Saturday, September 5, 2009

Gone With The Wind Celebration Ball!!!

Yeah, It's PARTY time! I've been waiting weeks for this, scouring
the Internet for ideas for this special occasion. Nikki from The Scarlett
Rose Garden is the HOSTESS that came up with this brilliant idea.
Gone With The Wind is, of course, one of my all time favorite movies.
I pulled it out to watch in preparation of this special event. It was a
true hardship to have to watch it for the 25th time.

I was torn between two of Scarlett's gowns. The Red Christmas Gown
and the Blue Portrait Gown. At the last minute the Blue Gown won
out. Barely. I'll have to wear the Red one for Christmas!!!

So here is my final selection. I loved this dress from the minute I saw
it hanging on Rhett's bedroom wall. I craned and stretched to catch
another, better glimpse of it. How I wish Scarlett had actually worn it.
That would have been SPLENDID! I could barely find any pictures or
copies of this masterpiece until I strolled into a little piece of blog HEAVEN
called soultalk777. Raphael is a collector of dolls and costumes. I became
smitten with these posed portraits of said collection. I asked if I could
use the portraits and was GRACIOUSLY given the green light. If you
love GWTW, you'll love this site. I never knew this type of collecting
was so popular or even possible. I highly recommend stopping in there,
you'll be glad you did!

Aren't "I" LOVELEIGH! These portraits were so beautiful I just had to
go with this BLUE dress. I could NOT resist. The temptation was strong,
I tell you.

I think she, "I', just glow. The richness of this Blue gown is gorgeous.
But that's just MY opinion! Thank you very much Raphael for the use
of your beautiful pictures and the dress, LOL! I promise to return it
in the condition in which I found it so next time I can "borrow" another
one. I still have my eye on that Red Christmas Dress!

As an added treat for visiting me here on this perfect party day, I'm going
to share some pictures from Gone With The Wind I found at the fabulous
site Dr. Marco's High Quality Movie Scans. They have the most extensive
bunch of old movie/actor pictures I've seen. I had so much fun finding these
pictures from GWTW. Many of them I've never seen before, some are
from behind the scenes shots. I left out a few of the main characters
smoking which I thought was fascinating but politically incorrect these
days. It was quite strange to see Scarlett with a cigarette in her hand!
You can find the pictures at Dr. Marco's if you can't resist.

I thank you all for visiting my little corner of the Celebration Ball. I hope
you enjoyed your visit. Be sure to stop at The Scarlett Rose Garden to
find all the party people links.

Now, I must slip into something a bit more comfortable...


Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Awesome, awesome post! I esp. loved "the end", very clever!!!
Raphael is in my doll group. The repaints and doll portraits are simply amazing. The lighting, poses, and the colors... WOW. I love Noel Cruz's repaint work, but Raphael really has a talent and I wish I could send one of my dolls to the Philippines for a new face!!
Thanks so much for joining me today!

Bearly Sane said...

I loved all those black and white shots have given me some inspiration for a new bear!
Great post!!
Warmest hugs,
Sandi - Fantasy & Fancy

Jorgelina said...

A classic and unforgettable film.
Magnific post!

Jennifer Swan Hopkins said...

'Oh Ashley, Ashley' -

Sares, I love GWTW too. I have a confession. As a little girl I adored Scarlett. I know she was just mean and evil, but she was so beautiful. And I hated Melly, LOL. It was because she got Ashley who Scarlett "loved", and because she convicted me in my heart. I knew she was good, and how I should be, but I soooo wasn't able to be like her. Of course NOW I am sweet, demure, unselfish... hee hee. Well, one can aspire!

Anyhow, I really came by to say TY for coming by my blog. I was genuinely surprized by the kindness of people who comforted me about that loo fiasco. I guess less in the landfill is a good thing...


xinex said...

Lovely pictures, Sares! Scarlett is so beautiful and those long Southern belle dresses are so pretty. I can't imagine going to airport bathroom stalls in one of them....Christine

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Sares! I love it!
I loved the fact you even changed your banner for today! It's beautiful!!!
Those old stage photos are awesome...this just makes me want to curl up on the couch and pop the movie in!!! My favorite two photos of Scarlett was when she was in the midst of all the guys and had their full attention...and the one of her shadow which portrays her "larger than life" attitude!!!! I just love that you captured all of those feelings about the movie!!!!!
What a great party, you were such a gracious hostess to have us join in on your fun of GWTW!!!!

everything vintage

Rue said...

Gorgeous post! It was wonderful looking through all the pictures. The doll and her dress are fabulous too!!


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

That blue velvet gown is one of my favorites, well, I love them all, LOL

Years ago I saw a miniature Scarlett doll. She was perfection. The likeness was incredible.

I still think about that doll but $600.00 was a bit too pricey for me . . . .


Beansieleigh said...

Hi Sares! Beautiful pictures! Hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend and all the Blogland Ball festivities! ~tina

bj said...

This is one of my all-time favorites, too. I've actually lost count of how many times I've seen it. I have always thought V. Leigh was one of the most beautiful women of all times. So sad she had such problems in life.
Thanks for all the great photos....

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post. I loved the all the pictures. I think I'm going to have re-read again...just for fun!


Valerie said...

You have a lovely blog and what a fantastic blog name and banner!

And what a wonderful set of some of the best GWTW pictures so beautifully laid out in one place.

Certainly understand if you don't answer - but how'd you get such a professional set of photos that show up so well. Everytime I try to blog a photo (other than digital photos I take) it does not even copy right. Hubby inisists I need a very expensive program to do that sort of thing.

Anyway I bookmarked your blog to come back and enjoy such a wonderful post again and again.

Unknown said...

Awesome post! Isn't Viv the perfect Scarlett? And Clark is so manly!

Such lovely images. Thanks for sharing. See you at the ball!


Lisa said...

WOW! You redid your whole blog! How lovely! You did an amazing job on this party! I enjoyed my visit!
Hugs, Lisa

Debbie said...

WONDERFUL post. I loved looking through all the pics. The dresses are all sooo beautiful...that doll and her dress are gorgeous. Don't know what your banner usually is, but I LOVE the one you have today. Have a great day....Debbie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is a fantastic post!! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all these pictures! What beautiful people they were! Clark is as pretty as Vivien! LOL!

Thank you!


Donna said...

Hi, Sares,
Thanks for sharing those beautiful, very rarely seen (by me at least) pics. Your header is beautiful, too.
Enjoy the ball!


NicNacManiac said... have out done yourself sweetie!! This is absolutely charming. Love all of the pics on your sidebar as well as the video. Your header is the most gorgeous photo!! Love it!! A real classic!!

Sherri said...

Sares, what an absolutely wonderful GWTW post!! Thanks for stopping by my Blog. I love the black and white photos on your blog. Vivien Leigh was so beautiful and Clark Gable was so rougishly handsome!

cowgirljlynn said...

We need a rainy Sunday so we can watch the movie again!!!

C. JoyBell C. said...

Hey Sares! :)

I remember watching this film...I didn't like the Scarlett O'Hara character in it. I pitied her. She was so full of deceit and doubt and pride altogether, and I think in the end, it left her with nobody. A cold soul on the inside. That's just my take of the movie. :) It left me wondering why so many people loved it!

My fav. movie would be Roman Holiday! :)

Lovely pictures! Lovely dress! And those sapphire earrings with diamonds surrounding them? I have those! ;-)

Vicki said...

Hello, Sares,
That blue gown is stunning! I am in love with Rhett! Scarlet, that silly girl, should have not looked twice at Ashley Wilkes after laying her eyes on Rhett. I loved all these wonderful pictures you found. Brought back many memories for me. Vicki p.s. I love your blog banner!

Teacup Mosaics said...

Oh so loveleigh!!!!! I enjoyed every inch of your I must go find a copy of the movie to watch again, you have given the FEVER! Thank you so much for sharing.

Desert Rose said...

You look great in both colors but I the red for Xmas!!!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

The blue dress is gorgeous.The photos are wonderful to see, so clear . I have enjoyed your post.Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment.

Tiffany said...

Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous! The doll, the pictures, all of it. What a beautiful tribute! I'm so glad I came by, even if it is a day late. I got my post up late last night, but, I hope you will come by for a visit! :)

Martha's Favorites said...

Sares: What a wonderful post. I love that movie and to see you in that stunning blue dress, it made my day. You look marvelous, darling! Simply, marvelous! Martha

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

This is truly THE BEST GWTW post ever!! You put so much thought into this and I'm honored to be able to stop by and visit with you today. Those dolls are amazing, I must check out Raphael's site! The Blue Portrait Gown has always been my favorite! Love the old b and w pictures ~ and your blog header is absolutely amazing! However did you do that? Love "The End", too!!

Fiddle Dee Dee,
Angelic Accents

Horse Dreams said...

Ahhhhh, you selected a dress in my favorite color...very pretty. Either dress would look gorgeous on you with your hair color and beautiful blue eyes. I haven't watched GWTW in years, maybe next time I visit, we can pull it out with a big bowl of popcorn.

Draffin Bears said...

Beautiful post and photos Sares.
Thank you so much for sharing such a lot of beauties and some that I have not seen before.
Scarlett was so pretty and Rhett {swoon} so handsome.
the blue dress is gorgeous.


Anonymous said...

A very lovely and romantic post. A lot of "souvenirs" in my mind....
Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a nice day.

blushing rose said...

Oh, Sares, you never cease to amaze me. From beginning to end it is marvelous!

GWTW is my all time favorite movie, John Wayne moves run close behind.

We will probably be coming out in spring so I'd like to meet up with up for a bit, if possible.

Hugs, TTFN ~Marydon

Raphael said...

Hi Sares! I just stumbled on your blog and saw the portraits.Thank you so much for your generous words about them. Nikki has likewise been so supportive and encouraging with her words. I wasn't able to participate in the blog ball because of time differences.

You are free to use any portrait from my blog Sares!
Beautiful post and beautiful photos of GWTW. They're all so clear! Once again, it was an honor to have been featured in your blog. Thank you so much!

Thank you so much!