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the sketchbook hypothesis

October 1, 2011

when I went out of town to visit my mom a few days ago, I decided to travel with a sketchbook rather than an actual book to keep myself occupied in the airport and in transit.  And I did in fact work through a handful of new ideas.

The process of idea generation on paper is new for me.  I usually let things marinate in my head until I can see the results in my minds eye.  But that takes a long time.  This process was amazingly fast.

I came home and the very next day went to Round Top (more on that here) with Cristybella, where I saw this little cutie (the paper tassel).

Before I know it, my sketchbook is tossed to the side and here I am making my own version of the paper tassel.

I pierced through the top of my fringed paper bundle with a needle and threaded a short piece of wire through the roll to secure.  Then I added my button embellishment on a strand of hemp.  I like the simplicity of these, but also like the more elaborate embellishments on the original version too.

Paper + Tassels = fabulousness in my opinion.  I love them and can envision a few more of these in my future.  Sketchbook ideas notwithstanding.

Thank you for reading and hope you’re having a completely wonderful weekend 🙂




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14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2011 4:28 pm

    Diane, these paper tassels are DARLING!

    You always blow me away with your creativity. You take an idea and then make it YOURS. And that’s the sign of a TRUE artist!

    “I usually let things marinate in my head until I can see the results in my minds eye.”

    I’m the same way whenever creating something (whether it be a blog post, photgraph, or acting). I like to let thinks stew a bit and BAM…suddenly I get a vision or a feeling.

    Thanks for sharing, dear friend. Hope you’re having a delightful weekend!

    X to you and C!

  2. October 1, 2011 11:06 pm

    VERY creative!!!

  3. October 2, 2011 3:52 am

    Very cute idea! Would love for you to share over at Etcetorize tomorrow night (

  4. October 2, 2011 8:33 am

    Interesting. I felt I wanted to read each bit of the tassel. You are very creative.

  5. October 4, 2011 11:34 am

    cute idea…so simple and yet unique!

  6. October 4, 2011 1:18 pm

    Super cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. October 4, 2011 2:06 pm

    These look fun!

  8. October 5, 2011 6:12 pm

    I love the sketchbook idea. These are so adorable. Thanks for sharing. I am featuring this project on my facebook page today.

  9. October 7, 2011 12:20 pm

    such a simple idea
    that looks very artsy and pretty

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  10. October 11, 2011 2:41 am

    great idea to make them with paper!

  11. February 28, 2015 8:06 am

    I love this! I am going to make some with bookmarks! I should say try to make some bookmarks with tassels! 😊. I’ve also shared your post with my FB readers!


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