Old Romance Novels Go to Etsy

I frequently troll eBay for romance novel covers, cover art, and original paintings used for romances, though I haven’t bought a painting that I liked. Then I had another thought: what about Etsy? Oh, ho! Etsy, a treasure trove of badass shit, is flush with old romance novels remade into curiousities and functional items.

Old Harlequin romances remade into plastic business card holders are a hot item, at least, they are in my purse. I have one, a gift from a clever personwho bought herself a similar item made from the cover of “The Pink Phaeton.” How can you not love a pink Phaeton? Those pink phaetons, they are irresistible.

There are pages crafted into naughty pendant jewelry, the more salacious the better. “His tongue probed?” You bet it did. What better sentiment to imprison under glass?

Like pop art? There’s some of that, too.

Romance novels are also harvested for notebooks. Instead of being bashful about carrying your favorite trashy book, flaunt your diva-licious ironic use of sultry embraces and mantitty with a handmade notebook.

My favorite? “maked” has a few made of more recent Harlequins, including this rather steamy cover from Jill Shalvis’ Shadow Hawk.


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    Jennie says:

    I can just picture someone’s grandmother peering over to look at one of those pendants and getting an eyeful.  :-)

    “What a pretty necklace—it has words…what does it say? Does that say “mantitty?”  What’s a mantitty?

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    jmc says:

    Holy moly!  There’s North & South jewelry available on Etsy.  Does KristieJ know about this?

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    Kalen Hughes says:

    I wonder if the pendant lady takes commissions? I so want to comb through my own book for the perfect phrase and have one of these made . . .

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    Melissa S says:

    I LOVE the notebooks. I really want one…maybe I’ll make one myself. I think I could do it! And I could use my favorite cover too!

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    Cyn says:

    I ended up ordering one of those necklaces.  They’re too perfect.

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    Tarah says:

    I used to use ETSY to sell hemp jewelry I made, but nobody ever bought anything.  Its a great site though and I love that it can be run for next to nothing.  I love whats up at the particular store you mentioned and may pick some stuff up from it when I am back in the green!

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    Spider (@ work) says:

    I got the little glass pendant that says “trouble.” for my baby sister.  It’s too perfect.  ;)

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    geelizzie says:

    Hey, thanks so much for linking over to my ‘naughty pendants’!!! I’ve always loved the romance novels with phrases like ‘his throbbing manhood’ and thought they would be fun made into pendants. And thanks so much to those of you who found my shop from this link and have ordered pendants-I hope you have fun wearing them!!

    thanks, Elizabeth, aka geelizzie

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    Rosemary says:

    Ok, nobody buy ANY of the pendants until I’ve made my choice.

    Go ahead and take down this post until tomorrow morning.


    (I want to get a necklace for a friend’s birthday but I can’t get it until tomorrow!  Don’t buy anything, people!  Please!)


    Y’all are going to get all the good ones, I just know it.

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    Eliza Evans says:

    I got one of geelizzie’s naughty pendants to wear to Chicago North’s conference (and to nationals!)  It was a hit. 

    But I did freak out a little when Debbie Macomber leaned in to read it.  Hee.

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    Courtney says:

    That is too cool! I broke down and got a pendant. I have never been to that site before. It’s very fun to wonder around in.

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    Ann Aguirre says:

    Check out RetroGrandma’s book stuff. I bet she’d make a romance novel book bag.

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    Anonym2857 says:

    How have I lived this long w/o ever hearing of this website?!

    Hmn… perhaps I should do more with all those quilts I make than just give them away.

    must think about this

  14. 14

    I am a die hard Etsy fan!!!!

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    Realityhelix says:

    *Gasp* My love of quirky, portable art! It has been engaged!

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    elizabeth says:

    Good morning! I just have to thank you again for the link to my naughty romance novel pendants, the response has been wonderful! I will be adding lots more pendants to my shop in the next few weeks-they are also being featured in the July/August issue of Playgirl magazine! Thanks so much to all of your readers for visiting my shop and if you didn’t see a pendant that you like, come back again, there will be more!

    thank you thank you!
    Elizabeth aka geelizzie

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    Lorelie says:

    Thanks, Ann.  Now I’m trying to convince myself that I do *not* need to spend 40 bucks on a Dirty Dancing record tote.

    I think I’m losing.

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    Amie Stuart says:

    THe Jill Shalvis notebook is sold out! So’s the card holder! Ya’ll have been busy!

    my word is anything92—as in the year LOL

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    OMG – what fun! Can’t wait to see what new creations go up soon!

    Spam word: hit19 – sounds like they are!

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    ev says:

    I just found where I am doing a bunch of Xmas and B’day shopping- some of it for other people even!!

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