Look! A Baby Wolf!

Do certain lines from movies and TV dig like earwigs into your brain and become part of your vocabulary?  (Please tell me I’m not alone in this). Whether it’s John Cleese in Monty Python and The Holy Grail:


Or Gina Davis in The Fly


Or most anything from Firefly:


continental_divide4A truly horrible movie came out in 1981—John Belushi, Blair Brown, Continental Divide.  This was Belushi’s attempt at being a romantic lead.  Yeesh.  When Brown tries to make him tell the truth, he weasels out of it with a great line that stuck in my head.  “Look, a baby wolf!”

Sort of like the dog in Up!:


So, that’s my shorthand for Let’s not talk about how crazy I feel.  Let’s look at something shiny instead (Another Firefly reference, thank you very much).

Look! A Baby Wolf!


I learned how to rehydrate old paper.  I found a set of German books so old they didn’t have copyrights.  Best guess is that they’re from the 1830s.  The acidic paper in books this old falls apart with a touch and soaks up anything moist.  So, as background paper for my cards, I can’t really do anything but use them as is—which is gorgeous.  I love the beautiful type and the design element of foreign text.  But I wanted the option of dressing them up if I wanted to.  After a little Googling and found a ridiculously simple rehydrating process.  To my amazement, it worked.  I feel so science-y!


Get a container with an air-tight lid.  Set a smaller container of water in the center.  Carefully tuck the ancient paper around the smaller container (that’s the tricky part—curling the paper without it crumbling to bits).  Seal the container and let it sit for a day.

Rehydrating3That’s the whole process.

The book pages came out a little more supple, a little better able to hold color.  They still sucked up the moisture of inks and sprays, but I’m sorta digging the subtle results.


Another day of rehydration, yielded bolder colors.


Awesome Sauce!

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jojaplm
    Feb 15, 2016 @ 09:37:30

    Most definitely! You captured 2 of my favorites there. “I fart in your general direction” and “Squirrel!” Looks like I’ll have to watch Firefly again, not remembering any of those. I’ll leave you with another favorite… “I’ll stuff you all in the crust!” — Despicable Me. Love the paper!


    • Sandy Sue
      Feb 15, 2016 @ 14:27:55

      For all my love of movies, I don’t see a lot of animation. My bad. This looks darn cute.

      And I couldn’t find my favoritest Fireflyism— Shiny!


  2. jojaplm
    Feb 15, 2016 @ 09:39:39


  3. Michelle at The Green Study
    Feb 15, 2016 @ 09:48:06

    Rehydration is always a good thing. Except for mummies. I have a zillion movie lines in my head, but the only one I can think of right now is “one ping only” from The Hunt for Red October. Really, that’s all I have in my head right now. Ping.


  4. David Kanigan
    Feb 15, 2016 @ 10:54:17

    OMG: Monty Python and The Holy Grail – that scene is tattooed in my mind…LOVE it.


  5. Leslie
    Feb 15, 2016 @ 12:18:27

    Everytime I think of Monty Python all I can think of is “A Path! A Path!” I say it alllllll the time.


  6. belocchio
    Feb 15, 2016 @ 13:24:36

    Brilliant idea for restoring brittle paper. I have VERY old books, falling apart, and now I can make use of the pages. My husband and my son know every line from Blazing Saddles. The lines frequently become appropriate excerpts in every day conversation!!


  7. Elaine GREEN
    Feb 15, 2016 @ 13:48:55

    LOL LOL LOL LOL Awesome sauce!! YOU are so amazing… that MIND of yours holds ‘pearls’ of wisdom and joy. I love you. me


  8. Harry Balls
    Feb 06, 2022 @ 01:24:14

    think baby wolf was from 1941


  9. Mike
    Jul 16, 2022 @ 03:13:56

    Belushi uses the same line “look, a baby wolf”before he sucker punches someone in the earlier movie 1941. Continental Divide was a horrible film for believe ability, but the Belishi character was great, gritty Chicago newspaper columnist. I liked that, and if you were a Belushi fan who knew it wasn’t a slapstick comedy, it wasn’t hard to watch.


  10. Howard's awesome mom
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 06:13:25

    You do know where, “Look, a baby wolf”, originates, yes? It’s from Spielberg’s, ‘1941’, which by the way, is Belushi’s line.

    Been in my vocabulary since day one…… Use it often, actually.


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