There's nothing like crafting 'masterpieces'! As a way of disconnecting from technology, I started making 'things' by either refinishing furniture, sewing creations with my 1950s Singer sewing machine or making gifties for friends and family.

I started 'crafting' when I lived on the Sunshine Coast - thrifting, garage sale-ing and a new-to-me Singer sewing machine was how it all happened. I refinished furniture, stitched up small gifties for friends and got back into painting. I even took a woodworking course at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Crafting is addictive!

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'Upcycling' is the new thang... I started in 2008 when I lived on the Sunshine Coast. Garage sale finds, furniture from the Sechelt dump Share Shed or miscellaneous 'treasures' from the Gibsons Recycling Depot.

There's nothing more fun and fulfilling than taking something that's been discarded and turning it into something fabulous... Whether it's from the dump, the thrift store or even your recycle bin - the possibilities are endless!

I've always been a garage sale and thrift store junky but when I moved to the Sunshine Coast I found the most awesomest finds at the Sechelt dump and Gibsons Recycling Depot. Those were the days! $1 chairs, $4 dressers... Books, home decor items. You name it, they had it!

These days I'm not working too much with furniture but darn I miss those days! I've carried coffee tables, rocking chairs and more for long distances... Yup a true upcycler knows exactly what I'm talking about! Oh and I'm that coworker that you bring your empty cereal boxes to. Yup - I wear that badge with a lot of honour!

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The crafty book I authored, Raw Crafts: 40 Projects from Hemp, Jute, Burlap & Cork, is now available online. The book includes 40 easy peasy DIYs using hemp, jute, burlap, cork and mixed media. It's published through Lark Crafts.



I've been writing for various online publications as Thrifty By Design the past few years. Sharing fun and easy DIYs, local events and happenings and more. This year I was asked to author a crafty book. The book I authored, Raw Crafts: 40 Projects from Hemp, Jute, Burlap & Cork, is now available online.

Try one of my easy peasy DIYs on either my blog at blog.thriftybydesign.ca or find them on Lower Lonsdale at www.lowerlonsdale.ca/author/denisec.

You can also subscribe to The Makers Nation's weekly digest for nifty local events. I'm their Vancouver Curator highlighting kewl happenings in the big city. Sign up at www.themakersnation.com/digest.





Join me online in my crafty adventures on Instagram at www.instagram.com/ThriftyByDesign.






Crafternoons are da bomb. Get crafty, meet new peeps and have fun... All by making stuff out of 'junk'.