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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Express Yourself!


I obsess buying gifts for the loved ones in my life.  My fear is that it will be put aside never to be used or appreciated or even worse re-gifted!  I want my gift to be admired and my loved ones to know that I put thought into the gift.   I want my gift to say that I thought about them, who they are and how much they mean to me.  I just didn’t stop at the local Walmart and grabbed an item in one of the marketing displays and tossed it in a gift bag.   

There are very few people who do not admire some aspect of nature.  It could be wildlife or flowers.  Throughout history we have been fascinated with nature and have assigned thoughtful symbolism to it.  Take a look at some examples of flowers below and the meaning behind them.  You  may just find that perfect gift!

We have used the language flowers to express ourselves for centuries.  Flowers were important in ancient Rome, Egypt, and Greece. It was thought that the most effective way to express your sentiments were the giving of flowers. 
 

Serendipity – Petunia, Forget-Me-Not and Pansy Kaleidoscope Design
 

Petunias symbolize that your presence sooths me.  The Forget-me-not expresses true and faithful love, fond memories and hope. The pansy expresses merriment and you occupy my thoughts. It is believed if  a pansy is placed over someone’s eyes while sleeping, upon waking that person will fall in love with the first person to appear.

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My Heart's Desire - An exotic Asian Lady Slipper Orchid Kaleidoscope Design
 
 

The exotic orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility.  It was used to influence the gender of your child.  Males consuming large roots would generate a boy, females consuming small roots would create a girl.  In Feng Shui it is a symbol of the quest for perfection, abundance, spiritual growth and purity.
 
Blazing Beauty - Red & Yellow Orchid Kaleidoscope Design
 
Pink Orchids convey pure affection.  The root of lady's slipper was used as a remedy for pain, muscle spasms and nervousness. 
 
Lady In Waiting - Pink/Showy Lady Slipper Orchid Kaleidoscope Design
 

Feathered Fauna  - Bird of Paradise Kaleidoscope Design

The Bird of Paradise is so named because it bears a resemblance to a brightly colored bird in flight with the same name.  This flower represents joyfulness and not surprisingly paradise itself.    When a woman gives this flower to a man, it represents faithfulness.

 

Mau Loa (Hawaiian for "Forerver")  - Pink Plumeria Kaleidoscope Design
 
Hawaiians consider plumeria the symbol of perfection and new life.  The Chinese who are not accustomed to sharing personal feelings give a plumeria to their sweetheart to say "I love you".   In Hindu culture, brides wear plumerias in their hair to show their loyalty to their new husbands.
Summer Dreams - Tiger Lily and Daisy Kaleidoscope Design
 
The Tiger Lily is given as a sign of mercy and compassion.  It also symbolizes wealth and pride. There is a superstition if you smell a tiger lily you will get freckles!  The daisy represents innocence and gentleness.  Giving a daisy means loyal love.
 
Wonderfully Wild - Columbine and Lilac Kaleidoscope Design
 
Purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love.  Columbine is associated with the Norse goddess of love and fertility. It’s symbolism represents sexuality, love, and seduction.
 
 
My designs are available in pendants, sun catchers, compacts, paperweights and more!  Here are a few examples, or visit my Etsy Shop to view more options!  I have several floral designs!
Serendipity Compact Pocket Mirror
Wonderfully Wild Glass Paperweight


My Heart's Desire Pendant
 
Feathered Fauna Suncatcher

1 comment:

  1. Beautifully put sentiment about gifts. I feel the same way.

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