When I came across this blog last night and found out about this blog party, I simply HAD to be a part of it. Now I know I am a day ahead of the party, but I am going to have company tomorrow and won't have a chance to blog, so I decided to put this together today. Better to be early than late, right? I have really enjoyed putting this all together and if you enjoyed it and would like to see others as well, click on this link www.thescarlettrosegarden.com and find the list of many others who have participated...ENJOY!!
This is a scene from the barbeque before the war started, where Scarlett surrounds herself with all her would be suiters, to try and make Ashley jealous. I LOVE the dress she wears during this picnic. I have a collection of plates with scenes from the movie, and this is by far my favorite.
I'm not quite certain what it is that has always attracted me to Scarlett O'Hara and Gone with the Wind...I think maybe it is just the romance between Scarlett and Rhett, or is it the sheer beauty of the deep south, or perhaps just the history of what went on during the Civil War? Considering that Scarlett herself spends most of the book convinced she is in love with Ashley, who is really nothing more than an image of who she wants him to be in her mind, and her desire to gain back her riches and everything else of worth she is convinced she lost in the war, she really isn't a very flattering portrayal of a southern woman during this time era. And yet I, along with I'm quite certain thousands of others, loved her. I have been collecting Gone with the Wind memorabilia since shortly after I married 34 years ago. I have decoraterd my home with some of these items, having received the majority of them as gifts over the years. I first read the book in high school so enthralled with it that I was caught with the book behind my Spanish book in class, and had to turn it into the teacher for 3 days as punishment. I was practically hysterical at the time, as waiting to find out what was happening between those pages was almost more than I could bear. I have re-read that book, and portions of that book so many times I could practically recite it in many places. The movie, while a completely enjoyable experience, didn't even come close to the grandness of the book. But I will say, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, came as close to anything I might have imagined him being. And Vivian Leigh simply WAS Scarlett O'Hara...
This is a picture of my living room where I have hung my collection of plates. I also have a Thomas Kinkade which is a painting of his in which he has painted Tara, Scarlett's childhood home, and an assortment of music boxes, figurines and dolls.
I have a curio cabinet in my dining room which holds a couple of shelves with the collectable figures.
This is a cabinet in my family room which holds some more of the figurines and a few of the Gone with the Wind barbie dolls I own. These dolls are even more special to me as they were given to me by my late daughter-in-law Charisse, who had searched all over for them, and was so thrilled to present them to me after she found them.
This is a close up of the Kinkade picture of Tara. I LOVE it. My husband surprised me with this Kinkade on our 20th anniversary.
I zoomed in so that you can see the initals that he painted on the tree in the picture. Thomas Kinkade often adds little details like this to his paintings. Sooo neat.
Rhett Butler, so handsome..
Scarlett in her famous red dress, after she is caught with Ashley at the lumber mill and has to attend his birthday party with everyone knowing. She is beautiful in this dress..
Rhett kissing Scarlett as he is trying to convince her to marry him after her second husband dies.
Rhett proposing to Scarlett.
Scarlett and Rhett escaping Atlanta as it burns down around them during the war. Another one of my favorite plates.
This is a music box which plays the theme from the movie. It is a scene where Scarlett and Rhett are married and driving around town in their fancy buggy.
Scarlett and Rhett collector figures
Ashley in his civil war uniform
Another music box with the scene from Scarlett and Rhett walking Bonnie shortly after she is born.
This is my plate from the scene where Mammy makes up with Rhett after Bonnie is born, and my Mammy figure. I love the character that Mammy played in this book. She was such a giving, loving, soul. Her loyality to Scarlett and willingness to stay with her long after the war was over, showed their deep love for each other. She was family.
This is another music box with the scene where Ashley is leaving to go back to the war after he is home on leave. Scarlett has made the yellow sash and given it to him. She confesses her love to him yet again in this scene.
My Scarlett and Rhett barbie dolls from Charisse. I LOVE them.
This is another music box and my plate that tells of the scene where Rhett carries Scarlett upstairs to make love to her after she has come home from the party where everyone knew she had been with Ashley. It was of course an innocent encounter at that particular time, but it didn't really matter. This was such a romantic scene. When I read this in the book as a young girl, I was soo convinced that this was it and NOW they would finally be together. Of course, it wasn't to be....sigh
A close up of my beautiful Barbie doll Scarlett...
Here she is again so you can see her whole dress. This is the one she made out of the draperies in her parents house when she goes trying to get Rhett to give her the money for the taxes on Tara.
I really enjoyed doing this blog and thinking back not only on the book and movie itself, but on all the occasions and situations where I came accross my various different things. Gone with the Wind is really nothing more than a fictional romance story set in the south during the Civil War, but has brought me countless moments of simple pleasure over the years. "I won't think about that right now. I will simply die if I do. I will think about all that tomorrow. Afterall, tomorrow is another day."