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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3501
Wince said...

i love make them pretty and take photos of them :D
i just went through their site and their cupcake wrappers are SUPER SUPER CUTE!!!!!!
awwww…i wish i can have them :)

February 1, 2010 03:34 PM
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Lissa said...

That’s a hard one because I enjoy doing both. I really can’t choose just one.But if I had to choose probably making them look pretty because I’m still learning.=]

February 1, 2010 03:35 PM
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Barbara said...

I like to do both!

February 1, 2010 03:35 PM
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Barb said...

Do I have to pick?!?! I love to eat…however since I’m on a weight loss journey I do my best to work more on making what I bake look pretty for others and just enjoy in moderation. :)

February 1, 2010 03:35 PM
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Nancy said...

I like making them pretty. It goes to show them that you took the extra time to make them extra special.

February 1, 2010 03:35 PM
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WendyLou said...

Those candy buttons are so stinkin’ CUTE!!! Me likey :)

February 1, 2010 03:36 PM
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Lexy Ward said...

Bakerella, I don’t know what I like more!

I love baking. I could bake, bake, bake all day. But then the decorating is fun too. I love to eat the food that I decorate. But ugly treats can’t stop me either. Beautiful stuff isn’t always delicious. Except for everything you make! I’ll actually eat anything. Pretty or ugly. It doesn’t matter.

You can’t judge a cake by the fondant!

Oh shoot!

February 1, 2010 03:36 PM
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Michelle said...

Baking, hands down. Then you can eat them faster!

February 1, 2010 03:36 PM
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Dawn said...

I love looking at photos for inspiration. Julie was just over the top in that category! Of course, baking leads to eating which is pretty good too!

February 1, 2010 03:37 PM
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Sandra - If it comes in pink said...

Those buttons would look great on my cupcakes that I did yesterday:) And about the question, I used to bake things that I really liked to eat, but since I bought a lot of cute sprinkles I’m more about making the cakes pretty =)

February 1, 2010 03:37 PM
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Miss Marie said...

It’s got to be the baking! The pleasure of watching as all the ingredients finally dissolve together, ready to be baked (and not forgetting the all important “quality-control” tasting to make sure it is just right). Although all the fun to be had deciding on the colours and decorations once out of the oven is pretty important part, too!

February 1, 2010 03:37 PM
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Cassidy said...

Every time I try to make them look pretty, it always ends up going all wrong, yet whenever I just bake for fun and dont care about looks it turns out great…so I’d have to say baking and hoping that they end up looking pretty anyways!

February 1, 2010 03:38 PM
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Jenna said...

BOTH!! I love to bake sweets a lot, but I love to decorate as well because they both sort of go hand in hand. :)

February 1, 2010 03:38 PM
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kimberley said...

DEFINITELY making them pretty!!

February 1, 2010 03:39 PM
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Jan K said...

I enjoy baking sweets more, but only because I haven’t quite learned all the tricks of making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 03:39 PM
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Adrianne said...

I’m all about the decorating! Beautiful presentations and a work of art!

February 1, 2010 03:39 PM
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laura liscano said...

MUCH prefer the decorating over the baking. Baking is like a science and you dont usually know if you’ve screwed up til your done! With decorating, there is more room to make mistakes :)

February 1, 2010 03:39 PM
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jen c said...

I’m not much of a baker i like to decorate !

February 1, 2010 03:39 PM
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Alice Conners said...

I love baking. I also love your site!

February 1, 2010 03:39 PM
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Grace said...

I love both but if I had to pick just one I’d have to say I love making them look pretty. I guess it’s that sense of accomplishment I feel once it’s all done and I can stand back and look at my work :)

February 1, 2010 03:39 PM
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Morgan said...

I enjoy both, but I’m a lot better at the baking part…All the more reason to practice the pretty!

February 1, 2010 03:40 PM
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Libby Juarez said...

Baking… I would love to make it look pretty though, but rarely have the supplies needed.

February 1, 2010 03:40 PM
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Colleen said...

Love, love, love it…too cute!

February 1, 2010 03:41 PM
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Chelsea said...

I prefer baking sweets, but I think what I like best is the third, unlisted option: EATING sweets!

February 1, 2010 03:41 PM
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Karen Wedding said...

I love baking the goodies. I always think I’m going to make them look so pretty, but by the time I get to decorating, I fizzle out and just plainly decorate them. I mostly care that they taste good. Most of my desserts are made for boys, so what’s the point. My boys could care less what they look like as long as they taste good. In fact, I don’t think they even stop eating long enough to notice what they look like.

February 1, 2010 03:42 PM
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Angela said...

love the buttons! Wish I had a baby shower to plan as an excuse to make them. :)

February 1, 2010 03:42 PM
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Susan said...

I enjoy baking the most! Looking pretty is great, but taste matters most!

February 1, 2010 03:42 PM
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Jasmine Dixon said...

baking sweets to make them look pretty in the end duh ! wouldnt have it any other way LOVE YOU BAKERELLA <3

February 1, 2010 03:42 PM
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Angela said...

Whoops, forgot to answer the question…I definitely enjoy making them look pretty. :)

February 1, 2010 03:43 PM
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Erin said...

I enjoy baking them the most. I like putting all the ordinary ingredients together to make something yummy, then enjoying what I made (and sharing them with other people…. sometimes) :o)

February 1, 2010 03:44 PM
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Cheryl said...

DEFINITELY making them look pretty! Makes them so much more fun to share :) Of course, making them taste good is a given!

February 1, 2010 03:44 PM
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Rachel said...

I love baking the sweets AND making them look pretty! As long as it tastes good I’ll eat it… but if I can bake up something that tastes yummy and then make it look pretty, too.. that’s enough to send me over the moon with happiness!

February 1, 2010 03:44 PM
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susan said...

baking (and eating)

February 1, 2010 03:45 PM
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Thea said...

I have to say that making / baking sweets tops making them pretty in my book, BUT, there is always a but, when the occasion calls for it I do enjoy a slow and skillful decorating session.

February 1, 2010 03:45 PM
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Kelly said...

You are such as inspiration!

February 1, 2010 03:46 PM
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Stephanie Gross said...

That’s a really hard question! I LOVE baking but it’s no good unless it looks pretty, right? I haven’t really gotten much into decorating my baked goods but I always try to make them look good!

February 1, 2010 03:46 PM
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ClancyJane said...

I enjoy doing both!

February 1, 2010 03:46 PM
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Jennifer P said...

Adorable buttons! When time allows I love making them pretty! Most of the time we settle for baking with lots of help from the kiddo’s!

February 1, 2010 03:47 PM
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Debbie Hill said...

I’m torn…I love baking delicious treats but no one in my house is patient enough to wait for me to make them “pretty”. I also love the “oohs” and “aahs” when the baked goods look pretty. I guess it’s a coin toss.

February 1, 2010 03:47 PM
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Danielle said...

I would say I like baking best, because I’m way too hard on myself when making them pretty & never feel they’re good enough.

February 1, 2010 03:47 PM
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Jane T said...

I most enjoy playing with my little great-granddaughter.

February 1, 2010 03:48 PM
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Missty said...

Making them look pretty is way more fun….sometimes I get so anxious to start making them pretty I mess up my goodie. But, I just love to watch the expression on people faces when given the goodie all wrapped up pretty and know it was all worth it.

February 1, 2010 03:48 PM
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Stephanie said...

Ideally, I would love to say it’s about making them pretty…but I usually get impatient and just want to eat whatever I am baking! So it never ends up as pretty as it was in my head :) But at least it tastes good!

February 1, 2010 03:48 PM
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Denise said...

I appreciate beautiful sweets, but I would rather bake.

February 1, 2010 03:50 PM
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Cristyn said...

I like baking sweets because I’m too much of a perfectionist that I never think they’re pretty enough!

February 1, 2010 03:50 PM
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rebecca d said...

Baking them… I let the girlies do the decorating.

February 1, 2010 03:50 PM
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Allison Taylor said...

OH those are so pretty I just can’t stand it. I have a new baby and the way I unwind is with baking so this would make my life just about perfect!

February 1, 2010 03:50 PM
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Ashley Rose said...

These are the cutest little buttons ever! i wish i knew about them before my daughter was born. lol <3

February 1, 2010 03:50 PM
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Rhea said...

Cute as a button is an understatement. I love the baking.

February 1, 2010 03:51 PM
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Siu said...

DECORATING!!! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE baking as well, but there’s something about just sitting in the kitchen with some piping bags and frosting and thinking up creative ideas to make things look pretty. I for one think that presentation is a large part of the whole foodie package of loving sweets! :)

February 1, 2010 03:51 PM
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abi porter said...

making them look pretty!

February 1, 2010 03:51 PM
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Stephanie said...

I think I’d have to go with baking. Sometimes I manage the pretty part ok, but the driving force is just the baking!

February 1, 2010 03:52 PM
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julie said...

I like baking them, but I love looking at your beautiful sweets!

February 1, 2010 03:52 PM
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Robin Whiting said...

Making them look pretty then standing back and going ahhhh!

February 1, 2010 03:52 PM
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Jess V. said...

I love baking, but the creative side of me loves to decorate more!!! :-)

February 1, 2010 03:52 PM
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Julie Schaeffer said...

I’m definitely more into the baking than the pretty.

February 1, 2010 03:52 PM
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Kerstin said...

Definitely making them pretty. They need to taste good……but my favorite part is the decorating:)

February 1, 2010 03:52 PM
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Nbajaj said...

I’d have to go with baking sweets, since I still need some practice with making them look pretty. Btw, the buttons are adorable!! :)

February 1, 2010 03:53 PM
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Samantha said...

So far baking them… until I get better – and more patient – at the decorating part. :)

February 1, 2010 03:53 PM
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Melissa May said...

I have to say baking because I can’t decorate worth a hoot!! I wish I could!!

February 1, 2010 03:54 PM
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Shareen said...

I prefer making them look pretty.

I always love decorating. It’s the best part, for me at least!

February 1, 2010 03:54 PM
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Megan M from MN said...

I love baking the sweets more :) and those buttons are super cute!!!

February 1, 2010 03:54 PM
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jenni said...

I love to make things look pretty! Decorating is my favorite pastime…that’s why I love your site!! :)

February 1, 2010 03:54 PM
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Jodi said...

I definitely enjoy making them pretty so much more than actually making them. I love when people oww and aww over my creations.

February 1, 2010 03:54 PM
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maria said...

making them look pretty! :o)

February 1, 2010 03:55 PM
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Shiri said...

Definitely baking them. I am still working on the making them pretty part. Shaky hands….

February 1, 2010 03:56 PM
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Amy said...

I like to try to make things look pretty if I can

February 1, 2010 03:56 PM
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Sumeyye said...

Hey those are the most adorable things I have ever seen!

February 1, 2010 03:57 PM
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Kim C from CT said...

Very cute shower ideas!! Lovely!

February 1, 2010 03:57 PM
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Fyfe said...

i love the baking part, that’s my stress relief. and i enjoy attempting to make things look pretty, but that usually brings the stress right back in again. (guess i need more practice at the ‘pretty’ part)

February 1, 2010 03:58 PM
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Cem said...

My wife would love those! I want to eat my buttons now:)

February 1, 2010 03:58 PM
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Cassie said...

Baking. All the measuring and mixing is soothing.

February 1, 2010 03:58 PM
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Katie Liu said...

Baking sweets for my family and friends. And of course eating some of it myself. :)

February 1, 2010 03:58 PM
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SumSum said...

Can I eat some:))

February 1, 2010 03:59 PM
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Jaime said...

I enjoy baking sweets and making them look good. However, if they don’t taste good, then it doesn’t matter how pretty they are (unless you’re just using them as a display :)

February 1, 2010 03:59 PM
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Melanee Peterson said...

I think I just like making treats. I haven’t really tried to make them pretty yet. It would be another expense and my house (cause I always have to get really into things) and we are trying to cut back. But I would love to “get into it”.

February 1, 2010 03:59 PM
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Sumey said...

I want to make a sweater out of fondant and I want to add those sugar buttons on them. How do you like it:)))

February 1, 2010 04:00 PM
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sevde said...

Omg! Today is my birthday. These would be the best present ever!

February 1, 2010 04:00 PM
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kathleen said...

definately both. I want them to taste good as well as look pretty

February 1, 2010 04:00 PM
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sumeyra said...

I love every idea that I see on your webpage!

February 1, 2010 04:01 PM
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Retta said...

I love baking them, but then I love TRYING to make them pretty! Of course, I’m no where near you in the “pretty dept.”–your creations are fabulous!

February 1, 2010 04:01 PM
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Alexis said...

Baking is really fun and my number 1 choice! Making them pretty is ok, but my family usually just devours what I make without looking at what it is.

February 1, 2010 04:01 PM
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sena said...

Cutest buttons ever!!!!

February 1, 2010 04:01 PM
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Katie said...

I’m not great at either…I like eating the results best of all.

February 1, 2010 04:02 PM
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Kristen said...

I would have to say I enjoy baking them! I have to avoid wheat so sometimes my gluten free bake goods don’t come out looking too tasty, but I sure love eating everything I bake…so do my girls which makes it all the better!!

February 1, 2010 04:02 PM
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sazak said...

I am going to try those on sugar sweaters:)

February 1, 2010 04:02 PM
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sazaksumeyye said...

Can I live in those bags:))

February 1, 2010 04:03 PM
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Gina said...

I love baking!! I have two little boys who love to help, so things don’t always look so pretty but they always taste great!

February 1, 2010 04:03 PM
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Heather D. said...

Without a doubt, making them look pretty. I have an artistic mind but with a 2 year old and a baby I have no time to be artsy crafty, so I have taken up baking. The joy is to then make them look pretty and taste delicious.

February 1, 2010 04:03 PM
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cathy said...

i love baking sweets! i have no talent at making them look pretty.. at least not yet! i’m still a little sloppy! i’m working on it. :D

February 1, 2010 04:03 PM
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Andrea in AR said...

I’d saying baking, but making them look pretty is fun too. Maybe it’s because I get to eat all the mess ups. lol.

February 1, 2010 04:03 PM
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fadime said...

I love when creativity takes over…

February 1, 2010 04:03 PM
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jonjon said...

Super cool!

February 1, 2010 04:04 PM
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Sherry said...

Baking them is the most fun for me; but I am looking forward to my young twins being able to help me out at making my baked goods pretty in a few more years!

February 1, 2010 04:04 PM
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Lori A. said...

Those buttons are stinkin’ cute! I would have to say I like the baking best. I’m not the world’s best decorator but I can make it taste good. :)

February 1, 2010 04:05 PM
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Toshua said...

I love the baking sweets the most, but the end result of making them pretty is extremely satisfying and fun!

February 1, 2010 04:05 PM
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Sara Sandifer said...

omg, how to choose =) I love to bake, but making things pretty is my favorite part I think. In fact, if someone would make the sugar cookies, I’d ice them any day!

February 1, 2010 04:05 PM
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Jill Shaw said...

I love to bake but i am more rewarded by the oohh’s and awww’s by the decorated goodies.

February 1, 2010 04:05 PM
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yildiz said...

I want to eat those until I have sugar rush:)))

February 1, 2010 04:05 PM
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Ellie Campbell said...

I like baking them the most. I always end up eating it before I get around to the decorating part. Sad but true. Also, I’m really excited that I actually read your blog in time to enter one of these things. I always miss them!

February 1, 2010 04:05 PM
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