Molto Piccolo

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

.make today your day. July 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — moltopiccolo @ 12:07 am

We all need a bit of creative inspiration…here’s some I hope you enjoy from Vol.25

'make today your day' print by Volume Twenty Five Etsy store

Love Ruth x


.so many ideas, so little time. July 22, 2011

I wish I didn’t need sleep.  Then I could complete all the things I need to do as well as enjoy endless creative time.  But as it turns out, I am one of those people that needs an optimum amount of 9 hours sleep a night.  So annoying.  That doesn’t work so well when you are a night owl and get woken up in the mornings by small people being very loud!!  But as much as I’d love to be a 7-hours-of-sleep-morning-person, I would not change the small, loud people part ever! 

So in the interest of not dropping off the blogosphere, I am posting these random creative projects tonight before heading off to bed.

(I like the fighting robots in the background!)


I didn’t make the dress, just the flower on it.

Lollypop birthday card… 

…with felt lollypop fridge magnet attached.
Hope you enjoyed these projects, and hope you have a fabulous weekend ahead of you!
Ruth x

.mon amie. July 12, 2011

Filed under: Card Projects,Doilies,Moxie Fab World Tuesday Triggers,Paper Projects — moltopiccolo @ 12:28 am

I have been inspired by a sweet card design using a doily as a tablecloth.  Here it is:

(Made by Tina Fussell and featured in Stamp It! Cards Magazine)

It gave me the idea to use a doily as a skirt on a card:

(Made for Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger)

I only wish I had a useful light box and good photography skills! 

Happy week ahead, my friends.

Ruth x


.happy rainbow. July 7, 2011

Rainbows always manage to make me smile…they are so unexpected and downright beautiful.  (When I say unexpected, well, I know they come after the rain, but sometimes they just seem to appear before your eyes, and often fade while you are staring at them).  Having children around when they do appear is one of my life’s little pleasures.  My boys get so excited, jump up and down, and say delightful fairytale-like things, such as (5 year old:) “Oh Mummy, it’s so beautiful, isn’t it?!” (followed by 2 year old echo:) “Bootiful, isn’t it?”

Even though I do love rainbows, I don’t normally go for them in design or decor.  But the current Embellish Magazine Colour Challenge with Rainbows is just too pretty not to play along with.

(Image byTina Fussell of Flying House Studios, via Embellish Magazine blog).

So, inspired by these lovely images and the creations of the Embellish team, here is my card:

There was even some sunshine today to photograph it by…Tasmanian sunny winter days are fantastic!

Love Ruth x


.launceston views. July 3, 2011

Filed under: Launceston,Photography,Tasmania — moltopiccolo @ 11:07 pm
My husband Paul, recently ran in the Launceston 10, his second ever race.  It’s pretty much what it sounds like.  You run 10km through part of our city.  He did it in an excellent time of 56 minutes and 13 seconds, which took 3 minutes off his first attempt (The Burnie 10 in October last year).  The very big down side of the Lonnie 10 was it was a horrid day.  So very wet and absolutely freezing cold.  But the boys and I braved the unpleasantness to go & meet him at the finish line.  Then we all walked (quite a distance in such bad weather!) back to where our cars were parked, and on the way, crossed the bridge that has an excellent view of our Seaport area.  I took this photo as I crossed it and thought it gives a lovely view of part of my home city that I wouldn’t normally appreciate.  Because I would normally be running to get out of the rain.  But by this stage, we were so wet that there was really no point. (o:
Launceston Seaport
I changed the hue slightly on the image, and sharpened it, as it was understandably a bit washed out and hazy.  I like the outcome.
The next day, I took a photo from my front deck, looking out over the city, and this turned out prettier than I thought it would.  (I also added some pink hue so it shows off the beautiful sunrays making their way through the clouds).  It is a good reminder to me of not being able to see God but knowing He is still there, shining light into dark and dreary places.
View of Launceston city
This shot was taken a few months ago (actually 2 shots shoved together & saved into one jpeg file – I don’t actually have photo seaming software, but I kind of don’t think it matters when it’s just for your own appreciation).  This shot captures the Gorge and the suburb of Trevallyn, with the Tamar River in the foreground. 
The Gorge and Treveallyn, Launceston

The boys and I take many walks along this stretch, and I know I don’t really take it all in every time we go strolling.  Isn’t it hard to fully appreciate the place where you live and breathe, and have existed for 98% of your life (the other 2% includes lots of holidays but never actually living anywhere else).  But taking a few shots sometimes can help to see it differently, and realise it’s pretty beautiful.  And it is what you make of it.  I believe anywhere you live, you can end up not seeing what it has to offer if you don’t take the time.  I admit, I am a smell-the-roses kind of a person, but I have to say that smelling local roses can be just as memorable as heading to the other side of the world to do so!!

So if you live in this great city with me, I hope you like the images of familiar places.  And if you don’t, I hope you enjoy seeing somewhere different to your own backyard.
Happy Sunday,
Love Ruth x