Molto Piccolo

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

.owl egg cozy. October 24, 2011

Filed under: Birds,Felt Projects,Homewares — moltopiccolo @ 3:58 pm

I made a gift recently of an owl egg cozy for a grown-up girl who loves owls, the colour red and handmade things.  This owl has found a happy home, and will probably be enjoyed by my friend’s one year old daughter as well. 🙂

Ruth x


.supporting Leo Fogarty. October 20, 2011

Filed under: Felt Projects,Launceston — moltopiccolo @ 2:12 pm

Hello! 🙂  I’m pleased, but also a little surprised, to find that I still have a blog!! I thought perhaps it had closed itself down from neglect over the past month or so!  Thankfully, I remembered my password, and can now return to a bit of craft blogging!

The most important crafting I’ve done in recent weeks is making some Leo the Lionheart soft toys and brooches.  These toys are being sold to raise money and support for the Fogarty family, and in particular their 15 month old son Leo, who was diagnosed with cancer last month, and has relocated from Launceston to Melbourne with his parents, to undergo significant treatment.  His story has touched many, many people.  Both people who know them well and people who only know of them have come on board to help out in practical ways, such as making & selling Leo the Lionheart toys.

There is a Leo the Lionheart Facebook page here, where you can purchase an amazing and individual lion for $20, (or $30 for a special order Leo), and brooches for $8.  There are also beanies, canvases and t-shirts, plus the occasional auction. 

See this link for more info and background on how the project started, which was initiated by Pene Daniel.  Both Leo’s parents and Pene are people that I know personally, and it is an honour to be part of a community of people who are doing whatever they can do to help.

If you are not on Facebook, but would like to buy a Leo the Lionheart, please contact penedaniel(at) [I do have an ‘@’ sign on my keyboard, just don’t want Pene to get any spam by me posting her email address here 🙂 ]

God bless you, Leo! 

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

.sending smiles. February 9, 2011

Sometimes errors can’t be fixed, but other times, they just become a new creative challenge…this card started well, then got a little messy, then was salvaged & has turned into one of my favourites!

The top left corner was originally blank.  I decided the blank bit was too large in comparison to the placement and shape of the beautiful blossom stamp (from the lovely ‘Easter Blossoms’ Stampin’ Up set).  So I stamped some of the blossom off the top left hand corner of the page…however, it turns out the rubber image on the bottom of the stamp and the image sticker on the top were not lined up, so everytime I stamped, it was completely in the wrong place.  So frustrating when you know exactly what you are trying to achieve.

So, after putting it down for an hour, I decided to so some more tearing & cover the whole mess up with the blossomed paper (Christina Re paper designs).  (Thanks to my friend Bec for the indirect inspiration – she made a fantastic bloke’s Valentine’s Day card recently with torn paper at the top & bottom of the card with the sentiment in the centre, & it helped me salvage this one).

Next, to felt…

This little bluebird brooch was a gift for a friend recently to cheer her up, and I’ve decided to offer more like him in my Made It Online Shop.

Best return to the jobs that won’t seem to go away, no matter how many times I check my blog…(o:

Love Ruth x 

P.S. So sorry for horrid blurry photos…my camera has decided it prefers blurry focus over anything else, and I can’t be entirely sure, but I’m thinking it could have something to do with a certain 2 year old’s fingerprints that I tried to clean off the lens the other day.  Hmmm…


.sweet Ivy Ruth. July 28, 2010

Filed under: Facebook Group Page,Felt Projects — moltopiccolo @ 5:57 pm

Recently, a beautiful little girl named Ivy Ruth joined her proud new parents on the outside, and I am very honoured to share a name with her!  Every time I mention her to Ethan by her first name only, I am politely reminded that she is “Ivy Ruth, like mummy”…very sweet. 

When Ivy was born, I wanted to make her a cute little felt bird rattle.  So when I set up my Molto Piccolo Facebook Group not long after that, I just had to name that design an ‘Ivy Birdie’ after her. 

Here are some photos of Ivy with her gift…

It is always worth tasting your toys to establish whether you really like them or not...

CONGRATULATIONS to Dani & Kristie – your new daughter is completely adorable!


Th original version was white on one side and chocolate on the other, but more recently I have made the same design in grey/pink. 

Hope you’re enjoying your week and finding lots of lovely things to be inspired by.

Love Ruth x

(Ivy Birdies are available for $9.50 and can be ordered via this blog or via my Facebook page).


.a lovely new blog. May 16, 2010

Filed under: Felt Projects,Hair Accessories,Recommended Blogs — moltopiccolo @ 5:35 pm

I’m so excited that my dear friend, Melissa, has started a blog of her own!  I’m going to following her and thought you might like to, too!  It’s called Stationview Cottage and will be about her family, home, favourite finds and her love of all things to do with paper. 

stationview - cottage

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday afternoon as much as me.  Have been sitting out on the front deck in the sunshine (such a surprise, given it’s a very cold time of year where I live) drinking tea and chatting all afternoon.  Such a lovely change to getting all rugged up inside (although that has it’s own appeal some days). 

I’ve been working on some new bits and pieces for Molto Piccolo’s hair accessory range, and recently these ones made their way to Africa with a friend who was going to visit her sponsor child and give her some gifts.  So these ones were especially enjoyable to make.  (o:

(I’ve been meaning to say that often, my photos are quite small in size when I publish a post, as I have to reduce them down so they don’t take forever to upload.  However, you can view them at a much better size just by clicking on the photo – it will take you to a full-sized version).

Bye for now!

Love Ruth


.for the love of felt. March 25, 2010

Filed under: Felt Projects,Food — moltopiccolo @ 5:09 pm

Felt is my next favourite thing to work with after paper.  It is so easy to create from, and is very adaptable.  I have been playing around with some new designs as I have landed my first stockist!  (More info on that when it’s all finalised!)  So I’m very excited to be putting together a collection, not just of felt items, but all sorts of molto piccolo {very tiny: Italian} goodies!!  

So here are the pics of a few new ones that have come about in the last few days.  Hope you like! 

Peace Birdie hairclip

Adapted from my original Hope Birdie hairclip design.  Original version is filled with stuffing!, and this one is a flat little thing. (o:

Yummy little cupcake hairclip

Yummy little Pink Swirl Cupcake hairclip

Filled with polyester goodness!

Polkadot Pinwheel hairclip

Swirly Candy hairband

Hmm, tempting!

Windmill hairband

All together, now!

 The flower/heart hairband is one that I made a while back and posted previously, see it here.

Eli just couldn't resist those lollies!!

Hope all is good for you on this lovely Thursday.

Love Ruth x