December 30, 2015

2015 wrap up and making big plans for 2016

It's been awhile TinyLetter peeps since I last wrote. 2015 has been one big whirlwind of a year. And things are just gonna get better! My latest blog post is all about how awesome this year has been. It's been filled with big events, big accomplishments and big changes. It really has been the year of awesomeness, gratitude and possibility. Thank you for being part of all the crafty goodness!


I'm adding more community partners to my list of kewl peeps to craft with. I've started working with North Vancouver Community Arts Council. I also hope to do more crafty events with North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission.

Find all of my TBD friends and partners on my Thrifty By Design website at


Here's the rundown on Crafternoons and other crafty events in 2016. I'll be adding more dates in the next while. Join me for one or more!
  • Casual Friday Art Class
    I'm partnering with the North Vancouver Community Arts Council for a Casual Friday Art Class on Friday, January 22nd from 7pm to 9pm. Details to come!
  • 'Raw Crafts' Author Presentation
    I'm giving an author presentation at the North Vancouver City Library on Tuesday, March 29th from 7pm to 8:30pm. Details to come!
  • Repurpose Old T-Shirts or Skirts
    I'm partnering with the City of Richmond for a Repurpose Old T-Shirts or Skirts workshop on Saturday, April 9th from 10am to 12pm at the South Arm Community Centre. Details to come!
  • Repurpose Old T-Shirts or Skirts
    I'm partnering with the City of Richmond for a Repurpose Old T-Shirts or Skirts workshop on Sunday, June 5th from 1pm to 3pm at the City Centre Community Centre. Details to come!
Find more events on my Thrifty By Design website at


I have an author presentation lined up with NVCL on March 29th. I'm also confirming a date for a book launch with Book Warehouse on Main Street. I'll also finalize a date for an interview with CBC Radio's North By Northwest soon. And I have a few other crafty schemes in the works. Stay tuned!


The fall/winter was filled with loads of events, crafting, etc. I went to the Vancouver Foundation NSG Wrap Up Party and was one of three recipients asked to give a presentation. Love my Vancouver Foundation peeps!

I also crafted with 50+ kids at Mamquam Elementary School in Squamish. That was a blast! We upcycled old wool sweaters into Xmas ornaments for their school fundraiser. posted one of my DIYs in time for Xmas crafting. Adding bling to a thrift store find is easy, cost effective and ensures you're giving one of a kind gifties.

What else? I had 8 Xmas crafting events equaling 200+ crafters. WOW! It was a very festive November/December this year. I also tallied up my craftiness for the year. Pretty darn awesome stats: 18 upcycling workshops, 6 craft tables at local events, 1 night class, 1 conference presentation and 1 event demo... Plus authored 1 crafty book. I figure I've crafted with 800+ peeps this year.

Finally I've decided to gift my projects from 'Raw Crafts' which has been tons of fun! So nice to pass on the crafty goodness to friends and family. Gratitude and sharing never go out of style.


Big thanks to all my workshop partners, Crafternoon participants, crafty peeps, book colleagues, family and friends who have supported my TBD adventures. Who knew that crafting with 'crap' could lead to so many amazing experiences and opportunities! I am forever grateful to you.


Thanks again for subscribing to my newsletter. Hope to share loads of crafty & kewl news in the next while. Definitely join me for a Crafternoon or drop me line. Happy crafting!


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Denise Corcoran (aka Thrifty By Design) is a community catalyst, crafter extraordinaire and upcycler of things based in North Vancouver, BC. Her passion is to turn 'junk' into new and funky pieces. Sharing her enthusiasm for crafting and upcycling, Denise facilitates 'Crafternoons' throughout Vancouver where participants of all ages and skill levels learn how to make things from unorthodox materials.
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