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Sunday 28 November 2010

Fork Halendars

It's that Little Shop full of Big Surprises again...
All our friend on the right wanted was four calendars and four candles  - for Advent of course.
Yes - and HE knows that the Mustard Seed is the place to go for the widest selection of both . He also knows they make great presents for family & friends.
Hence wanting four of each.  What a kind man.  (As a bonus - he now also has a handle for his fork) .  
And you'll need them for this coming Wednesday, the 1st December.  Probably not the handle. 
Better Beak Wick then .....  

P.S.  what IS slightly confusing is that the Mustard Seed ALSO sells cute Zimbabwean Can-Candles.
Sorry - that was supposed to be Zimbabwean Can-Can Dolls:

Friday 26 November 2010

Christmas PYE?

As you may already know, John Taylor ( a HUGE supporter of the Mustard Seed - and previous chairman) died very suddenly last Sunday.  Our thoughts are with Ann and family.  John would want us all to give our 100% support to the Mustard Seed - as he did. 

And as you almost certainly already know, one of Faringdon's more illustrious forebears was Henry James Pye : builder of the existing Faringdon House, and still acclaimed as the worst Poet Laureate EVER. 
With only thirty days to go before Christmas - and only one week before the Christmas Hamper Deadline (next Friday 3rd December) , this is the kind of doggerel he might have come up with to highlight the occasion  - and the Hamper Contents:

On the thirtieth day before Christmas,
my true love made a hamper for me  - containing  (I warned you he was bad) Twelve fairtrade chocolates,
Eleven fairtrade biscuits,
Ten fairtrade cakes,
Nine fairtrade bags,
Eight fairtrade snacks,
Seven fairtrade honies,
Six fairtrade jams,
Five fairtrade mints,
Four fairtrade flapjacks,
Three fairtrade chutneys,
Two geobars,
And a lovely cup of fairtrade tea! 

Alternatively - a picture paints a thousand words. Here's a snapshot of the Vogt family living room:

And - homophonically speaking - have you spotted the horde of pigeons standing guard over the hoard of hamper-contents ?
It's not too late to put in your Hamper Order(s). 
There's three off-the-shelf sizes:  HUGE 14.99, ENORMOUS 19.99  & HUMUNGOUS 24.99  - or you can specify your own size.
Last orders for hamper(s) is NEXT Friday December 3rd  - in one week exactly.   Delivery is then on or before Sunday 19th December - well in time for Christmas.
You can order by phone (01367-241707) or email ( or ORDER ONLINE HERE .  You can tailor your hamper(s) entirely to your own preferences - or enjoy the convenience of letting Karen do the choosing. With wine or without wine.  Fairtrade Contents, Biodegradable wrapping. NO CHARGE for making.
That special someone is going to SO enjoy that special treat ....  

Friday 19 November 2010

what exactly is a CARD?

It's official! The Mustard Seed has the widest selection of Christmas Cards (and Advent Calendars!) in the whole of Faringdon .  

But - what IS a CARD - I hear you ask?
A quick search reveals the following alternative definitions:

a. An amusing or eccentric person
b. A wire-toothed brush used to disentangle fibres
c. A flat, often rectangular piece of stiff paper with a message on it
d. A Circuit Board in a computer 

I can now exclusively reveal that the Mustard Seed only stocks ONE of the above.  But which is it?  If you think you know the answer, then phone 244821 immediately (calls cost £12 per second and last no more than 5 minutes) to enter the DRAW . 

But what is a DRAW I hear you ask? 

A quick search reveals .....  


Gosh! What could that mean? Fortunately, I have a friend who speaks ancient Pictish. It says (apparently) :   " Capture the true meaning of Christmas by sending your friends & relations beautiful Seekers Light & Traidcraft cards from the Mustard Seed. 

Pictish is clearly a VERY efficient language. 

And yes - I really DO think we have the widest selection in the whole of Faringdon!

Friday 12 November 2010

Collective noun for HAMPERS?

As I'm sure you're aware, without our 40+ Helpers the Mustard Seed simply couldn't be what it is.
And the officially accepted  Collective Noun for "Helpers"  - believe it or not - is  (get ready ..... )   :
Yes - that's right.  A Hamper of Helpers.   Ain't that just dandy?
Applying a bit of fruitloop logic, maybe we've also hit upon the right Collective Noun for Hampers... 
What do you think?
Anyway - while you're thinking - here for your delectation is now a picture of a  A HELPER OF HAMPERS: 

Wow! Don't they look stunning?  (There's six hampers in the picture; two of each of the three sizes: HUGE 14.99, ENORMOUS 19.99  & HUMUNGOUS 24.99 )   . 
Last orders for hampers is Friday December 3rd . In three weeks time.   Delivery is then on or before Sunday 19th December - well in time for Christmas.
You can order by phone (01367-241707) or email ( or ORDER ONLINE HERE .  You can tailor your hamper(s) entirely to your own preferences - or enjoy the convenience of letting Karen do the choosing. With wine or without wine.  The contents are all Fairtrade, and the cellophane/cardboard wrapping is all biodegradable. The white expanded chips can even double up as breakfast cereal (seriously!) .   And the ribbon/rosette you can reuse .   
There's NO CHARGE for the making. So - they not only make fantastically good presents, but they're also fantastically good value for money. Oh - and did I forget to mention that they also help all our partners in developing countries?
Go on - give that special someone a special treat - you know they're worth it.  The sooner you can get your order in the better. 

Thursday 11 November 2010

On the Subject of Giraffes...

Some of you may know that it is claimed  that Lord Berners once had a Giraffe to tea ....   (Yes - okay - I know - Nessie was also there  - and apparently worse for wear .... )   .
Nonetheless -  it's entirely appropriate - and ON THEME - to point out that The Mustard Seed really is the LITTLE shop full of BIG surprises.
I suggest you take a visit as soon as you possibly can. 
You'll find - towering above you - all the way from the plains of the African Savanna - a TWO METRE TALL GIRAFFE.  (Maybe not impressive for a Giraffe - but certainly impressive for a Giraffe in Faringdon). His name's Gerald. (Gosh - what a coincidence - that's the same as Lord Berner's first name) .
And he's looking for a home.  So are his family ( slightly shorter - but also OH so elegant).
They all come fully house trained - and will fit in beautifully if provided with suitable Bernerseque surroundings .  They're also very partial to the odd half of scrumpy with a dash of angostura bitters (that bit's true) .  
While we're on the subject of giraffes,  you DO of course need somewhere to put all those big game photos.   (I'm particularly proud of the one on the right. It was actually quite dangerous getting the picture - hence the camera shake) . 
So - why not a "Beautifully hand-crafted photo album with giraffe motif. The padded cover is fashioned from leaves, seed pods, twigs and other natural materials. A sheet of protective tissue paper separates each of the handmade paper pages within":

Wow - I love it!
Must rush down to the Mustard Seed right away .... 

Tuesday 2 November 2010

Ten Commandments


1.         MAKE the Pledge
        If it’s available from the Mustard Seed, then give it a try!

2.         USE your Traidcraft Catalogue
Latest Traidcraft catalogues always available from the Mustard Seed

3.         SHARE your feedback
By email, or in the shop, or on Facebook or twitter. Your views matter

4.         TAKE your jutebags with you
The Faringdon Fairtrade Bag-for-life – use it with pride

5.         ASK for fairtrade
In cafes, restaurants, shops …

6.         READ your Christian Marketplace
Latest issues of Christian Marketplace in the Mustard Seed - FREE

7.         DISPLAY your window stickers
Free with any purchase from the Mustard Seed

8.         SPREAD the word!
Share The Mustard Seed Good News message with everyone!

9.         EXPEDITE a monthly order
        Order forms available from . Flexible & convenient

10.   ENTHUSE about the gift baskets
Beautifully made to match your preferences & budget – any time of the year