January 27, 2015

Hello 2015... I think I love you!



Hello fellow crafters & upcyclers! Hope everyone is having a FAB 2015 so far! I'm lovin' it. It's been filled with tons of crafty goodness. Such a great way to start the new year! Not sure what happened but it's like a switch just turned on and things have been going great ever since. Yay!

This weekend I had my first 2015 Crafternoon and then an upcycling demo. The Crafternoon was with my City of Richmond peeps as part of their Sustainability Workshop Series. The theme was Valentine's and we repurposed old t-shirts and wool sweaters. It was a blast! And my Richmond participants are so darn sweet. I definitely was feeling the love!

That was Saturday then Sunday I gave an upcycling demo as part of Our Social Fabric's fundraising event, 'Re-Purposeful'. They did an awesome job with the event! 'Re-Purposeful' featured fashion historian Ivan Sayer's personal collection of vintage "upcycled" garments. Not only was it a fun event but I ran into loads of my crafty peeps plus made new friends. That's a perfect day for me! I also found happy homes for my latest batch of wine cork jewelry.

What else is going on? Well I had two interviews that were published last week. First was a feature with my uber talented friend Tara Galuska. She has a blog series called 'Hello Wonderful' and I was her latest interview. Totally kewl! How can you not feel wonderful! Big thanks to Tara!

Then I had an interview with the Squamish Chief. They wanted to write a feature about the continuing education program at Quest University Canada and focused on one of the course offerings. Well... My class, Crafting with 'Crap', was the lucky one to be featured. Yay! I guess the catchy title helped! The interview was with Ben Lypka. It was so much fun and ended up being really great. I love how he mentioned my two Squamish upcycling peeps, Inis from Squamish ReBuild and Karen from Endure Upcycled Designs. I'm hoping to have a class where each of them are guest presenters and we partner up on sharing the love of crafting and upcycling. Find the article here.

Other than workshops and articles, I hit a social media milestone today. MY TBD Facebook and Instagram channels are picking up traction but the doozy is Twitter... I finally hit the 1000+ followers milestone. Kind of kewl!



I've been working on my video project plus I have a few new partnerships in the works. I'm super stoked about all the possibility that 2015 holds for me and TBD. There's a good chance I'll be on the Our Social Fabric board. I love all my crafty partners-in-crime these days.

I'm working on more DIYs for LowerLonsdale.ca. I also have another publication that I'll possibly be writing for. Stay tuned!

Anything else? Currently working towards getting married this year - this is out of my realm so it'll be interesting! And will definitely be the highlight of the year. Yay for love!! I picked up my DIY wedding bands a couple of weeks ago - I got some old gold jewelry melted down and turned into very elegant bands. Nice to feel 100% about someone and making the big commitment. Life is surprising in the bestest of ways. 



Find my full listing of 2015 events on my TBD website.



Big thanks to the City of Richmond, Our Social Fabric, LowerLonsdale.ca and North Vancouver City Library. You guys ROCK!



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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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