valerie finley on May 5, 2016
Looks perfect in my nautical bedroom
kecyafelix1 on May 4, 2016
Love it. Shari was very attentive to my precise descriptions. Also she send my order in the day was purchased. Thank you
Charlen Carignan on May 3, 2016
These are great for small crafting.
Charlen Carignan on May 3, 2016
Nice shells I hadn't seen before! Good value.
Beach Grass Cottage.... Distinctive. Artisan. Coastal.
I'm Shari, welcome to my tiny spot on Etsy!
There's been a lot of press lately about Etsy's broadened definitions of what's "handmade."
I want to assure you that I am a long-standing 1-person shop, the kind of shop that made Etsy what it originally was. You will find no "factory partners", "collective workers", or "outsourced labor" at Beach Grass Cottage.
I love making one of a kind original seashell and sea glass pieces. Taking raw materials and creating something beautiful that people want to purchase and display in their home is so humbling.
Each of my handcrafted pieces is created using strong industrial adhesives so you won't have to worry about your investment falling apart.
And a lot of love, too, by the way:)
I design each piece one by one, and it is so awesome to think that things I have made with my own hands are bringing joy and smiles to people all over the world!
How cool is that?
A bit about me...my friends call me Scarlett because I'm as stubborn and bossy as the original. I am a mom to two amazing teenage sons, one in college at University of Michigan, and one a junior in high school. God's greatest gifts to me, so proud of them.
My hubby is an incredibly supportive and patient man who sticks by me through all the roller coaster turns of this crazy business. Plus, he's a computer geek, which always helps when running an internet company!
I started out my work career with 13 years of the big stuffy corporate sales job... pharmaceutical sales...ugh...suffocating... big money, no soul.
I gave up the big salary and fancy company car to do floral design. Crazy, right??!
I dabbled in floral design a bit then created my first company, a fun corporate gift/gift basket company which I happily ran for 7 years. Never seeing my family at Christmas and around any holiday began to be a drag, so I sold the company to a gal who killed it within a year. All that hard work down the drain! That reality still makes my stomach hurt to think about, so as Scarlett says, "I'll think about that tomorrow!"
Short hiatus enjoying my incredible kids and trying my luck with another corporate sales job... ugh...didn't work...again...
I started Beach Grass Cottage in 2008 and by the grace of God, it is finally where I belong. I'm so happy that I didn't give up my search!
He always has a plan for me but quite frequently it doesn't mesh with MY timing :)
I love the smell of an ocean beach, sailing on a BIG wind day, traveling anywhere, York Peppermint Patties, getting organized, a good medium-rare rib eye with sea salt, Coke Icees, all kinds of ribbon and a great hat.
I hate suspension bridges, cantaloupe, pushy people, big crowds, being forced to make small talk with people I don't know, green peppers, pokey drivers and beer of any kind.
On Beach Grass Cottage... We're located in southwest Michigan very near the fun beach communities of pristine Lake Michigan -- home of die-hard beach lovers, amazing dunes, eclectic cool beach towns, and the most gorgeous sunsets on the planet!
This company of mine is an answer to a lot of patience and prayers, and it's exactly where I'm supposed to be during this season of my life. Playing with shells, sea glass, and starfish all day long is not a bad gig!
I welcome you to take a look around, and message me with any comments or questions. I hope something I've made speaks to you:)
My email is beachgrasscottage [!at] gmail.com and my company website is beachgrasscottage.com.
You can see more products there plus my portfolio of custom mirrors done over the years for clients.
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“When you buy from an independent artist, you are buying more than just a painting or a novel or a song. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent, having enough money to eat, having enough money to feed the children, the birds, the dog. You aren't just buying a thing, you are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someone’s life. Most importantly, you are buying that artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all of the above worth the fear and the doubt; something that puts the life into the living.”
-Rebekah Joy Plett
Owner, Designer, Curator
Owner, manager, artisan, marketing director, buyer, inventory control specialist, advertising manager, trash collector, beach girl, mom, wife....