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Priceless Gifts for Mother's Day

by Meredith · 04.20.2010

Of all the gifts she gave us, please

The greatest of these

Were the memories.

---Isabella Graham

 

She nurtured you, encouraged you, believed in you, and gave you time and space to find your own place in the world. She gave you her hand to hold, her heart to call home, and the gift of laughter to keep and to share. What can you give her in return?

 

Through the years, your mother made a treasure out of every finger-painting, home-made present, and photograph that reminds her of you. This year, for mother’s day, show her once again that some of the best gifts in life cost the least but mean the most.  For example:

 

-Frame a photo of the two of you, and write her a note describing your memories of that shared moment.

-Buy a small flowering tree like a cherry, dogwood, or crabapple, and plant it in her yard. She’ll think of you as she watches it grow and bloom.

-Buy two matching teacups; give her one, and keep the other. Tell her to think of you sharing tea together whenever she uses hers.

-Write a letter describing some of your fondest and most beautiful childhood memories together.

-Give her a set of stationery or a box of cards, pre-stamped and hand-written with your address. Promise her a response to every letter she writes.

 

Here at Compendium, almost all of our most popular Mother’s Day gifts cost under $15.  One of the best examples is a little hardcover book entitled, “My Mom—Her Story, Her Words.”

 

This book is filled with questions that only your Mom can answer—questions such as, “Mom, when you were a child, what was your neighborhood like?  What is the best memory of your own Mom and Dad?”  You’ll spark conversation, cherish old memories and create new ones as she answers these questions, and end up with a family heirloom in your mother’s own handwriting.  This book costs only $9.95, but creates a priceless keepsake—something that will be treasured for generations to come.

 

No matter how you decide to remember your Mom this Mother’s Day, remember this: in the end, the true value of a gift is not its price, but its significance.

 

As we at Compendium get ready for Mother’s Day, we’d love to hear from you about special memories of your Mom.  Is there a meal she always made, a flower she always grew, a saying that makes you think of her?  Post your memories here. Join our community and share the love.

 

 

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The Right Words at the Right Time

by Meredith · 04.06.2010

 

Hello! I'm Meredith, the newest addition to Compendium's creative team. An incredible set of circumstances brought me here to Compendium, but I'll save that story for another post. Today, I'm writing to tell you about a famous fashion designer who crossed paths with Compendium long before she was a household name. It's one of those stories we love to hear--where a single insight helps to alter the course of a life.

 

A recent edition of Pacific Northwest--the Seattle Times' Sunday Magazine--tells the story of Luly Yang, the couture dressmaker whose elaborate and meticulously constructed garments have gained her a worldwide following. There was a time, however, when Yang doubted her ability to make a living in the fashion industry, and took work as a graphic designer instead. She continued making dresses in her spare time, and held onto the hope that she might one day make her passion into a permanent career.

 

One evening, she had dinner at Seattle's Palomino restaurant. If you dined at Palomino from 1998-2009, you probably remember receiving one of Compendium's Window Cards at the end of your meal. More than 20 million customers of Palomino received one of these "Thoughts for Good Friends" cards during those years, and Luly Yang was among them. Yang's was this quote from Jonathan Winters: "I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."

 

 Photo by Kirsten Sessions

 

Yang took the quote as a sign, and decided it was finally time to start putting her passion first. With a home-equity loan, she rented a studio for dressmaking, where she spent her off-work hours. Over the next several years, she built her shop from a one-woman business to today's thriving operation, with a staff of seven, and a steady stream of international accolades.

 

Today, Luly Yang's shop is full of lace, buttons, thread and silk, and the dreams that fit these pieces together into something bigger and more meaningful. For us at Compendium, it's a good feeling to know that, years ago, our work connected with Yang's work at a key moment, just when she needed an encouraging reminder.

 

What about you? Over the years, we've sent nearly a billion Window Cards out into the world. Did you receive one that sparked an idea, or somehow made a difference that day, or in your life? We'd love to hear your story, and we'll try to share it in a future blog or on our Facebook page. Until then, live inspired!

 

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A Billion Messages of Hope and Inspiration

by Dan Zadra · 02.10.2010

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Careful what you set your heart upon, for it surely shall be yours.” It’s true. If you have a dream, write it down. The moment you set your dream to paper all sorts of unforeseen support, people and material assistance will quietly conspire to make your dream come true.

That’s how Compendium got its start. In the mid-1980’s I watched as the McDonald’s hamburger chain updated its signs to read, “50 Billion Served.”  I remember standing on a sidewalk in Seattle, looking up at that sign and thinking, “Hey, if someone can serve up 50 billion burgers, someone else ought to be able to find a way to serve the world something a little  more inspiring.”

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