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Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming. Set in the 19th-century American South, the film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the story is told from the perspective of white Southerners. The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).

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The production of the film was troubled from the start. Filming was delayed for two years due to Selznick’s determination to secure Gable for the role of Rhett Butler, and the “search for Scarlett” led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part. The original screenplay was written by Sidney Howard, but underwent many revisions by several writers in an attempt to get it down to a suitable length. The original director, George Cukor, was fired shortly after filming had begun and was replaced by Victor Fleming, who in turn was briefly replaced by Sam Wood while Fleming took some time off due to exhaustion.

The film received positive reviews upon its release in December 1939, although some reviewers found it dramatically lacking and bloated. The casting was widely praised and many reviewers found Vivien Leigh especially suited to her role as Scarlett. At the 12th Academy Awards held in 1940, it received ten Academy Awards (eight competitive, two honorary) from thirteen nominations, including wins for Best Picture, Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Adapted Screenplay (posthumously awarded to Sidney Howard), Best Actress (Vivien Leigh) and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, becoming the first African-American to win an Academy Award). It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time. The film was immensely popular, becoming the highest-earning film made up to that point, and retained the record for over a quarter of a century. When adjusted for monetary inflation, it is still the most successful film in box-office history.

The film has been criticized as historical revisionism glorifying slavery, but nevertheless it has been credited for triggering changes to the way African-Americans are depicted on film. It was re-released periodically throughout the 20th century and became ingrained in popular culture. The film is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time; it has placed in the top ten of the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 American films since the list’s inception in 1998, and in 1989, Gone with the Wind was selected to be preserved by the National Film Registry.




Day Breaker Rose

June 23, 2015

The Day Breaker rose is an exciting, vigorous floribunda that will surely brighten any garden with the colors of dawn. This rose was bred by Gareth Fryer in United Kingdom in 2003 and introduced in the United States by Edmunds’ Roses in 2004 as Day Breaker. This floribunda blooms non-stop throughout the season, producing petite clusters of perfectly formed spiral 4-inch blooms that open in warm yellow tones, blending apricot and pink. The perfect spiral form will have floribunda exhibitors clamoring for more plants. Shiny, clean, deep green leaves have rims of red, and the sprays of flowers seem to sing, “Here comes the sun”.

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This elegant rose has 26 to 40 petals that blooms perpetually throughout the season producing strong tea fragrance. It has medium, bushy and glossy dark green foliage. It can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, exhibition or garden. Ensure good air circulation to cut down on disease pressure and remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. This cultivar is reported to have better than average disease resistance.

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Alcea also known as Hollyhock is a genus of flowering plants native to Europe and Asia. Hollyhocks are annual, biennial, or perennial plants usually taking an erect, unbranched form. The flower stalks  on hollyhocks can reach heights of 9 feet tall and can tower above a garden, adding a  lovely vertical element to your garden. The flowers of hollyhocks may be solitary or arranged in fascicles or racemes. The notched petals are usually over three centimeters wide and may be pink, white, purple, or yellow.  Gardeners enjoy growing hollyhocks in borders against walls and fences where their spectacular flowers stand tall above all else.

Hollyhocks need full sun and moist, rich, well drained soil something that novice gardeners made a mistake of when they planted hollyhocks in a soil that is a bit dry. Prior to the start of planting prepare the area by working in plenty of organic matter such as compost or aged animal manure into the garden. This step is essential to improve the condition of the soil by improving the drainage and increasing its ability to hold water and nutrients.

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Next step is to sow the seeds just beneath the soil 1-2 weeks before last frost. In 10-14 days the seeds will germinate, after that thin to 18-36 inches apart after seedlings have sprouted. During dry conditions water as needed to ensure flowers keep blooming. To obtain bigger bolder blooms add organic flower fertilizer every couple of weeks. Cut stalks to the ground when the flowers fade.

Bear in mind that hollyhocks are susceptible to fungal diseases, such as anthracnose, rust and powdery mildew, which can disfigure the leaves under severe infestations. Avoid overhead watering whenever possible, properly space plants to improve air circulation and apply copper or sulfur spray to prevent further infection.

 

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Summer Surprise Hybrid Tea Rose is an orange blend Hybrid Tea bred by Delbard-Chabert in France, 1981. This rose has orange-red, copper shading and golden-yellow colouring on the reverse. It has large full cluster-flowered of 26 to 40 petals in high-centered bloom form.

It blooms in flushes throughout the season and has the strong fragrance of cloves.

The bush is upright with glossy, dark green foliage with a height reaching up to a height of 4′ (120 cm).

This lovely Hybrid Tea Rose can be used for beds and borders, cut flower, garden or hedge. It is hardy in USDA zone 6b through 9b and is disease resistant. Protect tender new spring growth from hard freezes that may cause canker, die-back and death of the plant. To encourage rebloom be sure to remove spent blooms and for spring pruning remove old canes and dead or diseased woods as well as canes that cross. Cut back the remaining canes by about one-third in warmer climates and probably more in colder areas.

 

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Broken China Jewelry Old Country Roses Double Red Pink Yellow Rose Sterling Heart Pendant

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Paradise Rose

June 18, 2015

Paradise Rose (synonyms “Burning Sky “) is a Hybrid Tea Rose bred by Week in the United States before 1978. This rose has striking pink-mauve blooms with each petal flushed with deep rose pink. The colour changes with the temperature. The mauve crimson edging is the strongest in hot weather. However, the lavender lilac hue fades slightly in the sun. This elegant rose is continually blooming, easty to grow and is disease resistant.  This rose has an average diameter of 4”, large double petals (25 to 30), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, high-centered bloom form. It has large, glossy, dark green upright foliage and armed with thorns.  It blooms in flushes throughout the season.

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Hardy in USDA zone 7b and warmer, this adorable rose can be used for beds and borders, cut flower or garden. For spring pruning, remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cute back the remaining canes by about one-third and in colder areas, you may have to prune a little more than that. It can be grown in the ground or in a container and requires spring freeze protection.

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Its parentage ‘Angel Face’ Rose x ‘Swarthmore’ Rose. This lovely old Hybrid Tea is renowned as being one of the most free-flowering bush roses as from one bush, trim a whole bucket full of long-stemmed, perfect flowers and still leave some on the bush. It is truly a beauty to behold that will light up any garden.

 

Broken China Jewelry Royal Albert Celebration Pink & White Roses Sterling Oval Pendant

 

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I absolutely love pineapple off the grill and these are some of my favorite (yummy) recipes that use grilled pineapple.  Pineapple mixes well with all flavors like grilled onions, cilantro and especiallly mango.  Have fun this summer trying these out!

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas

See the full recipe here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/05/grilled-chicken-pineapple-quesadillas/

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Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Pineapple Salsa

See the full recipe here: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Recipes/Grilled-Chicken-with-Strawberry-and-Pineapple-Salsa_UCM_465878_RecipeDetail.jsp

Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Pineapple Salsa

BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Lettuce Wraps

See the full recipe here: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/05/bbq-chicken-and-pineapple-lettuce-wraps-with-cilantro-yogurt-sauce/

bbq chicken and pineapple lettuce wraps with cilantro yogurt sauce I howsweeteats.com

 

Broken China Jewelry English Johnson Bros Deco Sterling Earrings

 

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Depression era Glass

June 15, 2015

Learning to live on little or nothing was the way of life for many families for a decade or more beginning in 1929. Times were tough during the Great Depression, in the United States and Canada depression glassware were distributed for free or at a low cost. Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware, a subset of Uranium Glass. It is very popular due to its affordability and availablity. It can be used daily or for special occasions and comes in an array of elegant colors. Depression Glassware was made in the US from the early 1920s all the way through to the end of World War II. It was the first machine produced mass made and nationally produced glassware in America. Majority of depression glass is colored though there were many clear patterns, some opaque and some with metallic accents or decorations. Even in the late 1950s several patterns were still produced due to its massive popularity.

Depression Glassware started out as a promotional item or an incentive to purchase products.  The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware in boxes of food, as an incentive to purchase. Movie houses would distribute a piece for simply going in, gas stations also give them out to attract customers. There were over 100 companies producing glasswares before the depression but after the depression there were only half that number. Most of the production of the depression glass took place in the Ohio River Valley where access to raw materials were inexpensive.  More than twenty manufacturers made more than 100 patterns, and entire dinner sets were made in some patterns. Common colors are clear (crystal), pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors include yellow (canary), ultramarine, jadeite (opaque pale green), delphite (opaque pale blue), cobalt blue, red (ruby & royal ruby), black, amethyst, monax, and white (milk glass).

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Glassware produced during that era has been divided into two type: depression glass and elegant glass. Elegant glass as the name suggests is of superior and elegant quality with a definitive detail that went into the finishing of the product. It was distributed through jewelry and department stores from the 1920s through the 1950s, and was an alternative to fine china. Most of the elegant glassware manufacturers had closed by the end of the 1950s, when cheap glassware and imported china replaced Elegant glass. Depression glass on the other hand had a bit more crude and simple finishing although elaborate details were added after it was made. The rough edges from left from the molds were not polished down as compared to the elegant glass.

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The production process of depression glass was very rudimentary so flaws were common such as straw marks, rough edges or a piece may lean to one side. Straw marks have been mistaken for cracks but they really are just lines occurring on the surface of the glass during the manufacturing process. The rough edges were caused by the seams in the molds which were not polished down so as to save production costs hereby making the finished item affordable. These characteristics are common and have been accepted by collectors as part of depression glass.

With the advancement of technology and availability of advance machinery it is now quite easy to reproduce depression glassware’s that were knowingly or unknowingly passed off as originals by wholesalers and retailers worldwide. These reproductions look like the originals that even the most experienced collector could be fooled. Patience and thorough examination of each item is needed to ascertain its authenticity.

 

Broken China Jewelry Fire King Pale Green Jadeite Sterling Drop Pendant

 

 

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The design of the flag has been modified 26 times officially since 1777. The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4, 1959. The 50-star flag was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 and was adopted in July 1960. It is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for over 54 years.

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Two little known facts:

1) after the first 15 states became actual states (Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia,Vermont, Kentucky) – all new states became states on July 4th of their respective years.

2) when Alaska became a state on July 4th, 1959 there was a 49 star flag used as the US flag for 1 year.  It consisted of 7 rows of starts with 7 stars in every other row was offset by 1 star width.

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On July 4th, 1960 – Hawaii became a state and the current flag was introduced which created our current stars and stripes edition!

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Amazing Brooch Bouquets

June 12, 2015

A brooch bouquet is unique bouquet that will be beautiful on your special day and stand the test of time.  Depending on how large you want the bouquet to be, you will need 50 to 80 brooches.  You can find a full tutorial here if you are interested in taking on this project for yourself =) http://www.projectwedding.com/ideas/105971/diy-brooch-bouquet-tutorial

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Broken China Jewelry Royal Doulton Pembroke Roses & Flowers Sterling Pin Brooch Pendant

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Teddy Rides a Moose: Roosevelt once said, “the conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.” (Photo Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

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Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was born on October 27, 1858, in a four-story brownstone at 28 East 20th Street, in Manhattan, New York. He was the second of four children born to socialite Martha Stewart “Mittie” Bulloch and glass businessman and philanthropist Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. He had an older sister, Anna (nicknamed “Bamie”), a younger brother, Elliott, and a younger sister, Corinne.

Elliott was the father of First Lady Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His paternal grandfather was of Dutch descent; his other ancestry included English, Scots-Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and French.

Data Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt

Roosevelt’s youth was largely shaped by his poor health and his need to overcome severe asthma, which has a debilitating impact on the body and personality. He repeatedly experienced sudden nighttime asthma attacks that caused near deathlike experiences of being smothered to death, terrifying Theodore and his parents. Nevertheless, he was energetic and mischievously inquisitive.

His lifelong interest in zoology began at age seven when he saw a dead seal at a local market; after obtaining the seal’s head, Roosevelt and two cousins formed what they called the “Roosevelt Museum of Natural History”. Having learned the rudiments of taxidermy, he filled his makeshift museum with animals that he killed or caught; he then studied the animals and prepared them for display. At age nine, he recorded his observation of insects in a paper entitled “The Natural History of Insects”.

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