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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Michelle said...

I love the buttons. What a cute idea!!

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

hm.. for me.i like making them to look pretty (: its a lot more fun giving out good and pretty baked goods

February 1, 2010 12:39 AM
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emily f said...

baking. i am a HORRIBLE decorator, when it comes to sweets anyway.

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

Eating since i don’t have a lot of supplies to make them pretty!

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

Both. I enjoy the whole process–cooking, decorating, eating and watching others enjoy the creation.

February 1, 2010 12:40 AM
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sarah b said...

I utterly adore making them look pretty. The more infinitesimal the better. I love beautiful small items to give as presents :)

February 1, 2010 12:40 AM
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Bonnie Lucas said...

Making them look pretty is the fun part of baking. When your family and friends see what you have done and think it is special, it just makes you want to learn more things that will make your baked items look pretty.

February 1, 2010 12:40 AM
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Lezlee said...

I love making things pretty :) I try my best to make things look pretty, but it doesn’t always work. I always say as long as it tastes good…

February 1, 2010 12:40 AM
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Heather said...

Baking. I do like to make things look pretty, though. Sometimes I don’t ever get my sugar cookies iced. That said, I do enjoy it when I get to it! Oh and I am much better at making something taste good than look good.

February 1, 2010 12:41 AM
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Ashley said...

Baking, definitely baking!!

February 1, 2010 12:41 AM
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Christine said...

Eating them is definitely best, so baking them would have to come second (becuase you can taste test). I’m still working on the making it pretty part – I come to your blog for inspiration. Thanks for my weekly dose of sweet!

February 1, 2010 12:41 AM
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Vicky said...

I like both but I rarely have the time or patience to make things look too pretty. I guess I like baking them the best.

February 1, 2010 12:41 AM
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Kirsten Skalstad said...

I love making things cute and pretty….much more fun than the baking itself. Love your blog!!!!!!

February 1, 2010 12:41 AM
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Amy said...

Although the smell of baked goods is magically delicious, I like making them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 12:42 AM
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Carol said...

I’m just awful at decorating. I lack the patience and the skill so baking!! :)

February 1, 2010 12:42 AM
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Christina D said...

I definitely love making all my sweet treats look pretty. there is just something in the look on someones face when they see all the work you have done and how beautiful they look.

February 1, 2010 12:43 AM
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Michelle Huynh said...

All of the fun is in making them look pretty BUT if they don’t taste good then what’s the point? Gotta have a balance in ‘em :)

February 1, 2010 12:43 AM
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Wendy said...

Definitely baking! I’m terrible at making cakes and cookies look pretty – this would be a great opportunity since I have several parties to make cakes for. I need help! :-)

February 1, 2010 12:43 AM
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Megan said...

I love making them pretty. Wish I baked better. ;-)

February 1, 2010 12:43 AM
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Marky P said...

I definitely enjoy making them look pretty more than baking, even if though don’t turn out as cute as I hope!

February 1, 2010 12:43 AM
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Nicole said...

Making them look pretty!!

They taste so much better when they look nice!

February 1, 2010 12:44 AM
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Michelle H. said...

Baking and Sewing my two passions! I would love to be able to combine them!

February 1, 2010 12:44 AM
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Krissy said...

Definitely baking sweets first. I am still working on the making them pretty, but thanks to your awesome blog, along with others, I am getting there

February 1, 2010 12:44 AM
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Rachel said...

Eating them, for sure. I know that wasn’t an option ;) But out of the choices given, making them look pretty. It’s so much fun decorating things!

February 1, 2010 12:45 AM
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Lesley said...

Baking, definitely – that way I can decide just how pretty I want it to look afterwards. :)

February 1, 2010 12:45 AM
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Stephanie Patterson said...

I love making them look pretty, but get obsessed so sometimes just bake.

February 1, 2010 12:46 AM
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Pennifer said...

I like to look at pretty baked things, but me, I’m all about the baking them fast enough to eat them the moment the mood strikes. Most of the time anyway.

February 1, 2010 12:46 AM
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Emily B. said...

Making them look cute! So much creativity can go into it!

February 1, 2010 12:46 AM
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Laura T. said...

Neither – I enjoy eating them most of all!

February 1, 2010 12:46 AM
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christy a said...

This is adorable. I definitely like the baking of the sweets – it is a bonus if they look pretty too! But taste trumps looks!

February 1, 2010 12:46 AM
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Beth said...

I love both! Baking makes my house smell great, and making them pretty brings out my creative side.

February 1, 2010 12:47 AM
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Gina said...

cute!

February 1, 2010 12:48 AM
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Mandarrr said...

I absolutely love both parts of the baking/serving process. I’ve just started learning the pastry arts and just find it absolutely magical!

February 1, 2010 12:48 AM
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Kaitlin said...

I love making them look pretty most

February 1, 2010 12:48 AM
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Tegan said...

definitely making them look pretty! Its the best part. After youve baked it you can do anything you want to it! You can make it to suit any occasion. And those buttons look so cute, perfect for a gingerbread man!
So, deffo making them pretty.
xx

February 1, 2010 12:48 AM
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Deanna E. said...

I love baking them. Unfortunately, trying to make it look pretty isn’t one of my biggest talents so that usually ends up being more stressful for me!

February 1, 2010 12:48 AM
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lori lucas said...

My favorite part is EATING the sweets!!! But I love baking too. I would like to say the decorating part, but no matter how hard I try, my things never look even half as good as yours. Thanks for all the great ideas tho. I’ll keep trying!!

February 1, 2010 12:49 AM
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Lanie said...

I loooove baking. Even if it’s not pretty it still tastes good!

February 1, 2010 12:49 AM
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Tonya said...

That is a toss up…probably making them look pretty, because odds are, whatever it is I bake, it doesn’t come out of the gate looking pretty…I usually have to take the extra steps to get it there!

February 1, 2010 12:49 AM
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Gennie said...

I love baking things the look pretty! I guess this choice is just too difficult for me! :)

February 1, 2010 12:49 AM
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Marisa said...

Baking by far! But I do love looking at your beautiful creations while eating my schlop!

February 1, 2010 12:50 AM
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April C. said...

Until about a month ago, it was just baking yummy desserts. But I took up decorating and I am OBSESSED!! I am such a perfectionist and I MUST make it look good!!

February 1, 2010 12:50 AM
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lis said...

baking and eating if we are just enjoying at home…makin pretty if we are bringing it out!

February 1, 2010 12:50 AM
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LJ said...

I like the making-pretty part of things (: . Even if sometimes it doesn’t work out…

February 1, 2010 12:50 AM
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Nicole said...

I have to say both, definitely! The mixing of ingredients, popping them in the oven, the smell of the house, too good! Then planning and decorating, trying things you’ve never done before, too fun!

February 1, 2010 12:50 AM
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Jen said...

I like making them pretty for about 20 mins. Then I get frusterated! These cute buttons would make it easier!

February 1, 2010 12:51 AM
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Sunny said...

Making sweets: 25 mins.
Making sweets pretty: 5hrs+ + +
(Eating: 3sec)

I think it’s a bit of OCD, but they’ve just GOT to look good. Good enough to eat!

February 1, 2010 12:51 AM
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April Baker said...

Oooo, tough one. Um, I’ll take C. BOTH! I really enjoy the baking process, while the decorating can be a little frustrating. But really both parts of the process are fun. I also enjoy eating all the mistakes!

But if I have to choose one… the baking!

February 1, 2010 12:51 AM
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Melena said...

I love making them. My son likes to decorate them. Together we are a pretty good team. My whole family loves to eat them. We limit the items we make cause of health reasons. I love your site!

February 1, 2010 12:51 AM
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Cayle said...

Ohhhh.
I hope I am not to late. Those buttons are amazing and so cute !

February 1, 2010 12:51 AM
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tobi d said...

It has to be making them look pretty. I love the oohs and aahs!

February 1, 2010 12:51 AM
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Alisha Jenkins said...

Making them look pretty! – I’m not the best baker, sometimes my desserts look much better than they taste :)

February 1, 2010 12:51 AM
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Kim Metcalf said...

I like adding the extras to make things pretty! If it looks to good to eat, I have succeded! I love your site.

February 1, 2010 12:52 AM
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Erika said...

Why isn’t consuming sweets an option? I think good presentation is nice but its not worth a lick (pun intended) if your sweets taste like dookey.

February 1, 2010 12:52 AM
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Morgan said...

Definitely making them pretty! and then devouring them! :o)

February 1, 2010 12:52 AM
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Lea said...

for me, baking and decorating have always gone hand in hand. to see it transform from the beginning to the last touch up to the look of contentment on the face of the taster, it’s the whole process that makes me do it over and over again.

February 1, 2010 12:52 AM
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Krystal said...

Baking is what I enjoy more than the looking pretty, but looking pretty is GREAT too!

February 1, 2010 12:52 AM
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wendy said...

HELLO…decorating! Thats the BEST part! So much fun! Cant wait to get that sugar cookie recipe!

February 1, 2010 12:52 AM
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kourtney said...

Definitely baking them!!! It doesn’t hurt to make them look pretty, but I’d rather spend that time eating them! lol

February 1, 2010 12:53 AM
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Kristin R. in KC said...

I like making the sweets. I’m too impatient to decorate them I just want to eat them as is.

February 1, 2010 12:53 AM
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iliana said...

Baking sweets, just because I’m better at that.

February 1, 2010 12:54 AM
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Melinda W. said...

Baking them. And eating them. :)

February 1, 2010 12:54 AM
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Brenda said...

I would definitely say making them look pretty! I like the baking (and eating!), but the decorating is a creative outlet for me that I find SO fun!!

February 1, 2010 12:54 AM
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Tiffany Defa said...

I love to make em’ cute!

February 1, 2010 12:55 AM
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Meghan said...

I definitely like the baking most, I find it so relaxing, but every once in a while I like to go crazy and really decorate something pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:55 AM
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Evie said...

I love making them look pretty. The prettier they look the more people will be tempted to eat them! :)

February 1, 2010 12:55 AM
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Erin said...

Between the two, I’d say making them look pretty. But if there’s a write in option, I’d say eating them!

February 1, 2010 12:55 AM
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Lily said...

First making sure they taste good, then making them look pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:55 AM
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L. Messecar said...

Baking!! I always mean to make them look pretty, but they never last that long :)

February 1, 2010 12:56 AM
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laurie said...

What a generous give-away! Please enter my name. I love trying to make sweets look pretty, but I’m usually more successful at making them taste good. Those buttons are just too cute! laurie

February 1, 2010 12:56 AM
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Joyce said...

I love baking sweets!

February 1, 2010 12:56 AM
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Brooke said...

Baking them. Best way to relieve stress, so why worry more about the display.

February 1, 2010 12:56 AM
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Beth said...

Oooh- not an easy choice, but in the end, I would have to go with eating. My creativity is spent on favor combinations, although I am working on making things look pretty. :)

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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Laurie H said...

Make em pretty. I can’t help myself, I’m vain like that when it comes to baking shtoof!!

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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Kristen said...

I like baking them best I think but that’s because I don’t have the attention span to spend hours on end decorating. I have to make things that involve multiple batches or that have lots of breaks in between steps so I don’t get bored. :) Those cookies are adorable btw. So so cute.

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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melissa h said...

I like making sweets pretty, of course!! I just don’t like the cleaning up part of making them.

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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Alyssa said...

I like baking better, haven’t mastered making them look pretty… yet!

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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stacie said...

I like baking sweets and then eating them! I dream of making them pretty but am nowhere near your talent!

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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Shel said...

I LOVE to bake the sweets, and I try my best to be like you and cupcake Julie but no bueno!! If I win, can I just spend a weekend with you 2 learning how to do some of these things?? =) Those buttons are uh-mazing but the onesie cookies…wowie…I really want a lesson in those! I remember her cookies in the post you did from her Christmas party…WOW, I can’t even fathom how to make them look that fabulous!! I think mine taste pretty great, but if I could make them look like this in the future…now THAT would make me smile!

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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Sally said...

Baking, for sure. Some of the ugliest things I’ve baked have tasted the most delicious. :D

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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GrandmaGwen said...

Although I’m a Grandma that loves to bake delicious treats for her kids, I’m new at all the ways there are to decorate baked goods beyond the frosting/sprinkles route. What fun I’ve got to look forward to!

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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Sharon said...

Definately making them look pretty….oh, and then eating them :)

February 1, 2010 12:57 AM
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AlteredGrace said...

The creativity blows me away! Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and inspiration!

February 1, 2010 12:58 AM
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sugar plum said...

Oh Bakerella ur so sweet and kind…always….i love baking as muc as dressin em up to make ‘em real pretty…….

February 1, 2010 12:58 AM
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Kimberly said...

i like making them look pretty :) but if i had to choose, I’d definitely say eating them! :D

February 1, 2010 12:58 AM
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TamsynT said...

Definitely baking… Specifically baking it pretty so it requires no decoration!

February 1, 2010 12:58 AM
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KimD said...

I like to look at them, eat them and read about them:)

February 1, 2010 12:59 AM
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April said...

hmmm…thats a toughy. I love to do both, but i think i love the look on the faces of people who get to enjoy them the most!

February 1, 2010 12:59 AM
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arya said...

I like to bake the sweets, I try to make them pretty but mostly my kids don’t care if they are perfect and want to devour them before I can do it right.

February 1, 2010 12:59 AM
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Rosa said...

Making them pretty! But baking is also pretty awesome… And eating is even better!

February 1, 2010 12:59 AM
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Mott @ The Courtyard Gate said...

I enjoy making them look pretty! I’m hoping they already taste good but it’s kind of like curb appeal. Something’s gotta look good before most folks will try it! Thanks for the opportunity to win something amazing!

February 1, 2010 12:59 AM
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Camille said...

Baking them usually because I’m not very good at making things pretty :P

February 1, 2010 12:59 AM
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Cathy said...

baking for sure although making things look cute is up there as well. is this a trick question? lol i cant decide

February 1, 2010 01:01 AM
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Sophia said...

Oh goodness, these remind me of button sugar cookies I made last week…so kawaii! But I definitely love baking sweets over making them cute :D

February 1, 2010 01:01 AM
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Jessica Jones said...

I think some of the best desserts are the most hideous, but delicious. But for holidays and birthdays, I like making froufrou, pretty cupcakes and cookies and macarons and whatnot. It does make things feel more special!

February 1, 2010 01:01 AM
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Annie said...

I love baking and making them look pretty. That is the best part, making them look so cute that no one wants to eat them, but they will anyway.

February 1, 2010 01:01 AM
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Dalia said...

I love being creative and making sweets look pretty. =)

February 1, 2010 01:02 AM
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kendra said...

I’m all about making them look pretty! Of course, sometimes I think that makes them taste better, too.

February 1, 2010 01:02 AM
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Jesseka said...

These are just too cute!!! Love your site by the way… you are amazingly talented and patient!!!! :)

February 1, 2010 01:02 AM
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April Van Wagenen said...

I love both, but it is much more fun to share treats when I spend the time to make them pretty!

February 1, 2010 01:02 AM
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