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.

buttons-winner

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sue said...

I love to bake, but the prietty stuff I can pass on. I like to eat them best though.

February 1, 2010 05:06 PM
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Kristen said...

It would have to be baking them. I have a real sweet tooth! :)

February 1, 2010 05:06 PM
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Minnie said...

I’m not very good at making them look pretty but I LOVE making them :)

February 1, 2010 05:06 PM
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Becky said...

i like both! but i’d say making them pretty might eek out on top

February 1, 2010 05:06 PM
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Jenn said...

I would have to say baking them because my artistic ability is nil! Although, I would certainly like to learn!

February 1, 2010 05:07 PM
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kristen said...

it’s hard to decide! the baking process is fun, but putting your own details into the dessert and making it ‘yours,’ is the best part to me.

February 1, 2010 05:07 PM
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Jessica said...

I enjoy baking (and eating!) them most only because my pretty isn’t as good as yours! I’m always willing to give it my best shot though.

February 1, 2010 05:08 PM
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Lsquared said...

Baking – tasting good is the most important part. But is sure is fun to make the tasty things look pretty!

February 1, 2010 05:08 PM
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Lisa said...

Baking, definitely! Although, I am working on the pretty. :O)

February 1, 2010 05:09 PM
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Stephanie Ferra said...

I like both baking sweets and making them look pretty. Great website. Saw you mentioned in Better Homes and Gardens!

February 1, 2010 05:09 PM
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Maggie said...

I definitely enjoy making them pretty more than baking them! And second to decorating I enjoy eating them!

February 1, 2010 05:09 PM
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Lucy Gregory said...

omg these are amazing, not only am i in total love with buttons, but I am catering for a baby shower next (oops it february today!) THIS month! so this has given me the perfect inspiration!! Thank you once again bakerella! P.S i love making them pretty :) sooo the best bit!

February 1, 2010 05:09 PM
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melanie bascom said...

Baking, mostly because I am terrible at making things look pretty!

February 1, 2010 05:10 PM
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Krystal said...

yummmy!!!

February 1, 2010 05:11 PM
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Jamie said...

I’m all about making things pretty! But eating them is really my favorite part.

February 1, 2010 05:12 PM
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Melissa said...

First…I LOVE your website and can’t get enough of it! Second, it is a toss up on whether I like to make the sweets or make them look pretty. I guess I would have to go with making them look good but only if I know they taste really good! :)

February 1, 2010 05:13 PM
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Lindsey Jo said...

I like to make them look pretty, but if I’m baking them, they probably won’t last long enough to get decorated very much. Forget piping! I’ll just slather on some frosting and gobble it up!

February 1, 2010 05:13 PM
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Minnesotamom said...

I enjoy baking them, I guess, if that includes EATING them. :)

February 1, 2010 05:14 PM
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Megan said...

Oh! I like to bake sweets and gobble them up as fast as I can, so sometimes I skimp on the decorating/making-them-look-pretty department. Hehe. :) Thanks for doing this giveaway!

February 1, 2010 05:15 PM
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Tina McDaniel said...

I like baking sweets more. I like making all different desserts and sweets. This site makes me want to bake and bake. Make and make!

February 1, 2010 05:15 PM
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Misty said...

Baking them I think. I’m not very talented in the ‘looking good’ department.

February 1, 2010 05:15 PM
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Tracy said...

I’ve got the baking part down pat but the pretty part? Not so much. I’m trying though and you definitely give me the inspiration to keep it up!

February 1, 2010 05:15 PM
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Anne Hartman said...

I’m better at baking than I am at making things look pretty!

February 1, 2010 05:15 PM
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Jen said...

Baking (and eating) sweets since I’m way better at that than making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 05:16 PM
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Shelley Germann said...

OMGoodness, I’ve just made it! I’m glad I didn’t wait ’til the evening to read my mail!

I sew and I have jars and jars of buttons, so this post really made my heart sing! What a cute idea and to go all the way with a display, just incredible! Thanks for sharing this great site and Julie with us!

February 1, 2010 05:16 PM
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Laura said...

Presentation is said to be everything but it better taste good too!
Both!

February 1, 2010 05:17 PM
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emmy jay said...

Making them look pretty — when I can — is more fun. But I’m really not a fan of pretty things that taste…meh… so what’s underneath/inside counts *almost* as much.

February 1, 2010 05:17 PM
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Theresa B said...

I’m better at making sweets than making them pretty.

February 1, 2010 05:17 PM
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Alzira said...

That is a hard one… I think I enjoy making them more most days, but if I’m in the mood, I definitely love making things look pretty too. Your almost guarunteed to get complements when you put in a little effort.

February 1, 2010 05:17 PM
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Nancebeth said...

I love when something that tastes super sweet also looks super cute!

February 1, 2010 05:18 PM
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hotrodgal said...

I like making them look pretty even more than I like eating them!

February 1, 2010 05:18 PM
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Dannette said...

I love making sweets look pretty. I think that if it’s something simple, but it looks really awesome — then it makes it as awesome as a treat that’s difficult and takes a lot of time to make :)

February 1, 2010 05:18 PM
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amy h said...

baking!

although, the looking pretty part is what people remember first, so I enjoy that as well. ( :

thank you!

February 1, 2010 05:18 PM
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Vicki said...

I would have to say both!

February 1, 2010 05:18 PM
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Kelly said...

Definitely making them pretty! Bake It Pretty is awesome!

February 1, 2010 05:18 PM
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JoCasta Green said...

Love your site…..

February 1, 2010 05:19 PM
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Christina said...

PRETTY!!! I love baking, but I have to say giving it a little character and making it pretty is what seals the deal!

February 1, 2010 05:19 PM
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Julie said...

Have to agree with the folks saying that eating is the best! Otherwise it’s the baking.

February 1, 2010 05:19 PM
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Darla said...

I LOVE making the sweets pretty, but I need more practice.Making them is taste good is easy!

February 1, 2010 05:21 PM
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Crystal King said...

I love the button candies! They are too cute!

February 1, 2010 05:21 PM
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Kelly said...

I’m definitely more of a baker than a decorator. But maybe if I had a bunch of fancy schmancy decorating supplies I would have more incentive to make everything look pretty :)

February 1, 2010 05:21 PM
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Jessica said...

Definitely the baking :) I like the decorating, but the baking is so relaxing to me!

February 1, 2010 05:21 PM
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Andrea said...

I would have to say making them pretty, but really my FAVORITE would be eating them… mmmmm ;)

February 1, 2010 05:21 PM
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Karen B. said...

I like baking treats and rarely do I try to make them look pretty. If I won this gift certificate I sure would try it out, though!

February 1, 2010 05:22 PM
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Cassy said...

I love making things look pretty. Especially since I’m already competing against my boyfriend’s mom which means… well it means I need to work really hard, lol

February 1, 2010 05:22 PM
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kristi tollison said...

I love to bake sweets, but I’m really getting into making them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 05:23 PM
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Sandy Barnes said...

It’s hard to say which one I love better. I love to bake sweets, but I also love to decorate cakes and cookies. I guess since I bake more than I decorate , it would be baking. I guess?

February 1, 2010 05:23 PM
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Dezirae said...

I love baking but don’t make things as pretty as i should, i guess its because i won’t want to eat any beautiful creation…

February 1, 2010 05:24 PM
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Kerry said...

I love baking sweets…if I can make them look cute or pretty, that’s “icing on the cake”….pun intended!

February 1, 2010 05:24 PM
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Tara said...

I usually refuse to bake if I cannot make it pretty. I like people admiring that my stuff tastes amazing AND looks amazing (thanks to you)

February 1, 2010 05:24 PM
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Abby said...

Great question. I have to answer on behalf of my wife, who LOVES to bake for others to enjoy. She usually bases what recipe she picks on how pretty it will look, even if it’s an item that she doesn’t even like! I can’t remember the last time she ate something she baked. SCANDALOUS, I know.

February 1, 2010 05:26 PM
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Jennifer said...

I like doing both! But if I have to pick I will go with baking. (You can always close your eyes to devour the finished product:)

February 1, 2010 05:26 PM
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Melissa said...

First, I LOVE your website and can’t seem to get enough of all the cute projects! What an inspiration you are! Second, I would say it is a toss up on whether I like to bake goodies or make them look great. I guess I like to bake yummy things AND make them look great if I already know they taste good! Making them look fun is the harder part of the too but the most rewarding by far.

February 1, 2010 05:27 PM
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dawn P said...

baking ‘em!

February 1, 2010 05:29 PM
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Davene said...

I spend a very large amount of time making treats cute. I will make the same recipe over and over again and find much enjoyment decorating them in many different ways.

February 1, 2010 05:29 PM
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Liz said...

Aww how generous of you!! The buttons are adorable, I kind of want to make some now and stick them all over a cake or something! :P

February 1, 2010 05:29 PM
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Gayle said...

With my limited creativity, baking them would be first -at least they’ll taste good! Making them pretty is a work in progress…

February 1, 2010 05:29 PM
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Gena said...

When it’s for someone else, I insist on the details even though I don’t love all that work. At home, I am very okay with sloppy messy desserts. Preference? Less Work options But appreciative of the pretty.

February 1, 2010 05:30 PM
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Jenn said...

I’d have to say I’m a fanatic about everything looking cute…It tastes better that way, doesn’t it! It definitely has to taste as good as it looks though.

February 1, 2010 05:30 PM
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sweet liz said...

baking for me. i love looking at how others make them pretty though.

February 1, 2010 05:30 PM
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Jorjie said...

Neither… I just like eating them!

February 1, 2010 05:30 PM
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Jennifer Ray said...

Baking – if it turns out pretty – then that’s a bonus.

February 1, 2010 05:31 PM
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Erica said...

I love making treats looks pretty. It’s so fun, but takes patience. The end result is the best when you get the ooh’s and aah’s, and omg’s, and oh wow’s:) But eating them is probably the best.

February 1, 2010 05:32 PM
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Rebecca H. said...

I’m new to baking so I’m still working on the baking part. The making them pretty will come in time…hopefully!

February 1, 2010 05:32 PM
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Tish Cavazos said...

I like making them look pretty, even though I’m still learning the best way to do that!

February 1, 2010 05:33 PM
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Elizabeth said...

I prefer making them look pretty! I’d rather have cupcakes or cakes baked for me and then I get to do the fun part of decorating :D

February 1, 2010 05:33 PM
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Stephanie Hawley said...

Those are adorable,and the onesie cookies are super cute!

February 1, 2010 05:33 PM
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An said...

I enjoy baking sweets and I enjoy (trying) to make them pretty but I really enjoy eating pretty things I bake.

February 1, 2010 05:34 PM
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Melissa Alonso said...

I love making my baked goods look pretty! It’s like another form of art that’s edible. It’s so much fun watching others enjoy the look AND taste of what you made yourself! :)

February 1, 2010 05:34 PM
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Melanie H said...

Oh my goodness, those are adorable! Making them pretty is the best part, by FAR.

February 1, 2010 05:35 PM
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Dawn said...

I love baking the sweets! I try new cookie & cake recipes all the time and love mixing & matching flavors.

February 1, 2010 05:35 PM
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Tammy said...

there is nothing better then seeing some ones eyes light up at how pretty or cute a yummy creation is!! half of eatting is sight.
to have some thing taste as good as it looks it always a bonus!!
i love taking the time to get some thing jsut right then to be crative and make it look woderful this is some thing you are so woderful at thank you for all your insperation!!!

February 1, 2010 05:36 PM
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Danielle said...

Baking! I can keep learning to make them pretty over time. My husbandman doesn’t care if they’re Bakerella-ready, he just cares if they’re tasty. :)

February 1, 2010 05:36 PM
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Amalia said...

So cutte, love to bake, some times the things doesnt come out the way i want it, but we eat them anyway, love to practice on those buttons

February 1, 2010 05:37 PM
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Stephanie said...

I love baking, but I’m totally into the decorating part! So definitly decorating, it’s just so much fun presenting something delicious & pretty! What a great webshop!

February 1, 2010 05:38 PM
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Sherry said...

I really enjoy making them pretty.

February 1, 2010 05:38 PM
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Noreen said...

I guess I like EATING them best! And, I don’t always make things pretty but I like to make them taste great.

February 1, 2010 05:38 PM
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molly said...

love baking!!!!! and if it turns out pretty, it is a bonus! ;)

February 1, 2010 05:39 PM
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Sara Strunk said...

I love love love making things look pretty! It’s a great way to let my creativity flow.

February 1, 2010 05:39 PM
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Debra said...

I am a grandmother, but when I grow up, I want to be just like you. I can always aspire to greatness.
As far as the question – Taste Vs Appearance – I am all about taste. The only reason my group of friends and I go to a wedding is for the cake. How sad when there is a GORGEOUS
wedding cake and you dig into it and it tastes like crap. Oh, and there is nothing worse than bad tasting fondant.

February 1, 2010 05:39 PM
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Tiffany said...

That’s really hard….but I like to bake yummy things best I think…I’m still working on making them look pretty and cute…it takes time (which my kids don’t give me much of) and patience (which my kids use up) hehe :) LOVE those buttons, PERFECT for a baby shower cake…cookies…all by themselves.

February 1, 2010 05:40 PM
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Laura Milanowksi said...

wow thats hard! i guess i would say baking cause its sooo much fun to see a mass of ingrediants come together and make something totally different :)

February 1, 2010 05:41 PM
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Summer said...

I love to make items look pretty!! I found your site back before christmas. We had cake balls for christmas and now I am making nothing but cupcakes for my daughters 2nd birthday. Thanks for inspiring me and helping me make things look pretty!

February 1, 2010 05:41 PM
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Grace said...

Mm… probably the baking part. I enjoy both but I’m not very good at decorating yet, and I get frustrated easily, lol!

February 1, 2010 05:41 PM
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Jen said...

I love making them pretty. But eating baked goods is the best

February 1, 2010 05:41 PM
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Kelly said...

I think I like baking better than decorating, mostly because my sister is the better decorator, so she can do it!

February 1, 2010 05:41 PM
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Lisa said...

Baking, closely followed by Eating!! Don/t have the talent to really make them look pretty

February 1, 2010 05:42 PM
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Megan said...

I don’t seem to have to patience for making truly pretty treats yet, but I keep trying. But making the treats is heaven. Truly the whir of the mixer is a hypnotic, dreamy sound to me.

February 1, 2010 05:42 PM
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Rachel Loesch said...

I love making them look pretty! I am known for my sugar cookies since I love to decorate them with royal icing. My family loves them! Thanks for the chance to win!!
~Rachel in Sacramento

February 1, 2010 05:42 PM
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Bryanna said...

I decorating because anything can happen.

February 1, 2010 05:43 PM
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Sofia said...

These buttons are soooooo cute and delicious!!!!! I would love to have them!!!

February 1, 2010 05:43 PM
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Wendy said...

How cute!! I would have to say making them look pretty–I’m not a patient cook!

February 1, 2010 05:43 PM
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Spring said...

I love to bake them, but I am fascinated when they look pretty!

February 1, 2010 05:43 PM
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Bitsy Baker said...

I think that making baked goods look beautiful takes a great amount of talent, but I truly enjoy baking sweets more than decorating them!

Thanks for putting up this post-the ideas that people come up with amaze me!

February 1, 2010 05:43 PM
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Lori said...

well, I know there are already a ton of entries… but I enjoy baking more. The cute part is fun, but takes a lot of work!

February 1, 2010 05:43 PM
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Keegan said...

I love the decorating!

February 1, 2010 05:43 PM
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Jamie said...

I probably enjoy the baking better. My patience level isn’t as high as I’d like it to be so some of the decorating gets too tedious for me!

February 1, 2010 05:44 PM
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brooke said...

Making them pretty takes so much more time and effort, but it makes eating the treat even better, I think. So for me, it’s half and half. They compliment each other!

February 1, 2010 05:45 PM
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Miriam said...

I love making them look pretty!!

February 1, 2010 05:45 PM
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Missy said...

I love making them look pretty! Nothing better than having something too cute to eat.
I have some cupcakes that got messed up, trying to figure out how to “pretty them up”.

February 1, 2010 05:45 PM
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