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, December 25, 2017

December 25th 2017

This has been a quiet Christmas day for me here in Fredericksburg. The beautiful Santa by Bethany Lowe makes a seasonal statement but I did not decorate the house as usual this Christmas. I am staying in and trying to make headway against a chest problem, not with my wonderful family because there is some flu there. The adorable little Yorkie puppy came from Santa to some of the great grands. What a face! He is six inches high! I am grateful for so many things and look forward to the coming year. There are paintings allover my breakfast table, and stacked down my hallway, and I cant wait to make more. e


  1. Edyth, illness got me too, and I didn’t do much decorating either. My family is now out of the woods and I’m 98% there. Merry Christmas. I wish you and your family a speedy recovery. Judy

  2. Edyth, I enjoy reading your blog, you are such an inspiration with all the beautiful paintings you are creating. I grew up and live in Colorado and have made many trips to Taos, it is a wonderful enchanting place, how fun you were visit and paint there. Happy Holidays, Julie

  3. Beautiful paintings, Edyth. Merry Christmas to you. ...jan

  4. Illness seems to have struck our country especially hard, Edyth! That cute puppy should keep everyone diverted though. Lovely paintings.

  5. Guard your health...keep painting...it has got to be good for you! Love the Santa and your home, Edyth!

  6. A little late with my comment here, but I always enjoy your blog and all the photos you share. Your past Christmases were decorated wonderfully, but this one is just as wonderful. There's something to be said of simplicity. You captured the spirit of Christmas perfectly. Sorry you were sick, but happy to know you are better. Blessings, dear lady!


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