About Me

Denise Kiggan

The vibrant tension between old and new items alongside each other and the surprise of traditional in a contemporary and unexpected way makes me happy. I delight in filling life with hand crafted creations and objects found in obvious and sometimes obscure places.

I was educated as a Home Economist,  have worked in journalism and interior design and owned an eclectic coffee shop. Years ago, I read Edith Schaeffer’s book – Hidden Art.  A defining moment that helped me to realise that I was made in the image of The Maker, and that as I created, I was representing something of God’s creative nature!

Since its inception in 2007,  I’ve designed and co-ordinated the making of Freshly Found products, photographed them, sent them around the world, supplied private and corporate customers, and taken them to markets and the Design Indaba. I have documented the making process and published tutorials and facilitated workshops.

I am a coffee snob, an ENFP and an Enneagram type 4.  I love my family and am privileged to be a wife, mom, mom-in-law and granny.

I have a strong sense that I was MADE to MAKE, and love passing that Maker passion on.  



Denise Kiggan,


Freshly Found



Thank you so much to those customers who take the time to say thank you.

It is sooo appreciated ♥

This was my batch and the end result was amazing – thank you Denise and team. Our decor looked lovely and our guests helped themselves to some of the flowers – just what we wanted. Huge thanks to you and your team for super efficient service and a stunning end product x


Hi Denise, thank you for the ones I have seen so far, they are BEAUTIFUL!!


Ooh yes – all delivered safe and sound. Thank you so much, they are great!


Just to let you know the necklace has arrived.
Delighted and just in time


We are absolutely in love with your paper proteas! You are too clever


I found your website while looking through a wedding magazine with my fiancé and immediately liked what I saw. I really love your origami roses and would love to have them as the boutonniere’s, something so different form the traditional ones.



I picked up my bag yesterday and again, beautiful packaging. Thank you for my lovely note and bag and for your speedy service. It is always a pleasure buying anything from your magical shop as I share your passion for recycling. May you continue to inspire creativity and sustainability. A sincere thank you Denise


This is a very over due THANK YOU from myself for the wonderful bouquet and boutonniere you designed for my sisters wedding. It was absolutely amazing 🙂 Look forward to doing business with you again 🙂




I collected the package yesterday and am so happy with the items I ordered. Thank you for hand written note and the beautiful wrapping on the bracelet. My fiancé is also really chuffed with the origami lilies. It really has been such a pleasure to order from you.



I just wanted to send you a very BIG thank you for your awesome contribution to the Party!


I saw your works and am amazed, they are magical. So I believe you are holding the solution to a gifting dilemma.

Linda Jane




Your designs are absolutely beautiful.


Thank you so much for the book. Well done with the Packaging.


Hi Denise! And I can proudly tell you my three PBJ’s have a home on our dining room table at the moment! When next I find my camera cable I’ll send you a pic! A very big thank you to you and your team!






First of all, many thanks for getting the two paper Protea samples couriered here in time for my preview. It went exceptionally well and the  client just LOVED the Paper Proteas. We will definitely be using these in our table decor treatment for the function.



While searching for a suitable picture for the conference poster, I came across your fascinating blogs. We would very much like to use one of your images and I am writing in order to clear the rights.


I collected my bag yesterday after work and it is absolutley lovely! So stunning! And thanks for the cute little note. I love how my bag was wrapped in a pattern piece… Very cool! Thanks so much!


I have received the bookends. They are lovely and thank you so much for the wonderful card that you sent with it. I’m so pleased that I found your business!


They arrived! I am utterly in love with them – thank u! Will send pics when they’re up. And thank you for the lovely note and well wishes.


Thank you – I have received my order, all in perfect condition! Thank you for the lovely packaging and making the effort to make it special – much appreciated!


Thank you so much for the parcel. I have received it safely and hubby is very very impressed with his present. Once again thank you so much.


Dear Denise Thank you so much. I have received them, and they are brilliant.



I love your boutonnieres and origami flowers, and would really love to incorporate them into my wedding décor!



Yes it arrived. Thanks so much for wrapping it and for the personalised card. It was great doing business with you




Hi Denise Thanks so much – she has them and loves them!