Hi there, my name is Carrie Anne Castillo.  Little Big is my daily journal about creatively making the most with what you have and what’s available. It takes its name because sometimes the little things in life turn out to be the most important. Here I share thrifty finds, simple crafts, recipes, and snapshots of our daily life. I’m passionate about creative domesticity and the practical applications of thrifting in everyday life.

used to be a librarian, but these days I chase after my punk pixie of a 4-year-old while we go on adventures. 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.

Last summer, in 2013, I finally got pregnant after a couple years of secondary infertility. It was completely unexpected and wonderful. I am due in April 2014, two days before my daughter’s fifth birthday.

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.

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Thrifting, photography, and homemaking are my passions. I relish being out in nature, whether that means visiting a national park or simply being in my garden. I love reading, especially nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Making fun of bad movies is a hobby of mine, as is finding new ways to indulge my love of vintage kitchen gadgets and Star Trek. I love learning and researching, learning about, and trying new things. I have been thrifting since I was a child but became a die-hard fan in the 90s while in high school. I fell in love with goats after one tried to eat the pants right off my body at a county fair.

I keep a small unruly kitchen garden and cook a family meal most nights. One day I’d love to keep bees and a few chickens.  I love creating thrifted terrariums and my favorite plants are succulents. I’m often cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. 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’m a fan of attachment parenting but I’m even more a fan of doing what works for you. I fiercely believe there are many ways to be an excellent parent. I could not be less interested in judging the minutiae of choices other parents make. If there’s one thing that being a parent has taught me is that each kid’s needs are different and distinct, and no one really knows what the hell they are doing anyway.

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.

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

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

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 VodkaKnit in Public,  Gen with a G, and Five Flavours.

My husband and I suffer from secondary infertility and have been trying to have a second child for quite awhile with no luck.

I have Crohn’s disease.

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

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.

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




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