March 02, 2015

Spring has sprung... Bring on the Crafternoons!


Hello TinyLetter peeps! It's been awhile - it's definitely time for a catch up! First off I've been crafting up a storm. Prepping new projects for upcoming workshops, writing DIYs and getting ready for my wedding. 2015 is crazy good so far! Plus I'm really enjoying my continuing ed class, Crafting with 'Crap', at Quest University Canada. So much crafty goodness. Yay!

My continuing ed class is a blast! I have 6 students and we're kicking craft butt together. First class was upcycling wine corks into jewelry, second class was repurposing old wool sweaters into accessories and class three is salvaged wood organizers. I have two guest speakers - one for class three and one for class four. First up is Inis LeBlanc from Squamish ReBuild. She's showing us how to repurpose salvaged wood, wood pallets and old cabinets doors. Then we have Karen Yaremkewich from Endure Upcycled Designs showing us how to make gift bags out of burlap and tote bags out of old t-shirts. Fun!

I created 'how to' hand outs for classes 1 to 3 - one sheet with photos plus the tips and tricks to making kewl stuff out of 'junk'. Download them at: What else? More of my DIYs were featured on Love my LoLo team! February's DIYs included: I'm also the Vancouver Curator for The Makers Digest via The Makers Nation. The Makers Digest is a curated weekly roundup of creative, hands-on events and workshops happening in cities around the world. Subscribe at


The application for Vancouver Foundation's Neighbourhood Small Grant (NSG) is open. NSG is Vancouver Foundation's unique program that helps build community and strengthen connections right where people live. I've received a grant the past two years for my Crafternoons at the North Vancouver City Library. The grant covers the cost of supplies for the upcycling workshops. Such a FAB program and such an easy application process. Got a great idea for your neighbourhood? Apply now! Deadline is March 31st.

The most exciting news is Roly and I set the date for our wedding. April 30th is the BIG day! Super stoked about getting married and finding my person. I've got the DIY wedding bands done. Next up is the 'restyled' wedding dress. I found a $4 dress from the Lions Gate Thrift Store that is going from drab to fab thanks to my uber talented peep Karen at Endure Upcycled Designs. The countdown is on... Two months to go!


DIY Easter Gift Basket, March 8th from 1pm to 3pm, City of Richmond
Easter Crafternoon, March 28th from 1:30pm to 3pm, North Vancouver City Library
Mother's Day Crafternoon, April 18th from 1:30pm to 3pm, North Vancouver City Library

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


Big thanks to the City of Richmond, The Makers Nation, Quest University Canada, and North Vancouver City Library.


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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