Hello. I’m Anna and I’ve been making things my whole life. As a kid I spent hours dreaming, planning, and creating. Splashing in streams, making messes in the kitchen, stitching crooked lines, hosting tea parties in playhouses, printing my own magazine, building tree forts, and organizing home made carnivals and restaurants was how I filled so many days. There were some great successes and so many failures but the results were less important than the chance to discover what I could create.
I’ve never given up making things with my hands. I studied art in college and then spent several seasons working on small farms, community gardens, and learning about permaculture design. I grew my knowledge of cooking and baking while working in restaurants, commercial bakeries, as an apprentice cheesemaker and a master food preserver. Now I spend as much time as possible sharing food with family and friends. Creating something tangible reminds me that I am not just an observer or consumer. It is the way that I put a bit of myself into the world, learn how things are made, and what really matters to me.
Currently, I live on the coast of southern Maine with my husband and two young children. I spend most days with my kids, encouraging their curiosity and creativity. With my little remaining time and energy, I find myself living out my creative dreams in small ways: cooking for my family and friends, writing as often as I can, sharing my knowledge as a master food preserver, growing our suburban homestead, and sewing quilts for babies and clothes for myself.