2015 Monthly Themes

YELLOW JANUARY DAISY

Unknown-17

The Daisy symbolizes purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty, patience and simplicity

Daisies are simple yet sophisticated and are some of the most beautiful flowers in the floral world. Daisies convey cheer and exuberance in spades.

It can also symbolize new beginnings.

Yellow being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.

In the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness.

Yellow is creative from a mental aspect, the color of new ideas, helping us to find new ways of doing things. It is the practical thinker, not the dreamer

Yellow Represents:

Mind and intellect: From a color psychology perspective, yellow stimulates our mental faculties; it activates the left or analytical brain.

Happiness and fun: Yellow is uplifting to the spirits; yellow helps create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism.

Communication of New Ideas: Yellow is related to the expression and integration of new ideas and thoughts.

Effects of Yellow:

Creative: The color of new ideas, yellow helps us find new ways of doing things.

Quick decisions: Yellow helps with clear thinking and quick decision-making but it can also be impulsive.

Anxiety producing: Yellow is fast moving so too much time in its presence can agitate and lead to nervousness and emotional instability.

Critical: Yellow makes people more mentally analytical and self critical of both themselves and others.

Non-emotional: Yellow relates to the head not the heart.

#HappyNewYear #Enjoy

#YellowJanuaryDaisy

#January #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

RED FEBRUARY ORCHID

Unknown-16It is Red February Orchid!!! Red orchids are often described as “an Asian love’s dream”. Radiant and grand, red orchids represent the extraordinary wishes of love. They are sophisticated flowers, but with a sincere message.

Red orchids stand for passion, energy, power, strength, determinism. Red is both the color of fire and the color of blood. So if you are having trouble expressing true passion for the one you love, just think of the exotic shape of red orchids and what their color stands for.

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.

Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.

#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy

#RedFebruaryOrchid

#February #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

WHITE MARCH HYDRANGEA

Unknown-15With heartfelt emotions I am grateful for your understanding.

As we start at new again, let’s open the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive.

White March Hydrangea 😍 Hydrangea symbolizes heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood. The flowers serve as a  representation of heartfelt feelings, whether of joy or sadness.  In its negative sense hydrangea symbolises frigidity and heartlessness.

Hydrangea is the flower that says “thank you for  understanding.” White is color at its most complete and pure, the color of perfection. In color psychology white is the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon. While white isn’t stimulating to the senses, it opens the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive.  White is a color of protection and encouragement, offering a sense of peace and calm, comfort and hope, helping alleviate emotional upsets. It creates a sense of order and efficiency, a great help if you need to declutter your life.

The Color White Represents:

Innocence and purity: White is the beginning of everything, before anything is muddied or thinking is ‘colored’. New beginnings: White represents the clean slate, helping us through times of stress, and allowing us put the past behind us and preparing us to move on.

Positive and Negative Traits of the Color White

Positive keywords include: innocence, purity, cleanliness, equality, complete and whole, simplicity, immaculate and neat, self-sufficient, pristine and open, new beginnings.

Negative keywords include: sterile, stark, fastidious, empty, isolated, cautious, plain, distant, unimaginative, critical and boring.

#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy

#WhiteMarchHydrangea

#March #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

BLUE APRIL ZINNIA

Unknown-14For this month’s theme, I am going for my favourite colour……#Blue!!! This color is one of trust, honesty and loyalty…Gosh I love 💙 It is sincere, reserved and quiet, and doesn’t like to make a fuss or draw attention.

It hates confrontation, and likes to do things in its own way.

Blue is the color of the spirit, devotion and religious study. It enhances contemplation and prayer.

On the other hand, blue’s devotion can be to any cause or concept it believes in, including devotion to family or work.

Blue is the helper, the rescuer, the friend in need. It’s success is defined by the quality and quantity of its relationships.

It is a giver, not a taker. It likes to build strong trusting relationships and becomes deeply hurt if that trust is betrayed.

Blue is nostalgic. It is a color that lives in the past, relating everything in the present and the future to experiences in the past. (I am so guilty of this)

Then for flower I am going for #Zinnia!!! My second bride, my friend and her birthday is this month! It is only right.  And Zinnia as a name means Beautiful Flower.  At first I wondered what kind of name Zinnia was but I never asked.  It wasn’t until last year when I found out that it is a flower.

My friend Loves her name.  It’s very unique name. Confusing to many at the beginning. Like myself.  I’ve never met another person with the same name. Only heard other friends or family members say they’ve met someone with this name but spelled differently.  At times people recognize the name with the flower; we love it when they guess it!

The general meaning of this flower is thoughtfulness and friendship.  Zinnia is a summer flower whose color palette is primarily warm spring colors with just a hint of autumn… the versatility of this colorful, happy flower and the joy it brings knows no season.  Zinnia flower essence enhances one’s ability to rediscover the child-like qualities of playfulness, innocence and adventure.

I guess we will be having a happy, enjoyable month in good company, solid friendships, great relationships!

#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy

# BlueAprilZinnia

#April #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany

#ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

ORANGE MAY TULIP

Unknown-13Tulips are a spring favorite.

Tulips are one of the most admired and beloved flowers the world around, and are ranked as the third most loved flower worldwide.

Originating from Persia and Turkey over a thousand years ago, tulips were associated with true love. But over the years, the beautiful hues of this flower have come to evoke many meanings.

Tulips are symbolic of fame and perfect love. The symbolic meanings also changes with the color of the tulips.

Orange, the blend of red and yellow, is a mixture of the energy associated with red and the happiness associated with yellow. Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, fun, enjoyment, balance, sexuality, freedom, expression, and fascination.

Orange will help a person recover from disappointments, a wounded heart, or a blow to one’s pride.

What the tulip says in the Language of Flowers is, “As the redness of this flower, I am on fire with love.” Red tulips mean “believe me” and are a declaration of true love.

Variegated tulips mean “you have beautiful eyes.” Yellow tulips mean “there’s sunshine in your smile” and cheerful thoughts.

Cream colored tulips mean “I will love you forever.” White tulips symbolize heaven, newness and purity.

Purple tulips symbolize royalty.

Pink tulips mean affection and caring.

Orange tulips mean energy, enthusiasm, desire, and passion, and is a symbol of perfect love.

Wishing you a month of #perfect #love.

#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy

# OrangeMayTulip

#May #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany

#ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

PINK JUNE ROSE

IMG_5162

That colour #Pink – Pink, a delicate color that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness.

The color pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, love, gratitude, appreciation, harmony, inner peace, and approachability.

Pink is the official color for little girls and represents sugar and spice and everything nice. Pink is the sweet side of the color red. While the color red stirs up passion, aggression, and action, large amounts of the color pink can actually create physical weakness.

That #Rose flower – Flowers, especially roses, are used to convey the many emotions we have for each other. Be it “I love you” or “I’m sorry,” sending roses is the perfect way to give someone a lift as well as send a message that you may be reluctant to say. Roses have been long used as symbols in a number of societies. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. 

A #PinkRose is a classic—it was the first color rose cultivated, since pink roses are most common in the wild.

A little sweet, a little sentimental, but packing contemporary color punch, pink roses are your go-to multipurpose roses. Whether you’re sending thanks, cheering up a friend, or a recognizing a romantic occasion, a bouquet of pink roses gets it right every time.

The pink rose has always been associated with feelings of love and gratitude, but as evolving cultivation techniques have created a wider array of pink rose shades, the meanings attached to them have become more nuanced. It’s said that darker pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation, while lighter pinks are associated with gentleness and admiration.

All good stuff, which brings us back to the original point that you simply can’t go wrong with Pink!

And you simply can’t go wrong with a Rose!

With so many good friends celebrating their birthdays this month, it surely will be a fun one 💞

Golda!!!  I know you love red.  Both red and pink represent love. The color red represents heat and passion, while the color pink represents romance and charm. So it’s still your month boo 💟

Michelle who never used to like Pink said “I like pink now….makes me feel feminine.  So alot of my things are now pink.  Ipad case,  journal, underwear…” and she said I should buy her a pink car as a gift but she might spray it black eventually. 💕

Frimpomaa isn’t entirely sure why she loves pink so much but she is crazy about pink.  She said “its a fun colour that looks amazing on men.  Instant turn on!  She loves a guy in a pink shirt!  Not just any guy though she emphasised.  Although its her favourite colour, she doesn’t own a lot of pink things hence why she was forced into buying a really bright pink Ted Baker wallet recently.  She loves bright accessories!”  She doesn’t know when the pink crave started but its here now and may be for a while. 💞

#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy

#PinkJuneRose

#June #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany

#ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

PURPLE JULY CAMELLIA

Purple-Flower-Picture

With its delicate soft, round petals and gentle curves the Camellia is considered a symbol of Desire, Passion, and Refinement. It indicates a deep longing in the heart for your beloved. It is also a symbol of Admiration, Perfection and Excellence. The Camellia Flower is for  Good Luck and a Gift to a Man.  Give Camellia’s to your sweetheart.  Better yet, to your secret admirer!

Apparently the Pink Camellia says “Longing For You”, the Red Camellia says “You Are A Flame In My Heart” and the White Camellia says “You Are Adorable”.

The Camellia blooms in midwinter with the cool evenings giving a decided purple cast to its rosy pink or red flowers which is known as its purple dawn.  So the Purple Camellia says “You are a flame in my heart.  I am longing you!”   So where have Camellias been all my life?  This is truly my kind of flower 🙂 and goes exceptionally well with my “Lately feeling”.

The colour Purple on its own combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red (My two most liked colours).

The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.

By the way, you should check out my blog post: The Colour Purple

#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy

#PurpleJulyCamellia

#July #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany

#ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

GREEN AUGUST GLADIOLUS
green gladiolus
I wanted to use the colour #Green for this month’s theme simply because I haven’t used it yet.  Then I googled the top ten green flowers and one of them was the #Gladiolus flower.  Until today, I didn’t even know there was a flower called Gladiolus!  Out of the ten, I picked this flower because it sounded like my mother’s name and her birthday is 1st August so to me it was just perfect.
During my research on this flower, I found out that the Gladiolus flower is the birth flower for #August.  What an exciting coincidence?  I shouted yay! To myself.  Further down my research, I found out that #Gladys , my mother’s name, is a feminine name from the Welsh name Gwladus or Gwladys, which bears the meaning of royalty (princess) or the Gladiolus flower.  Perfect I said!
Her grandfather was the king of Torgodo so she is of royal lineage, her name means the Gladiolus flower which is also the birth month for August, the month in which she was born!  I am sure you would agree with me that I cant choose any other flower for this month but this one!
A favourite choice for summer wedding bouquets, the bright and vibrant green gladiolus includes shapely tapered petals and long stems. Also known as the ‘sword lily’ due to its shape, this sweet scented flower is one of the most striking green flowers.  It signifies remembrance. It also expresses infatuation, telling the receiver that he or she pierces the heart. It also stands for strength of character, faithfulness and honour.
The colour green, is the colour of balance, growth and harmony.  Green is an emotionally positive color, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally.  It promotes a love of nature, and a love of family, friends, pets and the home.  It is the colour of the garden lover, the home lover and the good host.   It is generous and loves to share, but it also looks for recognition. It is friendly and can keep confidences.  This colour relates to stability and endurance, giving us persistence and the strength to cope with adversity.
#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy

#GreenAugustGladiolus

#August #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany

#ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

LILAC SEPTEMBER MINT

mint-flower-1920x1200-flower-background-228-3044315423

As the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere, September is a time when the seasons will begin to change and plants and flowers begin to bear fruit, ready for procreation. Fruit trees will be heavy with their seeds at this point and it is around this time that harvest festivals begin. My favorite time of the year!!!

Well I love the month of January because it is my birthday month. I love the month of March because March was when Think Mahogany was born. I love September and October because it is the Autumn Season and both my brothers are born in October!!!!

This month I am going for Lilac and Mint. Both of them happen to be flowers and both of them happen to be colors.

In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence. Lilac flowers are considered delicate and precious.

Lilac is a color that is a pale violet tone representing the average color of most lilac flowers. It might also be described as dark mauve or light purple.

Lilac is a romantic color. It’s a feminine color with a bit of a maternal feeling. Like lavender, lilac can be a bit nostalgic. Lilac is also a spiritual color, blending blue, red and white. It is softened by experience and enhanced by knowledge. In intensity, it is close to the pink of friendship. Lilac is a Symbol of peace and tranquility. Lilac carries the purple symbolism associated with the lighter shades of purple. This shade of purple suggests refinement along with grace, elegance, and something special.

Mint as a flower. Mint is one of September’s flowers. It is small feathery flower spikes; the fantastic mint scent makes it great as a filler. Mint leaves are beautiful scented tender herbs that have immensely attribute to my love for Mojitos and when my mother puts them in her fish pepper soups aka Daavi’s Pepper Soup, you can just smell that aroma from a mile away!

Mint plants do flower! Leaving the mint plant to flower makes the leaves become bitter, the plant gets woody, and the growth rate is reduced so mint leaves planters do not allow the plant to flower by removing them as soon as they appear hence why the mint flower isn’t popular. Mint flowers are edible too though. Mint flowers taste like their leaves, but have a milder flavour. They are used in custards, desserts and with vegetables. Mint flowers are great in Middle Eastern dishes.

I chose Mint for this month’s flower simply because it is pretty yet it isn’t popular. It is a September flower, which some people dry and save them for tea in the winter.

Mint as a color represents Modesty, insightfulness, and kind-heartedness. By the way, my friend Talata is obsessed with the color Mint and funny enough she is a true reflection of the color.

#HappyNewMonth!  #Enjoy

#LilacSeptemberMint

#September #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany

#ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

BROWN OCTOBER IRIS

7166440388_d2715c2932_m

Iris just like their namesake is related to the rainbow.  This means that it has a wide variety of color like white, yellow, orange, pink, red, brown, purple and violet.  Sometimes the shade of violet for certain iris flowers is so dark, the flower looks black. Think of the rainbow and any color that you see there can be the color of the iris.  But keep in mind that its different colors may also mean different things.

The iris is a uniquely shaped flower.  Generally, its petals stick up while its sepals droop down.  It can have many different shapes depending on how it grows. The iris flower is considered to be one of the “showiest” blossoms, one because of its spectrum of colors and two because of its unique and mostly weird shape.

The three petals of the iris stand for the Holy Trinity and values like faith, wisdom and valor. The iris is number 1 in numerology, which means leadership. In the Victorian times, the iris flower symbolized that the friendship you have with someone means so much to you.  It also stands for faith, hope, wisdom and also valor.  It’s also a flower you send to someone when you want to send your compliments

Out of all the different types of flowers, it’s the iris that has a number of meanings associated with it.  As the fleur-de-lis, it’s the stylized motif of France.  It was used everywhere especially for the royalty.  It was engraved or craved on walls, furniture and it was even sewn on the monarch’s clothes.  At one time, the iris was named after Louis VI as the fleur de Louis. For other countries in the world like India and Egypt, they saw the iris as a symbol of life and resurrection from death – both spiritually and physically.

Iris also tells us it’s okay to shift and change. The whole point of blooming is about growth. Iris iridescence is a symbol to embrace who we are, while accepting the changes we go through. When iris shows up in our lives, it’s also important to approach who we are from different angles. Consider other people in our lives. They often see us differently than we see ourselves. What does that mean? How can we see ourselves in a different light? How can we shine and glisten more vibrantly? Meditating about the iris can help with these things.

Iris represents Vitality, Beauty, Healing, Dreams, Diversity, Creativity, Transition, Protection, Perception, Femininity, Awareness and Purification.

Brown, the color of earth, wood, stone, wholesomeness, reliability, elegance, security, healing, home, grounding, foundations, stability, warmth, and honesty, is a natural, neutral color that is typically associated with the seasons of fall and winter.

While it is sometimes considered a dull color, it also represents steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health.

The brown color says stability, reliability, dependability, and approachability. It is associated the concepts of “all natural” and “organic.”

#HappyNewMonth!  #Enjoy

#BrownOctoberIris

#October #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany

#ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

CORAL NOVEMBER PEONY

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 12.36.07

Peony Flower is the November Flower.  The peony is often associated with several meanings that include romance, cheerfulness, friendship, abundance and prosperity.  It also symbolizes good fortune and happy marriages.

In China, it is the traditional flower symbol.  Peonies are a symbol for nobility and honor and were dubbed as the king of flowers since only the emperor is allowed to own them.  In the Chinese culture, the peony is a symbol of feminine beauty, elegance and fertility. Their softly abundant petals and lovely feminine colors exude femininity.

Peonies come in various colours.  Yellow through to White, through to Pink, through to Coral, through to Red and through to Maroon.  The Coral Peony is great enhancement for someone trying to find love.

The colour Coral in itself is a reddish or pinkish shade of orange. The color is named after the sea animal also called corals.  The colour coral is known to symbolise life, restore harmony and increase warmth.

#HappyNewMonth!  #Enjoy

#CoralNovemberPeony

#November #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany

#ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

 

SCARLET DECEMBER CYCLAMEN

image

 

When I realised 1st December was just a day away, I begin to wonder what colour and what flower I was going to go for. After a few minutes of research I chose Cream Daffodils. I was playing with the idea until a few hours later when I got a message from one of my Instagram followers that said: “Aunty please we are waiting. When you started with #yellowjanuarydaisy I was wondering what the rest would be. Don’t post yet ooo… Lemme add December. Lol”

I replied “Wow I am touched! Ok give me the December colour and flower and I will use it. Give it to me tonight so I can do my little research 😄 it has to be a colour I haven’t used yet and a flower I haven’t used yet. But that flower must come in the colour you choose and also we should be able to pronounce it 😁”

She then said “Wow. Are u serious 🙈🙈🙈🙈. Thanks hun. Give me a minute”

I told her “it’s a lot of work but I am waiting”

She got back to me saying:

“PeachDecemberCyclamen.
People have got used to seeing all-year-round chrysanthemums and while there are not yet all-year-round cyclamen, these brave little plants do seem to be able to provide us with flowers from autumn right the way through to late winter when we can best appreciate them.
This is the little info I got. And I think it’s best for the season and the month. Late autumn through winter.
And also the fact that you may think that autumn kinda brings an end to flowers, but these flowers burst through in such an unfavourable condition and last throughout winter. It can be related to human life.”

By this time I am filled with excitement. She gets it. She knows what I like, she knows what I want to say. But I had a little challenge with the colour peach so I told her “cyclamens come in a wide colour range available through glowing scarlet, fuchsia, true cyclamen pink, pale lilac to white. She must decide between ScarletDecemberCyclamen or FuschiaDecemberCyclamen ” and she said “Let’s go for scarlet. Since scarlet is a Christmas December colour”

I am honoured to have a stranger so interested in something that I do which I didn’t think got so much attention. I told her “Ok #ScarletDecemberCyclamen it is but now let’s see people kiss their teeth because it is too much of a mouth full to read and pronounce for them 😅😅😅”

She thanks me for the opportunity and wishes us well. I promised her that her name will be all over it. @barbie_shuks thank you!

In the language of love, giving someone a cyclamen expresses sincere feelings
It is a plant of lasting feelings and sincere affection. Thanks to its tuber, which allows it to withstand difficult conditions, the cyclamen is the flower of deep love. In the language of flowers, giving someone a cyclamen expresses love and sincere tenderness.
Scarlet is brilliant red colour with a tinge of orange. In the spectrum of visible light, and on the traditional colour wheel, it is one-quarter of the way between red and orange, slightly less orange than vermilion.

Scarlet is not a weak colour at all, but full bodied and strong. So, it gets used as a symbol for passion, sexual or really bad sins, and blood.

Scarlet has strongly symbolised wealth and power, both politically and religiously, since ancient times. This color, second only to purple, was a status symbol in the Roman Empire. Officers in Rome’s army wore cloaks dyed in it as well as high-ranking non-military people. The flag carried by the Crusaders during the Middle Ages displayed a cross in this color. Since the late 13th century Roman Cardinals, who are high-level religious leaders in the Catholic Church, use scarlet for their ecclesiastical clothing.

Scarlet was used extensively in God’s wilderness tabernacle built by Moses (Exodus 25:4, 26:1, 31, 36, 27:16, 28:5 – 8, 15, etc.). It was also commonly found not only in Jerusalem’s temple but also on the clothes worn to serve in it. The color was an important part of the Temple rites that cleansed lepers (Leviticus 14) and in ceremonies of purification (Numbers19:6). The Bible also states that warriors wore clothes colored in it (Nahum 2:3)

#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy

#ScarletDecemberCyclamen

#December #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany

#ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: