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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Katherine said...

I would have to say baking sweets. I love making them look pretty but after a while I lose patience. :)

February 1, 2010 05:46 PM
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Amy Leonard said...

I have way more fun making it look pretty than making it taste good!

February 1, 2010 05:46 PM
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Gloria Morales said...

i’m pretty good at baking & do like making them pretty. Pretty is my answer!

February 1, 2010 05:47 PM
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Alexandrea gleason said...

I love both! baking is always fun because you get to “test” your sweets along the way & I love decorating, its fun to be creative with your ideas! I would make so many diffrent things with a gift card to this place!!

February 1, 2010 05:47 PM
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evan said...

Baking them for sure. But honestly, I like eating them best.

February 1, 2010 05:47 PM
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Katie said...

baking! definitely! I love the challenge of making something amazing – making them look pretty is more of a battle for me

February 1, 2010 05:47 PM
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Gigi the Hop said...

Baking sweets! It takes SO long to decorate them and I have difficulty waiting!

February 1, 2010 05:48 PM
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Katie Haymore said...

I am such a button freak….and they are candy on top of it??? WOW…and yummy!

February 1, 2010 05:48 PM
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Marti J said...

Definitely making them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 05:48 PM
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Emily said...

These are adorable!

February 1, 2010 05:49 PM
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Lesley said...

Making them pretty! I could spend hours using my piping bag to decorate cookies!

February 1, 2010 05:49 PM
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Valarie Kraft said...

I have to admit….I bought the button molds last year from Bake It Pretty, and have not had an opportunity to use them.
xxoo Valarie

February 1, 2010 05:50 PM
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Emily said...

I love making them look pretty the best.

February 1, 2010 05:50 PM
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Beth said...

I enjoy both but if I have to choose one I choose make them look pretty. When it comes to decorating my baked goods it is about the only thing I am very particular about.

February 1, 2010 05:50 PM
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Adriana said...

I just descovered this blog last weeekend and i have already read everysingle post! I love baking, but if its doesen’t look prefect no matter how good everyone says it is im not happy! so I would say i love making my baked sweets look pretty!

February 1, 2010 05:51 PM
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Hannah said...

I’d have to say baking them, it’s kind of a therapy to me, whereas making sweets look pretty might stress me a bit if I take it too seriously u.u…

February 1, 2010 05:52 PM
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Jenn B said...

Baking more

February 1, 2010 05:52 PM
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Desiree said...

I love baking! I really like making them look pretty, but I would rather someone enjoy the taste!

February 1, 2010 05:52 PM
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Carly said...

I love baking, but making things so pretty that people don’t want to eat them is pretty sweet too. I don’t think I could pick.

February 1, 2010 05:52 PM
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Christi said...

Baking, definitely! I’m not very good at the decorating thing, and besides, if it’s baked, I want to eat it now!

February 1, 2010 05:52 PM
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rose said...

gimmie gimmie gimmie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 1, 2010 05:52 PM
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Kaitlin said...

Well actually baking is like a de-stresser for me. But making treats look all fancy and special for loved ones is so rewarding!

February 1, 2010 05:53 PM
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Tracy said...

I’m afraid if I’m going to bake it I’m going to do my best to make it look pretty – a little bit of my ocd showing I guess.

February 1, 2010 05:53 PM
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Shani P. said...

Although, I just started decorating, I must say making them pretty is what I enjoy best! They must equally taste good as well.

February 1, 2010 05:53 PM
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Kimiyo said...

I love to bake things that taste good, sometimes they look as amazing as they taste, which is fun of course, but even when they don’t everyone is happy to eat them!

February 1, 2010 05:53 PM
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Lora said...

I love to bake with my kids, but I REALLY love to decorate without them. So I guess my answer would depend on if I have kids in tow or not. I know I should be excited about doing both with them, but at ages one and three, they only make a HUGE mess. I would prefer decorating though.

February 1, 2010 05:54 PM
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karin said...

I love to make them look pretty, although I’m not that good at it!

February 1, 2010 05:54 PM
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Lisa Albright said...

AWESOME!! Love all of your and your friends ideas!

February 1, 2010 05:55 PM
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Anna Pace said...

Does Julie sell those cookies…I have a friend who is going to have a baby and her sister wants to do onsie cookies as the shower favor. Cute as a button!

February 1, 2010 05:55 PM
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kristi said...

I definately like making them look pretty! Baking them is fun too, but it is all about the presentation and sharing your goodies with others. :)

February 1, 2010 05:55 PM
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Amy said...

Love baking, and decorating is more of a challenge. That’s why I love you and your helpful instructions. But my favorite–eating!!

February 1, 2010 05:56 PM
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Faith said...

I love making goodies look even more delicious! Whether decorating packages, or sweets it’s just as much fun to decorate and give as to receive (ok, maybe more!).

February 1, 2010 05:56 PM
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Jessica F. said...

Oh by far baking them is the best!

February 1, 2010 05:57 PM
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Missy said...

I love doing both! It just makes my day to bake a sweet and then make it pretty.

February 1, 2010 05:58 PM
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Julie said...

I love baking sweets, but if I had some skills in making my sweets pretty then I would totally focus on that.

I think that when I see baked goods decorated they look so much better. I just have a hard time keeping the decorations looking nice without making a mess of it.

February 1, 2010 05:58 PM
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Megan said...

Definitely making them look pretty. Just have to bake them first to get to the fun part.

February 1, 2010 05:58 PM
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Stephanie said...

I love both baking and making them look pretty. Though I think I need a little more help with the latter…but no matter how much of a wreck they appear to be, my sweets always taste great!

February 1, 2010 05:58 PM
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CookTeen said...

got in with two minutes to go!!! I am hosting a bake sale at my school to raise money for Haiti and i would use it to purchase things for the bake sale…like a cute little “donation” jar
better that then a shoe box hahah!

with love and cupcakes!
cookteen

February 1, 2010 05:59 PM
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Debbie C said...

I love to bake. I’m not the best, but I really enjoy it!

February 1, 2010 05:59 PM
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Dawn said...

adorable. How nice of them to share how to do it all.

February 1, 2010 05:59 PM
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Kelsey said...

Depends on what it is….Cookies- I like baking decorating is too fiddly for me.

Cakes I like decorating…A LOT! I wish I could buy them premade and frosted and I could just spend HOURS decorating them.

February 1, 2010 06:02 PM
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Debbie B said...

OOOHHH! Too cute! Hope I win

February 1, 2010 06:03 PM
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Anonymous said...

I love making them look pretty……..

I could spend ALL DAY reading Bakerella and dreaming of what I’d like to buy at Bake it Pretty……

Can’t wait to have a real kitchen again…..

February 1, 2010 06:03 PM
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Carolina said...

Definitely baking sweets. Problem is, I don’t have the patience to take the time to decorate since I just wanna EAT ‘em!!!

February 1, 2010 06:03 PM
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Becky said...

baking them! they still have to taste good no longer how pretty they are!

February 1, 2010 06:04 PM
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brooke said...

oh! i bought these button molds too. i used them on my daughters “Coraline” cake and cupcakes for her birthday last year. really awesome.

February 1, 2010 06:04 PM
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Brittany said...

Who wants to eat your goodies if they don’t look fabulous? I love decorating!

February 1, 2010 06:04 PM
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Patti said...

Sorry…..forgot to leave my info on my post #3942……

thanks so much for the giveaway…

February 1, 2010 06:04 PM
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Katy said...

I have desire to make things pretty but they never make it that far if I have made tasty! Someday I will get there.

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

I love my sweets to look pretty!!!

February 1, 2010 06:07 PM
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Noel said...

Wow, that’s a great Idea! I know what I’m doing for my next babyshower I plan

February 1, 2010 06:08 PM
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Stacie said...

I love the decorating!

February 1, 2010 06:08 PM
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Aimee said...

I would have to say baking sweets! I love mixing it all up!

February 1, 2010 06:09 PM
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Crystal said...

I like baking with my three year old. Decorating enjoyment will come when he gets older and the eating is our favorite part.

February 1, 2010 06:10 PM
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Brianna said...

I’m all about the baking. I can make the baked goods look pretty but I’m more about eating them up.

February 1, 2010 06:11 PM
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heidi said...

making them pretty… but the baking is fun because my 3 year old likes to help mix. ;)

February 1, 2010 06:11 PM
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Debbi said...

Definitely making them look pretty

February 1, 2010 06:12 PM
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Gem said...

Making it pretty, without a doubt

February 1, 2010 06:13 PM
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miranda said...

As much as I like to bake, I love making treats look ‘pretty’–decorating treats to show people that I think their special day/event is special by making something uniquely them.

February 1, 2010 06:13 PM
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kristin said...

always looking to make my sweets look even better!

February 1, 2010 06:16 PM
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Casey said...

Making them look pretty! =)

February 1, 2010 06:17 PM
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Carla Seidlinger said...

I love to make them look pretty…. it’s eye candy before it’s tasty!!!

February 1, 2010 06:18 PM
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kim said...

Of the two, I prefer to make them look pretty. You didn’t ask about eating them….. :)

February 1, 2010 06:18 PM
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Sheena said...

I LOVE having the time to make my sweets look pretty!! It isn’t very often I get to because I am usually baking with the kids!! so if I ever have time to make it all look pretty that means I have some time to myself :)

February 1, 2010 06:19 PM
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Casey said...

I love baking but making the treats look pretty just makes them extra special.=)

February 1, 2010 06:19 PM
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Alli said...

I’m all about presentation! But of course I also want it to taste as good as it looks!

February 1, 2010 06:20 PM
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Sandy said...

I LOVE to bake, but I LOVE making them pretty so much more! My dream as a child was to be a Disney Animator, however, I hate to draw on demand and I hate being told what to do/draw, so that dream went out for me. I have always baked and brought my goodies to work for all of my fellow teachers. My baking grew on a whim for a bake sale for work and my cake balls turned into cake pops, which turned into cakes and cupcakes. I love to try to things and ideas and shop for baking supplies! I am a baking dork who just loves to decorate!

February 1, 2010 06:20 PM
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Caitlin White said...

I enjoy baking things more than decorating them because I am impatient and want to eat them before I spend time decorating them :)

February 1, 2010 06:20 PM
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AngieB said...

Well my FAVORITE is to eat them…but I like making them look pretty…but tasying good is a MUST!

February 1, 2010 06:21 PM
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teresa said...

baking…decorating……baking… decorating. hmmmm Hard to say love to do both… Can I choose both?

February 1, 2010 06:22 PM
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Mica said...

my favorite thing to do is to make things look pretty. it is so much fun to be creative and to see the smile on people’s faces when you give it to them :)

February 1, 2010 06:22 PM
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Laura said...

Baking! :-)

February 1, 2010 06:24 PM
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Catie said...

Hi there
These are soooo cute
I love baking but making them pretty is soooo much more fun!!!
Cheers
Catie

February 1, 2010 06:25 PM
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Claudia Diaz-Garcia said...

I totally enjoy making them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 06:27 PM
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jojo said...

I like BOTH! depends on my mood. these are so cute :)

February 1, 2010 06:27 PM
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Tracey Tien said...

I like to do both. I like to make them pretty and bake them to give to my family and friends.

February 1, 2010 06:27 PM
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lori tak said...

funny question because I like to bake and do that well but my creations when I try to make them cute turn out like butt. it is a running joke around the office! sad actually!!

February 1, 2010 06:28 PM
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BriannaDVX said...

I love making sweets pretty, but even a plain jane dessert can be tasty.

February 1, 2010 06:32 PM
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Janie La Pierre said...

I like baking and if I can, still trying to make things look pretty but nothing like what you do!!!!

February 1, 2010 06:34 PM
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natalie said...

i have to say .. i love making them so pretty that no ones wants to eat them .. but then they just can resist .. so they dive in !! lol

February 1, 2010 06:35 PM
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Gayl said...

Making them pretty, definitely!

February 1, 2010 06:36 PM
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Angela said...

I definitely enjoy baking things more. I try to make them look pretty, but it’s going to need more practice.

February 1, 2010 06:37 PM
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Meredith said...

I am for sure a baking them kind of person but I also really like to decorate so either way is a win win.

February 1, 2010 06:37 PM
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Tammy said...

These are fabulous
I’ve always loved to bake but now I’m working on making them pretty! Love all your recipes and how talented you are. Makes me want to make everything I see! :)

February 1, 2010 06:38 PM
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LeedleFishy said...

Wow. Those buttons are adorable. I’m going to have to go with making baked things pretty. Last year I discovered how much I enjoyed baking, but I started having even more fun when I started decorating!

February 1, 2010 06:40 PM
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Mandy Sessler said...

That’s a hard one, but I think I like making them pretty a bit more!

February 1, 2010 06:41 PM
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Morgan said...

I enjoy baking sweets! :-) It is so much fun to do! I would make my creations pretty, but I am not talented enough. I make a HUGE mess and have to clean up my failure…they normally end up eaten anyways :-)

February 1, 2010 06:41 PM
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theresa! said...

oh my goodness, those candy buttons are ADORABLE! loooove the stand idea too!! what a fantastic idea for party display!! fantasticc

February 1, 2010 06:41 PM
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Whitney said...

I love baking, but making them look pretty is such a fun challenge! It’s definitely my favorite!!

February 1, 2010 06:42 PM
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Lindsey said...

Dearest Bakerella,

Baking is like meditation for me, an incredible stress relief, but making my treats is by far way for fun and satisfying! :)

February 1, 2010 06:42 PM
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Carol said...

I think it’s a tie. I like trying out new recipes but then I see something cute and I want to decorate my cookies and cupcakes like that…..

February 1, 2010 06:43 PM
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Abbie said...

Hmm…. I really enjoy baking the sweets. But I can’t stand giving them to anyone if they don’t look pretty!

February 1, 2010 06:43 PM
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Dabbling Diva said...

Definitely making them look pretty. My husband has unfortunately learned the hard way that I season things until the look pretty- not necessarily for taste. The bonus is when they taste as good as they look, right?

February 1, 2010 06:43 PM
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Michele said...

Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway! I really like to bake, and I like making the goodies look pretty. This will definitely help! Thanks, Michele

February 1, 2010 06:44 PM
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shae said...

I love making things pretty…but I’m probably better at making sweets…

February 1, 2010 06:44 PM
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Carolina Wang said...

I would love to bake em!!!!! :)

February 1, 2010 06:45 PM
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Heather said...

Oh my word! So so cute!!

I love making them look pretty!!

February 1, 2010 06:45 PM
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Whitney said...

baking sweets…hands down!!!!

February 1, 2010 06:45 PM
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Brianna said...

I like baking better! There’s a formula… making things pretty takes a lot more talent.

February 1, 2010 06:46 PM
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Sierra said...

I love both!! I don’t know if i can choose between the two…the baking part probably edges out just a tiny bit over making them look pretty cuz i’m not very good at certain techniques

February 1, 2010 06:46 PM
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