Super Bib Pattern Pack – testers’ versions!

The Super Bib Pattern Pack by Cucicucicoo - loads of bib sizes, styles and variations in one! Here are some of the pattern testers' versions of the Cucicucicoo bibs. www.cucicucicoo.com

Looking for the perfect bib pattern for your family? Check out how the Super Bib Pattern Pack testers personalized it to their needs through many options! www.cucicucicoo.com

Last week I released my latest sewing pattern, the Super Bib Pack, which has all sorts of styles, sizes, variations and sewing options, meaning that there are dozens of ways to personalize your bibs and burp cloths! Just to give you an idea of some possibilities, let me show you some examples of what my pattern testers came up with! They are all very different and reflect the personalities and needs of each family!

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Check out this absolutely adorable hedgehog bib Rachel from Golden Rippy made for her boy!

The Super Bib Pattern Pack by Cucicucicoo - loads of bib sizes, styles and variations in one! Here are some of the pattern testers' versions of the Cucicucicoo bibs. www.cucicucicoo.com

Jennifer from Historical Sewing and Emma Lily Designs tried out both sizes of snappable bibs for her daughter:

The Super Bib Pattern Pack by Cucicucicoo - loads of bib sizes, styles and variations in one! Here are some of the pattern testers' versions of the Cucicucicoo bibs. www.cucicucicoo.com

The Super Bib Pattern Pack by Cucicucicoo - loads of bib sizes, styles and variations in one! Here are some of the pattern testers' versions of the Cucicucicoo bibs. www.cucicucicoo.com

Sara is a gal after my own heart because she loves repurposing materials! She used an old umbrella for a waterproof layer! Fantastic!

The Super Bib Pattern Pack by Cucicucicoo - loads of bib sizes, styles and variations in one! Here are some of the pattern testers' versions of the Cucicucicoo bibs. www.cucicucicoo.com

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Health update and how the menstrual cup helped

How the menstrual cup helped me manage severe menstrual bleeding and better inform my doctors. Natural health and living by www.cucicucicoo.com

This was the view outside the balcony where I spent four nights a couple of weeks ago. Pretty, right? The bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the classic Mediterranean pine tree. Except I didn’t really get to enjoy it very much because I spent most of the time laying in my hospital bed.

Yep. You may or may not have noticed that I had dropped off the map for the past month. No new posts or tutorials, no newsletters, very few erratic social media posts. Basically I spent three weeks in bed with an extremely heavy and long period that made me lose so much blood that I couldn’t stand up without blacking out. In the hospital I got a D&C, two blood transfusions and a bunch of IV treatments. And, even though I felt much better when I got back home, I continued to feel very weak and tired, and my hospital souvenir, phlebitis, had left my arm swollen, in pain and basically useless.

How the menstrual cup helped me manage severe menstrual bleeding and better inform my doctors. Natural health and living by www.cucicucicoo.com

I honestly wasn’t sure if I wanted to write this post, but I decided to in order to potentially help other ladies out. First of all because I’ve never written a post about how incredibly amazing the menstrual cup is, and it really helped me deal with the hemorrhaging and also allowed me to know just how much blood I was losing, which was important information to give to my doctor. And second, because it is so, SO important to listen to your body and not just believe blindly what a doctor tells you if your instinct tells you otherwise.

If you don’t like reading or thinking about blood and/or women’s gynecological health, please just skip this post and come back next week for one of my non-body-related DIY tutorials. If you would like to hear my story and why I decided to write this post, keep on reading!

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Kreativ and Eppela supporters

Kreativ - La maglietta rinata
Kreativ - La maglietta rinata
All fair images are from OrloSubito’s Instagram.

Thank you everyone for your moral and financial support in getting Sandra and me to the Kreativ fair in Bozano this past weekend! It was a really interesting experience, although I unfortunately ended up getting some sort of stomach bug or something, which was exacerbated by the sheer exhaustion of weeks (months…) of intensive preparation, and I had to skip out a little early. However, I learned so much about how a fair works and what sort of products and services to offer, and I’ve gotten a really good idea of what I want to work towards in the future. So really and truly: thank you!

Kreativ - La maglietta rinata

The following is a list of supporters of our Eppela crowdfunding event. Some of them are very talented individuals with websites of their own, so I highly recommend that you click through to visit them!

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Support Sustainable Sewing!

"The Reborn T-Shirt" and other refashioning/upcycling sewing workshops by OrloSubito and Cucicucicoo. Contribute at least €2 to choose among lots of great eco-friendly rewards, discounts and free tickets! More details on www.cucicucicoo.com

"The Reborn T-Shirt" and other refashioning/upcycling sewing workshops by OrloSubito and Cucicucicoo. Contribute at least €2 to choose among lots of great eco-friendly rewards, discounts and free tickets! More details on www.cucicucicoo.com

Good morning, everyone! As you’ve probably already noticed if you’ve followed me at all, I truly love sewing and teaching others how to in my tutorials and my free Learn to Machine Sew beginner’s course. I know that my lessons and tutorials help a lot of people learn the techniques they need to sew garments and items, but there’s no hiding the fact that it’s not always possible to show everything over a computer. It’s a lot easier to explain and show others how to do something in person. So I’m super excited because this September, Cucicucicoo is finally going in the direction that I’ve wanted it to go for a while: teaching sewing in person!

I am working on finding a place where I can hold sewing lessons in or around Naples, Italy, where I live, but my first experience will be in Bolzano, in northern Italy, at the Kreativ Fair in September. I’m teaming up with my friend Sandra, from OrloSubito, for three days of of sewing workshops, with an emphasis on refashioning and upcycling. (I’ll tell you more about those below.)

"The Reborn T-Shirt" and other refashioning/upcycling sewing workshops by OrloSubito and Cucicucicoo. Contribute at least €2 to choose among lots of great eco-friendly rewards, discounts and free tickets! More details on www.cucicucicoo.com

Sandra and I want to spread the love for sustainable sewing, showing people that refashioning can be easy and fun, even if you’ve never done it before, and to help people understand why it’s better for everyone to move away from the fast fashion trend. However, we are both very small businesses and we need your help. This is why we’ve created a crowdfunding campaign on Eppela, so that we can finance our stand and other costs stemming from it. Let me tell you about it.

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A tour of the new Cucicucicoo

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Happy Thanksgiving, folks! It has taken me the time from one American holiday to another four months later to get around to giving you all a virtual tour of my blog on its new platform. On July 4th, I posted my first (very quick) post …

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Welcome to cucicucicoo.com!

Yes, you are in the right place! This is my new website and my old blogspot blog is now being redirected here. However I still have a lot of work to do with the layout, so just be patient and I will eventually have lots …

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Diary of the first year

diary of the first year

my mother has always cut out magazine and newspaper articles that she thinks i would find interesting. once she thought of me reading an article about the actress jenna fiscer in oprah winfrey’s magazine, “O,” from may 2007. she circled a part about when the …

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Back to school and life

i don’t even want to think about how much time has gone by. i thought that i’d gotten past the hardest time at home with the kids, but apparently i was wrong. i really missed the blog, but i just didn’t have time for it. …

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A wonderful Christmas gift!

i know that i’ve been completely absent from my and everyone else’s blogs, but i have a good excuse… our christmas present arrived on december 22! i’d been very busy what with preparing for his arrival and christmas (and very tired) and now i don’t …

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Distances

there are so many great things about living in a place far from where you’re from. you constantly learn, open up and grow. but there are also great difficulties, the biggest of which is the distance from your family and dearest friends. i’ve missed out …

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Cucicucicoo goes to Rome!

this weekend i’ll be participating in a national demonstration of “genuino clandestino” in rome. groups of farmers and artisans from all over italy will get together to renounce the laws favoring large industries and making it impossible for small producers to get by. saturday, after …

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