May 11, 2015

Workshop Facilitator, Book Author and now... Wife

Hello my TinyLetter peeps! It's been awhile with many great things in the works. I just got back from my wedding & honeymoon adventure. Before that I was deep in the throws of authoring a crafty book. Life has definitely been interesting!


I've returned from getting married in Havana, Cuba. What a crazy day that was! I was restyling a thrift store dress for the ceremony and reception but had to go with plan B in the end. I rented a dress for the ceremony and part of the reception. You got it - for 50 CUCs (approximately $60 CDN) I rocked quite the swanky dress along with blingy jewelry and make up (yup someone did my make up for me - crazy!). Then I wore a gorgeous thrift store dress for the reception - much better for dancing in! So stoked to be married to my person... Roly is one amazing & wonderful man. I'm a lucky girl! I'll be sharing pics, stories, etc. on my blog sometime soon! I am so grateful for all the family and friends who helped us celebrate this wonderful moment.


Before I left I was super busy with work, Crafternoons plus authoring a crafty book. The plan is for the book to be available for Xmas 2015. So the timeline is a bit nutty. Most of the work is done thankfully. I was wiped out before heading off to Cuba for my wedding. But am now feeling refreshed and ready to get crafty again! I definitely needed a craft detox and got it. Phew! Bring on the glitter and glue guns!


I have two upcycling workshops coming up if you want to get crafty with me. And happy day! I received another Neighbourhood Small Grant through Vancouver Foundation. It'll cover the cost of 4 Crafternoons with the North Vancouver City Library. Yay! Find more events on my Thrifty By Design website at


I'm back to writing for and The Makers Nation. I missed my crafty peeps! So writing DIYs for LoLo and listing nifty, crafty events in Vancouver for The Makers Nation. Next I want to set up more workshops and keeping kicking craft butt this year. Bring it on!


Big thanks to the Vancouver Foundation, GardenSmart, The Makers Nation, and North Vancouver City Library.


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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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