Monday, February 8, 2016

the here and now

dear diary,
i am happy to write u and tell u that although me and duk duk's much anticipated first top secret makey project of 2016 is not yet available in our kalyxcraftopia etsy world, it will be hopefully very soon once the sun comes out and we can take pictures and work on our awesome listing.  in the meanwhile, i am also happy to write that me and duk duk expanded our card portfolio in a very royal way this past weekend with the addition of a new supercool birthday card , plus a new mother's day card and a new father's day card.  which is pretty perfect because just about everybuddy's birthday is always coming up and of course mother's day and father's day are coming up too.  u might find the cards interesting because u can see what a difference four years makes in my wolfiness.  but do not be afraid because even after fully transform into a wolf which is still probably a few years off,  i will still be me, only rawwrryer.  

speaking of rawwwryness, i have asked mom to work with me on my patience and timing because as u know, to be a skilled and successful predator, wolf needs quite a lot of patience to know exactly when to really spring out of the woods and pounce on his prey.  needless to say, these patience tests are a difficult task, but one worthy of completion if one is to become a true and successful wolf.   i will keep u informed of my progress.

b. :)

...okay, now, mom? now? um, now?...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

opie n me :)

hee hee, okay I will pose but let's hurry, mom, before that big dog comes over here. 

okay, now, let's see, one paw here and one paw there and..okay, what do u think, should I turn my left paw just a little more? :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

unseasonably yours

A frozen shoulder has limited my makey abilities in recent times, but thanks to the magic fingers of my physical therapy team, my shoulder and my spirits have become functional enough to allow me to work on our latest top secret makey project, the results of which I know a certain little wannabe wolf and falcon are anxious to introduce to the world and put in the shop for all to experience.

With any luck, tiny chumley and duk duk will send out a doot later this week or sometime next.  But for now, all they can do is patiently wait, and they can bask in the sunshine streaming through the open window of an unseasonably warm winter day. :)

hee hee, pheeeeeeeew. okay yeah that was me, duk duk.  good thing mom opened the window. :)

Friday, January 29, 2016

walk the line


really? why sure, mom, we promise while u go to the store we will keep our paws and wings on this side of the reminder stick until it is time for snackie snack.  okay, c u later. :)

hee hee, what do u mean why did i agree 2 that, duk duk?

we agreed to paws and wings...

 ..not paw and wing. :)



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

a wolf is hungry :)

mom, dontchoo think it is time 2 make me more chunky chicken water? :)

Monday, January 25, 2016


oooOOOooOOooooo - yessss, chocobot! the snow did not melt!
u know what that means - school is cancelled today!!

hee hee, gimme tail :)

Friday, January 22, 2016

ode to snow

i hope i will get to see,
some lovely pretty snowflakes
falling in front of me. :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

pair vs pair

what?!?!? duk duk, they totally are. o come on. u r missing a wing, not a pair of eyeballs.

nopies. nopies.  totally the same.  nopies. nopies. nope. nopies. except maybe for color, u can hardly tell them apart. they are right there, in front of us. how can u even think that they are not-

okay fine, nobuddy move. if u do not believe me, we will ask mom. but be prepared for a pounding once she tells us a wolf is right. 

moooom, can u please come here for a minute and help us settle something so duk duk can get the pounding he deserves?  oh goody, thanks for coming so soon...


hee hee, okay, be honest, mom.  they're totally the same, right? :)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

a wolf must nap

Tiny chumley woke up with his usual dose of energetic sunshine, but it was quickly drained, bark after bark after bark after bark, at the HVAC maintenance man who obviously had procured no permission to trespass on a certain little wolf's sacred territory.

hee hee, i am sorry your ears are still ringing, mom, but did u see - it worked! he is gone and here we are, safe and sound. now if u will excuse me, a wolf must nap. :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

last man standing

well, mom, in exchange for a ride to the candy store, me and duk duk are prepared to offer u our very last super delicious Christmas gingerbread man snackie :) 

Monday, January 11, 2016

winter is coming :)

ooooOOOooOOOOOooooOOoo! my new scandawegian super wooly viking direwolf winter dud with removable pewter ninja throwing pin turned out even better than me and duk duk's drawing, mom! :) :)

Our fall and winter has been rather mild and wet mostly, but for one lucky little wolf, hopefully there will be a few days of sunny chilly walkie weather yet to come

Friday, January 8, 2016

blah blah blah axe and light saber :)

  A nicely fitted sleeve has been my makey moby dick for ages now as far as tiny chumley's wardrobe is concerned.  Each year, I find myself pulling out the pattern I yearn to perfect, and refine it more, redrawing the shoulder line and adjusting the armscye and sleeve cap, sewing fit model after fit model to test my tweaks and futz some more.

 Late last year, the sewing gods finally saw fit to allow me achieve to my goal of sleeve nirvana.  But the irony, of course, is that I now realize that sleeves, even nicely fitted sleeves that highlight a magnificent shoulder ham, are hardly something a little wolf wants or needs when he goes on his walkies.  A little wolf needs freedom of movement when he goes out in the world, an unhindered ability to move his shorty legs upwards and downwards and every which way in between, so he can be ready at a moment's notice to chase bunnies, or run away from big noisy dogs.  Sleeves are great for jammies and dress up, but not so much for a wandering weenie wolf's walkie wear.

With old man winter finally making an appearance, this week's makey project for tiny chumley was two fold - make a simple sleek winter thermal hoodie that would allow him to walk unencumbered by bulk, and, rusty though I have been in this department, make him a new super cool winter harness that he could wear over his new cashmere duds.

 Today, a peek at part 1, Baxter's cashmere hoodie, which I made from a sleeve of a thrift store sweater for the main body, and part of the sweater's body for the hood itself, plus double fold bias binding cut from fabric I had scored long ago in the NYC garment district.  The basic concept is fairly simple and, since there are no set in sleeves, no pattern is required.  In fact, the basic concept is simply to find a cashmere sweater whose sleeve is slightly smaller in circumference than the tubular size of your pup's body.  I wanna say maybe 10-20% smaller for a nice snug fit.  Cut the sleeve off at the shoulder seam.  Then cut two slits where the arm holes should be (just cut slits, not circles else the arm holes will stretch too big).  Consider making one release cut into the cuff ribbing if the neck is tight - this will also allow for a cute turn down collar as well.  Then cut for body length as needed, and  bind all the cut edges, or leave them unfinished as I did in his first sleeve based blue sweater .
Add a hood if you'd like using a stretch stitch on your sewing machine and voila, instant winter jedi viking cashmere hoodie! :)

ps - It was cloudy all day yesterday so in the next post, a hopefully much less wordier peek at tiny chumley's awesome part 2.

hee hee, mom, speaking of jedis and vikings, next time u make me a hoodie can u please add loops so a wolf can carry a light saber and an axe? otherwise this patttern is pretty much perfect and thank u so much for making it for me:)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

tag team :)

...hee hee, oh no, a wolf is pinned down by a tiny falcon! hey, little duk duk, no fair, that tickles! here, let me get back up and i will show u -  hee hee, little duk duk, i said let me get back up and i will - 

oh hello mom. what's that? o nothing, really.  just baby sitting duk duk's cousin little duk duk and showing him a few moves while duk duk is out back preparing for tonitey nite's grand opening of our new valentine's day themed third floor north wing exhibit, "seasons of stink: a collection of accidental heart shaped poop shapes and the snake shapes that will protect u from them." u and dad got our invitation, right? it's brown tie only :)