June 2016!!

How can it be JUNE already?

I hope all my U.S. readers had a great, safe, Memorial Day weekend.

My son was here visiting for a week, but he’s now returned to college.

I’m back at physical therapy with Paul Newman today.

(Such a disturbing jolt back to reality!)

Today marks four weeks since my elbow surgery, and eleven weeks since my shoulder surgery.

Every week that goes by I feel a little better than the last – which is pure awesomeness!!

I took a handful of photos with my “big” camera over the weekend and IT WAS OKAY!

I wouldn’t push it and try to do much more yet, but I can definitely see I’m making great progress.

I’ve been very busy over the last week.

Having a new puppy in the house makes for total (!!) chaos.

Puppy Frank the Newf, 15 weeks old, practices his swimming.

Add in having my college-aged son here, another out of state visitor for one day, my daughter’s birthday celebration, blah, blah, blah!!


But, it’s been great, and I’m happy.

This week I’m going to try to find a puppy obedience class for mischievous Frank.

(Frank is SO ADORABLE and he’s also THE NAUGHTIEST PUPPY!  If Dennis the Menace was a puppy he’d be Frank!)

I’m also going to continue taking a few photos here and there … trying to gradually strengthen my arm.

(My arm is immobilized in a brace/splint thingy, but I can do very light shooting.)

Because I’m feeling a lot better physically, I’m also going to return to exercising this week …

I’ll be starting very slowly, and building up gradually, since I’ve done absolutely nothing for nearly three months.

Having two back-to-back surgeries threw me for a loop energy-wise.

I just couldn’t muster the energy to do much of anything for awhile.

But, now I’m anxious to ease myself back to reality.


I’m absolutely, totally, obsessed with the altered book (art journal) I’m working on.

I never thought I’d enjoy it so much because it isn’t really the type of art I enjoy playing with.

Or, so I thought.

I’m having so much fun and I think it’s a direct reflection of how much I must have enjoyed kindergarten once upon a time.

My only frustration is how slow the progress is on my book.

I have no patience and there’s so much DRYING time as I work on it.

As a result, I’ve purchased a second vintage book to alter.

While one is drying (gel medium/gesso/paint/whatever), I can work on the other.

Four hundred bazillion years from now maybe one or the other will actually be complete?

I was originally inspired by Courtney Diaz (The Little Ink) on YouTube.

She used an old, vintage, sewing book to alter so I’ve followed her lead.

(Video of Courtney’s enormous altered sewing book is here.)

My art style (??? I’m not sure I even have one ???) is different from Courtney’s (<— She has talent, and I simply PLAY!) but her project inspired mine.

OK, let’s be honest …. I mainly just love Courtney’s Australian accent.

Anyway, I’ve ordered a few vintage fashion magazines off eBay and I LOVE using them in my altered book.

The advertisements are particularly funny to me.

Ad © Suzanne Haggerty 2016 W

Deodorant ad from a 1933 McCall’s Woman’s Magazine.


Are you surprised lipstick deodorant never caught on?

The old magazines I’ve purchased on eBay are super cheap because I’m buying damaged ones.

If they’re already beat up and damaged, I have no remorse about tearing them up to use bits and pieces in my art journal.

Well, I think I’ve written way too much for one day.

I’ll try to take some Fred and Frank photos for you this week.

The two of them are adorable together!

2 Responses to “June 2016!!”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    So happy for your post surgical progress.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you! I’m SO excited. I just wish I could fast forward the rehab!


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