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Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday…baking edition

For all who are unaware of the little sister of Black Friday, today is Small Business Saturday. It’s the counterpart to big box retail sales of Black Friday and it encourages shoppers to hit up brick and mortar stores that are small and local. The deals are just as good too! It’s a concept I can get behind because it keeps our hard earned dollars flowing in our local economies.

However, since this is a blog and is not brick and mortar in the slightest; I want to showcase some of my favorite Etsy shops that may or may not be having sales for Cyber Monday. I love Etsy because of it’s dedication to handmade goods. It’s the perfect platform for small startups to get their products to the mainstream. I could peruse Etsy for hours if I let myself, there are so many cute things on there! I wanted to share some of my favorite shops that feature a baking theme. Check them out and consider shopping small before heading out to big corporations when searching for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift this holiday season!

I’ll start with my obsession for aprons….because everyone knows baked goods taste better when made wearing an apron.

Lover Dovers Clothing makes the most adorable aprons that look like Disney princess dresses. They come in kids’ sizes too! They also have various other retro style prints, but all of their aprons are handmade in a 50s style.



Jassy Kitchen‘s aprons have tons of cupcake prints, and make “Mommy & Me” matching aprons for you and your little. Cute!

4RetroSisters features retro style aprons with lots of gingham and polka dots.

Boojiboo is doing a Cyber Monday discount of 10% off through Monday when you enter 2013HOLIDAY10 at checkout! Woop! I just can’t get enough of her vintage colored prints! Ahhhhh charming overload!


Kitchen Glam does full and half style aprons, but the half styles are made out of terry cloth towel! How smart! they have aprons for kiddos too. They even have chef’s hats!

That wraps up the apron portion of this post, but there are tons more!!

Arcadiagraphic has a bunch of delightful little posters, but this one in particular caught my eye:

Livingthread does these kitschy little embroidered pieces. But these are not your grandma’s cross-stichings… they’re so badass!

Designs By Nicolina does great posters and is doing a deal BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY: 30% off Art Prints, 40% off Thank You Notes, and 50% off Recipe Cards.


Punk Up Bettie‘s BLACK FRIDAY Sale runs from Nov. 27th until Dec. 2nd! Use discount code: BLKBETTIE20 for 20% off ENTIRE SHOP! They do darling little rockabilly hair combs and clips with cherries, sparrows and CUPCAKES!

And last but not least, Tied in a knot bowtique makes delectable little hair bows with cupcakes on them, much like the one in my picture!

Too precious! I love them all! Please share your favorite shops in a comment!

*all the photos featured in this blog post are the property of the shop owners*

Before summer is over….

…I will bake these yummies:

Now to start crossing them off!! What’s on your to do list this summer?

Wedding time!

My best friend just got engaged and it got me thinking about what an exciting time of year it is for so many couples in love! It also got me thinking about how many weddings are in my near future…and how I need to get my marketing ass in motion!

So after a long day at the bakery, I came home and you guessed it–baked some more. I need new business cards so I took some pics of my lovely creations….let me know what you think!

….and something kinda silly from instagram! 😛 follow me @rayray_m