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by Halley Sanford December 11, 2022 2 min read 3 Comments

It’s no secret that we are a family of strong, hard-working women, and well, we come by it honestly.

Throughout the 2022 Scrapbooks collections, we’ve introduced you to some of the influential characters in our ancestry and upbringing, and we’re wrapping up with one remarkable woman who is the embodiment of resilience and self-sacrifice. A reticent woman defined by her silent strength, whose words were few and duties were plenty, the type who never saw much sense in complaining, simply did what needed to be done. Mary (or Little Granny, as we called her) was our great-grandmother, our mother Margie’s grandmother. She is the one who taught Cheryl to sew and to embroider, and in hindsight, might’ve planted that first seed that eventually sprouted into Double D Ranch. She was dealt a hard hand early in life and she adapted, endured, and persevered; she was a matriarch who passed down a relentless devotion to family and a dedication to surviving when you must and thriving when you can.

The palette of the Little Mary collection is on the cooler side of the color wheel, soft shades of off-white and icy blue, deep navy and rich forest green. The silhouettes bring to life chic spins on some of Mary’s signature styles, from choring to church. It’s a blend of Little Mary’s log cabin lifestyle and early-Texas charm, farmhouse florals and mock-mended denim balanced with fur-trimmed dusters and high-quality cashmere. And of course, we had to include an homage to Old Billy, Mary’s beloved (albeit cantankerous) horse she wrote on and on about in her letters.

At the crossroads of primitive and pretty, of hard work and heart of gold, of rock-solid resilience and ladylike lace – that’s where you’d find Little Mary.


3 Responses

Alicia M.
Alicia M.

December 15, 2022

~ I forgot to add that my husband and I go horseback riding several times during the year (into late fall). We love horses and have great respect for these majestic animals. Thank you for sharing Little Granny and her beloved horse Old Billy. ~

Carina Spies
Carina Spies

December 15, 2022

What amazes me, is the themes you do your collections on! All tied together, so you can buy any piece and it will go with any other piece, as well as pieces from previous collections!! AMAZING♥️

Alicia M.
Alicia M.

December 11, 2022

~ Congratulations ladies on Scrapbooks, and Little Mary, the final collection launch for the year. DDR is a phenomenal company, a family-owned business that continues inspiring women like me. It’s amazing how familial ties to your predecessors plays an important part in the collections you put together; along with colours that inspire each one. I never knew my paternal grandmother, however, I was 28 years old when I met my maternal grandmother [for the first time]. From the time we met, we developed a loving relationship before she passed at age 92; yet I didn’t know here long enough to how she dressed. My personal style stems from a love of the [vintage] old Wild West (but modernized) and what those people endured, translating it into clothing that I will wear many times over and, in different ways. Thank you for your aesthetic that resonates so well with my own. ~

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