Unique, Natural Home Decor... and More

Conquerall Mills, Canada On Etsy since 2009

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About DriftyGems

Sales 107
On Etsy since 2009

Nature Brought Out The Best In Me - Inner Crafter Unleashed

What Drifty Gems is for Me:

Drifty Gems was started much like all of the other ambitious ideas I have that tend to be just that... ideas. I have so many interests and want to experience so many things I tend to not have the time to follow through with all of them. I have been working at and enhancing my social work career over the years but there has always been a part of me that thrives on being crafty; with the stresses of the job crafting is my solitude where my imagination can go where it needs to and the process becomes a form of relaxation.

The Idea:

My idea for Drifty Gems was sparked by a desire to have a jewelry hanger that would hold multiple bracelets and necklaces. After scouring the internet and not coming up with a solution I realized I would have to make something myself. Being surrounded by the ocean in the small Province of Nova Scotia I thought what better material to make it out of than driftwood; there was an abundance, it was easy to find, and the pieces are one of a kind. I made my first driftwood jewelry hanger and it snowballed from there... I thought, "If I wanted a multi-use jewelry hanger I am sure there are others that do too". I came across Etsy while using "StubleUpon" and decided this is where I would market my driftwood pieces. The first person I told about my shop idea was my husband... he laughed thinking it was another one of my outlandish ideas that would never make it. Real supportive eh! Well I am the one laughing now because I followed through and my shop has expanded to home decor pieces, driftwood signs, wedding items, and lots of custom orders.

The Process:

Step 1: The hunt for driftwood pieces. I mainly go on my driftwood hunt in Scott's Bay, Nova Scotia but whenever I am on a beach or the coast of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island I always find the time for a driftwood hunt. Typically my husband and I go and we bring our two Shih Tzus along for the walk but there have been times I have employed friends to come along for the fun.

Step 2: The drying and sanitizing process. All of my pieces have spent a lot of time in the ocean which in itself sanitizes with it's strong salt content but when I bring my pieces home I inspect them for any bug infestations, clean them off and cure them with the heat of the sun.

Step 3: Use my imagination. Each piece is unique and has a purpose, I scan my driftwood collection and something will stand out to me about a piece helping me to decide what it will be used for such as a jewelry hanger, towel rack, wedding sign, or piece to a wind chime. I have even on occasion found pieces for my Angel Wing, an Sea Creature Collections.

Step 4: Make it into what it was intended for. Depending on the piece there are various steps involved in making a piece into it's final product however most involve some degree of sanding, cleaning, drilling, nailing, screwing, painting, spraying, and sometimes gluing.

Step 5: The sell. So after a piece has been completed I take it outside and do a mini photoshoot in the woods to show off it's features and the final look. I post the pictures and list the item and that's where you come in as the buyer...

Step 6: The purchase. Once an item is purchased I package it up with as much re-used packaging as I can to cut down on waste and work in an environmentally-friendly way. I take the package to the Post Office and away it goes!

Shop policies

Last updated on June 13, 2011
Welcome to Drifty Gems by Bri
I love incorporating natural elements into the everyday living environment and get inspired when I find uses for things just lying around outside. If you enjoy items currently listed please check back often as new items will be added frequently; because you never know what you are going to find when you walk out the door.

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Returns and exchanges
All items will be checked before shipping to ensure there is no damage and the item is as described. All screws and hooks will be tightened prior to shipment. If it is decided that you would like to cancel your purchase prior to shipment or have a change in heart about which item you want to purchase, please contact me immediately by email and I will accommodate the change. If the item has already been shipped there will be no refunds or exchanges on the purchase.
For items that are listed as a first payment to have a custom order made, the payment can only be refunded if I have not started to make the item at the time of the refund request. If you have made the first payment on a custom order and I began making the item, your down payment will not be refunded however you will not be charged the remainder of the item cost. Please make sure you read the item description completely before you make a purchase.
If you have received an item and it has been damaged during shipping, please let me know as soon as you receive the package so I can contact the mailing company and take the next steps to refund your purchase.
If there is an overage payment for shipping that amounts $5 or greater the excess amount will be refunded to your paypal account.
Pay-Pal Only
For cancellation information please see Refunds and Exchanges section.
Items will be shipped within one week of purchase, and all attempts will be made to ship your package the following business day after the purchase has been confirmed. Items are shipped from Canada and when shipped to Canada usually arrive within 5 business days, and to United States take up to 10 business days. A confirmation email will be sent to notify you of shipment and an arrival date will be provided, as per postal services estimate. If an item is needed immediately please notify me and I will do my best to make arrangements for expedited shipment; extra shipping charges may be added based on postal charges. Any extra fees for expedited shipping will be payed by the buyer upon confirmation of total expedited shipping cost, minus the shipping amount already paid.
Additional policies and FAQs
Jewelry displayed in the photos are not included, refer to item descriptions for full information about what is being purchased.

All of my items are handmade and are not to be resold, (in their original state or altered in any way) without prior permission. Please respect the seller, and the work put into each individual piece. Don't be a copy cat... respect the copyright laws.