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

Friday, February 8, 2019

February already. where does time go?

Nothing outstanding to post, just a happy life going along.  I continue to paint a little on my own and have started back to paint class with my friend Carla, after being pretty much house bound with a bum knee.  You can see a photo I am working from here on a monitor beside my easel.

 My brother came for my birthday and spent a night here, we ate at a trendy new place and visited with a lot of the great grandchildren around my birthday cake.  It feels pretty special to be 88 and I am grateful for each good day. Four generations below.

Spending a lot of January in a recliner with ice on my knee, I binge watched all six seasons of Longmire at one time. I read an action book by Grisham and another by Baldacci.  I sewed a little for my wooden dolls, they continue to charm me above all other dolls right now. These little English woodens are the only dolls I have really old enough to go with the furniture Jack and I liked best. Here is another one on her way home from restorers in Canada.   A little beauty, when most of the ones I have are quirky.

Today my doll making friend Elaine came for a visit and we played dolls a while.  She is making some face masks from my Izannah style mold I sculpted back about 1990.  There will be some for both of us to keep.  Pictured are the first two she has made. Following are my original doll as well as my favorite cloth doll named Spoon for the shape of her head. So between painting and playing dolls I am having a nice winter, hiding out from the cold, (it sleeted all day today).  
 These make big dolls about 26 inches tall.

Best, e


  1. Lovely dolls, Edyth! I was watching Floss Tube (you tube) of some sampler makers when Gail Wilson was mentioned and they had made some of her dolls and had let their children play with them. It gave me the idea of fostering the love of dolls in my little granddaughter by making some for her. Got to get the next generation interested. Stay warm, spring is coming!

  2. Happy birthday! May you be blessed with many more.
    Longmire...one of my favorite series.

  3. Edyth - Love the dolls, but also love your Taos painting. Family lore says that my husband has a great grandmother buried just inside the door of St. Francis de Assisi. There are supposedly four people buried just inside the door, and when you stand there, it looks like there is about room for that many burials. I stopped in once and asked the priest if they had any burial records. He said they knew there were people buried under the floor of the church, but their records were lost. He said that researchers hoped to find the records in the state archives, but so far as I know nothing has ever turned up. Anyway, I always enjoy looking at paintings of the old church.

  4. Happy Birthday belatedly. I always admire your talent with painting. The dolls are so sweet and I bet it was enjoyable playing. Hope your knee gets better
    Linda m

  5. Happy belated Birthday. I love your current painting. I see nothing but snow outside my Maine windows. I look forward to seeing the colors of the southwest someday! I so enjoy looking at your dolls. Thank you for sharing their delightful faces.

  6. I would love the pattern for the spoon doll when you have it ready. That blue check dress from Auntie Barbara really makes this doll sweet.Love her.
    Carolyn B


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