It’s time for an updated ‘About Me’ section, I think! Hi. My name is Anna. I usually start these things by telling you how to pronounce my name — if you’re American, it doesn’t rhyme with ‘banana’; it’s the other one. You know, pretend you’re German. I suppose it doesn’t matter if you’re just reading along here, but I wouldn’t want you incorrectly believing I’m an Anna-Banana. You can get in touch by e-mailing me at anna.torborg [at] gmail.com.
I grew up in a suburb south of the Twin Cities, in Minnesota. I went to college in Wisconsin, moved to London for a while, came back and lived in Minneapolis for several years, and now I have a house in the country, about an hour and a half north of the cities. It sits on 70 acres — we have some trees, some hay fields, and a really pretty pond. Who’s ‘we’? Well, I’m part-time housemates with my best buddy, Rob. He’s from the UK, but we share this place when he’s in town, a little less than half of the time.
A few years back, I decided to become a single mother by choice. It wasn’t easy to get my ducks in a row and even more difficult to conceive, but Baby M finally came along in October of 2013. She is cuter and funnier than I could have ever imagined! In June 2016, her little sister F was born. I used an anonymous donor to conceive, and we’re in touch with the girls’ donor-siblings — our little family is now a great big family, in a way!
I work as a publisher, editing fiction manuscripts, typesetting, and designing book covers. I work from home, and yes, it is a pretty awesome job to have. I’ve also been blogging since 2000 (most the archives are not available to read), although I don’t get paid a cent for that. I started when I was still in college, and the blog has changed to reflect my interests as I’ve moved through life. For a long time, I focused on crafts — sewing mainly. Around 2007, I started posting more about food (I’ve been a vegetarian for over a decade), but it’s always been a hodgepodge of whatever going on. Most of the site’s traffic comes from people looking for either my zipper tutorial or the paper house patterns (you can find links to both on the sidebar).
Mainly, I just like taking photos and sharing pieces of my life with people! I hope you might enjoy it, too.