The big day is finally here, and I really am so excited! Nikki, at The Scarlet Rose Garden, is hosting a Gone With The Wind Blogland Ball today! Please be sure to pay her a visit; and while you're there, see her listing of all the other participants who have joined in on the festivities!
As soon as I had first heard about this, I signed right up! Gone With The Wind is my favorite movie, and I have been collecting what memorabilia that I have for.. oh.. at least 20 years or so. I believe the first piece that started it all was the doll I crocheted the white ruffle dress for. Scarlett wears this dress in the opening scene of the movie, where she is on the porch talking to the Tarleton twins. "Fiddle dee dee.. War, war, war! This war talk's spoiling the fun at every party this spring!"
The book you see next to my doll is one of my favorite books. Along with a complete screenplay, it tells much of the history of the making of Gone With The Wind! It is written by Sidney Howard, and it has a copyrite date of 1980, and it is FULL of wonderful photos of everybody as the movie was being made, including still shots, and behind-the-scenes shots!
So, as it turns out, here I am.. a little underdressed for a BALL, wouldn't you agree?! I doubt my blue jeans would even get me anywhere close to the red carpet!.. It seems this little Cinderella's Fairy Godmother either had a GPS tracking device malfunction, or she forgot about our appointment altogether!
Well, I am wearing one thing that fits the style of the times. Throughout the movie you see Scarlett and other women wearing what is called a snood. A funny name for a hairpiece, I think, but this fashion accessory was very common in those days.
Since I crochet, it seemed fitting that I could easily make one to show-and-tell today. It was very quick and easy to make. I used a size G hook and some sportweight yarn, and finished it in an evening! You can find one pattern HERE. There's another one HERE.. But THIS PATTERN is the one I used, and like best!
Great balls of fire! Why, Mammy would surely tell me!.. I've got no more manners than a fieldhand! Please do come in, and make yourself comfortable! Would you like a piece of my homemade "Peachtree Street Gingerbread Cake"? I made this from a recipe in the cookbook you see below! I was THRILLED when I found this! It is in good condition, but has no date. The first page of the booklet say DOES, however, say it is "A Gift with your purchase of Pebeco Toothpaste". Anybody out there in Blogland ever hear of THIS kind of toothpaste before?
Well, anyways, this little 48-page booklet has recipes for "Gerald O'Hara Ham Steak", "Mammy's Shrimp Cakes", "Melanie's Sweet Potato Pie", and many more! The frosting recipe I used for this cake is also in this book. It is the first time I have ever made frosting like this! It was made in a double boiler, and whipped up with an electric mixer for a good 8 minutes while it was still hot! It not only tastes delicious, but I must say, even though my photo does not show it, it's the prettiest frosting I've ever made! It has a beautiful glossy shine to it that you'll never find in those plastic containers on the store shelves! Other recipes I still want to try from this little book are "Southern Sour Cream Cookies", "Aunt Pitty Pat's Coconut Pudding", and "Twelve Oaks Plum Pudding"!
Now, while we are talking books, here are the others in my collection.. Here are my 3 copies of Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. The oldest one in this photo, is the one at the right. It has a copyrite date of 1938.
Here's one that just looks like a book!.. but then you open it up to find it's a secret hiding place for small treasure or valuables of any kinds. I got this at a Ben Franklin Craft Store.
I don't put anything in it, but in the photo you see I have a packet of Scarlett O'Hara Morning Glory Seeds! I didn't have any success growing them this year, but would like to try again next year!
Here are a set of 4 TV Guides, which featured Gone With The Wind, during the week of December 23rd-29th, 2000. My brother gave me these!
Here I have two calendars. The front orange-colored one is from 1996, and the dark teal colored one in back is for the year 1997.
Next, you see the biographies. The hard-cover for Clark Gable's has a copyrite date of 1976, while the paperback has a copyrite date of 1978. The author is Lyn Tornabene. The biography of Vivien Leigh, in paperback, is written by Anne Edwards, and has a copyrite date of 1978.
I have a copy of Scarlett, in paperback. It is written by Alexandra Ripley, and it has a copyrite date of 1992. I keep an eye out for the hard cover at yard sales and church sales.
Is anyone wondering where the musical entertainment is today? Well, you could go to my right side bar and play my Gone With The Wind selections there. But for the moment, you may want to put it on pause. As Gone With The Wind is so well known and loved everywhere, is it any wonder that so many pay tribute, or even imitate it in doing so? Yesterday, I posted Carol Burnett's comical version of the movie. Well, those who know me well, know I also collect Muppet memorabilia, and I came across this little video for those of us who are still young enough at heart to appreciate this one! Actually, do you remember this one from when you were young?
Oh, I see you've finished your cake already! Would you like a drink? Perhaps you would like a "Scarlet O'Hara"?.. or maybe a "Rhett Butler"?.. or how about some "Scarlett O'Hara Punch"? Just click the highlighted names, and you can learn how to make them! Of course, if you're not in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, than perhaps you'd like some fresh hot coffee!
While you're sipping on the beverage of your choice, here's a little something I found fascinating! I used to LOVE to draw when I was a young girl, so I liked seeing this from beginning to end! You may find the music is nice here, so you might want to put the side bar music on pause.
Call me biased, but I think I'm lucky to have an original portrait far MORE beautiful of Vivien Leigh as Scarlett! Here is the one my brother drew, matted, and framed just for me! I LOVE this picture, and I LOVE my brother for making this for me!
Having already showed you one of my dolls, here is another, from the Barbie Hollywood Legends Collection!
As stated inside the box, "In velvet and satin and feathers and fringe, Barbie charms Atlanta and Rhett Butler in her gown made from the drapes of Tara." The box is dated 1994.
While once away on vacation, I came across this in a gift shop, and my heart was absolutely aflutter! There, I saw this booklet of Clark Gable paper dolls, by Tom Tierney. It has a copyrite date of 1986. I was slightly disappointed there wasn't one with Vivien Leigh paper dolls, but still I walked out of that shop as happy as if I had just won the million dollar lottery!
Now I am a collector of many things, I admit, but I do not collect stamps in particular as a hobby. However, if I happen to be in the post office, and I see a set of collectible stamps that relate to something else I DO collect, then I'll buy them! So, when I saw these stamps with Hattie McDaniel on them, waiting in line THAT day was torture! I wanted those stamps, and I wanted them NOW! I LOVE Mammy in this movie! She has me smiling the minute I see her hanging out that second story window, hollering at Scarlett to invite the Tarleton boys to supper, and to get her shawl on while the night air is settin' in! Here is a video of Hattie McDaniel receiving her Oscar for best supporting actress! She was the FIRST black performer to win an Academy Award! No matter how many times I watch this, I can't keep from crying right along with her!
Well , I'm having fun today, and I hope you are too! I had more things to show, but just couldn't fit it all in! Maybe I can show them another time. Thank you so much for stopping by! I can't wait to see everybody else at the ball today! I hope maybe you'll be my guest, and come along!
You know?.. It's funny how only weeks before this movie was finished being made, the rumors all over Hollywood were that it was doomed to be nothing more than a big disaster. On December 15th, 1939, Gone With The Wind premiered in Atlanta, and has ever since been considered by many as the greatest motion picture ever made! Is it any wonder what I'll be doing after I'm "back home from the ball"? "Oh Rhett, What shall I do? Where shall I go?" Well, frankly, my dear friends, I think I'll just head into my living room, pop this into the DVD player, settle in with my crochet projects.. Maybe I'll have some popcorn, or another piece of that cake! Enjoy your extended holiday weekend! "Tomorrow is another day!" I'll see you then!