VALENTINES DAY

52 REASONS I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY... by Joanne Palmisano

As a designer, I spend a lot of time thinking about layouts, fabrics, furniture, salvaged and recycled materials and how to make spaces happy and comfortable. But when I think about what I would grab if my home was on fire, besides my family of course, it would be one thing--a deck of cards. 

Last year, my daughter, Gabrielle, made me a DIY gift that she created using a deck of playing cards--52 reasons I love you like crazy.

The joy this homemade gift brings me everyday is immeasurable. It's more precious to me than anything else I own. The care and feeling that went into these 52 deeply personal and insightful reasons still astounds me. 

And although, it's nice to  have a home that is beautiful, warm and welcoming, this deck of cards proves to me that it is way more important on how we treat ourselves and others, that we give and receive love unconditionally, and that we know we can make a difference. Thank you Gabrielle for this amazing gift you have given me. 

Everyday we should express joy, gratitude, happiness and love to those in our lives, not just on Valentine's Day (even though that is a good time as well).

Happy February...

X0X0, Joanne


Old Sweater Turns into Botanical Love! Valentine's Day DIY by Joanne Palmisano

Nothing says I LOVE YOU...more than a succulent in a sweater...

Nothing says I LOVE YOU...more than a succulent in a sweater...

I know...there are road trips to discuss, places to shop, things I've seen...but I really wanted to show you this DIY first. Promise, next blog post will be about cool places to go! So who doesn't have a wool sweater that they accidental shrunk (no worries, Mom, you can still do my laundry when you come to visit). Or a sweater that the moths got to? Holes everywhere! Well, fear not...you can turn that old sweater into a botanical cozy container! Here is how I did it.

Holes and Shrunk! This sweater was ready for a repurpose!

Holes and Shrunk! This sweater was ready for a repurpose!

Or you can put it in the washing machine on hot, hot, hot. I kinda like to boil it on the stove till it felts. Then rinse in cold water if you don't want it to stretch out again. Each sweater is different, some will totally felt up and others will just shrink a little more...

Or you can put it in the washing machine on hot, hot, hot. I kinda like to boil it on the stove till it felts. Then rinse in cold water if you don't want it to stretch out again. Each sweater is different, some will totally felt up and others will just shrink a little more...

I started with a sleeve...

I started with a sleeve...

Then I just used some embroidery thread and hand stitched a piece for the bottom and a heart on the sleeve.  

Then I just used some embroidery thread and hand stitched a piece for the bottom and a heart on the sleeve.  

I wrapped the plant in wax paper and slide into the sleeve! 

I wrapped the plant in wax paper and slide into the sleeve! 

Check out what I did with the neck of the sweater...lots more to make...have fun!

Check out what I did with the neck of the sweater...lots more to make...have fun!