Sablin, who lived in Russia until age 12, was inspired to visit her aunts during a trip back with the Peace Corps. "I came across a little log cabin, it really resembled the house where I used to go as a child. Even the light was the same," she says. "I wanted to see if I really remembered it correctly or if it was just childhood fancy." This curiosity about her past fueled a return trip to her childhood summer home in Alekhovshchina, Russia. When she discovered the beautiful simplicity of her aunts' existence, Aunties was born. "It has to be something you really love otherwise it will just feel like work," Sablin says.