Paying it Forward - Etsy shops and Authors

Pay it Forward is a book written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. This is the gist of the story ~ Twelve year old Trevor takes on an extra credit assignment and his teacher challenges him to come up with an idea that can change the world. Not only that, he has to implement his idea too. And so Trevor comes up with a Pay It Forward multi-level marketing scheme of the heart. His idea is simple ~ help 3 people in some way. Then, when they want to pay him back, he'd have them "pay it forward" to 3 other people. And they are to find 3 other people and help 'em out. You get the idea? So here goes . . .

Here are 3 Etsy shops you should check out . . .
Keiko's TanPoPo Etsy shop. Keiko is a fellow bloggie sista and fashionista with a big heart. Just last month, Keiko made paper crane earrings, posted them on her blog and all proceeds from her sales went to Japan's Relief fund. She also generously donated several items from her Etsy shop, and proceeds from that also went to Japan's Earthquake Relief fund. I was lucky enough to snatch up these lovely Princess Cream Bow Shoe Clips. They were only $15 and it adds so much more pizazz to my Aldo ballerina flats. In fact, it would add pizazz to any pair of shoes! Keiko also makes hair accessories and necklaces.You can also check out Keiko's blog here.

Keiko's TanPoPo bow shoe clips on my ballet flats

The bow clips look fab on pumps too:

TanPoPo's Princess Cream Bow Shoe Clips
Silk chiffon flower necklace from KeikoTanPoPo

Petal & Pink's Etsy shop.  Erin is a fellow blogger and jewelery designer. She describes her pieces as ~ "Handmade jewelry created with a blend of vintage beads and modern flair. Vintage inspired, but with a modern take on it." She hand crafts earring, bracelets and necklaces, and they're all uberlicious, superbly made and affordable. And methinks they're very Anthro-esque. Erin has 100% positive feedback on her Etsy shop.You can also check out Erin's blog here. Below are 2 of my favorite earrings from her Etsy shop.
Daisy earrings from Petal & Pink's Etsy Shop
Lighter than Air Little Balloon Earrings on Petal&Pink Etsy

Orange and Yellow's Etsy shop. She's a recent college grad and creates handmade colorful, beaded friendship bracelets, necklaces, and earrings perfect for summer. And it's all very boho chic. She's been on Etsy for two years this month and all month long, you can enter code ' CELEBRATE' when checking out for 20% off her entire shop. You can also visit her blog here.

Floating Heart Bracelet from Orange and Yellow on Etsy

Mustard Antique Bronze Heart from OrangeandYellow Etsy

Next, I'm paying it forward to 4 lovely authors who have been extremely kind and helpful to a new kid on the block.

♥ Elisa Lorello is the bestselling author of Faking It and Ordinary World. Peaking at #6 and #25 on the Top 25 Kindle Store Bestseller list in January 2010, Faking It and Ordinary World have since sold a combined 50,000 Kindle copies. Lorello's books are now under the AmazonEncore imprint.
Synopsis of Faking It from Amazon:
A refreshing and unexpected take on the relationships between men and women, Faking It has struck a chord with readers of all ages. It’s been praised as a novel that “goes beyond the genre to something smarter, more sophisticated, something with a little more bite and substance.” Andi and Devin’s search for their authentic selves ultimately “shows what intimate relationships are all about.”
Elisa Lorello’s “Faking It” Got Me on an Exhilarating Emotional Coaster ~ Unruly Books

Faking It is available on paperback for $9.49 and on Kindle for $2.99 on Amazon, B& and all the major online book stores.

♥ Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of  Easily Amused and A Scattered Life. McQuestion's essays have appeared in Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. She has also authored one children's book ~Celia and the Fairies and two books for teens ~ Favorite and Life on Hold.
***A Scattered Life was optioned for film in November 2009. And today, McQuestion has five books under the AmazonEncore imprint.
“A Scattered Life is the kind of novel you’ll want to recommend to a friend without quite knowing how: as soon as you begin to say what the book is "about," all of the possible descriptions seem either too small or too big for the story contained in those pages.” - Carolyn Parkhurst

A Scattered Life is available on paperback for $10.17 and on Kindle for $2.39 on Amazon ,B& and all the major online book stores.

♥  Sibel Hodge is the author of Fourteen Days Later, The Fashion Police, My Perfect Wedding and Be Careful What You Wish For. Fourteen Days Later was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture.
Synopsis from Amazon:
Helen’s life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge. Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question. The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Ayshe’s brother, Kalem. How will Kalem and Helen get together when she’s too foolish to realize that she loves him? How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend? How will Kalem’s Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out? Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?

Fourteen Days Later is available on paperback for $12.73 and on Kindle for $3.49 on Amazon,  B& and all the major online book stores.

Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke are authors of the newly launched The D Word and I'll Have Who She's Having. You can also check out their fab blog here
Praise for The D Word:
“Reading The D Word is like hanging out with two wonderfully flawed friends who make you laugh even when it seems their worlds are falling apart. Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have captured these women at a crossroads as they struggle to find love, happiness and fulfillment. You’ll laugh, cry, and at times, want to slap some sense into them. But mostly you’ll root for Elle and Jordan because you know them. They’re just like you.” – Irene Zutell, author of PIECES OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER 

 The D Word is available on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook for $2.99


  1. Thank yoooooou for extending my summer reading listttttttt :) And I'm on a spending freeze, so I'm not even going to tempt myself by looking at those Etsy shops. But dayum are they cute :)

  2. I've read Faking it and enjoyed it quite a bit. Will have to check out the rest. And those earrings are just darling.

  3. I love P&P jewelry!

  4. I always try to support Etsy sellers when I can. And 14 Days Later has piqued my interest. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Anonymous11:58 AM

    No way! I did not know Keiko had an Etsy shop!

  6. thanks so much for mentioning my shop! and i'm going to check out some of those books now

  7. Thank you so much for the little shout out! I've found some new summer reading, too, which I love!


  8. Thank you for mentioning my store :)
    Did your girls like hair clips??
    I shop more than I make on Etsy! lol Thanks for sharing other beautiful stores too!

  9. orange&yellow, Erin & Keiko - you're welcome =)

  10. Thanks so much for featuring Fourteen Days Later! Ooh, I'm lurrrving that jewellery! Might have to treat myself now. :)

  11. I WANT those bow clips. I'm familiar w. Keiko's blog, but I too had no idea she ran an Etsy shop. As for the books, I've read Elisa's novels, but the others haven't been on my radar. Will have to check 'em out sometime.

  12. Anonymous12:45 PM

    Have you read the D Word? If so what did you think?

  13. Anon - Yes, I did and I enjoyed the D Word. It's def worth a read!