August 29, 2015

My crafty book, Raw Crafts, is now online

I'm super stoked to share that the crafty book I authored this spring is now available online. How kewl is that? This week I had one of those serendipitous Google searches. I hadn't heard anything about the book and decided to Google "raw crafts" book. And holy smokers - so many results showed up... Amazon, Indigo, Barnes and Noble, etc... WOW! Such an awesome experience to see it online. It was actually happening. Yay!

The book is available for pre-sales and will be available officially at the beginning of November. You can find the book on the Lark Crafts website - they're the US publisher. Next I need to figure out how to set up a book launch, promoting the book, etc. I have a few locations lined up for par-tees. I'll keep you posted! It's been an exciting year to say the least!

I'm really thrilled I was asked to author a book by RotoVision Books. They're so darn fabulous to work with. There's a chance I'll be writing another book or maybe more. Why not! Now I can officially call myself a published author. Man - that makes me feel grown up! Yikes...

If you want more info about the book visit the Lark Crafts website. You can even order a copy! If you live close by I'd totally be willing to sign it. 


Here's the rundown on Crafternoons for September and October. Join me for one or more!
  • DIY Thanksgiving Gift Basket
    I'm partnering with the City of Richmond for a DIY Thanksgiving Gift Basket workshop on Saturday, September 12th from 1pm to 3pm at City Hall.
  • Back to School Crafternoon
    I'm partnering with the North Vancouver City Library on Sunday, September 13th from 1:30pm to 3pm. Details to come!
  • Upcycling Workshop with Kids
    I'm partnering with Homesteader's Emporium for an upcycling workshop for kids on Sunday, October 4th from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Details to come!
  • Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
    I'm partnering with Bird on a Wire Creations for a macrame plant hanger workshop on Saturday, October 17th from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Register at
  • Crafting with 'Crap' Upcycling Workshop
    I'm giving an upcycling workshop as part of the 2015 THESA Conference on Friday, October 23rd. Details at
  • Halloween Crafternoon
    I'm partnering with the North Vancouver City Library on Saturday, October 24th from 1:30pm to 3pm. Details to come!
Find more events on my Thrifty By Design website at


Big thanks to RotoVision Books, Lark Crafts, Nigel and Ben at Integral Artists and all my crafty peeps who have helped in my crazy crafty journey. 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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