My name is Carrie Anne Castillo. Little Big is a blog about thrifting and domesticity. I’m passionate about finding practical applications for thrifted goods and savoring the everyday moments of life. I share projects, adventures, recipes, thrifted finds, and snapshots of our daily life. Read more about Little Big here.

I have a punk pixie of a five year old named Isobel and a delightful infant son, Elias. I inherited a strong love of the absurd and ridiculous from my father. My husband describes my swearing as “nautical.” I am deeply irreverent.

I used to be a librarian, but now I have adventures and make crafts all day with my kids, sell vintage wares, write, and take photos. My evenings are spent in nerdy pursuits with my husband.  There is nothing I love more than a questionable thrift store or finding an estate sale with the sign “selling entire contents of home.”

I live in a smallish town in the middle of California where a large part of the world’s food is grown. It’s too hot nine months out of the year and nothing about it is glamorous. But we live within an hour of most our family and friends, and a day trip away from Yosemite and San Francisco. Plus the thrifting is excellent.

I relish being out in nature, working in my garden, and going on day trips. I love reading, especially nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Riffing movies is a hobby of mine, as is crafting and watching Star Trek: TNG.  I fell in love with goats after one tried to eat the pants right off my body at a county fair.

I have four cats. One I bottle-fed from her first day of life, and another is a giant 30lb lumpus. One steals our neighbor’s Barbies and is really good at murder. The last one is a total spaz. We occasionally have a rotating cast of foster kittens.

I keep a small unruly garden and cook a family meal most nights. I love creating thrifted terrariums filled with succulents. Each year I fill my garden with California Poppies, a favorite of mine. I used to make a bento for lunch every day. I love to organize, make lists, and cross things off said lists. But I especially love going through piles of stuff in thrift stores.

I had a babyIt was hard. I had another baby! Still hard. I’m a fan of attachment parenting but I’m even more a fan of doing what works for your family. I fiercely believe there are a multitude of ways to be an excellent parent. I could not be less interested in judging the minutiae of choices other parents make. I’m also really uninterested in  drama in general. I don’t have the stamina for drama.

I’ve been depicted  in a web comic as a “plucky, indispensable librarian with floaty hair.”

I was once interviewed by NPR where I got to say “butt wiggle” on the radio.

I have a recipe featured on the Huffington Post.

Isobel and her eclectic thrifted wardrobe was featured on Modern Kiddo.

The relationship between my daughter and our rescue kitten, Squirrelly, was featured on Love Meow.

I was a Crafty Superstar Featured Blogger on Cut Out + Keep.

My bear ears avatar photo was immortalized by jason.

Blogger extraordinaire Kaelah Bee once said, “I don’t know how Carrie Anne doesn’t have a cookbook gig yet because I swear, everything she makes looks so so good!”

One time I wrongly insulted Pinboard’s mothers and in response they offered all librarians free archiving service.

The nursery I created for my daughter Isobel was featured on etsy, ohdeedoh, Modern Kiddo, and spearmint baby.

I have a recipe featured on apartment therapy’s the kitchn.

I dressed as pregnant Counselor Troi for Halloween, and Marina Sirtis told me I looked stunning.

My thrifted home tour was featured on Offbeat Home.

I was featured on Parent Hacks for my series on menu planning.

My windows were featured on not martha.

Isobel’s Halloween costume was featured on Modern Kiddo.

I have a photo featured on Mental Floss.

I have written for Make and Takes and guest posted on Mommy Wants Vodka, Knit in PublicGen with a G, and Five Flavours.

My husband and I suffered from secondary infertility and tried to get pregnant for a few years with no luck. In 2013 I finally got pregnant again. It was completely unexpected and wonderful, yet a very challenging time as my husband was recently laid off and out of work for nearly a year. I was due in April 2014, two days before my daughter’s fifth birthday.

I have Crohn’s disease and associated arthritis. It is a literal pain in my ass, as well as over the rest of my body.

I live with depression, an anxiety disorder and panic attacks. I try to talk about it openly to free myself of the shame of stigma and in the hope that I might help someone else with this struggle.

I suffer from debilitating migraines that last for days. I have a lot of health problems, but this is the thing I would change about myself if I could. Weeks long migraines are pure torture.

I had PPD. It made me feel very crazy, but in fact, it was very normal. Babies are hard.

This blog isn’t a pity party and regularly I kick life’s ass up and down the block. If you are going through something similar know that you aren’t alone. I am an email away.

 I was a librarian for eight years but I left that  line of work to stay home with my daughter and son, make accommodations for my illness, and work on my small business.

I help support my family through portrait photography, selling photographs to Getty, and by offering photography and vintage in the Little Big Shop on Etsy. I also just started an affiliate shop on Amazon to help pay the bills. I began selling ad space on Little Big in 2012. Contact me for more information. I’d love to have you.

I also go by Little Big or exlibris elsewhere on the internet.

For more info, check out my new reader page, or my FAQ.



32 Responses to “About”

  1. ARC May 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    Oh wow, I came to your post about meal planning from ParentHacks and just realized I remember the article about your nursery from the Etsy Storque blog because I was expecting our baby girl then :) So neat how everything is interconnected on the Internets :)

    Lovely blog.

  2. LibrarianAmanda June 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Yay – I’m so glad to find your cute little family blog. I was just on flickr for the first time in forever (flickr.com/photos/playfullibrarian/) and saw your link. Looks like y’all are having fun!

  3. The Head Lion(ess) June 9, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Just heard about Peaches and stopped by your blog to say hello and introduce myself. I am the Lion(ess) aka Tigerpaw, depending on my mood. Please visit my blog called j615 and say hello.

    Love peaches for whatever time is left. Her memories will keep her alive forever.

    A New Friend, Lia.

  4. Jupiter November 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I just found you randomly on WordPress front page and I’m so happy I did. I almost never click on anything there! Very nice to meet you :-)

    • LittleBig November 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

      So nice to meet you, Jupiter!

  5. acleansurface November 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Just to let you know I stopped by. A few things made me smile. One is your hat.

    • LittleBig November 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

      Thank you! I love the bear ears.

  6. Shelby January 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Carrie Anne! I never would’ve guessed. Just know you as LBL!

  7. HateYouProbably March 13, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I can tell that we are going to be friends. Despite my handle. Love your posts!

    • LittleBig March 14, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      Thank you! With a name like that, I have to check out your blog.

  8. Trisha Church June 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Hi Carrie Anne,
    I was going to read that “starting etsy” article you suggested,
    when I came across your page on flikr and the great plug you
    gave to my etsy shop. (Thanks!) Then I found your blog and got snagged by it
    and never made it to the help article. Now I’m going to try again but first wanted
    to praise you up’n down the wazoo for all the neat stuff you’ve created here!
    Love and kisses from me,
    Aunt T

  9. gerryrosser July 15, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    I clicked on your blog because it said “littlebig” which is the name of one of my favorite books.

    Well, also because it was listed on bloggess.

  10. suzannebrandsen August 22, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Just found your blog today & think it’s adorable! We’ve got quite a few things in common, & reading your profile was a reminder to pick up blogging about a few topics I’ve kinda left behind for a while.

    Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  11. Jamie September 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Wow, I recently joined Pinterest and saw this amazing reciepe and I found myself at your site. How strange I thought to find someone with such similar interests as myself. I love terrariums! I read your bucket list and I must say I find it both extremely interesting and overwhelming at the same time. I have done a lot of things on it, which made me feel cultured. Thanks for that! You seem amazing and I will definately be back to read more!

  12. Tracy November 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    I got here via The Bloggess and I love your site. So wanted to do the Warrior Dash this year – it looks like it was a great time.

    • LittleBig January 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      If you are planning on doing it, send me a message and I’ll find you and give you a high five!

  13. BeingZhenya January 8, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    You are amazing! Followed!
    Fellow thriftaholic

  14. VIcki March 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Found you on twitter and was immediately drawn to your spicy language. if one more adult looks at me weird due to my adult language, i will just…grrrr. AND then i saw that you have the books iphone sticker cover thing (as i did for YEARS) and poof! I’m a new follower. hooray, hooray!
    VIcki recently posted..lunch break hustlin’My Profile

    • Carrie Anne March 21, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      So nice to meet you, Vicki!!

  15. Jeanette November 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    After following you sometime on Twitter and enjoying what you tweet I decided to look at your blog and totally dug what you create and find, and that you were a librarian. I was also surprised that we share some of the same challenges like Crohn’s and Panick Attacks. Here’s to not letting things get you down and doing what you do best.

    • Carrie Anne March 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      Jeanette, thank you so much for this. Here’s to kicking life’s ass!

  16. Dana March 10, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Hi, Carrie Anne

    Found you through our Blog Boss class. I kept reading the compliments about your beautiful photography and was intrigued. I couldn’t agree more!!! On top of that, you are so much fun!! Pretty evident by your About Me section. I have so much more to read on your blog but you are now bookmarked so I can keep up with you. I can’t say I’m a thrifter but I only buy on sale and I love to make over things. I don’t have my blog up and running yet — probably next month, but wanted to comment on your beautiful blog!!
    Dana H.

    • Carrie Anne March 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Dana, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing these kind words. They made my day! I truly appreciate it.

  17. Lauren August 26, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Love your blog! Beautiful pictures and honest writing. Really good qualities.

    • Carrie Anne August 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

      What a fantastic compliment, Lauren! Thank you!!

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