20.12.12

Dreams and zombooks and deers, oh my!

I don't understand how exercise books can be zombies.

That was what I was mumbling when I woke up this morning. I had been dreaming about zombies, and how the group I was with were decapitating them with saws and poking them with screwdrivers. In fact, the department store we were in had zombie heads lined up on shelves, which was actually quite convenient for poking them in the ear. And the zombie exercise books (or, zombooks) were stacked up on the shelves between the regular zombie people heads (zompeeps?). I guess poking doesn't kill zombooks though, because we set them on fire.

And then I woke up. Slightly confused and mumbling.

And I had the day off! Whee!

And the neighbourhood deer were wandering about, as they tend to do.

Stag in my Backyard. I think he sees me.
I think he sees me.

Fawn in my front yard.
Om nom nom nom.

Wee stag with wee horns.
Wee horns on a wee stag!


Wow. I really need a new camera. A real one, with settings that don't reset themselves randomly.

Then after I took pictures of deer I went to Wal-Mart. Yay? Nay. But, I needed cookie ingredients. White-Chocolate Gingerbread Blondie ingredients, to be exact. I made them this evening, and they turned out pretty darned good if I do say so myself. They're for a cookie exchange with a couple of the girls at work, which means I get all kinds of Christmas cookie goodness.

Anyhoo, I'm off to beddy-bye now! More mundane updates will follow sooner or later, with perhaps even a few of the non-mundane variety thrown in for good measure. Crazy!

16.12.12

Tassimo FTW!

Literally FTW...'cause I won it! From Tim Horton's! They had a contest where if you bought one of their paninis your name was put in to win the Tassimo. I guess they're promoting their new Timmies T-Discs, but I don't drink their coffee so I won't be trying them.

Tassimo Coffee Owl
Coffee Owl approves of my free Tassimo.

So far though...not that impressed. The few lattes we've tried are very weak. Pleasant...but not awesome. I was really disappointed with the chai tea latte. We even watched how-to videos on YouTube to see if we were doing something wrong. Nope! Guess I'm just used to Starbucks, who are apparently with Keurig now. Maybe I'll win one of those sometime.

14.11.12

Simple Pom-Pom Garland

Simple Pop-Pom Garland

I was feeling a bit antsy last night so I had a poke through my stash, hoping for quickie-craft-inspiration to hit me. And it did, with wee fluffy pom-poms! Five minutes later, I had a string of colourful balls for...somewhere. They're hanging out on the naked window in my craft room for now. (Yay! I have a craft room! And I totally made this craft in my craft room!)

9.11.12

Do harder? Do this! *insert rude gesture here*

You know what doesn't make me feel better when I'm sick? A pep talk in every drop. In fact, they make me want to punch things. And people. Only feebly though, 'cause, you know, I'm sick.

Know what else? People give you really weird looks when you flip off your garbage.

A pep talk in every wrapper

7.11.12

I Like Birds

Wow, I really miss blogging! I've been writing lots of posts in my head, so I just need to get my butt in gear (i.e. in a chair) and real-write the darned things. For now, here's a quick breakdown of what I've been doing for the past few weeks...
  • I moved! I'm in my new house! Right now!
  • I had a terrible cold! While moving! It totally sucked!
  • I worked. (That one doesn't rate an exclamation point.)
  • I volunteered! Tuesday mornings! Except for the day I moved!
  • Wild ARC had their Volunteer Appreciation Potluck! I went!
So yeah, it was an amazingly fun, huge potluck with the awesome people of Wild ARC. (My contribution was cookies, most of which were eaten, I'm happy to report.) The staff did an amazing job on the decorations! There were tree branches along the walls with twinkle lights, fall leaves on the floor between the tables, and lots of cute owl balloons! (You can sort of see one in the photo below.) There was a slideshow of photos of this year's happenings, interns, volunteers, and of course, all the animal patients. I may have teared up a little. There were also trivia games, door prizes, and complimentary drinks. Each volunteer received a certificate, a 2013 Wild ARC calendar, and we got to pick out a photo of our favorite animal. I picked one with two beautiful crow babies, both of which I probably hand fed at some point this summer, not to mention cleaned up lots of their crow baby poop. (I may have teared up a little at the thought of all the crow babies. It usually doesn't take much.)

Oh yeah, and there was a hawk! Jeff, Wild ARC caretaker and falconer, brought along his 6 month old Harris Hawk, Tarook. He's a totally cute educational bird, and Jeff was awesome enough to take pictures of people who wanted to hold him. (Guess who jumped at the chance?)

Me and Tarook the Harris Hawk
"Yeah, yeah, I'm a pretty bird. Whatever, lady. Hurry up and take the picture Jeff."

I really should write about all the wonderful experiences I had at Wild ARC at some point. I've tried a few times, but the words don't seem to flow. It's simply been the best experience of my life. And yes, that includes all the poop cleaning...which is probably what I spent half my time at, come to think of it.

26.10.12

Halloween is a'comin'

But you already knew that, didn't you? If you were here with me in person though, you sure wouldn't. I don't have one single Halloween decoration up. I didn't even make any Halloween crafts this year! What's up with that?

Things have been a little hectic lately (as in, the whole freakin' summer) at Casa du Zombie. I've been working at two jobs and volunteering once or twice a week at Wild ARC. There were visits from relatives. There was also a bit of sightseeing, future-planning, and sometimes even sleeping. Most of my free/fun/relaxation time was spent working on The Neverending Cross Stitch Project. The goal is to have it done by Christmas, but I dunno if that's going to happen...

The Never-Ending Cross Stitch Project
The Neverending Cross Stitch Project

Oh yeah, and I'm moving in a few days! Most of my stuff is in boxes, the apartment is about halfway cleaned, and I am so ready to get out of here! We're just moving across town into military quarters, but it's an actual house, y'all! It's got three bedrooms, which means I totally get a craft room! There's an oak tree right next to it, an Osprey nest in the neighbourhood, and oodles of blackberry bushes at the edge of the backyard. I'm pretty stoked about the whole thing, even if it means pretty much missing out on my favorite holiday

19.10.12

OMGSOFUCKINGAWESOME

...is the text I sent to a friend the other night as soon as I finished watching the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

And it was!

Some of the Leah-approved highlights were;
  • Michonne! And her pack mule pet zombies! That gal knows how to travel.
  • Carol has turned into a pretty decent shot, both with the shotgun and with her Daryl-propositioning, double entendre-making saucy mouth. You go, girl! 
  • Zombies wearing helmets! Yay!
  • Daryl ate an owl! But apparently it wasn't very filling.
  • And last but not least, quite possibly the gross-outiest zombie kill ever - Gas Mask Zombie! They ripped off the mask and his face came too!

Yuck yuck yuck and yuck.

Also...yuck.

Seriously though, Carol? I'm so happy they went in a different direction with TV-Carol as opposed to Comic-Carol. She's so much more interesting as a strong and self-assured woman, with nicely developing survival skills, a quick wit and great taste in men.

Pow!

And I just found out something else that's OMGSOFUCKINGAWESOME!

Michonne and her pets...as toys! They won't be out until next spring, but at least I can pre-order them. I missed out on the Daryl Dixon toy, and now he's super expensive to buy. I love me some daryl, but I dunno if I want to pay $170 for him...not the toy version anyway.

I grabbed this image from Cool Toys

14.10.12

The Walking Awesome

Guess which TV series has it's third season premiere tonight? Guess what I have to wait until tomorrow night to watch because I don't have cable and getting cable for just one TV series seems a bit of a waste? (But can you pick and choose individual channels? Noooooo...)

Here are a few of my favorite photo spoilers from the new season. There's a totally spoilerific one in here, so click on the big ol' X up in the corner if you don't want to be spoiled.


Looks like Carol might be turning into a bit of a badass. Good for her. The world could always use a few more badass women. Which, by the way, is one of the reasons I love this comic/show. Michonne and Andrea were always strong, independent characters in the comic. Not only are they both expert zombie killers, they are the best zombie killers. So does Carol discover her inner zombie slayer? If nothing else, I hope she doesn't suffer her comic character's fate: suicide via zombie munchies.


Merle's back! With the Governor! And he brought a stabby prosthetic hand! (Trust me, it gets pretty frickin' stabby.) This can only be awesome. Well, for everyone except Rick I guess. Merle's probably not going to be too thrilled to see him. Then again, he did end up with a nifty zombie stabber because of the whole rooftop incident. I bet it comes in handy. (Yeah, I went there.)


Well hello there, Poncho Daryl! Could you be any cuter? I don't even care that your motorcycle is probably the loudest zombie-attention-getter around, 'cause you totally make up for it with your mad tracking skillz, zombie ear necklaces and sleeveless shirts. You can crossbow me anytime.

30.9.12

Klingon Style

So, I figured I could either write a heartfelt post about how I miss blogging and tell you all about the exciting stuff that's been keeping me busy lately...or, I could share a geektastic parody of a parody. Star Trek totally won out.


What? You haven't heard/seen the Gangham Style song/video? Even I have, and I'm completely oblivious to current pop culture. Mind you, it was only about a week ago that I heard the song on the radio, googled "open condom style" and finally saw the video...but still.

31.7.12

Where's Carl?

When I watched this, I actually LOL'd. Mr. Zombie's reaction was kind of a blank stare though. I guess there really is no accounting for taste.


Have I mentioned my fangirl crush on Wil Wheaton lately? I totally missed Don't Be A Dick Day though. Oh well, that's what I get for trying to spend less time online and more time outside. Well I won't be making that mistake again! (Who am I kidding, it's summer!)


26.7.12

A Post About Zombies

And the countdown to October has begun!

Don't watch this if you hate spoilers! It's not super spoilerific, but it does have some juicy tidbits that aren't in the comic book. And Michonne! A little light on the Daryl though, but that shot of Michonne's zombies almost makes up for that.

Almost.


This trailer makes me insanely happy. It makes my pants want to get up and dance. A little Dr. Hook, anyone? I'm totally YouTubing them now. (YouTubing is totally a verb.)

Did you watch it? Or are you content to wait until October? I've been squee-ing over every bit of teaser info released.

5.7.12

Blog of the Week!

Newfoundland Labrador Blog Roll- Blog of the Week - 07-01 - 07-07 2012
Whoa, dude. It's a screenshot of a screenshot.  My mind has been blown.

Wow! My little bloggy-blog has been selected as the Blog of the Week over at the Newfoundland & Labrador Blogroll. This is awesome. I am, as the saying goes, a proud Newfoundlander, and also proud to be a member of the Newfoundland blogging community. Stephen Eli has obviously put a lot of time and effort into this project and I've found some really interesting blogs because of it. So thanks Stephen! You made my day. (And also my week!)

I'm so happy that I updated my blog for (Zombie) Canada Day, just in time for the screenshot. Why? Because zombie beaver, that's why.

4.7.12

Happy 4th of July to my American Friends!


The joke about the World Wide Web at the beginning is the funniest! Statler and Waldorf's bit at the end is a pretty darned close second though.

Here's my favorite Sam the Eagle skit! And of course, Statler and Waldorf.

2.7.12

My Canada Day Happenings and Doings

Canada Day Flag Cake
Here's the recipe for the Canada Flag Cake

Is three years long enough to make something an official annual tradition? 'Cause this was the third year in a row that I made this Canada Flag Cake. (Clickity-click through for Canada Day 2011.) It's also the third year in a row that I didn't buy enough strawberries to follow the recipe exactly. It still got rave reviews though, and people went back for seconds, so I'm declaring it a win. We originally had plans for a Canada Day barbecue (and patriotic cake nomming) at a friends house on actual Canada Day, but he had to reschedule it for today. The weather was kind of yucky though, all cloudy and gray and drizzly, so we ate inside. (And did laundry.) Yesterday however, the weather was awesome and there was no shortage of Canada Day things to do...

Inflatable Beaver
I think all events should have gigantic inflatable mascot-type creatures.

...like hanging out with a ginormous beaver balloon! This cutie was at the big Canada Day to-do at Fort Rodd Hill. We missed the 21-gun salute, but the gigantic beaver more than made up for it. He's kinda got an Edward Scissorhands thing happening, dontcha think? And apparently there was patriotic cake for the taking, but we missed that too. Boo hiss.

Fort Rodd Hill is right next to a really cool stretch of beach with oodles of beach treasures, like awesome bits of drift wood and shells. I restrained myself though, and only picked up two handfuls of shells. I also had an almost intact crab shell...until I dropped it. After that the shells went in my purse (which now smells like beach treasures).

Beacon Hill Park
View from our picnic spot.

Later in the day we went to Beacon Hill Park for an impromptu mini picnic. It was way too nice to stay inside. I threw some drinks and snacks into a bag, grabbed an old blanket to sit on, our books, the camera and my binoculars. There are heron nests in the park and I was hoping to get a better look at them. Oh, and speaking of birds, I took a big butter container to put all of my likely-to-be-gathered feathers in. There are loads of birds in the park (mostly ducks, but also crows, herons, peafowl, seagulls and songbirds) and the last time we went there I ended up collecting a bunch of pretty duck feathers. This time I came prepared. I called it my Butter Tub of Feather Holding. I've actually been meaning to make some kind of a compartmentalized Bag of Holding to take on my nature excursions, so I could fill that up instead of my purse and pockets. Oh, and speaking of birds (again), I saw peafowl mating! The big sexy peacock did his sexy peacock dance for the ladies, then jumped on top of one, bit her neck, and....well, you know.

And there were Canada day fireworks of course! I didn't bother to take my camera, because I usually miss half the show trying to get a decent picture (and usually fail). This time I wanted to just enjoy it and try for some actual memories, instead of just the out of focus digital kind. It was nice. We didn't even have to go far, just went behind the apartment building and walked along the trail a bit. The fireworks were put off in Victoria's Inner Harbour, which we're pretty much right next door to so we (and dozens of other people) had a great view of the show.

So yeah! My Canada Day was pretty awesome and relaxing, and I hope all of my lovely Canadian readers had a great Canada Day and long weekend as well!

21.6.12

Rollin' with Rollins

Rollins in Victoria!
Henry Rollins, Victoria, BC, June 1, 2012

Dear Henry,

I love your political rants, travel anecdotes and memories of your Black Flag days. The way you find connections between all three of those seemingly unrelated topics, effortlessly switching back and forth between subjects - and decades - in a two hour spoken word performance is both inspired and inspiring. It's also fucking hilarious.

Stand still for a second though, would ya?

Much love,
Leah

Rollins in Victoria!
Henry Rollins, Victoria, BC, June 1, 2012

So yeah, guess who came to town again? Everyone's favorite spoken word artist, world traveller, writer, actor, punk-rock icon, and guy-who-can-rant-for-two-hours-without-taking-a-drink-of-water...Henry Rollins. Sadly, this time there were no posters that I could adorn with dinosaurs. We did pick up the DVD of the performance he did to celebrate his 50th birthday though!

13.6.12

Mr. Bean's Mini

Why I love my Mini, reason #571 why I love my Mini: Mr. Bean had one!





7.6.12

Month of Mail

Letter for Rebecca
Letter for my cousin Rebecca on fancy-pants super-cute stationary! (And a fancy-pants post-it-notes-address-cover-upper.)

Well, that didn't exactly go as planned. I only got a little over a week of letters/postcards done. But, I'm trying to think of this as a learning experience. (Gee, am I getting sick of those! How old do I have to be before I know everything?) I'm also doing my darnedest to focus on the positive, so here goes:
  • Those letters and postcards wouldn't have been written at all if it weren't for this challenge.
  • I picked up a bunch of postcards, and I've been putting that off for...wait,, how long have I lived here? Two years? Jeeze Louise!
  • I signed up for Postcrossing, which is also something I've been putting off for awhile. Not so much for the actual postcards though, but for the stamps. I like stamps.
  • I finally started using some of the stationary I've been collecting (hoarding).
  • Since my official Month of Mail ended I've written one more letter and one more postcard! That's two more that probably wouldn't have been written otherwise.

Letter for Rebecca
Here's the actual letter for Rebecca and the back of the envelope.


So...what have I been doing if it wasn't writing letters and actually finishing something that I started?

  • The Mister's cousin came for a surprise, last minute visit, so that was one weekend of driving and sightseeing.
  • The continuing job hunt, which finally ended this week! Woo hoo! No more cover letters!
  • Dinosaurs! I've actually been there twice now, and my pictures from the second visit came out much better than the first time! There are even a few decent ones of me, which hardly ever happens.
  • The never-ending cross stitching project. It's a Christmas gift for someone special and it's pretty big, so it's taking for-ever to do. I hope it's finished for Christmas anyway...
  • I've been doing a bit of other crafting of course, like some stuff for the Queen's Jubilee. I am 1/8 pure English after all, and that's not even counting the fact that Newfoundland was a British Dominion up until 1948. Really though, I just like making stuff.
  • Yard sales, yard sales, and more yard sales! With a sprinkling of thrift stores for good measure. Gosh, I sure do love other people's junk!

Letter for Aleisa
This one's going to Australia!

6.6.12

Happy birthday to me!

Yay! My birthday present from Mr. Zombie!

This is what was waiting for me by the all-ready-to-go coffee machine this morning (from the mister, of course). Yay, zombies! Yay, coffee!

Ah, I see you noticed the table cloth! My Grandmother stitched it and added the crocheted trim. I do iron it, I swear! We roll/fold/flick it out of the way when we sit down to eat so it doesn't get dirty but it wrinkles really easily. Since it's my birthday and stuff, I'm not doing any chores today.

And I'm also going to blather on about birds! (Not that I don't do that anyway but it's my birthday so I have an excuse.)

Fledgling Crows
Nap time for baby crows!

I spent about an hour this morning watching the cutest lil' fledgling crows! I knew there was a crow's nest in the tree outside our apartment but I thought it was vacant this year because didn't see any activity at all. I guess the parents were just being sneaky though, because omg-baby-crows! I counted four babies hopping around on the branches and saw one of them actually fly. The cutest thing was the nap time though, with their lil' baby heads tucked in. Squee!

Fledgling Crows
Three are lined up on one branch, and the fourth is sitting on one a bit lower.

3.6.12

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Oh noes! I forgot to post the reveal of my secret cross stitching project. The secret part was that it was a Mother's Day card en route to my mom. She received it in time for Mother's Day, but I forgot all about blogging about it. So, here you go, a mommy koala with her lil' joey!

Mother's Day Koalas
Made from a free kit included with issue 249 of Cross Stitcher

25.5.12

Happy Towel Day!

via l'astronave

via l'astronave

Tyrannosaurus Rex?

More like Tyrannosaurus Awesome!

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Yep, I've finally seen mounted dinosaur skeletons in person after waiting for only...oh, my whole life or so! There was this beautiful Tyrannosaurus and a Stegosaurus. Ooh, and a whole bunch of ceratopsian skulls too! No more pictures though, because I ran out of room on the memory card. Doh! Also, these two pictures of Sexy Rexy and his shadow were the best of the ones I did take. Hopefully they'll turn out better next time.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

10.5.12

One More Week Until Dinosaurs!

That's only seven more sleeps! Woo hoo!


Ok, this is a super cute commercial for the same exhibit that's coming here, just for a different museum.


So yeah...Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries opens at The Royal BC Museum on May 17. I'll be the 30-something year old tearing up at the sight of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. *sniff*

8.5.12

Bluebirds & Blooms

Wild Olive Stitch Swap - Received!

Isn't it pretty? This is the hoop I received in the Wild Olive Stitch Swap, stitched by the lovely Tommie of Ilene Books. Apparently it was the first time she picked up a needle since she was 12! I love the birds (of course!), all the bright colours, and the beads. I'm really liking the look of beads on embroidery lately. Then again, I tend to like everything about embroidery!

Wild Olive Stitch Swap - Received!

Tommie also gave me a handmade note book. I love notebooks almost as much as I love birds. I guess I even sort of collect them because I keep buying them faster than I could possibly use them. There are four on my desk right now actually; two in my purse, one on my bedside table, and one by my favorite chair in the living room. And yes, I use every single one of them!

Thanks again for my gifties, Tommie!

3.5.12

Dinosaurs and Henry Rollins

Dinos on Henry

Henry Rollins is awesome! If you haven't watched any of his spoken word you're missing out on some hilarious ranting. (There are clips on YouTube of course!) We saw him live a couple years ago and I don't think I've laughed so much at anything since. We picked up this (signed!) print at that show but only got a frame for it in January. I had actually forgotten all about it until I was putting away the Christmas decorations and discovered it in the back of a closet. As for the dinosaurs, I made them for Valentine's Day last year. When February 14th rolled around again this year, up on Henry they went! They looked liked they belonged there so I decided to promote them from holiday decorations to everyday awesomeness. It's probably the most coordinated thing in my apartment.

Dinos on Henry

Only two more weeks until the dinosaur exhibit opens at the Royal BC Museum!

1.5.12

A Month of Mail

Photo Copyright Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino

One of the lovely bloggers I follow, Jessica from Miniature Rhino, is doing a great project this month. She's writing one piece of correspondence every day, and, of course, blogging about it! She also plans to post lots of snail mail photos and tidbits and has invited people to play along with her! She decided to do this challenge because she tends to fall behind on her snail mail correspondence (just like me), seems to be always playing catch up (just like me), and feels bad about it (just like me).

Do you see where I'm going with this?

Le sigh. Just what I needed, another project! This is a good one though, and it does fit in with my New Years resolution to catch up on...well, everything. As we all know, I'm a notorious procrastinator. I always have the best of intentions but tend to lose steam when it comes to the actual follow through.

So, my snail mail goals for this month are to:

  • write one piece of mail a day (letters, postcards, note cards, etc.)
  • take photos of all this snail mail goodness
  • blog about it once a week...or so

Why don't you guys considering playing along as well? I think it'll be lots of fun! We could even write each other! And hey, whether you decide to play along or not, feel free to send me an email with your address if you'd like a little bit of snail mail from yours truly. (I apologize in advance for my sloppy handwriting!)

Photo Copyright Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino

30.4.12

Macramé Monday!

craft yarn Macrame Owl Patons Craft Book Beehive Book No502 Patons & Baldwins Ltd no date
Patons Craft Book, Beehive Book, No 502. Copyright Patons and Baldwins Ltd. (no date)

Retro décor at it's finest! There's nothing quite like a completely coordinated room, is there? Especially one that's been decorated with four different crafts, all made from the same yarn. And don't even get me started on the shag rug!

26.4.12

Secret Stitches

stitching sneak peek

Why is a secret, you ask? 'Cause this is a card for a certain someone who may or may not read my blog and I don't want to ruin the surprise!

21.4.12

Silly duck! You don't have any thumbs!

So here's the bit of stitching I did for the Wild Olive Stitch Swap. My partner said she likes birds and I figured it was a given that she liked embroidery (she is in a stitch swap after all), so I thought this little duckie pattern that I found on doe-c-doe was a good choice. I hope she likes it.

Stitching Duck is Stitching

Ugh. I am so freaking late sending it though and of course I feel horrible about it. Life happened, as it tends to do, and this was one of the projects that got moved to the back burner. Not that that's a good excuse, mind you. I'm just, you know, sayin'.

The first bit of Life happened when the Mister came home unannounced. In the middle of the night. After being gone for over a year. (Surprise!) This is fantastic, but a little disconcerting as well. We've each had to readjust our schedules and habits and kinda just get used to living together again. He had a few vacations last year but it's not the same as living with someone 24-7.

Stitching Duck is Stitching

And then I was sick. And then we bought a car. And throughout all of these shenanigans I've been job hunting. Oh yeah, and I kept changing my mind about fabrics and stitches for the duckie too. This is actually the fourth freakin' attempt! Mind you, I didn't complete any of the others, but it was still frustrating. (Yeah, I know; whinge, whinge, whinge...)

Anyway, here's what I sent with the hoop - felt and floss in my swapee's favourite colours, plus a skein of fun Glow-in-the-Dark floss! Instead of wrapping it in tissue paper or gift wrap, I just bundled the hoop and floss up in the felt and tied it with the same green ribbon that I wrapped around the hoop.

for the Wild Olive Stitch Swap

Voila! A felty bundle of goodness, which is currently en route to it's new owner in the states.

Holy bad lighting, Batman! Have I ever mentioned that my apartment sucks for taking pictures in? The living room windows face north, so they never get any light, and there's a huge tree blocking the light from the east-facing bedroom windows. Seriously, we have to have the lights on every cloudy day. (Whinge, whinge, whinge...) 

for the Wild Olive Stitch Swap

20.4.12

Friday Feathers: Microraptor's Fancy Feather Pants

In honour of the upcoming dinosaur exhibit at the Royal BC Museum I thought I'd showcase the quite sexy, ever so shiny, feathered Microraptor! These little guys were four-winged, non-avian dinosaurs that lived about 120 million year ago in the early Cretaceous. They were apparently quite common because lots of great specimens have been found, all of which came from Liaoning, China.

Species Reconstruction by Jason Brougham

I'm going to leave the detailed explanations up to the professionals, but basically it's been determined that Microraptor's feathers were a glossy, iridescent black. It all has to do with the fossilized melanosomes (pigment-bearing organelles) found on one beautifully preserved fossil. And how about those awesome tail feathers? Very cool!

Illustration by Mick Ellison

Nerd alert! I made sure I was going to be home the morning this interview with Mark Norell and Mick Ellison aired so I could watch it live. I believe I even brought my laptop out to the kitchen with me when I grabbed a second cup of coffee. (I think I need a hobby. Oh wait, this is my hobby!)



Double nerd alert! I totally want to make a Microraptor costume for Halloween this year. Any suggestions on how to make the feathers?