Reliable Seeds

A little table top inspiration provided by my vintage Reliable Seeds box. . .

. . .and a crop of vegetables picked from the market~


A shopping trip to Target last year, yielded this pair of decorative gardening gloves ~





I harvested veggies from my Reliable Seeds, courtesy of Hello, Cupcake!


A cupcake garden, with freshly turned chocolate-wafer earth~ and crowd-pleasing summer vegetables~made from fruit chews~

“Edible Pods” are Tootsie Roll Midgees, rolled flat and shaped to hold green M&M’s, masquerading as “Huge Peas”~

 Space Saving Romaine and Little Gem Lettuce~


Colorful Blend Radishes~ created by blending Vanilla Midgees & Cherry Starbursts







And Sugarsnax Carrots, everybunny’s favorite~

Freshly picked table top details:

Tablecloth/ Kohl’s

Plates, Goblets, Cake Pedestal/ HomeGoods

Placemats/ Pottery Barn

Bunny Towels/ Williams Sonoma

Goblets/ HomeGoods

Gardener Bunny/ Hobby Lobby

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  64 comments for “Reliable Seeds

  1. June 6, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Oh, my. What a fun post! So much delight for the eyes starting with your vintage seed box. Beautiful produce, table and a double wowowowow on the cupcakes. A great way to start the day!

  2. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    June 6, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Fun, fun, fun! Love your beautiful seed box Mary and the table is great! Can’t get over those cute cupcakes! I can’t see those peas traumatizing kids:@)

  3. June 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

    First of all kudos on the cupcakes..I had that book and gave it to one of my daughter’s.. I had admired the made them perfectly.. So cute everything..and I ahve never seen such pretty garden gloves..Sunday best:)

  4. June 6, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Wonderful! Your talents are endless!

  5. Kim
    June 6, 2011 at 9:35 am

    You have taken vegetables to new levels with this post. Your seed box is charming and looks so pretty as part of your tablescape.
    The cupcakes are simply adorable. I never would have guessed that the veggies were made from tootsie rolls.

  6. June 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Mary, tell me you didn’t do those cupcakes! Just when I think you can’t get any better you come up with something like this. Would you come to my house and do one such fabulous setting? I’d just leave it there permanently for everyone to pooh and ahhh over! Hope you are getting some boat time in.

  7. Clare
    June 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

    OMG….those cupcakes are INCREDIBLE!!!!!! I spent three hours making plain ones with sugar crystals that I shook out of the container, thinking I was such hot stuff! Yours are beautiful! One time Martha Stewart made magnificent butterfly sugar cookies and nothing would do except that I order everything she used…$$$$$…..when it all finally came, I spent 12 hours making those cookies, used every bowl and measuring cup in my kitchen and then needed the Army Corps of Engineers to come clean it all up. The cookies…well….they didn’t look like Martha’s either! It’s far more fun to see what Mary comes up with next! If I could do just one thing so pretty as all of yours!

  8. June 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

    this is great! I bet your neighbors wonder what the heck you are doing half the time…aren’t they?
    Those cupcakes are fabulous!

  9. Angela
    June 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

    So cute. Those cupcakes look very yummy.

  10. June 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

    damn damn damn i wish i could eat this stuff and play like the olden days! i so love this…

    one its chocolate…
    two its garden!
    three its lakeside…
    four its FUN
    five it drives me wildly, passionately JEALOUS! which is a good thing to covet ones talents, it makes me feel tinglily and hopeful for fun one day again!

    another super fav little day by the lake with you, i am so glad dazzling is always on your agenda :)

    people of the book, its a VERY fav book, i hope you love it too, although audio is whole nother genre for me. i read the room this weekend, its good, but still disturbing. i also read dreams of joy, 5 star fabulous, i read in one afternoon, couldn’t put it down, if you haven’t read shanghai girls get both now, its part 2.

    s listens to audio’s free from the library, i am now going to copy and put in ipod for him, q-ed up for the bestsellers to keep him happy, never thought to upload them before, then he can return the same day and listen while he works at sea dream~

  11. June 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Oh, Mary……all has already been said by all of those above me….just read their comments again and pretend they came from me. It is all too cute!
    Sending a link of this to my niece just up the road from you in Greensboro who decorates cakes….

  12. June 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Mary,
    I really LOVE this table! Your posts and photography are truly magazine- worthy. I now look forward to seeing your posts every week. This table is so great with the view of the lake. In looking at your lawn, I believe you must have the soul of a gardener (and the green thumb too). Those pretty gardening gloves are a perfect touch for this table. I love all the soft greens on the table, the painted pansy goblets, Mr. Rabbit, and your wonderful seed box filled with fresh vegetables. This is so creative.

    I’ve signed up to receive your posts via e-mail now. Thanks for sharing this lovely table at the lake. Thanks also for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment. I really decided to join that party in the eleventh hour, so the post was very quickly done. Hope you have a great week!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  13. June 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Loved your inspiration of the vintage seed graphics! Those doggie cupcakes are unbelievable and the rest of the table is just amazing. This was a fantastic post…now I am off to look it over again.

  14. June 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I had the same thought about your neighbors. This is one of my all-time favorite tablescapes. I love every aspect. That vintage seed box filled with those gorgeous vegetables, the linens, the bunny, and the cupcakes are extraordinary. I so admire your photography skills that bring all of the tinest details to us. The grandkids are coming soon. I’ve just got to try making those garnishes for the cupcakes.

  15. June 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    How cute are those cupcakes? The tablescape is gorgeous as always. hugs,olive

  16. June 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    For heavens sakes! This is one of the cutest things I have ever seen in my life! Didn’t YOU have fun tho! I’ve always loved these seed boxes, and you’ve taken it to star status! What a darling post!

  17. Liz
    June 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    What a darling table. I just love it!!!

    Have a great week!

  18. June 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I love everything about this tablescape, from the background of the dock, water, and dovecote to the cupcake-bearing bunny. It is just such fun! You put a lot of work into those adorable cupcakes. I love the gardening gloves and those sweet pansy goblets. Oh, it is all wonderful!

  19. June 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    What a beautiful post! I would love to be sitting outside with you! And the cupcakes are precious! What a fun cookbook! ♥

  20. June 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. Not only are the table setting and photographs gorgeous but those cupcakes you made!!!! I have that book…I will have to go back are re-read it…I totally did not notice the cute veggies…you did a FABULOUS job on everything.

  21. Pondside
    June 7, 2011 at 12:00 am

    How very sweet – every little detail. I’d love to sit by the water and enjoy the colours of your pretty table.

  22. June 7, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Just beautiful, what tempting cupcakes and your styling of your tablescape just magical! I so love the seed box and a beautiful fresh banquet of veggies.Lovely x

  23. June 7, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Fabulous!!! The setting always just take my breath away, and the tablescape is exquisite. Those cupcakes are unreal. I can’t even imagine tackling something like that. Love the bunny and the seed box is such a great piece. The veggies are gorgeous also. Beautifully done. Everything is just stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  24. Jann Olson
    June 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Hoped over from TTT. I covet your seed box! My sister has one and has agreed to sale it to me when she is ready. Her daughter paid $5 for it at a yard sale. Found one in an antique store but they wanted $175. Your garden gloves are so sweet and add just the right touch. How darling are those cupcakes? So very creative! Thanks for the instructions. I am for sure going to make them sometime in the future!

  25. June 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Mary, sorry to be late to your lakeside garden table. Glad you saved me a cupcake. These are too cute for words. You never disappoint! The veggie decor on the cupcakes almost looks real. I’ve never even heard of midgees. I’m going to look for these, though I’d never get creative like this. Every detail of this setting is FUN. Thanks! ~ Sarah

  26. June 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Goodness gracious! First your lovely tablescape and photos of the scenery abounds with beauty…and then you top it all off with your wonderful cupcake creations! LOVE the peas in the pods!!!

    Blessings & Aloha!

  27. June 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I love how you take this beautiful vintage box and pull together a beautiful party. The cupcakes are beautiful. I often try to make food I find in a book, but mine NEVER look like the pictures in the book…NEVER! I envy your talent.

  28. June 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Very nice! I’m amazed at how talented you are.

  29. Jo
    June 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Wowser!…these cupcakes are so colorful and brilliantly lovely!! And so are the veggies. This setting is delightful!…wish I was there having Hello cupcakes and looking at that beautiful scenery! I’m visiting from JennyMatlock Alphabe Thursday!
    Great H made me happy!
    Come see my H hero!

  30. June 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    great cupcakes.. great table and I adore that bunny! The seed box could find its way into my kitchen in a heartbeat! Great table, great setting, loved it all. many belssings, marlis

  31. June 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Oh my! These are BEYOND wonderful! love the cupcakes and your happy gardening rabbit.

  32. June 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    This is amazing!!!!!! I am still in awe of the cupcakes! The table is beautiful, love the bunny and I am thinking they are brussel sprouts for mini cabages, CUTE! Love, love, love this tablescape!!!! XO, Pinky

  33. June 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    What a fun table…I love it! The cupcakes are awesome.

  34. June 9, 2011 at 12:13 am

    What an adorable table! I love your vintage seed box and the too-cute veggie cupcakes! Adorable! Mr Bunny looks perfect on this garden/veggie table and the outside setting is so beautiful. Love this table!

  35. Jo Ann
    June 9, 2011 at 12:29 am

    What an adorable idea! Love the gloves in the plates!

  36. Cynthia
    June 9, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Beautiful, beautiful as always!
    May I ask how long ago you found the pansie goblets at Homegoods?
    Thanks for providing another feast for the eyes… :) !!

    • June 9, 2011 at 5:09 am

      Hi Cynthia~ my Tracy Porter goblets came from HG about 8 years ago.

  37. June 9, 2011 at 3:20 am

    How fun! Those cupcakes are just stunning! You do such an amazing job Mary! Your neighbors must be in awe! Now I want to run out and get that book!

  38. June 9, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Wow! Just….wow!!! Really!!! Wow!!!!
    I. Just. Love. This.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  39. June 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I absolutely love this table! Those cupcakes are to die for! Wow! They look so well made that I don’t think I would have the heart to eat them :)

  40. June 9, 2011 at 8:02 am

    O My Goodness! Love everything about it! I never would’ve figured out the veggies on the cupcakes coming from tootsie rolls and starbursts.

  41. June 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I just LOVE the table by the water, and those cupcakes are the cutest things!

  42. Donna Tullis
    June 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Perfection!! This is so fun and fresh, and speaks to my heart, because I love gardening almost as much as tablescaping :) – each week I make a mad dash thru the posts to find your blog with your tablescape…they are beyond creative…they really inspire. Have a great day and wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing!

  43. June 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    A perfect setting for a perfectly set table!


  44. June 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Your cupcakes are amazing. What a wonderful dessert to serve at a wonderful table.

  45. June 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    The cupcakes were the coolest!

  46. June 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    You out did yourself…this is a beautiful table! Your cupcakes are fabulous! The scenery is perfect for this table. Thank you for sharing…
    Blessings My Friend,

  47. June 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Beautiful post, I wish I am there for a sweet picknik

  48. June 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    The cupcake garden is marvelous!! So adorable!! Great job there! I’m a fan of your tablescape!

  49. June 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    What a great post. The seed box is just fabulous, then all the cupcakes, oh wow, I’m in love!!! thanks so much for linking up all the inspiration! xo Debra

  50. June 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I am visiting from Between Naps on the Porch. I am so glad I did. You have THE most beautiful tablescapes I have seen. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  51. June 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Those cupcakes are brilliant! I’ve never seen anything like that before. Combined with that magnificent, happy tablescape…this was an absolutely astonishing link.

    I love the idea of the pea cupcakes for a baby shower, too.

    Just totally charming.




  52. June 11, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Your table is lovely and your cupcakes are just delightful! Awesome photos!
    Thanks for sharing and have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  53. June 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Hello there! I found this post via Sweet as Sugar Cookies. Your cupcakes are just adorable and so accurate! I love your set up of the table as well as your decorations of the cupcakes. Everything is so fresh and natural looking. Great job

  54. June 12, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Goodness your table is just so charming!! What a beautiful setting and love your cupcakes too- how cute! Thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

  55. June 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I would love for you to come and link up at A Themed Baker’s Sunday, where this week is a sweet theme: Random! Yep, Whatever sweety deliciousness you made this week, you can post!

  56. Amy
    June 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    What a lovely tablescape and wonderful veggie cupcakes! Both are adorable. I love the fact that you’re so detail on the leaves. The veggies look so real. What a great post! Thanks for sharing.


  57. June 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    This is just wonderful. AS a cupcake LOVER I just HAVE to make these. Yours look BETTER than the book for sure! Great job, great post. LOVE IT!!!

  58. June 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

    What a great post! Those cupcakes are AMAZING! I love the inspriation of all of it.

    – The Tablescaper

  59. June 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I don’t know what to comment on first! The setting, the table, those amazing cupcakes, the fact that I love vintage seed packs and gardening. Well, I could go on and on. I truly enjoyed this delightful post. Excellent!

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