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I’m Lisa, otherwise known as mamma, wife, expat, handmade enthusiast, treehugger. Are you a sewer, crafter, refashioner or upcycler? Or maybe you want to try? Come join in on the fun!

I was born and raised in the United States but have lived in Italy since 2001 and now have my own lovely bilingual/bicultural family near Naples. When I’m not racing around after (or with) my two munchkins, I’m usually busy making something out of something else. Some people call me a hippy because I just can’t imagine not making my own… well, everything!


This blog documents my adventures in sewing and crafting. I just love making stuff, but even better is when I can do it without leaving a footprint behind me. Why buy new fabric or crafting materials when there are so many materials hanging around that we can already use? Through refashioning (transforming unwanted clothing into amazing new garments) and upcycling (creating objects from items that would otherwise be thrown away), we have endless opportunities to create while saving countless things from landfills and incinerators and lessening the need for newly-manufactured products. And we can often do it without spending a single cent! I love the challenge of taking someone else’s trash and turning it into my own treasure! If you want to give it a try, check out my free tutorials or browse by category from the  menu at the top of the page.


I’ve loved creating ever since I was a little gal, so seeing my own children’s imaginations at work through play and creative projects is so exhilarating to me! I share many of these activities here on cucicucicoo, as well as recipes and other odds and ends that I think might be interesting to creative-minded women.

Wondering what in the world “cucicucicoo” means? It’s a bilingual play on words. “Cuci” comes from the Italian verb “sew” and is pronounced “coochie.” When I started this blog in early 2009, I focused on my washable cloth products, most of which are to be used with babies. And what do you say as you’re tickling your sweet babe? “Coochie coochie coo!”

Have you made anything from one of the tutorials on cucicucicoo or after being inspired by something you saw here? I’d love to see it! If you publish it on your blog, please link to the original project on cucicucicoo and let me know so I can take a look! And don’t forget to upload images of your cucicucicoo-inspired projects to the cucicucicoo flickr pool so everyone can check them out!

If you want to contact me you can leave a comment, use the contact form or email me at lisa@cucicucicoo.com. I love hearing what you have to say!