Hi, I’m Carrie Anne, and this is my blog. It’s somewhere in between a personal blog and a lifestyle blog as I share our projects, tips, and life adventures. It’s a space where I record memories and projects and share them with you. Little Big is a labor of love to remind myself about the little things that make life sweet, and also to share my thrifted and thrifty tips and ideas. I’ve been blogging for about five years and it has helped keep me focused on the important things in life when things have been tough. I have been very ill with Crohn’s disease and we have dealt with unemployment, infertility, surgeries, layoffs, and other struggles, but I try to focus on the what I love and the things I can do despite our circumstances. It might sound cheesy, but keeping a blog helps. I also love that it has afforded me the ability to reach out and make new connections, share ideas, and form friendships.
Topics I frequently cover include:
- simple, thrifty crafts
- real food recipes
- fun, thrifty things to do
- tips to live simply and well with less
- ways to incorporate thrifted finds in daily life
- our adventures and memories as a family
Little Big is technically a for-profit blog, but I haven’t participated in any sponsored posts and my giveaways are minimal. I’m upfront about advertising and prefer to work with small businesses and fellow bloggers. I reach out locally whenever I can, and prefer to contact the companies I work with so that you know it’s something I support and not a paid opinion.
If you are a new reader, you can learn more about the spirit of Little Big and read favorite posts here.
I have a punk pixie of a six year old named Isobel and a delightful year-old 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 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 an estate sale with a sign that says “selling entire contents of home.”
Thrifting, photography, homemaking and art are my passions. I relish 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 decorating my home with vintage finds 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 keep a small unruly garden and cook a family meal most nights. I love creating thrifted terrariums filled with succulents. The California Poppy is a favorite of mine. I used to make a bento for lunch every day. Now, I make one for my daughter. 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 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 had a baby! It 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 religiously cloth diapered my daughter, but by the time my son was born the record-shattering drought had hit, and I abandoned thirsty cloth for disposables. Perhaps it seems counter-intuitive, but in our area, it truly is the environmentally positive alternative.
I live in a smallish town in the middle of California where a large part of the world’s food is grown. It’s far too hot for nine months out of the year and nothing about it is glamorous. But we love living within an hour of most of our family and friends, and a day trip away from Yosemite and San Francisco. Plus the thrifting is excellent.
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 was a non-random guest on the Random Trek podcast.
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 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. I was due in April 2014, two days before my daughter’s fifth birthday.
I have Crohn’s disease and associated arthritis. It has been particularly bad lately and is so much more than stomach issues.
I live with depression, an anxiety disorder and panic attacks.
I suffer from debilitating migraines that last for days.
I had PPD with my daughter. Medication, therapy, knowing what to expect, and perhaps the mercy of the universe allowed me to somehow escape it after I had my son.
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 if you have questions.
When my health allows, I help support my family through portrait photography. I am lucky enough to sell photographs to Getty, and have surprised myself on more than one occasion by coming across articles featuring my work. I also sell thrifted finds in the Little Big Shop on etsy from time to time. I sell a variety of products with my photography and art prints on Society6. I also have a small affiliate shop on Amazon to help pay the bills. I selling ad space on Little Big and have a variety of ways to promote your small business, shop, or blog besides standard sidebar ads. Contact me for more information. I’d love to have you.
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.