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 23, 2019

Playing with toys at Christmas

Wishing a sweet Christmas to all who celebrate this.  Dolls and Toys are a big part of the season for me.  These big 28 inch cloth children, Izannah inspired, were made this year by Elaine McNally and me on a sculpt I made years ago about 1990. We have 15 of them, our E and E dolls.  It has been an amazing year for me to reach that far back in my journey as a doll maker.  Thank you Elaine.

I like having big old toys to pose with the dolls.

 Taken at night so color  is not good, this shows the bears bringing  the Christmas tree home on their sled.  Three more you do not see are on the other side, so that is most of my bear family.   Merry Christmas from bears and dolls and me, e.



  1. Dear Mrs. Edyth, as always your post is another treasure to enjoy. I love your photos and big toys, as well as those amazing bears. I too collect bears, but only have a few very old ones. The baby walker looks wonderful as a base for a tree. The one in the listing is also nice. Wishing you and your loved ones a very Blessed & Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  2. What a treasure to view your blog pictures, thank you! Love your bearsamd also your beautiful dolls.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family Edyth.



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