Deb Holman (left) with
World-Renown Dollhouse Author Dian Zilner and Linda Gant (right)
Linda Gant (photo
right above) was first
introduced to the “World of Petite Princess,” when she was eight years old and
has carried this collection with her throughout adulthood. Her love for Petite
Princess prompted her to recreate her childhood collection and through the help
of her very supportive husband, Jason, a website for Petite Princess
Collectibles was created. Linda holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Whittier College
and a Master’s Degree in Education from Chapman University (both in California).
She is currently retired from teaching and lives on the East Coast, where she
volunteers at the National Building Museum, the new home of her permanent Petite
Princess Exhibit. Click
HERE to visit the new Petite Princess Collection Exhibit.
"I loved playing with Petite Princess
as a child! One of my fondest memories as a little girl was playing with my
Petite Princess dollhouse furniture. Every day after school, my girlfriend
and I would set up our exquisitely-decorated rooms and dream of what it would be
like to live in this wonderful house "fit for a Princess!"
"I was fortunate enough to have a
grandmother who could afford to buy me this unique and often expensive
furniture, with some pieces that cost as much as 79 cents! Each Christmas, my
birthday, and other special occasions, I looked forward to a visit from my
grandmother and adding new pieces to my dollhouse collection. Forty-five
years later, I still have her gifts. And, although she is gone, memories
of her visits and the excitement of receiving another Petite Princess piece for
my dollhouse still lives on. "
"My love and admiration for the
Petite Princess Furniture line drove me to pursue a childhood dream of adding to
my collection. With help from my webmaster husband and best friend, Jason,
a website for Petite Princess Collectibles was created six years ago. This
www.petiteprincess.com helped me find my much sought-after Princess
Patti Kitchen, Bathroom, and Television Set. But, my greatest joy by far,
has been assisting other "Princesses" in restoring their long lost childhood
"Through my website, I have received
numerous requests for more information on Petite Princess and Princess Patti
pieces. With the help of fellow Princess, Deb Holman, we began to gather
as much information on this wonderful dollhouse furniture line as we could.
We are pleased to share with you a little 'childhood joy' and wonderment as you
read about these fabulous pieces. And, for a small moment in time, you
too, can become a "Princess!"
Deb Holman (photo left
above) has been
collecting dollhouse miniatures ever since she can remember. Under the business
name, “Dorette Creations”, she and her mother sold their hand-crafted miniatures
for many years at local craft shows and on her website. Deb is “patiently”
awaiting her retirement from teaching at which time, she plans to finally
complete her many unfinished projects. Deb earned her BS in Special
Education and MS in Learning Disabilities from Southern Connecticut State
College (now Southern Connecticut State University.) She currently teaches
in an alternative Special Education High School program and in the Adult High
School program, both in Hamden, Connecticut.
"As a child, my 'dollhouse' was a
collection of cardboard boxes, furnished with a variety of pieces created from
thread spools, cardboard, and assorted "findings." I remember scouring the bins
at Woolworth‘s and Grant‘s, picking up a few inexpensive Renwal pieces here and
Linda Gant (left) with Deb
Holman (right) at The National Building Museum
2019 Petite Princess Collection
"One day, Mom and I went to Sears…
and there it was! My mother‘s eyes light up to this day as she describes
seeing "The Palace." She recalls that the sight took her breath away as
she thought, 'Now, this I like!'"
"Mom recognized quality when she saw
it. The delicate and intricate Petite Princess Furniture could not compare
to the plain plastic furniture we were collecting. We didn‘t have much
money, but my mother understood the importance of "feeding one‘s soul."
Unfortunately for Ideal, but happily for us, the furniture was discounted
relatively soon after its introduction, allowing me to acquire every piece of
the original Petite Princess line at a very affordable price."
"Time passed... I grew up, went to
college, got a job, got married and raised a family. My Petite Princess
dollhouse was always there... a visual reminder of a happy, simpler time of my
over sixteen years, Deb and Linda have been collaborating on their research,
comparing notes, photographing, and tracking down the many assorted details of
the Petite Princess and Princess Patti furniture lines. It wasn't until
August 2009, when the two met each other for the very first time, attending a
"Plastic Party" dollhouse furniture conference in Reno, Nevada, that they
actually got to speak face-to-face. This long-term relationship of over
3000 miles developed the outstanding book that we have today. Hence, the
idea they are “Authors from Coast to Coast!”
Click on Book Image to Return to The Home Page
The Complete Petite Princess Reference Guide
Here To Buy Now!
For more information or
questions, please email
Petite Princess Books
P.O. Box 4894
Midlothian VA 23112-0015
Questions? Give Us A Call at
Available Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM