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Midori Passport Notebook

Warning:  Lots and lots of photos in this post!

In my quest to be more organized, I began looking for a small notebook to carry with me everywhere.

I decided to try out the Midori Passport Size Traveler’s Notebook.

I LOVE this notebook … more so, because I’ve personalized it.

(Yes, that’s what I’ve been doing each night this week while my arm kept me up till all hours!)

Here’s a quick shot of my (passport size)  over-stuffed Midori:

Midori 1 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

You can see I added a “charm” to the front to customize it.

My original intention was to use this book to jot down quick thoughts, and to-dos while on the run.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Midori Notebooks, they originated in Japan.

They’ve been around for a long, long, time.

They were, originally, designed to be carried by people while traveling.

(To hold passports, airline tickets, souvenirs, journal notes about a vacation, etc.)

They come in a small, passport, size like mine – and a long, thin, standard traveler’s size.

Midori’s have become incredibly popular with both men and women in recent years.

There are a lot of people who now make various versions of fake Midoris … called “faux” doris.

A Midori is basically a piece of leather and an elastic band – it’s a very rudimentary notebook.

You can buy various inserts for a Midori, depending on how you plan to use it.

For example, you could buy a calendar insert for it if you wanted to use it as a planner.

(Mine is not going to be used as a planner.)

Inserts are available on Amazon.  A lot of Etsy shops make various inserts for them also.

The leather gradually becomes more and more beat-up … which is part of the Midori appeal.

The pages frequently stick out a little from the leather cover and also get beat up … again, part of the appeal.

It’s sort of an “Indiana Jones” type look.

When an insert gets full, you can pull it out of the book and archive it or throw it away.

Just slip in a new insert and you’re ready to go.

I took some very rushed, pretty terrible, photos of how I set up my Midori.

On the inside cover, I used an adhesive backed pocket to hold notes.

Midori 2 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

On the opposite side, is a small zippered compartment for receipts, etc.

Next, I covered a plain brown, kraft paper, pocket folder with scrapbook paper so it would look nicer.

Note:  You do not “have to” decorate Midori notebooks.  A lot of people use them in their most basic form.

Midori 20 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I don’t usually like pink, but I think it looks nice with the dark brown leather.

Here’s a photo of the inside of the pocket insert which I also covered in scrapbook paper.

Midori 19 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Even in a small notebook, it’s handy to have a lot of pocket options.

After my array of pockets, I have a total of three paper inserts in my Midori.

Most people probably only use two because the passport is a very small notebook.

The three inserts I chose are 1) lined paper, 2) plain white, unlined paper, and 3) graph paper.

The insert covers were plain, so I decided to spruce them up by covering them in various papers.

On the left side of the next photo you see the back of my pocket kraft folder.

On the right is the cover of my first paper insert.

Midori 5 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Open the cover of Insert #1 and you will see this:

Midori 6 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I figured I would start off the “real” part of the notebook with a few uplifting quotes.

Turn the page and, on the right, the lined pages begin …. and they will remain decoration free for writing.

Midori 7 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

On the inside of Insert #1’s back cover, I covered up “the boring” with this:

Midori 8 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

And, on the very back of the cover, I again used the same paper I previously used to cover the kraft pocket insert.

The front cover of Insert #2 has a different paper in a complimentary color scheme.

Midori 9 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

The back of Insert #1 and the front of Insert #2.

My second paper insert is filled with plain, unlined, paper.

The inside front cover of Insert #2 now looks like this:

Midori 10 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Turn the page, and the plain paper of Insert #2 begins on the right hand side.

I love having some unlined paper available, and with me, whenever I need it.

Midori 11 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I decorated the inside back cover of Insert #2 to look like this:

Midori 12 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I used a variety of scrapbook paper and project life cards for most of the decorated areas.

In the next photo, you see the back cover of Insert #2 and the front cover of Insert #3.

Midori 13 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

The back cover of Insert #2 and the front cover of Insert #3.

Insert #3 is graph paper.  I think it will come in handy for recording work mileage, expenses, etc.

I decorated the inside cover of Insert #3 to look like this:

Midori 14 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

The first pages look like this:

Midori 15 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

After that, the remainder of Insert #3 is standard graph paper.

The inside back cover of Insert #3 looks like this:

Midori 16 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

The back cover of Insert #3 looks like this:

Midori 17 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Finally, we come to the end of my Midori Passport Notebook.

It ends with a couple business card holders.

I also have the Midori pen holder attached to the back cover.

Midori 18 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I love my little – but chunky – very overstuffed, Midori.

It easily fits in a handbag and/or my camera bag.


There’s just something about it.

It feels good to hold and it’s great to write in.

Midori 1 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

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Feeling Crafty

I’ve had the craziest week.


On top of the craziness, I decided to work on a craft project in my spare time.

I have no spare time.

Oh, and also, my arm is currently not connected to my body.

(If you don’t follow me normally, you can better understand what I’m talking about by clicking here.)

So much pain!

And, also?

No sleep!

Anyway, I was so busy I haven’t written a proper post for today.

(And yesterday’s post about Fred went up much later than normal.)

But, I’m hoping to tell you all about my craft project in tomorrow’s post.

I wanted to wait until I have photos to share and I’m not quite done with it yet.

It’s an easy project anyone could make.

It also could make a very nice gift for someone.

Mine isn’t turning out perfectly, by any means.

I’m proud of it anyway.

I feel a sense of accomplishment as I see it coming together.

Stay tuned, and please come back tomorrow to hear all about it!

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Fred Update – 24 Weeks Old

Several of you have asked for a Fred photo.

Here’s a quick iPhone photo of Fred The Newf looking very Goofie-Newfie yesterday:

24 week Old Fred © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Fred The Newf  —  24 Weeks Old

Fred loves his stuffed roadrunner.  He carries it around with him a lot.

Fred has seen REAL roadrunners, but he seems to like his toy roadrunner best.

Sometimes Fred looks very regal and majestic … but, obviously, not in the above photo.

I’m going to take Fred to the vet to be weighed this week.

All I really can say at this point is – Fred is gigantic.

(He’s big even by Newfie standards … he seems to be taking after his Very Large Newf Dad.)

I get interesting reactions when people meet Fred.

People assume he’s an adult because of his size.

People who are afraid of dogs are REALLY afraid of Fred since he’s so big.

I keep saying, “He’s only a puppy – he won’t hurt you.”

People who are familiar with the Newfie breed (and their very sweet temperaments) tend to squeal loudly, in delight, when Fred approaches.

I have several house projects in progress right now.

Fred either scares the workers to death …

Or, if they offer to pet him, covers them with love, affection, dog hair, and slobber.


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Texas, Then Home

I had a nice, but busy, few days in Texas.

I shot a lot of portraits.

I explored some architecture.

I visited my college-aged son and spoiled him with some nice meals out.

I walked a lot.

I attended the Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival.

It was a lot of fun.

They even had live music.

Usually, at most art festivals, there’s a lot of the same old stuff.

I was pleasantly surprised, and a bit intrigued, by some of the art I experienced in Texas.

I love seeing people express their creativity in unique ways.

(I didn’t take many photos of the art booths because I was trying to rest my arm.)

Fred The Newf and I were overjoyed to see each other again when I got home.

He was spoiled rotten in my absence.

(But he tried to make me feel guilty for leaving him anyway.)

I gave Fred a lot of pets and hugs.

He gave me a lot of slobbery kisses.

I also returned home to an “extra” physical therapy appointment.

I might have yelped when Paul Newman touched my arm.

Embarrassed, I immediately apologized.

(He apologized too … even though he had barely touched me.)

Traveling is never good for my arm.

Now, I’m back to work and,

Simultaneously, trying to get caught up with life.

There’s always so much to do and so little time!

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The Derby Dress!

Yesterday, as I frantically tried to get my Texas details in order ….

I came across the perfect dress to wear to the Kentucky Derby.

You may remember, I’ve already purchased a gigantic purple Derby hat.

Finding a dress to go with it has been much more difficult than I expected.

Derby dresses are supposed to be spring-ish and ladylike – very Southern Belle-ish.

And …. finally!


I’m thrilled I finally found something.

It’s in my closet and waiting for Derby.

I think I’m going to wear nude shoes with it.

It’s such a relief … the Derby is only a couple weeks away!

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Packing – Again

I’m about to leave for a few days in Texas.

I stayed home for five months and now I’m cramming three air-o-plane trips into a four week time period.

I’ve been in town for a whopping four days.

I’ve tried to fit two weeks of STUFF into those four days.

(I haven’t even had a chance to take any photos of Fred!)

Yesterday began with a biopsy on my leg.

(I’m sure I’m fine … I’m a melanoma person/surviver so my doc is very diligent about such things.)

The day ended with an army of police and emergency vehicles all over my neighborhood.

Apparently, an underage party at a neighbor’s led to chaos, injuries, and drunken stupidness.

(Remember those days?)

In any case, I’m not taking my computer on the Texas trip.

I’ll be back next Tuesday.

If I can, in the meantime, I’ll post a photo or two and/or possibly a brief post via my phone.

If nothing else, I’m sure I’ll be on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook.

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Outgrowing A Home Office

I work out of my house.

My work no longer fits inside my house.

In fact, it hasn’t for awhile.

My cramped quarters, and less than ideal set-up, affects my productivity dramatically.

When I first began working from home, I was working part time.

Now, I’m continually stressed out by my lack of space.

Also, people think it’s okay to interrupt me because I work out of my house.

After all, I’m HOME aren’t I?

I don’t have a solution yet.

Rent in Southern California is VERY expensive.

But, I need a working studio – badly.

This has been an issue I’ve been struggling with for the last year.

Recently, I lost a bid on an $80,000 job.

I was bidding against one other photographer.

I was told the client preferred my work.

But …?

The other photographer prints all of his own work and his cost was substantially lower than mine.

I have to pay a middleman to print for me.

I can’t compete on really big jobs without printing my own photos.

Commercial, large format, printers are extremely expensive.

They’re also HUGE …. the size of a large couch.

In my current situation, I don’t even have a place to put one.



Have you, or someone you know, gone through anything similar?

I’m so frustrated and I don’t have a solution ….


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Weekend Recap

I had a fun weekend in Northern California.

I flew into Oakland last Friday.

I spent the afternoon getting caught up with my friend, Thomas.

Towards the end of the day, we drove into San Francisco to meet one of his friends, Scott.

I got a little play time in Scott’s car.

Me – in Scott’s Polaris.

We had a fun evening/night in the city.

We started at the Redwood Room and the evening progressed from there.

The Redwood Room:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.

On Saturday, Thomas and I spent the day shooting in the Central Valley.

The beautiful (?) Central Valley.

There’s nothing quite like listening to Credence Clearwater’s song Stuck in Lodi as you photograph the city of Lodi.

I love when someone else is driving on road trips so I can shoot.

There are always so many photo opportunities from the car.

Lines and Shadows:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.

Saturday night was spent working on large format prints.

Here’s an iPhone photo Thomas took of me holding a print we made:


Making BIG photo prints is fun!

The photo I’m holding is a flower shot Thomas took.

We printed it on metallic paper as a 44 inch by 44 inch square.

All of the huge prints we made came out beautiful.

(By the way, the printer we used is the size of a couch!)

On Sunday, it was raining.

We spent the morning at a museum.

Once the rain stopped, we began shooting west Oakland.

Thomas photographs graffiti as part of his shoot America project.

There’s a lot of graffiti in West Oakland.

Graffiti – West Oakland

We went from Oakland to Berkeley shooting.

Eventually, the day ended with more printing.

I got home late Sunday night.

And now …?

I think I need a nap.

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Happy Weekend!

I’m in Northern California for the next few days.

I hope you have a great weekend.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get a post up on Monday or not.

I’ll try.

If not, I’ll be back on Tuesday for sure.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

San Francisco City Lights:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.

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April 1, 2015

I’m going to be a little sporadic with posts over the next few days.

I imagine a lot of you will be absent due to holidays anyway.

I’ll be in Northern California Friday through Monday.

It’s a photography trip.

My friend, Thomas, and I are going to be  drinking wine and  making prints on Friday.

He has a “real” (professional) printer.

I wish I had one!

We’re shooting all day Saturday and Sunday.

I’ll be getting home late, late, late, on Sunday night.

I imagine I’ll be exhausted by the time I get home.

(We tend to cram five days worth of shooting into every day we work together.)

Paul Newman is seeing me Monday morning in an effort to help me through the ugly aftermath.

I love Paul Newman.

I don’t know what I’d do without him.

In other news, yesterday a lizard the size of Godzilla was running around my family room.

I had left my back door open for Fred to go in and out as he pleased while I was doing a few chores.

I’m not afraid of lizards.

Unless they’re running around my family room.

Fred was no help at all.

Fred The Newf – Five Months Old

Fred is not a “normal” dog.

I’m pretty sure Fred is three quarters teddy bear and only one quarter dog.

He looked at the lizard, looked at me, and shrugged.

A “real” dog would have chased the lizard.

Real dogs don’t SHRUG when they see a lizard run in front of them.

(In Fred’s defense, he was very interested in a rabbit he saw later in the day.  And also? Quail!)

I had a few errands to run after Godzilla appeared, so I left the back door open while I was gone.

I hope Godzilla made an exit the same way he came in?

I’m a little concerned Godzilla will startle me by making an appearance in the house when I least expect him.