Molto Piccolo

For the love of all things "very tiny" {Italian}

.creative blackboards. October 26, 2010

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I found these rooms on the Anthropologie site and absolutely love how whole bedroom suites have been created using chalk, blackboard paint, one bed and some pretty bedding.  (I can’t find these images on their website anymore, unfortunately.  But they have plenty of other beautiful things on their site at any given time).

How creative…makes me want to grab the chalk and start drawing!

Seen any great decorating ideas lately that don’t cost the earth and utilise something in an innovative way? 

Ruth x


.embellish challenge with felt. October 21, 2010

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The current Embellish Magazine challenge includes a colour combo of brown, pink, yellow & red, and FELT, so I was sold straight away!  It would be easy, I thought.  What I can’t make with felt.

Ha!  It wasn’t easy.  Don’t really know why, but I quite struggled to incorporate felt well into a card, so kept it very simple in the end.

The inspiration images contain another surprising combination of colours that seems to work together well…

Silly me – I photographed the card quickly before losing the light late this afternoon, and didn’t even notice ’til now that the brown scalloped edging can barely be seen against the rattan chair.  I’m sure you get the idea!

I also love this heart art from Cloud-Room entitled ‘Heart of the Sun’ found here on DeviantArt

Makes me want to go and buy a lollypop, lay on a grassy hill somewhere and do some cloud watching in the sun.  Ahh, simple pleasures.

Love Ruth xx


.spring weather. October 20, 2010

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A windy day is one of my pet hates.  But I have discovered that windy days have their own benefits if you can tie your hair back and brave the elements.  I have rediscovered kite flying with my children, and have realised that spring weather, although very annoying, is the perfect time to fly them. 

It’s also great for kids releasing balloons and watching them disappear into the blue…even when you have asked them to hold on tight and have even tied the string around their wrists!

Kites & balloons feature a lot on Made It , so I have discovered.  They all make me smile, so here are a few for you to enjoy too (click on any of the images to go to that store/item)…

Archie & His Kite art print by The Little Humbugs

Little Red Balloon card by Red Letter Studio

Wind Dance art print by Sweet William

High as a Kite gingham top by Brussel Sprouts

Hot Air Balloon Tags by One Craftee Mumma!

Personalised Paper Kites Canvas by Little Bo Peep

I have been making windmills with my boys and watching their delight to see them go crazy on an otherwise horrible weather day…

Eli was transfixed by that whizzing whirling thing!

Too windy for Ethan to keep his eyes open!

Hope you can enjoy spring for what it is! 
Ruth x

.monday faves. October 18, 2010

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Today’s favourite is a colour – and you will acquire no points for guessing which one…turquoise, of course!


Blue Muse (Anonymous)

Perhaps often enough I have seen the colour of blue

and not thought it to be as exquisite as I should

Perhaps often enough I have glanced past a scene

That should have held my glance longer than it did

Who ever thought blue should be likened to sadness?

It brings such calm and joy, and peaceful bliss

It carries the clouds along on their whimsical ride

It laps steadfastly at the shores of sand and shells

It is like a portion of heaven and a fragment of earth colliding

And it carries me to my dreams far removed from the world of day.


So,  Moxie Fab World have a beautiful turquoise image for the “Tuesday Trigger” which I couldn’t help but be inspired by.

So I hope your Monday is full of your own favourites, and blue in a peaceful, calm kind of a way.
Love Ruth

First 4 images from We Heart It.


.cherry blossoms. October 12, 2010

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I love cherry blossoms, and love even more that I have lots of blossoms growing all around my house…not all cherry trees, but beautiful just the same.

Made It have lots of blossom beauties, so here are a few for you to enjoy…just click on any of the images to be taken to that item on the Made It website.

Cherry Blossoms Postcard Set by Tres Chic Collection

Resin Pendant by Impossible Alice

Framed collage by A Bit Busy

Magnet Set by Iszle

Happy Birthday Card by Sister Pants

Button Bookmark by Dions Buttons

 And lastly…

Fabric Blossoms hair pins by Percy Handmade

Have a great day! Ruth x


.monday faves. October 11, 2010

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I thought since so many people get the blues on a Monday, it would be a good day to look at some favourite things. 

I don’t know about you, but I am a ‘things’ kind of person.   When I say ‘things’, I’m not talking cars, boats, designer labels, or latest technology kind of things.  Although I can appreciate all those things, I’m not really fussed by them, either.  I’m talking trinkets, paraphernalia, and bits & bobs. 

As you know, I have a fascination for all things tiny, which is why Molto Piccolo was born.  And I have a tendency to over-gather.  (Some may call it hoarding – I prefer to call it gathering!)  The reason I do this is definitely not to impress anyone with my vast collections of “stuff” which might look pretty junky to someone else – it’s because most pieces have a story and a memory attached, so I find it virtually impossible to get rid of the associated item.  It’s the reason most people take photos too, I guess.  (So glad for the digital age or my home would be crumbling under the weight of excessive amounts of photographs!)

So these little items have their own stories, and they will remain with me for a while yet, I expect. 


When I was little, I was always awed by beautiful gowns, and spent a lot of time making gowns for paper dolls, and sewing dresses for my Barbie dolls.  So a few years ago, my Mum found this trinket box gown figurine, and, knowing me as well as she does, bought it for me.  I love it.

For years, my number one travel destination was the ancient city of  Petra, Jordan.  I decided I had to go and see its immense size and stark beauty for myself.  So, when I finally got there, I bought many a trinket to remind myself of it, and the beautiful country of Jordan.  This sand bottle has travelled far, survived 3 house moves, and has managed to stay out of the hands of 2 little boys so far!  And although camels would have to rate as one of the most uncomfortable forms of transport on the globe, I love the reminder of that incredible part of the world.     

Paul & I drank from these hand-carved communion cups in a beautiful olive garden in Jerusalem, thought to be the garden where Jesus’ tomb is located.  Well, whether or not it is the actual historic location, the experience was powerful and I love that they are so simple and made for every day use, not fancy put-on-the-shelf goblets.  Reminds me of how I see Jesus in my life, so I really love these ones.

Maybe you have some faves that you want to share…leave a comment about them here if you like!

Love Ruth x


.piccolo pandas. October 3, 2010

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I have started making mini pandas and they are a hit!  The first one was for my 20 month old son, and he has been giving him a great deal of cuddles and love.  But since then, my 4 y.o. son has asked for his very own.  I was so glad he didn’t ask for a mini felt Ben 10, which he probably would have if he had thought of it!  And because he can’t yet read, I think it’s safe to mention it here!

So here is my first Piccolo Panda, which was inspired by some extremely cute Pocket Pandas made by Little Snoring that I saw at Salamanca Market recently.

Hope you’ve been having a lovely kind of day…if you live where I live, you probably enjoyed the rather pleasant Spring weather!  Or maybe you were inside on the couch watching the AFL footy final rematch.  I was hoping the Saints would get up and win that elusive premiership, but the Pies were surely the better team on the day!  Congrats to all those Collingwood fans, and commiserations to the faithful St. Kilda fans.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Ruth x

P. S. Piccolo Pandas are for sale for $8.50 and will soon be included on my shop…as soon as I can access my account!  Having a few probs with that one…