Beach Decor, Nautical Shells, Sea Glass, & Starfish

Kalamazoo, Michigan · 16150 Sales


Beach Decor, Nautical Shells, Sea Glass, & Starfish

Kalamazoo, Michigan 16150 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Closed for vacation, I'll be back on Saturday July 22. Please come back! :)

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Last updated on Jul 13, 2017

Closed for vacation, I'll be back on Saturday July 22. Please come back! :)


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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. 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 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 studying architecture, and one is a senior 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 get old, so I sold the company and it then didn't survive a year. 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 boys 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!

I love the smell of an ocean beach, sailing on a BIG wind day, traveling anywhere, York Peppermint Patties, Nantucket, getting organized, a good medium-rare rib eye steak 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 strangers, green peppers, slow 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] and my company website is
You can see more products there plus my portfolio of custom mirrors done over the years for clients.



“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

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    Owner, manager, artisan, marketing director, buyer, inventory control specialist, advertising manager, trash collector, beach girl, mom, wife....

Shop policies

Last updated on November 15, 2016
Beach Grass Cottage was created out of my passions for the sea, the beach, and shelling. I hand design each item from beautiful natural seashells, starfish, and sea glass.

My signature pieces include my beautiful starfish wreath and mirrors, sea glass frames and wreaths, custom seashell mirrors, and beaded starfish garlands. Where possible, each of my pieces bear my signature as the artisan and the date.

My hand crafted pieces make unique and memorable gifts -- wedding gifts, housewarming gifts, hostess gifts, or just special gifts for the people closest to you for whom value and handmade quality is important and worth the extra effort and cost. You will not find my pieces on Amazon or in the mall - they are as special and unique as the person receiving them!

Thanks so very much for checking out my shop!
If you love the beach and the sea like I do, I know something here will speak to you!


Accepted payment methods

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  • Buy with Apple Pay
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  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
At Beach Grass Cottage, you have the choice of paying directly on the Etsy site with any credit card, or using PayPal to process your payment.
Either way, your payment is fully secured, and I NEVER see your confidential credit card information. You can use your credit card even if you don't have a PayPal account!!

TAX: 6% tax is charged to orders shipping within Michigan.
My turnaround time is 3-5 business days, M-F, unless it's a custom mirror. Custom mirrors require a lead time of 3-4 weeks and are not available during November and December.

I ship from Michigan every business weekday, Monday through Friday, using USPS, Fedex Home Delivery or Fedex Ground (for commercial addresses). Commercial (work) addresses do tend to receive their packages up to 2 days faster, so if that works for you it's a great option.

Small packages weighing 16oz or less like shells or garlands ship USPS First Class Mail. Medium packages will ship USPS Priority Mail or Fedex, whichever is less expensive. Larger packages will ship with Fedex.

There is a "Priority Shipping Upgrade" listed on the last page of my shop that you can purchase to have your packaged expedited and shipped Priority.

Many of my pieces are heavy, large, fragile, and/or glass, (or all of the above!)
so shipping fees unfortunately have to reflect that. Shipping fees include necessary protective packaging such as inner and outer protective boxes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, etc in addition to the actual postage. I do not make a profit on shipping. Also, I re-use clean recycled materials whenever I can:)

TIMELINE: You can count on your order shipping within (3-5) business days (M-F) of being placed. I'll contact you via your email right away if there will be an additional delay processing your order. Occasional vacation shipping delays are noted at the top of my shop pages under "Shop Announcements".

Orders shipping to AK, HI, USVI, and GUAM are subject to a surcharge beyond the stated shipping to pay for the additional costs of shipping.

If you are shipping to any of these locations and place an order here, I will contact you if additional postage is due, and send you a PayPal invoice to cover the additional shipping. You can pay via Pay Pal with any credit card, even if you don't have a PayPal account.

INTERNATIONAL: I do not ship internationally at this time. It's nothing personal, just a business decision based on the fragility and weight of my pieces.
Refunds and Exchanges
REFUNDS: I want you to love your purchase and be 100% satisfied. Please message me within 7 days of receipt to authorize your return. I'll give you a return authorization number and help you with any packaging questions.

Products need to be in resellable condition, in our original protective packaging, and shipped back at buyers expense. Your Etsy or PayPal refund for the item amount will be processed upon receipt of your items in resellable condition. I do not refund shipping fees on returned goods.

CLEARANCE / Supply category items are always FINAL SALES, no returns.

DAMAGE: It is imperative that you contact me regarding any damage within 7 days of receipt. I will ask you to photograph the damage itself and the product's outer packaging. Shipping companies require photos of the product itself and the outer/inner packaging during the claims process.
Claims for damages and shortages will not be accepted after 7 days from receipt. PLEASE OPEN AND CHECK ALL ITEMS FOR DAMAGE IMMEDIATELY. This includes large custom mirrors.

A word on shell/sea glass adhesion:
The shipping process can sometimes dislodge a piece or two of shell or sea glass no matter how much I bubble wrap the item:)!
Small repairs can be made with a "super glue" type product or a household hot glue gun, and are not considered refundable "damage".

OUT OF STOCKS: On occasion an item in your order may be out of stock, as I receive orders from several places on the internet. We will ship your in-stock items and email you regarding any out of stocks, including when I anticipate the item being back in stock so you can order again. I do not back order out of stock items.

SHORTAGES: We have a double check system in place to virtually eliminate shortages, but mistakes do happen. Please notify me within 7 days of receipt if your order is not complete. Claims for shortages cannot be honored after 7 days of receipt.

TIMING: Returns and damaged goods must be received within 7 days of your receipt. Because many of my products are originals and are not kept in inventory, returns after 7 days cannot be accepted, no exceptions.

CUSTOM ORDERS: Custom orders, by their nature, are not returnable. I will work you beforehand in detail to make sure you are happy with what I'm creating for you before it's created. Emailed photos are also available before shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
SEA GLASS: I use recycled and manufactured sea glass in my pieces. While I LOVE genuine sea glass, using genuine sea glass in my pieces would be incredibly costly and would increase my prices to an unaffordable level.

INDOORS ONLY, PLEASE: My items are meant to be enjoyed indoors in temperature controlled rooms. Nothing should be used outdoors unless specifically discussed in the items' description. Extremely hot temperatures outside, in between storm doors and entrance doors, and in rooms that are not temperature controlled can cause adhesives used in my products to weaken or soften.

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: Just a quick mention that many of the shells I use are by-products of the seafood industry and are eaten in foreign countries. Additionally, shell harvesting provides hundreds of jobs. I don't carry shells that are endangered or threatened. Certain shells become unavailable from time to time and season to season, which prevents their over-harvesting.

STOCK PHOTOS: My items are almost always created "made to order".
My photos represent an actual piece that has been photographed before it sold, so you are viewing a "stock photo" unless the item's description clearly states that it is a "one of a kind" or "original". Care is taken to replicate the photo in detail using the same elements whenever possible. Shell varieties or sea glass shades may differ due to unavailability at the time of your purchase but the overall design of the piece will always be consistent with the photo.
Each piece is a one-of-a-kind creation made uniquely for you!

CUSTOM ORDERS: I love to do custom work and look forward to creating something gorgeous just for you:) Custom orders by their very nature are customized to your wishes and are not returnable.

I will work with you beforehand in detail to make sure we are both in agreement with what we are creating for you before I proceed. Once all your questions have been addressed and we are in agreement on all aspects of the design, materials and timeline, in writing, I will require full prepayment.
I require this prepayment in order to "go ahead" and purchase items for your order that I would ordinarily not have in stock and would not be able to sell to someone else.

WHOLESALE: I do not wholesale my products at this time.

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Last updated on Mar 25, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

No Refunds on Custom Orders - Custom orders, by their very definition, are made to your requests and are not returnable. I will work with you to make sure you are happy with what we are creating before I start work on your piece.