Beach Plum Cottage - Handmade on Martha's Vineyard

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About BeachPlumCottage

Sales 80
On Etsy since 2011

I'm rolling with you til the wheels fall off...

I've been crocheting since I was a little girl and my grandma showed me how to make simple house slippers to slide over your socks. It all started with one simple chain. . .

In high school, I began making jewelry and selling it out of a backpack at street fairs and festivals during the summertime. Walking around The East 185th Street Fair in Cleveland during August 2002 with 10 bracelets on each arm and a sign that said "1 for $5, 2 for $7" was the first dollar I ever made selling my jewelry. I should have had it framed - but I'm sure that I spent it on fried dough and carnival games later that very night!

In college, crafting seemed to take a backseat and even after I entered the work force, my long hours at the office usually found me too weary to pick up my crochet needle, and be productive afterwards. My beading supplies gathered dust & my fingers started to itch with unspent creativity and imagined projects. My to-do list seemed a mile long with paper lanterns, crochet flowers, D.I.Y. summer flip-flops. . .

In 2010, I moved to Martha's Vineyard with my boyfriend and our cats. We left behind the city life and since then I've been able to put a 9-5 job in the backseat and simply let my creative engines roar. After much urging from my family and friends to share my work with the rest of the world world, I opened up shop here on Etsy and never looked back.

Since my first Etsy sale, I've shipped all over the continental U.S. and various places across the world including Canada, Germany, Spain, Sweden, the U.K. I love knowing that my work will be enjoyed by someone, worn by someone special -- somewhere in this wide world, and most of all: treasured by a person who enjoys handmade objects.

I can see the ocean from where I sit in my studio, weaving my summer jewelry. Every day, I am inspired by the prolific and simplistic beauty of nature, which is abundant on this gorgeous island. When I'm not crafting, I love to take nature hikes and let me say: It isn't hard to imagine a flower before it becomes a crochet applique... or to imagine wearing my brightly colored anklets and bracelets while we dig our toes in the sand on a hot summer day. . .

My sea life plush toys, flower headbands and funky summer jewelry are all products of this essential spark - the inspiration, the colors, shapes, textures, the way the light falls on the petal of a daffodil, the roar of the ocean at night -- all those wild and beautiful things that make you want to create.

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  • Maggie Dempsey

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    28 year old girl-turning-woman who lives by the sea. Loves cake and sunshine. Amateur photographer, complete bookworm and self-proclaimed H.I.P.P.I.E - Happy Individual Pursuing Pleasure In Everything. Loves Doctor Who and baking for friends

Shop policies

Last updated on October 19, 2012
Welcome to Beach Plum Cottage. Everything in my shop is handmade with care on the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
If your item arrives damaged during shipping, breaks, tears, or is otherwise destroyed within 90 days of purchase, send it back and I'll make you a new one!

I stand behind the quality of my products, and they should last you a long time.

If you are displeased with the item and would like a refund, please convo me - I will do everything in my power to please you! I value positive feedback. Many of my sales have been from return clients - I have no doubt that you will be as pleased with my work as they have been!
Payment through PayPal, money order, check or now featuring Etsy's Direct Check-out. Easily use your credit card at either PayPal or Etsy Direct Check-out.

All items are shipped out within 48 hours of receiving payment, except on Sundays. The cut off time for out-going mail to leave the island via ferry on the same day is 1pm. Anything ordered after that time will ship on the next day.
All items are shipped via USPS First Class and USPS Priority Mail where noted. If you have your own UPS or Fed-Ex profile and would like to use it instead of USPS, convo me prior to purchase and in exchange for your profile information, I will give you a coupon code for free shipping.

For buyers within the US: In general, most items are delivered within 4-6 days from your original order date. If you see something you love, you can have it, delivered, in-hand, inside of 1 week.

For buyers outside the US: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs may be prior to buying. I will not lie on customs forms, please don't ask. It is a $10,000 fine per infraction, and/or 5 years in jail.

If you are interested in insurance or delivery confirmation, we can do that! Delivery confirmation is an additional 80 cents and insurance varies by item. Just write me a note in the details of your order and I will invoice you for any added shipping cost that these incur.

Please feel free to contact me at ANY TIME to discuss terms and conditions for shipping. I am flexible and you deserve to be choosy!
Additional policies and FAQs
To request a custom item, please use the link in the left sidebar in my main shop, or contact me via email: candybear [!at] I LOVE custom orders - Let's make something fun together!