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

Thursday, December 27, 2018

A little of my Christmas 2018

My family and I pray with all of you for world peace and love.

Celebrating the season with some of my family is always sweet. The ones far away are so much closer by phone and photos than was the case years ago.

Poppy has unders and is waiting for a dress. 

 Camel from one of Steiff's earliest catalogs.

 Decorating the big north shore cupboard is always a joy. Magnolia leaves are from my yard.
Jack's treasured collections of stoneware and redware and pewter are on display as he placed them about this house. I have parted with only one of these, a piece of redware to a friend Jack would want to have it. Jackie has been gone six years now.  In the comforting way of old age, I feel he was here with me just a short while ago.  

White robed Santa from Bethany Lowe with a few Steiff friends added.

 The Christmas tree this year is smaller and simpler without the former collection of antique ornaments which finally became too much for me to enjoy  working with. 
 The little tree is from wmart , with just a few cotton orns I make like the star, and some pinecones and a few old balls with a string of old glass beads. Not much effort to put it up and not much to take it down and pack I am thinking.

 Christmas eve at the home of my Daughter Beth and her husband Gary means a sweet gathering of friends and family to enjoy carols and readings. The big cupboard is filled with a large nativity group.

 Three is old enough for a first bicycle! (with training wheels)

 Bailey enjoys time with her small siblings, She is back in Wyoming now.

A sweet Christmas day.     e


  1. Your home is beautiful.
    Merry Christmas. Health and happiness to you in 2019.

  2. Beautiful photos and beautiful family! Happy New Year, Edyth!

  3. Hello, Thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas photos. I think Bailey looks a lot like you, a granddaughter I think? My father's people came from north Texas, and you remind me of his granny. She collected old bottles, crockery, etc.... I love your blog, and hope you will continue telling us about the things you love.

  4. What a treat to spend some time with you today, Edyth. Your home, dolls and love of history has always had a special place in my heart. I remember moving from overseas to our current home almost 20 years ago. When we were furniture shopping the stores didn’t ever seem to have the style I was looking for—even in the catalog. I know now that my design style is found in your house or those like it.

    About five years ago I found out there was a local place that makes furniture and small colonial/primitive peices. Be still my heart. As you can imagine I’ve been sprinkling my house with their work since then.

    So glad you had a good Christmas, and I wish you a very Happy New Year. Judy

  5. Thank you for sharing your Christmas with us all. I especially liked your "old friend toys" displayed and even more so the photos of the kids. ...jan

  6. A simpler and quieter manner of decorating is certainly appealing, Edyth! I love your large elephant on wheels underneath your Christmas tree! Glad to see happy times with family too! I got a Sizzix and dies to cut my rug hooking strips. I hope this speeds up the preparation so I can catch up on all my hooking projects. Happy New Year, dear Edyth!

  7. What a beautiful Christmas you had with your loved ones. And your decorations are perfect. I love everything! Wishing you many blessings in this New Year!

  8. What a lovely family! The littles sure do make for a great Christmas don't they. I have three of them now. We are so blessed. I know you sure miss your husband. You will be in my prayers. I look forward to your sweet posts. Take care and know that others are thinking of you, Pat


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