celebrating imperfections through design

San Diego, California | 337 Sales


celebrating imperfections through design

San Diego, California 337 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (137)
jennifer niles

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jennifer niles

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celebrating imperfections through design

all of my life, i have been a collector. not in the traditional sense, but more sense that i am always on the lookout for a hidden treasure. maybe, a treasure that others would not view as such.
when walking down a city street, on the beach, in the mountains, desert, or forest... my eyes are often downcast and scanning to see if i can spy a shell, a bit of moss, a rusted piece of metal. when i go to an estate sale, i tend not to see the big items, the so called desirable items .... my eyes are searching for an old cardboard box that i can pick through. a box that might contain a broken figurine, a cache of vintage beads, yardage of vintage wool suiting or a stash of vintage clothing labels in a small box.

i find great joy and pleasure in finding a use for these seemingly imperfect bits and pieces in my designs. when i am able to use the doll head that broke off of a childhood treasure.... and i add it to a tiny bottle i found while treasure hunting in the desert.... such happiness.

or finding a small bit of fabric... too small for much of anything to be made with it, but too beautiful to be disregarded, and incorporating it the design of my one of a kind tote bags.

most of the items in my shop are born in just this way. by me rummaging through my collection of finds, many with imperfections, and creating something unique and beautiful. i like to think that once i have had a go at that rusty spam container i found in the desert, and have added a vintage but broken parakeet figurine... most people will see how these imperfect items can come together and be some else. imperfection re-imagined.

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  • jennifer

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    treasure hunter, beachcomber, wife, gardener, artist, chicken keeper, mother, baker, chef, stomp my feet when i am angry, laugh until i pee my pants, book reader, free thinker, homebody, furniture rearranger, gatherer of bits and pieces

Shop policies

Last updated on November 12, 2016

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i do my best to take accurate photographs of my items, in natural light, and at many angles, and also accurately describing my work so you will be completely happy upon receipt of your order.

however, if your order is not as expected:

*please contact me within 14 days of delivery
*return it to me in new condition, and in it's original packaging, within 30 days of receipt.

at that point, your purchase price, less shipping and handling fees, will be refunded.

for custom orders: because of the nature of custom orders, unless they arrive damaged, i cannot accept returns.
i accept paypal, all major credit cards, and etsy gift cards.
i will ship your order in a handmade fabric gift bag that is nestled in a rigid cardboard box. your item will ship within 1-2 business days (usually in 1) via USPS first class mail (3-5 day domestic delivery) with tracking/delivery confirmation.

for custom orders, i need more time to process your order, but this time frame will be discussed and agreed upon with you prior to your purchase.

for international orders, buyer is responsible for any custom chargers and taxes.
Additional policies and FAQs
i will happily ship directly to a giftee as well as including a personal note as requested. just leave me the details in the note to seller upon checkout.

if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me. thank you!