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 22, 2019

Solstice turns us to full summer.

West Central Texas is heating up, I spend the center of each day sheltering in place with my air conditioner and my painting supplies.  A few friends drop in and I have lots of family nearby.
My second try at the chimney rock on Ghost Ranch.  This one is oil on panel 9 x 12.  See my post of 5 15 2019 for the first one which was a study, 6 x 8, in some ways stronger than the larger one.  Still wet, just laying on the frame it will have soon.

Last month I completed a third painting of the San Geronimo ruins at Taos, Like the pueblo Mountain itself there is so much meaning there, I expect I will paint it again and again. Impossible to catch the vibrations in the ground and echoes  of those seeking sanctuary inside at the end of a bloody conflict.

This one has significance for my family.  Oil on panel 11 x 14.  

Morning and late afternoon I check on my little container garden. cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, basil, garlic chives and mint are growing.  The yard is lush and green from abundant good rain.

I have much to be grateful for in a snug comfortable home.  e

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Almost Summer

On my kitchen table, (a round hutch table Jackie made) there are always paintings drying, and often items from the local thrift store till they find their right places in my ever more crowded cabinets.  Jack teased that I never met a dish I didn't like!   But I do love English ceramics, even the humble ironstone which is still abundant in second hand shops though surely not "hot" like it was for a little while some years back.  I found these plates when I visited a local thrift store.  These were my Great grandmother's pattern, how could I not buy them?  In the past I have had a large collection of it, but parted with those pieces over time.

I remember when I was living in Ft Worth, my Aunt Maurice was visiting and seeing a pine cupboard of this tea leaf luster pattern, exclaimed "My Dear!  That was my grandmother's pattern!"    Aunt M loved family and was always interested in genealogy and family history and old letters.

The same trip out yielded two Lemon Thyme plants, needed to complete  my atrium planting for the summer.

 I also stopped by friend Ruby's house to pick up a bottle of beer she left in her mail box for  me by prior agreement.  I have poured part of it in a large plastic plate near my tomato and basil plants. Snails are about to overcome those plants.  We have been blessed with lots of rain this spring and snails are really out in force.  We will see in the morning how the plate of beer does. By no means will I resort to chemical poisons over this issue.  My friend Dixie wrote that a protective ring of copper stripping can also discourage snails and slugs.   I am happy in this pleasant spring letting more serious concerns in our world recede for a bit, while I work through this bit of drama in the garden.  e

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Six inches of rain here, no damage. A lovely May.

Our town is lush and glowing this Sunday morning. I love my tiny yard. I do not have an open space for veggies, so a group of big pots in my sunniest area  hold herbs and tomato plants.  NOTE added: After 6 inches on May 4th and 5th,  Three more inches on May 8th!  all in a very short ferocious storm.

When we lived in the country I had a garden!

I grew kitty cats.

And lots of pumpkins!
 See the pumpkins on the porch of this great red house we used to own on Schubert street.

 And I used them in the Red Cape of course.

 I miss my country garden, with black berries and eggplants and cucumbers and onions and tomatoes and so much more.  No way could I do the work of it now.  It is good to have done it at the right time.

The first two blooms have opened on the Little Gem Magnolia. High above my head but there are lots of buds lower.

The small atrium gives light and a view to the breakfast and dining areas. The outer wall is profusely  blooming Star Jasmine right now.

 St Frances watches over it.

Paintings usually sit out to dry on my breakfast table.  Some works in progress between painting sessions include Daphne a donkey at New Buffalo near Taos and some of the sheep Daphne usually protects.  As these paintings are in progress, I have received word that Daphne was in another pasture and coyotes struck and killed 4 lambs.

Also drying on the table is a doll head I have painted in a different way.  This one will have a mob cap and a braid of mohair down her back.  She will be about 30 inches tall. Mask from my sculpt.

The red haired doll with long curls was so much fun to paint.  This one is a sculpt by my friend Elaine and has been sent home now to join her doll family.

Below, my five completed at present from the series I am working on with Elaine, a few more to go. I like my red haired doll in blue, wish she had curls too! Each doll is different as they should be.

She is a doll, a painting and a textile.  This covers so many of my interests!  See this doll below finished and in an orchid dress.

Elaine found two of my paintings in an antique mall in Dallas. Here they are on a wall at Elaine's house, over a group of the  dolls.  Signature is 1977 before Jackie and I were married.   I had two one person shows in Dallas, large ones that to my amazement sold out! in 1973 and 1974.  Mary Emerling made that the look of the times.  My shows were sponsored byRalph Willard. 

I painted and sold over 250 of the primitive children, big ones like these, plus uncounted cats and lambs and lions and other small paintings and also a raft of fraktur in grained frames of Jack's making.   He is always so much in my heart, day by day.  e

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Another week another doll made and another painting finished..

Still trying to put one together each week.    Three done, three more to go. These are the molded cloth heads that Elaine has made from my old sculpt plus plenty of her own magic as she worked with them. Elaine has two , and has given me the rest. The very small Steiff bear is just right for the little boy doll to hold.

  I love the little bonnets but hate to hide the doll's hair.  

It is hard to focus and divide my time between painting on canvas and making dolls.  I am using a few days each week for each pursuit...And it gets worse,  I am gathering supplies to make beaded leather medicine pouches with my daughter Cheryl when she  visits soon.  Here is my Road Runner, the state bird of New Mexico.     "Our Bird!"    Oil on Canvas  11 x 14 inches.   e

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