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 loved 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. 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, December 10, 2014

My Favorite Antique Christmas Tree Ever!

I have seen a number of lovely trees filled with antique ornaments but none has excited me quite as much as this one! Christmas collector and decorating maven Barbara has done it again.  What a special joy to be invited to see the Christmas decorating in her home this year, a visual treat for friends and family.  There are lovely vignettes in each room, many of them just Christmas touches added to the pieces she uses in that spot all year long.  These in the large light airy kitchen are good examples:
 Barbara's favorite color (and mine!) is blue green to robin's egg blue. Through out her home this color reappears next to its complement yellow.

A collection of treasures from Maine needs only the addition of a few sprigs of greenery to take on the spirit of the season. 

The long dining table that seats a dozen takes on Christmas shine. Other charming arrangements are everywhere in this lovely house.

To gain height in the snowman pyramid, a round tray and a wooden compote were used under the feather tree.

Each small house has one or more tiny china figures attached. These little buildings are so rarely found intact now! Barbara collected them years ago. I am showing just a fraction of them. Friend Judy hooked the Santa pillow.

Here is the tree that won my heart.  As a toy collector the sweet old baby tender is naturally appealing to me, with it's seat for the baby plus four legs with wheels and a charming little wooden horse head.  The surround which holds the child in the tender would never have registered for me as a Christmas tree fence, but Barbara saw this and placed a feather tree in it!.  The old scrap ornaments and weighed candle holders with their red candles finish a gorgeous little tree.

A House ready for the grown children and precious grandchildren who will soon fill it.   e

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