Summer recipe: zucchini ribbons with tomato and olives

Our family really loves eating zucchini in the summer, so I’m always looking for interesting new ways to make it. My mother made this dish for me one time that I was visiting her, so I asked her for the recipe. It turns out that …

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Insalata avenale: Carrot salad with a twist

and here i am with another recipe! i go nuts for salads and the more stuff is in them, the better. i’d already written a while ago about the winter salad made with fennel and oranges, and i’ll soon be writing about summer salads, but …

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Recycled shirt bath mat: tutorial

on monday i wrote about how to make yarn out of old t-shirts. but i didn’t want to reveal what i made with this special yarn until i was done. yesterday i finished it. what is it? a rug for the bathroom! i’d wanted to …

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How to make yarn from old t-shirts

last week i started a new project with this lovely homemade “yarn”. and what did i make it out of? old t-shirts! there are tons of ways to upcycle t-shirts that you don’t use anymore, but this is a great way to use up all …

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How to make baskets from recycled paper

**TUTORIAL UPDATE** I’ve created a new version of the woven cereal box basket, giving more detailed instructions and including more pictures to better explain each step. You can find the new tutorial here! ——————————————— a year ago i saw this post on pane, amore e …

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How to sew corners on a bed sheet: Tutorial

we were quite lucky because we’re full of bed sheets that were barely used by my husband’s family. the annoying thing? they’re all flat sheets, and not one fitted one. i really can’t stand having to fold the edges of a flat sheet under the …

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From puzzle mat to bulletin board

last week i made stamps from the letters from one of those little foam letter puzzles and i wondered how to use up the remaining foam pieces. i got some good ideas from my readers, but in the end i made a little “cork” board …

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How to make homemade foam stamps from old puzzles

Everyone loves playing with stamps! And it’s super easy to make homemade foam stamps from old foam puzzles and bottle caps… without paying a cent! A repurposing tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

Our family is stamp-addicted. We have a really insane collection of stamps that we take out from time to time to create crazy scenes with people, speech bubbles, animals, aliens and any and every other thing you could possibly imagine. And I didn’t buy a …

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Transfer drawings to t shirts with freezer paper

Did your kid draw the best picture, or you found a great image online? Find out how to transfer drawings to T shirts with freezer paper stenciling! Such a fun way to jazz up boring clothing and the most addicting craft ever! Tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

I just can’t handle a plain garment. And I REALLY can’t handle a plain T-shirt. And this is one of the reasons why I do freezer paper stenciling so often. What’s another reason? It’s SO EASY. It’s SO FUN. It’s SO ADDICTIVE. (Are those enough …

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DIY coat rack with knobs

i’ve had this pair of cute knobs for 3 years and i always knew that i wanted to make my daughter a little coat rack with them, but seeing as i’m a bit useless with a saw, i kept on putting it off…and off…and off…and …

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Picture frame from a broken toy

last summer while fishing around in my nephew’s toys, my daughter found one of those magnetic doodler things. the part that goes up and down to erase the picture was blocked. i managed to unblock it so it could be used again, so my nephew …

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100% recycled pillow

these days all my energy has been going into the birth of my business with my cloth products. it’s a lot of work and a lot of thought. i haven’t slept decently in 3 or 4 nights thanks to bizarre dreams about sewing cloth diapers. …

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Seitan with jerusalem artichokes and bulgur: recipe

i realize that recently i’ve only been writing about my work things and my products for sale. i’ve been quite busy, but i’d like to quickly write about something absolutely marvelous that i discovered at the market last week: jerusalem artichokes (or topinambur). if you …

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How to make a house from a plastic bottle

a couple of months ago i saw a post on one of my favorite blogs, Filth Wizardry, that i knew i’d have to do myself, too: making houses for little dolls or toys out of plastic bottles. ms. filth wizardry made them for her daughters’ …

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Candied ginger and finocchietto: two recipes

A friend of ours has recently discovered the joy of candied ginger and tried to find a way to make it himself at home. Seeing as I like it a lot too and that ginger is really good for you, I asked him for his …

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Free Pattern! Sew girl underwear from a t shirt

Free pattern and tutorial for sewing girl's underwear from a T-shirt! www.cucicucicoo.com

  **Update October 15, 2016** Given the popularity of this tutorial, I digitized this pattern and made a few simple changes to the post. I’ve seen a lot of blogs and websites write recently about making underwear out of old t-shirts. I thought it was …

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Three variations of pesto

For me the summer is pesto time. I recent saw a facebook friend’s status about sundried tomato pesto and obviously I had to ask her how she made it. She told me to toss basil, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, olive oil and salt in the …

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Make your own potholders – Tutorial

This week it was pretty much impossible for me to do anything fun or blog thanks to the flu and lots of work. This morning, though, I brought my daughter to school and I got off to “work.” Our potholders were in pretty pitiful shape, …

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Limoncello liquor and lemon ginger marmalade

The other day my in-laws came home with a big bag full of these huge lemons, freshly picked from some friend’s garden. And obviously they offered me as many as I wanted. So what do you do with kilos of lemons? Why, make limoncello, of …

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Vanilla ice cream and extract

Mmmm, vanilla! It’s funny that a lot of people have no idea what a vanilla bean even is (including yours truly, I admit, up until not too long ago), forget about how to use it. Then a dear friend of ours from Bologna who loves …

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