

Little ones watching

Happy Birthday!

Blue corner cupboard Jack made is behind the toys. 

Beth with Linda

 Bailey is holding her youngest sibling, with her are her friend Cooper and his brother Chance.  
Those trophy belts do not come free. Last night Chance broke bones and partially collapsed a lung ridding a bull at the rodeo.

Four generations
At Cooper's senior prom last week.    Oh My.  (Yes Grandmother,  it is lined all the way.)

Bailey and Cooper with Ruger


  1. What a lovely family. I can see the pride in your face.

  2. Thank you, being a Great grand mother to five now is quite a view into the future! They will not have a life anything like mine has been and still is, even if I have four computers and a smart phone. The children think so much differently! I think they will travel this world and have no need of collections of stuff, enhanced reality will suffice for much. I wonder if enhanced reality can give me a collection of Izannah Walker dolls to sit on my couch!

  3. What a beautiful family Edyth . Sincere wishes for Chance's speedy, comfortable and complete recovery.

  4. What food for thought. I've noticed the new and maturing generations have less desire for physical belongings , and I think your insight has pin-pointed much of the reason why! It puzzled me that it seems so universal , mostly because of my concern for protecting cherished antiques. I'll work on that enhanced reality as well - I'll even get another couch if I can get some Izannahs , and a few papier maches and 1840s chinas to sit on it !


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