Hi there, my name is Carrie Anne Castillo. This is my daily journal about living a good life on a thrift store budget and making the most out of what’s available. I share my current projects, photographs of home, and snapshots of our daily life. I love to share vintage finds, my tips on thrifty living, and expressing myself creatively in my domestic life.
I used to be a librarian, but these days I have adventures with my punk pixie of a 5-year-old, Isobel, and my infant son, Elias. My evenings are spent in nerdy pursuits with my husband. There is nothing I love more than a questionable thrift store filled with cheap treasure, or an estate sale featuring the sign “selling entire contents of home.” 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 have four cats, one of which I bottle-fed from her first day of life, and another who is a lovable 30lb lumpus. One steals our neighbor’s Barbies and loves a good murder. The last one is a total spaz. We occasionally have a rotating cast of foster kittens that we care for until they can be adopted into loving homes.
I live in a smallish town in the middle of California, away from glamorous cities or natural wonders, but near plenty of almond orchards and subdivisions. Most of our family and many of our friends live here, and we’re in day trip distance of almost everything, so it’s worth it. Plus the thrifting is excellent.
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Thrifting, photography, and domesticity are my passions. I enjoy being out in nature, working in my garden, and going on day trips. I love reading, especially nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Making fun of bad movies is a hobby of mine, as is amassing a hoard of vintage goods and watching Star Trek: TNG. I have been thrifting since I was a child but became a die-hard fan in the 90s while in high school. I keep my camera close and take photos every day. I fell in love with goats after one tried to eat the pants right off me at a county fair.
I keep a small unruly garden and cook a family meal most nights. I love creating thrifted terrariums and my favorite plants are succulents. 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 baby! It was hard. I had another baby! Still pretty 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.
I have a recipe featured on apartment therapy’s the kitchn.
Isobel’s Halloween costume was featured on Modern Kiddo.
I have a photo featured on Mental Floss.
My husband and I suffed 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. I was due in April 2014, two days before my daughter’s fifth birthday.
I have Crohn’s disease and associated arthritis.
I live with depression, an anxiety disorder and panic attacks.
I suffer from debilitating migraines that last for days.
I had PPD.
This blog isn’t a pity party and regularly I kick life’s ass up and down the block. I try not to bore you with complaints about these conditions, but if you are going through something similar and have questions, feel free to email me.
I help support my family through portrait photography, selling photographs to Getty, and by offering photography and a selection of thrifted finds at 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’m currently writing ebooks and guides based on some of the topics I’ve posted about here.
I also go by Little Big or exlibris elsewhere on the internet.
- I share photos daily on Instagram.
- I post even more on Flickr.
- I upload videos and home movies to Youtube.
- I am pretty active on Twitter.
- I sell stuff through Amazon Affiliates.
- I also tweet direct quotes from my daughter.
- I made a twitter account for my son, too.
- I list vintage, photography, & crafts on Etsy.
- I regularly neglect my Goodreads and Ravelry accounts.