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How to grow basil year after year (without spending!)

Basil is one of the most beloved herbs and is even better when fresh picked. Learn how to grow basil year after year for FREE with the help of an easy trick!

I live in Italy, and everyone knows how much Italians love their basil. Even in the families with the worse black thumb imaginable, there is at least one pot of basil sitting on a balcony or windowsill. It gets thrown on top of plates of steaming spaghetti, made into pesto (see my three pesto recipes here), or placed prettily atop Neapolitan … Read more

Super quick upcycled DIY tulle flowers

Non sai cosa fare con il packaging delle bomboniere? Ecco come riciclare il tulle dei confetti per creare dei bellissimi fiori fai da te per abbellire casa!

I love flowers. Heck, who doesn't? I think pretty much every lady does. I love how they smell. I love the colors. I love the beauty and joy a vase of fresh cut flowers gives a home. What I don't love is when they start to wilt. And turn brown. And I feel guilty having cut them (or knowing that someone cut them for me). The obvious … Read more

What is a free arm on a sewing machine (and how to use it!)

Non sai cosa significa braccio libero e come usarlo con la tua macchina da cucire? È semplice ed utilissimo per unire e orlare pezzi tubolari per l’abbigliamento e non solo!

Nearly three years ago, I published my first lesson in the Learn to Machine Sew course for beginners here on Cucicucicoo, which was about the anatomy of a sewing machine. In this lesson I mentioned the free arm, though I didn't actually explain what it is and how to use it. However it's one of those super important features of a sewing … Read more

Ruby women’s wrap skirt pattern by Daydream Patterns (review)

Lots of colorful and creative options in the Ruby women’s wrap skirt pattern! The diagonal lace or color blocking is a great way to personalize the skirt! A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

I am a total skirt junkie. I LOVE wearing skirts! I've never been a girly girl, but skirts are femmine without necessarily overdoing it. Even if you're wearing a simple and casual outfit, a skirt makes it look more put together. And, unless it's a tight pencil skirt (banned from my wardrobe), skirts are also really comfortable. And can be worn … Read more

Use up Leftover Easter Chocolate: Chocolate Banana Bread

Is your home full of extra chocolate eggs and bunnies? Making this chocolate banana bread recipe is a perfect way to use up leftover Easter chocolate! Check it out on www.cucicucicoo.com

As you know, Easter was this past weekend. And, if you have kids (or perhaps even if you don't), you probably have ridiculous amounts of chocolate sitting around in your kitchen. And dining room. And living room. Hopefully not in your bathroom. And if you're in the northern hemisphere, it will start getting pretty warm soon, meaning all that … Read more

Growing Up Handmade – sewing clothes for tweens

Older kids can be hard to please when it comes to their clothing. The Growing Up Handmade tour shows lots of fantastic pattern options when sewing clothes for tweens and teens! Featuring the Pocket Fold Skirt by Madeit Patterns and the Butterfly Sleeve Tunic by Make It and Love It, sewn by www.cucicucicoo.com

There's no denying it. Mothers who sew clothes just LOVE sewing clothes for their little girls. It takes considerably less fabric to sew a child's garment. It's an awesome feeling when your kid is happy to wear something you made. And you feel way cool when the other parents at school ask you where you bought it and are amazed to find out that … Read more

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