Molto Piccolo

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

.my adulthood as a child. June 28, 2012

Filed under: Birthdays,Card Projects,Flowers — moltopiccolo @ 1:34 pm

I find so much enjoyment in experiencing childhood as an adult.

I know that is a very silly sounding statement.  But for me having children has been a little like that – experiencing childhood as an adult.

I had a childhood that is full of good memories.  Not perfect but pretty wonderful in the simplest of ways.  Long summer holidays spent with family, neighbours and best friends.  Birthday parties, weekend skating rink visits, playing board games with my brother, riding bikes around the neighbourhood, dressing up in Mum’s clothing…the list goes on. 

But before you know it, you are all grown up and  instead of being the carefree child of the family, you are required to be the responsible adult, and in my case, mother.  But I have found that in between the extremely challenging times of being a mum, I am really enjoying childhood again by joining in with them and thinking up ideas to help them grow their own happy impressions of these days. 

I am enjoying it in a much different way to how I did when I was a child.  I now know how fast it goes, and how the memories you take with you throughout your life are not archived minute by minute for you to replay when you’d like to, but more by the impression it leaves.  Details can sometimes be sketchy even though you lived through every second of those days/months/years of your childhood. 

One thing I’d play back if I did have a minute by minute archive would be the times when my Dad played with my brother and I.  I have lots of memories of playing with Mum, because she was at home with us much of the time.  But those times with Dad are vague in my mind, and although I know they existed, I find them hard to pull out of the memory banks.  Having said goodbye to him 8 years ago makes it all the more important to me that I remember these things.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons for my excessive photo-taking…capturing as many moments as I can in visual form so it is not forgotten.  Then again, I hope my sons will not be as forgetful as I am!

I am happy to say I have no regrets from my childhood.  At least none I can recall!!  And I’m pretty determined to not have regrets from my children’s childhood.  I’m not intending to make it perfect for them, or even take away their hassles, crises or inconveniences.  I’m just making it as darned healthy as I can.

Love Ruth x


Ideas To-Do List April 24, 2012

I have not been good at finding time to enjoy many creative outlets recently.  The most I’ve seemed to manage is to look online and be inspired by many creative projects I’d love to take on, but making them happen, well, that’s another challenge altogether!

Here are a few projects I’ve come across…I may not be getting around to them, but maybe you will be inspired to!


MollyMoo Pirate Ship


Handmade geometric stamps

Mini-Eco Handmade Rubber Stamps


Pinned Image

Flower Heart Card from my Fabulous Craft Pinterest board


Colour-coded bookshelf from The Inspiration Blog


This barely touches the surface of all the amazing things I have come across that I’d love to try.  If you have any wonderful online projects you’ve found, please send me the links, I’d love to see them!

Ruth x


.for the newlyweds. January 23, 2012

Filed under: Card Projects,Flowers,Paper Projects,Uncategorized,Wedding Cards — moltopiccolo @ 10:14 am


Paul and I went to a beautiful wedding just over a week ago, and I was happy to “have” to make a wedding card…it had been a while. 


It’s amusing to me how I started with the intention of making it the same as the one below, which I made for a wedding some months ago, but it ended up hardly like it at all.  I am really bad at repeating a design, even when I try to.  That creative urge to do something just a little bit different always seems to take over…which usually takes me much longer than I have the time for! 

Anybody else get distracted so easily once they start a creative process?  I hope I’m not alone!

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

.beautiful inspiration. March 14, 2011

I love this Tuesday Trigger image from Moxie Fab World…a combination of some of my favourite colours, which I think look so beautiful together.    

So, a card has emerged featuring these colours with a simple heart flower that I have been making a bit lately.

I’ve been trying to keep my designs simpler and less busy lately, mainly just because it is not so time-consuming!  But also because I have a tendency to over-clutter, so it’s a personal challenge that I would like to rub off into my home, where paper and clutter follows me around the house like children to the Pied Piper. (o:  This is more obvious because I share a home with a minimalistic-loving {neat freak} husband!  But that also has its perks – he vacuums often, tidies up before visitors arrive, and cleans out the fridge on a regular basis.  Nice!!

If you’re just coming to the end of a long weekend like me, I hope you made the most of it and got to enjoy all the sun that seems to have returned!

Love Ruth x


.in need of flowers. July 6, 2010

It’s one of those winter days where the fog barely lifts.  You need x-ray vision for driving, at least in some parts of town (my street, for example), and you just can’t seem to get your toes warm.  So in the midst of the winter fog, I am in need of some flowers, and a card is the perfect way to get some quickly and easily!

Hope you find a way to get some brightness into your day also.

Love Ruth


Card designed for Moxie Fab World Layout Inspiration Challenge and Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge #24

I have taken inspiration from the button flowers in the semi-circle on the RHS of the MFW Scrapbook Layout, and from the simplicity of the JAI Sketch.