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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Kim said...

Definitely baking, the whole process is relaxing and the smell of the kitchen is wonderful..and besides, my decorating skills are not quite like Bakerella!

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

OMG too cute!! I just love your site. Thank you so much for the chance to win, keeping my fingers crossed :)

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

I enjoy BAKING more! I’m not very good at decorating (yet), but I hope to improve upon that with some classes. I love the wonderful smells filling the entire house and turning on the oven light to watch my sweets transform into yummy goodness!

February 1, 2010 12:27 AM
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nicoleigh @ Farmgirl Chaos said...

Baking the sweets! I’ve made plenty of tasty things…but they don’t always look cute. And I’ve been to some places that have really cute things…but don’t taste all the great. So, I think taste should come before cuteness, even though cuteness is a great addition!

February 1, 2010 12:27 AM
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Kenzie Price said...

It seems like all of my friends are pregnant and I am going to make these and those cute sugar cookies. I love them! They are really cute.

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

I love baking great tasting sweets and I always have good intentions to make them pretty, but they never turn out pretty. Edible, yes. Pretty, no.

February 1, 2010 12:27 AM
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Mary Hammond said...

Oh, I definetly enjoy the baking part! And if the making them look pretty is easy enough, I enjoy that as well!

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

Making them look pretty .. I’m a cake decorator by profession for goodness sakes .. XD

February 1, 2010 12:28 AM
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Jen P. said...

I will do one or the other: either a beautiful treat packaged simply, or a simple treat packaged beautifully. It’s all about prioritizing :)

February 1, 2010 12:28 AM
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Maddi said...

That’s a tough one! But I have to go with baking them because then I get to eat the batter :)

February 1, 2010 12:28 AM
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Emika said...

I would love saying the baking is the best part, but lately I’ve become obsessed with cookie icing! Pretty (and hopefully always tasty).

February 1, 2010 12:28 AM
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Sarah G. said...

I love piping the frosting, baby! And the edible glitter, of course.

February 1, 2010 12:28 AM
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Anita said...

Making things pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:28 AM
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Stacy said...

I love looking at pretty desserts, but for me I love to bake. That is what makes me happy and trying new things. Thanks for the cute button idea!

February 1, 2010 12:28 AM
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Rebecca S. said...

My very favorite is eating the sweets, but making them look pretty would be my second favorite. I don’t mind leaving the baking to someone else.

February 1, 2010 12:28 AM
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Cookie said...

I love baking pretty sweets :)

February 1, 2010 12:28 AM
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Sandy said...

Before I started my blog, I was more interested in baking sweets. But now that I have to take pictures of my creations and post them up for the whole world to see (or just whoever happens to stumble upon my site) I am more interested in making them look pretty!

If I won this giveaway, I would buy the Bridal Shower Cupcake Kit to use for my friend’s upcoming bridal shower and pasty bags and tips so I learn how to decorate cakes and cupcakes!!

February 1, 2010 12:29 AM
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Melissa Victorio said...

I like making things pretty. It started with just baking sweets, but now I find I really enjoy the challenge. Thank you for all of your inspiration and all that you do!

February 1, 2010 12:29 AM
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Boot ~C said...

ha! I love eating them most of all!!

February 1, 2010 12:29 AM
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Patti said...

I love making them look pretty, but then I never want to eat them- just look at them!

February 1, 2010 12:29 AM
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Jennifer said...

I love to bake, but the pretty part, doesnt come easy :)

February 1, 2010 12:29 AM
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Stephanie said...

Oohh… making them look pretty only beats out making them by a little.

February 1, 2010 12:29 AM
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Brenda said...

those are sooo cute! I like baking more!

February 1, 2010 12:30 AM
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Cathy said...

Making them pretty for sure!

February 1, 2010 12:30 AM
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Jill said...

I am the newest fan of Bakerella! This is so much fun.

To answer the question…I would have to say both. My kids love to bake with me and I really enjoy that time I have with them. And I love to make things look Pretty. With 4 boys and now 1 girl, making things look pretty helps me deal with all the testosterone :)
Jill
Winnipeg,MB Canada

February 1, 2010 12:30 AM
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mandy Gross said...

I think I like to bake things more than making them pretty! Don’t get me wrong I love decorating I just don’t think I’m very good so I’d rather bake things!

February 1, 2010 12:30 AM
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elizabeth said...

omg!! baking them!!! and then looking at my final touch!

February 1, 2010 12:30 AM
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Alissa said...

I love to taste good tasting goodies, bit I prefer to make them look cute and homemade!! I made cupcakes for a friends baby shower today!!! And they looked AND tasting good!!!!

February 1, 2010 12:30 AM
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Coley said...

Baking them! If I get better at making them pretty, I could see how that would be equally as enjoyable ;)

February 1, 2010 12:30 AM
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Hope said...

I LOVE baking sweets but I am now learning how to make them pretty…its so hard to choose!

February 1, 2010 12:30 AM
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Amanda said...

I love to make them look pretty! And if they taste awesome, that is the bonus (it should be the other way around though shouldn’t it? LOL)

February 1, 2010 12:31 AM
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Randy Martin said...

I love baking with my wife. Actually I just help get stuff and enjoy the end results!! Yum-O!!!

February 1, 2010 12:31 AM
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jeannine in IA said...

Both! Although I need patience and practice on the make it pretty part!

February 1, 2010 12:31 AM
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BrassyMom said...

I prefer the making them pretty part!

February 1, 2010 12:31 AM
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Robin said...

making them pink pretty~

February 1, 2010 12:31 AM
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Katie said...

I love baking anything but I need to pratice on making it look cute !

February 1, 2010 12:31 AM
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Laura L. said...

Making it pretty!

Those buttons are so cute!

February 1, 2010 12:31 AM
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Megan O'D said...

I just like baking goods… mostly because I’m not good at making them look pretty…just good at making them taste pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:32 AM
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Shea said...

Once I have a good recipe that I know will taste yummy, then I definitely enjoy making them pretty the most.

February 1, 2010 12:32 AM
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Kat said...

Baking…well actually licking the bowls after baking, but you get the point!

February 1, 2010 12:32 AM
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Rachel said...

I definitely like making them look pretty! The baking part is just that essential step that gets me where I want to be – creating cute stuff! :)

February 1, 2010 12:32 AM
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Tina Marie said...

Hmmm… baking is fun, but decorating them is definitely more exciting!

February 1, 2010 12:32 AM
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Whitney Waller said...

Making them look pretty! I just love when people ooh and aahh over something I have worked so hard on, and to see the joy it brings to them!

February 1, 2010 12:32 AM
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Lisa said...

Making them pretty is the most fun part!

February 1, 2010 12:32 AM
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Ivy said...

Such a CUTE idea! May be using for an upcoming baby shower. I love to make the yummy stuff pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:32 AM
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Chanelle said...

I love baking sweets! I love trying to make them look pretty also..but I’m not very good at that! :)

February 1, 2010 12:32 AM
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Elle said...

Making them look pretty! I’m an art student, so decorating definitely wins!

February 1, 2010 12:33 AM
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crystal said...

What a fantastic idea! I am sort of on the down-swing of friends having babies, BUT! I bet I could make these for someone soon!!

February 1, 2010 12:33 AM
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Tina Saunders said...

Baking sweets…I’m not too good at making them look pretty. It doesn’t matter what they look like when I’m eating them :)

February 1, 2010 12:33 AM
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Kate said...

I used to be all about making stuff look pretty but now I’m more into making it taste yummy

February 1, 2010 12:33 AM
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Katy said...

i like to make them look pretty, thats where i can be most creative…..and if i dont like it, i just eat it before anyone can see it :)

February 1, 2010 12:33 AM
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iBEAM said...

i love baking the sweets…..and i’d love to learn more about making them pretty.

February 1, 2010 12:33 AM
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Britney Deal said...

I am good at baking them but not so good at making them look pretty. I am a work in progress!

February 1, 2010 12:33 AM
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Heather R said...

i enjoy baking, but making stuff pretty is the fun part!

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Crystal said...

I like the baking part, but making them pretty is my favorite part. I love the chance to get creative!

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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KeeKee said...

I always try to make my sweets look good, but I find that working more on the actual taste works best. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Joan said...

Guess I’d have to say both…I like baking and making candy, but knowing that we eat with our eyes, too, I like them to look pretty, too.

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Josie said...

Being a perfectionist I prefer baking sweets. Because making them look pretty means 5 no’s to my 1 Yes. o_O

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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cuppythecake said...

making them cute! without a doubt. however, it always has to taste as as sweet as it looks.

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Trisha said...

I like baking sweets more than making them pretty. It’s about the taste more than the looks.

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Shelley said...

I have a hard time making them look pretty so I just bake for the deliciousness!

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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stephanie dobos said...

Decorating for sure! Anyone can bake a cake but it’s your talent and creativity that makes sweets, well, shall I say… Cute as a button! :)

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Amy Cordon said...

Hmm that is a tough one. I really love to cook but I also like to make them look pretty. I guess I look at it like this. If you can bake/cook well then you know the pretty ones will taste fabulous… make sense.

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Inez said...

I love baking! I love the smell when it’s just about ready, and I love eating baked goods piping hot out of the oven. I love decorating, too, but the taste is the most important thing!

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Kristin Bogle said...

Hmmm…I’d have to say making them look pretty – or destroying (ahem…eating) the evidence of those that didn’t turn out so well!

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Dawn Jones said...

i loooooooove bake it pretty.
i use her huge round tip to make my cupcakes extra special… that and who doesn’t like the extra frosting?

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Harmony said...

I would have to say making them pretty. And I love Bake It Pretty. They were mentioned in a magazine a while back (I think it was O) and I have had them on my favorites ever since!

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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Kyla said...

I like eating best :) But besides that I like making them look cute.

February 1, 2010 12:34 AM
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stephanie said...

For me, it depends on the day/occasion! I love baking sweets more but I also LOVE to make them pretty for birthday party, etc so that I feel like I am making that occasion even better!

February 1, 2010 12:35 AM
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jennifer said...

Get out! and then Get out again! You gotta be kidding me. Buttons, candy. Candy and buttons. i’m crying and laughing at the same time. I’m so happy I would love to win.

February 1, 2010 12:35 AM
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Char said...

I enjoy baking sweets more. I have every intention of making them look pretty, but they never come out as cute as I would like because I just don’t have the patience for it. :(

February 1, 2010 12:35 AM
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vanessa said...

Hard to choose…baking wins. If i can make it look cute, it’s icing on the cake…

February 1, 2010 12:35 AM
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Melody said...

My husband always asks me if they actually taste good or just look cute!! Sometimes I will sacrifice taste (mixing weird things together) to make it cute!!

February 1, 2010 12:35 AM
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Emily said...

The part I like most is EATING the treats. But I also love baking and making them look good! I love your ideas and hope I can be as tallented soon!

February 1, 2010 12:35 AM
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Kasey Kubica said...

I love baking sweets mostly because I’m not good at making them look cute/pretty. Most people I bake for don’t appreciate a good looking cake or cupcake, so long as it’s moist and delicious and hits the spot.

February 1, 2010 12:35 AM
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Rochelle said...

I like to perfect the taste first…no matter how cute or pretty it is, if it does not taste good it is a waste because no one eats it. Once I have a tried and true recipe then it is all about making it pretty!!

February 1, 2010 12:35 AM
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Jessica T. said...

baking them…and tasting along the way ;)

February 1, 2010 12:36 AM
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Elise said...

Sooooo cute!!!! I much prefer making them look pretty, because it’s so much fun!

February 1, 2010 12:36 AM
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Becca said...

I like baking better because I cant bare to spend all that time making them beautiful only to have them demolished by my family in 10 minutes!

February 1, 2010 12:36 AM
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heidi said...

i’m not a very good/experienced baker, so i can’t rely on the taste of my creations to really wow people. therefore, i must say that i enjoy decorating and making cupcakes and cakes look prettier than they may taste!

February 1, 2010 12:36 AM
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Kate Miller said...

Baking, of course! There’s a whole realm of fun to be had in decorating, but nothing beats the smell of something ready to come out of the oven. Plus, you get to lick the spoon while you’re waiting!

February 1, 2010 12:36 AM
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Meredith said...

Making them look pretty, of course! The baking part can get tedious, but I always feel proud when I manage to make my amateur baked goods look like something professional.

February 1, 2010 12:37 AM
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Bethany said...

I love these buttons and I love making sweets look pretty because it will make you want to eat them even more!!!!

February 1, 2010 12:37 AM
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Jamie said...

I enjoy making them look pretty! Presentation is key in the “first appearance” of my treats! :)

February 1, 2010 12:37 AM
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Kelsey said...

I looove decorating them. Bake It Pretty makes me bonkers for that exact reason.

February 1, 2010 12:37 AM
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Nataliya said...

I like baking sweets and eating them before I’ve had time to make them pretty.

February 1, 2010 12:37 AM
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Beth Housel said...

I would love to say making them pretty but unfortunately not everyone is that talented lol so I will definitely have to say baking the treats :0) Hopefully one day my answer will change!

February 1, 2010 12:37 AM
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Hannah said...

I am a baker at heart. I am not creative in the least, so I would rather perfect a recipe and make it delicious. And, in the off chance that I do get creative, I never want to eat what I just created!

February 1, 2010 12:37 AM
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bev said...

I love making them look pretty; it seems to make them taste even sweeter :)

February 1, 2010 12:38 AM
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Jillian said...

Making them! But, doesn’t that include making them pretty too? Who wants to eat an ugly cupcake? :) :) :)

February 1, 2010 12:38 AM
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joyce said...

i like making things look pretty.. there’s so much you can do!

February 1, 2010 12:38 AM
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Amanda Smith said...

I LOVE buttons!!!

February 1, 2010 12:38 AM
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Jenny said...

I like both!

February 1, 2010 12:38 AM
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shanna Nalywaiko said...

So eating them is not a choice uh? For sure making them look pretty then!!!!

February 1, 2010 12:38 AM
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Amber said...

baking them, definitely. I know it’ll taste good, not always sure how pretty it’s going to be, though!

February 1, 2010 12:39 AM
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Christy said...

It’s a little redundant….if you bake a sweet, no matter how sloppy, it’s looks pretty to me! So can I choose both?

February 1, 2010 12:39 AM
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Paola said...

I love making them look pretty….if I think about how tasty they are, I’ll eat them all and gain 100 pounds.

February 1, 2010 12:39 AM
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Erin said...

*THANKS* for the giveaway! I LOVE to make them pretty. That’s half the taste, right??

February 1, 2010 12:39 AM
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Steffanie said...

Definitely making them look pretty! Those buttons would be PERFECT for the cake I want to make my quilting-like-crazy mother-in-law.

February 1, 2010 12:39 AM
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Kimberly said...

I have never been good at making desserts look pretty so I defiantly like making them better. I would love to learn how to make thing look pretty.

February 1, 2010 12:39 AM
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