eco-friendly & handcrafted treasures

Putnam, Connecticut

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About BackyardDreams

Sales 256
On Etsy since 2009

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(s) over the years, even changing names when I outgrew the old one. Some items sold well, 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 found myself back here yet again, incorporating some of my eco-friendly loves and passions in this one small space.

You won't find anything here in Backyard Dreams that doesn't meet my green expectations, and for the record, those expectations are ridiculously high. The products may change, but my commitment to this forgiving Planet Earth will not.

So I thank you very much for stopping by and wishing you a truly beautiful day!

Peace & many blessings ~

Shop members

  • Melinda

    Owner, Creator

    ethical vegan / tree hugger / preparer of many foods / writer / wife / mom / minimalist / God-lover / yarn enthusiast / yogini of SRF

Production partners

  • Blankstyle

    Irvine, CA

    Blankstlye is the company that I use to print my organic cotton products using our own custom artwork and designs

  • Dust City Designs

    Denver, CO

    This is the company that we use to print our eco-friendly, biodegradable, sustainably sourced wood stickers

  • Econscious

    Petaluma, CA

    Econscious is a company that creates sustainable and organic apparel that is responsibly made. 1% of their profits are donated to environmental non-profits. This company is the maker of my super-soft organic tees!

  • Lulu

    Morrisville, NC

    Lulu is a b-corp certified company that we use to print all of our books

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