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 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 single and 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


  1. I've also heard that crushed eggshells are a deterrent.
    Here in Ohio, tea leaf ironstone prices have plummeted!

  2. What a gorgeous painting! I too love dishes, especially with sentimental value. I hope you catch lots of snails with your beer!


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