Holly Hobbie was born in 1944 and grew up in Connecticut. American Greetings purchased some of her artwork to use on their line of cards and it was an instant success. The "Holly Hobbie" character was used on a variety of items including plates and lunchboxes. Holly Hobbie clubs and publications have been established to deal with the now collectible products. Holly Hobbie the author has written The Art of Holly Hobbie and Toot & Puddle, a picture book for children.