Thursday, 9 February 2012

HOLLY HOBBIE FROM A BYGONE ERA

Who remembers Holly Hobbie?
  The little pioneer farm girl in her patchwork and calico dress with the over sized blue bonnet.



I was in high school in the 1970's when I discovered Holly Hobbie and I just had to have some Holly Hobby items. I loved her then and I still do.
Here are some of my Holly Hobbie treasures.

The very first thing I bought was a blue Holly Hobbie recipe book where you could add your own recipes (I have no idea where that book is now) but along the way I've picked up some books, diaries and other bits and pieces.


Holly Hobbie was created by Holly Hobbie, an American writer and illustrator in the 1960's and in the early 70's she sold her artwork to the American Greetings company. In 1974 the Holly Hobbie rag doll was sold by Knickerbocker Toys.


She's everywhere, even on linen.


I'm lucky to have this vintage Holly Hobbie piano as they don't often come up for sale.

I think some of the things that made Holly Hobbie so popular was not just the way she dressed but who she was and where she came from. Holly came from a nostalgic bygone era, lived on farm, had a simple way of life, was gentle, loved cats, had nice friends and lots of sayings especially about friendship, life and happiness.

Happiness is having someone to care for.
You've got to have a dream before it can come true.
What's stitched with love will never tear.



Vintage Holly Hobbie items and books are well collected today. 
The most popular are Holly in blue but as you can see she comes in different colours.




This lovely child's sewing machine still works.

I don't have my Holly Hobbie items on display and have enjoyed getting them out from the cupboards and sharing them with you, I know I have more somewhere.

I'll give Holly Hobbie the last word...

IT TAKES A LOT OF LOVING TO MAKE A HOUSE A HOME.



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