Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sentimental Sunday

I have been gathering stuff for the "Remains of the Day"journal that I will start to put together. Sometimes I come across things that just make me smile.


The picture above is a very old tattered picture that my mother cut from the paper or a magazine of Greta Garbo--is it Greta Garbo?---well it was some very famous beautiful actress at the time in the early 1930's. Mama wanted to make the dress so she and her mother sewed the dress exactly as they could figure out. I can't remember what color she said it was.
This is the dress they made. Love the pose!

I am not sure if Mama wore it to a ball or anything but I imagine that she did.
I love this one....Mama was very beautiful...and oh so thin! How in the world did they all stay so thin back then? No processed junk food I guess..and they walked everywhere because they certainly did not have a car they could drive.
And last but not least, here I am at about 14 sitting on Cherie ( I called her "my Cherie Amour"), this beautiful Connemara pony. I am not sure if I had a first place ribbon here but I will just imagine to myself that it was. I don't know where the horse show was but I do remember that this beautiful horse had so many colors in her that she appeared to have a tinge of purple hue to her. I do remember also that she was so beautiful that she always caught the judges' eye. We rode for a farm called Rose Hill Farms located half way between West Point, Georgia and Pine Mountain. We didn't own the horses but we felt like they were ours. The saddle pad was kelly green as well as our ascots. We were quite sharp! I rode until I was about 17 and one day they had sold the farm and all of the horses. I still grieve to this day and we never knew why it happened. Good memories though.... and I SO hope horses go to heaven.

Thank you for letting me be sentimental for just a little bit. Have a wonderful Sunday and I hope you have a happy memory today!

14 comments:

Graceful Moments said...

What an absolutely stunning dress and your mother was so beautiful! Obviously she and her mother were quite talented as well to be able to make that dress from a photograph!
It might be Greta Garbo in the photo but she looks a bit like a very young Joan Crawford to me.
Great photo of you and your pony as well.

PaperPumpkin said...

Good morning, Martha! I'm so glad you are feeling sentimental today, too. It's that way at my house, with it being hubby's birthday....and memories of family times. Aaah. Your mother was beautiful, and that dress! Wow! I loved seeing you on that gorgeous horse! You looked so happy and proud. Wonderful. So many good memories...Have a happy rest of the weekend!

suziart said...

Your Mother was incredible...movie star glamour. Love all the sepia photos, thanks for sharing!

DJ said...

How wonderful that you have these photos from the dreams and talents of two women who meant so much to you...
As for animals going to Heaven, I do hope so. I'm clinging to the scripture, "...with God all things are possible."
Mark 10:27
Matthew 19:26

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Oh Martha....don't thank us for letting you be sentimental...let us thank you for 'being' sentimental...what a beautiful and totally endearing post!
I adore the photos of your mom in the handmade dress! it's fabulous, as were her dramatic posses!!!!
simply wonderful sharing, love!

have a great sunday!

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

I'll be sharing a portrait that I did of my mother when she was 19 years old before she came to canada from Italy!...you should draw your mother's portrait ... in the dress...posing like a movie star!!! that would be a fabulous tribute to her!!!!!

ciao bella

Butterfly Works said...

Oh Martha, what a sweet and lovely post.....I can't believe they made that dress from a picture....your mother was beautiful and you can tell from the picture she is so happy.....I bet she was the belle of the ball.....I loved seeing the picture of you on Cherie...brings back so many memories of my own....
Horses are so special and leave a mark on your heart that nothings replaces....So sorry your journey with Cherie was cut short....have you riden any since?
Thanks for letting us take a peek in a couple of your special moments in time.....
Hugs and Blessings,
Butterfly

Diane said...

That's so sad about the horses :( but like you said-great memories. And that is very impressive that your mothe made the dress--almost identical,and she was beautiful. Are you sure that's not Joan Crawford?

Poetic Artist said...

What a wonderful dress..Your Mom is beautiful. She looked so happy.
I like the picture of you also, you look stunning on the horse.

Renee Troy said...

OMG Martha! You are now talking about my era...Love that the dress was recreated because that's what we did back then according to the movies stars. What a fantastic job indeed.
Love going down memory lane with you. Brought back memories for me. Thanks, I enjoyed your sharing!

jgr said...

WOW! I love those pics of your Mom and the dress is gorgeous! Yes, they really were thin back then! I hope you're having a great day it's about 70˚ here!!! yay!

Kelly said...

martha, these are beautiful pictures! and that dress is amazing. neat to see an old picture of you.

Jane Farr said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post about your mother and childhood. The dress and your mom are gorgeous! What a talent to see a dress and be able to recreate it. You look so crisp and smart atop your beautiful Cherie! :)

Nancy said...

You surely look the part of the horsewoman! Love the photo. Horses definitely go to heaven... my husband has a poem about it that would bring a tear to the eye. Oh..and your mother and the dress... look the part of Hollywood glam. What talent. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment.

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