eco-friendly and organic handcrafted treasures

Putnam, Connecticut · 252 Sales


eco-friendly and organic handcrafted treasures

Putnam, Connecticut 252 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars
Jessica Peters

Jessica Peters on Aug 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The bride loved her wedding gift so much she wanted to incorporate it in her reception.

Melanie Missig

Melanie Missig on Aug 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The quilt shipped quickly and is so beautiful! The pictures don't do it justice. The seller was very kind and updated me via email about when my order would be sent out.

Melissa Kapuszcak

Melissa Kapuszcak on Jul 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous quilt, beautiful detail, awesome cause! Proceeds benefited Rancho Relaxo, a cause near and dear to me. Thank you!

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Tread lightly

I discovered Etsy back in 2009 and fell in deep and instant love. As a fan of all things handmade it was such a breath of fresh air, a much needed departure from quick, cheap and easy. It became my go-to for unique gifts and treasures and it wasn't long before I had opened shop and began my own adventure in the warm world of Etsy.

I've experimented with many things in my shop over the years, even changing names when I outgrew the old one . Some items sold great, but I didn't love making them. Others I loved to make, but sold poorly. Others were terrible to ship and still others made me zero profit. So, I would open shop, and I would close shop, riding the waves of maintaining a small business while raising and homeschooling three girls and managing a home and small farm. Etsy fit my life so well because it afforded me the space and freedom to do what I needed to do, when I needed to do it.

But the call of Etsy has lured me back again. After spending the past year thinking hard about what direction to take, I think I've finally found it. Something I could stick with because it involves so many of my loves. Here they are in no particular order...

First, my crazy love of crochet.

Second, my fundamental belief in organic and all things clean and pure.

Third, it's my way of making a difference (and I know the Earth thanks me for my efforts).

And fourth, one of my incredibly awesome girls is joining me on this creative adventure!

As a homeschooling family we've always spent much of our time together and all prejudice aside they're the coolest kids I know. They're all insanely talented and I started to think about the impact we could make working together, versus just little, old me. So, happily, I introduce Jordan ~ my partner in crime!

You won't find anything here in Backyard Dreams that doesn't meet our green expectations, and for the record, those expectations are pretty stinkin' high. We use only certified organic yarns and fabrics and occasionaly upcycled fabrics will make an appearance. Also, I'm pretty excited to offer my vegan cookbook for the first time, most are recipes I've been using for many years. Jordan's gorgeous signs are all made from reclaimed wood. Yup, eco-friendly all around.

So, we thank you for stopping by and helping us to make a difference. Wishing you a truly spectacular day!

Peace & many blessings ~
Melinda & Jordan


Shop members

  • Melinda

    Owner, Creator

    In a nutshell, here I am... spiritual journey-woman committed to making this world a more loving place in any way that I can.

  • Jordan

    Creator, Photographer, Owner

    ~ gardener, vegan, artist, SRF member ~ I share this shop with my family, but also have a personal shop where I sell custom painted pet portraits! :)

  • Riley Mae

    Creator, Owner

    Vegan, avid knitter, guinea pig lover, meditating spiritual devotee, homeschooler

  • Taylor Lynn

    Owner, Creator

    I'm a homeschool grad who currently works as a barista at an organic cafe. When I'm not at work or sewing my little felt bookmarks, you can often find me reading, meditating, or hanging out with my family.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 19, 2015
Welcome to Backyard Dreams. It's extremely important to my Jordan and I that we live our lives in a way that is gentle and kind, not only towards other humans, but to the animals that we coexist with and also this beautiful planet Earth. Here at Backyard Dreams you'll find an assortment of crocheted items, all created from soft, lovely, organic cotton yarns. You'll also find my vegan cookbook, full of healthy and delicious recipes that my family and I enjoy every day. Gorgeous hand-painted signs are offered by Jordan as are her adorable and organic baby dresses. They're our small way of making a difference as we head towards a healthier, wiser, and more loving world. Thanks for visiting, come back anytime.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Backyard Dreams accepts direct payment through Etsy, Paypal and Etsy gift cards. Payment is expected at time of purchase.

Connecticut residents will be charged 6.035% sales tax. This will be automatically calculated by Etsy during checkout.

If you are a first time buyer, please have a peek at this guide for more information on purchasing items on Etsy:
Most all orders are shipped within 24 hours, Monday through Friday (and often Saturdays). However, we have chosen a 1-3 day shipping time in order to cover ourselves in case of any life surprises (yup, you know those!)

Your purchase will ship to the address you specify at the time of check out on Etsy, please make sure it is correct.

Thanks to Etsy's new shipping procedures, shipping has never been easier or more accurate! To estimate shipping of a product simply type in your zip code under shipping and policies (of the item you're viewing). This will show you the least expensive method of shipping. After adding the item to your cart you will have the opportunity to choose and perhaps upgrade your shipping during checkout.

Included in each purchase is a $2.00 package fee which covers the cost of all eco-friendly shipping supplies. We never apply hidden fees or handling charges to ship purchased items.

Any accidental shipping overages over $1.00 will be refunded.
Refunds and Exchanges
It''s important to us that you're completely happy with your recent purchase. Backyard Dreams will happily refund the purchase price for any product that is found to be defective in any way. I ask that you contact us within 48 hours of purchase if this is the case.

If you are unhappy with your purchase you can send it back for a full refund (less shipping) if it is shipped back to us in unused condition within 10 days of purchase. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer unless the item is found to be defective. In the event that an item is returned to us with obvious signs of wear Backyard Dreams reserves the right to refuse the refund due to our inability to resell the item.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Additional policies and FAQs
Positive feedback is extremely helpful for a small business like ours. If you're happy with your purchase we would appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback for Backyard Dreams. Kind comments always make our day :)

If you are unhappy with your purchase we would really appreciate you contacting us first, before leaving any negative feedback, and giving Backyard Dreams a chance to remedy the situation. Negative feedback can't be undone, folks, and it can really damage a small business like ours. Besides, we're happiest when we know that you're absolutely loving your new purchase! Thanks so much for understanding.