Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cute as a button

Candy Buttons

No, I haven’t taken up sewing. (Not yet anyway.) These adorable little buttons are all candy.

And, umm… they are like handmade.

Not by me, but remember my crazy talented, cupcake fanatic friend, Julie?

She made them for a friend’s baby shower using a fab tutorial from Bake it Pretty.

Candy Button Display

They are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Candy Buttons

The tutorial even includes a pdf for the labels so you can print them out at home and make your own packaging.

Julie made yellow, pink, green, orange and blue buttons with colored candy melts.

Just melt the candy and pour into a button mold. Let them dry and pop them right out.

Place them in small plastic bags and attach the labels. Just fold them in half and staple them together.

Candy Button Display

Or, if you’re crazy like Julie, then you make the labels work with your own wooden custom candy button display that your awesomely talented husband built for you.

Yeah, I’m sucking up in case he reads this and wants to make one for me, too.

So, instead of folding the labels in half, you can fold them in thirds. Two-thirds in front and one-third in the back so you have enough room to use a hole punch on the labels without messing up the graphics. And then just use a little double-sided tape to attach the labels to the bags.

Candy Buttons

Easy and like I said… cute as a button.

Onesie Cookies

Julie also made these onesie sugar cookies for the shower. I’m gonna work on her to get this recipe because they were really good.

Okay, back to buttons…
Here is the Candy Button Tutorial from Bakeitpretty.com.

Check out the site when you have some time. Cute stuff for baking AND for decorating!

Guess what else…?
The guys that run the site gave me a gift voucher code to shop at their store last year. I forgot I had it until Julie showed me these buttons and I remembered the email they sent me. I decided that since I had not used it yet, I wanted to give it away to one of you guys. Hopefully it still works. And if not, I’ll buy a new one for you. K?

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Enter to win a $100 Gift Voucher to BakeitPretty.com.

Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you enjoy more…

Baking sweets or making them look pretty?

Deadline to enter is Monday, February 1st at 6:00 PM ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winner Announced Below.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

Good luck!

And the winner is… comment #1326.

That’s you, chakins! I’m glad you love to bake. Now, get shopping and start decorating.

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Esther said...

I love Bake It Pretty! They have such cute stuff!
I like to bake but I put way more effort into making it look pretty. I’m not very good at it yet but I sure try!

February 1, 2010 12:16 AM
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Melanie said...

I enjoy making sweets look pretty. But what about the “eating them no matter what” option? :)

February 1, 2010 12:16 AM
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Kathryn said...

I admire people who make their treats pretty, but I’m pretty content as long as they taste good! Just tried Smitten Kitchen’s Best Cocoa Brownies today and was thrilled with the result!

February 1, 2010 12:16 AM
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Martin said...

Baking them!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Jamie said...

I love to make things look pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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idalis maldonado said...

i dont know which one i love more… i love the smell of when your baking something sweet but i absolutely enjoy being creative with be decorating… making sure that when people see them they look as appetizing as how they taste

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Miranda said...

Making them look pretty of course! I’m not the best baker but i know how to apply sprinkles like a champ!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Leah S said...

I love the decorating. (My husband likes to taste test everything.) I love looking at things you have made too- my cake bites are not always very pretty- but it is amazing what some sparkly sprinkles can do!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Kelli said...

What?!?! How can you decide. You should always do both. :)

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Nicole said...

As much as I’d love to say its making them look pretty. I’m really no good at that. I plan on taking a cake decorating class in the future and hopefully that will help me. So I say… making it. Plus with a house full of boys, they dont look at it, they eat it, quickly!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Lisa said...

I always enjoy baking. If I have the patience and the time, I love making them look pretty (not always the case, but I do make bang-up birthday cakes for my boys most years!)

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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jenn s. said...

I love baking sweets and giving them to friends, or just to make them in general. I love how I can brighten someones day just by giving them a lil something sweet :)

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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anna said...

i love baking them…and eating them too! I’m not patient or talented enough to make them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Panya said...

Definitely baking — I love the feeling I get when I put a pan of something yummy into the oven.

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Amy said...

Oh my gosh, they are so cute! I checked out bake it pretty and I’m going to shop there even if I don’t get win! My daughter loves to make sweets for her friends at school and the molds they have are awesome!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Heather said...

Baking them. Because even if they aren’t pretty they can still taste delish!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Fallon said...

Definitely baking the sweets. I always rush to try to make them pretty when I rather just eat the yumminess!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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mary m said...

I like baking more, but have been practicing my skills in making what I bake look prettier as well–thanks to you and all of your super skilled readers who share pictures!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Kara said...

I don’t know they are both pretty high on my list. I love baking, but I love it when they turn out looking pretty.

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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Elese said...

These are so adorable! I have three baby showers coming up, how perfect!!

February 1, 2010 12:17 AM
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sophie said...

OOOOH I LOVE Bake it Pretty! I’m probably more about the baking than the making them pretty, but that’s only because I’m not so good at it. I would be though if I had the supplies! ;-)

February 1, 2010 12:18 AM
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Lacey said...

I like baking, but I LOVE making them look pretty! :)

February 1, 2010 12:18 AM
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ninfa said...

Most of the time I just have enough time to make something, but when time allows I have fun making it pretty.

February 1, 2010 12:18 AM
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Isabel said...

I like baking! But decorating is so fun too!!

February 1, 2010 12:18 AM
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Amanda said...

Hard to make a decision between baking and making them look pretty but if I had to go with ONE I’d say I like them to look pretty! It’s much more enjoyable to eat something that looks totally fabulous too!

February 1, 2010 12:18 AM
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April said...

I am aspiring to be a better decorator….. and am getting great inspiration from your blog and others, but currently enjoy baking (and eating!!) delicious treats! This gift voucher would really help my aspirations. :)

February 1, 2010 12:18 AM
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Kim said...

For cookies, I would say both since I can make those from scratch and they actually taste good. For cakes, I would say making them look pretty since I usually bake out of a box. My last attempt to make a cake from scratch resulted in a super dense yucky tasting sponge. Mmmmm! :(

February 1, 2010 12:18 AM
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Angie said...

Love baking new sweets with my little bakers (5 & 2)! And thank goodness at their age – everything looks pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:19 AM
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Liz said...

Love, love, love the buttons. And definitely making treats look pretty. I don’t really love sweets, so for me, its all about the decoration :)

February 1, 2010 12:19 AM
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Nicole said...

hmmm, I love to bake them, but I think I have a little more fun making them pretty – so many possibilities! :)

February 1, 2010 12:19 AM
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Amber said...

I like baking sweets, but trying to get a little better at making them look pretty too!

February 1, 2010 12:19 AM
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Andrea said...

Oooo…that’s a tough one. I enjoy baking but I must say I LOVE to decorate my sweet treats! Whether it be cakes, cupcakes, or cookies, I love making them look as amazing as they taste!

February 1, 2010 12:19 AM
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Jessica said...

I love baking…but definitely love making things pretty better! Few things are more fun than getting creative with frosting and sprinkles!

February 1, 2010 12:19 AM
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Jessica said...

I like to bake them since im not good at making them pretty

February 1, 2010 12:20 AM
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Lena said...

Making them look pretty! I love being creative. The best part of decorating the baked goods is having fun with it — creating all kinds of cute animals & what not. Haha, don’t forget the photography that comes after!

February 1, 2010 12:20 AM
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Lois said...

I love baking first and foremost. I find it really relaxing and a good creative release. I try to make my baking look pretty but it doesn’t always work out! I take a lot of inspiration from the internet (including your page!)

February 1, 2010 12:20 AM
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Skye said...

I like baking sweets more, I haven’t ventured into decorating them yet lol

February 1, 2010 12:20 AM
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hillary said...

I love baking them because my kids love to help me. I love to make things look pretty but I am not very talented at it so the result is usually pretty laughable ;)

February 1, 2010 12:20 AM
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Stephanie said...

I love making them pretty the most!

February 1, 2010 12:20 AM
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Meagan said...

I like making them look pretty. I like when people don’t want to eat them because they like them so much!

February 1, 2010 12:20 AM
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Jen said...

I love to make baked goods look pretty, but have a hard time doing so. Luckily, most of them turn out delicious, regardless of their appearance.

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Ashleigh said...

For sure my favorite is making them pretty. I will sacrifice sleep to stay up and decorate cookies. Thanks for the chance to win.

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Married to an Aussie in OK said...

Very cute! I love baking them more… mostly because that gives me bowls and beaters to lick… but I sure love making everyone ohh and ahh over them too.

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Elise said...

I would have to say baking. There’s nothing like having someone rant and rave about how delicious your food is. The other day my friend was having a bad day until I gave her a cupcake. It was pretty magical how excited and happy it made her.

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Tiffany said...

Baking the sweets is my favorite part…but I enjoy doing what little I can to make them look pretty too!

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Christina said...

I love baking! I wish I could always make it look pretty, but I do not have very steady hands or the patience. Sometimes, I just want to dig in!

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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April said...

I love to make things look pretty. With a two-year-old running around it makes the taske hard! The buttons are pretty cute.

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Beth said...

Baking is fun But you’ve got to LOVE making them look pretty. THAT’S THE BEST PART! I wish I could find someone to do my baking then I’d only have to decorated.
Love your site, Keep up the good work!!

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Junglewife said...

I’d rather bake. I’m too impatient to make them all pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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breabella said...

Baking…but I do aspire to be good at making them pretty one day.

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Craftogger said...

decorating! and of course eating!

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Kayla said...

I love baking things that taste good, and that make people happy. The way to anyones heart (who isn’t obsessed with calorie-counting) is through good food. It just adds to it if I can have more fun and make it look as pretty as it tastes :)

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Jes said...

Making them look great is my favorite! But I appreciate the baking process!

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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kath said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE BAKE IT PRETTY! I go to the site all the time, drooling. I’ve only been able order once though, so this would be AWESOME!

to answer the question, I think I like a mix of both, equally. There is a time and a place for the pretty…I find I get frustrated trying to make things pretty, but I do enjoy it (I just bought Cookie Craft, so hopefully the pretty will come easier soon…)

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Marion Gillins said...

For a long time I simply enjoyed baking them, but recently I have taken more care with making them look pretty. This site has been a great inspiration!!

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Stephanie said...

making them look pretty! :) Although baking is the best part!

February 1, 2010 12:21 AM
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Emily said...

I definitely love to make them look pretty, but I’m a perfectionist and never have the patience to do them. I’d rather focus on making them yummy. :)

February 1, 2010 12:22 AM
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Eileen said...

I like baking best. With two young helpers it’s hard to make it look pretty before they are teting it.

February 1, 2010 12:22 AM
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Fiona said...

I definitely like baking goodies more; I think taste is more important than presentation. However, for special occasions, decorating is just as important!

February 1, 2010 12:22 AM
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Lora Joy Gastrock said...

Hmmmm….this is a hard one…I love making them look pretty but they gotta taste good as they look! My son tells me to hurry up so he can eat it! =)

February 1, 2010 12:22 AM
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Kris said...

I love baking sweets. I like trying to make them look pretty but am not that successful at it.

February 1, 2010 12:22 AM
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Kimberly said...

I have to make them look pretty. I will work and work until they are perfect in my eyes..

February 1, 2010 12:23 AM
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Jeannie said...

I love baking more! Thanks for doing this, I love your blog! :)

February 1, 2010 12:23 AM
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Caitlin said...

I vote baking sweets more. I like to make them pretty but after a few of them I just want to eat whatever I was making. (It’s the worst with cupcakes they never all make it to being pretty)

February 1, 2010 12:23 AM
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Tania said...

Even if it’s not pretty it can still be tasty, so I’m definitely in the Baking camp. Those are just too cute though!

February 1, 2010 12:23 AM
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Christine K said...

Without a doubt, I love making them look pretty. I get that puffed up bit of pride when someone asks me where I bought one of my creations and they can’t believe it when I say I made it. Pushes me to get even more creative the next time :)

February 1, 2010 12:23 AM
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maggie said...

making it pretty, it teaches me patience and reward for looking so nice :)

February 1, 2010 12:23 AM
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Stephen said...

Baking things!!

February 1, 2010 12:23 AM
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Heather said...

Confession: I really really really really really dislike the baking part. I KNOW! I’ll probably regret telling you that shortly. HOWEVER, I live to make my baked goods pretty!!! And even though, I don’t enjoy the measuring and mixing and waiting (it bores me), I bake all the time so I can have a little treat and give the rest away. Nothing compares to the smiles that the pretty AND the yummy give to people!

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Lauren said...

That’s a tough question….but I would have to say I like making them pretty. I’m a perfectionist!

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Allison said...

I’m better at making things taste good than making them pretty. So definitely baking sweets!

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Amanda said...

Baking…. but I especially like it when I bake something pretty

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Denise said...

Both! Love to bake and if I am taking it somewhere special, making it pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Amanda said...

Personally, I like the baking part better. While I love making things look pretty, they never look quite as cute as I hope they will in my head. Plus, I love snacking on the dough. :)

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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baker in my next life... said...

If what I make is cute but doesn’t taste good then of course I won’t give it out. So the baking is definitely the most important thing. But I do love hearing people “ooh” and “aah” over how it looks after I decorate it!

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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(lia) said...

Baked goods MUST taste wonderful. That’s goal number one– but I still try to make them look super cute too :) Bake It Pretty’s Ultimate Cupcake Kit makes that REALLY easy. Highly recommended. The huge icing tips are awesome.

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Stacy said...

My answer would be a combination of both. I do like things to look pretty but generally not if it is going to take all day to do it. I just don’t have the time to commit. They are awfully tasty though

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Megan said...

oh, gosh. i think i like making them pretty, but there is something to be said for making something completely delicious!

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Angela said...

Definitely making them look pretty, especially if it’s a gift for someone I love!

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Nadia said...

I love both! The actual baking is tons of fun, but Im never fully satisfied until my project is properly decorated and displayed! Baking for me is a two part project :)

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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ryan's grane said...

I always know how I want them to look, and they never look that way, so I’m really glad I can make them taste good!!
Baking them!

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Queta said...

Can I like both? I like baking and then having the reward of making whatever I baked look pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Amy C said...

Definitely baking. I don’t have any decorating skills but reading some of the decorating blogs is a great source of ideas.

February 1, 2010 12:24 AM
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Catherine K said...

I have always been more into baking, but recently I started getting into making everything look super cute too. I have a great friend who I love to bake with. She always finds cool ways to decorate :)

February 1, 2010 12:25 AM
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Diane Conn said...

is eatting sweets an option? Out of the two, I would say I enjoy making sweets. I’m not that good at making them pretty but they always taste good.

February 1, 2010 12:25 AM
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Jen said...

If I had to choose, I’d say I “pretty” but truth be told I most love the eating part!

February 1, 2010 12:25 AM
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gibsongal said...

Oh, how does one choose!?!
I absolutely LOVE baking but the joy of making those delicious baked goods cute makes it even more enjoyable….how about EATING the baked goods….I think that is my favorite!

February 1, 2010 12:25 AM
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Alice said...

Definitely baking. I don’t have much patience to make them pretty..cause I always pick at the goodies the moment they’re out of the oven..

February 1, 2010 12:25 AM
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Laura T said...

Oooooh I don’t think I can choose. I pick both!

February 1, 2010 12:26 AM
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Jodi said...

I’m definitely better at baking them but I want to get better at making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:26 AM
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Charity said...

Definitely making them pretty!! I love decorating cakes and cupcakes. :)

February 1, 2010 12:26 AM
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karen d. said...

I LOVE making them look pretty. Years ago i made some balloon cakes for my mom’s birthday and my bro.-in-law didn’t believe that they did not come from a bakery. There’s just something about making it yourself and thinking ..Wow! I did THAT? But your expertise and creativity is really AMAZING! I told my baby sister about your site and she really loves it! I just stumbled upon it myself right before Christmas and check it @ least once a day for new posts! Thank-you for all the fun and adorable ideas :)

February 1, 2010 12:26 AM
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Mary Woe said...

It’s always so much more fun to make my sweets look pretty; then I have a brand new, cute subject to photograph!

February 1, 2010 12:26 AM
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Tina said...

Wow, them everything! My kids would love baking with these fun items

February 1, 2010 12:26 AM
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Brittanie said...

Great minds think alike! I just got my button mold in the mail last week and rushed to make these same little treat bags. They’re super cute!

I’m all for making things pretty! With so many decorating options out there, it’s always fun to add the extra oomph!

February 1, 2010 12:26 AM
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Nicole G. said...

ooh that one is hard, I would like to enter a third option, taste testing as you work ; ) but if that’s not allowed I enjoy the gussying up of things!

February 1, 2010 12:27 AM
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Rachael Ray said...

Hmm…I am not a good decorator at all but I love packaging my goodies up to detract from that!!

February 1, 2010 12:27 AM
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Shannon said...

I can’t just pick one, it has to look good but taste amazing too!! You have to have your cake and eat it too!

February 1, 2010 12:27 AM
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eileen said...

I like making them look pretty but I’m not very good at it… but baking is also half the fun!

February 1, 2010 12:27 AM
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Lillie-Beth said...

I like to enjoy the talent of people who can do both, like you and your friend Julie. I wish my cake pops looked as cute as yours, for example, but it’s been fun trying. Congrats on the blog awards!!!

February 1, 2010 12:27 AM
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